GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR
The Golden Circle Tour Iceland is a long time classic with travellers. The route showcases some of the most spectacular scenery Iceland has to offer, as well as historically important sites.
See Nesjavellir a geothermal high temperature area in the beautifull and scenic landscape of Lake Thingvallavatn. We visit Thingvellir, a UNESCO world heritage site, full of natural beauty and history.
See the Mid Atlantic Ridge where Iceland is being pulled apart at Thingvellir by forces within the Earths crust. View jets of water from Geysir hot spring in Haukadalur. See the Gullfoss Waterfall “Golden Waterfall” plunging down a deep gorge. View Kerid, a volcanic crater lake before heading back to Reykjavik.
Nesjavellir – (Road closed in Wintertime) First stop on the Golden Circle Tour, located near Thingvellir and the Hengill Volcano, is Iceland’s second largest geothermal power station, Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station. In 1947 boreholes were drilled in order to evaluate the area for possible power generation. From 1965 to 1985 the area was researched and in 1987 construction work of the station began and the cornerstone was laid in 1990. Servicing the Reykjavik area, the power station produces 120MW of electrical power and delivers 1,800 litres (480 US gal) per second of hot water to Reykjavik.
Thingvellir – A place of great natural beauty and history, Thingvellir National Park is one of Iceland´s most precious gems. Walk the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the boundary between North America and Eurasian tectonic plates, which are slowly pulling Iceland apart. In 930 AD Iceland´s chieftains from Iceland´s ruling families gathered at Thingvellir and established the Icelandic parliament (the world’s oldest). The parliament was held at Thingvellir until 1798 when it was moved to Reykjavik where it has been since.
Geysir Haukadalur – Geysir in Haukadalur Iceland is sometimes known as The Great Geysir. It is the first described geysir in print and the earliest geysir known to Europeans. The oldest accounts of geysir in Haukadalur are from 1294. Several new hot springs hotsprings were created due to earthquakes in the area. The activity of the geysir is strongly related to earthquake activity. Following a earthquake in 2000 Geysir was revived after a period of inactivity and the column of water was shot up 122 meters for two days. Today the bigger Geysir erupts around three times a day. A smaller geysir in the area, Strokkur erupts with more frequency than Geysir, erupting every 5-10 minutes up to the height of 30 meters. The activity of Strokkur is also affected by earthquakes, but to a lesser extent than the bigger geysir. In the area there are around 30 much smaller hot pools and geysirs in the area.
Gullfoss – Gullfoss or Golden Falls is a waterfall in a canyon of the Hvita river in Iceland. It is and has been for years one of the more popular tourist attractions in the country. Much speculation was in the first part of the 20Th century to use Gullfoss to generate electricity. The waterfall was rented indirectly to foreign investors, but their efforts to harness the waterfalls were in wain, partly due to lack of funds. The then owners of Gullfoss Tómas Tómasson and Halldór Halldórsson later sold Gullfoss to the state of Iceland. If the Hvita river had been utilized to generate power it would have changed Gullfoss forever. Gullfoss is today protected.
Secret Lagoon – Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir and are in the Golden Circle area. We have kept it natural and unique for our guests so they can get the true Icelandic feeling. The pool’s natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring.
Reykjavik Sightseeing – Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills.
Blue Lagoon – This option is very popular with cruise passengers that stop for 10+ hours and a very convenient way to get the most out of your stop.
Keflavik International Airport – You can add this option when arriving or leaving the country. If you are in transit and only have few hours between flights but you still want to see some part of what Iceland has to offer this is a great way to do it.