Full Day Golden Circle Tour | Small Group Experience
Hop aboard this full day minibus tour around the famous Golden Circle route and explore and discover Iceland's mesmerising natural landscapes for yourself.
Once you have been picked up from your preferred location in Reykjavík, you will make your way to the stunning Þingvellir National Park. This is where Iceland's first parliament was established and is today identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will get the chance to explore the park at your own pace, learning more about the sites' cultural importance to Icelanders, and see firsthand Silfra fissure, the beautiful underwater canyon dividing the Eurasian and North American continental plates.
Soon after, you will be driven to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most popular waterfalls, situated on the rafting river, Hvítá. Gullfoss is located approximately one hours' drive from Þingvellir National Park.
On your way back, you'll make a stop at Geysir, in Haukadalur Valley. Here, the geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes, reaching heights between 20-40 metres. Giving you plenty of chances to get a great photo.
Depending on the weather, you'll make a couple more exciting pit stops along your way back, to guarantee you have an unforgettable experience. This would include the beautiful and serene waterfall Faxi, on the Tungufljót river.
In addition, this tour offers a more private and comfortable service. It is operated using a mini-bus (with more comfort and tranquillity when compared to a large coach) equipped with wi-fi. The tour guide will be playing Icelandic music along the way for your enjoyment. You also have a chance to sample some local nibbles and refreshments.
If you're looking to explore Iceland's Golden Circle in comfort (with some added extras) look no further than this all-inclusive minibus tour. Come and experience nature in all its amazing glory! Check the booking availability by choosing a date
- Available: All year
- Duration: 9 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
The Golden Circle is a 300 km route to the 3 most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.
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Geysir is a geyser that gives its name to hot springs all over the world. But although Geysir itself is not active anymore the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur (spouting a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, regularly about 15-20 meters into the air), Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
The 'Golden Waterfall', is the second part of the Golden Circle, and one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge of the popular rafting river Hvita. It is Iocated about 10 km from Geysir.
Thingvellir national park
The largest attraction of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. The Icelandic parliament was founded there in 930 and remained until the year 1798.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important places to visit in Iceland, not just for its historical and cultural values, but for also its magnificent landscape.
Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain and volcano range and is the site of a rift valley, where the tectonic plates meet, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Of particular note at Thingvellir are the magnificent Almannagja gorge, and the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The popular Gjabakkahellir lava cave is also in the area.
The fissure Silfra is located by Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and is famous for its clear waters and popular for diving and snorkeling, as you can literally swim between continents.
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 (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Restaurant / Cafe
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes in south Iceland. It is a popular stop when traveling the Golden Circle.
It is believed that Kerið was originally a cone volcano that erupted and and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.
The Kerið caldera is composed of red volcanic rock and is around 55 m deep, 170 m wide and 270 m across. There is little vegetation in the steep-walled crater, save for one wall with a gentler slope which is covered with deep moss. This wall is fairly easy to descend.
The lake itself is fairly shallow and is striking in its beauty. Opaque and aquamarine, surrounded by the red crater walls, Kerið offers a great contrast of colours and a highly impressive scenery.
The acoustics of the crater are considered to be fairly good, and a number of concerts have been held inside Kerið. There is a small admission fee to visit Kerið, 400 ISK per person (as of 2017).
Starting time : 08:00 09:00,
Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
Wifi and Icelandic music in Mini-Bus
Small Group Experience
What to bring:
Smiles and hugs
Good to know:
Lunch is not provided but you will be able to purchase food/snack in restaurants and shops in the area.
Great tour. Amazing tour guide Sica, even treated us to ice-cream at a local dairy farm. Very knowledgable about Iceland with a great sense of humour. The weather was great that day and the sights were great.
This tour was definitely an easy way to see the highlights around Reykjavik in one day. If you are well traveled, I might recommend renting a car and having a bit more influence over your adventure. That being said, our guide was very informative and friendly. There was time to walk off to explore our destinations and plenty of time for photos. We stopped for lunch and had some delicious local meat soup, which I can recommend. Overall, lovely day and very easy tour for travelers that want to see the highlights without the effort of planning and renting a car on their own.
Highly recommended this tour if you only have a short time in Iceland. Our guide made extra stops for us and was very friendly & informative. Plenty of time given at each stop for photo opportunities. Great value for money :)
I really apprecited this day-trip around the golden circle. The guide told us some interesting facts about Iceland. The 5 sights are worth visiting and sooo fascinating! At each stop we had enough time to embrace these little wonders of nature. I would absolutely recommend this tour!! :-)
Sarah Dan Bee Tulius
My sister and I loved this tour. We only had a few days in Iceland, so it was perfect having tour guide take us around the sites within the Golden Circle. Our guide was so knowledgeable and personable. There was a couple on the tour who were quite talkative, often rudely interrupting her, which drove me kind of crazy and would definitely have tested my patience if I were the guide, but she handled it graciously like a pro! This was one of my favourite events during my time in Iceland because you get to see so much. What a gorgeous country! Thanks for a wonderful time.
My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. It was a chance to take a break from driving while learning even more about Iceland. Or guide was fantastic, with deep knowledge of the places we visited and a nice sense of humor.
