The Golden Circle with Friðheimar

Iceland´s most popular day tour. It visits Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir national Park and a geothermal greenhouse.

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8 hours
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09:00 (all year)

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English: Daily (all year), German: Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat (all year), French: Sun (all year), Scandinavian: Fri (all year), Spanish: Wed and Sat (3 June - 31 August) & Mon and Thu (1 Sept - 2 June)

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Main Description

The Golden Circle is the perfect trip for visitors who want to experience the power and beauty of Icelandic nature up close in person.

The tour takes about 8 hours and brings you to some of the most famous Icelandic landmarks in a single day, including the Gullfoss waterfalls. The so called golden waterfalls which plunge down in two steps over a total of 32 meters. The world famous Geysir, and its brother Strokkur which spouts every 5-10 minutes. And the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, where the old Icelandic parliament was founded in 930 AD. At the Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Center you get an inside to Icelandic agriculture.

Our spacious and modern coaches give you the chance to relax and enjoy the breathtaking landscape from the comfort of your seat, while our friendly guides share their knowledge of Icelandic history and culture, and answer any questions you might have. Once back in Reykjavik you get dropped off again and can enjoy our capital in the evening.

Included

  • Bus fare
  • Guided tour
  • Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure
  • Admission to Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Center

Tips and Trivia

  • Be sure to bring warm clothes as the weather may be colder inland than in Reykjavik.
  • Please stay on the paths for your own safety.
  • At Thingvellir you can virtually walk between the American and European continents
  • Did you know that the word "geyser" originates from the Icelandic Geysir?
  • If you are planning on coming over the weekend check out our special offer.
  • Click here for a private tour.
  • Food can be purchased along the way but we always recommend to bring something to drink and snacks.
  • If you want to join the tour on a Saturday please also check The prime Golden circle. A special offer only available on Saturdays.
  • Check out our Bus Stops in Reykjavík page to find out about pickup in the city center.

Additional Information

Remember to dress warmly. Free cancellation per email possible up to 24 hours prior to the tour.

Highlights

Geysir

The entire area is very active and you will see a lot of water right next to your path. For your own safety be careful since the water is usually boiling hot. While the old Geysir is inactive, Strokkur, which is also located in the Geysir area spouts every 5-10 minutes, with the water reaching about 15-20 meters from the ground. The old Geysir was apparently able to reach up to 170 meters, but research done in 1846 showed that it reached about 50 meters, which still is very impressive.

Þingvellir

Þingvellir has a geological significance, since you can see the Eurasian and American plate meet here. For now this only allows us to walk between the continental plates by going down Almannagjá canyon. Once you have made your way down you can find Thingvellir church ( "Þingvallakirkjan") and the cemetery of Thingvellir. If you continue walking you get to Silfra rift . The rift is part of Thingvellir lake ( "Þingvallavatn") which is Iceland´s largest natural lake with a surface of 84 km² and it is up to 114 meters deep.

Gullfoss

The Gullfoss waterfalls, or golden waterfalls at the edge of the highlands where Hvitá river plunges down 32 meters in two steps. The world famous Geysir, which gives geysers world wide their name. And the beautiful Thingvellir National Park where you can walk between the continental plates. At Gullfoss you find to parking lots on different levels. One up high which gives you a very good overview over the waterfall. Up there you also find the Gullfoss service area, with a restaurant and cafe where you can also purchase souvenirs. From there you have a few paths bringing you closer to the waterfall and also stairs to the lower plateau. At the lower parking lot you have a different view which is not less impressive. If you have time you should read the information boards.

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Perfect for two travellers and two bags. Accommodates up to 5 passengers and two bags.

Medium car

These vehicles are Ideal for families. Being both Comfortable and economic they are nice to drive. Accommodates up to 5 passengers and 4 bags.

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SUVs can be better in snowy or icy conditions due to their 4 wheel drive. The size provided by us accommodates up to 5 passengers and 3 Bags.

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Visit Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir for a very special price. The offer is only available on Saturdays and Wednesdays and has limited seats.
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