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

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

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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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
$145.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome time
Great tour guide and very friendly and knowledgeable. Very pretty sites. Lots of fun and I would highly recommend doing it
joseph_m, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

star-5
Brilliant tour!
Keith_W, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Informative, knowledgeable and humorous guide. Ran perfectly to schedule. Spotlessly clean coach. After a long drive around the island it was nice to sit back and let someone else do it! Thoroughly recommended.
star-5
Great guide!!
Christy_E, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Tour guide Darren (not sure of spelling) was fabulous, knowledgeable and highly entertainingly! We learned a great deal in just a day trip, and received great tips for rest of our stay.
star-5
A very good day out!!
Berit_L, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The beautiful waterfall and the exceptionel scenery. Our guide Thor was knowledgeable and spoke very good English
star-4
Great trip great guide
Kristi_W, Aug 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
Had a great time on this trip, lots of great scenery and a knowledgeable guide. One criticism is that we could have used a little more time at Thingvellir
star-5
The guide was terrific....
Ken_K, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The guide was terrific. The stops were all long enough to explore..30 min to 50 min,. The highlight for us was Gullfoss, the most beautiful waterfall .
star-4
Bus broke down before trip started
wiseowl128, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Bus broke down before trip started. Delayed for an hour. I think the South Coast and Snaefellsnes trips are better.
star-5
Our guide Roman was extraordinary. Very eloquent and excellent narrative skils.
SAMUEL_G, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Waterfalls. Our guide was outstanding. Very pleasant and kept the whole experience simple and very enjoyable.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Ruth_P, Jul 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Dooley, the tour guide and driver, did a fantastic job of sharing history snd tons of info on this tour. The scenery was gorgeous. ******. Lots of stars.
star-5
Great Tour
Wesley_F, Jul 2022
SuperSaver: Small-Group Lava Caving Experience and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
This was a great tour to go on, and good way to get to all the golden circle sites without much time available.
star-4
The secret lagoon is very...
Jayantha_W, Jul 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
The secret lagoon is very good and not so touristic. Our guide had good knowledge of local stories and gave lots of information about each stop.
star-5
Awesome time with wonderful guide tore Christina and marak
Manizheh_S, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
It was very pleasant time and unique experience . Our guide tore , Christina was very knowledgeable and professional
star-5
The Perfect End to a Perfect Day
Georgina_P, Jul 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
One of the most surprising experiences I've had. Swimming through that channel and coming upon the wonderful vista was quite remarkable. The perfect end to a perfect day in Iceland!
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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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