The Golden Circle Route is the most popular tourist route in Iceland, offering the chance to see geysers that propel boiling jets of water into the air, golden waterfalls that cascade into emerald valleys and the deep fissure that demarcates the place where Europe ends, and North America begins. No trip to the land of fire and ice would be complete without seeing the many natural wonders that are found on the Golden Circle Route!
Duration: 6 hours
Departure time: 10:30 and 12:30 Daily
Available: All year
Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing
- Thingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
Pick up is available at extra cost:
- Adults 1450 ISK
- Teenagers 12-15 years 725 IS
- Children 0-11 years travel for free
- 10:30 English: Daily (all year)
- 12:30 English: Daily (all year) & Scandinavian (Thu & Sun)
- Bus fare
- Free WiFi on board
- Professionally guided tour
- Food and refreshments will be available to purchase at the sites
Bring with you:
- Warm clothes
- Sturdy shoes
- A camera
- Water bottle
Minibus version: Golden Circle Afternoon - Minibus tour
Youth (12-15 years): 3 199
Children (0-11 years ): 0
The Golden Circle Route is the most popular tourist route in Iceland, offering the chance to see a host of amazing sights that combine history, geology and simple natural beauty to form the complete package. We will see geysers that propel boiling jets of water into the air, golden waterfalls that cascade into emerald valleys and the deep fissure that demarcates the place where Europe ends, and North America begins.
Our friendly guides will be with you every step of the way, to tell you everything that you need to know about all the amazing things that you are seeing. No trip to the land of fire and ice would be complete without seeing the many natural wonders that are found on the Golden Circle Route.
Our day begins when we make the journey to the famous Geysir Geothermal Area, where teeming geysers chuck boiling streams of water high into the air. It is most famous for the now dormant Great Geysir, which was the first geyser to be mentioned in English and gives all other geysers their name. The nearby Strokkur remains very much active firing molten torrents of water up to 30 meters into the air every few minutes. There is nothing quite like seeing geysers in the flesh and it will give you an awesome sense of the power of nature.
From there we will head to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls), which almost everyone agrees is the most beautiful and impressive waterfall in the entire of Iceland. It gets its name from the golden color that its water takes as it rushes across the volcanic rocks. The luscious green valley beneath is equally beautiful, creating a spectacular effect as the cascade tumbles into its emerald bosom. If we are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, then a rainbow will form above the falls greatly enhancing their beauty. Seeing Gullfoss in the flesh is an awe-inspiring experience and one that every visitor to the land of fire and ice should have.
Our final stop will be the UNESCO rated Thingvellir National Park – an amazing place steeped in both geological and historical significance. It was the original location of Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament to this day, where a group of Viking nobles gathered in 930 AD to form one of the world’s oldest democratic institutions. Thingvellir also bisects the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, allowing us to gaze across the craggy fissure that separates two continents. Thingvellir is a place of awe and wonder that is the ideal way to complete the spectacular Golden Circle Route.
Please note – This is an express version of the Golden Circle Route, meaning that we will spend less time at each of the attractions. If you want to spend more time there, then check out our standard version.