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This was one of my most favorite vacations of all time. Guide to Iceland set this up perfectly and I ran into no issues whatsoever. I plan to go to Iceland again and I will be booking through this company when I do.
We had the best weather, we were very lucky to be able to see the Nothern lights in weeks before and days after. Nothing was cancelled for us due to bad weather, and our guide made sure this happened as he pushed us all to see everything on time and some things ahead of schedule. The hotels we stayed on, where nice, no issues and the tours and buses where always on time. The people are always helpful eventhough not all very friendly, but you get used to their moods as they are not rude. I recommend this tour 100%, is full of amazing natural sites and the guides make it full with very interesting notes.
We loved everything that Guide to Iceland planned for us. Before leaving the US, my husband read our self-drive itinerary completely and marked his "must see" places on Google maps. Our itinerary included essential Iceland sights as well as some off-the-beaten path ideas. All of our reservations were correct and ready for us when we arrived. I was in contact with Guide to Iceland before our trip because our ticket to Blue Lagoon had the wrong name on it, but that was quickly corrected. We live in Wyoming so we are familiar with winter driving conditions and the 4WD SUV with studded winter tires that we rented helped us feel confident even in an unfamiliar country. Having a wifi hotspot was so convenient and saved us money on international data charges with our mobile company. Thank you, Guide to Iceland, for making our vacation easy and enjoyable.
The Golden Circle is widely known to be the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, in large part due to the capital city’s proximity to three of the country’s most inspiring natural attractions; Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal valley and the mighty waterfall, Gullfoss (“The Golden Falls”).
Other attractions en-route, though not part of the Golden Circle itself, include Kerið volcanic crater, Efstidalur farm and ice cream store and the fascinating Sólheimar Ecovillage. If you hope to see these extra attractions, please make sure that the tour you are interested in includes them as part of the scheduled itinerary.
What is less known, however, is the sheer variety of methods in which visitors choose to undertake this route, the most popular of which is taking a guided tour on a coach or minibus; this is a cost-effective means of experiencing the Golden Circle while also providing your party with a learned and experienced tour guide.
Guides on the Golden Circle are able to focus in on each attraction, teaching you about their history and importance to Icelandic culture, as well as pointing out lesser-known sites of interest, such as shooting locations for the HBO fantasy series, ‘Game of Thrones’, of which there are a number to be found in Þingvellir National Park.Another means of experiencing the Golden Circle could include a helicopter tour, making this one of the more VIP undertakings of your holiday. While no doubt pricier that sightseeing at ground-level, flying from attraction to attraction allows you to cut down your tour time from 8 hours to a solitary one, making this the most time-effective, unique and exhilarating method on the market.
Another option is to drive the Golden Circle route yourself. This option provides you with the most freedom over your day, allowing you to spend just as much time at each attraction as you would like. And while this option lacks the knowledge and know-how of a professional tour guide, it is more than made up for with the company you choose.
Finally, the Golden Circle allows for many bonus activities that can but heighten your experience. These activities range from horse-riding to snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier to snorkelling in Silfra Fissure.