THE GOLDEN CIRCLE - Private Tour
Day Tour Exclusive
This version of the Golden Circle is by request only. The tour is approx 8 to 9 hours, is for max 8 people.
ABOUT THE TOUR AND WHATS INCLUDED?
- Luxury Car or Mini Bus - for your maximum enjoyment
- Approx 8 hours of exciting landscape and breathtaking photo opportunity
- Specially trained Go Icelandic Guide gives you insight of the most unique landmarks
- Sightseeing and enjoyment
- Free of charge hotel pick up and drop off, to and from hotel in Reykjavik
- Stop for lunch / snack if requested (not included)
The Golden Circle is justifiably Iceland’s most popular day tour. This excursion will take you to some of the best sights that Iceland has to offer: the beautiful Þingvellir national park, Geysir geothermal area which has an active erupting geyser, and Gullfoss, one of the most powerful and impressive waterfalls in Iceland.
In addition to the main stops, we will Go Icelandic and make several surprise detours along the way to ensure you get the most out of your trip with us!
Our first stop is Þingvellir National Park, a site of important geological and historical significance. Here you will see the beautiful lake Þingvallavatn, which is the largest lake in Iceland. This lake marks the boundary between two of the Earth’s continental plates.
The American plate is on the west side of the lake and the Eurasian plate is on the east side. The plates are slowly moving apart from each other, which has resulted in the eruption of the surrounding lava fields. This is the only place in the world that you can see the separating of two continental plates on land, making it truly unique.
The Icelandic parliament was founded at Þingvellir in the year 930 AD, which makes it the oldest parliament site in the world. The significance and outstanding natural beauty of the area resulted in Þingvellir being awarded UNESCO world heritage status in 2006.
The next stop is the geothermal area at Geysir. It is from this area that the English word “geyser” derives. Here you will see the amazing geyser Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. Strokkur erupts boiling water 10-25 meters into the air approximately every 5 minutes. You will also see many beautiful hot springs and pools in the surrounding area.
“The Golden Waterfall” Gullfoss is up next. The water going over the falls is sourced from the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. On a clear day, we are rewarded with magnificent views of this mighty mass of ice and the surrounding mountains.
Gullfoss is a breathtakingly powerful waterfall. It thunders down 32 meters into a deep canyon whose cliffs are made of lava flows. It is so powerful that the ground shakes beneath your feet when you are close to it!
Our last main stop is Kerið Crater. This crater was formed by the collapse of a volcano following an eruption 6000 years ago. A beautiful blue lake now fills the crater, and with the deep red colour of the lava and the bright green moss, this makes for a very photogenic location.
On a clear day we are able to see some of the most active volcanoes on Iceland: Hekla and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in 2010.
We will then return to Reykjavik by driving along the south coast and over the beautiful Blue Mountains.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- Warm Clothes and walking boots for all weathers - Wool and Cotton is essential and dress in layers - even in summertime
- Mobile Phone, Camera and Batteries
- Thingvellir - Silfra - Geysir - Gullfoss