Information about Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is a 300 km route to the 3 most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.

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Geysir area

Geysir is a geyser that gives its name to hot springs all over the world. But although Geysir itself is not active anymore the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur (spouting a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, regularly about 15-20 meters into the air), Smidur and Litli-Strokkur. 

Gullfoss waterfall

The 'Golden Waterfall', is the second part of the Golden Circle, and one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge of the popular rafting river Hvita. It is Iocated about 10 km from Geysir. 

Thingvellir national park

The largest attraction of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. The Icelandic parliament was founded there in 930 and remained until the year 1798.

Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important places to visit in Iceland, not just for its historical and cultural values, but for also its magnificent landscape.

Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain and volcano range and is the site of a rift valley, where the tectonic plates meet, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge. 

Of particular note at Thingvellir are the magnificent Almannagja gorge, and the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The popular Gjabakkahellir lava cave is also in the area.

The fissure Silfra is located by Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and is famous for its clear waters and popular for diving and snorkeling, as you can literally swim between continents.

You can see tours to the Golden Circle here below ...

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Attractions nearby Golden Circle


  Thingvallavatn is Iceland's largest natural lake, with a surface of 84 km² and a deep of 114 meters, located in the beautiful Thingve...



  Hrafnagja is a 7.7 meter long canyon, 68 meters at its widest, located at Thingvellir National Park in South Iceland. The Hrafnagja canyon ma...



At the Nesjavellir geothermal area in Southwest Iceland, you’ll find Iceland’s second-largest geothermal power station. The Nesjavellir G...



  Silfra is a rift that opens into Lake Thingvallvatn in Thingvellir National Park and is part of the tectonic boundary between the North Americ...



  Almannagja gorge is situated in Thingvellir National Park. It is one of the park's most impressive and well known features and marks the e...



Gjabakkahellir (a.k.a. Helguhellir or Stelpuhellir ('Girl cave')) is a  lava tube, located in the area of Thingvellir National Park. Gja...



  Thingvellir  is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value. The Icelandic p...



Hengladalsa is a river in Southwest Iceland.  The river has its source by the Hengill area, from valleys Innstidalur, Middalur and Fremstidalur,...



  Kerid is a volcanic crater lake in Grimsnes in South Iceland. It is a popular stop when traveling the Golden Circle. It is believed that Keri...



  The area of the impressive volcanic mountain Hengill is a geothermal site and a source of energy for the south of Iceland. Two power stations...



Laugarvatn is a hamlet of around 200 people, by the lake of the same name and originally formed around the boarding school there. It is located...



  Hveragerdi is a town and municipality in the southwest of Iceland, around 45 km from the capital Reykjavik. The river Varma runs through it. T...



  The Hellisheidi Power Station is the largest geothermal powerstation in Iceland and the second-largest in the world. The powerstation is loc...



  Olfus is a area in Arnessysla county, with its boundaries at Olfusa in the east and the Hellisheidi plateau in the west. The landscape of Ol...


Selfoss (town)

  Selfoss is a town of about 6,512 people in South Iceland (to the southwest), by the banks of the river Olfusa, one of the largest rivers in th...



Skalholt is a historical site and an ancient bishop seat in South Iceland. History From 1056 to 1785 Skalholt was one of two episcopal seats in Icel...



Laxnes is a farm in Mosfellsdalur Valley. Nobel author Halldor Laxness was partly brought up here and adopted the farm's name as his surname. Lax...



  Reykholt in Borgarfjordur district is among the most important historical places in the country. In Reykholt is Snorrastofa, a center for med...



Reykjadalur ('Steam Valley') is a highly scenic valley innermost of Hveragerdi town. As the name of the valley implies, this is a geother...



In Hvalfjordur in West Iceland you can stand in awe before Iceland’s highest waterfall. The mighty Glymur, in the river Botnsa falls down nearl...


Tours near Golden Circle

Golden Circle Tour and Leidarendi Caving

This day trip takes you on a hiking exploration to the wonderous subterranean lava formations of Lei...


Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour with Caving

On this exciting adventure tour you will travel by super jeep to see the famous Golden Circle and ex...


Golden Circle and Lava Caving Tour | You Drive Monster Truck

You drive Golden Circle and lava caving tourOn this easy and enjoyable trip, accompanied and guided...


Golden Circle Tour with Lava Caving

Golden Circle safari and lava caving tourOn this tour you'll be driven by jeep to witness some of I...


Golden Circle Tour with River Rafting

On this fun trip you'll be travelling by super jeep to the famous Golden Circle, but starting with a...


Golden Circle Tour with Snorkeling in Silfra

Golden Circle Super Jeep Safari and Snorkeling TripThis trip combines snorkeling and super jeep tra...


Golden Circle Monster Truck Tour with Caving

Golden Circle safari and caving tourOn this easy and fun adventure tour you will be driven in a mon...


Golden Circle Tour with Glacier Snowmobiling

Golden Circle and Snowmobiling TourThis easy end enjoyable tour takes you to the Golden Circle, or ...


Golden Circle Snowmobile Tour

Go snowmobiling and visit the big three of Icelandic natural attractions: Thingvellir National Park,...


Golden Circle Tour on Monster Truck with Snowmobiling

Golden circle tour with SnowmobilingThis Golden Circle with snowmobiling tour takes you to the "big...


Iceland Super Jeep Expedition | 4 Day Holiday

The tour starts off with a super jeep drive to the famous Golden Circle, comprised of the big three ...


Golden Circle Tour with Snowmobiling Trip

Golden Circle safari and snowmobile tourThis easy end enjoyable tour brings you to the 'big three' ...


The Popular Golden Circle Tour - Afternoon

This tour takes you to the 'big three' of essential travelling locations in Iceland: Thingvellir Nat...


Golden Circle and River Rafting Tour

Golden circle and rafting tripOn this trip you will see the famous Golden Circle, but start with a ...


Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Afternoon

During summer in Iceland the sun is bright until the late night, so there is enough time to experien...


Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour

Go horseback riding and experience the Golden Circle of Iceland. The Icelandic horse a very beautifu...


Highlands Winter Tour | 2 Day Holiday

South Iceland and Highlands TourOn this 2 day tour you'll explore the Golden Circle and the geother...


City Sightseeing and Golden Circle Tour

This great tour offers a combination of the Greater Area Reykjavik Sightseeing and Golden Circle Aft...


Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour

Go whale watching and see the famous Golden circle of Iceland. This is an unforgettable combination ...


Iceland Winter Tour | 4 Day Holiday

Join this Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and Northern Lights Holiday! An amazing four day tour, where yo...


Golden Circle and Lava Caving Winter Tour

Golden Circle and lava caving tourThis winter day trip takes you on a hiking exploration of the won...


Golden Circle Late Afternoon Tour

This tour takes you to the Golden Circle, the three most essential traveling locations in Iceland: T...


The Golden Circle Evening Tour

Golden circle evening busThis tour takes you to the Golden Circle or the 'big three' of essential t...


Highlands and Golden Circle Tour

Highland Road and Golden Circle bus tourDrive the Highland Road through geothermal areas and experi...