A tour of the highlights of West Iceland – lava landscape, saga stories, unique waterfalls and Europe’s most powerful hot spring!
• The majestic Gullfoss waterfall
• The erupting Strokkur geysir at the Geysir geothermal area
• The rift valley between the tectonic plates at the Thingvellir National Park
• Several options for other natural sights, geothermal pools, culture, cuisine and activities
More about the Tour
The “Golden Circle” is the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland with the three main pillars of the Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area and the Thingvellir National Park.
Translated as “golden waterfall”, Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls and its signature golden glow on sunny days is the reason behind the name of the Golden Circle area.
The river Hvita originates in the Langjokull glacier and plunges 32m into a narrow and deep canyon.
From Gullfoss, you also have a great view of the Langjokull glacier, Iceland’s second largest.
Geysir is one of the world’s greatest geysers and the origin of the word geyser. Although the great geyser is not active, the smaller Strokkur erupts 30 meters up into the air every 7-8 minutes much to the delight of the crowds. Strokkur is the clear favourite sight here but the surrounding area also hosts a variety of bubbling hot springs, steaming vents and colourful fissures.
The Thingvellir National Park is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland and historically significant for being the first meeting place of the Icelandic parliament in 930.
Thingvellir is located in the rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, and Iceland is the only place where this rift is above sea level and you walk alongside the plates. We will walk through the Almannagja gorge to the beautiful Oxarafoss waterfall.
The Park was also a filming location for the Game of Thrones series.
Depending on your interests and how much time you have, there are several other sights and detour options along this route. Here are some of them:
– Kerid, a blue-green volcanic crater lake
– Secret Lagoon geothermal pool
– The geothermal exhibition at the Hellisheidi Power Plant
– Fridheimar tomato farm
– Laugarvatn geothermal spa and bakery
– The Skalholt museum, the site of Iceland’s medieval bishop seat
– Faxafoss waterfall
It is also possible to combine your tour with an activity – snowmobiling, horse riding, snorkelling between the tectonic plates, hiking etc.
Why Book with Us
• Pickup and dropoff from the port
• 100% refund if your ship does not dock
• Customisable tour with a local guide
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