The best way to blend together the ultimate sightseeing and food experience in Iceland - this tour right here!
The Golden Circle is the must-do tour you hear everyone raving about when you ask about Iceland, add to it the experience of stopping at local farms, restaurants, and outdoor cooking areas and you really will get the best of Iceland.
Let’s relish the show of spouting geysers, taste the only geothermally brewed beer in Europe at Ölverk, explore the historical sights at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir, try the world famous Brennivín snaps, enjoy the true power of Icelandic nature at Gullfoss waterfall, and so much more on this perfect day tour out from Reykjavík.
Let’s get a taste of what the fuss around Iceland is really about!
~ 9 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Amazing Meals and Tastings at Local Farms and Restaurants
- Golden Circle Tour
- Efstidalur Farm
- Skyrgerðin - The Old Skyr Factory
- Hveragarðurinn Geothermal Garden
- A Chance to Experience Iceland Through the Eyes of a Local
- An Epic Outdoor Cooking Experience
- Transfer to/from Reykjavik
- A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle
- Local Guide
- Local Meals
- A Chance to Explore and do the Things You Can’t Do Without a Local Guide
Arctic Adventures has long wanted to make the ultimate Foodie tour in Iceland but we wanted it to be perfect – it wasn’t until the opening of Ölverk, the only geothermal brewery in Iceland, that the cherry was put on the top and we knew we had the perfect tour.
With pride we bring to you the Golden Circle and Local Food tour – The Ultimate Foodie tour in Iceland.
The day starts in Reykjavík and from there we head out to the enchanting countryside. The day is packed with amazing stops and the only thing you need to bring is appropriate clothing and a tummy ready to be impressed. The local guide with expert knowledge will lead you through the whole experience and give you a chance to taste the world famous cuisine and visit places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
Let’s go over the day:
The Golden Circle consist of three stops that form this magical circle of amazing locations and a mesmerizing natural phenomenon. These places are Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site known for its outstanding beauty and rich history. It is where the tectonic plates meet and have so beautifully moved apart, you can walk in between the Eurasian and North American plates in just seconds – you can even stand on both at the same time! Þingvellir is where one of the world’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 – a true totem of the Icelandic nation. This place will not disappoint.
Next on the Golden Circle we have the Geysir hot spring area, home to the Geysir that all other geysers are named after, the always-spouting Strokkur, this baby brother puts on an awesome show every 4-10 minutes, blasting into the sky like a rocket. This is a vision you will remember forever!
Third and last on the list we have Gullfoss, or the Golden Waterfall. This is a place of surreal beauty, the vistas of this place are absolutely breathtaking. The power of Gullfoss is awe-inspiring and you can really breathe that power in when visiting. A golden hue is always present at this alluring location and often a rainbow or two as well. Truly one of the most photogenic places in Iceland!
Now onto the Foodie part of the tour. Efstidalur is a peaceful and charming little horse and cattle farm in the South of Iceland that has been in the same Icelandic family for generations. They recently started to share their expertise in making fabulous meat soup and yummy homemade Ice cream along with other amazing dairy products. As you sit and taste this true Icelandic meal you can see the cows that produced the milk, as they live only one glass screen away. Afterwards you are more than welcome to go and say hi to these cuties and pet the calves if the season is right.
Hveragerði is our next town stop where we will enjoy all sorts of cuisine such as the famous Skyr ar Skyrgerðin, The Old Skyr Factory where we will have a chance to taste some of Iceland’s most sought-after recipes. Located in the same town is the Hveragarðurinn Geothermal Garden, and as Hver means Geyser you will get to go even further into the whole geothermal experience on your next stop and try some egg and bread cooked IN a hot spring – now that’s a story to tell when you get back home!
Last but not least we have Ölverk Brewery and Pizza Restaurant which opened up in 2017 but has since then been packed – The locals love it and for a great reason! Their pizzas are to die for and their beer is extraordinary. Not only is it the only place in the whole of Europe that geothermally brews beer, it is also a place where you will stop to taste their delectable goods.
Some of the other tastes along the way will include Brennivín and dried fish which are old Icelandic delights, ones that an Iceland visitor cannot allow to pass. You will enjoy these at a surprise location!
You will return home at 7 pm with a belly filled with goods and memories and stories to tell for a lifetime!
Pick-up: Pick up starts at 10:00 from your accommodation or a nearby authorized meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.