The Golden Circle tour is a must-see for anyone visiting Iceland for the first time.
The Golden Circle is the most popular tour in Iceland that introduces you to some of Iceland’s most famous natural attractions. During the day, we visit the Thingvellir National Park, famous for its historical and geological matter. Then, we explore Gullfoss, the second largest waterfall in Iceland, and continue the journey to the Haukadalur, a geothermally active valley with Geysir and Strokkur geysers. Other attractions along the way will be Kerid Crater, Nesjavellir geothermal area, and Fridheimar greenhouse. We also dine at the Fridheimar greenhouse and taste the locally grown tomatoes.
- A perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Explore Iceland in a privately guided tour
- Visit some of the most popular destinations on a day
- Nesjavellir Geothermal area (May-Oct.)
- Thingvellir National Park
- Haukadalur Geyser Valley
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Fridheimar Greenhouse
- Kerid Crater
|Travel Style||Privately Guided Day Tour|
|Availability||All Seasons, Daily|
|Tour Duration||8-9 hours|
|Pickup/Drop Off||Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik (outside of Reykjavik is possible at the surcharge)|
|Departure Time||9:00 AM (the pickup time can be changed upon your request)|
|Transportation||SUV or Minivan for a group of 1-6 people. Minibus for 6-15 people|
- Driver/guide services
- Private transportation
- Food and drinks
- Personal expenses
The Secret Lagoon can be visited during a day or we can also extend the trip to the Blue Lagoon. Please inform us before the trip, if you want to visit any of the additional places.
The indicated price per person is calculated for 4 adults sharing a tour together. Prices and availability are listed in the booking form below. For getting a quote or customizing your trip, please send us a tour request.
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Our tour will start from Reykjavik by heading to the Nesjavellir geothermal area, located nearby the Hengill volcano. At Nesjavellir, we have a short walk to the viewing point above the geothermal power plant to explore spectacular views from the height of the observation deck.
From Nesjavellir we head to Thingvellir National Park and drive along the shore of Thingvallavatn lake with breathtaking scenery. The Thingvellir National park served as parliament ground during many centuries, from the time of early settler Vikings and up to the 19th century. In the valley at Thingvellir, we walk along the Almanagja fissure, the place where American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge and move apart.
Then we drive to Haukadalur, the valley of geysers, where the Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-10 minutes into the air a mixture of hot water and steam to a height up to 30 meters (100 feet), while other hot springs in the area are quiet but colorful.
One of the main attractions on the route will be the Gullfoss waterfall with cascades of 11 and 22 meters (36 to 72 feet) of a powerful water stream falling into the gorge. From Gullfoss, we go toward the Fridheimar greenhouse for lunch.
The Friðheimar greenhouse is a good example of horticulture in Iceland, it is open for visitors, and you can come and enjoy a unique food experience at the restaurant, with tomatoes growing all around.
One more stop that we do on the way back to Reykjavik at the Kerid crater, 55 meters (180 feet) deep explosion crater filled with water, creating a lake whose steep circular slopes resemble an ancient amphitheater.
On the way to Reykjavik, we drive over the Hellisheidi mountain pass and bring you back to Reykjavik to your hotel or guesthouse.
Duration 8 hours. Driving Distance 255km/160 miles.
Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.
We assume that you may have questions while preparing for your trip. We would like to answer some of them in advance to provide you with complete information about our tours and make them as comfortable as possible. Below you can find the most frequently asked questions.
How do we pay for the tour?
Payments for day tours are collected online while booking. We accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. If you have any problems with using American Express, please contact us. If another way of payment is preferable, please contact us through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do you pick up from?
Pick-up is included in the tour price and arranged from your lodging places or designated bus stops in Reykjavik. Please be ready outside the hotel or in a lobby at the pick-up time mentioned in the tour description. Please contact us, if you like to change a place or time for pick-up.
If your group is larger than 5 people and a minibus used for tour transportation, we have limited possibility for pickups in downtown Reykjavík due to driving/parking restrictions in the area. Then, we shall pick you up from designated bus stops or ask to meet a driver-guide at a nearby location, where we can pick you up. You can also preliminary e-mail us at email@example.com, and we‘ll figure out the best pick up location.
Drop-offs are provided at the same place as pick-up unless otherwise arranged with the driver/guides.
