You travel through beautiful scenery to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir). This is one of the most incredible geological wonders of the world and also the place where Icelandic history was made. The Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was founded here in 930, making it the oldest continuously existing parliament in the world. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have been slowly edging apart, creating a stunning rift valley that runs right through Þingvellir. The rugged cliff of this valley forms a dramatic and atmospheric backdrop to the place where the Law Speaker, the supreme Icelandic Chieftain, would stand to proclaim the law. A flag marks the law rock (lögberg), where the greatest decisions in the history of the Icelandic people were declared. What an incredible photo opportunity!
Next on the agenda is the Geysir geothermally active area. Great Geysir, the spouting hot spring whose fame gave us the English word ‘geyser´ to describe this activity, is inactive nowadays. You will see Strokkur, a nearby erupting hot spring that erupts huge volumes of superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes. These boiling water spouts often soar to 25 m, but sometimes the scalding jets will be propelled 40 m skywards. Watching a geyser erupt is always a stunning and incredible moment.
The final highlight is the most famous waterfall in Iceland, the magnificent Gullfoss (the “Golden Falls). The river flowing through Gullfoss is the mighty Hvítá (the White River). This river originates at Langjökull glacier, the 2nd largest glacier in Iceland. Feel the spray in the air as the thundering torrent is forced through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages, pivoting as it does so. You will see plenty of golden-hued spray around Gullfoss, the Golden Falls!
If you want to extend your tour you could book an additional Northern Lights tour at night, please select it during the booking process.
Pick-up Information: Pick-up is at 12:00 pm from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list. Return T...)
Pick-up Information: Pick-up is at 12:00 pm from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Return Time: The tour returns to Reykjavík around 19:00 – please bear in mind that the weather conditions in Iceland can sometimes cause delays.
Golden Circle Fun
Reviewed on March 10, 2020 by Brad From our post-trip system
Reviewed on March 06, 2020 by Adriana krambeck From our post-trip system
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our golden circle tour experience. The guide was fantastic, funny, pleasant and knowledgeable. It was a great afternoon and the whole tour scheduling was perfect 👌
Afternoon small group mini bus golden circle tour
Reviewed on February 20, 2020 by Bluesman94 Review from TripAdvisor
We took the afternoon tour to see the main sites on the golden circle ....national park, gulfoss waterfall and geyser. Picked up at our hotel. The tour guide / driver Ragnar was excellent - a native of Iceland so very knowledgeable and great sense of humour. He made a few stops for photo opportunities too as well as to see some Icelandic horses. The journey was fantastic, stunning scenery. Sufficient time at each stop to enjoy without overstaying. Highly recommended.
Amazing tour and fantastic guides
Reviewed on February 17, 2020 by Venesia Hurtubise From our post-trip system
Golden Circle Afternoon
Reviewed on January 03, 2020 by Freedom V Review from TripAdvisor
We took the afternoon Golden Circle tour with Jonas on New Year's day 2020! Despite only a few hours of daylight for our tour, Jonas managed to squeeze in time at Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfalls and the Geysir Geothermal Area. With such a small amount of daylight, the mini-bus tour is definitely the way to go! It made getting in/out & loading/unloading quick & efficient. Jonas was a lot of fun and full of tons of information about the things we saw and Iceland in general. When we returned he gave us all the option of getting dropped off at a different location, which was perfect for dinner downtown without having to make the 20min walk from our hotel! It was a great tour jam packed with amazing sights!!
Reviewed on October 27, 2019 by Anne M Review from TripAdvisor
I only had time to do the afternoon Golden Circle tour (from Reykjavik and back) but it was a great experience. Loved all the sights, along the way as well as at the three stops (beautiful Thingvellir National Park, impressive Geysir geothermal area and stunning Gullfoss), and got some fantastic photos. Our driver was good-humoured and very informative. I learnt a lot of interesting things about Iceland from his commentary. At the stops, instructions were clear (where and when to reboard the bus) and everything ran smoothly. Recommended!
Great for 1-day layover!
Reviewed on June 23, 2019 by Sherry Stockard From our post-trip system
We had a one-day layover in Iceland and took the Golden circle afternoon tour. Although we struggled to get to the pick up point on time, our guide waited for us and made us feel immediately welcomed. The tour hit all of the key sights we wanted to see, and Ragnar(spelling?) was clearly excites to share his love of country with us. We highly recommend the tour to others who want to take the most advantage of a short visit!
Golden circle afternoon tour
Reviewed on February 06, 2019 by Marianne Knarud From our post-trip system
Excellent tour! Super friendly and knowledgeable guide and a great way to see a lot in a (reasonable) short time. Highly recommended 👍
Great company. Have already recommended artic adventures to friends and family.
Reviewed on January 26, 2019 by Snichollz10 Review from TripAdvisor
Had a really good day on the golden circle tour. Steve was knowledgeable about the tour aswell as the surrounding areas and history of Iceland. Me and my girlfriend felt the shorter afternoon tour was more than suitable. The only place we thought would have been nicer to spend a little more time at was the national park as half an hour went pretty fast! However this long at the geysir and waterfall was sufficient and to be fair we did get a little longer at these two places. Like I say in the title I have already reccomended arctic adventures to friends and family who are interested themselves in visiting in the future. Also really enjoyed the snow mobiling tour - was very well run. Our tour guide (who’s name started with an A, youngish gentlemen with longish hair) was very good and knew his stuff. We also had to take a 2 hour detour on the way home but this didn’t phase him he as he continued to entertain the group with stories and facts about Iceland. Thank you.
Great tour for those arriving by flight in the morning.
Reviewed on August 03, 2018 by Laura From our post-trip system
Golden Circle Afternoon
Reviewed on July 19, 2018 by Athena Toliopoulos From our post-trip system
Zachary was an amazing guide and was so informative. He has a great personality and was so much fun to be around! We even saw him two days later picking up other tour participants and we said hello. We both enjoyed seeing all of the sights on this tour and learned so much about Iceland. Definitely a fun small afternoon tour worth the time and money!! Thank you for such a great experience! Nicole and Athena
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. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and make the most of your day. Here is a list of some great tours.
All year-around options:
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
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 favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
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. 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’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.