The Golden Circle tour covers three of the most famous attractions in Iceland including Geysir a world famous erupting geothermal hotspring, Gullfoss one of Icelands most magnificent waterfalls and the beautiful historic Þingvellir National Park. The Golden Circle tour is an essential day trip for anyone visiting Iceland.
Geysir is a large geothermal area in Iceland with multiple hotsprings including the famous geyser Strokkur who erupts every 5-10 minutes and shoots hot water 20 meters up in the air. This natural phenomenon and display of volcanic power is truly amazing. Surely a sight that can't be missed for anyone visiting Iceland.
Gullfoss (Golden falls) is one of Icelands most majestic waterfalls. This powerfull waterfall originates in the Langjökull glacier and gets it name from the goldish hue as it tumbles downward into the canyon. On many occasions multiple rainbows can be observed dancing across the top of this magnificent sight. Don't miss witnessing this awesome power of the Icelandic nature.
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) is Icelands most historic site as this is where the worlds first parliament was established by the vikings in 930. The Þingvellir area is also a natural treasure. Take a walk between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates and witness the magnificent lava formation. Þingvellir is also a popular spot for snorkling and diving as the crystal clear fissures offer a once in lifetime experience.
Kerið is a volcanic crater that is often visited on the Golden Circle tour. The Kerið caldera was formed 3000 years ago and is about 55m deep (180 ft). You can walk around it or venture down to it. It's beautiful sight and a great addition to the Golden Circle if time allows. The express and combo tours don't always have time to stop at this sight.
The Golden Circle Route
The Golden Circle is a 300 KM route that departs from Reykjavik and makes stops at Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. All stops include a visitor center where you can grab snacks, get souvenirs and use the facilities. On many occasions extra stops are made at Kerið (a volcanic crater) or at local farms where guests can interact with the Icelandic horse and taste some of the local produce.
Whether you are in a hotel, guesthouse or even an airBnB there are thirteen centrally located pick up points across the downtown area of Reykjavik that will act as the starting point for your Icelandic adventures.
We took a day trip to the top of Svínafellsjökull glacier, in Skaftafell National Park located in the of south Iceland. Besides walking on the glacier and trying out some ice climbing, we got an unexpected surprise.