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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
$65.14 per adult
A Required Tour
The parliament/tectonic plates; 2 magnificent waterfalls; awesome geysers; friendly, informative, courteous driver .... an amazing day packed full of awesome things to see. I highly recommend this tour,, especially if you can only do one tour in Iceland, do this one.
Joseph_H, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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awesome!
Luiz_S, Jun 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Great tour! Guide was very professional and knew everything about Iceland and gave us some pretty incredible advices and facts about the region!
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Outstanding experience
Jack_L, Jun 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
This is my first day trip here in Iceland. Both our guide Simon and driver were professional and welcoming. Simon was particularly funny and engaging. A outstanding experience overall.
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Fantastic tour.
Sean, Mar 2020
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Amazing tour from start to finish. 100% recommended. Nice clean, well presented tour bus with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide (Ian).
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Snowmobiling is the best part
Etella V, Aug 2019
Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and Snowmobiling
The snowmobiling was well organized and lots of fun. The superjeep was spacious, clean and cool. The entire experience was ok. Not as interactive as other tours we did.
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AMAZING
ERIN_O, Dec 2020
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
amazing! Our driver was fantastic. Such a kind, knowledgable man. Highlight of the trip. Highly recommend. Felt very safe, even though we had pretty rough winter weather.
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Nice tour, comfortable bus, good amount of time at each stop
SFOFrequentTraveler, Sep 2019
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
This was a nice tour. The tour bus was very clean and comfortable, and offered USB charging ports. The guide spoke very clearly and explained everything well. 3 stops on the tour, and each stop lasted 30-60 minutes. Each stop also offered food and toilets.
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A wonderful tour
cunard6852, Aug 2019
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
We booked online and this tour met us from the ship as promised, amazing bus, clean and comfortable, I forget the names of the guildes (sorry) I think danny and siggi. The tour was almost 8 hours and we went to the omportant places and had enough time at each to see, take photos use toilets and take photos, the falls are so spectacular and the geysers. a wonderful tour, great gulde and driver and great company ,
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Awesome Tour!
Noreen_G, Mar 2020
Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!
Driver was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk with during the tour. The small group was the best! It made getting to and from places so much easier. Would highly recommend this tour!
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Hot to Trot
Lauren_DeFeo, Mar 2020
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
Wow! What a fabulous experience! I have used Viator before for a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and it was wonderful! This time, my friend and I booked a horseback riding and Golden Circle tour in Iceland… Horseback riding was terrific, the park was beautiful, the waterfalls were stunning and the geyser totally cool! All three gift shops were also amazing! In addition, our tour guy, Simon, made the bus rides fly by... Thanks you guys!
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The waterfalls were great.
Lynn_B, Feb 2020
Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!
They even took us to see Icelandic horses; I was thrilled because it was one thing I wanted to do and thought I was not going to be able to do. The tour covered everything that was stated in the description. Tour guide did a good job. I would do it again.
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THE PERFECT GUIDE
Anja_H, Jul 2020
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
What an amazing trip this was. First and foremost due to the amazing Tourguide that made the time fly by. So many interesting stories and lots of hidden gems were presented to us. We would love recommend this trip!
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Best day trip ever
Tracey_M, Dec 2020
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Well organised trip and amazing scenery. The falls were spectacular (you do need to be fairly mobile and dressed for the occasion). Wonderful seeing the sun come up around mid morning and then watching and listening to the falls. Would have liked a bit more time there. Loved the soup and service at the cafe. Hopefully will get back to Iceland one day.

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)