Three main attractions form the dazzling Golden Circle: Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Covering about 300 km in the South of Iceland, this dazzling route loops from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back and is an integral element of any Iceland tour.
Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of only two places in the world where you can witness the awesome power of the shifting North-American and European tectonic plates. Gullfoss – the “golden falls”, is one of Europe’s most impressive waterfalls and is located on the edge of Iceland’s wild interior. Haukadalur valley contains two geysers, the inactive Geysir and the active Strokkur, which sends a column of boiling water into the air every 15 minutes or so.
Speak to one of our travel designers about incorporating a trip to Kerid volcanic crater, Hveragerdi greenhouse village, Faxi waterfall, the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant, snowmobiling and or meeting friendly Icelandic horses on your Iceland tour.
When to go
Visit from June to September for long days with almost 24 hours of sunlight. The peak season is from the end of June and into July, however The Golden Circle is open all year round.
What to do
- Thingvellir national park
- Gullfoss waterfall
- The valley of Haukadalur
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Accommodation in Golden Circle
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Torfhús RetreatThe remoteness of this snug hideaway is a most attractive feature to those looking to flee from the flurry of city life. Set in close proximity to Iceland’s Golden Circle, within driving distance of the Great Gullfoss waterfall and the Great Geysir, Torfhús Retreat encompasses 25 inky-black cabins, lined with turf. Interiors are accentuated by alpine wooden ceilings, panels and furniture, merged with leather seating, soft rugs and warm lighting. A cosy lounge area allows guests to unwind in the comfort of their cabin, or if they’re wanting to relax while taking in the rugged scenery, they can make use of the basalt hot tub outside. A homely communal area calls for board games in between sips of mulled wine, and the on-site restaurant offers an ever-changing menu, inspired by local produce and the catch of the day. A classic Icelandic breakfast is served every morning, and hearty soups and fresh bread are available during the day, ensuring ample sustenance for adventuring in the wilderness. If guests can pull themselves away from the salubrious waters of the tub, various day excursions are available, such as horse riding, helicopter sightseeing, fishing, mountain hikes and glacier tours.