Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes Peninsula
The well-known Golden Circle is a definite must-do in Iceland. Whereas, majestic Snæfellsnes Peninsula, in a relatively small area covers a diverse and fascinating landscape, fulfilling your image of Iceland.
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Explore one of Iceland's most popular attractions within the Golden Circle. It combines three places of interest. Þingvellir National Park is located in a rift valley formed by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. It is also the place 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. On top of this, you travel to Snæfellsnes Peninsula that in relatively small area covers diverse and fascinating landscape. It became worldwide famous thanks to Jules Verne's novel “Journey to the center of the Earth”, where Snæfellsjökull was believed to be a gateway to this center.
What's included in the Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes 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 & Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour day-by-day
You pick up your car in Reykjavík and drive a short distance to Þingvellir National Park. It is a UNESCO site and a place of Icelandic Parliament foundation in AD 930. Þingvellir 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 +-266km.
Today you drive towards the North to Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Firstly enter its southern part and drive along the broad coastal plain. Then pass impressive rock formations at Hellnar and Arnarstapi, and visit Búðir on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. Búðir is a small historical hamlet that used to act as a commercial and trade hub for Snæfellsnes during an extended period of Danish trade monopoly. Another attraction of the area is Snæfellsjökull national park, also located at the end of the long arm of the peninsula. There has been numerous legends about this looming glacier and its surroundings, but its main fame was gained thanks to Jules Verne's novel “Journey to the center of the Earth”, where Snæfellsjökull was believed to be a gateway. You continue driving along the coast to the Northern part, which is quite different from the South. The views of dramatic volcanic peaks from one side and lush fjords from the other entertain this part of the ride.You pass by an impressive pyramid called Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Stykkishólmur is the last stop on the peninsula worth a little detour. It is an old fishing town with charming colourful houses and fairly good choice of restaurants.
Driving distance is +-359km.
OPTIONAL - Borgarfjörður
You explore Borgarfjörður with an option to visit an interesting Settlement Centre in Borgarnes. Then you drive inland to Europe´s biggest hot springs, Deildartunguhver. Just around the corner, further to the East, there is the little town of Reykholt, which used to be one of the most important medieval settlements in Iceland. You continue driving to impressive Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by the streams from the lava field created in an eruption of one of the Langjökull volcanoes. The nearby area of Húsafell, with its mild weather, forest and hot springs, attracts many visitors, incl. Icelanders keen on camping here.