Golden Circle express afternoon tour to the most popular attractions in Iceland, see Strokkur erupting boiling water skywards at Geysir, feel the power of Gullfoss waterfalland discover the unique geology and history at Þingvellir.
Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
Meet on location
Guide to client ratio
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir hot spring area
Small group experience
Pick up and drop off
Golden Circle tour
Pick up is at 13:00 from your hotel or a nearby authorized Reykjavík meeting point. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready at 13:00. Available pick-up points:Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
This minibus tour is an express version of the Golden Circle – giving you a great small group experience of the three most popular attractions in Iceland.
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 the year 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 which 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 which 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 popular 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!
The tour returns to Reykjavík around 19:00 – please bear in mind that the weather conditions in Iceland can sometimes cause delays.
What to bring: Warm layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking or sturdy shoes.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items? Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.
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.
Disclaimer 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.
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour | Average rating: 4.6/5 based on 18 customer reviews
"Excellent tour guide" | By
Sinead Fallon 31/01/2018
Bjork was our tour guide and she was just fantastic. Her knowledge and humour were great she was friendly and professional. But most of all she was very caring. After a bad fall during the tour, she did everything humanly possible to assist me. She was excellent and I am very grateful.
"Would have been a great tour with better weather" | By
Meena Mehta 08/02/2018
Our tour guide was awesome. The weather was not cooperating so parts of the tour were definitely more challenging to enjoy. For the times the weather was somewhat cooperative, the beauty of the landscapes were terrific to view and enjoy. At the end, we got to feed some "candy" to a few Icelandic horses and that was a terrific treat to experience. All in all, it was a good tour despite the weather issues. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to see the major sites of the Golden Circle.
"Highly likely. Guides were awesome!" | By
Highly likely. Guides were awesome!
"Golden Circle Express" | By
Nuala Morris 23/02/2018
Excellent guide and tour. Very knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommend Artic Adventures.
"Afternoon golden circle tour" | By
ANIKO BIBER 04/03/2018
Thank you for the great experience!
We took the afternoon tour because we were supposed to land in the morning. unfortunately, the plane was late so we got to reykjavik at last minute to join the tour.
our tour guide was great. gave us lots of interesting information and showed us around. pointed out the historic facts about places we visited and gave tips how to take pictures.
the only disappointment was that the northern light tour was cancelled because of the bad weather. we should start using the technology to be able to see the northern lights though the cloud cover :) maybe a good idea for kick starter?
definitely recommend the tour.
"Amazing Sights & Great Fun" | By
Loved the way the tour was organised. We were safely escorted by a knowledgeable tour guide to our destinations which was fun and easy-peasy. No tough terrain to negotiate. And Icelandic nature is just stunning!
"Great Tour Guide" | By
Daniel G 16/03/2018
We had a fantastic tour guide who was very informative and accommodating. We made the regular stops on the golden circle and even had some time for a quick extra stop that made our day and tour more enjoyable. We had plenty of chances to look around for souvenirs and to get food. I would recommend the company and our guide for anyone looking for a great tour.
"Golden Circle afternoon tour" | By
The timing of this tour was ideal for us since we landed early in the morning. We underestimated how windy Iceland can be and froze a little bit going through this tour! Overall, the sights were beautiful. I just wish our guide gave us a little more information throughout the drive. I would recommend this for anyone trying to squeeze in as much as they can during a short trip to Reykjavik!
"The Golden Circle tour" | By
Dariusz Myszkiewicz 25/03/2018
One of the best tours in Iceland.Beautifull views mountains volcanos waterfalls geysers.Must see places. Defo will recommend to anyone.
"The tour was great" | By
Helen Hendley 28/02/2018
The tour was great and gave us just enough time at each stop.
"I took three tours with Arctic Adventures and all three were fabulous" | By
Judith Gilbert 16/03/2018
I took three tours with Arctic Adventures and all three were fabulous. The sights were awesome, incredible, and the guides were fantastic. They all told so much about Iceland - so much more than just sightseeing. On the Golden Circle Tour I learned so much about geology and the seismic activity in Iceland. On the Aurora tour I learned a tremendous amount about the lights and cosmic activity. And on the two-day South Coast tour I learned so much about glaciers and waterfalls. The guides were great, friendly, polite, courteous, and very safe drivers. Thank you so so much, Arctic Adventures - and especially to my guides Aevar, Klemmi and Zacho - for making this truly an extraordinary experience, one that I will never forget.
"the tour itself is amazing" | By
Maria de Lourdes Moreno 03/03/2018
Our guide was kind but with his accent I did not understand almost anything that he said. He only gave us 20 minutes for Gulfoss, which I think was not enough.. I think the time spent in each place can be distributed better. Although, the tour itself is amazing, due to the magnificent places.. your tours were great, this is just for you to optimize your service..
thank you, I had an overall amazing experience with you...
"Golden Circle Tour" | By
James Derrett 31/03/2018
A great way to see some of the highlights when staying in Reykjavik. Our guide was Icelandic and very knowledgeable. We had plenty of time at Gullfoss and Geysir although the time at Pingvellir was a little rushed. Our guide also stopped so we could buy food and pet the Icelandic horses and we went to Efstidalur as an extra stop to see the calves and buy delicious icecream.
"Pleasant and Responsive" | By
Abby Heaslet 02/04/2018
The tour guide was very knowledgable and pleasant. He gladly took pictures for us and shared stories about both the tour components and his personal experiences growing up in Iceland. Additionally, Arctic Adventures was extremely responsive and easy to work with. We had a very hard time getting answers from vendors in Iceland, but not Arctic Adventures. They were great to work with and provided a great tour.
"Good tour" | By
"An excellent tour" | By
Janet Burtenshaw 11/04/2018
We were recommended this afternoon Golden Circle Tour by a friend who had been on it. Our guide, Tomas, was excellent and made the tour really interesting.
The minibus was very comfortable and it was nice being with a smaller group rather than on a big coach.
We had enough time at each stop to see everything and all the stops were excellent. Thanks to Tomas for doing an extra little stop at the lovely horses which my daughter really enjoyed.
We would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
"Fantastic guide" | By
Fantastic guide - she was amazing. Lots of positive exciting stories and positive energi :-)
"Hop on - Hop off a service?" | By
I think it would be beneficial to have a hop on / hop off service. I wanted to spend more time at some parks, but I knew we were limited in time. When I did the northern lights, there were two Arctic Adventure trucks in my tour and I think some people wanted to stay, while others wanted to leave and it would have been useful at the Golden Circle too. All the buses have WiFi, so you can easily alert people when it’s time to leave, if there’s an option for anothe bus, etc. that people could use via app.