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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)
Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

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.

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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
$63.47 per adult
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Darren was our guide, he...
Darren was our guide, he was both informative, efficient and made the experience very entertaining. I wish we had done the trip at the beginning of the holiday as he was full of great tips of things to go and see and eat. The waterfall and geysers are a must to see but wrap up warm.
Andrea_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Viking 14 August
Jason_C, Aug 2021
Full-Day Small Group Golden Circle Waterfall Tour with Volcano Crater Lake
Our guide was great and timely, was very COVID conscious, even more so than ship tours We found out later that we were not supposed to go on private tours only ship directed tours
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great tour
Carrie_C, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir
it was a great tour! we wished we had a little more time at each stop!!! our guide was great and the bus was comfortable and clean
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Fast trip to Golden Circle sites
L_A, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Fast trip to 3 interesting locations. Our guide was knowledgeable and professional even with tourists who failed to return to bus on time. I recommend tour as a convenient way to see the 3 sites in one day. The bus was confortable and clean.
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Must experience this tour!
Dan_D, Aug 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Very convenient pickup and drop-off in comfortable and clean buses. Driver and tour guide were knowledgeable, professional, and humorous. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
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Awesome tour!!!
Janell_C, Jul 2021
Full-Day Small Group Golden Circle Waterfall Tour with Volcano Crater Lake
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+++
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Our driver Jakob was very...
Laura_M, Nov 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Our driver Jakob was very informative and fantastic the entire trip! He even stopped specially for my daughter to see the Icelandic horses. Would highly recommend this trip.
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Great tour just need more time at Gulfoss
Mary_s, Nov 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
We enjoyed our tour and the information given to us by our guide. The only thing I didn’t like was we were not given near enough time at Gulfoss. One hour to walk to see the waterfall, order and eat lunch and then try to buy a souvenir was way too short. An hour and a half at that location would be much better.
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Fantastic not to be missed
Ian_C, Nov 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Whole day was great and tour guide was superb Darren from grey line tours Highlights were the falls and geyser
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Tour guide Simon made this trip!
Shannon_A, Nov 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Tour guide Simon and the driver absolutely made this trip. Couldn’t of done more for us, extra stop to see some Icelandic horses, informative but funny commentary. Would definitely recommend to see the sights.
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An excellent, informative trip
Emily_DJ, Nov 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Ian was an excellent guide, so knowledgable. There tour was really fascinating and didn't feel rushed. The cafe at Gullfoss was a lovely place for lunch. There were so many amazing sights and ending with the secret lagoon was perfect.
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Fantastic!
Emma_M, Nov 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
This tour is extremely well run! Our tour guide Gummie was both knowledgable and witty, and the sights where breath taking!
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A great tour and great tour guide
Darren_F, Nov 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
I think the Falls were probably my favorite. Beautiful views and nice visitor center/restaurant. Our guide, Ian, was very knowledgeable and going to the secret lagoon was apparently better than the blue lagoon according to the locals I talked to. Overall, a great day.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)