This incredible tour will take you on Iceland’s famous Golden Circle Route – encompassing a plethora of amazing natural wonders that will leave you breathless. It begins in the iconic Geysir geothermal area, where powerful subterranean forces propel boiling streams of water into the air; alongside the glorious Gullfoss Waterfall; and the UNESCO rated Thingvellir National Park, where we can gaze across the gap between the European and North American tectonic plates. Then as a final treat, we will head to the innovative Friðheimar Greenhouse, which grows tomatoes using Iceland’s geothermal forces. It is a magnificent day trip that will allow you to see some of the most wondrous sights in the land of fire and ice.
Duration: 8 hours
Departure time: 9:00
Available: All Year
- Golden Circle
- Thingvellir National Park
- Friðheimar Greenhouse
- Guided Tour
• English: Daily (all year)
• German: Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat (all year)
• French: Sun (all year)
• Scandinavian: Fri (all year)
• Spanish: Wed and Sat (3 June - 31 August) & Mon and Thu (1 Sept - 2 June)
- Bus fare
- Guided tour
- Admission to Friðheimar cultivation center
Pick Up Not Included
Youth (12-15): 3 399
Children (0-11): 0
The adventure begins in the iconic Geysir geothermal area, which plays host to a plethora of violent geysers that fire bubbling streams of boiling water high into the air. The most famous of these is the now dormant Great Geysir – the first geyser to be mentioned in the English language and the one that gives all other geysers their name. Its younger brother Strokkur remains very much active propelling molten jets of water up to 30 meters into the air every few minutes or so. Seeing these incredible natural wonders in the flesh will give you a new insight into the geothermal power that lies just beneath our feet.
From there we will head to the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the golden falls) – so named because of the golden color that its water takes as it rushes over the brown lava rock. It is an impressive sight as the glacial Hvítá River crashes down 62 meters into a luscious green canyon below. On sunny days rainbows form above the frothy white cascade, making for a profoundly beautiful and photogenic scene. There are many waterfalls in the land of fire and ice, but Gullfoss is unquestionably the king and an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the country.
Thingvellir National Park
The final stop on the Golden Circle tour is the UNESCO rated Thingvellir National Park that combines fascinating geology with a rich cultural history. It was the original location of Alþingi, where a group of Viking nobles formed the first Icelandic parliament in 930 AD – one of the oldest continuously running democratic institutions in the world. While also straddling the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which marks the border between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. At its heart is a rugged fissure where we will actually see the plates pulling apart – with the no man’s land between the two continents expanding at a rate of around 2 centimeters a year. Thingvellir is a place of myth and legend that offers something for everyone and we guarantee that you will be amazed by the many treasures that it hides.
The final stop of the day is Friðheimar – an innovative greenhouse complex that utilizes Iceland’s geothermal conditions to grow juicy tomatoes and other vegetables. Its success has made it one of the largest greenhouses in Iceland and your friendly guide will teach you all about how they produce organic tomatoes and other delights. Friðheimar also utilizes pure glacial water to irrigate the complex and has an army of around 600 bumblebees that pollinate them. It is the ideal way to finish the day – perfect for anyone interested in botany or the natural world. The tour has also been honored by the Icelandic Travel Industry – winning its prestigious 2017 innovation award.
Our adventure will end when we return to Reykjavik in the evening, having enjoyed a fabulous day in the land of fire and ice.