The Golden Circle in a Super Jeep | Avoid the Crowds

Avoid the crowds by doing the Golden Circle in reverse order!

The Golden Circle is the most popular route in Iceland – but most people drive it in a clockwise order!

The Golden Circle is popular for a reason: it has some of Iceland’s greatest natural phenomena and historical places. We stop at the classic sites in reverse order to avoid groups, and we also take a peek in Iceland’s history and everyday life today.

The tour starts as we head to the south coast, crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that divides the tectonic plates. We'll drive along a landscape covered in mossy lava fields with volcanoes on both sides.

We reach the coast and drive through one of the oldest villages in Iceland, making a stop by the Atlantic Ocean before we proceed upcountry.

We drive up along river Sogið to the crater Kerið, that was formed in an eruption some 6700 years ago.

Our tour leads us through agricultural and horticultural areas where the geothermal heat is used to heat up greenhouses so that fruit, vegetables and flowers can be grown all year round in Iceland.

Gullfoss waterfall cascades down two huge steps, 11 and 22 meters, into a deep gorge. Gullfoss is the first waterfall in Iceland to be preserved.

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 colourful.

From Geysir our way leads us through the village Laugarvatn, known for being an educational centre and for its natural hot water spa. Finally we reach Þingvellir National Park. The oldest national park in Iceland founded in 1930, which has a place in every Icelander's heart. Here the settlers founded the first parliament in the world in the year 930-1845, when it moved to Reykjavík.

The geologic history is well known and the natural wonders of Þingvellir and Lake Þingvallavatn are visible in every step. Among them is the drift valley where you see how the two tectonic plates, the American and Eurasian drift apart, on average 2.5 cm per year.

After walking in Þingvellir the route continues to Reykjavik, by Mt. Esja, where the circle is completed.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik

  • Comfortable tour in a super-jeep

  • Meals (we will have lunch stops along the way)

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Good shoes

Good to know:

This tour has no booking minimum during summer (mid June - mid Sep)

But there is a booking minimum of 4 persons during winter (mid Sep - mid June), unless somebody has already booked

Tour Maximum: 10 persons

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