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
Duration: ~9 hours
Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30
Group maximum: 19 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years
Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing
- 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.
* *Faxi and Skálholt not included in December & January
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.
Reviews on TripAdvisor
"We did a Golden Circle tour and our driver/guide Audur was excellent! Despite an occasionally rainy and cloudy winter day, she gave us a great tour! She was very informative, telling us lots stories along with information about each site we visited. She got us safely to every stop along the way, keeping us warm and happy! Every site we visited was fun and we left with terrific photos..."
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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.