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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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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
$145.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
True Icelandic Experience
The secret laguna was brilliant after a day of heavy rain that made the tour difficult but didn't spoil it, geyser was brilliant as was the golden waterfall (largely frozen so very different from the lovely photos). Doyley the guide was very informative and careful
Maurice_O, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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What a great day!
Sarra_M, Dec 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
Gummi from Gateway to Iceland was a brilliant guide. Thoughtful and incredibly knowledgeable, we learnt so much on our Hot Golden Circle tour. The minibus was clean and comfortable. I highly recommend this company (and this tour).
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Amazing experience!
Elzbieta_M, Dec 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Everything was amazing ! Will be back here for sure!! Beautiful land , well organized, clean, friendly
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The Golden Circle is beautiful.
Paul_W, Nov 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The tour was well managed. Pick up at our hotel was on time. We had a great guide and bus driver. The bus was clean and comfortable. The sights are amazing. Well done.
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Amazing Iceland
jrailton, Jan 2023
Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa from Reykjavik
Great trip with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Learnt a lot about Iceland whilst couldn't see much of the scenary before 10.30am in January after that saw the stunning scenary in all it's glory. The lamb soup / stew at Gullfoss is a great way to warm up after being out in the cold.
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Great trip
Katie_D, Jan 2023
Golden Circle Tour Including Gullfoss and Geysir from Reykjavik
Really well organised trip Well worth the money to see so many amazing things in one day Guide was really well informed telling us all about each area as we drive through
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True Icelandic Experience
Maurice_O, Jan 2023
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
The secret laguna was brilliant after a day of heavy rain that made the tour difficult but didn't spoil it, geyser was brilliant as was the golden waterfall (largely frozen so very different from the lovely photos). Doyley the guide was very informative and careful
star-5
Personalised golden circle tour
John_R, Jan 2023
Golden Circle - Puffin Travel Private tour
Knowledgable friendly guide made this tour a very memorable experience. Tour adapted to avoid the crowds and make the best of the weather
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Enjoyable trip
Caroline_H, Jan 2023
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
would recommend this trip. Comfortable coach, with an enthusiastic and informative guide. We felt like there was enough time at each stop to explore and enjoy.
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Beautiful Tour.
ricebetsy8, Dec 2022
Golden Circle Tour Including Gullfoss and Geysir from Reykjavik
The tour guide was excellent. Very informative. The length of the tour was perfect. We left at 10am and saw all the sights in daylight. The beauty of this country is breathtaking. And feeding the horses at the end of the trip was a fun way to finish the tour. Would highly recommend this Golden Circle tour.
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Priceless
Javier_R, Dec 2022
Snowmobiling and Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour from Reykjavik
Breathtaking sights and the once in a lifetime opportunity to drive a snowmobile on Iceland's 2nd largest glacier, unforgettable experience.
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Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon (January 2023)
Calum_M, Jan 2023
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
We had a fantastic day with Gummie our lovely tour guide who introduced us to the real Iceland. He took us around the Golden Circle and the facts and knowledge he shared with a few personal stories made us feel as though we were able to experience Iceland from not only through brilliant tour guide but also a true local! The highlight had to be visiting the secret lagoon which I recommend everyone should visit! Thank you Gummie. -From Mary and Calum
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AMAZING
Gregoire_C, Jan 2023
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
It was so amazing !!! And our tour guide Conor was so great !!! A funny guy. Thanks to him he did a great job
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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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