The Golden Circle Tourist Route

One of Iceland`s most exiting travelling routes back to back around 300 km long goes between Reykjavik and Central Iceland also called "The Golden Circle".

The Golden Circle in Iceland is a popular sightseeing route in southern Iceland easily accessible from Reykjavik.

The loop covers approximately 300 kilometres, and you can discover some of Iceland's most fantastic attractions here.

Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is historically significant and geologically fascinating. It was the site of Iceland's first parliament, Alþingi, established in 930 AD.

The Geysir Geothermal Area is located in the Haukadalur Valley and is home to several hot springs and geysers. The most famous geyser, Geysir itself, is now more or less inactive; the surrounding area is geothermically very active with many smaller hot springs.

The other geyser, Strokkur, erupts every 5-10 minutes, shooting boiling water up to 20 meters high.

Another big attraction is Gullfoss waterfall, which means "Golden Falls." It is one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls. It features a two-tiered cascade that plunges into a deep canyon, creating a stunning visual spectacle.

This route perfectly introduces Iceland's unique geology, history, and natural beauty. The route can be completed in a single day, but extending your trip to two or more days allows for a more relaxed experience and additional stops.

Start your trip in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Renting a car is the most convenient way to explore the Golden Circle, and guided tours are also available.



Other highlights of the tour

Geysir Center: Learn about the geothermal area and its history.

Almannagjá Gorge:
Walk between two tectonic plates

Þingvallavatn Lake:
Iceland's largest natural lake, perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling in Silfra fissure.

Öxarárfoss Waterfall:
A picturesque waterfall within the park

Blesi: A beautiful hot spring with striking blue water

Kerið Crater:
A volcanic crater lake with striking red slopes and vibrant blue water. It's a great spot for a short hike around the rim or the lake.

Secret Lagoon
is located in the village of Flúðir. It is a natural hot spring that offers a relaxing bathing experience surrounded by picturesque landscapes.



One-day itinerary

Morning: Depart from Reykjavik and visit Þingvellir National Park
Midday: Explore the Geysir Geothermal Area
Afternoon: Visit Gullfoss Waterfall, return to Reykjavik


Two-day itinerary

Day 1:
Morning:  Depart from Reykjavik and visit Þingvellir National Park
Afternoon: Explore the Geysir Geothermal Area
Evening: Stay overnight in a nearby guesthouse or hotel


Day 2:

Morning:  Visit Gullfoss Waterfall.
Afternoon:  Explore additional attractions like Kerið Crater and the Secret Lagoon.
Evening:  Return to Reykjavik.

Extended Itinerary
Extend your trip by adding visits to Friðheimar Tomato Farm, additional hot springs, or exploring nearby towns and villages for a more in-depth experience of Icelandic culture and nature.


Practical Information

Car Rental: The most flexible option for exploring the Golden Circle at your own pace.

Guided Tours:  Numerous companies offer day tours from Reykjavik, providing transportation and guided experiences.

Accommodation:  Hotels and Guesthouses are available in nearby towns such as Selfoss and Laugarvatn. Farm Stays allow you to experience Icelandic hospitality and rural life.


Dining options

Cafés and Restaurants: Found in towns along the route.


Best time to visit

Summer (June to August): Long days and mild weather, ideal for sightseeing.

Winter (November to March): Short days and potential for Northern Lights, but be prepared for winter driving conditions.


Weather considerations

Be prepared for unpredictable weather and sudden changes, and dress in layers, a
waterproof jacket and sturdy footwear.

Remember to bring your camera, water, and sunscreen. 

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  • Lattitude: 64.266283
  • Longitude: -21.079623