What about food on tours?
We arrange refreshment stops at cafés or restaurants on every day tour, where you can purchase your lunch and snacks. Therefore, you are not required to bring your food for the tour, however, if you prefer to bring some snacks or drinks, that is accepted. Please note that food and beverages are not included in the tour price.
Can I get vegetarian meals on tours?
Nearly all restaurants in Iceland offer some vegetarian food. There is no problem with purchasing vegetarian meals on tours.
How many bathroom stops are on the tours?
The bathrooms are available at visitor centers at many stops on popular routes such as Golden Circle and South Coast. Some bathroom stops are available on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour. Your driver-guide will inform you about available places for bathroom stops on the route.
Can we cancel or change reservation? What is the Cancellation Policy?
Flexible Policy for Cancellations and Refunds
All Top-Iceland day tours are fully refundable, up to the day of tour delivery. You will receive a full refund of the tour price:
- If you cancel a booking before the start of the tour for any reason. Please note you will not receive any refund if you do not cancel the tour and do not show. Also, timing is calculated following the time zone of the tour;
- If Top-Iceland cancels the tour;
- If You cannot take the tour because of an unforeseeable event that is out of your control (“Unforeseeable Events”).
Refunds will be sent back to the original payment method used in making the booking. Depending on the bank’s processing time, it can take 7 business days for the refunds to reflect in your bank account or card balance.
All cancellations must be initiated by contacting Top-Iceland via:
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sending a Message through the website topicelandtours.com
- Telephone: +354 626 9000
Top-Iceland is not responsible for any incidental expenses you and/or any other participant may have directly or indirectly incurred as a result of the booking of a tour. These expenses include but are not limited to, the cost of visas, accommodation, vehicle rental, vaccinations, flights, and/or loss of enjoyment.
In any cancellation event, you may also choose to reschedule the tour, or take a credit towards a future booking, instead of receiving a refund. You can find more details for cancellation policies on the page Terms & Conditions
Please contact us if you have any questions about our cancellation policy.
What to bring for tours? Which clothes are recommended?
Solid, warm & waterproof shoes, as well as warm rain & windproof outdoor clothing, is recommended for all the tours. (Please see the question below about weather and temperature).
What is the weather like in Iceland? How cold is it?
Here below, a table with average temperatures, precipitation, and daylights by months in Iceland:
|Month||Avg. High||Avg. Low||Avg. Rainfall||Avg. Sunlight|
|January||36°F (2°C)||28°F (-2°C)||4 inches||5 hours|
|February||36°F (2°C)||28°F (-2°C)||4.3 inches||8 hours|
|March||38°F (3°C)||30°F (-1°C)||3.7 inches||12 hours|
|April||43°F (6°C)||34°F (1°C)||2.9 inches||16 hours|
|May||48°F (9°C)||40°F (4°C)||2.3 inches||18 hours|
|June||54°F (12°C)||46°F (8°C)||2.1 inches||21 hours|
|July||57°F (14°C)||49°F (9°C)||2.7 inches||19 hours|
|August||55°F (13°C)||47°F (8°C)||3.5 inches||16 hours|
|September||50°F (10°C)||42°F (6°C)||4.6 inches||13 hours|
|October||44°F (7°C)||36°F (2°C)||4.5 inches||9 hours|
|November||39°F (4°C)||30°F (-1°C)||4.2 inches||6 hours|
|December||36°F (2°C)||29°F (-2°C)||4.1 inches||4 hours|
Please remember, that weather in Iceland changes rapidly and you cannot count on long-term forecasts. Two most reliable sources of the weather forecast: https://www.vedur.is/ and https://www.yr.no/
How about the daylight? Is it completely dark in winter?
Fortunately not, even on the shortest days of the year, there are several hours of daylight every day – between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you wish to check a specific time of a year we recommend to use https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/iceland/reykjavik
How long in advance should we book tours?
In general – the earlier, the better. Consider the fact that most of our tours are privately guided, and therefore an availability on certain dates might be limited.
How about tipping in Iceland?
Tipping in Iceland is not required but always appreciated.
Is it obligatory to have child seats/boosters?
Yes, it is requested by Icelandic law to have child seats/boosters. Some families are already traveling on their own, but if you would like us to provide child seats and/or boosters on the tour, please send us an e-mail.