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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

  • Gain fascinating insight into the geological features of the magnificent landscape
  • Marvel at the spectacular natural landmarks of Thingvellir National Park and the Haukadalur Valley
  • Private, full-day tour of Iceland's Golden Circle from Reykjavik
Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik
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Enhance your experience of Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle on a private full-day tour of iconic natural landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, absorb the spectacular landscapes of Thingvellir National Park and walk over the spot at which the Eurasian and American tectonic plates diverge. Gaze at the erupting geysers at Haukadalur Valley; see the steam rise from the surface of Lugarvatn’s hot springs; and capture photographs of the colossal cascades of the Gullfloss Waterfall. Receive undivided attention from your expert guide on this private tour.
What to Expect
The tour will start from Reykjavik by heading to the Nesjavellir geothermal area, one of the hottest spots in Iceland, located nearby the Hengill volcano. At Nesjavellir you will find second largest geothermal power station in Iceland, which serves Reykjavik region with warming water.

From Nesjavellir head to the Thingvellir National park and drive by the side of Thingvallavatn lake which offers spectacular views of  landscape. The Thingvellir National park served as parliament ground during many centuries, from the time of early settler Vikings and up to 19th century. In valley at Thingvellir, you will walk along the Almanagja fissure, the place where American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge and move apart approximately two centimeters per year.

Then drive to Haukadalur, valley of geysers and making short stop on a way at the Lugarvatn lake, known by its hot springs under water near by the shore. Next stop will be at the Haukadalur valley, where the Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-10 minutes into air a mixture of hot water and steam to height up to 30 meters (98 feet), while other hot springs at the area are quiet but colorful. 

One of the main attractions on route will be the Gullfoss waterfall with cascades of 36 to 76 feet (11 and 22 meters) of powerful water stream falling into gorge. From Gulfoss go toward to the Friðheimar greenhouse, and make stop on a way at the Faxi waterfall on Tungufljot river. The Friðheimar greenhouse is good example of horticulture in Iceland, it is open for visitors, and you can come and enjoy a unique food experience at the restaurant, with tomatoes growing all around.

One more stop that we do on the way back to Reykjavik at the Kerid crater, 180 feet (55 meters) deep explosion crater filled with water, creating a lake whose steep circular slopes resemble an ancient amphitheater.

You can add a stop at the ocean cost nearby the Eyrabakki, spending some time at the beach and visit traditional Icelandic village. On the way to Reykjavik we go over the Hellisheidi mountain pass and bring you back to Reykjavik to your hotel or guesthouse.

Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.
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1 - 5 of 7 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spectacular Sights and Amazing Commentary!

Our family of four took two private day tours with Sergei - one to the Golden Circle and the second to the Southern Coast. Loved these tours!! Sergei hit all the high spots as well as several hidden gems. He picked us up at our...More

1  Thank RichJW
Reviewed 22 May 2018
Tour with Dofri

Don't miss touring with Dofri. He knows Iceland inside and out. Our family were fortunate to have him as our tour guide. His upbeat personality, knowledge, patience and his experience as a tour guide were unbeatable. He was even kind enough to satisfy my family's...More

Thank alanjulkash
Reviewed 15 April 2018
Top Iceland - Extremely well done

We truly had an amazing time and feel we were able to experience many aspects of The Golden Circle especially those lesser known to tourists. Aside from showing us a wonderful time, the most fascinating part was how well Denis catered to our two young...More

2  Thank abbys
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile
Great Golden Circle trip

Booked a private Golden Circle Tour through Viator and the trip was handled by Top Iceland. My wife was ill, so I did the trip myself. I had an awesome trip with Denis, the guide. He took me to the standard sights but because we...More

1  Thank Bruce T
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for comment and evaluation of Golden Circle trip with Denis! :)

Reviewed 22 February 2018

We were a private tour of 11 mixed aged group and Sergei was a wonderful, patient and (thankfully) an experienced, competent and confident driver in conditions that frankly scared the living daylights out of me. We led the trips and, as long as the conditions...More

1  Thank HOL51
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2018

Thanks for the feedback, definitely this trip to Iceland will remain in your memory and memory of your friends and relatives who joined this journey to celebrate your anniversary. I was glad to participate in this event.

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