Golden Circle Tours

Golden Circle Tours

Discover a treasure trove of tours that take you to the three world-renowned sites that compose Iceland's Golden Circle sightseeing route. Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss waterfall are destinations that all travellers must visit during their stay in Iceland.

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Travelling the Golden Circle

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.

Frequently asked questions

How can I travel to the Golden Circle during COVID-19?

There are many package options available where you will experience the Golden Circle. This circle includes Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. You can complete this tour on a self-driving tour, a guided tour in a minibus, or even a private tour. 

Can I skip the tour bus if I want a Golden Circle tour during COVID-19?

Absolutely. We understand some are more nervous in group tours right now. There are various packages available with itineraries for the Golden Circle tours that don’t involve a large bus. 

Has COVID-19 changed anything about the Golden Circle?

COVID-19 has dramatically reduced the number of travelers, so some businesses have reduced their operating hours, and fewer buses are traveling the route. It also means the natural wonders have never been so easy to see! Plus, it’s easier to keep your distance from large groups with fewer people traveling. 

What is Thingvellir National Park?

Þingvellir is a national park east of Reykjavík. It is known for having been the site of Alþingi, Iceland's parliament, between the 10th and 18th century. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates and is home to Silfra, one of the world’s most sought out diving and snorkelling sites.

What is Geysir?

Geysir is a famous hot spring that gives its name to geysers all over the world. Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, it has a neighbour by the name of Strokkur, which spouts vast amounts of water 15-25 meters into the air every 5 to 10 minutes.