Visit Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss in style in one of our premium day tours, run exclusively in small groups of no more than 17 people.
The Golden circle is the name commonly given to a combination of three sites of special significance in the west of Iceland. These sites are, Þingvellir National park, Geysir and Gullfoss.
Our day tour will take you to all these essential stops and more as we attempt to share with you some of the highlights of Icelandic history and nature all in one magnificent route through the Icelandic countryside.
The Golden circle is one of the most popular day tours in Iceland thanks to how accessible it is and how much it has to offer. You have the Þingvellir national park which was home to the world's first parliament as well as the site of the silfra fissure were the american and eurasian tectonic plates are separating. There is also Gullfoss the golden waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland and the Geothermal paradise of Geysir where you can see frequent hot spring eruptions.
Further to these though we also take you to some additional sites such as the fantastic Friðheimar farm and Kerið volcanic crater.
Geysir geothermal area
Þingvellir National Park
Kerið volcanic crater (entrance fee included)
Friðheimar horse farm
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Our day tour to the Golden Circle begins with our fast and efficient pick up service. You simply need to wait at your hotel or at one of the designated pick up points and let us take care of the rest. Once we have all our guests we will set off from the city and journey to our first major destination.
Kerið volcanic crater will be the first stop we make. Kerið is one of many crater lakes located in this area. It became a popular destination due to it's vivid red lava rock that contrast with the aquamarine waters created by the mineral composition in the surrounding soil.
Following from Kerið we make a unique stop at a local farm called Friðheimar. Located near to the town of Flúðir (home of the secret lagoon), Friðheimar is a visitor friendly tomato farm and an ideal location to stop during your Golden Circle tour. The farm is more than just it’s greenhouses though as they also have a highly active horse breeding program. They currently have around six first-prize award winning broodmares and you will get a chance to visit with them as we include a visit to the stables where you will learn more about the Icelandic horses and their unique gaits. You will also get a chance to see the inner workings of the Friðheimar greenhouse where you will receive a talk on how they manage to produce such high quality vegetables in a country known for its long, dark winters and also a chance to sample some of the tomatoes that the farm is well known for.
Our next stop is at Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss, translated as the Golden waterfall, is a large waterfall that drops a stunning 32m over two stages. It is fed from the white river which originates from Iceland’s 2nd biggest glacier. The area is intertwined with a mixture of history and myth surrounding plans to build a hydroelectric dam that ultimately fell through due to the efforts of one girl and her protests to preserve the nature.
After the waterfall we will make our way to the Geysir Geothermal area. The area gets its name from a specific hot spring known as the “Great Geysir” a large geyser in the area that that gave us the English word ‘Geyser’. Geysir itself is no longer able to erupt without assistance, but luckily there is still activity here to be seen and Geysirs sister hot spring Strokkur still erupts frequently. There is also a large visitors center here and a great spot for you to buy some lunch.
The last stop on our tour is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This is the site where the world's first parliament was formed when the old Viking group leaders decided to join together on a yearly basis to discuss the events and laws of the land. This area is also notable as being the location where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are separating from each other creating the Silfra fissure, a popular diving spot.
After the National park we will head back to Reykjavik.
The duration of the tour is 8 hours
There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food
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