Golden Circle & Reykjanes Peninsula
Visit famous Golden Circle taking in three major attractions: Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss as well as unknown Reykjanes Peninsula with its fascinating geothermal sites. A good sightseeing tour in relatively short distance from Reykjavík.
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Travel to one of the best-known places in Iceland - the Golden Circle - combining three popular attractions, all located in a relatively short distance. Þingvellir National Park is located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. It is also the site where the Vikings established the world's first democratic parliament. You next visit famous Geysir, after which all other geysers around the world are named, and massive Gullfoss waterfall, usually shrouded in mist and rainbows. Reykjanes Peninsula hides a lot of treasures between its dark vast lava fields. It is also geologically very active region with the Mid-Atlantic Ridge running right through it and coming ashore. The best proof of it is the geothermal waters of the unique Blue Lagoon as well as the geothermal areas of Reykjanes Unesco Global Geopark and Krýsuvík. Both geothermal areas offer exciting boardwalks between bubbling mud pots, steaming vents and solfataras surrounded by a multi-coloured soils. Little earthquakes are very common here, so you never know if you get to experience one!
What's included in the Golden Circle & Reykjanes Peninsula tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
Not included in this tour
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Any services not listed under list of included items
Explore the Golden Circle & Reykjanes Peninsula tour day-by-day
The tour begins at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO site and a place of Icelandic Parliament foundation in AD 930. Thingvellir is also located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. You have a chance to walk along the part of it, called Almannagja gorge. Next you drive to Geysir, the famous hot spring that has given name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir had been remaining inactive for years now, but its neighbour Strokkur gushes regularly up to the air. In only 10-min driving distance there is Gullfoss, or “The Golden Fall”, spectacular double cascade waterfall. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-199km.
Today you head to Reykjanes Peninsula. It is the very first place where you placed your feet in Iceland since Keflavik airport is located there. However, not many travelers take a close look at this region - which is a mistake! It hides many treasures between its dark vast lava fields. You firstly visit the large Kleirfarvatn lake, which is one of Iceland’s deepest lakes. It has diminished in the last decades due to an earthquake, which most likely opened up fissures at its bottom. Reykjanes is also geologically a very active region with the Mid-Atlantic Ridge running right through it and coming ashore. The best proof of it is the geothermal waters of the unique Blue Lagoon as well as the geothermal areas of Reykjanes Unesco Global Geopark and Krýsuvík. Both geothermal areas offer exciting boardwalks between bubbling mud pots, steaming vents and solfataras surrounded by multi-coloured soils. You can have lunch in Grindavík, the biggest, and basically the only town in the southern part of the peninsula. Besides that, there are several smaller points of interest on the way such as Reykjanesviti, Iceland´s oldest lighthouse, Hvalsneskirkja, a tiny well-preserved church from the end of the XIX century, remotely located, and the symbolic bridge between Europe and North America. You also get a chance to see the rich bird life of the region.
Driving distance is +-200km.