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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 of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep, Reykjavik, null
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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 50 Reviews

This private full-day tour takes place on the most popular in Iceland routes and will allow a convenient way for you visit some of unique landmarks which are ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.01
Golden Circle Afternoon and Evening Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Afternoon and Evening Tour from Reykjavik

The tour starts in the afternoon and visits area highlights such as Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal Spring. You will ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $296.61
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23358 Reviews

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 $75.29
Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 539 Reviews

Hungry for adventure? Journey into the depths of a dormant volcano on this exhilarating 5-hour expedition from Reykjavik. After a hike through the lava fields ...  Read more

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

From USD $370.76
Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Grand Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

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This grand Golden Circle tour takes you to the most popular sights where you can experience the three highlights of the South West of Iceland: Geysir, Gulfoss ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.00
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour by Minibus, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour by Minibus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 340 Reviews

Explore the unique volcanic and arctic nature of Iceland. This Golden Circle Afternoon tour is a shorter version of the Grand Golden Circle tour and a great ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 216 Reviews

Discover the otherworldly landscapes and relaxing thermal powers of Iceland on this day trip from Reyjavik. With an expert guide, see the Nesjavellir power ...  Read more

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

From USD $103.81
Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 664 Reviews

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 Thingvellir National Park ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.45
Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Reykjavik, Day ... 
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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

This tour combines the very popular Golden Circle tour with the adventure of a lifetime - a one-hour snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, Iceland's ...  Read more

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

From USD $224.00
Iceland Golden Circle Minibus Full-Day Tour from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Iceland Golden Circle Minibus Full-Day Tour from Reykjavík

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Join this 7-hour Golden Circle trip by brand new Mercedes Benz Sprinters Minivan and get a taste of Iceland's nature, history and traditional Icelandic food. ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.00

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