I traveled with my two boys- one a teenager and one a toddler- and we all enjoyed this tour very much. The guide really made my youngest feel special and treated him to some 'magic Icelandic rocks' ; ). The tour satisfied our sense of adventure and exploration, and I really enjoyed hearing about the history of Iceland and its people. Great fun, I would recommend to a variety of travelers.
Kalie San Felipe
The tour was wonderful; our guide Swen was very sweet and was able to give us a TON of information and random facts about places we visited and Iceland in general that we wouldn't have otherwise known!! The ice cream snack was a good treat, too :)
This is truly a memorable trip and experience to me as Asian and to my husband. The golden circle is truly so much exciting and the ice-cream!! Thanks to the guide. The another one Wonders of Reykjanes was very enjoyable! thanks to the guide who share so much her earlier farm experience, the local idelandic walks of life and her talks about formation of land, geography knowledge, so much more... Very professional and very humane too! Love it. Thank you !!
I love the tour! We saw all the golden circle in a good time and it's a unforgettable experience of knowledg of all the nature and culture. The guide was very kind and took us to eat ice cream in a local farm.
This was a wonderful tour, given by a native Icelander. He made many extra stops, treated us to ice cream, and shared his insights into Icelandic music, politics and history. This was our first tour and Cristian, our guide, set a very high bar.
Great! our tour guide, Obdur, is helpful and a lot of good music in the trip! Incredible landscape!
Great tour, pick up on time. Our guide give us interesting information about the places and the every day life in Iceland. The places are beautiful. Recommended!
I had a wonderful time. Our guide was great-informed, passionate about Iceland, and responsive to group needs and desires. The sites themselves are lovely. I was traveling alone, but found inclusivity and independence in this tour. It was a lot of fun!
This was good but not as good as the other 2 tours I did with Troll. We had no extra stops (and we didn't stop at any other places for any Icelandic treats as was suggested). There was no Icelandic music on the bus like the other tours I went on (I know this sounds picky, but these are the 'extras' that make these tours different from others). The Golden Circle is a must-see of Iceland but I did feel this trip was a little bit 'here's the next sight, off you get, see you in an hour', which was very different to my other 2 Troll Expedition tours (which were fantastic!). We were back in Reykjavik an hour earlier than suggested. I did enjoy the places, but was a little disappointed with the experience as a whole in comparison to all the other tours I did in Iceland.
When choosing tours we always try to get good value for the money. This tour was selected based on the price and we were actually surprised by the number of stops and the quality of the guides and mini bus we got. Making all the standard stops and a few more off the beaten path I am thankful for a great day and friends I made.
Sega is a great tour guide, and I have a wonderful day in golden circle! I'll recommend this tour and I'd like to join other tours next time!
Beautiful stops during this 9 hour day, the golden circle is a great way to understand more about the geothermal powers of Iceland and history of the country. Seeing Thingvellir and the geothermal stations at a fair distance really put some perspective into why this country is so special. Thank you Mike for the epic golden circle and most of all the personal touch you managed to bring to this day, hopefully I will see you again in the future.
A six star review this tour was great. Good day to spend while also having the time to go sightseeing in Reykjavik. It started at 8 am and went through Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss with a taste of Icelandic snaps and dried fish.
golden circle is a fun tour go on i went on it after the 2 day tour with troll expedition. and they made me very happy, this tour is a must for everybody who goes to iceland. the icelandic snaps was really good i'm taking a bottle of that home
Invited my wife to the golden circle tour and we loved it. This was beautiful, the waterfall and they geysir was incredible. We want to give Troll Expeditions a big thank you for this tour.
This is a must see trip! Golden circle is the thing. I don't go to Iceland and miss out on this one. Thanks to our guide and the good weather, this was the best trip I had in Iceland. I recommend it 100%!
Thanks to our local guide we had the best time in Iceland during this trip. The Geysir was beautiful and so was the Gold waterfall. The national park was the highlight of this trip. It was stunning.
My girlfriend and I went on this Golden circle tour and we had so much fun. The nature was beautiful and our guide was really funny and friendly. We loved the walk at the national park.
Juan Carlos Martinez
Our guide Oddur was great. We had so much fun with him, golden circle is amazing
Had so much fun at the golden circle tour. We took a lot of extra stops that was really nice. I highly recommend this tour. Thank you!
Oddur was a great guide, we had a great time with him.
Nice tour with a lovely guide named Kristján. He came to our hotel and took us to the Golden Circle. The bus was really nice and comfortable. We had a small group of 16 persons which was just right, since we had enough time at each place and we were back in Reykjavik to have a nice dinner in the evening.
I fell in love with Iceland after two great tours - Golden Circle and South Coast. Volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, geysers, black sand beaches, beautiful farms. Dagur was our guide both days. Remember Iceland weather is changeable. On the South Coast tour, the weather was partly cloudy when we left Reykjavik, but quickly changed to a very sunny day. Then we had a very enjoyable Golden circle tour in marvelous weather. Not a cloud in the sky! Breath taking scenery. And the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. A really good overview of the Icelandic nature. Through it all the guide Dagur, was wonderful. I learned more about Iceland from him that I ever could have learned on a large tour or in a rental car. If I could give them six stars, I would.
