Golden Circle Tour (Digitally Enhanced)

See Iceland's most famous natural attractions on this classic Golden Circle tour with modern comforts such as Wi-FI connected computer tablets and a comprehensive GPS-sensitive audio guide available in 10 different languages.

Type of tour:Day Tours
Season:All year
Duration:7,5 hours
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Golden Circle Tour (Digitally Enhanced)

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The Golden Circle Classic tour includes some of Iceland's most famous natural attractions. The iconic Geyser and hot springs in the Geysir geothermal area, the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, and the stunning Thingvellir National Park

The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing and the location of the world's oldest existing parliament. The name "Thingvellir" literally means "Parliament Plains". This is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and are pulling apart at a rate of 2 cm. (about half an inch) annually, explaining the numerous rifts and fissures that crisscross the surrounding landscape.

Yoru group won't miss the opportunity to see Kerid, a striking volcanic crater lake on the Golden Circle route, filled with milky blue-green water amid stark black and deep red slopes. Once believed to be an explosion crater formed 3,000 years ago, geologists now believe it to be a collapsed magma chamber at the end of a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 6,000 years ago. 

Next,  stop at the Geysir geothermal area to see Iceland's only erupting hot spring, Strokkur or the Churn. Strokkur keeps visitors entertained and on their toes by spouting boiling hot water and steam skywards every few minutes.

The third and last stop is the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. The impressive cascades are formed as the Hvita glacial river plunges down 32 meters (105 feet) on two levels and into a deep canyon. Its unrivalled beauty and raw power leave bystanders in awe.

The bus that will take you on this adventure is equipped with modern comforts such as Wi-FI connected computer tablets in each seat and a USB charger. The tablets include you to take in an array of interesting facts about Iceland and the places being visited in a language you are comfortable with. If any additional questions arise during the trip, our onboard local host will gladly be of assistance. 

Tour highlights

Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a favourite stop among travellers along the Golden Circle route. It has been a National Park in Iceland since 1930 and was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2004. When Viking settlers arrived in the 10th century it was the site they chose as the meeting place of Althing, the world’s oldest parliament.

Kerið. Kerid is a striking volcanic crater lake on the Golden Circle route, filled with milky blue-green water amid stark black and deep red slopes. Once believed to be an explosion crater formed 3,000 years ago, geologists now believe it to be a collapsed magma chamber at the end of a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 6,000 years ago. Kerid is the northernmost one of the crater row called Tjarnarholar and the colourful crater is one of the several crater lakes in what is known as Iceland’s Western Volcanic Zone. This Zone includes Reykjanes peninsula and Langjokull glacier.

Geysir geothermal area. A favourite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 metres (100 ft) into the air every few minutes. The newly opened Geysir Center offers exhibits and informative presentations year round. Geysir Hot Spring Area is one of the most popular tourist stop in Iceland.

Gullfoss. A ride along the Golden Circle in the south of Iceland reveals the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall where traversing a narrow path provides close-up views of the massive, two-tiered waterfall below. In winter the view is spectacular when the waterfall freezes over into undulating waves of glistening ice. On sunny days visitors are treated to thousands of rainbows, a natural reaction with the clouds of spray from the tumbling falls.

Important:

Bring your own headphones, otherwise earphones are sold on the bus.

What to bring:

  • Warm clothing for cool weather (best to dress in layers)
  • Good outdoor shoes
  • Headphones

Included

  • In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
  • Free tour pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Admission to the sights
  • Free Wi-fi and USB charger for each seat