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Express Golden Circle - see Gullfoss waterfall, a spouting geyser, and Þingvellir National Park, all in one fabulous afternoon!


  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Northern Lights (Optional)

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 waterfall and discover the unique geology and history at Þingvellir.

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.


Inside the Golden Circle Tour | Arctic Adventures
Availability All Year
Duration 6 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes



Please Select When Booking:

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You have selected WITH NORTHERN LIGHTS

What's included


  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Minibus Transport
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Golden Circle Tour
  • Certified Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hiking or sturdy shoes

Not Included

  • Meals

Practical information


huge eruption of Strokkur geyser

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 Time: The tour returns to Reykjavík around 19:00 – please bear in mind that the weather conditions in Iceland can sometimes cause delays.

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Based on 11 reviews

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

1- of 11 reviews

Golden Circle Fun

Reviewed on March 10, 2020 by Brad From our post-trip system

Our tour guide was fantastic and gave personal stories and historical facts. But, also did not talk too much and let us enjoy the views. The mini bus was comfortable and had power to charge our phones. The small group tour was just about right. We were allowed enough bathroom breaks and even got to stop one last time for coffee. All around enjoyable experience.


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

The tour was wonderfully easy to enjoy. The bus picked us up at the hotel, drove us out to our first stop and gave us plenty of time to use the restrooms, stretch our legs and buy a snack. The rest of the trip was sight after sight. The guide even took us on some additional side-trips to meet some Icelandic horses and view some waterfalls! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided historic and cultural information, as well as his own personal insight from growing up in Iceland. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who is looking to see the major sights and don't want to deal with the hassle of renting a car and navigating on your own. Plus the side-tours were areas that only a local would know!

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!!

Memorable tour

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

We joined the Golden Circle afternoon tour since our flight arrived the same day in the morning. As our guide Heimur explained, since it is the afternoon tour, it's an express tour to visit the main sites around the Golden Circle. We were pleasantly surprised when we got to visit extra stops such as an ice cream farm (the ice cream was delicious!), a stop to see icelandic horses, and a photo stop at Faxi waterfall. The guide was very kind, after a tourist on our minibus tour told him she had problems trying to find a rain poncho in the shop (it was drizzling that day), he returned with one and gave it to her even when she asked to pay him back. My only suggestion is that the stop at Thingvellir could be a bit longer.

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


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.

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.

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National ParkGullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

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