Golden Circle Route Tours

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There’s a lot to see in Iceland, and the grand Golden Circle is your ticket to easily hitting multiple popular sights, especially if you only have one day to venture outside Reykjavik. Departing from the city, Golden Circle tours showcase a number of Iceland’s main attractions and natural wonders—think geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and Icelandic horses. There are few other places in Europe where you can see so much topographical variety on one short trip.

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.

How to Visit with Viator
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.

Insider Tip
The Golden Circle route is one of the most popular day tours among travelers, so expect some crowds. And don’t confuse this expedition with a trip around the Ring Road, which circles the entire country and is best seen with a rental car and (at least) a week’s time.

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 WiFi—many tour buses include wireless internet, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way that provide both.
  • From mid-May to mid-August, the sun only dips below the horizon for about three hours per day in Iceland, making the atmosphere especially beautiful in the lingering twilight. In midwinter, you'll get only about five hours of daylight.

How to Get There

It takes just over three hours to drive the famous Golden Circle 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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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$47.22 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

Tick off three of Iceland’s most popular attractions in only one day on this 10-hour Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. In addition to visiting the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geyser, you’ll experience an exhilarating 1-hour snowmobile ride on the Langjökull glacier. You will also see the Gullfoss Waterfall and enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik. No previous snowmobile experience is needed.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$270.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

Take in the treasures of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park on this full-day tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Stand in awe before the thundering Gulfoss Waterfall; see Geysir, the geyser after which all others were named; and marvel over the startling colors of the Kerið crater lake. Pass an endless panorama of photo-worthy scenery and learn how the natural landscape has been sculpted through the moving of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$59.90 USD
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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik

Discover the magnetic landscapes of the ‘land of fire and ice’ on this 6-hour tour of Iceland’s most popular tourist route – the Golden Circle. Leave Reykjavik behind for a thrilling afternoon of sightseeing, stopping to snap photos of the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and marvel over the 30-meter-high Strokkur geyser. Then, learn about Iceland’s fiery volcanic history as you explore the geological wonders of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$49.90 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Grand Golden Circle Faxi and Kerid Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavík

Visit top Iceland Golden Circle sites in just one day on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Travel with a small group to must-see attractions such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Falls, and Kerið volcanic crater lake, all while enjoying the free onboard WiFi and commentary from your guide. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Reykjavik hotel.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$86.38 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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3-Day Ice Cave Tour by Jokulsaron with Glacier Hiking, the Golden Circle and the Northern Lights

Visit some of Iceland’s most popular highlights with ease on this 3-day guided tour. As you drive down the Golden Circle, stop at a glacier to hike and go inside an ice cave, visit natural wonders, chase the Northern Lights, and more. This package includes accommodations, transportation, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$735.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik

Even if you have only limited time in Iceland, the Golden Circe, famed for its waterfalls, geysers, and striking landscapes, is an integral part of your itinerary. Ensure you don’t miss three of Iceland’s top attractions with this 7.5-hour express tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Over only half a day, you’ll witness the eruptions of the Geysir Geyser, marvel at the Gullfoss Waterfall, and drink in the ethereal landscapes of Thingvellir National Park. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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SuperSaver: Small Group Golden Circle Tour and Silfra Snorkeling Adventure

Visit two of the Golden Circle’s most impressive highlights and snorkel in Thingvellir National Park’s Silfra Fissure on this day trip from Reykjavik. Depart from the Icelandic capital by minibus and head to the UNESCO-listed national park, where you’ll snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Silfra Fissure, a rift between the European and North American plates. After, continue to Haukadalur, a geothermic valley, to see Gulfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$210.76 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

Enhance your experience of Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle on a private full-day tour of iconic natural landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, absorb the spectacular landscapes of Thingvellir National Park and walk over the spot at which the Eurasian and American tectonic plates diverge. Gaze at the erupting geysers at Haukadalur Valley; see the steam rise from the surface of Lugarvatn’s hot springs; and capture photographs of the colossal cascades of the Gullfloss Waterfall. Receive undivided attention from your expert guide on this private tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

Make an adventurous descent inside the remains of Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano during this 5-hour, small-group excursion from Reykjavik. Traverse the surreal landscapes of Iceland’s countryside on your way to the Blue Mountains, hiking through the area’s craggy lava fields. Then follow your guide inside the geological site's immense subterranean interior, its walls still scalded from an eruption that took place 4,000 years ago. This small-group excursion, limited to 18 guests, also includes all necessary safety equipment and round-trip hotel transportation.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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$405.40 USD
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  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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Golden Circle, Fontana Thermal Baths, Dinner and Northern Lights Day Trip from Reykjavik

Experience Iceland’s most famous sights on this all-day trip from Reykjavík. Jump on a minibus from your Reykjavík hotel, and travel around the Golden Circle to see the Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss waterfall. Take a dip in the hot springs at the Fontana Baths, and enjoy lunch, food samples, and a 2-course dinner during the day before you make your way back to Reykjavík in search of the Northern Lights.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$306.86 USD
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SuperSaver: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour and Northern Lights Adventure by Minibus from Reykjavik

