Golden Circle Private Tour
The Golden Circle is by far the most popular route for visitors to Iceland to follow, and for good reason! It’s packed with arguably the country’s most important sites and on this private guided tour, you'll get to explore it with our finest tour experts with extensive knowledge and experience of Iceland’s most revered sites.
A HARROWING HISTORY & FABULOUS FALLS
Our first stop is Þingvellir, the Icelandic mainland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is not only where the tectonic plates are pulling apart creating a rift valley, but also the birthplace of the Althing, the world’s longest-running democratic parliament since 930 AD. Here we’ll learn the chilling stories behind Drowning Pool, Gallows Rock, Burning Gorge and Sand Banks of Slaughter. Deep in the interior, we’ll find Gullfoss as it cascades into narrow Hvitargljufur canyon. The geology of the massive falls means it’s nearly impossible to photograph completely—you simply have to see it with your own eyes.
BUBBLING WITH EXCITEMENT
At Geysir geothermal area we’ll see a geyser hurling boiling water up to 30 meters in the air every 3-7 minutes, so you’re sure to catch the thrilling moment. The entire area is alive with geothermal activity, including bubbling mud pots, steam vents and Geysir, the namesake of all geysers.
After a short stop at Faxi waterfall and its fish ladder, which allows salmon to “climb” upstream, we visit the ancient church site at Skalholt. Skálholt was the epicentre of culture, politics and learning in Iceland for over 700 years. We’ll also have a look at a replica of a classic turf house, Iceland’s heritage building style.
STORIES OF A LIFETIME
While any one of these stops makes incredible fodder for your Instagram feed, they also all have rich histories and fascinating tales, each told with their own nuances by our brilliant storyteller guides. It’s not just facts and figures that bring these places to life, but the compelling stories our guides have collected over time. Don’t just see the sites—experience Iceland through the eyes of a tour expert with Gray Line.
- Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Reykjavik
- All safety gear (helmets, harness, etc.)
- Small refreshments (soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets)
- Experienced guides