The Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater | Sightseeing Small Group Day Tour

The Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater | Sightseeing Small Group Day Tour
The geysers of Haukadalur geothermal valley in Iceland have been a popular tourist attraction since the 18th Century.
The waterfall Gullfoss on the Golden Circle route can be enjoyed from different viewing platforms.
Seeing people to scale with the erupting Strokkur gives you a sense of the power of the great geysers in Iceland.
You'll see the beautiful Þingvellir National Park, where Iceland's parliament was founded, on a Golden Circle tour.
Gullfoss waterfall plunges down two tiers, making for an impressive site of the Golden Circle route in Iceland.
If you go on this tour during the winter, Gullfoss becomes a whole other waterfall.
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Join this classic sightseeing adventure around the three world-famous sites of the Golden Circle, as well as the lesser-known volcanic crater-lake Kerið. This is an essential tour with a unique twist and is sure to delight anyone coming to Iceland to see the sights.

Furthermore, there is a maximum of nineteen passengers per minibus, ensuring your trip is both personalized and comfortable. You will be picked up from your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík in the morning, then head to the first location on this incredible trail: Þingvellir National Park.

Þingvellir is a fascinating place for its geology and beauty, as it is located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This rift valley, which runs all the way through Iceland, is more visible here than in any other part of the country. The tension created by how the plates are pulling apart means the area has many ravines filled with crystal clear water and beautiful stretches of moss-coated lava rock.

Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, although this has nothing to do with the park’s geology. The reason for this is its history; in 930 AD, early settlers formed a representative-style parliament here that still continues to this day, making Þingvellir the original site of the world's longest-running continuous parliament. As you walk through this area, you will find many information signs discussing its long and fascinating history.

Following Þingvellir, you will head to the Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal area renowned for its geysers. The greatest of these, which gave all others their name, Geysir itself, is inactive at the moment, but it’s nearby neighbour, Strokkur, erupts every ten minutes, blasting water up to 40 metres high. You will have a chance to see it go off several times, as you wander around the area’s many hot-springs and steaming vents.

The final stop on the traditional Golden Circle is Iceland’s most famous and distinguishable waterfall, Gullfoss. Otherwise known as ‘the Golden Falls’, this magnificent feature drops in two tiers into an ancient valley with enormous power. In fair weather, it is possible to walk to a platform right where the water is falling for the best views, and there are also viewing platforms opposite and above it.

While most Golden Circle tours would leave back to Reykjavík at this point, you get an additional stop; you will head to the volcanic crater lake Kerið. This is a stunning natural feature, 270 metres wide and over 55 metres deep. The rocks surrounding the water are stained fiery reds and oranges, which contrast beautifully with the azure lake which sits in the crater year round. 

Experience the Golden Circle in an essential sightseeing minibus tour, and the chance to visit Kerið is a great bonus. Do not miss your opportunity to jump aboard this budget-friendly tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Kerið
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Round trip minibus excursion

  • Professional Guide

  • Free wifi

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour takes up to 8 hours. Meals are not provided but there will be a break for lunch.

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This tour is fantastic. It was well organized and planned. Our driver and guide Michel is knowledgeable, patient, and nice. He gave us a lot of information about the history and the culture of Iceland. We learnt a lot from his introduction. Highly recommended!
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This tour is an obligatory one to understand what Iceland is about. Our guide told us a story behind every stop, every location we visited. Thingvellir park with the walk between two tectonic plates just inspires your imagination! Then Geysir area makes it even more fascinating. Seeing the lake in Kerid crater anf taking a hike was very nice even while raining. However, the best stop was at Gullfoss waterfall that just makes you think of Niagara Falls and your small existence in this beautiful world!
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Everything was wonderfully organised; the guide was beyond terrific and informative; what a wonderful day!
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HI, very nice tour, it was organized very well and we saw a lot of beautiful places. David, our tour guide was very professional and the whole day was excellent, best regards
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Took this tour on 22 Jan 2019 and it was excellent! The guide was friendly and informative throughout the whole day. We had beautiful snow so every stop looked even more magical (even though the temperature was so low!) Pick up and drop off were prompt so we didn’t have to wait around for ages. Lovely group of just 10 people so it felt a lot more personal. Even impromptu stops to see some Icelandic horses and beautiful views on our way to the main sights! Can’t recommend enough!!
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My daughter and I took this tour on 8/1/19. The guide knew a lot about Iceland and the sights we went to see. He and the driver were very polite and friendly. I would thoroughly recommend this tour. We also had an extra stop to feed the horses which, I think was a nice touch.
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The weather wasn't so good, as it was drizzling rain for most of the day. Still, despite this we all had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and obviously had enough experience to judge each stop for just the right amount of time to comfortably see everything within the 8 hour trip. This was our first of three trips - we did a 2 days tour the following day - and the Blue Lagoon on the last day - which worked out perfectly and was definately the right order for the time we had. Very impressed with Guide to Iceland...and their guides.
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Tour date 14/12/18. Our tour guide, Thor was very informative and made the journey a lot of fun. Thank you! We managed to see all of the tour in daylight and even stopped off to feed some Icelandic horses on the return journey. The Kerid crater was my tour highlight.
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Me and my partner had a wonderful time in Iceland! Our tour, which was on 5th December '18, was amazing! I can't remember our guides name, he was quite young with a mole under his eye, he was very informative and friendly, he even stopped at the Icelandic horses for us to see which wasn't even on the schedule! We had plenty of time at each stop to breathe in the culture. Highly impressed with the tour in such a beautiful country, I would recommend this tour to everyone planning to visit Iceland! (Oh and definitely wrap up warm! Don't underestimate the weather!)
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