The Golden Circle Private Day Tour

The geysir Strokkur on Iceland's Golden Circle

Iceland is known for its beautiful, diverse nature and on this tour you can experience some of the highlights of it in just one day:  Walk down a crevice formed by the tectonic plates, watch a geyser erupt, see one of Iceland's most beloved waterfalls and photograph a crater lake. This is the most popular day tour in Iceland, but instead of a crowded bus full of strangers this tour is in a private car with a driver guide.

Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Pick up available anywhere in Reykjavik
Not included: Lunch and refreshments

The main difference between this tour and the Golden Circle + Glacier tour is that on this tour you travel in a private sedan, while on the other tour you go in a modified Super Jeep. In addition to the sites in this itinerary, the Super Jeep will take you off-roading on a glacier, where it's possible to go snowmobiling.


All Year


4 persons in a sedan (larger vehicles available at extra cost)

Optional: Larger vehicle for larger families/groups at an extra cost

Price: ISK 106000 for a sedan

Itinerary for the Golden Circle tour

A short drive from Reykjavik is Nesjavellir and Hengill volcano where you visit a geothermal power plant, and learn about how it provides Reykjavik with hot water and electricity without polluting.

Next stop is Thingvellir national park, where the Icelandic parliament was founded in 930 AD.  This is where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates meet, having formed a crevice while slowly drifting apart.

After crossing Lyngdalsheidi you get to Gullfoss waterfalls.  The name translates to "Golden Waterfall", and the "gold" is the rainbow that forms on sunny days over the waterfall as it cascades down the Hvita River in two steps.

After enjoying lunch you head to Geysir hot spring area.  There you find Geysir, from where the English word "geyser" gets its meaning, and the geyser Strokkur which spouts boiling water 25-30 meters into the air every 5-10 minutes.

Optional: You can go for an hour long horseback riding or ATV tour from Geysir and explore the beautiful Haukadalur region.  The ATV tour is more action-oriented while the horseback riding tour is more relaxed.

On the way back to Reykjavik you stop at Kerid Crater Lake.  Because of minerals in the water it's an opaque and aquamarine colour.  Once back in Reykjavik your driver guide will drop you off at your hotel or a restaurant of your choice.

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Source: Central Bank of Iceland