On Golden Circle Private Food tour, you get to explore Iceland's sightseeing highlights of the Golden Circle places and enjoy sampling delicious local food specialties at selected establishments along the route. Combining sightseeing with local culture, food, and drink is the ideal introduction to Iceland.
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For many of us, food and sightseeing are equally essential parts of the travel experience. On the Golden Circle Private Food Tour, you get to explore Iceland's sightseeing highlights of the Golden Circle and enjoy sampling delicious local food specialties at selected establishments along the route.
Farm-to-table Cooking - Efstidalur Farm
For lunch, we stop at Efstidalur farm where three generations who share a love for the land and a passion for farm-to-table cooking serve a diverse selection of homemade fresh products sure to delight your taste-buds.
The restaurant inside Greenhouse - Friðheimar
Later in the day, we drop into the family-operated Friðheimar greenhouse & café to sample some of their impossibly sweet tomatoes and mouth-watering chutneys and jams. Friðheimar is also known for its delicious meals at the restaurant, where all meals include everything that Friðheimar greenhouses produce.
Farm-to-table Cooking - Íslenski Bærinn Turf House
On our way back to Reykjavik, we swing by Íslenski Bærinn Turf House for traditional Icelandic delicacies like pancakes with whipped cream and rhubarb jelly, flatbread, and perhaps a sip of meadowsweet honey and mead. The Turf House is one of Iceland's best-preserved turf farms, the style of building that from the time of settlement kept Icelanders alive in the harsh Arctic climate.
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir National Park is an attraction of great historical, geological, and cultural significance. Thingvellir is located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. The UNESCO designated world heritage site is also the birthplace of the Althing—Iceland's parliament founded in 930 AD—where the nation's most powerful leaders would meet to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking-age justice. Thingvellir became Iceland's first national park in 1930. It is also home to Iceland's largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn.
Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is a waterfall and gets its name from the golden color of its water as it churns up silt and sediment. The magnificent waterfalls lie in the Hvitá river and are fed by Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier. In total, Gullfoss is 32 meters high, falling two tiers that are 11 and 21 meters high, respectively. Gullfoss is also at the center of one of Iceland's most famous acts of environmental activism. Back in the early 20th century, developers wanted to damn the mighty waterfall to generate electricity, but through the will and determination of Sigriður Tómasdóttir, Gullfoss was saved. Extra time is allotted at this location for a lunch break at Gullfoss Café.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Geysir geothermal area is located in the Haukadalur valley and is the scenic home of the infamous Geysir hot spring. To visit is to pay your respects to the progenitor of all geysers as Geysir is the geyser for which all others are named. Geysir doesn't erupt often but is surrounded by bubbling cauldrons of superheated mud, steaming pools, and Strokkur, a geyser that erupts every 6-10 minutes. The smells, colors, and eruptions at this popular destination are a window into all the geothermal activity happening across (and beneath) Iceland, making all those hot tubs, swimming pools, greenhouses, and geothermal energy possible.
Memories that last a lifetime
While any of these stops makes incredible fodder for your Instagram feed, they also all have rich histories and fascinating tales, each told with their own nuances by our knowledgeable guides. It's not just facts and figures that bring these places to life, but the compelling stories our guides have collected over time.
1. Where is the Golden Circle Private Food Tour?
The Golden Circle Private Food Tour is about 260 kilometers both ways leaving from Reykjavik. First on the map is Þingvellir National Park, then it is Geysir Geothermal Area and the last stop of the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss Waterfall. When it comes to tour part where food is the only thing that interests us, all three places - Friðheimar Greenhouse, Efstidalur Farm, and Íslenski Bærinn are just on the way as the Golden Circle follows.
2. How long does the Golden Circle Private Food Tour take?
The Golden Circle Private Food Tour takes approximately 9 hours.
3. Can you do the Golden Circle Private Food Tour for one day?
The best on the Golden Circle Private Food Tour is that you can do it in one day, and explore what Iceland has to offer for you.
4. What does the Golden Circle Private Food Tour include?
The tour includes private bus transport, professional tour guide, tour in English and six other languages, free WiFi onboard, super comfortable bus, visit of the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall, three amazing places that show you their delicious Icelandic food produced right there, and the best memories!
5. Can you drive the Golden Circle Private Food Tour in winter?
Yes, if you decide to visit all these places on your own and it's wintertime, we recommend you to check the weather forecast and be a good driver with skills. Weather in Iceland changes very quickly and so it's important that you know where to go, and what to expect.
8. Are there places to eat during the Golden Circle part?
Yes, although don't forget that you are going for the delicious private food tour as well, so we recommend to don't fill your stomach with anything big.
9. Where are the pick-up locations for the Golden Circle Private Food Tour?
For your Golden Circle Private Food Tour we pick you up at places you are staying, or there are many other places to be picked up in the greater area in Reykjavik.
10. Do I need to know something more about the Golden Circle Private Food Tour?
The most important is to enjoy your day, and we hope you will have an amazing time with us while exploring and tasting Iceland! But if you have more questions in mind about the Golden Circle part, click here to find more information you would like to know.
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Please present your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure.
Tour departure point
Bus stop 6 which is close by from our Gray Line Sales office at Hafnarstræti 20 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.
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