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

Accommodation in Golden Circle

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