Small Group Golden Circle Tour with Added Attractions

Walking beside the North American tectonic plate at Þingvellir National Park.
A rainbow over Gullfoss, one of the three major stops along the Golden Circle sightseeing route.
Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the whole of Iceland.
Much of Iceland is still geothermally active, with steaming vents and volcanic fissures.
Organic Ice Cream makes for an amazing bonus on a warm summer's day.
Gullfoss cascading during the winter months in Iceland.
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Join this sightseeing tour along the popular Golden Circle route, encompassing Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall. This tour is unique because of the added stops at Hellisheiðarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant, Kerið Crater, Faxi Waterfall, Efstidalur Valley and Lake Laugarvatn.

Your Golden Circle adventure starts with a pick up from authorised pickup points in central Reykjavík. From there, you will head towards the first stop of the day, Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, where you can learn all about how the geothermal energy is harnessed.

Next, we stop at the stunning Kerið, a beautiful crater with a big pond at the bottom. From there we continue to Faxi Waterfall which is located in the Tungufljót river for some great photo opportunities. After Faxi, we will visit one of Iceland‘s most famous and powerful waterfalls, Gullfoss Waterfall. Around this time we stop for lunch at a local place. Please note that lunch is not included. 

Close by is the famous Geysir hot spring, where you can expect to see Strokkur geyser erupt every 10 minutes or so, bursting water from the ground up to 25 meters high! After exploring the geothermal fields, we continue along the Golden Circle to Efstidalur farm, where you can try a local ice cream (own expense). Next up is Lake Laugarvatn, known for the geothermal springs below the small village.

From Laugarvatn we go to our final stop of the Golden Circle, the UNESCO heritage site, Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is both known as the founding site of the Icelandic parliament back in 930 AD as well as the place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are drifting apart. Your adventure day tour ends with a drop-off back to Reykjavík.

Explore all the best sites Iceland has to offer in a small group setting on this 9 hour day tour available directly from Reykjavík. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 4 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Laugarvatn, Kerið, Faxi, Efstidalur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

  • Transfer to/from Reykjavik

  • Guided tour in a mini-bus

  • Golden Circle sightseeing

  • Visit to Kerið, Faxi, Laugarvatn and Efstidalur

  • Snacks & drinks

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm & waterproof outdoor clothing

  • Head-wear and gloves

  • Good sturdy shoes

Good to know:

Please note that the order of the itinerary can vary whereas we might swap the order of the attractions due to weather conditions and other related factors.


The major reason I booked this particular Golden Circle Tour with Arctic Adventures is limited group size in a minibus, and the added value of the visits to the very interesting Hellisheiðarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant and the Efstidalur farm (Icelandic ice cream) on top of the other usual major sites along the Golden Circle. Of all the sites, I really enjoyed the Power Plant (one of the unique and key energy sources in Iceland), the grand Gullfoss and Þingvellir National Park with the dramatic views of the tectonic plate boundaries. I also liked the Kerið Crater and Faxi Waterfall quite a bit. I was a bit disappointed with the Strokkur geyser which only lasted a few seconds (thought the Old Faithful geyser at Yellow Stone Park was more impressive). We didn't get to go to Lake Laugarvatn as we were running short of time because of unexpected delays with the frozen minibus door lock after our power plant stop (necessitating the arrival of another minibus as replacement), and temporary bus engine shutdown during our drive through the mountain pass to Lake Laugarvatn where we got hit with a sudden scary blinding blizzard (near complete white out conditions!). It was quite an adventure in the extreme weather! I found it funny that we so happen to be taking this tour with the company "Arctic Adventures" that recently merged with the company "Extreme Iceland". Nonetheless, I did not mind skipping Lake Laugarvatn as we finally managed to make it to the worthwhile Þingvellir National Park before complete darkness. Overall I was very pleased with this tour despite the mechanical hiccups of the minibuses. It is a good compilation of tour sites at a good price. Our driver was good and quite competent in driving thru the difficult blizzard conditions at one point of our trip.

This tour was the most complete of all we found online, and the most reasonably priced, as well. We went to every stop possible along this route. It is definitely the thing to do in Iceland. Our guide explained the history, mythology and geography along the way and answered all our questions in an interesting and knowledgeable fashion. The geothermal plant was fascinating too and the guide there was very informative. We definitely learned a lot on this trip. There is a lot of walking which was a big challege for me since I couldn't use my wheelchair/walker. I wouldn't suggest this trip for people with extreme mobility issues but if you can get around even a bit you can see most things. Even just going on the bus ride gives you a lot of volcanic scenery and you can see the geysur. Our guide suggested alternative shorter walks or viewing platforms for people who couldn't do all the walks. All the sites are unique and the waterfalls are especially beautiful. There was plenty of time at each stop and most had rest rooms too. We took a lunch to save some money as food is very expensive in restaurants. We definitely recommend this tour. The only complaint is that the aisles in the tour bus are so narrow and the sears are so small it was very difficult to go diwn the aisles and impossible to sit two people side by side. It wasnt crowded so we did spread out.

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