See all the amazing sights of the Golden Circle as well as sampling the most delicious traditional Icelandic food! Enjoy an Icelandic meat soup lunch and dairy tasting at Efstidalur, a farm and acclaimed restaurant. Visit the unique Fridheimar Greenhouse and finish off with a visit to at Íslenski Bærinn turf house, where you will taste traditional delicacies before returning to Reykjavik.
The best way to experience the Golden Circle.
Local food and Icelandic Cuisine
Duration: ~ 9 hours
Group maximum: 19 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years old
Difficulty: Very easy
- Small Group Experience
- Brennivín & Dried Fish Tasting
- Meat-soup Lunch & Dairy Tasting
- Efstidalur Farm
- Golden Circle Attractions
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Visit to Friðheimar Greenhouse
- Visit to Ingólfsskáli Viking turf house
Food included on tour:
Efstidalur: Skyr, Feta cheese, whey, ice cream
Skjól: Tapas sandwiches with smoked lamb, camembert and cured salmon. Haddock.
Friðheimar: Tomato soup + bread
Ingólfsskáli: Pancake with cream, pancake with rhubarb, flat bread with smoked lamb, kleina (pastry), hjónabandssæla (rhubarb cake).
- Pick up in Reykjavík
- Free WiFi on the minibus
- Guided Golden Circle Tour
Bring with you: Warm layers waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and strong shoes. Dress in layers suitable for the weather - on this tour you will spend time in warm restaurants and also go outside exploring. Remember your camera!
Brewery Tour Add-On: Add a brewery tour at Bryggjan Brugghús, a local brewery. Bryggjan has produced several award-winning beers. You’ll get three beers to taste, and your knowledgeable bartender will share insight into the brewing process as you taste the delicious beers. This tour offers a great chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the harbor area, as the bar offers a great view of the docks. You can also grab something to eat, as Bryggjan is also a popular bistro. You must be 20 years old to participate.
Reviews on TripAdvisor
"We booked this Golden Circle Food tour the day prior because the tour we had scheduled, with another company, cancelled at the last minute. This tour had virtually the same agenda, and pleasantly was less expensive. It was a fantastic last minute find. The tour guide Thor was great. It literally rained every time we got into the bus and stopped every time we got out.....I don’t know how he did it, but he said he was a god. We not only saw the geysers and waterfall, but also stopped at a farm, greenhouse and turf house. The food was as good as the scenery, and my husband finally tried the fermented shark. This was a great way to spend the day!"
With so many fabulous tastes to enjoy and iconic sights to see we head swiftly long the famous Golden Circle route. We want you to taste only the best cuisine from top Icelandic suppliers. We will take you to authentic Icelandic restaurants, all of them are favorites of local people.
Read more about the tour highlights:
The Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) - is the birthplace of Alþingið, the historic Icelandic Parliament and a treasure trove of geological wonders, including the place where the tectonic plates have moved apart. Fabulous history, great cultural importance, scenery and atmosphere.
Efstidalur is a cattle and horse farm run by generations of an Icelandic family, the farm is surrounded by peaceful countryside and impressive mountain views. The Icelandic food experience here is as authentic as it gets, fabulous meat soup for lunch, and dairy products to sample. As you sit in the restaurant you can see the cows that produced the milk, they are in full view separated from the dining area by a glass screen! After your meal, when there are newly born calves, you can actually go and pat them - this is especially popular with the children.
Gullfoss is the most popular waterfall in Iceland. Feel the power as the thunderous glacial river plummets through two drops of 21 m and 11 m, the walls of the rugged canyon are 70 m high.
Geysir is the geothermal area where you will see an erupting Geysir. Strokkur erupts every few minutes propelling great gushes of scalding water skywards - see if you can second-guess the moment!
Skjól Camping and restaurant was first opened in 2014, mainly intended as a hangout for campers in the area. The traffic grew steadily and in the autumn of 2014 the Skjól Hostel opened it's doors. Today the restaurant and bar seat 40 people in a very cozy and homie environment. The restaurant's menu has a variation of icelandic delicacies, including fish, chicken, ribs, icelandic lamb and homemade pizzas. At skjól we will taste delicious tapas-style sandwiches with smoked icelandic lamb, icelandic camembert cheese, cured salmon and haddock. Yum!
A rare interactive, tomato greenhouse experience - in Iceland! Tomatoes like you’ve never had before! Friðheimar will prove it is not impossible to grow these fruits in Iceland, despite the long, dark winter! Upon your visit you will see how this is made possible in this cold climate, by creating warm Mediterranean conditions! At Friðheimar you will get to see the processes that goes into maintaining greenhouse horticulture. You will also get to enjoy the special experience of entering a greenhouse with the fresh fragrance of fresh tomato plants and help yourself to tomato soup and homemade bread. Fridheimar also manufactures various delicious jams and chutneys.
Brennivín and dried fish are centuries old Icelandic delights. We will take you to a surprise location to enjoy ice-cold Brennivín and taste dried fish.
Leaving the tour on a high note, the day trip ends with a tour of the Ingólfsskáli turf house where you will learn about the history of the vikings. This viking themed restaurant, Ingólfsskáli, provides a unique experience, where you will get to sample some of Iceland’s delicacies, like pönnukökur (icelandic pancakes) and kleina (Icelandic pastry) in a restaurant designed in the style of the original turf-roofed longhouses. Ingólfsskáli is an unusual yet impressive glimpse into Iceland’s history, named after Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson. At the foot of Ingólfsfjall mountain in a beautiful scenic landscape, Ingólfsskáli is likely to be a pretty memorable experience! Ingólfsskáli prides itself on quality of food in tradition, like the Icelandic hospitality.
After a day packed with tantalizing tastes and incredible sights we return to Reykjavík at approximately 19:00 - you will be dropped off where we picked you up.
Disclaimer: Note that the legal age to drink alcohol in Iceland is 20 years old. Therefore, participants must have reached age 20 to drink the beer and alcoholic samplers.