The Golden Circle tour of Iceland: all the useful information

The Golden Circle tour of Iceland: all the useful information

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One of the most popular and scenic tours to discover the beauties of Iceland is the Golden Circle. A journey through the typical Icelandic landscapes passing through the beauties of nature and the most important cities of the country. So let’s see all the details about the trip.

Golden Circle of Iceland: tour

The Golden circle, also known as Golden Circle, is the name that was given to the famous route of about 300 kilometers.

It turns departs from the capital, Reykjavik and cross some of the most beautiful and famous landscapes of Iceland. A path that evokes unique emotions, among the typical landscapes of Iceland.

The three most famous stops of this golden circle, Þingvellir, Gulfoss, and Geysir, allow the traveler to visit in one day the most important historical site of the country, una beautiful waterfall and the powerful hot springs typical of this country.

So let’s find out all the details of this incredible journey in Icelandic lands.

Tour times

To cover the entire tour it takes about half a day for a quick trip, a day and a half if you want to make some longer stops to enjoy the beauty of the landscapes.

Instead, during the winter especially, or for travelers who like to savor all of the stages reached, the tour can last more than two days.


The Þingvellir National Park, The Thingvellir, it is the most important historical site in Iceland. It rises in a rift valley formed by the separation of two tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and faults, such as the great Almannagjá gorge. An incredible landscape also from a geological point of view. Indeed, this is it the only place in the world where the collision between two tectonic plates is clearly visible in the ground.


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Gullfoss Waterfall

The one of Gullfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Its name means golden falls, and is characterized by a spectacular double jump of 32 meters, which then arrives on a narrow canyon that makes it even more huge and majestic and powerful.


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Geysers At Haukadalur

Finally, the last stop of the tour is that of Geysers At Haukadalur, a geothermal area about 60 kilometers from Þingvellir.

In this extraordinary site you can witness the powerful bursts of water from the ground, the geysers, the most famous hot springs in the world.

Until the 1950s the most important attraction was the large Geyser which emitted jets of water up to 80 meters high. Unfortunately, following the large amount of stones that tourists threw into it in the hope of “operating” it has been inactive since then.

However, another breathtaking geyser is nearby, the Strokkur, which every 7-10 minutes maximum shows how powerful it is by swelling and erupting hot water up to 30 meters.


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