The Golden Circle is often at the top of the bucket list when coming to Iceland. This tour offers all the classic stops with some handpicked extras.
Tour Operator: Holiday Tours
The golden circle combines 3 of Iceland’s most popular sights:
Þingvellir – The national park
Þingvellir is an area of tremendous historical importance for Iceland. It’s where the first parliament was established in 930 AD. Not only is it a scenic beauty but you’ll be exploring one of the longest-running political establishments in Europe.
We’re not finished! Because of the geographical location of Þingvellir, it is possible to walk from the North American to the European tectonic plate. Talk about a bucket list item!
Geyser is arguably the most famous hot spring in Iceland. There’s not a whole lot of action these days but Strokkur (right next to it) erupts every 5-8 minutes or so. Make sure to have your camera ready to catch that amazing natural phenomenon.
The golden waterfall is in the canyon of Hvítá and nothing short of a spectacular scenic view. When the weather conditions are safe, you can even walk all the way down to the waterfall.
Bonus stop to the Golden Circle:
Have you heard that Iceland is famous for using geothermal energy? Well, Friðheimar Tomato Farm is a prime example of that. We will walk through the greenhouse and enjoy the wonderful local dishes. Please note that the lunch is not included in the price.
It’s a volcanic crater located in the Grímsnes area. It’s 55 meters deep and 270 meters wide. The caldera of this crate is approximately 55 meters deep and 270 meters wide.That’s not all because at the bottom of the crater you’ll find a lake with aquamarine blue waters. It's really something to see.
Þingvellir - the national park where the parliament was established in 930 AD. We’ll let you see for yourself but soaking in the history and walking between the North American to the European tectonic plates this historic place is nothing short of a spectacular experience.
Then it’s time to hit the road again and our next stop is the Geyser. Now, Geyser has been inactive for some time, but his little brother Strokkur erupts every 5-8 minutes. Here, it’s important to not get to close to the water – and have your camera ready.
We continue to the Golden Waterfall. Located in the canyon of Hvítá, the waterfall plummets down into a 32-meter-deep crevice. From the parking area, it’s also possible to walk all the way down to the falls. It’s about a 10-minute walk but please be aware the walkway might be closed off in certain weather conditions.
After we’ve witnessed all the natural phenomenon’s the golden circle offers, we’re continuing our journey and the next stop is Kerid. It’s a volcanic Crater Lake close to the Golden circle area. The circular trail around it is approximately 1.4 km – considered an easy route. Not only can you walk around it, but also all the way down to the bottom of it, witnessing the natural aqua blue waters up close.
Once we’ve spent some time at the Kerid Crater it’s time to head for the bus again and make our way back into Reykjavík for drop-off.