The Golden Circle is the most popular day tour in Iceland for first time visitors. It includes the tectonic plate boundaries and the ancient Viking parliament site at Þingvellir (Thingvellir), Gullfoss waterfall and the geysers. This day tour is different from the bus excursions because you will only share it with a couple of other people in a comfortable Super-Jeep. Also, on this Super-Jeep tour we go into the Highlands, to Langjokull glacier where you have the option of going snowmobiling on a glacier.
- Super Jeep and local expert driver-guide
- Free hotel pick up in Reykjavik 10-20 minutes before
- Transportation back to your hotel
- Season: All year but the glacier trip is dependent on snow conditions in Jan-Feb
- Duration: 8 - 10 hours
- Departures: Daily at 9:00
- Minimum 2 passengers
Children 0-11: 50% discount
1 hour snowmobile tour on the glacier:
ISK 18500 per person if 2 people share 1 skidoo
ISK 24500 per person if 1 person per skidoo
Þingvellir National Park
Departure from Reykjavik to UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir National Park, where the oldest parliament in the world was founded and where you can clearly see tectonic plate boundaries on dry land. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, with its lava fields, grassy valleys, echoes of the sagas, the legendary river Oxara and Thingvallavatn lake, Thingvellir is a place of outstanding, awe-inspiring beauty, unique geological features, as well as immense historical significance.
After Thingvellir, we cross the road of Lyngdalsheidi towards the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall where we stop for lunch. Geysir is the name of the Icelandic geyser which gave its name to the phenomenon. Seeing geyser Strokkur spout boiling water 25-30 m high in the air, every 4-8 minutes, is a fantastic nature experience and the Geysir area has numerous other hot springs.
Gullfoss, Golden waterfall, is the queen of Iceland's waterfalls. It's located in the canyon of the mighty glacial river Hvita which originates at Langjokull glacier. Celebrated for its spectacular beauty, Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s main sightseeing attractions. The waterfall is two-tiered, 2.5 km long, cascading down over a 20 m wide, 32 m deep crevice. On a sunny day, the waterfall appears golden, and a rainbow can often be seen arching over the whole site.
After seeing Iceland's most famous waterfall up close and listening to its roaring thunder, we drive a mountain track to Langjokull, Iceland's second largest glacier, where you have the option of renting a snowmobile and blazing across the white plains of the glacier. If you decide not to go snowmobiling, driving on the snow and seeing the vastness of the glacier in its pristine beauty is an extraordinary experience, and a lot of fun.
Kerid and geothermal fields
On the way back to Reykavik, we make a short photo stop at the opaque aquamarine coloured crater lake Kerid. Depending on weather, snow and light conditions, we visit the geothermal area of either Nesjavellir on the way out in the morning or Hellisheidi in the afternoon on the way back.
Our driver-guides are knowledgeable about Iceland and will gladly adjust to your particular interest, whether it's nature, geology, history, current affairs - or 4x4 stuff.
Once in Reykjavik, we will drop you off at your hotel or a restaurant of your choice.
For your safety, the tour operator reserves the right to change tours due to weather, road and snow conditions.
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