Golden Circle, South Coast & Þórsmörk
Iceland´s most top attractions including the Golden Circle taking in Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall as well as picturesque South Coast and green lush highlands of Þórsmörk. All the diversity of Iceland in one tour.
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This three day tour starting in Reykjavík reveals all the diversity that Iceland has to offer. Beginning at the popular Golden Circle where you explore Þingvellir National Park, the site of the world's first democratic parliament established by the Vikings. It is also located in a rift valley that marks the joint of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. 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. The beautiful South Coast with the ice capped volcanoes dubbing the cliffs and black sand beaches will take your breath away. Moreover, you have an opportunity to visit Icelandic Outback, verdant realm of Þórsmörk. The infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010 towers above the lush valleys of the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve.
What's included in the Golden Circle, South Coast & Þórsmörk tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 - 18:00)
- 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
- Winter transport to Þórsmörk - needed from 16th October to 30th April.
- 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, South Coast & Þórsmörk tour day-by-day
Þingvellir - Laugarvatn - Gullfoss - Geysir
You pick up your car in Reykjavík and drive a short distance to Þingvellir National Park. It is a UNESCO site where the Vikings established world's first democratic parliament 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 via Laugarvatn where geothermal bath Fontana Spa is, up to Geysir. It is 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. Accommodation in the area.
Driving distance is +-140km.
Seljalandsfoss - Þórsmörk
Your first destination of today is spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. Then you continue driving inland, along the rough gravel road. After rough bare land, you suddenly enter a green paradise of Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. It has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush green valleys below. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking scenery and try out one of several hiking trails. You also have a chance to see an infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010, and affected by the eruption volcanic area of Gígjökull where its glacier lagoon was greatly diminished. Overnight stay in Þórsmörk.
Driving distance is +-116km.
Skógar - Sólheimajökull - Vík
You begin a day by driving back to the Ring Road. You can visit Stakkholtsgjá gorge that is located on the way, right beneath Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Stretch your legs in an easy hike along the river bed admiring the lush greenery of the gorge. After reaching Road no. 1, you head towards the East. Soon you spot 62-m high Skógafoss waterfall that is usually shrouded in mist and rainbows. Next, you visit Sólheimajökull, one of the outlet glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. It is famous for glacier walks due to its easy access. However, every year you need to drive a little further due to a fast retreating of the glacier. Shortly before Vík you can turn up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. After that drive back down the hill to Reynisfjara with its impressive black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. You visit a little charming community of Vík before heading back to Reykjavík.
Driving distance is +-270km.