Golden Circle Private Day Tour | With Optional Snowmobiling Adventure
Groups private guided tours in a Luxury Van : Minibus : Super jeep.
On the booking page you can choose a Super Jeep day trip for an extra cost.
See Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Golden Circle, and do so in style. Let your private guide for the day whisk you away to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall, as well as a few lesser-known spots. Thrill-seekers can even add on an exciting snowmobile excursion to this tour which is suited for all wishing to travel in comfort and luxury.
You’ll be picked up by either a super jeep or a minibus, depending on the size of your group. You can start in the morning, but if you'd rather sleep in, you can contact the provider, and they will see if they can postpone the departure time. After all, this is a private tour, and your comfort is key.
From Reykjavík, you will make your way south until you are greeted by pillars of white steam at the edge of the town of Hveragerði, the first stop of the day. Hveragerði is set in a high geothermal area, and the heat from the ground is harnessed to heat up several greenhouses located in the town, allowing the townsfolk to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and even bananas.
From there you’ll move on to the beautiful Kerið crater lake where they aquamarine water is surrounded by steep walls of red volcanic rock. The contrasting colours are quite stunning, and the lake is equally striking in both the summer and the wintertime.
You'll continue onwards to Skálholt, a place with a history spanning over a thousand years but is now a site of culture and spirituality. The final stop before the famed Golden Circle is the beautiful but often overlooked, Faxi waterfall, named after a horse's mane.
Then it is off to Gullfoss, Iceland’s most beloved waterfall. Freezing water from the Hvítá river plunges down two ‘steps’ into a 32-metre canyon created in the last ice-age. If you want to add a little twist to your holiday, you can board a large truck which will take you to Langjökull glacier where you will whizz across the ancient ice on a snowmobile.
From there you’ll move on to the erupting geysers at Geysir geothermal area. There you’ll find Strokkur, one of Iceland’s most active geyser. Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes, creating a water column that can reach up to 40 metres. You can also find hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools dotted around.
The last stop before returning to Reykjavík is Þingvellir National Park, where Vikings founded Iceland’s parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930 AD. Þingvellir is located in a valley between two tectonic plates, the North-American and the Eurasian. As the plates move, they slowly pull the earth apart, creating cracks and canyons in the region.
Get the essential Icelandic experience with this private day tour. Gather up your friends and family and visit the Golden Circle in style and comfort. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 8 hours
- Activities: Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Icelandic
- Highlights: Geysir,
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.Gullfoss,
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Restaurant / Cafe
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.Þingvellir,
Þingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Þingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries. Þingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagjá, which marks the eastern boundary of the North American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Öxarárfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, Þingvallakirkja Church and Gjábakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.Hveragerði,
Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the southwest of Iceland, around 45 km from the capital Reykjavik. Around 2300 people live in Hveragerði. The river Varmá runs through it. The town is well known for its greenhouses and strong geothermal activity, in particular the nearby Reykjadalur valley.
In the scenic Reykjadalur ('Steam Valley') you have the hot water stream falling down the slopes of the valley. The mountain range is ideal for relaxing and the valley offers a rich variety of hot pools and geothermal springs. It is also possible to have a dip in the river.
There are nice botanical areas and parks in the town, many recreational activities are available, excellent hiking trails as well as nice hotels and a camping ground. A number of museums can be found, such as the Árnesingar art museum. The town hosts an annual culture and family festival in August.Skálholt,
Skalholt is a historical site and an ancient bishop seat in South Iceland.
From 1056 to 1785 Skalholt was one of two episcopal seats in Iceland, the other being Holar in the North and an important cultural and political center. Iceland’s first offical school was founded there, Skalholtsskoli, the roots of the current Reykjavik Gymnasium (‘MR’) in Reykjavik.
In the Middle Ages, Skalholt featured a monastery (in Catholic times) along with its cathedral and school, dormitories and a smithy, as well as extensive farming being done. The end of the religious strife during the Reformation was marked tragically at Skalholt, where the last Catholic bishop, Jon Arason, was beheaded there with his two sons in 1550.
Skalholt today has an ordaining bishop. Skalholt features a large evangelic Lutheran church—Skálholt Cathedral—built between 1956 and 1963. Skalholt also serves as an education and information center of the Church of Iceland. Skalholt is a popular tourist destination and hosts many cultural events, such as concerts, the most prominent of these being the July summer concerts program featuring, classical musicians, choirs and more.
In 1954, during an archelogical excavation a sarcophagus was found, which was believed to contain the bones of Pall Jonsson, one of Skalholt's most powerful bishops. These are on display along with other relics found at the site in an underground vault beneath the memorial church, built in the years 1956-1963. At the vault are also two other Icelandic tombstones and a number of ones of foreign bishops and a governor. Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum, and the collection of ancient books in the tower. A public high school is at Sk
Within the church you may also find relics from an earlier church that was built at the site in the 17the century. The church tower contains ancient books and among the eight church bells is a small one that dates from the middle ages that still retains a beautiful and clear tone.Kerið,
Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in Grímsnes in south Iceland. It is a popular stop when traveling the Golden Circle.
It is believed that Kerið was originally a cone volcano that erupted and and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.
The Kerið caldera is composed of red volcanic rock and is around 55 m deep, 170 m wide and 270 m across. There is little vegetation in the steep-walled crater, save for one wall with a gentler slope which is covered with deep moss. This wall is fairly easy to descend.
The lake itself is fairly shallow and is striking in its beauty. Opaque and aquamarine, surrounded by the red crater walls, Kerið offers a great contrast of colours and a highly impressive scenery.
The acoustics of the crater are considered to be fairly good, and a number of concerts have been held inside Kerið. There is a small admission fee to visit Kerið, 400 ISK per person (as of 2017).Faxi
Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Kkaefer.
Faxi is a wide, serene waterfall in South Iceland, approximately twelve kilometres away from Gullfoss and Geysir, two incredibly popular attractions on the Golden Circle. It can be found in the Tungufljót River.
Hiking and salmon fishing are the two most popular activities in the area. Although it is not particularly rapid, kayaking and rafting are banned here; those eager to participate in one of these excursions should head to the nearby Hvíta River.
Pickup time : 09:00
Pickup and drop off in Reykjavík
English speaking guide
Entrance to Kerið crater lake
Meals and refreshments
What to bring:
Warm and waterproof clothes
Good hiking shoes
Good to know:
Please pay for the group in a joint payment to get the best price
A valid driver's licence is needed to operate the snowmobiles