Golden Circle Iceland

A day trip that is not to be missed from Reykjavík is the Golden circle. The full drive will take about 200 km and the views you'll get are some of the best known and most beautiful sights in Iceland.

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Tingvellir National Park.

Tingvellir National Park.

What will you see?

From Reykjavík, you will go northeast to the Thingvellir National Park. There you’ll see beautiful rock formations with endless views. To me it looked a little like a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. The national park is very accessible and you can walk through it quite easily to enjoy the lovely views. En route you will find a few waterfalls that form a path through the rugged rocks.

After the first stop, you will go visit the ancestor of all geysers, the Strokkur Geysir. Around the boiling water of 300°C there are iron wires so that tourists don’t start doing stupid things… Every five minutes the geyser spouts a huge amount of water and hot air out of mother earth. Sometimes once, sometimes twice. A true spectacle to see water jumping into the air.

The most spectacular sight in the golden circle tour is held for the end: the Gullfoss waterfalls. Europe’s largest waterfalls greet you with a misty fog and a roar of crashing water. In winter it is freezing cold at the top, but the view is really amazing. During the summer you can walk behind the waterfall.

When you return to Reykjavík you get one more stop at the natural hot springs of Hveragerdi. This warm stream will relax you completely after a complete day of sightseeing. Amazing what you can do and see in Iceland!

Uitzicht vanuit Tingvellir National Park.

Views from the Tingvellir National Park.

Booking a tour

From Reykjavík it is possible to book tours every single day of the year.
Transportation and a guide are included in these tours. Food, you will need to purchase yourself (or take away).

The cost for a day trip from Reykjavík starts at 60 euros ($65) a person. More expensive day trips often have some extras. Make sure to compare before you book a tour.
On this page you can book combo tours. These combine the golden circle with other attractions in Iceland and are often cheaper.

For a complete list of activities and tours in Iceland you can take a look here.


Gullfoss Watervallen.

The beautiful Gullfoss waterfalls.

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