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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

Reykjavik – Nesjavellir (May-October)

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 the second largest geothermal power station in Iceland, which serves Reykjavik region with warming water.

Thingvellir National Park

From Nesjavellir, we head to the Thingvellir National park and drive by the side of Thingvallavatn lake which offers spectacular views of the 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 the valley at Thingvellir, you will walk along the Almanagja fissure, the place where American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge and move apart.

Geysir and Strokkur

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

Gullfoss Waterfall

One of the main attractions on the route will be the Gullfoss waterfall with cascades of 11 and 22 meters (36 to 72 feet) of powerful water stream falling into the gorge. From Gullfoss, we go toward to the Friðheimar greenhouse and make a stop on a way at the Faxi waterfall on Tungufljot river.

Faxi Waterfall

Faxi Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall very close but not visible from the main road. Just above the waterfall is a common sheepfold and right next to the waterfall you can find some cool salmon ladder. From the parking place you are able to walk all the way down and very close to the waterfall if you want to take a closer look or photograph it.

Friðheimar Greenhouse

The Friðheimar greenhouse is a 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.

Kerid Crater

One more stop that we do on the way back to Reykjavik at the Kerid crater, 55 meters (180 feet) deep explosion crater filled with water, creating a lake whose steep circular slopes resemble an ancient amphitheater. On the way to Reykjavik, we go over the Hellisheidi mountain pass and bring you back to Reykjavik to your hotel or guesthouse.

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Please note: The itinerary could be altered according to weather and road conditions.


Reviews (35)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Trip of a lifetime

Denis was an AMAZING tour guide and we left calling him a friend. He went out of his way to show us all of the best parts of Iceland. He was able to dodge the crowds and knew exactly when to take us to each...More

Thank caitlinb17
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Caitlin, thank you very much for taking tours with us and kind feedback about Denis. It is nice to know that you got a friend here. Denis and I will be happy about your return or your friends and relatives visiting Iceland. :)

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Fantastic tour, highly recommend!

By far our favourite day in Iceland. I cannot recommend Sergei highly enough. He was a true gentleman and made the tour so memorable for us all. Fabulous experience and we have life long memories captured from the beautiful photographs which Sergei kindly took of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred H
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Dear Fred, thank you very much for the review and your family for being with me a day during your stay in Iceland. I am glad that our tour became memorable and you got good pictures from all visited places.

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Perfect day trip from Reykjavik

We took a private tour (8 people in a minibus) with Sergei from Top Iceland. We only had a short weekend in Reykjavik and this was the perfect way to easily see the sights outside the city. We visited some beautiful views on the Golden...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BogFactor3
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thank you very much for the five-star review and your group for being with me during your short stopover in Iceland. :)

Reviewed 5 September 2018
An incredible day!!!

Our family of four (with two boys, 12 & 6) booked a private Golden Circle tour with Sergei and had an incredible day! He picked us up at the port and we spent the next 7 hours seeing some of the most amazing sights we've...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Deborah M
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Dear Deborah, thank you for the great and informative review! I am happy that your short stopover in Iceland and our day trip remained a good memory.

Reviewed 1 September 2018
Made our holiday, awe inspiring!

Sergei picked our group up straight from the cruise ship and was happy to accommodate our unusual sailing times. The scenery was dramatic, beautiful and intimidating all at once. Sergei explained the history, geology and culture in faultless English and kept the audience (ranging from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Emma H
Sergei S, Owner at Top Iceland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Thank you Emma and your group for being with me, it was my pleasure. And my specials thanks for "faultless English" :)

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