Gourmet Golden Circle Tour
In this unique tour, we have united the nation's culinary traditions with Iceland's beautiful nature. Our objective is to let you enjoy traditional Icelandic treats while marvelling over the sights on Iceland's most popular route, the Golden Circle.
We'll travel the circle counter-clockwise. We do this because of two reasons; firstly, by going this route, we can avoid the big buses and the crowds that follow. Secondly, we'll get to start by exploring both the site and the food south of the Golden Circle, and visit a provincial place for the real taste of Iceland.
After visiting the locals, we'll stop at a greenhouse that grows tomatoes by using the Earth's thermal energy. And of course, we'll get to taste the products from the site.
Then it is off to explore the Golden Circle. The first stop is the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall where you'll see the river Hvítá cascade down 32-metres into a canyon.
Next up is the geothermal area of Geysir, where you can witness the hot spring Strokkur erupt in a 20-metre high water column. You'll get to enjoy some authentic Icelandic treats on both sites.
From there we will make a visit to the local farm Efstidalur. There we'll get to taste home-made ice cream and take some amazing selfies with the animals.
Finally, we top off the tour at Þingvellir National Park. This is the site where Iceland's parliament was founded in 930 A.D., making it the oldest parliament in the world.
The park is located between two tectonic plates that are drifting apart, tearing up the landscape around in the process. You'll get to sample some truly traditional treats at Þingvellir before we head back to the city.
Our goal is to create a unique experience and introduce both Icelandic food and the traditions behind it. So book now to secure your spot on this delicious tour.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 9 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
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.
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.
Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the southwest of Iceland, around 45 km from the capital Reykjavik. Around 2300 people live in Hveragerði. The river Varmá runs through it. The town is well known for its greenhouses and strong geothermal activity, in particular the nearby Reykjadalur valley.
In the scenic Reykjadalur ('Steam Valley') you have the hot water stream falling down the slopes of the valley. The mountain range is ideal for relaxing and the valley offers a rich variety of hot pools and geothermal springs. It is also possible to have a dip in the river.
There are nice botanical areas and parks in the town, many recreational activities are available, excellent hiking trails as well as nice hotels and a camping ground. A number of museums can be found, such as the Árnesingar art museum. The town hosts an annual culture and family festival in August.
Starting time : 09:00
Meals as tasting platters
English speaking guide
Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
WiFi on board the vehicle
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