A nice small group for the golden circle. this was a nice tour with dagur who is fun guy.
The second tour of our Icelandic journey with Troll Expeditions. The Golden circle tour was a really fun. We were picked up at 8am and were back at our hotel at 5 pm. There were some extra stops that were fantastic especially the Faxi waterfall and the ice cream we got at some Icelandic farm.
Really fun tour. We got Oddur who is a great guide who told us everything about the stops we needed to know. The area around Geysir is amazing.
Fantastic tour with Kristjan. He is the Troll in Troll Expeditions and made the tour extra special. I really liked the small bus. It gave the whole group a little bit more time on each location as well as some extra stops that Kristjan knew. This was a great tour
Golden Circle is a must for everyone who goes to Iceland. I haven't been on the other tours but would say that Troll is the best. This was a small group experience and I loved everything about it. The Gullfoss waterfall was amazing, so much power.
Went on a Golden Circle tour with Troll Expedition and Oddur was our guide. The highlight of this tour was Þingvellier national park. For those who really like history that place is a must. We went to see where the old Althingi was founded. The tour was topped with Brennivín (the local snaps) and dried fish. Which was great to taste
Oddur is cool guy. He'll learn you a thing or two about the Golden Circle. Buckle up!
Would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Iceland for the first time. Overall great experience. Oddur is a gem. Thanks Troll!
O. Ariel Sigfreud
Amazing tour, perfect in every way! We were just going to go on this tour on our trip to Iceland, but it was so great that we booked 2 other tours with Troll Expeditions! Our guide for the day Helge ( I think this is how you spell it) was great! He shared so many stories about Iceland with us, and even made many extra stops a long the way, so in the end we saw much more than we were expecting! As for the attractions, they are breathtaking! Gullfoss is so powerful and magical, Geysir area is so different from anything else that we have seen and Tingvellir is such a beautiful place with a rich history! Our favorite spot was a secret place our guide knew about, an amazing canyon and we were completely alone there, such an amazing experience!! We highly reccomend Troll Expeditions! Thank you so much for this tour and see you next time!!
There are variety of Golden circle tours being operated from reykjavik. You can even visit this if you have rented a car. So it is a must visit if you are visiting Iceland for the firs time. We choose to go on a small group tour with Tröll and definatelly can recommend the experience. Informative and some locations we did not see with other operators, thank you Tröll and Oddur for the day.
Golden memories from this tour, the Golden Circle is the number one tourist destination in Iceland. We choose to use Tröll Expedtions because of the small groups and extra stops they are famed for. We actually had a very interesting and fun moment with one of the guides, we went to off the beaten path Geysir, this one had no other tourist and we were served some Icelandic Snaps and Fermented Shark, I enjoyed the experience but hated the taste of the shark :)
We thoroughly enjoyed this 9 hour day trip. It is fun to be a part of a small (15) organised tour group where the guide drove us around to see some of the most fantastic sights imaginable; feeling sheer power of Gulfoss & Geysir is almost like a religious experience. Our guide could even hook up us with a perfect spot to go petting icelandic horses and taking a walk around Kerid volcanic crator lake amongst a handful of other fantastic places. Be warned the golden circle is very touristy year round, but it's definitely a must to choose well the tour operator. We choose Troll Expeditions because they are different and emphasize more on the human side of business, making people feel like they are being showed around a country with a local friend, thank you everyone that shared this experience with me I am forever grateful for the memories.
The Golden Circle is a must see! If you are lucky, the guide will also make a secret stop for you, I dont want to spoil the surprise but it involves ice cream :) Highly recommended!
I had been on the 2 day South Coast & Glacier lagoon tour with Troll Expeditions and decided to book this one as well. I think Troll Expeditions has just the best guides ever. The guide on the bus was very entertaining and friendly. You really could see that he loves his job. We stopped at all the main attractions and even a few extra stops! The guide gave us enough time in each and every place to take pictures. I felt very relaxed, which you are supposed to since you are on vacation! I will definitely recommend this tour and Troll Expeditions to all my friends!
Liu Hi Dur
Great Golden Circle tour with David Kristjan. Very well organized tour with a top guide. We went on our last day in Iceland and it was one of the best. Highly recommended!!!
A must see tour, covers all of the highlights of the Golden Circle with extra secret stops on the way. Helgi was a very entertaining guide that knew exactly where to go. We were even given the taste of the great Icelandic snaps, which was fantastic. I would recommend Troll Expedition and Helgi for this tour.
We took the Tröll Expeditions Mini Bus last april. We had a great native guide, with an unpronounceable Icelandic name, he was absolutely fantastic. Not only did he show us the major sites of the Golden Circle but he also provided us with a few extra side trips as a reward for our group being on time. He answered all of our questions beautifully. In fact he even gave us advice for another trip we were planning. His advice was excellent. . He also gave us a sampling of some local food at one side trip. Very friendly and knowledgeable. I couldn't recommend him or the tour more highly.