NB: Golden Circle Extended Private Tour is capable of sextet. But do not hesitate to contact us if one or more tambourine men have joined your band. We will provide seats for everybody!
Golden Circle is the classic day tour in Iceland. During 7 hours ride common visitors will see famous sights like Thingvellir National Park where Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates meet, Strokkur the geyser which erupts every 5 minutes up to 30 meters and Gullfoss — one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
But you are not a common visitor! We offer you to extend this day tour, make it longer for a few hours and much more interesting. Just be sure this is the case when size matters.
During this extended day tour you will also visit:
- Picturesque Nesjavellir road which leads you through huge lava rocks, geothermal area and Thingvallavatn lake (available only summertime);
- Cozy farm where you may taste local ice cream and see a farm life just on the other side of the window separating guests who eat ice cream and cows that gave a milk to produce this delicious ice cream;
- Beautiful secret waterfall of turquoise color;
- 6000 years old Mars-like volcano crater;
- Warm and cozy Secret Lagoon — oldest swimming pool in Iceland built on a natural pool.
This is a great option to make Golden Circle tour more vigorous and full of new great locations where big tourist buses don't meet.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss ('Golden Waterfall') in Hvita river is one of the most beautiful and beloved waterfalls in Iceland and forms a part of the famous Golden Circle along with Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir geothemal area.
This mighty waterfall cascades 32 meters into the river gorge and you'll be able to stand close enough to feel the waterspray on your face. Hvita itself should not be missed by any fan of rafting, as it is one of the most popular rafting rivers in Iceland.
At the Nesjavellir geothermal area in Southwest Iceland, you’ll find Iceland’s second-largest geothermal power station.
The Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station is located a short drive from the Hengill geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. The power station produces around 120 MW of electrical power and around 1,110 liters of hot water (80-85°C) per second. The power station serves the Greater Reykjavik Area.
Starting time : Flexible
Water and snack in the car
Secret Lagoon admission with towel
- This is private tour for 6 passengers maximum;
- Due to short daylight hours during wintertime, we skip some locations and enjoy Northern Lights on the way back to Reykjavik.