Fill your day exploring the famous Golden Circle in a small group setting with some added flair. Visit the unmissable Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Hot Springs. We'll also stop at off-the-beaten-track spots like Faxi Waterfall and Hveragerði, a geothermal town in Southwest Iceland. You'll get a real feel for the Land of Fire and Ice in just one day.
Be amazed by gushing geysers, powerful waterfalls, and historical sites. Pack your sense of adventure and explore the best Iceland has to offer!
From Reykjavik, you'll drive towards Iceland's three most famous attractions that make up the Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall. We ensure that you get enough time to take in the magnificent landscape and the rich history found at every footstep.
Þingvellir (Thingvellir National Park) is deeply rooted in Icelandic history and is famous for numerous reasons. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Iceland's first Althing (Parliament) was founded in 930. It's also where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia drift apart, creating a stunning canyon. The park is, quite simply, breathtaking. The waters, ponds, and fissures are extraordinarily clear, and the place's history is endless.
When traveling through Iceland, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that should not be missed.
Geysir Hot Spring Area is located in Haukadalur Valley. Here you'll find the famous Geysir, after which all other geysers are named. The area is filled with steam and magical geothermal phenomena. At the moment, the most active geyser is Strokkur. It erupts every 4-10 minutes and treats visitors to a show giving 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. The cascade plunges slightly over 30 m (98 ft) and has two drops. Gullfoss has been locals' favorite since the Viking times, and now it's your time to explore it.
The extra stops will be at:
Hveragerði is a geothermal town famous for its steaming hot springs and greenhouses. Also known as "the earthquake town," Hveragerði is an active earthquake location. Grab a cup of coffee and visit an earthquake exhibition in Sunnumörk Shopping Center free of charge.
Faxi Waterfall (often called the little brother of Gullfoss) is one of Iceland's hidden gems where you can enjoy peace and tranquility. The cascade is 80 m (262 ft) wide and 7 m (23 ft) high.
Your Golden Circle small-group sightseeing tour starts with pick-up from your selected location in Reykjavik at 8:00 a.m. Please note that the pick-up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’ pick-up list.
Golden Circle Superior
Reviewed on March 26, 2020 by 986carmen Review from Tripadvisor
Rebecca was our guide & driver.
During the trip, she showed us around 6 places of interest, she offered a lot of info and she entertained us with facts about Iceland.
It was a nice winter day, we enjoyed Kerid Lake, Geysir, Gullfoss and the Fridheimer Greenhouse.
The only upset is that we stayed too few minutes in the Thingvellir National Park, where we did not see at all the Silfra fissure :(
We recommend future travellers this tour.
Golden Circle Tour
Reviewed on March 12, 2020 by David Moore From our post-trip system
We really enjoyed this tour. It encompasses all the major tourist sites; geysers, Gullfoss waterfall and the crater at Kerio as well as the magnificent Rift Valley and early parliament site. The vehicle we travelled in was new and comfortable and David our guide very personable, informative and helpful. Highly recommended. Thank you. Later in the evening, we did the second part of the tour to Blue Lagoon. My reservation here was that the documentation about the trip did not mention that this was effectively a separate trip, so we took our swimwear round the Golden Circle.The documentation should be clearer, because it wasn’t until we got on the trip that we discovered that it was basically two trips and there was time to go back to the hotel. Nevertheless, we had a great time at the Blue Lagoon, even though we were there in a snow storm and it was definitely an experience the four of us will always remember with joy!
Reviewed on February 28, 2020 by Yan Liu From our post-trip system
The tour is organized very well by stopping so many places for a day trip! our tour guide is very knowledgeable and funny. He made very clear instruction for our stops and I enjoyed the trip very much! I wish we would stop a little bit longer at Gullfoss Waterfall by cut off other stops 5min shorter.
Excellent Small Group Tour
Reviewed on February 24, 2020 by MICHAEL J EBBERT From our post-trip system
The attention provided in a small group tour is so much better than a larger bus. Our Guide was very informative and allowed for extra time to make sure the visits to each site were sufficient enough time to see the majesty of Iceland. He even encouraged us to go a little further at Pingvellir Park to assure seeing the waterfalls. Excellent tour and thank you very much.
Golden Circle Superior Tour
Reviewed on January 24, 2020 by Ruth Goreham From our post-trip system
We were collected promptly from our hotel. The guide Frederik (?) introduced himself once all guests had been collected and set out the agenda for the day and I really liked the fact that our tour went anti-clockwise. Our time at the crater was a little short but that was because of our booked slot at the tomato greenhouse. Time everywhere else was perfectly adequate. The guide was very polite and enthusiastic and gave us information on each place and various things we passed along the way but it was very informative and pitched at the right level and was not overly intrusive. Having wi-fi on the coach was a bonus too. I also liked the fact that we were dropped off in the order we were collected. I think the tour was definitely good value compared to other companies trips and it was well worth the extra to be on a smaller minibus. I would definitely use Arcti Adventures again and recommend them to anybody visiting Iceland :-)
A week in Iceland with Arctic Adventures Tours
Reviewed on March 17, 2019 by KandATravelers Review from Tripadvisor
We found the company online and after comparing with other companies we find out that the companies we were looking have the same parent company. We booked a 2 Day tour to the South Coast, Golden Circle Superior, snowmobile and ice cave, airport transfers, Blue lagoon transfer, and Northern lights cruise. The prices across tour providers or websites are consistent. We liked that they offered 10% discount when booking 3 or more activities.
We enjoyed the experiences. We had all clear days and the views were spectacular. Small groups (no more than 18). Our tour guides were excellent, specially Thomas from our Golden Circle superior tour. He is great, knowledgeable and entertaining. Our 2 day tour included a stayed at Hof. This was the best time we got in our Iceland trip to see the northern lights...
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 super 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.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
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.
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:
The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.