Golden Circle Classic Tour

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Witness Iceland’s world-renowned pristine natural beauty and phenomena on this day trip from the capital which will take you to spouting hot springs, waterfalls, charming towns and the site of the world’s first functioning parliament.

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The Golden Circle Classic Tour takes you from Reykjavik city up to Þingvellir National Park which is arguably the most important site in Iceland in terms of history, culture, and geology. 

The birth place of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth and the Alþingi assembly, the plains of Þingvellir is where Iceland’s most powerful leaders met to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking era justice.

A UNESCO world heritage site, Þingvellir National Park is home to Iceland‘s largest natural lake and the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia split and drift apart. 

From Þingvellir the tour continues through an area of beautiful scenery towards some of Iceland's greatest natural attractions at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area. At Gullfoss you can get so close to the powerful waterfall that you will feel the mist of glacial water on your face as it cascades into the narrow Hvítárgljúfur canyon. 

Next, head to to the Geysir geothermal area - an impressive site featuring diverse geothermal features, bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and colourful algae deposits.

Home of 'The Geysir' which all geysers are named after, the area also boasts one of the world's most reliable fountain geysers, the Strokkur Hot Spring that blasts a column of scalding water 20 metres into the air every 4 to 8 minutes.


You can choose the original Golden Circle Classic tour or combine the trip with the following combinations:

Witness Iceland’s world-renowned pristine natural beauty and phenomena on this day trip from the capital which takes in hot springs, waterfalls, charming towns and more.

Spend the day exploring some of Iceland’s most iconic sights before rewarding yourself with a soak in the magical geothermal waters of the Sky Lagoon. Please note: This tour is not suitable for Children under 12 years old.

Visit the stunning views of nature on the Golden Circle Classic tour followed by a visit to the serene Fontana Geothermal Baths to relax and revitalise your body and mind.

This best-selling tour of Iceland's most famous landmarks includes a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse. The classic Golden Circle with a sustainable twist!


Frequently Asked Questions for Golden Circle Classic Tour

General Information

  • What is the Golden Circle?

    The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular route between 3 of its most visited attractions, Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

  • When should I visit the Golden Circle?

    The Golden Circle is a year-round attraction, although during Iceland's summer, you will enjoy longer days.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Are there toilets on the Golden Circle?

    There are toilets during the Golden Circle tour, but some locations may require you to pay to use the facilities.

Fun Facts

  • How many miles is the Golden Circle?

    The typical journey covers around 230Km (140 miles). You can actually drive the route in just over 3 hours, but will need to factor in time to stop and take in the sites also.

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