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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) Tours

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There’s a lot to see in Iceland, and the grand Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) is your ticket to easily hitting multiple popular sights, especially if you only have one day to venture outside Reykjavik. Departing from the city, Golden Circle tours showcase a number of Iceland’s main attractions and natural wonders—think geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and Icelandic horses. There are few other places in Europe where you can see so much topographical variety on one short trip.

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.

How to Visit with Viator
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.

Insider Tip
The Golden Circle route is one of the most popular day tours among travelers, so expect some crowds. And don’t confuse this expedition with a trip around the Ring Road, which circles the entire country and is best seen with a rental car and (at least) a week’s time.

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 WiFi—many tour buses include wireless internet, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way that provide both.
  • From mid-May to mid-August, the sun only dips below the horizon for about three hours per day in Iceland, making the atmosphere especially beautiful in the lingering twilight. In midwinter, you'll get only about five hours of daylight.

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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Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Private Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Private Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience Iceland’s Golden Circle sights and bathe in thermal lakeside pools on this private, 10-hour tour from Reykjavik.  Travel through Thingvellir National Park to see its tectonic rift and Viking parliament site, and admire the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir geothermal field, and more. In between, soak in the hot springs pools and steam baths of the Fontana Spa, overlooking Laugarvatn Lake. Spa entrance fees, and private transport with onboard WiFi and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon and Northern Lights Day Trip from ReykjavikDay Trips

Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon and Northern Lights Day Trip from Reykjavik

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If you are short on time in Iceland, you can make the most out of a single day on this combination tour from Reykjavík. You'll travel the famed Golden Circle route, visiting Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gulfoss, then enjoy some relaxation in the Secret Lagoon, before embarking on a northern lights hunt in the evening.
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  • 12 hours
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Golden Circle Glacier Super Jeep Tour / guided private tourDay Trips

Golden Circle Glacier Super Jeep Tour / guided private tour

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The Golden Circle route takes travellers to some of Iceland’s most impressive natural features, but there are plenty of remote areas the big coaches can’t reach. On this private tour, spin to top Golden Circle attractions including Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur geyser, and reach far-flung sites including the Langjökull glacier that the tourist busses can’t access. With round-trip travel from your Reykjavik hotel included, see the best of Iceland with ease.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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6-Day Private Tour of ICELANDMulti-day Tours

6-Day Private Tour of ICELAND

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Many tours in Iceland offer only a day trip from the capital: Fully immerse yourself in the country's natural wonders and enjoy an intimate, unrushed experience on this private six-day tour. In the company of just your party and a guide, travel from black-sand beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the south coast to waterfalls and volcanoes in the remote northwestern corner of the county, all without the hassle of driving or arranging accommodation.
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  • 6 days
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Private Lake and River Fishing Tour from ReykjavikFishing Charters & Tours

Private Lake and River Fishing Tour from Reykjavik

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Delve into the unique tranquility of Iceland on a private, full-day angling tour from Reykjavik. With an experienced guide, travel to a secluded lake or river to fish for fish species such as brown trout and Arctic char. Enrich your fishing knowledge with tips from your expert guide, and opt to fish with fly, spinner or bait during your experience. Revitalize throughout the day with complimentary snacks and choose to purchase professional pictures to help remember your special day.
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  • 8 hours
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Golden Circle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour from ReykjavikHop on Hop Off

Golden Circle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland's Golden Circle at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Reykjavik. The bus stops at important sites with ample time to explore, and if you'd like to stay longer, simply wait for the next bus to arrive. Stops include Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. This tour includes flexibility and the ability to make your own itinerary. Audio guides available in 10 languages, and hotel pickup and drop-off provided from select hotels.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Small Group Day Trip from ReykjavikDay Trips

Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Small Group Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Visit the beautiful Golden Circle and still have time left over to soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon with this tour from Reykjavik. Your guide will take you to spots such as the UNESCO-recognized Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Hot Spring Area, with a huge geyser that erupts every 15 minutes. You'll wrap up your trip with a visit to the Blue Lagoon where you'll be able to stay as long as you want before returning by bus to Reykjavik.
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  • 9 hours
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Iceland Highlights Small Group Guided TourMulti-day Tours

Iceland Highlights Small Group Guided Tour

We offer one of the smallest group sizes (maximum of 8) and best guide to customer ratios in the industry. This tour visits some of Iceland's main sights such as the Golden Circle and South Coast attractions, as well as off the beaten path attractions such as hidden hot springs and beautiful sights in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula! We allow you to personalize the tour by choosing optional activities such as horseback riding, a lava show, or zodiac tour.
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  • 5 days
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Midnight Sun Golden Circle Tour from ReykjavikFull-day Tours

Midnight Sun Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

Experience Iceland's midnight sun on a 8-hour night tour of the Golden Circle, where you can admire some of the country's top natural attractions during this annual phenomenon. Traveling by 'super jeep,' you'll visit Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Hotel pickup and drop-off are provided.
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  • 8 hours
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8 days around Iceland - special spring tripNature and Wildlife

