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Golden Circle Tours

Three of Iceland’s most captivating sites come together in a flawless combination revealing the very best of this remarkable, raw country. All within 100km of Reykjavik, Iceland’s Golden Circle covers Þingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss, with most tours taking on these key sites during one epic day trip. Although, if you can dedicate more than a day to exploring these majestic sites, you definitely should. The birthplace of Icelandic Parliament and crisscrossing tectonic plates meet sublime hot springs and a mighty waterfall on this premier attraction. From epic snow-capped mountains to picture-perfect gingerbread-style houses, geological rarities to luminescent water pools, the Golden Circle encapsulates the immense beauty of the Icelandic landscape that is rarely, if ever, surpassed.

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Our tips for Golden Circle

  • Look out for a pot of gold. Sunshine at Gulfoss waterfall means only one thing; rainbows. Rainbows shine bright and often at this beautiful sight, so plan your Golden Circle tours around the seasons and pray for good weather!
  • Ice bath, anyone? Glacial fissures in the Þingvellir National park result in ice-cold pools of crystal clear water. Those brave enough can scuba dive and snorkel below the surface and uncover an Iceland rarely seen.
  • Choose wisely. Whether it’s a snowmobile or a Viking horse ride, there’s plenty of Golden Circle tours to choose from, all offering their own unique Icelandic experience. Pair your traditional tour with a more outlandish activity to make the most of your Golden Circle experience.

Good to know

Best time to visit
With a tumultuous winter climate, Iceland is best experienced in the summer months, when sunshine prevails and days stretch across 20 hours. With just four hours of sunlight per day, winters in the Golden Circle Iceland can be grim for first-time travellers to Iceland.
Getting there
With Golden Circle Iceland sites spanning a 100km radius, your best bet to reach these destinations is by driving. Bus and car tours run frequently, and usually begin and end in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik.
Money saving tips
Book in advance to score the best deal for your Golden Circle experience. Combination packages that include a few top Iceland attractions will stretch your dollar even further.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about The Golden Circle’s key spots…
  • Translating to the "Golden Falls", Gullfoss on a sunny day is truly spectacular. The famous waterfall got its title from its stunning view as, in the sun when the water plunges down below, the waterfall appears golden.
  • Translating to “the Parliament Plains", Þingvellir is steeped in ancient history. The Viking’s Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene on this site until 1798.
  • The Geysir is a site of a spout of geothermally heated water, which ceased spouting water regularly in 1916. It is unknown why Geysir stopped spouting water as frequently as it once did, however some believe that the rocks that were thrown into the site by thousands of tourists over the years could be blocking the waterways.

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