Make the most of your time in Iceland on this guided tour from Reykjavik that combines three of the country's most spectacular sites with a northern lights tour. During the day, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Thingvellir National Park, marvel at the teeming waterfall of Gullfoss, and watch Geysir spout steaming hot water into the air. After being dropped off back at your hotel, there is time to rest before you are picked back up to go hunting for the northern lights.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$143.96 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Golden Circle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland's Golden Circle at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Reykjavik. The bus stops at each important site for between 45 and 70 minutes, and if you'd like to stay longer, simply wait for the next bus to arrive. Stops include Þingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. This tour includes flexibility and the ability to make your own itinerary. Audio guides available in 10 languages, and hotel pickup and drop-off provided from select hotels.
  • Duration: 7.5 to 11.5 hrs
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$71.41 USD
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  • Duration: 7.5 to 11.5 hrs
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Small Group Golden Circle and Skalholt Minibus Day Tour from Reykjavík

Experience the best of Iceland’s fire, water and history on a full-day tour of the ‘Golden Circle’ in a comfortable minibus. Take in the rugged, rock-strewn landscape of Thingvellir National Park. Hear stories about Iceland’s natural history and culture as you enjoy sweeping views of the countryside around the 105-foot (32-mt) Gullfoss waterfall. Make a final stop at an active geothermic zone to see the steaming Strokkur geyser before returning to Reykjavík.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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3-Day Small-Group Golden Circle from Reykjavik

Iceland’s spectacular natural landmarks are dazzling yet dispersed. Sit back and be amazed on a 3-day Golden Circle and south coast tour from Reykjavik, limited to eight people to ensure personalized attention. Discover the volcanic-carved landscapes of Langjökull, visit Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir Geyser, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Two nights accommodation, guided tours, and pickup and drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$1,990.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

Explore the highlights of the Circle of Iceland on this comprehensive Ring Road Tour. You’ll save hours shortlisting top things to do in Iceland, by having an action-packed itinerary organized for you instead. Enjoy the convenience of having accommodation, breakfast, transfers, and multiple activities included. You’ll see a lot in a week, and highlights include Skogafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn, a Whale Watching Tour, Godafoss Waterfall, and the Green Lagoon.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$2,219.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Golden Circle Glacier Super Jeep Tour

The Golden Circle route takes travellers to some of Iceland’s most impressive natural features, but there are plenty of remote areas the big coaches can’t reach. On this private tour, spin to top Golden Circle attractions including Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur geyser, and reach far-flung sites including the Langjökull glacier that the tourist busses can’t access. With round-trip travel from your Reykjavik hotel included, see the best of Iceland with ease.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$1,535.24 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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3-Day Golden Circle and Glacier Lagoon Small-Group tour from Reykjavik

Explore the south coast of Iceland on a 3-day, 2-night adventure. Discover the icy wonderland of the Glacier Lagoon, try glacier walking and ice caving, and do it all with the companionship of your small group and the expertise of professional guides. Visit the highlights of Southern Iceland’s beautiful Golden Circle, including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, and Geysir. 2 nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, and transportation are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$803.44 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Tour: Golden Circle Tour by Luxury SUV from Reykjavik

Tour Iceland’s Golden Circle at your own pace, and enjoy the freedom to go further afield, on a private day trip from Reykjavik by luxury SUV. Trace the Golden Circle trail around the famous sites at Thingvellir, the Geysir geothermal field, and Gullfoss waterfall. Plus, stop at sites often missed by visitors, such as Laugarvatn and Faxi waterfall. Your flexible itinerary includes a break for lunch (own expense), plus hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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$160.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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Golden Circle and Glacier Lagoon

On this 3-day short break tour you combine history and nature for a vacation that you won't forget. Take in the famous sights of the Golden Circle, walk on a glacier and experience all the fantastic natural phenomena that the south has to offer, like the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Black Sand Beach, Reynisfjara.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$801.55 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$139.00 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik

Enhance your experience of Iceland’s extraordinary Golden Circle on a full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, feast your eyes on spectacular sights like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring. Gain fascinating insight into the geothermic nature of the area at Strokkur, an erupting geyser, and gaze at the majestic Secret Lagoon hot spring bath before submerging yourself in the healing waters of the natural bath.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$107.85 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and Snowmobiling

Enjoy exciting outdoor adventure and discover top natural attractions in the Land of Ice and Fire on this 10-hour Golden Circle jeep and snowmobiling tour from Reykjavik. Hop into your jeep and head deep into the Thingvellir National Park. Listen as your guide details the park’s fascinating geology and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged landscape. Head along mountain tracks past bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers, and discover top attractions like the Gullfoss Waterfall. Take a thrilling snowmobile ride on Langjökull, Iceland's second largest glacier, then return to Reykjavik.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$322.48 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Tour from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland's highlights on this 8.5-hour Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths tour from Reykjavik. Admire views over Lake Thingvallavatn and the Hengill mountains, travel into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, and visit the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths. Relax in outdoor thermal pools and soak up the heat in natural steam rooms at your leisure. Afterward, take in top attractions on the Golden Circle route including Gullfoss Waterfall and the steaming Strokkur geyser.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$90.99 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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