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Golden Circle Route

Iceland is spectacular and so is the Golden Circle Route. The wide open landscapes are like nothing you've ever seen before. Actively volcanic, this inland route is a mass of waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields, and, of course, those volcanoes. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the spectacular site of Iceland's first parliament and the place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet - and are moving apart. There is a widening fissure in the ground where the planet is literally opening up. Next it's on to Gullfoss waterfall, a huge fall of water. From here you can see a glacier off to one side. And then it's geysers. The sheer power of water and steam erupting from the ground due to the build up of extreme heat is awesome and really makes you realize how alive the ground is beneath our feet. 

On the road back to Reykjavik, you pass through the Hveragerdi greenhouse village, an example of how the Icelanders harness the power beneath the earth to live in this often tough, if beautiful, environment. Passing the geothermal power plant at Nesjavellir is another example: electricity is the country's main export! (As it's a bit difficult to send electricity over the oceans, overseas companies establish metal smelters etc in Iceland to use the plentiful electricity.)

Practical Info

The best way to see the Golden Circle highlights of Iceland is with an organized tour. It's a 185 mile (300 kilometer) loop, some of the roads are rough, and in winter snowy, but the tourist buses are designed to cope with the terrain.

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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Want to see some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on a day trip from Reykjavik? From spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.65

Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik

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Explore the best of Iceland — ‘land of fire and ice’ — on this 5-hour Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. Travel out of the capital to ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.87

4-Day South Iceland and Northern Lights Tour: Hiking, Golden Circle and Thorsmörk

Hike through south Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and search for the Northern Lights on this exciting 4-day adventure from Reykjavik. Visit the Golden ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,012.36

3-Day Hiking and Hot Springs Winter Adventure Tour from Reykjavik Including Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon

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See the best of Iceland’s great outdoors on this 3-day winter adventure trip from Reykjavik! Explore the incredible Golden Circle, visit lava caves at ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $462.63

Golden Circle Tour by Super Jeep Including Glacier Snowmobiling

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See the sights of Iceland’s legendary Golden Circle on a full-day tour by 'super jeep'’ a spacious SUV specially designed to travel over the rugged Icelandic ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $406.07

Day Trip from Reykjavik along Iceland's Golden Circle including Thingvellir National Park and River Rafting

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Enjoy a unique, adventurous way to see the stunning beauty of Iceland. This trip has it all -- gorgeous natural beauty, stories of the country's interesting ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.01

Evening Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Visit Inside Langjökull Glacier and Ice Cave

Walk inside a glacier and discover some of Iceland’s overland wonders on a Langjökull day trip, followed by an evening Golden Circle tour from ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $304.27

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