Golden Circle & Geothermal Greenhouses

Golden Circle & Geothermal Greenhouses
Þingvellir Park contains glacial springs, volcanic fields, tectonic plates and waterfalls.
In the last century, there were unsuccessful attempts to build a Hydro power station in the river above Gullfoss.
The vibrant colours of Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park.
Strokkur puts on a show every ten minutes. Make sure you wait around for the eruption!
Looking out over Haukadalur Geothermal Valley in winter.
With a 32 m drop, Gullfoss is considered to be one of Iceland's most visually dramatic waterfalls.
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Hop on board this tour for a delightful day’s journey to the most fabulous sites in Iceland. This tour has something to interest anyone who wants to understand what makes Iceland so special, whether it is history, culture, or geology. Kick back on a comfortable, well-appointed tour bus, put your feet up and don't worry about the driving!

The tour begins by taking you past beautiful scenery to the Geysir hot spring area, then to Gullfoss waterfall. First, enjoy an impressive collection of geothermal features in one central location, including hissing steam vents, bubbling mud pools and colourful algae.

Although the mighty Geysir, after which all geysers are named, has gone quiet, one of the world's most reliable geysers, Strokkur, is nearby. It blasts out a column of scalding water every 10 minutes or so, rocketing up to 20 m (66 ft) into the air.

Your next stop, Gullfoss, is a shocking display of nature's power: A huge, wide waterfall spewing billions of gallons of water, clouds of mist billowing into the air. The paved path allows you to get right next to the falls, to feel the earth-shaking power of this natural wonder under the soles of your feet.

Finally, explore the enthralling sights of Þingvellir National Park. The site boasts some of the most striking landscapes in Iceland, including the nation's largest natural lake and the Almannagjá canyon which marks the rift between two tectonic plates. Each year, the plates move approximately 2 mm further apart! Take the easy path between the plates and see their looming edges for yourself. Reach out and touch the millennia between you and the ever-moving earth!

You'll also visit the Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where Icelanders have learned to use the abundant geothermal heat to create spaces where fresh vegetables can be grown all throughout the year. Friðheimar is a fully working Icelandic farm with horses as well.

Don't miss out on this popular sojourn to Iceland's most vital attractions of the Golden Circle sightseeing route. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - May.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

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.
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavík

  • Round trip transportation

  • Professional travel guide

  • Admission to Friðheimar cultivation centre

  • Free WiFi on bus

  • Meals and beverages

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Camera

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This was my third visit to Iceland but the first with my family and I wanted them to see these spectacular sites. The bus was comfortable and our tour guide was excellent. She told us much about Iceland’s history as we travelled. All in all, this was an excellent tour!
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This was our first tour around Iceland and it couldn't have been better. Everything was perfect! Our guide Eric knew a lot about the history of Iceland, stories, he taught us some Icelandic words, he was very considerate. He is a good guy and even spent time with all those who wanted to know more things. Besides, the landscapes of Iceland are stunning, out of this world! What amazing waterfalls we saw: fields, steam coming out from some mounts, horses and horses all along the trip and -oh, god- the geysirs. This tour started visiting a geothermal greenhouse, which was very nice to start with and we saw and petted some Icelandic horses -awww, so soft!- and it also takes you to the beautiful þingvellir, which has some amazing views. I do recomment this tour to everyone. If you want to visit the Golden Circle, this is your tour.
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Our guide was a nice and funny sir named Alpert. He was very helpful and kind. I like the organisation of the tour. We were given all the interesting info on the bus and then had time on our own exploring the places. The soup at the farm is absolutely to recommend. Overall very nice experenice.
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Tour was with Rekjavik Excursions on Feb 13, 2018 and it took us to 4 stops, including a tomato farm where we had a bowl of tomato soup with homemade bread (1000 isk), Gullfoss, Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park. It was snowing all morning but cleared up at the last stop for our walk up Thingvellir, where they charge 200 isk (cash/credit card) to use the bathroom. Tour guide was patient and made sure no one was left behind at each stop, and we also enjoyed the little history and tips about Iceland, such as why Iceland has very few trees. Highly recommend this tour and the company.
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It's always interesting to hear about Iceland's almost exclusive green energy use but to see it put to use for food production is seeing history in the making. The visit to the greenhouse underscored how Iceland's spectacular natural scenery at the geyser site, the falls and the tectonic plates in the Pingvellir National Park are all being harnessed to create a new industry and economically sustainable model for the country. Guide Eric was patient with questions and took extra time with one couple on our trip who did not speak either English or Spanish (the languages for the tour) to make sure they knew where to find the bus and other facilities. The tour was well paced, never rushed and just seeing the expansive Icelandic countryside was worth the ride between the major sites.
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the tour guide was funny and nice, but it would be marvellous if she could have waited all of us to get of the bus ('cause by the time we got down, we have no idea where she went with the crowd) we spent quite a lot of time in transportation
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It's so beautiful especially the Gullfoss! Our tour guide is so good at telling stories!
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Me and my girlfriend had a great time in Iceland. Everything from the start was how we planned it and even better. Guide to Iceland were really helpful in planning our trip and this particular tour was spectacular. The places we visited are beautiful and they alone make this tour worthwhile, but something that made it even more enjoyable was that we had a great guide who told us a lot of the places that we went to and Iceland in general. He also was very kind to answer any questions we had and gave us enough time to enjoy the sights at our leisure. It was great to get to visit all this amazing places with someone that knows what they are doing.
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Iceland is an amazing place. I enjoyed the tour a lot and it was comfortable to stay with the people in the whole tour. And the tour guide was smart, helpful and careful. Thank you for giving such a great service to us.
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We loved Iceland and all of its beauty! The tour was very fun and we loved that our guide had a good sense of humor! We also appreciated that he explained everything we saw in detail and was very open to questions. When we come back we will definitely take these tours again! :)
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