Golden Circle Complete | Classic Icelandic Minibus Tour

Golden Circle Complete - Classic Minibus Tour - EI27

See Iceland's top attractions - Small groups - Personal service

(10)    4.9/5 Stars

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Duration: ~9 hours

Group maximum: 18 persons

Age limit: 4 years

Map (click here)

Departures: 09:00 and 13:00*

Available: All year

Youth (4-15): 50% off!

*Pick up: 09:00 pick up available all year, 13:00 pick up available from June 1 - Sept 14

Included: Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik, all entrance fees included, professionally guided English tour in a minibus.

Not included: Lunch (we stop at a local restaurant/diner)

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. During winter: Spikes that fit over shoes to provide extra grip on ice.

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11 900 ISK per adult

Aerial footage from the Golden Circle

Gallery: Golden Circle Iceland

Tour highlights

Operated in a minibus
Small groups & personal service
Great value - More stops than most Golden Circle Tours!
Hellisheidavirkjun Power Plant
Thingvellir National Park
The famous Geysir
Gullfoss Waterfall
Faxi Waterfall
Efstidalur - Icelandic farm
Kerið Volcanic Crater
Laugarvatn Geothermal Area

Tour details

This classic tour will take you to three of Iceland’s most popular attractions, Gullfoss, Geysir and the National Park Thingvellir. Along the way we will make stops at other interesting places, Geothermal Exhibition at Hellisheidi Power Plant, Faxi waterfall and crater Kerid, for instance. We will visit many exciting places but they are all close by so don’t worry, we will have enough time to enjoy everything!

Operated in a minibus
Small groups & personal service

Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.

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At Extreme Iceland we prefer to operate tours by minibus in smaller groups. This gives us the opportunity to deliver the personal service we feel you deserve.

almannagja canyon thingvellir

Almannagja canyon,
at Thingvellir National Park

Hellisheidavirkjun (Geothermal Power Plant)

First stop will be the Geothermal Exhibition at Hellisheidi Power Station. It recently opened and houses an interactive exhibition centring on the development of geothermal energy in Iceland. Geology, technology and history are represented in an accessible and entertaining way through informative and entertaining multimedia exhibits.

Crater Kerid

Next we visit Kerið, a volcanic crater lake. First it was thought that Kerið was formed by a huge volcanic explosion (as is usual for volcanic craters), however research now tells us this was probably a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. The cone collapsed into the magma chamber and created the crater lake bordered by strongly coloured red volcanic rock.

Kerid crater

Kerid, volcanic crater lake

Faxi Waterfall

After Kerid we will go see the waterfall Faxi, 12 km from Gullfoss and Geysir. This waterfall is in the river Tungufljot and is part of the golden circle trail.

Gullfoss Waterfall (The Golden Falls)

Next up is Gullfoss the most famous waterfall in Iceland in the river Hvíta. It’s power is inspirational and we can stand so close to it that we feel the mist of glacial water on our faces. Around this time it should be lunch time so we will stop at a local place for food.

Gullfoss Iceland

Gullfoss Falls in Iceland

Geysir Geothermal Area

After lunch we head over to the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur where we will see the famous Geysir and many hot springs. We will also see Strokkur geyser, which spouts every five minutes or so and projects steaming water to a height of about 60-100 feet.

Efstidalur - Icelandic farm

After the golden two, Gullfoss and Geysir, we will visit Efstidalur, a family farm located close to Laugarvatn lake. There‘s an ice cream barn at the farm and the concept is really charming, you can enjoy different flavoured ice cream produced from the cow‘s milk. It doesn‘t get more original...and the ice cream tastes amazing.

Lake Laugarvatn - Vígðalaug pool

Laugarvatn is a small town with population of about 200 people. It is also home to lake Laugarvatn which contains geothermal springs under its surface. One of the hot springs connected to the lake is Vígdalaug. When the Icelandic nation became Christian the pool was consecrated by Norwegian priests and used as a baptism pool.

Thingvellir National Park and Öxarárfoss waterfall

To complete the Golden Circle we end our tour with visit to the National Park Thingvellir. The area holds great historical importance and has many remarkable geological features. The Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet here and Althingi (the Icelandic parliament) was formed on these rocks in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliamentary site in the world. There’s a beautiful waterfall nearby as well, in fact Öxarárfoss and Thingvellir have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


The Golden Circle Express: is available at 13:00 from Sept 15 - Apr 15, click here.


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tour route

Golden Circle Complete - Rated 4.9/5 based on 10 customer reviews

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"Excellent tour!"

5 stars by Verified customer
Very satisfied with this tour, we went to all the places of the Golden Circe and had time to wander around. The guide was informative and gentle!


5 stars by Verified customer
Our guide (Sildri, I think) was very knowledgeable and funny. He gave us all the information we needed for the tour as well as lots of other random facts about Iceland and the economy. It was exactly the kind of tour we wanted.

"It was perfect !"

5 stars by Verified customer
Our guide was very interesting and explained things in a simple and funny way ; it was perfect ! Thank you :)

"Good fun and a very full day"

5 stars by Verified customer
Great tour, our guide was keen to share about Icelandic culture, sites and history. Good fun and a very full day.

"Enjoyable tour"

5 stars by Verified customer
A very good and enjoyable tour. There was good banter on the bus and had a good laugh.

"A fun Golden Circle Complete - Classic Minibus Tour!"

5 stars by Verified customer
Diddi was awesome. In a day we saw amazing aspects of Icelandic nature, and also learned about the way of life and culture. It was perfect! Diddi was friendly, patient, and eager to answer questions. I sat near the front of the bus, so I'm not sure if the people at the back could hear the speakers. Maybe they did!

"We had a very good time!"

5 stars by Verified customer
Jóhannes our tour guide was very informative, pointing out important landscape features. We had a very good time! Thank you for making our trip a unforgettable experience.

"Will definitely use you again and recommend to others"

5 stars by Verified customer
Guide was excellent had a lot of knowledge and gave us a good insight into Iceland. Felt that we saw everything we had expected- possibly would have liked longer at the last stop- the national park but the guide was conscious that there were people going on evening tour that had to be back. Apart from that an excellent tour and will definitely use you again and recommend to others.


4 stars by Verified customer
Less time at the power plant would have given us more time at the volcano crater lake as we really had to rush and didn't have enough time to walk around crater and down to lake, whereas we were stood around waiting at the power plant (although it was very interesting there, could have been 15 mins shorter).

"The best tours I have ever been on in my life."

5 stars by Verified customer
The best tours I have ever been on in my life. Tour guides were fantastic and very knowledgeable. They were also very passionate about their own land which made both tours even better. A big thank you to the Golden Circle Complete tour guide on Thursday, 9th Feb and the Sensational Iceland tour guide on Friday, 10th Feb
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