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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

1. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Explore the Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Learn facinating information from your audio guide as you visit sites like Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Ride on the ice fields of Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile tour. Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun in a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

Discover the rugged beauty of Iceland's Golden Circle aboard a climate-controlled bus with this tour from Reykjavik. Visit sights like Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Feel the thrill of riding a snowmobile over the Langjökull glacier.   Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity. Take control of a snowmobile or travel as a passenger to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull. Stay warm protective clothing during your trip. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

3. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

4. Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

Begin your tour at Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland‘s most significant historical sites. It‘s the home of the country's first parliament which was founded in 930 AD and is the oldest extant parliamentary institution in the world. From Thingvellir, head inland towards the highly active Geysir hot spring area, with it's boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Continue on to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls. Located on the Hvítá river, the waterfall is fed by the Langjökull glacier and plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon. Top your day off with a drive towards Langjökull glacier, where you will drive a snowmobile and dash across the snowfields while gazing at the peaks and ice surrounding you. 

Reykjavík: Private Golden Circle Day Tour with 6 Attractions

5. Reykjavík: Private Golden Circle Day Tour with 6 Attractions

See the best of the Golden Circle all in a single day during this private trip starting directly from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Travel with your own personal guide to Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, the Kerid Crater, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and other spots. Pack your bags and come ready for an adventure. You’ll see Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with immense historical significance. This site has the world’s oldest existing parliament. Marvel at crystal-clear lakes and volcanic terrains. The Geysir Geothermal Area is also on the agenda. This site is a treat for those who always dreamed of witnessing a live hot spring. Located in the Haukadalur Valley, this spot is the oldest known geyser in the world. Arrive at the Gullfoss Waterfall, which originates from Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Take advantage of unbeatable photo opportunities thanks to the multiple viewpoints of this elegant waterfall. Another memorable site along the route is the Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake, a 3000-years old volcanic lake with a unique appeal. You’ll see blue-colored lake water surrounded by dark lava rocks. A simple walk along the crater will bring you to amazing views of this unique volcanic lake.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

6. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

Embark on a trip around the beloved Golden Circle, a must-see area you cannot miss during your time in Iceland. Enjoy three stops on the classic route and some staff favorites as extra stops. Visit Kerid Crater (entry included) and try the best tomato soup in the country at the Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Head to the Thingvellir National Park first. Learn the history behind this park and get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. Discover the original geyser, Geysir, and its little brother, Strokkur, which is still active today and erupts every 5-8 minutes. Set up your cameras and catch this spectacular activity. Then, see Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, and spot the Langjökull glacier on the horizon if it’s sunny enough. Stop at Fridheimar Tomato Farm to learn about the use of local geothermal energy and experience how this process works. Before the end of the trip, visit another secret staff favorite: the Kerid volcanic crater in the Grímsnes area. Marvel at the caldera that’s 55-meters deep and 270-meters wide. At the bottom, find an amazing aquamarine blue lake.

From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

7. From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel on the first day of your tour, head to the geothermal area and see the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park. While traveling along the Golden Circle, you will also visit a traditional farm in Hraðastaðir, where you will meet and pet local Icelandic animals such as rabbits, horses, goats, and sheep. On the second and third day, explore the famous South Coast. Along the shore, visit the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and a stunning glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, in Vatnajökull National Park. Here, explore Europe’s largest glacier and enter the crystal caves, a true masterpiece of nature. If nature allows, you may even get to witness the magnificent Northern Lights. On the fourth day, travel through beautiful Western Iceland. Here, explore the hidden gem of the West, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in a nutshell”. Visit several magnificent and picturesque sites here: glacier-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, and coastal cliffs. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Monster Truck Tour

8. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Monster Truck Tour

On this tour, start by enjoying the dramatic views over Thingvellir National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your journey to Geysir Hot Spring, the home of the world-famous Geysir geyser and smaller Strokkur geyser that erupts columns of water every 4-8 minutes. Last but not least of the Golden Circle is the picturesque Gullfoss Waterfall, this 3-step iconic waterfall is the most visited sight in Iceland. No wonder it is absolutely breathtaking! After admiring this majestic waterfall, head to the edge of Langjökull Glacier where the Sleipnir Monster Truck will be waiting for you. Hop in the truck and head to the top of Langjökull Glacier where you can enjoy the dramatic views and the clear blue glacial ice.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

9. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

Travel the Golden Circle of Iceland by Jeep and see some of the nation’s most spectacular phenomenon. Depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s ancient parliament was situated. Hike through the area to experience the dramatic mid-Atlantic ridge, before heading eastbound on the mountain road to Lyngdalsheiði. Your reward will be sublime views of the lava fields on the hills above Laugarvatn. As you drive to Haukadalur, look out for the famous Strokkur Geyser, which erupts every 5 to 7 minutes, spewing boiling water into the air to heights of 80 to 100 feet (25 to 30 meters). Explore the hot springs, before heading up to the magnificent cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, plummeting into the white Hvita River along with glacial water. Drive to the start of the Kjölur mountain road. You will be approaching Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, where you can take optional activities, such as snowmobile rides, depending on weather conditions and the time of year. In the afternoon, make your way through the agricultural headland of southwest Iceland, through small settlements. Visit the hot springs town of Hveragerði if there’s time, before reaching Hellisheiði Plateau, one final wonder of Mother Nature on the way back to Reykjavik.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 234 reviews

Really amazing day at the golden circle and the glacier. Yo yo was a great guide and gave us the perfect amount of time at each spot. The snowmobiling was a really fun addition to the day - would definitely recommend. Note that you don’t need to bring headphones if you speak English (however if you do make sure they are wired) and the snowmobiling provides you with all the relevant gear - helmets, shoes, gloves, etc. Overall an amazing day that was really well organised!

An experiential day to see a few sights and sledge to the Longjökull glacier. The break at the Geysirs could have been a little longer and we would have had time to eat. Now I had to buy bread in a hurry and eat them in a cramped bus. The guide JoJo was a professional guide with a good sense of humor.

An excursion off the beaten track, relaxing and instructive while still offering landscapes different from the golden circle but just as stunning. Our guide Christina was adorable and made us laugh a lot with many anecdotes, a big thank you to her for her contagious good mood!

Excellent time Just needed a railing into the baths Otherwise wonderful staff and a wonderful time

Great value for the cost. It is an easy way to get a good look at what Iceland has to offer.