Golden Circle
Reykjavik

Golden Circle tours and attractions

The Golden Circle is a tourist route located in southern Iceland that covers over 190 miles, looping from Reykjavik into the southern uplands and back...

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Your day starts by driving from Reykjavik to the historic Thingvellir National Park, where both the American and Eurasian tectonic plates me...

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11 hours
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This is the perfect combination of the most popular day tour in Iceland with the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, taking you to see the se...

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13 hours
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This tour let's you explore stunning Iceland above and underground starting by witnessing the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as you w...

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10 hours
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Follow in the footsteps of the old Vikings as you walk down into the rift valley where the American and Eurasian continental plates are lite...

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9 hours 30 minutes
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The outing begins with an exploration of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the tectonic plates of North America a...

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7 hours
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Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you walk down into the rift valley where the American and Eurasian continental plates are literall...

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7 hours 30 minutes
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Visit Iceland's quintessential sites in this day tour which conveniently combines all the must-sees of the Golden Circle in one single exper...

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11 hours
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This tour combines the widely popular Golden Circle tour with a one-hour snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second largest gla...

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10 hours
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Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings of old as you walk down into the rift valley where the American and Eurasian continental plates are l...

Duration
11 hours 30 minutes
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Available in: English
Bus tours

Your adventure begins when your experienced guide picks you up in a comfortable minibus in the morning to explore the famous Golden Circle. ...

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8 hours
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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...

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8 hours
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History & heritage tours

No visit to Iceland is complete without a tour of its most iconic sites on the Golden Circle. Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, an...

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8 hours 30 minutes
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The inside story

The Golden Circle is a tourist route located in southern Iceland that covers over 190 miles, looping from Reykjavik into the southern uplands and back. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and takes about a day to complete a full visit in each of the three primary stops. These stops along the Golden Circle include: Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park,Geysir Geothermal Field, and the Gullfoss waterfall.

Thingvellir National Park is one of Iceland's most significant historic and geological sites. The national parliament of Iceland (Althing) was founded in 930 AD where the park is currently located. At Thingvellir, you can see where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet as well as how these plates have continuously drifted apart over time. It was declared a national park in 1930 and in 2004, the park was added to the list as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only one in Iceland.

The Geysir Geothermal Field is known for its hot springs and you will surely experience the areas underground volcanic activities. The two most well known hot springs in the area are The Great Geysir and Shokkur (The Churn). The Great Geysir is the oldest documented geyser in Europe that dates back to the 13th century. When it was active, the geyser used to erupt with heights of around 400 feet but has been dormant for many years. Shokkur is currently the most active hot spring in Iceland and erupts about every 5-10 minutes, reaching heights of 30-60 feet usually, but has reached up to 130 feet. If you get hungry while visiting this part of the Golden Circle, you can stop by the Visitor Center where you can enjoy some local dishes and shop for unique souvenirs that were created by the locals.

The last stop on the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss Waterfall. The name Gullfoss means "Waterfall of Gold" or "Golden Falls" and refers to the golden color of the water on a sunny day. This majestic waterfall is one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls and has two huge "steps", one 36 feet and the other 71 feet. When standing near the falls, you will be able to feel the spray of the water on your face, and if you are lucky and visit on a sunny day, a rainbow just might appear!

The Golden Circle is definitely a place worth visiting on a trip to Iceland and has much more to offer than just these three great sites. You can go snorkeling in between the tectonic plates, go whale watching, see the northern lights, and much more!

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Golden Circle Thingvellir, 801 Selfoss, Islanda Reykjavik
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