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Golden Circle – Iceland in a nutshell
Golden Circle is a ‘’must-see’’ tour while visiting Iceland. It includes some of the most incredible spots on the island in relatively close range from the capital city area. You´ll be surprised how often the landscape will change to seduce you with its beauty and uniqueness. We want to introduce to you Golden Circle- Iceland in a nutshell.
During this trip, you will:
- discover the biggest lake in Iceland;
- find out about wildlife on the island;
- walk between two tectonic plates exposed above the earth’s surface (unique place on a world’s scale!);
- see the place of the first parliament in the modern world;
- learn about Icelandic volcanos and why they are so crucial for this amazing country;
- enjoy the view over one of the most incredible waterfalls in Iceland;
- find out how geysers work and where they took their name from;
- walk around the rim of the majestic volcano.
This tour is for you if:
- you are the first time in Iceland and you wonder where to start;
- looking for a trip with accessible attractions;
- want to see as much as possible, but your time is limited;
- you like to learn about the natural wonders of Iceland from our experienced team.
- Thingvellir National Park
The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, which is beautiful and highly significant for Icelanders. We will enjoy the view over Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland and one of only two places on the whole planet, where you can see tectonic plates moving apart above the earth’s surface! It was also home to the oldest parliament in the modern world – Alþingi. From 930 AD until 1799 AD, Icelander’s general assembly gathered here to decide on common issues.
- Gullfoss waterfall
Gullfoss translates to the golden waterfall and is one of Iceland’s most iconic and recognizable waterfalls. The Hvítá River flows from the Langjökull Glacier through 32m high cascades and a majestic canyon creating an unforgettable landscape. From our guides, you will learn how the tremendous efforts of a young girl from the area saved this waterfall in the early 19th century.
This geothermally active area has been known by locals for centuries but also left its mark on the international community, which you will learn about on this trip. Here we will admire the Strokkur geyser, which shoots a stream of hot water 30 to 50 meters high! You will also learn about the history of traditional Viking wrestling.
- Kerid volcano crater
Let’s walk around the rim of the 250m wide and 50m high volcano crater together. Please don’t worry; the last eruption occurred 6500 years ago, leaving this majestic red crater for us to enjoy peacefully. That will be an introduction to Icelandic volcanos, and your tour guide will tell you more about the importance of natural phenomena of this kind for Icelandic tourism and the production of fizzy beverages on the island.
What is included in the tour price?
- Transfer by comfortable, air-conditioned minibus all the way;
- Entry and parking fees;
- The care of experienced guides who will share their knowledge in glaciology and geology, as well as culture, history and everyday life in Iceland;
- Pick-up from designated bus stops or hotels in Reykjavik outside downtown.
What is NOT included in the tour price?
Reykjavik- Þingvellir- Gulfoss- Geysir- Kerid Volcano Crater- Reykjavik
Pickup at designated bus stops downtown or at your hotel outside this area. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. If you need assistance finding your pickup location at a bus stop, seek guidance in your hotel’s reception or contact your tour provider directly.