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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
Great experience- totally fascinating
Seeing Iceland and it’s rugged beauty, with information provided by a knowledgeable snd informative guide, Ian.
Marianne_W, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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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 experience- totally fascinating
Marianne_W, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Seeing Iceland and it’s rugged beauty, with information provided by a knowledgeable snd informative guide, Ian.
star-5
Nice experience
Pierangelo_L, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Nice service, punctual, comfortable bus and very nice places. Tour guide with a great knowledge and experience. Beautiful waterfall. A bit shorter but very nice.
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Black sand and waterfalls
ksbachtel, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Our tour guide BG was excellent. He was funny, interesting and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Iceland and it’s varied topography. The black sand beach was stunning and the various waterfalls were beautiful.
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Natural wonders - superb tour and guide
Lydia_D, Jun 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
Simply wonderful day! Daren was entertaining and informative, making the journey sections of the day fun. Stunning scenery, geological wonders with waterfalls, the rift valley, site of the ancient parliament all in on be day. Ending with the sky lagoon for a relaxing and magical end to the day. Do this tour - its brilliant.
star-4
Got to see some of the...
Richard_W, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir
Got to see some of the country even though we only limited time here. A lot of time in each location to take pictures
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Excellent Day Trup
Steven_R, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The Golden Circle is a great day trip from Reykjavik. Three stops varying in length from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45. The longest leg on the bus was about 1:15 on the way back. Pingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir were the stops. The falls were the best I’ve ever seen. The Geysir blew every few minutes, and there was ample opportunity for walking, food and souvenir shopping. I highly recommend this as an easy day trip. Darrin was the guide and Isak was the driver. They were both outstanding!
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Amazing!
Carrie_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from Reykjavik
What an amazing trip! Our guide Oli, I think I spelled it correctly, was fantastic and answered all our question. The Super Jeep was so cool and we got to see all sorts of great sights.
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Must see locations
starbrid, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Excellent experience, a must see. The tour guide was excellent. Be advised that there is a lot of steps and walking.
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Well worth visiting all three
Andy_H, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Great trip, absolutely amazing sights. Would have preferred a little longer at the National Park (but can see why we had to keep moving) but perfect amount of time at the other two. Pick up on time, guide really good, coach comfortable.
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Excellent tour
LynfordGuest, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Gullfoss was exciting. So was the Geysir. Tour guide also pointed out interesting objects eg Hekla volcano
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Winter golden circle
Sandra_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
An amazing day trip in the aftermath of an arctic storm after many trips had been cancelled. Beautiful, frozen landscape. The tour guide was wonderful, added lots of local knowledge, stories and history into his narrative. Secret lagoon much needed warm up and deliciously misty on this frozen winter day. A fabulous day!
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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
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