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Overview

Golden Circle is probably the most famous touristic route in Iceland. It holds incredible sightseeing spots and is definitely a must-do when visiting Iceland!

Highlights

  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir
  • Kerið Crater

This tour is a private experience through Iceland's most visited sites. Travel to UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the shooting geyser, and admire the most iconic waterfall in Iceland all in one trip!

This tour is part of our carbon offset program. You can read more about our sustainability actions here.

Availability All Year
Departs From Reykjavik
Duration 8 hours
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age No minimum
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Tour Type Private Tour

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  • Expert Guides
  • Small Group Experience
  • Sustainable Tour
  • No Booking Fees
  • Fast & Secure Payment
  • Best Price Guarantee

What's Included

Included

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off in Greater Reykjavík Area
  • Transportation in a private vehicle
  • Experienced guide and driver
  • Golden Circle Tour
  • Flexible destinations

What to bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Camera

Not Included

  • Food and drinks
  • Admission fees for any extra activities

Itinerary

Information

People Watching Erupting Geyser in Iceland

Go on an amazing private tour with an expert guide through the famous Golden Circle. See its major attractions, including a fissure between two continents, erupting geysers, and powerful waterfalls. Your guide will be there with you to tell you fascinating stories about each of those places.

The itinerary of this tour is flexible, meaning you can visit all the attractions in any sequence you want. Also, there's an option to add extra activities to the tour upon booking.

Group Walking in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

We begin our tour with a special location – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir. It is a historically significant location since it is where Iceland's first parliament, Althingi, was first held in 930 AD. The parliament still bears its name today, making it the oldest continuously existing parliament in the world's history. It is also a geologically unique location with a ridge between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you all the interesting history linked to this place.

Erupted Geysir Geyser in Iceland

After taking a walk at Thingvellir, we will head to the Haukadalur geothermal area, known for colorful mud pods and green patches of moss. It is home to Iceland's most well-known geysers, including the Great Geysir and the area's most active geyser, Strokkur. Great Geysir is now dormant, but Strokkur shoots boiling water up in the air every 5-10 minutes. The enormous force of this eruption will help you get an idea of the power beneath the surface.

Aerial View of Gullfoss Waterfall during Winter

The final attraction of the Golden Circle will be the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as "the Golden Falls." It is a beautiful water cascade falling down in two stages, originating from the powerful Hvítá river. The beautiful lush valley surrounds the waterfall, and you can usually see the rainbow covering it on sunny days.

Woman Sitting by Kerid Crater in Iceland

Afterward, we'll visit Kerið, a volcanic crater in Grímsnes municipality. A theory is that this crater was once a cone volcano that emptied its magma reserve. Right now, a void is filled with turquoise blue water, and it is an amazing sight to see. 

The entire tour can be customized according to your needs, lasts around 6-8 hours, and is commonly considered to contain some of the best sights that the land of fire and ice has to offer: it simply cannot be missed!

There is availability to add extra activities to this tour for an additional fee, here are the optional extras we offer:

  • Snowmobiling;
    • Please note that the minimum age limit for snowmobiling is 8 years old.
    • A driver's license is needed to drive a snowmobile.

  • Snorkeling at Silfra Fissure;
    • Please note that the minimum age limit for snorkeling is 14 years old.

  • Friðheimar Greenhouse Lunch;

  • Fontana Geothermal Spa Admission.

Please note: if snowmobiling is selected as an extra activity, it is not possible to add Snorkeling or Friðheimar Greenhouse lunch options additionally. However, it is possible to select Friðheimar Greenhouse lunch, Fontana Geothermal Spa, and Snorkeling as additional activities together. The extra activities are not private, but they will be joined for the scheduled departures. If you would like to have the additional activities private as well, please contact us.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 first step is to make sure your credit card provider allows you to make payments in Canadian Dollars (CAD) or American Dollars (USD) if you have selected.

In some cases, your credit card company would need to pre-authorize the transaction for you before you can process the transaction online.

If you are still having problems booking through Arctic Adventures website www.adventures.is then please contact our Customer Care Team

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.

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.

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.

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