The Golden Circle small group tour has all the highlights of the famous Golden Circle route plus a visit to the historic site of Skálholt.
This is the optimal Golden Circle tour – Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and the historical site of Skálholt directly from Reykjavik in a small group setting.
9 hours / 10am - 7pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- The Golden Circle sightseeing
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Geysir hot spring area
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Transfer to/from Reykjavik
- A guided tour of the Golden Circle
- A certified guide
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular routes visitors take in Iceland. The route consists of three major attractions; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall. In addition, we will also stop at the historical site Skálholt. We make sure that you get enough time to take in the magnificent landscape and the rich history that is found at every footstep.
Your Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour starts with pick up from your hotel in Reykjavik at 10am*. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
From Reykjavik you will drive towards the the three 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 into 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 your next stop will be at the historical site of Skalholt. A spiritual place full of culture. From Skalholt your adventure tour will lead you to Geysir hot spring area where you will experience spouting geysers before you will head back to your hotel in Reykjavik.
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.
During the summer season (From May 15th - September 15th) the pick up starts at 8am. During the winter Season (From September 16th - May 14th:) the pick up starts at 10am.
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 9.990 ISK per person.
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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!!!