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Golden Circle Route
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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Day Trips

Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission 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.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes

Bus & Minivan Tours

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Golden Circle Premium

Relax in our comfortable minibus, with 16 maximum passengers, plenty of leg room and panoramic roof . Our small group tour ensures a smooth pace, with the opportunity to get to know your local guide and learn all there is to know about the Golden Circle. We bring with us hot drinks and cookies so we can make surprise stops and to enjoy the day at a relaxed pace. WiFi on-board with both USB and power outlets so you won't miss a photo opportunity.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Bus & Minivan Tours

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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Day Trips

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.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

8-Day Iceland Ring Road Tour: Reykjavik, Akureyri, Golden Circle & South Coast

For an in-depth experience of Iceland, one that is richer than taking quick day trips, this guided tour from Reykjavík spends eight days journeying around the Ring Road. See the country's best attractions, including waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, and whale-watching while soaking up its culture and heritage. Forget the hassle of driving and arranging hotels: This tour handles all logistics, including seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Historical & Heritage Tours

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.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Day Trips

Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

For a day out with horses and hot springs, look no further than this full-day tour from Reykjavik. After a horseback ride on a unique Icelandic horse, take an express tour of some key Golden Circle sights: Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring area, UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, and the village of Hveragerdi. The ride is suitable for all levels of experience, and takes in the rugged countryside on the capital’s outskirts.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Thermal Spas & Hot Springs

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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Natural Hot Springs from Reykjavik

Combine the best of the most popular tour in Iceland with a relaxing soak in a geothermal pool on the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour. This tour checks off the top three must-sees in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. And not only that, you round-off your day in typical Icelandic fashion with a dip in a geothermal pool.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Golden Circle Evening Trip from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland’s famous natural landscapes as the sun sets on this 6-hour Golden Circle evening trip from Reykjavik. Travel into the Icelandic countryside as a guide sheds light on Iceland’s fascinating geography. Delve into UNESCO World Heritage–listed Thingvellir National Park — where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet — and discover top attractions such as the old Icelandic parliament. Watch as the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall gushes and cascades over the rocks, then explore Haukadalur — where geothermal mud pools and geysers animate the landscape.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

7-Day Complete Iceland: South Coast, Golden Circle, Akureyri & Snaefellsnes

Many visitors to Iceland only take one- or two-day trips from the capital. This seven-day experience from Reykjavik offers the opportunity to get a less rushed and more in-depth experience of the country. Travel around the entire island, from the south coast to the Eastfjords, to Akureyri, the capital of the north, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west, without the hassle of driving or arranging accommodation
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

Cultural Tours

Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!

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, Famous Geysir, 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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland's Golden Circle on this 8-hour tour from Reykjavik by 4x4 vehicle. You'll travel along a route that features three of the country’s top natural sights: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Transport is by Land Rover Defender 'super jeep,' which is equipped to navigate Iceland's rugged terrain.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Day Trips

Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

Embark on a full-day tour of Iceland’s iconic attractions from Reykjavik, beginning with a morning whale-watching cruise to spot minke whales, dolphins and other marine life in Faxaflói Bay. Then, admire inland highlights including Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Hveragerði village and Geysir hot springs with a sightseeing coach tour around the country’s famed Golden Circle route.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir

See the natural wonders of Icelandic scenery in a short space of time. This express afternoon tour visits waterfalls, geysers and must-see Icelandic sights in just half a day. Walk with a guide around UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, pose for photos by Gullfoss waterfall, visit the Geysir hot spring area. Reykjavik hotel pickup and drop-off is also included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours

Multi-day Tours

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.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, Ice Cave & Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

Many tours from Reykjavik focus only on the highlights of the Golden Circle or the South Coast. By spending three days with this small-group tour, you can experience both, and at a pace that allows time to fully soak up the landscapes. Includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts, and all transport.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Day Trips

The Golden Circle Direct 6 hour tour from Reykjavik

Iceland is home to soaring volcanoes and cascading waterfalls, but the most impressive natural attractions are spread far and wide. This Golden Circle bus tour heads directly through the Geysir geothermal area to sites of interest including the Gulfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. Reach the landmarks in comfort with time to explore on foot, and enjoy panoramic views over the Icelandic countryside with round-trip travel from Reykjavik hotels included.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours

Attraction Tickets

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Golden Circle and Volcanoes

Explore Iceland’s famous tourist route, the Golden Circle, on this all-day guided tour. The day includes visits to Thingvellir National Park, the erupting Geysir, and the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall. The tour also includes Kerid Volcanic Crater and the Krysuvik volcanic fields. Plus see an exhibit and documentary to learn more about volcanoes in Iceland.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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.
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  • 450 to 690 minutes
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  • 450 to 690 minutes

Fishing Charters & Tours

Private Lake and River Fishing Tour from Reykjavik

Delve into the unique tranquillity of Iceland on an 8-hour private angling tour from Reykjavik. With an experienced guide, travel to a secluded lake or river to fish for fish species such as brown trout and Arctic char. Enrich your fishing knowledge with tips from your expert guide, and opt to fish with fly, spinner or bait during your experience. Revitalize throughout the day with complimentary snacks and choose to purchase professional pictures to help remember your special day.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Nature & Wildlife

Midnight Sun Golden Circle with Secret Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle, Iceland’s most popular tourist route, is even more magical under the glow of the Midnight Sun. Enjoy a late-night dip in the Secret Lagoon, marvel at natural wonders such as the Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir geyser, and take in the highlights of the Thingvellir National Park on this 7-hour evening tour from Reykjavik. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours


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