The Grand Circle | Golden Circle & South Coast Sightseeing

The Grand Circle | Golden Circle & South Coast Sightseeing
Strokkur is an active hot spring found in Haukadalur Geothermal Valley.
There are a couple of observation points at Gullfoss, perfect for aspiring photographers looking for that unique shot.
You will be privy to some absolutely gorgeous panoramic vistas over Þingvellir National Park.
Skógafoss, in South Iceland, is on the Skóga River.
Skógafoss attracts thousands of visitors from across the world every year.
Haukadalur Geothermal Valley is in South Iceland, just north of Laugarvatn lake.

Catch the tranquillity of the morning with this early-start tour exploring the sublime Golden Circle sightseeing route, as well as attractions along Iceland's gorgeous South Coast. This is the perfect tour opportunity for travellers who are aiming to avoid the larger crowds at Iceland's most popular attractions.

You will begin your journey from Iceland's charming capital city, Reykjavík early, arriving at the national park roughly forty minutes later. Þingvellir is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in the country, as well as one of the most culturally important. This is where the Althingi, the first democratically elected parliament in the world, was formed in 930 AD, as well as where Icelanders first chose to collectively adopt Christianity. Remnants of this period still exist at the park, as do many information boards detailing information about this time. 

Þingvellir is also important for geological reasons; situated atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Þingvellir National Park is one of the only places on earth where it possible to see both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates standing above the planet's surface. These plates are splitting further apart little by little every year, creating rifts, tunnels and gorges in the earth. The most famous of these is Silfra Fissure, a glacial spring beloved by the world's scuba divers and snorkellers. 

After Þingvellir, you will make a stop at the two remaining stops on the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route; Haukadalur geothermal area (home to the erupting hot spring, Strokkur) and the magnificent waterfall, Gullfoss. You will roughly twenty minutes at each location, appreciating the diverse and dramatic landscape. During this time, you will be served some traditional Icelandic bread with smoked lamb meat, salmon and Brennivín. 

After the Golden Circle is over, its time to explore the attractions of the South Coast. You will first be making stops at the natural gems, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, both incredible waterfalls in their own right. Whilst Skógafoss is widely regarded to be the more dramatic of the two, Seljalandsfoss boasts the rare treat of actually being able to walk behind the cascading water.

Further along the coast, you will make a stop at the famous black-sand beach, Reynisfjara, renown for its distinct basalt columns, large Atlantic waves and protruding rock stacks. 

On the return journey, you will pass through the south coast villages Selfoss and Stokkseyri. There, you´ll have dinner at the beach in a small restaurant and return to Reykjavík by 9 pm. 

So hurry and book your place on this early-riser tour exploring some of the best attractions in Iceland's south and southwest. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Dec.
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Almannagjá, Eyrarbakki, Selfoss (waterfall), Lyngdalsheiði
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:10

Pickup from 7:15. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. 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.
Included:
  • Guiding

  • Dinner

  • Winter crampons

  • Refreshments

  • Transportation

  • Guide

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Rain clothes

  • Trecking shoes



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