Golden Circle and Glacier
The Golden Circle is the most popular tour route in Iceland. We offer two types of Golden Circle tours. This longer version allows you to see the three main sights Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir as well as enjoying a superjeep adventure to Langjokull glacier.
Thingvellir national park and historic site
The first stop is at Thingvellir national park where you see the tectonic plates moving apart. The name Thingvellir translates to “Parliament plains” and refers to the historic viking parliament Althing founded in the year 930AD. We drop you off at the scenic point Haki where you get a fabulous view over the national park and the great lake Thingvallavatn. You walk down a path in the gorge Almannagja to Althing.
Geysir geothermal area
The second stop is at Geysir where you can see with your own eyes erupting geysers. The great Geysir stopped erupting in the early 2000’s but his “baby brother” Strokkur goes off every few minutes reaching an average of 15-20 meters into the air. At Geysir there is a small multimedia Geo-center exhibition teaching the science behind the geysers.
Gullfoss the beautiful waterfall
The next stop on the Golden circle is the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss (Golden falls). The waterfall drops down in two stages 11m and 21m before falling into a crevice making it look as if it disappears into the earth. You can enjoy Gullfoss from different scenic points each giving you distinct view and photo opportunities of the waterfall.
The spectacular glacier Langjökull
The last but not least stop on the Golden circle and glacier tour is the spectacular glacier Langjokull (Long glacier). We drive as far as the road takes us towards the glacier and then we drive off-road into the glacier, a fun and exciting off-road experience with a glacier walk included. The glacier is the second largest ice cap in Iceland with ice up to 580m thick. Water flows from the glacier in sub-surface streams down to the great lake Þingvallavatn, the geothermal spring Deildartunguhver and the great river Hvítá.
On our way back to Reykjavik we head to Grimsnes where we visit Kerid crater lake.