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Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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If you only have time for one day tour while in Reykjavik, make it a journey around the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route. This full-day small-group tour checks off all the famous highlights such as Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall, as well as visiting the spectacular Kerid Crater Lake.
  • Full-day Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Lake tour from Reykjavik
  • See the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit the highlights of the Golden Circle including the Geysir geyser and Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Admire the little-visited natural wonder of Kerid Crater Lake
  • Great-value tour includes pick-up service and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to 19 people ensures a personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavík
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that Nicetravel offers free pickup and drop off from hotels within Reykjavik. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest bus stop. After receiving your pickup information, we will notify you of your exact pick up location.
If you do not require hotel pickup, you can meet the tour at Nicetravel office in Fiskislóð 45M, 101 Reykjavik. Please notify Nicetravel directly if you intend to use this option and be there before 08:20.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00, so please be ready from 8:30 at your pickup location and look out for a bus with red NICE Travel logos.


  • Reykjavik Skarfabakki cruise port
  • Reykjavik Midbakki cruise port

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After being picked up from your Reykjavik hotel, meet your guide and small group of no more than 19 people, and head east to explore the popular Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Your tour begins at Thingvellir National park, where you’ll get the rare opportunity to walk right on the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Learn about the shifting of the plates and their influence on Iceland’s volatile volcanic landscapes from your guide as you admire the views, and hear more about Iceland’s history as you visit the site of the world’s first parliament.

The photo-worthy landscapes continue, as you stop by the Geysir geothermal area to see geysers including Strokkur and Geysir, the geyser after which all others are named. Stick around long enough to watch the Strokkur geyser erupt (around every 10 minutes), spurting a column of water up to 98 foot (30 meters) in the air.

Stop for a lunch break near the hot springs (own expense) and then continue to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most visited sights.

Your final stop of the day is the magnificent Kerid Crater Lake. Gaze out over the dramatic volcanic crater, which measures an impressive 886-foot (270-meters) wide and 180-foot (55-meters) deep, and marvel at the glittering crater lake at its heart.

Relax on the ride back to Reykjavik, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or nearest meeting point.
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Your day starts by driving from Reykjavik to the historic site of Þingvellir National Park. This was the venue for the Icelandic parliament from 930 till 1798 and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, both for it´s rich history and amazing nature.   This is also where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet which creates an amazing feeling having one foot in each world.   
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Laugarvatn sits next to a beautiful lake of the same name in a geothermally active area. The plumes of super-heated vapor billowing into the air in this area are used by the locals to bake rye bread in the ground!
Stop At:  
Known throughout the world for it´s power and beauty, Geysir has become a synonym for this amazing show of nature.  Strokkur, another hot spring, sits nearby and is very active, erupting to heights up to 30 meters every few minutes. Follow one of many paths and enjoy steaming springs bubbling all around you. In the Geysir Area you will also have time to buy lunch or some snacks.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Next on the agenda is the waterfall Gullfoss - the Golden Waterfall.  One of the most popular attractions is Iceland, Gullfoss will amaze you with it´s raw power and beauty, plummeting down 32 meters into a rugged canyon.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Small town with lots of Greenhouses
Stop At:  
Kerid Crater
These three attractions complete the classic Golden Circle - but to add even more to your experience - we also stop at the spectacular Kerid Volcanic Crater. This 3000 year old crater is 55 meters deep and offers a unique view of the beauty of the Icelandic nature. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
On the way back to Reykjavík tour goes via Geothermal Area in Hveragerði, packed with famous greenhouses powered by green energy and horse farms. After a short drive through mountain pass you will also see Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age is 5 years old.
  • Only small luggage like a small backpack can be taken on this tour
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "But, just be prepared that you might not see the Northen Lights and hotel drop off can be as late as 3am." See review
  • "A little bus added to the specialness of this tour, would highly recommend nice travel tours to anyone who planned to go to Iceland" See review
  • "Definitely worth doing the trips, such as this one, that include the Kerid Crater." See review


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Wonderful day
, Sep 2021
This was a wonderful day trip from Reykjavik!!! Would recommend as it is a nice variety of very interesting stops
David is a guiding Superstar!
, Sep 2021
Wonderful trip experience! David was one of the best guides we have ever had. Extremely knowledgable, cordial, respectful and accommodating. Superior guide skills, and periodically would say “have you had enough? Want to hear music? We all said NO! Keep telling us about Iceland.
, Sep 2021
Absolutely loved it, and David our guide is a top top guy! He made it the trip more fun with his famous Why not?” stops
Don't miss this trip. You will regret it.
, Sep 2021
An absolute amazing adventure!! The guide was great. The Geyser fantastic. Thingvelliar park, is mind blowing. And Gullfoss waterfall...breathtaking. This is a must do trip!!
Beautiful Sites & Great Guide
, Sep 2021
This is a wonderful, small group tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about each area and everything was very organized with a decent amount of time at each site.
A must do tour!
, Aug 2021
This was a brilliant trip from start to finish. Comfortable transport with great music. Our guide Evar was absolutely fantastic. Incredibly knowledgable and whitty. There was ample time at all of the stops to allow exploring. The small group experience certainly made this trip more enjoyable especially in the pandemic. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone visiting Iceland. It is a must do! Thank you Your day tours, this was an epic tour. One of the best I’ve been on throughout my travels.
Great tour
, Aug 2021
This trip was well organized with all sightseeing stops to enjoy the beauty of Iceland. Our guide Eivar(?) was funny and we learn many things about history of Iceland and some icelandic words. Great tour!
Highly recommend this trip
, Aug 2021
Loved the extensive narrative about nature that was part of the trip, and the care the trip leader took to give us an enjoyable experience in spite of some unavoidable glitches.
Fun and interesting introduction to Iceland
, Aug 2021
Our guide was very well informed, friendly and helpful. I thought the walk to the falls was fantastic. Really beautiful and awe-inspiring. The geyser was interesting and cool. Really the whole trip was well organized, gave us enough time to explore and absorb the sights and was just the right length.
Great trip
, Jul 2021
Had a great trip. Sites were beautiful and the guide was very good. Would definitely recommend this!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear guest - great to hear you enjoyed your trip with us exploring the Golden Circle and the Kerid Volcanic Crater. Thank you for selecting our tour and for recommending it to other travellers.

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