Golden Circle and Friðheimar

See Icelands most famous sights Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir National Park. Visit Friðheimar cultivation centre where vegetables are grown with geothermal heat.

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  • Duration: 8 Hours
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Description

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir geothermal area where the Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces.

The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m (105 ft.) deep.

The Golden Circle tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year.

Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland has in abundance. 

Highlights

Main sights and highlights

  • Geysir and Strokkur the erupting geothermal geyser
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Þingvellir national park
  • Friðheimar cultivation center

Geysir and Strokkur the erupting geothermal geyser

Geysir is a collection of hot springs in Haukadalur, a geothermal area in the south west of Iceland. The most famous geyser Strokkur erupts every 6-10 minutes and shoots hot water 20 meters (70 feet) up in the air.

This natural phenomenon and display of volcanic power is truly amazing. Seeing a geyser erupt is a sight that can't be missed for anyone visiting Iceland.

The geysers are in an area called Haukadalur about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Reykjavik. Once you are there you will see steam rising from the ground. Many hotsprings and hot rivers are located in the area.

Gullfoss waterfall

Gullfoss (Golden falls) is one of Icelands most majestic waterfalls. The waterfall originates in the Langjökull glacier and gets it's name from the gold hue it gives off as it tumbles downward into the canyon.

The waterfall drops down into a crevice of 32 meters (105 ft) in two steps being 11 meters and 21 meters each. On many occasions rainbows can be observed dancing across the top of this magnificent sight. Gullfoss has an interesting history that involves investors trying to harness its awesome power.

The waterfall can viewed from a few different locations. The upper deck next to the visitor center gives a great view from above. By walking down the staircase the waterfall can be viewed from the lower deck. From there the waterfall seems to vanish into the earth.

From the lower deck you can walk a path that leads towards the first plunge of the waterfall. This will give you a great view into the crevice and a feeling of the true power of the waterfall. This path can be closed if the path is icy and conditions are not good.

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) is Icelands most historic site. This is where the worlds first parliament was established by the vikings in 930 AD. Thingvellir was designated as a world heritage site in 2004.

Þingvellir is also a natural treasure with it's vast lava fields and rivers leading into Icelands largest lake. The Þingvellir valley has been an inspiration for numerous painters and photographers alike.

Starting from the visitor center you walk out to the scenic deck known as Hakið where you can and witness the magnificent lava formation. You can almost witness the continental drift as you take a walk between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

As you walk down towards the valley you can read interesting tidbits about our history, viking era and how the laws of the land were established.

Friðheimar cultivation center

Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre is one of Iceland’s biggest greenhouses. We will learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes with the aid of geothermal heat which Iceland has in abundance. Friðheimar uses pure Icelandic cold water for irrigation and gets help from about 600 bumblebees to pollinate the tomatoes.


Itinerary

Starting off in Reykjavik, you will picked up from from either your accommodation or the nearest pick up stop in downtown Reykjavik.

The tour starts with Friðheimar Cultivation center where you can see how Icelanders use geothermal heat to grow vegetables in greenhouse all year round. The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Steaming hot water erupts from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.

Then we continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, which is an awesome sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar. The last stop is Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you walk down the path in a lava canyon and admire the view while learning about Icelandic history.

We then drive you back to Reykjavik and drop you off at your accommodation or nearest pickup stop.

This tour is 8 hours long including travel time and the time you spend at each location. You spend at least 45 minutes at the major stops giving you plenty of time to enjoy the nature and snap some photos. Total distance covered : 290 km

Important information

Pick-up starts 30 minutes prior to departure. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.

You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40 people but is very spacious and comfortable. There is not a bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi.

Lunch is not included, In Friðheimar, Geysir & Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.

Guidance:

  • English every day (all year)
  • German: Mon, Tue,Thu & Sat (all year)
  • French: Thu & Sun (all year)
  • Spanish: Sat (1 Jun - 31 Aug)
  • Scandinavian: Mon (1 Jun - 31 Aug) & Fri (all year)

What’s included

Bus fare Guided tour Admission to the Geysir multimedia show Admission to Friðheimar cultivation centre Guaranteed departures Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure
kr 7,990 8 Hours , Very easy

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