With a captivating history, unique culture, and extraordinary nature, the Golden Circle private tour is a great way how to have the best lifelong memories.
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The Golden Circle Private Tour takes you on a personalized journey to some of Iceland’s most important sites, through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region.
Thingvellir - the birthplace of parliament
Thingvellir National Park is a landmark of great geological, historical and cultural significance. The UNESCO designated world heritage site is where Iceland’s parliament, Althingi, was founded in 930 AD and is also where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates slowly drift apart. You will walk the grounds where the nation’s leaders would meet to decide on the laws of the land and where criminals were brought to justice.
Gullfoss - the golden falls
Continuing along an area of breathtaking mountains and valleys, you arrive at the all-powerful Gullfoss waterfall on the Hvíta River. Once there, you can get up close and personal with the two-tiered waterfall by walking along the many paths around the cascading water.
Geysir - the godfather of geysers
Home of the namesake of all geysers “The Great Geysir” hot spring, this area is dotted with bubbling puddles, whistling steam vents, and colorful algae deposits. Although Great Geysir is currently dormant, nearby Strokkur geyser puts on quite the show every few minutes blasting boiling water high up into the air.
An unforgettable day
The significant landmarks, rich histories, and fascinating sagas all come to life with the facts and stories from your knowledgeable Iceland Tour Expert, allowing you to experience Iceland to the fullest.
1. Where is the Golden Circle?
The Golden Circle is in southwest Iceland, just outside of the city of Reykjavik. The nearest site Thingvellir National Park is only 43 minutes (47.4 km/29.4 miles) away from Reykjavik, and Gullfoss waterfall is the furthest out at 1 hr 44 min (125 km/77.6 miles) away. The site's proximity to Reykjavik makes touring the Golden Circle a perfect day trip.
2. How long does the Golden Circle take?
The Golden Circle tour takes approximately 6 -7 hours in total.
3. Can you do the Golden Circle tour for one day?
Yes! You could even do it twice a day if you would like.
4. What does the Golden Circle tour include?
The tour includes bus transport, professional tour guide, tour in English and six other languages, free WiFi onboard, super comfortable coaches, visit of the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall and unforgettable memories!
5. Can you drive the Golden Circle in the winter?
If you choose to drive the Golden Circle tour on your own, we recommend it only if you are a good driver. The conditions can be awful, and the weather can change only in a few minutes from the sun to snow, black ice, and strong wind.
6. How long is the Golden Circle?
The standard route is approximately 250km.
7. Can you traverse the Golden Circle if the weather is bad?
It depends on what you classify as bad. Good weather in Iceland could be classified as bad weather in some other parts of the world. In most cases, you need to be appropriately dressed for the weather (always expect sideways rain in Iceland), and in winter, it is good to have yaktrax (walker traction) for your shoes (waterproof hiking boots are best).
8. Where to eat during the Golden Circle?
Even it is prohibited to eat and drink in our coaches, during every stop, you can buy something to eat and drink at the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
9. Where are the pick-up locations for the Golden Circle tour?
We pick-up from all major hotels in the greater Reykjavik area where possible. In the city center where bus traffic is restricted we pick-up from designated bus stops. We also pick up from the cruise ports, and it is always possible to join the tour at our bus terminal in Klettagarðar.
10. Do I need to know something more about the Golden Circle?
If you have more questions in mind, or if you plan to do the Golden Circle on your own, click here to find more information you would like to know.
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Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal at Klettagarðar 4 is the central departure point for our tours.
Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
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