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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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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
$145.00 per adult
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Iceland fun with Hildy
This morning as a great way to spend a day in Iceland. Our guide, Hildy, was professional, polite, funny, and knowledgeable. Visiting the Secret Lagoon was an excellent way to relax and recuperate after the tour.
jabari_d, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

star-5
Natural wonders - superb tour and guide
Lydia_D, Jun 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
Simply wonderful day! Daren was entertaining and informative, making the journey sections of the day fun. Stunning scenery, geological wonders with waterfalls, the rift valley, site of the ancient parliament all in on be day. Ending with the sky lagoon for a relaxing and magical end to the day. Do this tour - its brilliant.
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Black sand and waterfalls
ksbachtel, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Our tour guide BG was excellent. He was funny, interesting and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Iceland and it’s varied topography. The black sand beach was stunning and the various waterfalls were beautiful.
star-4
Got to see some of the...
Richard_W, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir
Got to see some of the country even though we only limited time here. A lot of time in each location to take pictures
star-5
Fun in Reykjavik
Julie_M, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The waterfall and geyser. It was very well planned and we had time for everything we wanted to do. The guide was very informative and interesting.
star-5
The tour was awesome. The...
Doug_P, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The tour was awesome. The guide made the trip, as he was very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. The Grayline driver did a nice job in making the trip very enjoyable.
star-5
Amazing!
Carrie_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from Reykjavik
What an amazing trip! Our guide Oli, I think I spelled it correctly, was fantastic and answered all our question. The Super Jeep was so cool and we got to see all sorts of great sights.
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Winter golden circle
Sandra_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
An amazing day trip in the aftermath of an arctic storm after many trips had been cancelled. Beautiful, frozen landscape. The tour guide was wonderful, added lots of local knowledge, stories and history into his narrative. Secret lagoon much needed warm up and deliciously misty on this frozen winter day. A fabulous day!
star-5
Excellent trip.
Lesley_R, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Excellent tour. We were picked up on time. The guide was knowledgeable and pointed out lots during the trip. Very happy. Would recommend.
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Golden circle
Rosalie_M, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Guide was funny and knowledgeable Saw a lot Geyser went off on schedule Nothing more to say about it
star-5
A very nice day.
Marie_Q, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
The first stop in Pingvellir nationalpark was amacing. The driver gave us much extra information. He was great.(Dooley)
star-5
An experience not to be missed
Tre, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Gullfoss and the geysers one off experiences. The walk through the Tetonic plates is very interesting and picturesque
star-5
Great tour experience!
Amelia_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Hildi was a wonderful guide. We learned so much about the history and culture of the area. We really enjoyed our time in Iceland.
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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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