The Golden Circle | Guided Day Tour

The Golden Circle | Guided Day Tour
The magnificent geyser Geysir erupting.
The cathedral at Skálholt.
Gullfoss waterfall in the summertime.
Þingvellir National Park on a bright summer day.
Brilliant sunset at Þingvellir National Park.
The eerie blue hues of Haukadalur geothermal park.

Join this tour for a Golden Circle experience tailored for you. The Golden Circle is classically comprised of three attractions, Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir, however, on this tour your guide will show you much more and no tour is the same.

Hop on board your bus for the day get ready to commence the Golden Circle. Not long after you leave Reykjavík, you will come across the largest geothermal power station in Iceland, Hellisheiðarvirkjun which harnesses the raw energy of the earth and puts it to use. This whole area is very active with geothermal energy and the next town you see is named for its many steaming outlets, Hveragerði.

Not too far down the road is a horse farm which boasts over 300-horses in the summertime, you may just have the opportunity to meet them. The next stop is the mighty crater Kerið known for its size and colouration, this 7000-year old volcanic crater has a lake at its bottom. The area is privately owned so you will have to pay a very small entrance fee should you want to explore the region.

Next along the route is Skálholt, a site steeped in culture and history iconic for its cathedral which still acts as a seat for the bishop. Next attraction to be seen along this well-loved journey is Friðheimar a massive tomato farm which produces approximately one ton of tomatoes in its greenhouses every day.

The first of the classical three stops in the Golden Circle is Geysir geothermal park, famous for its erupting hot springs although the one from which it gets its name is mostly dormant, there's still another that erupts every five minutes or so.

The next stop is no less impressive, the compelling Gullfoss waterfall. Often compared in brilliance with Niagra Falls, this natural wonder will have you amazed, and on sunny days, you can hope to see a rainbow in the mist.

As you travel to your final stop for the day, you will go through the town of Laugarvatn which boasts an elegant lakefront spa constructed on top of natural hot springs.

Last but not least, you will stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir. This historical site was the meeting grounds for the first parliament in 930 AD and the same parliament is still in congress today (in Reykjavík!) making it the longest-running parliament in the world.

Geologically impressive as much as culturally, there exists a ridge between the North American and Eurasian plates which means you can walk between continents, the only place this is possible in the world.

You will then return to Reykjavík after an action-packed day. Of all of the attractions listed, you will get to stop at approximately six or seven of them of course including the classic Golden Circle features, Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir.

Don't delay and book this tour to see the Golden Circle rich in history and culture as well as nature.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Skálholt, Laugarvatn, Kerið, Haukadalur, Friðheimar
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

Pickup service by appointment.

Included:
  • English-speaking guide

  • Pick-up at hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík on request

  • Drinks and snacks

  • Entrance fees

  • Food and drinks


What to bring:
  • Waterproof clothing

  • Camera


Good to know:

The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.



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