Overview

Visit all the highlights of the famous Golden Circle route including Friðheimar greenhouse, Kerið crater & even pet some Icelandic horses

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • The Golden Circle Sightseeing
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Friðheimar Greenhouse
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Kerið Volcanic Crater
  • Icelandic Horses

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 flair. 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, Friðheimar Tomato Farm, the crater Kerið and we’ll even stop and say hi to some horses on the way!

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.

  • Free Wifi
  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides

4.7

Availability All Year
Duration 8 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

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

A week in Iceland with Arctic Adventures Tours

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...

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91 USD

Per Adult(16+)
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What's included

Included

  • Transfer to/from Reykjavik
  • A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle
  • A Certified Guide
  • Entrance Fee to Kerið Crater
  • Free WiFi on the Bus
  • Friðheimar Exhibition
  • Taste Local Tomatoes
  • Icelandic Horse Petting

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy shoes

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

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.

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 strongly rooted in Icelandic history and is famous for numerous reasons. It’s a UNESCO heritage site, it’s where Iceland’s first Althing (e. 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.
This UNESCO world heritage site is a place that should not be missed.

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 at 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:

Friðheimar Greenhouse is next up, where you will get the chance to try out some famous locally grown tomatoes, with a short but informative talk about the process from one of the experts.

Kerið will be the first stop that will be made on this tour. 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.

Brú’s Horse Petting will be your final stop. Petting the Icelandic Horse is the perfect end of the adventure before we head back to Reykjavík.

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.

As of June 1st 2019, the stops at Hellisheidarvirkjun Power Plant, Faxi waterfall and Skálholt Historical Site will not be operated. Instead, a new stop at Friðheimar's tomato greenhouses will be added to the itinerary

FAQ

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.

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.

Reviews

4.7
Based on 3 reviews

Golden Circle Superior - Small Group Tour

1- of 3 reviews

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!

Good experience

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.

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