AH65 The Platinum Circle - Three in one!
A large part of Iceland in one day
This combination of the tours AH61 Saga Trail, AH62 The Highland Road and AH13 Golden Circle Evening Tour gets you in close contact with one of Iceland’s glaciers, gives you some insight into the history of the island and shows you some of the most popular sights of Iceland in the glow of the evening sun.
Adults: 26.000 ISK per person
Youth (12 -17): 50% discount
Child (0 – 11): free
Maximum 2 children / youth per full paying adult
Available: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from June 10th to August 20th
Pick-up: at 07:30 from your hotel or guesthouse
Duration: 16 hours
Included: bus, English guidance, Settlement Exhibition & entrance to Snorrastofa
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We start our journey by driving along the shores of Hvalfjordur. The name means Fjord of whales and an explanation of the name tells in an old legend that an evil whale caused drowning of many people but a blind pastor tricked the evil creature to go all the way up to Lake Hvalvatn where the whale ended his life because of the shallow water. On the northern shores we visit the Whaling Station and from there we head to the Settlement Center in Borgarnes where we can get insight into the saga of Egill Skalla-Grimsson.
Our lunch break will be at the country restaurant Fossatun and from there we head to Reykholt. The heritage of Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) Iceland's greatest medieval writer, poet, scholar and statesman is rooted in Reykholt. This famous tourist attraction was his residence for nearly all his working life, there he made all his literary achievements, the sagas about the Norwegian kings in Heimskringla, the Poetic Edda containing poetics and Nordic mythology and Egils saga Skalla-Grimssonar, one of the greatest family sagas.
Our next stop is at the geothermal area of Deildartunguhver, from there we head to the waterfalls of Barnafossar and Hraunfossar and then over the pass of Kaldidalur to the Langjokull glacier. On a bright day the route features barren nature but a scenic view to the mountains Hlodufell and Skjaldbreidur and to the glaciers Eiriksjokull, Ok, Thorisjokull and Langjokull, the second largest ice cap in Iceland. There we stop at cabin Jaki for a walk towards the glacier.
In Thingvellir we meet another group for the evening tour of the Golden Circle.
There we visit the National Park, where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930 AD and which was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in August 2004. At Thingvellir, the Icelanders declared their independence the 17. June 1944.
We continue to the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall in the golden rays of the setting sun. Gullfoss is a powerful waterfall that runs in the river Hvita in Haukadalur.
From there we visit the geothermal area around the incredible spouting geysers of Geysir and Strokkur, echoing into the peaceful evening glow. This is a great opportunity to experience romantic tranquility in a beautiful area that touches everyone.