Golden Circle Tour 2024/2025

With many stunning sites to visit and activities to enjoy, a trip to Iceland is incomplete without taking the quintessential Golden Circle tour. Stretching for 300 kilometers, this popular tourist route is home to beautiful national parks, geothermal sites, and waterfalls.

Begin your adventure exploring the Unesco World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park and make your way toward the Geysir Geothermal Area to see the famous Strokkur geyser shoot boiling water into the air.Then, continue your journey to Gullfoss Waterfall to marvel at the beautiful ice sculptures before discovering Iceland’s history and culture at the Kerið volcanic crater lake. The Golden Circle tour promises to show you some of Iceland’s most striking destinations.

13 Trips in Golden Circle with 21 Reviews

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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour

of 4 reviews
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Woweee! Such an amazing day filled with lots of different things to see! The guide Howsa was absolut ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & Geysers +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 2-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours10 From US$ 117 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Grand Golden Circle Tour & Volcanic Crater

of 2 reviews
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My husband and I had an amazing day. I can highly recommend this tour to everyone who comes to visit
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Geysers & Waterfalls +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 2-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours08 From US$ 84 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Iceland Express

of 2 reviews
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5 day natural landmarks sightseeing tour through Reykjavik, Hvolsvollur, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and 6 other destinations in Iceland. Read More
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & National parks +1 more
  • Accommodation Guest House & Hotel
  • Transport Boat & Minibus
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
days05 From US$ 1,480 US$ 1,258
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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

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We were so very satisfied with our tour , from morning pick up ,and the drive was so calming , the d ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Geysers & Waterfalls +1 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 2-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours07 From US$ 84 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Golden Circle Day Tour

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It was really fantastic to see the geothermal springs, and the tour guide was super helpful.
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours & Natural landmarks sightseeing +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours09 From US$ 73 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Iceland Winter Trip (Private)

of 5 reviews
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Iceland is a magical place! We had a fabulous time exploring different parts of the island, and had ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Adventure +2 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport 4WD Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 1-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days08 From US$ 8,250 View Tour
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  • Mar 11
  • Mar 12
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Iceland: South Shore Adventure

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10 hour natural landmarks sightseeing tour that takes you through Reykjavik, Solheimajokull Glacier, and 3 other destinations. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & Road trips +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Spanish
hours10 From US$ 94 View Tour
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  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Golden Circle Classic and Fontana Geothermal Baths

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On this day trip you will visit Reykjavik, Golden Circle and Thingvellir National Park. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours & Hot springs +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 1-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours08 From US$ 131 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Golden Circle Classic Tour

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6 hour sightseeing trip through Golden Circle and Reykjavik. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours & Hot springs +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 1-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours06 From US$ 80 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Premium Golden Circle Tour- Small Bus Experience

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On this day trip you will visit Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park and Reykjavik. Read More
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Bus tours & Sightseeing Tours +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 8-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours08 From US$ 94 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Golden Circle Classic Tour

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8 hour sightseeing trip through Golden Circle and Reykjavik. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours & Waterfalls +1 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 1-99 yrs
  • Operated in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
hours08 From US$ 80 View Tour
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  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour

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8-10 hour 4x4, quad and atv tour through Golden Circle and Reykjavik. Read More
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities 4x4, quad and ATV trips & Geysers +1 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 6-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
hours8-10 From US$ 232 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Self-drive tour around Iceland

