The Golden Circle is often touted as the “classic sightseeing tour” of Iceland. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the multiplicity of things to do and sights to see out in Iceland’s wild, mysterious interior, but the Golden Circle route provides an excellent place to start. On this tour organized by Reykjavík Excursions, you will have the opportunity to see some of Iceland’s greatest and most beautiful sights and locations, with emphasis on the “Big Three” of the Golden Circle: the Geysir geothermal field, the ethereal Gulfoss waterfall, and, of course, Þingvellir National Park.
The Geysir field is situated in Iceland’s southern lowlands, and boasts a spouting geyser so powerful that the very word of the phenomenon was named for it. You’ll be able to see The Great Geysir, or Sotry-Geysir, spout a column of boiling water from sixty to eighty meters in the air! Just south of the Great Geysir is the lively geyser Strokkur, which erupts every ten minutes or so.
Next, you will stop at Gulfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Its title literally translates into “Golden Falls,” named for the stunning colouration that gives the waters a golden sheen, particularly during the summer season. Some say that that visitors feel more energized after witnessing Gulfoss’s golden rays than they were when they arrived!
Finally, you will visit Þingvellir National Park, one of the most important places in Iceland’s – and Europe’s – history. Literally translating to “Parliament Plains,” Þingvellir is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is confirmed as the setting for man’s oldest existing parliament. Developed in 930 AD, the Alþing parliamentary assembly convened here until 1798. While traversing Þingvellir’s fields, you will witness Logberg, or Law Rock, the oldest existing platform for exacting rulings, legal actions, and parliamentary announcements.
This tour will also include a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Centre, where you can learn how to grow a number of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Friðheimar is known for growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland enjoys in abundance.
There is no minimum age for this tour – it is for everyone! Simply be ready to be picked up from your accommodations at around 8:30 a.m., and be prepared to enjoy an incredibly fulfilling eight-hour adventure in Iceland.