Full-Day Driver-Guided Iceland Golden Circle Tour

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Our full-day driver-guided Golden Circle tour encompasses three of Iceland’s most famous attractions – Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. These sites are not only breathtakingly beautiful but also deeply rooted in Iceland’s culture, history, and geology.

Join your private driver for the day and set off from Reykjavik to some of Iceland’s most iconic and awe-inspiring natural wonders with our driver-guided private tour.

Full-day Driver-Guided Golden Circle Tour Highlights

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland driver guided tour
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland

Golden Circle tour Itinerary

Your full-day Golden Circle tour begins with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Your private driver-guide will arrive in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey throughout the day.

As you venture further from the city, you’ll be treated to the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland, with its vast lava fields, rolling hills, and rugged terrain. With the flexibility of a private tour, you can truly make the most of your day exploring the Golden Circle at a pace that suits you.

Þingvellir National Park: UNESCO World Heritage Site & Tectonic Wonders

diving tour at Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

The first stop on your private Golden Circle tour is the remarkable Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in history and geological wonders. As you explore the park with your knowledgeable driver-guide, you’ll learn about its significant role in Iceland’s history as the site of the world’s first parliament, the Alþingi, established in 930 AD. Þingvellir also played a vital role in Iceland’s journey to independence, with the decision to dissolve the union with Denmark made here in 1944.

Beyond its historical importance, Þingvellir boasts awe-inspiring geological features, as it’s located in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The slow drifting apart of these plates has created a stunning landscape of cliffs, fissures, and rifts, which you can explore on foot or even snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters of Silfra Fissure.

Geysir Geothermal Area: The Home of the Original Geyser

Great Geysir in Haukadalur valley geothermal area in Iceland
Great Geysir in Haukadalur valley geothermal area in Iceland

The next stop on your private Golden Circle tour is the Geysir Geothermal Area, an enchanting landscape teeming with hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. This geothermal wonderland is home to the famous Great Geysir, the geyser from which all others around the world get their name. Although the Great Geysir is now largely dormant, the area is still bursting with geothermal activity.

As you wander through the geothermal field with your driver-guide, you’ll be captivated by the most active geyser, Strokkur, which erupts every 5-10 minutes, shooting a spectacular column of boiling water up to 30 meters (98 feet) into the air. Your guide will share fascinating facts about the geothermal processes at work in the area, as well as the history and folklore surrounding these natural phenomena.

While visiting the Geysir Geothermal Area, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the visitor center, which houses informative exhibits, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant where you can grab a snack or a meal.

Gullfoss Waterfall: The Iconic Golden Falls

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland included on golden circle tour of iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Your private Golden Circle tour continues with a visit to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved natural attractions. Often referred to as the “Golden Falls,” Gullfoss is an awe-inspiring sight, with the Hvítá River plunging dramatically into a deep canyon, creating a powerful spectacle of roaring water and mist.

As you approach the waterfall with your driver-guide, you’ll have the chance to view it from several vantage points, each offering a unique perspective on the stunning beauty of Gullfoss. Your guide will share captivating stories about the history of the waterfall, including the brave efforts of local heroine Sigriður Tómasdóttir, who fought to protect Gullfoss from being harnessed for hydroelectric power in the early 20th century.

Feel the refreshing spray on your face as you admire the sheer force of the falls up close, and be sure to snap some memorable photos to commemorate your visit.

Secret Lagoon or Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths (Optional)

woman on tour in iceland enjoying Geothermal Spa, Iceland
Geothermal Spa, Iceland

For a rejuvenating and relaxing experience, consider including an optional visit to one of Iceland’s famous geothermal baths during your private Golden Circle tour. You can choose between the Secret Lagoon or the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, both of which offer a unique opportunity to unwind amidst Iceland’s stunning natural beauty.

The Secret Lagoon, nestled in the small village of Flúðir, is one of Iceland’s oldest and most charming natural hot springs. Its tranquil and rustic atmosphere provides the perfect setting to soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters, surrounded by lush vegetation and steam rising from the earth.

Alternatively, you can opt for the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, located on the shores of the picturesque Lake Laugarvatn. This modern facility features a series of hot pools, steam rooms, and saunas, all harnessing the geothermal power of the area. While you soak in the soothing waters, you can admire the breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Return to Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland aerial view of private tour group on guided day tour.
Reykjavik, Iceland

As your unforgettable private Golden Circle tour comes to a close, your driver-guide will begin the journey back to Reykjavik.

Upon arriving back in Reykjavik, your driver-guide will drop you off at your preferred location, whether it’s your hotel, a restaurant, or another destination within the city.

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