The Golden Circle has some of Iceland’s greatest natural phenomena and historical places.
Thingvellir - Geysers - Gullfoss Brúarfoss Falls - Highlands
The tour starts by heading for the south coast crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that divides the tectonic plates, along a landscape with moss covered lava fields with volcanoes on both sides. Then go off road on F tracks into the highlands for a while, where you can experience a complety different and rather lunar landscape.
Some hiking offered toward one gem hidden in the landscape: the waterfall Brúarfoss. This captivating location is not so easy to find.
One of the first stops will be by the ocean. You can spend some time at a beach and visit a traditional Icelandic village.
Gullfoss Falls cascades down two huge steps 11 and 22 meters into a deep gorge. Gullfoss is the first waterfall in Iceland to be preserved as a local girl, Sigríður Tómasdóttir fought a brave fight against the authorities who wanted to to build the first hydro power plant by the falls.
The Icelandic highlands are a world of their own, and a super jeep is the vehicle that can take you there. When was the last time you looked 360°around you and saw no sign of civilization?
Next stop is Geysir area. It is from the Icelandic word "geysir" that the English word "geyser" is derived. The geyser Strokkur bursts into the air every 5-8 minutes while other hot springs in the area are quiet but colorful.
Leaving the bursting hot springs behind the next stop is at still another spectacular waterfall, Brúarfoss, before reaching the village Laugarvatn. It can only be reached on foot. If you're coming in the winter, you might need to walk in deep snow, so it would be good to have good shoes and waterproof pants, or gaiters.
Finally the tour reachis Thingvellir National Park. Here the settlers founded the first parliament in the world in the year 930-1845, when it moved to Reykjavík. In the drift valley you see how the two tectonic plates, the American and Eurasian drift apart, in average 2.5 cm per year.
This tour is operated by Daytripfactory Partner.
Operated by: Daytripfactory Partner
Duration: 8-9 hours
Maximum: 10 persons
Minimum: 2 persons
Available: All year
Included: Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik, comfortable tour in a super-jeep.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
Operator: DaytripFactory Partner.