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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
$64.24 per adult
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Golden Circle
Guide was very helpful, both her and our driver were excellent No ,this is why I hate doing reviews- you ask for too many words
Laura_K, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Golden
margaret_h, May 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Third time I have tried to send this. Interesting and knowledgable tour guide. Good variety of route and scenery. Good price.
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Great tour for seniors
Robin_K, May 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
We brought our very senior parents and this was the perfect tour for them! It was so nice they could be in the front seats of the bus to be able to easily see the amazing sights. I really appreciate our host and driver!
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Silfra snorkeling +golden circle
Ian_V, May 2022
SuperSaver: Small Group Golden Circle Tour and Silfra Snorkeling Adventure
Vitor are just a Booking agent who buy the trips off of Artic Adventures...Shop around for price first
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Golden circle
Thomas_W, May 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
History provided by a very knowledgeable tour guide. The tectonic plate visitation and discussion of early iceland was very enjoyable.
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Wonderful day
paulwaddison, Apr 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
The Golden Circle tour was great albeit perhaps at some of the stops (Geysir for example) the time we had to explore was a little longer than needed meaning the day was stretched out a bit. But overall an amazing day.
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Awesome Golden Circle
zgl_H, Apr 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Thanks Jakob for being an amazing guide for us.It was a great tour and we would definitely recommend to ones who love nature and having fun
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Great day out.
Laura_F, Apr 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
We had a great trip yesterday. It wasn’t the best weather but Iceland still looks stunning in the rain. Our tour guide Gummi was a lovely, extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Topping the tour off with the secret lagoon just made it even better. We would definitely recommend.
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Best tour guides in Iceland
EDRIZIO_D, May 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The driver and the tour guide were amazing! The best experience that we've had in Iceland so far. Highly recommended
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Great full day experience!
Jamie_L, Apr 2022
SuperSaver: Small-Group Lava Caving Experience and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
We had a wonderfully kind bus driver, Aron. He was on time, gave us a lot of information about every stop, and gave us enough time to enjoy each location. Plus, his music during the trip made it very enjoyable!
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Excellent Guide
Brian_H, May 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The guide Gumi was excellent, very knowledgeable and talked at a great pace. Our first visit to Iceland and our first your, excellent
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Lovely adventure
Lisa_T, May 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
It was wonderful just getting out into the countryside and enjoying a refreshing day walking about in nature.
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Brilliant tour
Ian_S, Mar 2022
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
A fantastic tour that exceeded our expectations Snow fell and the sun shone at all the right times. Sky Lagoon was out of this world, we considered staying and paying for a taxi back to hotel. Best spa experience ever !!

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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