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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)
Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

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The Basics

Most Golden Circle excursions depart from Reykjavik by bus, include an expert guide, and comprise an entire day of sightseeing. If you have time, opt for a group or private tour that tacks on additional activities along the way. Take an Icelandic Super Jeep tour; whitewater raft on the river Hvítá; try a snowmobile tour on the Langjökull Glacier; search for the Northern Lights in winter; or dip into the super heated water of the Blue Lagoon or the Secret Lagoon hot springs.

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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
$65.63 per adult
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Good tour
The trip was very intersting and informative thanks to our guid Simon. He was a highlight of the tour.
Leonid_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Viking 14 August
Jason, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!
Our guide was great and timely, was very COVID conscious, even more so than ship tours We found out later that we were not supposed to go on private tours only ship directed tours
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great tour
Carrie_C, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir
it was a great tour! we wished we had a little more time at each stop!!! our guide was great and the bus was comfortable and clean
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Fast trip to Golden Circle sites
L_A, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Fast trip to 3 interesting locations. Our guide was knowledgeable and professional even with tourists who failed to return to bus on time. I recommend tour as a convenient way to see the 3 sites in one day. The bus was confortable and clean.
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Must experience this tour!
Dan_D, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Very convenient pickup and drop-off in comfortable and clean buses. Driver and tour guide were knowledgeable, professional, and humorous. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
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Awesome tour!!!
Janell_C, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!
My best friend and I had so much fun on this tour, the guide was amazing. He was very kind and fun, and even made room for a special request for us to see some horses. He was very knowledgeable about the land, and also extremely safe with Covid cautions. I would give this A+++
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Great guide!
Olivia_A, Aug 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting from start (albeit a late start) to finish!
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We saw the geyser beautiful experience, and the waterfalls and a jump in the secret lagoon wonderfull
Henriette_D, Aug 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
The driver and guide knew a lot. A man who loves his counntry! We had a wonderfull day the 22 of august!
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Golden circle tour. Great.
blackyrwb, Sep 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Excellent efficient trip. Guide was very knowledgeable. Sites were amazing Very easy to use Viator. Sent reminder and sent pass on morning of tour. Did that on all Viator tours. That alone is worth a lot
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Golden Circle on a gray day
Mike_D, Sep 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir, and Geysir are stunning. Weather, and having a guide who tried to hard to be a comedian were the only drawbacks. Saw a rainbow on the way back, which put a brighter gleam on a gray day. If you can, I would try to take tours with smaller groups. A better experience. I can strongly suggest geoiceland.com.
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Very worthwhile
Paul_V, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir
Knowledgeable guide and beautiful places! This is the “must see” tour here in Iceland. Everyone should not depart without these three locations!
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We enjoyed it!
Markbagang20, Sep 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Simon, the tour guide was the cherry of top of the tour. He always make us laugh on the bus and very informative.
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Excellent!
Sarah, Jul 2021
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
We loved the owners of the farm - so kind and experienced - and loved the ride - the horses were so sweet and the landscape was stunningly beautiful!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes and layers no matter the season.

  • Most sites have paved boardwalks and flat ground for easy accessibility.

  • Don’t worry about food and Wi-Fi—many tour buses include wireless internet, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way that provide both.

  • The Golden Circle route is one of the most popular day tours among travelers, so expect some crowds.

  • Don’t confuse the Golden Circle with the Ring Road, which circles the entire country and is best seen with a rental car and (at least) a week’s time.

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How to Get There

It takes just over three hours to drive the famous Golden Circle route from Reykjavik, but plan on spending anywhere from six to eight hours depending on how long you explore at each stop. Most bus tours do the full loop before returning to the city. Whether you’re traveling by bus or rental car, the route is paved and 4x4 vehicles aren’t necessary.

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When to Get There

The Golden Circle is easily accessible from Reykjavik year-round. Plan to go in the summer months for warmer temperatures and midnight sun (the sun only dips below the horizon for about three hours per day). If you go in midwinter, you'll get only about five hours of daylight, but you'll find the Golden Circle's green hills and lava fields overcome with snow and ice.

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Stunning Sights Along the Golden Circle

Closest to Reykjavik on the route is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament. Head next to the world-famous Geysir and Strokkur geysers, where you’ll see eruptions every six to 10 minutes; the 600-foot-wide (180-meter) Gullfoss waterfall; and Kerid Crater Lake, which is surrounded by striking red volcanic rock. The Golden Circle is also an important geothermal area for Iceland (which runs almost entirely on renewable energy), with the Nesjavellir power plant and the Hveragerdi greenhouse village nearby.

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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)