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Golden Circle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

1. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

See the best of southwest Iceland on an 8-hour Golden Circle tour by bus from Reykjavik. Visit the spectacular Geysir area, and go to the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet in Þingvellir National Park. Travel to the geothermal area of Geysir. Marvel as the active hot spring of Strokkur spouts steaming water 30 meters into the air every 8 minutes. Continue to one of Iceland’s most iconic features at the Gullfoss Waterfall (“Golden Falls“). Feel the spray of the waters of the glacial River Hvítá as it plummets down into a 32-meter deep crevice. Next, enter Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural value in 2004, and is the site of a stunning rift valley and the Rock of Law, the first Viking parliament. Marvel at the volcanic crater at Lake Kerið, and pass through the Icelandic farms of the south on your drive around the Golden Circle, before returning to your original starting point in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid, & Secret Lagoon Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid, & Secret Lagoon Tour

Embark on a bus tour of Iceland’s legendary Golden Circle and soak in the thermal waters of the Secret Lagoon. Explore the southwest, including the spectacular Geysir area, Gullfoss Waterfall, Kerið Volcano, and Þingvellir National Park. After pickup in central Reykjavik, the day's first stop is at the Kerið Volcanic Crater. Here you can circle the crater top along a winding path and descend into the crater to reach the lake at its center. Next, head to the Secret Lagoon where you'll have 1.5 hours to unwind in the thermal waters and admire the peaceful surroundings. Continue to the active hot spring of Strokkur and watch it spout steaming water 30 meters every 8 minutes. Arrive at Gullfoss Waterfall and feel the spray of the glacial Hvítá River as it plummets down into a 32-meter-deep crevice. Next, visit Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters every year. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, & Blue Lagoon Tour

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, & Blue Lagoon Tour

Experience Iceland’s 2 most visited natural attractions, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, in one day on a comfortable and convenient minibus tour. Depart Reykjavik and head for the Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates converge. Amble through the stunning, lake-filled area, hopping back and forth between continental boundaries, and view the site where the Icelandic parliament was held from 930-1798. Next, head to the Geysir Hot Spring with geothermal pools reaching temperatures of 200 degrees. Witness the Strokkur geyser erupting a plume of boiling water and steam 100 feet in the air. Grab a bite to eat, before heading to the breathtaking waterfall at Gullfoss. Next, visit the Kerid volcanic crater with its deep blue waters, surrounded by vibrant red rock. Finish your tour at the iconic Blue Lagoon. Luxuriate in the warm, geothermal waters, making use of an included silica mud mask, before heading back to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full Day Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full Day Tour

Take yourself on the Golden Circle Classic, a full-day tour that brings you close to some of Iceland's most beautiful natural sites. This popular excursion introduces you to some of the best known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland, all with the commentary of a knowledgeable guide. Begin with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in the year 930 AD. Þingvellir is geologically remarkable and the tectonic plate boundaries form a breathtaking scenery. Then head to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss and walk toward the edge to feel the mist of the glacial water on your face. From there, journey toward the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, before traveling back to Reykjavik. 

Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Day Tour

5. Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Day Tour

Discover the extraordinary sights and natural wonders of Iceland’s geothermal Geysir area, and see active geysers and cascading waterfalls along the way. The tour starts at Geysir where you can see spouting hot springs, including the most active geyser in Iceland Strokkur. Continue across the torrid landscape to Gullfoss, where you can stand next to an amazing waterfall as enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. Spend some time exploring a cross-section of Iceland's natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park, an area of such historic and geological significance it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Learn about the open-air assembly of Althing and how the landscape was husbanded over 1,000 years. See the dramatic fissures and rifts in the landscape caused by dramatic volcanic activity throughout history.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

6. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Explore the Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Learn facinating information from your audio guide as you visit sites like Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Ride on the ice fields of Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile tour. Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun in a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

7. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

Discover the rugged beauty of Iceland's Golden Circle aboard a climate-controlled bus with this tour from Reykjavik. Visit sights like Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Feel the thrill of riding a snowmobile over the Langjökull glacier.   Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity. Take control of a snowmobile or travel as a passenger to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull. Stay warm protective clothing during your trip. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

8. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Discover the raw natural beauty of the Golden Circle and the dazzling wonders of the Icelandic northern lights on this combined tour from Reykjavik. Travel in a spacious bus to Gullfoss waterfall and the Þingvellir National Park. Take a night bus tour to search for the northern lights.  Depart Reykjavik to experience the geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. See boiling water spout from the earth at the great geysers of Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur Valley. Experience the dramatic cascades of Gullfoss waterfall, fed by the glacial waters of the Hvítá River. Get different views of the impressive water as it plunges into a 32-meter deep crevice.  Reconnect with nature in Þingvellir National Park, and discover where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart. Return to Reykjavík for a few hours at leisure before your evening Northern Lights tour. Head back out after dark to look for the dancing lights in the night sky. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour with Drink

9. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour with Drink

Join a minibus tour of the Golden Circle with plenty of stops in all the best locations along the way. See natural formations, such as geysers, waterfalls, lakes, and unwind in the Blue Lagoon hot springs. Visit Thingvellir, a historic landmark where the Icelandic Commonwealth was founded. View the North Atlantic Divergent Ridge and see eruptions of up to 20 meters high at Strokkur, which erupts every 3 to 4 minutes. Pass by the dormant Geysir. Enjoy the view at Gullfoss, considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. Stop for lunch before heading to Kerið, a striking crater lake filled with blue-green water and surrounded by black and red slopes. The highlight of the day is the time you will spend at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland´s most popular geothermal spa. This luxurious experience comes with a free face mask and drink of your choice.

Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

10. Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

Take part in a unique baking experience in the heart of the Golden Circle, the most popular route in Iceland. Take a stroll around the geothermal area and learn about the history of this baking technique. Witness firsthand how the dark rye dough is prepared and then buried in the warm ground with a lively 30-minute demonstration. Discover how the slow cooking of 24 hours gives the bread its memorable taste. Get to sample a fresh batch of lava bread, placed in the ground the day before. Geothermal bathing is also offered at Laugarvatn Fontana, however, tickets for bathing must be booked separately.

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4.7
(18,248 reviews)

A great tour with an equally great tour guide, Alain, and an experienced bus driver. Thanks guys! Alain was knowledgeable, friendly, and available to take photos for you as long as you asked politely. We had great weather on this trip minus the very blustery winds, but the views were spectacular, and the information behind each location informative. The majestic views of the Icelandic landscapes and the inspiring beauty is breathtaking, especially for a city person like me. Every location was busy, but we had time to take beautiful photos and spend a little time at each site. Highly recommend this tour, and if you're lucky, you'll get Alain as your guide!

We had a great day with Dave, “Captain Thor” and baby seal “Jeff”! The scenery is incredibly beautiful and the stop at Secret Lagoon was incredibly relaxing. The rest of the tour was also very informative and humorous. A great tour through a great country with a great guide and great bus driver!

Beggi and Kristof were amazing! We had such a lovely day and laughed so much. Very informative as well as good fun and the sights were incredible - not your typical waterfall that’s for sure. It was the best tour we went on whilst in Iceland, thanks again guys!

Filip was an amazing guide! I learned so much! I really appreciate the fun day, even my teenagers enjoyed it!

Fantastic day activity. Don't get to snowmobile on a glacier often so take the opportunity.