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11 day self-drive or vehicle rental tour through Reykjavik, South Coast, Fjallabak and 6 other destinations in Iceland. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Self-drive or vehicle rental & Adventure +2 more
  • Accommodation Guest House, Hotel, Hut, Resort & Sleeping Hut
  • Transport 4WD Jeep, Boat & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 1-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days11 From US$ 6,965 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 01
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Golden Circle Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 21 customer reviews
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5 - Excellent
  • Erik
“Woweee! Such an amazing day filled with lots of different things to see! The guide Howsa was absolutely fantastic and so so knowledgeable! He made the journey exciting and we didn't feel like the bus journey was boring due to his uplifting attitude and positivity! He was so passionate about Iceland and knew so much interesting information. Howsa's English was impeccable and his choice of words left us feeling like we were listening to an audio book! Would recommend this trip to anyone that appreciates nature and outstanding views! So glad I found this trip after researching must see places in Iceland as it topped off our trip and made it even more incredible!"”
Delightful Golden Circle Tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
“We were completely delighted with our guide Torfi on the Golden Circle minibus tour. He was thoughtful, courteous, clearly communicating about each stop before so we would know what to expect. He was so knowledgeable about so many details of Iceland. From his personal experience being born and raised here to his complex detailed geologic knowledge made understandable, we were eager listeners. He patiently answered all our questions, time and again. Our party of three would recommend him with the highest praise. We were comparing notes with friends on a different bus and by far we had the best experience. And he was an excellent driver! Thank you Torfi!”
Spectacular Trip!
5 - Excellent
  • Jamie B.
“Iceland was spectacular and our tour guide and tour group was 5-star. Our 14 day trip to Iceland was a complete success thanks to the knowledge and hard work of both the agency and our incredible guide. Every step of the trip was well planned! The suggested itineraries were sensational and we (family of five) felt that the trip was customized for us and allowed us to get an amazing feel of the country and its people.”

Golden Circle Tour — Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Tour Overview

Major Unesco World Heritage Sites: Iceland is home to three Unesco World Heritage Sites, and they all fall along the vaunted Golden Circle Route. They are Surtsey Island, Vatnajökull National Park, and Thingvellir National Park.

  • Major architectural features: While on your trip to Thingvellir National Park, you can witness several historical buildings, including the Logberg, or Law Rock, where the Althing, Iceland's parliament, met for centuries. Skalholt Church, Laugarvatn Fontana Spa, and Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station are also popular attractions in the area.
  • Culinary specialties: Unique dishes to Iceland that must be tried while on a Golden Circle tour include Icelandic fish, Kleiner (a twisted doughnut), Hákarl (fermented shark), Pylsa (Icelandic hot dog), Skyr yogurt, Sviđ (sheep’s head), and Flatkaka međ Hangikjöti (flatbread with sliced smoked lamb).

Travel Highlights

Visiting the Golden Circle in Iceland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers many highlights for travelers. Here are some of them:

  • Thingvellir National Park: This park is not only a Unesco World Heritage Site but also the site where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Walking between the two tectonic plates is a unique and fascinating experience.
  • Geysir Geothermal Area: This area is home to the famous Strokkur geyser, which erupts every few minutes, shooting water up to 30 meters high. It is a truly spectacular sight to see and is one of the highlights of visiting the Golden Circle.
  • Gullfoss Waterfall: This two-tiered waterfall is a stunning natural wonder that is sure to leave visitors in awe. The sheer power and beauty of the waterfall and the surrounding canyon make for a breathtaking sight.
  • Horseback riding: One of the best ways to explore the Golden Circle is on horseback. Icelandic horses are unique and well-suited for the rugged terrain.

Travel Tips

  • While visiting the geothermal sites, be sure to follow the safety guidelines and always stay on designated paths, as the ground can be unstable and hot.
  • Stick to the designated trail while visiting the Thingvellir National Park.
  • Before embarking on your Golden Circle trip, check the latest road and weather conditions and be prepared for possible closures or delays. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration website provides up-to-date information on road conditions, so make sure to check it regularly.

Recommended Durations for Golden Circle Tour in Iceland

The Golden Circle tour duration can vary depending on how much time you want to spend at each location and whether you plan to add extra activities to your itinerary. If you are short on time, a half-day tour of the Golden Circle can give you a taste of Iceland’s natural beauty with stops at attractions like the Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park.

A full-day tour of the Golden Circle allows for more time at each site and the opportunity to take part in additional activities such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, or visiting a local farm. If you have more time, a self-drive tour of the Golden Circle can be a great option. This allows you to explore the route at your own pace and detour to lesser-known sites. However, one of the best options is to take a multi-day trip to the Golden Circle paired with tours of the Iceland Northern Lights, lava caves and ice caves, and glaciers.

For inspiration on destinations to include on your Iceland trip itinerary, check out our Iceland guide. You can also contact our local tour specialists to plan a customized trip to Iceland.

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