8 days around Iceland - special spring trip

Explore the Golden Circle in a comfortable minibus. Enjoy the chance to experience some of Iceland's greatest attractions in a small group with highly qualified guides. • Enjoy Iceland’s famous Golden Circle day trip tour • See Thingvellir National Parkl, the oldest functioning parliament in the world • Visit the amazing Geysir and Strokkur hot springs • See the Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall and Faxi waterfall
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  • 8 days
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6 Day Tour Around Iceland - Small GroupsNature and Wildlife

6 Day Tour Around Iceland - Small Groups

Join us on an exceptional 6-day expedition to Iceland’s most popular attractions. We start from Reykjavik. We will visit the most famous and beautiful places in Iceland, including several little-known treasures of Icelandic nature depending on weather and conditions. This 6-day tour will take you along the Golden Circle with all its amazing sights. You will see the great Gulfoss Waterfall, Geyser geothermal area and the UNESCO world heritage site, Þingvellir National Park. Then you will head to the popular South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach Reynisfjara and the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, including the Diamond beach. After exploring the East Fjords, you will explore the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir, lake Mývatn with its unique surroundings, and then travel to the Northern capital Akureyri, and then back South to Reykjavik on the last day.
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Private Golden Circle TourDay Trips

Private Golden Circle Tour

We designed our Day Tours to showcase Iceland’s most popular attractions in offerings that fit into your bigger traveling plans. All of our tours offer an exclusive experience at an affordable price. Running at 8 people maximum we ensure that the experience is truly yours.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Day Small-Group Golden Circle from ReykjavikMulti-day Tours

3-Day Small-Group Golden Circle from Reykjavik

Iceland’s spectacular natural landmarks are dazzling yet dispersed. Sit back and be amazed on a 3-day Golden Circle and south coast tour from Reykjavik, limited to eight people to ensure personalized attention. Discover the volcanic-carved landscapes of Langjökull, visit Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir Geyser, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Two nights accommodation, guided tours, and pickup and drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel are included.
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Small Group Golden Circle and Skalholt Minibus Day Tour from ReykjavíkDay Trips

Small Group Golden Circle and Skalholt Minibus Day Tour from Reykjavík

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Experience the best of Iceland’s fire, water and history on a full-day tour of the ‘Golden Circle’ in a comfortable minibus. Take in the rugged, rock-strewn landscape of Thingvellir National Park. Hear stories about Iceland’s natural history and culture as you enjoy sweeping views of the countryside around the 105-foot (32-mt) Gullfoss waterfall. Make a final stop at an active geothermic zone to see the steaming Strokkur geyser before returning to Reykjavík.
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  • 7 hours
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Golden Circle and River Rafting Adventure from ReykjavikFull-day Tours

Golden Circle and River Rafting Adventure from Reykjavik

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Tour Iceland‘s popular Glolden Circle and enjoy an exciting river rafting adventure on Hvita River on this day trip available directly from Reykjavik. Accompanied by a professional rafting instructor, ride a raft along Hvita River located in Gullfoss Canyon. Paddle along calm stretches and foaming rapits before following the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route which includes three of Iceland‘s most-loved spots. Behhold the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, marvel at the gurgling geysers at Geysir hot spring area and see the tectonic rift at Thingvellir Natioanl Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Golden Circle Jeep Tour With Lunch in a Tomato Farm Day Trips

Private Golden Circle Jeep Tour With Lunch in a Tomato Farm

This is a private tour that can be modified to your schedule and needs Jeep sits up to 10 passengers witch makes this a more affordable option that a normal tour if you are traveling with a large family or with a few friends
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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7-Day Private Tour of ICELANDMulti-day Tours

7-Day Private Tour of ICELAND

Benefit from a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from your private guide on this private tour of Iceland. With a private guide in the lead, spend seven days exploring on this ambitious itinerary, full of activities that may be difficult to plan and coordinate on your own. See waterfalls, dormant volcanoes, black lava flows, glaciers, and pristine lagoons. Along the way, your guide will provide engaging commentary detailing the country's history, culture, and modern life.
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  • 7 days
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9day private tour of ICELAND - full Iceland circleMulti-day Tours

9day private tour of ICELAND - full Iceland circle

Explore the full Iceland circle in a private way in a four wheel and seedrive around Iceland´s famous Ring Road. Experience the unforgettable atmosphere of the beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean with elements of the Nordic climate and also famous for the Game of Thrones. A landscape full of thundering waterfalls, black lava, sleeping volcanoes, giant glaciers and covered with green moss whee you will get an unforgettable experience  and cruise through the lagoon where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed.
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Geyser Waterfalls and Blue Lagoon Day Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

Geyser Waterfalls and Blue Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

For a look at southern Iceland’s most popular natural wonders in one day, take this Golden Circle day trip from Reykjavik that includes a stop at the Blue Lagoon. The 186-mile (300-km) loop provides the opportunity for you to marvel at Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geyser area and Thingvellir National Park. Admire the otherworldly landscape of craters and canyons, and finish up at the Blue Lagoon for a hot soak in the thermal waters (entry not included).
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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