Customize your visit to the Golden Circle with this private escorted tour. Make the most of your visit to this magical corner of the land of ice and fire, all while avoiding the crowds! This private tour is the perfect option for those who want to explore the Golden Circle without renting their own car or boarding a bus full of tourists.
Your experienced guide will pick you up in Reykjavík and, when everyone is comfortably seated in your private vehicle, your adventure will begin! After leaving the city limits, your local guide will drive you through Hellisheiði, a lava plateau, while following Route 1. This will take us to the Golden Circle, the sightseeing route that has become a global phenomenon.
The first visit of the day is at a site that has great historic and geographic significance. Þingvellir National Park is the place where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates join, forming a continental rift valley that is speckled with impressive cracks and fissures. This site was also the location of Althingi, the first parliament of Iceland.
While strolling along Almannagjá Gorge, marveling at the beautiful volcanic scenery around you, you’ll literally be in the middle of two worlds. In the settlement era, this valley was where the chieftains decided amongst themselves the laws that their people would follow and also settled the biggest family feuds that the Viking Age had to offer.
After we leave Thingvellir behind, our next destination will be Haukadalur. This geothermal valley is the home of the geyser which all others of its kind are named after. The Great Geysir does not erupt as often now but its neighbor Strokkur is exceptionally active, shooting boiling water high into the sky every 10 minutes. The surrounding mud pools, hot vents, and fumaroles are sure to pique both your interest and your appetite. We’ll stop for a snack before getting back in the vehicle to visit the jewel the Golden Circle route was named after.
Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Falls, is an impressive two-tiered waterfall. The power of the water falling over this cascade into the canyon below is truly astounding. The viewing platform is perfect for seeing this spectacle up close and personal, to get a true sense of its unharnessed strength.
If the weather permits, we’ll leave the beaten path and take our SuperJeeps into the rough. This off-road adventure will take us straight into the Highlands. Here we’ll visit the area around Langjökull, which in Icelandic means the “long glacier”. At 953 km2 (592 sq. mi.), this is the second-largest glacier in Iceland. The view from the vehicle of the wild terrain will delight you while the driver stops from time to time at fantastic sights.
Once we have returned to the road, we’ll visit either Faxi, a small, beautiful waterfall, or Kerið, a 3000-year-old crater lake located in the middle of a volcano. After that, our adventure will have ended and it’ll be time to return to Reykjavik.
The following is important information applicable to this private tour. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone, we are here to make your tour exceptional!
This tour is operated by Activity Iceland.
Our day tours are very popular and we have many days when all the available seats are booked out. Please book your tour early to avoid disappointment. You can book this tour online using the booking form or just call our office. We typically respond to phone calls from 8:00 AM to 17:00 PM GMT – if you do not reach us, please send an email and we will reply your message as soon as possible.
All prices are per vehicle. We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees. Gratuities are not included.
Tour itinerary changes:
At all times your safety is our first priority. You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland. For this reason, the tour itinerary may be subject to change the sights without notice or the tour might be canceled due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. If the timing changes, we will need your valid mobile phone number to contact you and inform you of the time change. Please don’t forget to fill out your phone number on the booking form. If the tour is canceled, you can choose to receive a full refund or to reschedule your tour for another day. We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.
What to bring:
Since the weather is unpredictable, always bring comfortable outdoor clothes, warm layers, with waterproof and windproof outer-layers. Jeans are not suitable clothing; a waterproof jacket and shoes and a warm sweater are highly recommended. It’s best to wear waterproof boots. Bring some snack or packed lunch. Bring your personal daily medications if required.
Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.