Recent Searches
Clear
Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)
Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

star-5
4,919 Reviews

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.

Show all
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Traveler Favorite

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
$64.97 per adult
Excellent guide
Knowledgeable and articulate guide. A pleasure to listen to. Maybe the stop at Gullfoss could have been a little bit longer.
Birgitta_D, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

star-5
Awesome tour!!!
Janell_C, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!
My best friend and I had so much fun on this tour, the guide was amazing. He was very kind and fun, and even made room for a special request for us to see some horses. He was very knowledgeable about the land, and also extremely safe with Covid cautions. I would give this A+++
star-5
Best tour ever!
Robert_L, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
This was the best tour on our vacation to Paris and Iceland with our 17 year old grand kids. We didn't know anything about Iceland and this tour taught us a lot. Everyone in our group two 17 year olds and two 70+ year olds.
star-5
Excellent!
Sarah, Jul 2021
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
We loved the owners of the farm - so kind and experienced - and loved the ride - the horses were so sweet and the landscape was stunningly beautiful!
star-4
Great impression
DmitriyKorobov, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Annoying guide did not ruin unforgettable impression from Gullfoss and geysers. These places very popular in Icelans, and not in vain.
star-4
Cold but fun
Carol_C, Jul 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Waterfall was amazing. Hike at park was good. Scenery was beautiful everywhere. Enjoyed swimming in Secret Lagoon. We had an extra excursion to a Viking longhouse replica- that was very cool.
star-5
Golden Circle tour
Mike_U, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!
Our tour director was great. He took us through the beautiful countryside to see villages, waterfalls, cows, horses, farmland. He was very informative. Lunch and ice cream break were great stops.
star-5
Beautiful horses beautiful views
Monica_M, Jul 2021
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
The stable owner is lovely and the horses are beautiful. The view on the ride is fantastic. Be prepared for a bit of an adrenaline rush when the horses start their tölt uphill.
star-5
Recommend this tour!
Wendy_S, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Great trip with highly knowledgeable tour guide. Everything was on time, great food recommendations.
star-5
Fantastic tour.
Sean, Mar 2020
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Amazing tour from start to finish. 100% recommended. Nice clean, well presented tour bus with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide (Ian).
star-5
Snowmobiling is the best part
Etella V, Aug 2019
Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and Snowmobiling
The snowmobiling was well organized and lots of fun. The superjeep was spacious, clean and cool. The entire experience was ok. Not as interactive as other tours we did.
star-5
Wonderful Day
Lydia_C, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
We had a lovely day. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us the history and background that we were looking for. There was enough time at each stop to walk, shop and eat. This is a great company and I would book a tour with them again.
star-5
A quick trip to Iceland
Kim_K, Jul 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
This was a wonderful tour. The narration was informative and humorous. The website does not indicate, but there is food and restrooms at each of three stops!

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.

Show all

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.

Show all


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.

Show all

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.

Show all

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)