Enjoy the Golden Circle in style and with some unique bonuses by joining this small-group tour. Those eager to enjoy a classic Icelandic experience and witness some incredible natural wonders should not hesitate to book this excursion.
Your day begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik by your friendly, local guide in a minivan, which promises more comfort and a more personal experience than a larger bus. You’ll then set out into the nature of Iceland without having to wait as you traipse across the capital to pick up many other guests.
The Golden Circle trip usually consists of three sites, but you will start by visiting a fourth, the crater lake of Kerid. This beautiful feature is renowned for its large scale and vivid coloration; the waters within it are a magnificent azure while the surrounding rocks, due to their geological composition, are a striking red.
You’ll be allowed to walk the circumference of the crater rim and walk down to the water’s edge before returning to the bus to travel along to the next site, the Geysir Geothermal Area.
As can be guessed from its name, this part of the country is renowned for its geysers. Most active is Strokkur, which goes off every five to ten minutes, with its dramatic column of water and steam reaching heights of over twenty meters. While you wait between eruptions, you can marvel over the surrounding hot springs and fumaroles and the unusual colors in the earth.
Just ten minutes from here is the waterfall of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions. Nicknamed ‘the Golden Falls, it cascades with enormous power in two tiers, creating huge spray blooms often brightened with rainbows in bright weather. There are several different platforms to admire and photograph it from, and from some of these, it is possible to see Langjokull glacier, from which the water originates.
You will stop for lunch at either Gullfoss or Geysir before continuing to Thingvellir National Park, the final stop on the Golden Circle. En route, however, you have another lovely bonus on this superior tour; you’ll stop to greet some Icelandic horses. These animals have been isolated from others of their species for a millennium and are renowned for their curiosity and gentleness, making them a pleasure to pet.
Thingvellir is not just one of Iceland’s three national parks, it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area appeals to everyone with a fascinating history tied to the old Viking parliament, spectacular forests and waterways, and a location directly between the tectonic plates. Your guide will be able to tell you about the incredible geology and the past events that occurred here before allowing you to discover its wonder yourself.
Once you have fully enjoyed all four of these sites, your guide will return you to your accommodation in Reykjavik in time for you to enjoy your evening!
Explore the wonders of the Golden Circle in a small group with extra visits to Kerid crater lake and a field with Icelandic horses. Check availability by choosing a date.