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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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Overview

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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9:00 AM
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.
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.
Itinerary
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
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:  
Geysir
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:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
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:  
Reykholt
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:  
Hveragerdi
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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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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  • "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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star-3
Just okay
Pam_M
, Jul 2022
Our guide was friendly and very informative, but they really need to book 2 less people on the tour. We were picked up last and ended up uncomfortably crammed in the back with very little view during all the hours actually on the bus.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear guests, thank you for booking our tour and your kind words about our guide. We only use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses which widely regarding a "best-in-class" in this size category.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Just do it!
Jeffrey_W
, Jun 2022
The guide was excellent. Loved everything we saw on this tour. We’ll worth the time and money. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
star-5
Outstanding small group tour
Charles_B
, Jun 2022
The Volcanic Crater was all that I expected it to be. The Guide was outstanding. The small group was the way to see the Golden Circle.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear guest, great to hear you enjoyed your small group tour with us, we believe that this creates a more personal and enjoyable experience for our guests.
star-5
Bad weather cannot spoil it
Jovanka_R
, Jun 2022
Wonderful tour, very well organized, small group of 16 people gives enough time on each spot and for breaks. Guide was excellent and he provide so many good information all wrapped in humor. Definitely recommended
star-5
The Kerid Crater lake was...
Jim_B
, Jun 2022
The Kerid Crater lake was fascinating and the Gullfoss Waterfall was spectacular. Our guide was very informative and entertaining.
star-4
Lovely trip to see the Golden Mile
Marilyn_H
, Jun 2022
The experience of this trip was great. You get a great look at all the wonders of Iceland. It was not a strenuous trip. We had time to rest. In between stops and the walking was not hard.
star-5
First rate experience
David_B
, Jun 2022
Spectacular sights, of course, but real plus was our wonderful guide, Jung Kari, I think his name was. Informative, funny, everything you'd want. Bus was fairly comfortable, excellent bonus stops.
star-5
Gulfoss was amazing but...
Karen_F
, Jun 2022
Gulfoss was amazing but all the sights were very interesting and beautiful. Also good stops for icecream and to meet the horses.
star-4
Efficient Golden Circle
Michael_M
, May 2022
This tour gave us a good, efficient tour of the Golden Circle highlights. Our guide was very informative and gave us just enough time at each stop to enjoy the area.
star-5
A perfect bite of Iceland.
Betsy_S
, May 2022
Waterfall and even just driving through Icelandic scenery. We learned a lot about the country and the people.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour, great tour guide, beautiful vistas
Frances_J
, May 2022
Magnus G was our tour guide. He was amiable, funny and very informative. We enjoyed the tour immensely and were so grateful to see the beautiful island sights of Iceland.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear guests, great to hear you enjoyed your day with us exploring the wonders of the Golden Circle. Thank you for choosing to book our tour.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Jessica_H
, May 2022
Loved this tour! Thingvellir park is nice to visit, Strokkur is very impressive, it’s a huge geyser! We saw some Icelandic horses and stopped at an ice cream farm too, which were bonus stops. Gulfoss waterfall was beautiful! Kerid crater was interesting and picturesque. I would definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear guest, great to hear you enjoyed your day with us, thank you very much for recommending our tour to other travellers.
star-5
Golden cirlce
rachel_l
, May 2022
Great trip with an informative and entertaining guide. Extra photo stops and local knowledge made for an even more memorable experience. Must see trip whatever the weather.
star-5
Memorable landmarks of Iceland
Joan_K
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour guide explaining the history and geology at each stop, magnificent sites Included a stop to see rye bread being cooked by being buried underground and to pet icelandic horses. Comfortable minibus and ample time at each stop. Ked
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear guest, great to hear you enjoyed your day with us exploring all the wonders of the Golden Circle.
star-5
Family trip
Aniela_O
, Apr 2022
Great trip, very good guide. That gave us lots of information. Made it fun for kids and grownups. To bad I don’t remember his name. Made some surprise stops that was very nice. Also took a route so we did not have large queue.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear guests, we are very happy to hear you and all your family enjoyed your day with us. Thank you for booking our NICETRAVEL tour.
star-5
Amazing sights
Nicola_H
, Apr 2022
Great day with our guide Nicola , she was very informative & entertaining . Good amount of time at each stop . Would recommend .
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear guests, thank you for choosing our tour and for recommending to other visitors to Iceland. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us exploring the wonders of the Golden Circle.
star-4
Good golden circle tour
Ellen_P
, Apr 2022
Can't fault the guide or the tour locations, we had lovely weather too. Good length of day, and the additional stop of the volcano crater was excellent. Experience was somewhat hampered by a few people coughing on everyone. The minibus was very cramped.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear guests, thank you for booking our tour, great to hear you enjoyed the Golden Circle with the bonus visit to the Kerid Volcanic Crater.
star-5
An enjoyable and fun day out.
Ken_H
, Apr 2022
The tour is the perfect way to see some of Iceland’s magical highlights. The small bus has the advantage of being able to get through traffic quicker, which means you get to the attractions before the big crowds. It also means that you aren’t waiting for 50 people to board the bus at every stop. The drivers all seem to have the wonderful Icelandic sense of humour, which makes for an extremely enjoyable and fun day out.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear guests, great to hear you enjoyed being on a small group tour with us - all our tours are small group tours as we believe this created a more personal and enjoyable experience for our guests. Thank you for booking with us here at NICETRAVEL and for all your kind words.
star-5
Golden Circle
bagshawmindy
, Mar 2022
It was a chilly rainy day, but our guide Jonas made it allot of fun! He was informative and it was an education.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear guests, great to hear you enjoyed your day with us, thank you for choosing our tour.
star-5
Incredible Iceland
Teresa_F
, Mar 2022
We had a great day seeing the highlights of the Golden Circle. Our guide, Kristina, from Nice travel was brilliant and even provided us with mini crampons for the icy conditions.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear guests, thank you for choosing our NICETRAVEL tour. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us.

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