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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
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Excellent Tour Guide
Such a great tour. Tour guide (Inga?) so good. Included commentary on sights, as well as deep dive history of Iceland. Attentive, engaged, and always explained what we were doing and seeing in thorough detail. Couldn’t have asked for a better tour!
Donald_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

star-5
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 Tour!
Nicole_G, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Just such beautiful scenery and our tour guide was so informative! Each stop was so memorable and we're so glad we booked this tour.
star-5
Great trip
Ilma_A, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
We had a great trip. The guide was fantastic and we had plenty of time at each location to explore. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Fun experience
Corin_H, Aug 2022
SuperSaver: Small-Group Lava Caving Experience and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
Great tour with a good variety of activities. Our driver Gunn was very friendly, the bus was in good order, and there was enough time at each location.
star-5
Golden Circle tour adventure.
Robert_M, Aug 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
The most memorable visit of the trip was the Gullfoss Falls. Words can not adequately describe the experience of sight and sound as the water pours kver and into the gorge. You have to see it in person. Our driver and guide Doolui was shared great stories of all the sites we visited.
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Fun day!
Jessica_P, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
This was a fun day and unlike a lot of other tours, I didn’t feel rushed at all. It was nice to be able to soak in the sights without feeling like I had to race back to the bus. Tour guide was hilarious too!
star-5
Awesome time
joseph_m, Aug 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Great tour guide and very friendly and knowledgeable. Very pretty sites. Lots of fun and I would highly recommend doing it
star-5
Excellent tour
Jeremy_B, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Waterfall was great. Geyser was great. Tour was great. Tour guide did a great job. Definitely worth it.
star-4
Great trip great guide
Kristi_W, Aug 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
Had a great time on this trip, lots of great scenery and a knowledgeable guide. One criticism is that we could have used a little more time at Thingvellir
star-5
Great afternoon tour of the Golden Circle
Peter_L, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Saw the major sights of the Golden Circle with adequate time to see them all. Useful information from the tour guide
star-5
Great Tour
Wesley_F, Jul 2022
SuperSaver: Small-Group Lava Caving Experience and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
This was a great tour to go on, and good way to get to all the golden circle sites without much time available.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Bryan_D, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
A very enjoyable day, which provided the perfect opportunity to see some of this fascinating country.
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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