Golden Circle Complete - Classic Minibus Tour - EI27

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

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 Kerid, for instance.

Small groups and personal service

10% discount June with promo code: 10EXTREME

Duration: ~9 hours

Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30

Group maximum: 19 persons

Available: All year

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing

Map (click here)

Tour Highlights:
  • Great value - Multiple stops
  • Operated in a minibus
  • Small groups & personal service
  • Hellisheidavirkjun Power Plant
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Faxi Waterfall
  • Efstidalur - Icelandic farm
  • Kerið Volcanic Crater
  • Laugarvatn Geothermal Area
  • Skálholt - The historical archaeological site
  • Erupting geyser
  • Icelandic Horses
  • Free WiFi

Reykjavik Pick-up: 09:00 pick up available all year. Note that pickup can take up to 30 minutes.

Included: Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik, all entrance fees, free WiFi, and a professionally guided English tour in a minibus.

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

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. A camera is also a good idea. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.

The Golden Circle Afternoon: is available at 13:00 all year round, click here.

Aerial footage from the Golden Circle

Image Gallery: Golden Circle Iceland

11 990 per adult

Children (6-15): 50% off

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Tour Description

Strokkur geyser erupting

Strokkur geyser spouting water

We will visit many exciting places but they are all close by so don’t worry, we will have enough time to enjoy everything!

The Golden Circle Complete

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.

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.

Gullfoss Falls The Golden Waterfall

Gullfoss Falls - The Golden Waterfall

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.

From Kerið we travel onwards to Skálholt, a site steeped in Icelandic history and heritage. For over 700 years, Skálholt was the cultural, academic and political center of Iceland. Today it is a popular stop to take in Icelandic history and enjoy the many beautiful buildings and artifacts. There you can see a replica of an Icelandic-style turf house, like people used to build and live in up until the 20th century (although they were quite rare then).

Faxi Waterfall

Next we 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.

Almannagja canyon Thingvellir National Park

Almannagja canyon, at Thingvellir National Park

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.

Geysir Geothermal Area

After hitting the road again we'll make a short stop to look at some Icelandic horses, which are a common sight in the countryside of Iceland. After our meet & greet 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.

geysir geothermal area

Strokkur, the geyser erupts every 8-10 minutes

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.

Hellisheidarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant

Outside Hellisheidarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant

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.

icelandic horse golden circle tour iceland

We will stop for a meet & greet with some Icelandic Horses

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.

Golden Circle Complete
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Excellent tour!

5 by Verified customer 2017-06-06
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 by Verified customer 2017-05-17
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 by Verified customer 2017-04-23
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 by Verified customer 2017-04-10
Great tour, our guide was keen to share about Icelandic culture, sites and history. Good fun and a very full day.

Enjoyable tour

5 by Verified customer 2017-04-02
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 by Verified customer 2017-03-28
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 by Verified customer 2017-03-16
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 by Verified customer 2017-01-18
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.


5 by Verified customer 2017-03-04
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 by Verified customer 2017-02-09
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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Disclaimer: 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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