Golden circle express

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Difficulty Easy
Availability All year
Duration 6 hours

The quick version of the Golden circle tour

This minibus tour is an express version of the Golden Circle. Designed to give you a great small group experience of the three most popular attractions in Iceland. As an add on, you will also see Öxarárfoss waterfall, which along with Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You travel through beautiful scenery to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir). This is one of the most incredible geological wonders of the world. Its there where Icelandic history was made. The Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was founded here in the year 930, making it the oldest continuously existing parliament in the world. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have been edging apart creating a stunning rift valley which runs right through Þingvellir. What an incredible photo opportunity! You will also visit a nearby very beautiful waterfall, Öxarárfoss.

Next on the agenda is Geysir, the geothermally active area. Great Geysir, the spouting hot spring whose fame gave us the English word ‘geyser´ to describe this activity, is inactive nowadays. You will see Strokkur, a nearby erupting hot spring which erupts huge volumes of superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes. Boiling water spouts often soar to 25 m but sometimes the scalding jets propel 40 m skywards. Watching a geyser erupt is always a stunning and incredible moment.

The final highlight is the most popular waterfall in Iceland, the magnificent Gullfoss (the “Golden Falls). The river flowing through Gullfoss is the mighty Hvítá (the White River). This river originates at Langjökull glacier, the 2nd largest glacier in Iceland. Feel the spray in the air as the thundering torrent is forced through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages, pivoting as it does so. You will see plenty of golden hued spray around Gullfoss, the Golden Falls!

The tour returns to Reykjavík around 19:00. keep in mind that the weather conditions in Iceland can sometimes cause delays.

What to bring:

Warm layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking or sturdy shoes.

What if I don’t own these clothing items?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.

Pick up:

We start the pick up at 13:00 from your hotel or a nearby authorized Reykjavík meeting point. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready at 13:00.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Tour highlights

Thingvellir national park

Öxi waterfall

Geysir geothermal area

Gullfoss waterfall

UNESCO world heritage site

What's included

Guided tour

Certified guide

Small group experience

50% discount for children

Pick up & drop off

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Golden circle express

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