Grand Golden Circle Tour
PICTURES FROM THE TOUR
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS TOUR
A grand day tour for all visitors to Iceland. See history and nature collide with the Thingvellir national park, the great Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall & Kerið crater.
A grand day tour to all of the major Golden Circle attractions makes for an exciting trip exploring Iceland’s history, culture, and nature. Experience Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur and the Great Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Kerið Crater, all mesmerizing scenes within a day
The Golden Circle in Iceland refers to the three primary sights along a 300 kilometer (186.4 miles) route, with many other delightful, smaller-scale attractions scattered in between.
On our day tour, we will visit all of the main sights, and if time allows, we will make a few extra stops along the way, so you can see even more of Iceland. The historic Thingvellir National Park, the geothermal wonders of Geysir, the golden Gullfoss waterfall, and an additional stop at the Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake. It’s an exciting day packed with adventure!
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir geothermal area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake (entrance fee included in the tour)
Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake
The origin of Kerið began almost 3000 years ago during an eruption that was said to be grand, but when the magma emptied the chamber collapsed in on itself, leaving the crater as the shape we see today.
Well-paved pathways are available with different viewpoints to admire the Gullfoss waterfall. The first viewpoint is the upper deck next to the visitor center, from which you have a panoramic view of the waterfall in its entirety.
Following the path, you can walk down to the lower deck, to view another side of the thunderous drop that vanishes into the depth of the earth. Then you can see the first plunge of the waterfall in a closer distance on the lower deck. Please be aware that the path can be closed if it’s icy and conditions are not ideal.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Another feature of the area is the bubbling hot springs and the steamy muddy fields, creating the sulfuric smell. The geysers create a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Iceland’s wonder.
There’s a visitor center close by, selling souvenirs, local products, and offering many lunch options.
Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir sits right on the only visible section of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is mostly submerged in the ocean. As you walk along the pathway, you are walking in between the rift valley between two diverging tectonic plates that are home to North America and Eurasia, respectively.
Thingvellir National Park is home to a diverse range of scenery which includes the Öxaráfoss waterfall, Almannagjá gorge, Hakið panoramic viewpoint, Silfra Fissure and the Þingvallakirkja Church. The water is crystal clear at Thingvellir as the meltwater from Langjökull glacier seeps through the underground lava field, considered to be the best natural filter in the world.
A national treasure, Þingvellir is a great place to learn about Iceland’s history and heritage, especially if you are interested in Vikings, and how the laws of the land came about. In 2004, Þingvellir National Park was listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After our eventful day exploring the sights of Iceland, we will begin our drive back to Reykjavik. Along the way, you will see some picturesque scenery over the course of the 45-minute drive back to your pick up point.
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees to Kerið Volcanic Crater
- Free WiFi
- Pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks
What do I need to bring
- Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
- All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
- Duration of tour is 8,5 hrs
- The tour allows for lunch time at the Geysir area
- Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure