The Golden Circle small group tour has all the highlights of the famous Golden Circle route with a more personal touch.
This is the optimal Golden Circle tour – Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area in a small group setting with some added flare. This is the perfect way to spend a day in Iceland as your will be exploring some of the most beautiful sites the country has to offer. We will also stop at some more “off the beaten track” spots, for example, the Hellisheiðarvirkjun Power Plant, Efsti-dalur farm, the stunning Faxi waterfall and the crater Kerið.
Be amazed by gushing geysers, powerful waterfalls, and historical sites. Visit a World UNESCO Heritage site where the tectonic plates meet and explore the best Iceland has to offer.
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- The Golden Circle sightseeing
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Geysir hot spring area
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Hellisheidarvirkjun Power Plant
- Faxi Waterfall
- Efstidalur - Icelandic farm
- Kerið Volcanic Crater
- Laugarvatn Geothermal Area
- Transfer to/from Reykjavik
- A guided tour of the Golden Circle
- A certified guide
Pick-up: Your Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour starts with pick up from your selected location in Reykjavik. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
From Reykjavik you will drive towards Iceland’s three most famous attractions that make up the popular Golden Circle; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall. First up is Thingvellir, the national park that is strongly rooted in the Icelandic history, treasuring Althing the site of Iceland‘s first parliament and the mighty tectonic plates that are driving the rift valley that the national park sits in apart. This UNESCO world heritage site is a place that you should definitely make sure not to miss during your stay here in Iceland. After exploring all that Thingvellir has to offer, we will head back to Reykjavík.
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular routes visitors take in Iceland. The circle consists of three major attractions; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall. We make sure that you get enough time to take in the magnificent landscape and the rich history that is found at every footstep.
Þingvellir e. Thingvellir national park is famous for numerous reasons. It’s a UNESCO heritage site, it’s where Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 and it’s where the tectonic plates drift apart. It’s the home to the magical Silfra and this place is simply stunning. The waters, pond, and fissures are extraordinarily clear and the history of the place is endless.
Geysir hot spring area is located in Haukadalur valley. It’s where the Geysir which all other geysers are named after is located and the area is filled with steam and magical geothermal phenomena. This most active geyser a the moment is Strokkur, it goes off every 4-10 minutes and treats us to a show that gives you that tingly feeling in your stomach.
Gullfoss or the Golden Falls are next up on the itinerary. It’s one of the most powerful waterfalls in Iceland. It drops little over 30 meters and has two drops. It has been a local’s favorite since the Viking times and now it’s your time to explore it.
The extra stops will be at:
Hellisheiðarvirkjun Power Plant will be the first stop that will be made on this tour. There they have an exhibition that recently opened and houses an interactive exhibition centering on the development of geothermal energy in Iceland. This part will give you a better look into the geothermal energy of Iceland, how we make and use the energy. This is all presented in an accessible and fun way through informative and entertaining multimedia exhibits.
Kerið is a volcanic crater lake. Craters are usually formed by volcanic explosions but researched has shown that this might not have been the case for Kerið. It formed when a cone volcano erupted and emptied its magma reserve. The cone has since then collapsed into its magma chamber and by that created a crater. Due to the formation, the colors are very different and unique.
Faxi waterfall is next up. This beautiful blue fall is a quite hidden and for that wonderful reason, not a busy site. This stunning location is covered with birch and has a sweet charm about it. This is one of those waterfalls you would stare at all day and actually a popular kayaking spot for many of our guides.
Efstidalur farm is a perfect stop after the Golden Circle. Efstidalur is a family farm located close to Laugarvatn lake. There‘s an ice cream barn at the farm and the concept is really alluring, you can enjoy different flavors of ice cream produced from the milk of the cows living at the farm. It really doesn’t get more local than this and the taste of the ice cream is otherworldly!
Laugarvatn is a small village with a population of only about 200 people. It’s known for its natural warmth and hot springs. It’s also home to the stunning lake Laugarvatn which many of the hot springs are connected to. One of which is the Vígðalaug which was used as a baptism pool when the Icelandic nation became Christian.
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves and sturdy shoes.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.
Please note that the order of the itinerary can vary whereas we might swap the order of the attractions due to weather conditions and other related factors.
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.
Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.
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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. 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.
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 off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.
All year around options:
Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour
Golden Circle and Caving
Golden Circle and Rafting
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.
Price from 11.990 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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"Great tour guide!"
Our tour was all the more interesting and fun because of the tour guide we had. Gilly really made our trip fun and interesting telling us all sorts of interesting facts and tidbits and had a great sense of humor. He was well organized and very efficient. The stops along the Golden Circle was so beautiful and simply amazing. It’s a must do!
"Best experience in Iceland"
My husband and I booked the Golden Circle tour with Arctic Adventures and it was the best experience! Our tour guide Jónas was amazing, so friendly, welcoming, informative, and just all-around phenomenal. We love small group tours because of how personalized the guides are, and it really made our first experience and impression of Iceland one that we will never forget! I would book all my tours through this company the next time I visit Iceland. Highly recommend it- you won’t regret it!!!
"Small Group Golden Circle Tour - First class experience!"
We used Artic Adventures to complete a small group tour of the Golden Circle in Iceland, and the experience we had was first class. The driver was knowledgeable and friendly, and her English was far better than our Icelandic! The tour takes in the highlights of the famous Golden Circle, taking in sights such as Gullfoss, Geysir, the Thingvellir National Park and much much more. Definitely recommend and would use again.