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.