Golden Circle and the South Coast
March 15 – September 15
08:00 – 8:30 AM
- Pickup at your accommodation
- Golden Circle Sightseeing
- South Coast Sightseeing
- Professional Local Guide
- Free WiFi
- Drop-off at your accommodation
What to bring
- Warm and water proof clothes
- A camera is always good to have
- Lunch can be bought on the way
Thingvellir National Park
Reynisfjara black beach
Golden Circle and South Coast Day Tour
Enjoy the highlights of both the Golden Circle and the South Coast in a day. This is very suitable for those who have a short stay in Iceland. Probably Iceland’s most famous tour, the Golden Circle is the perfect mix of human and natural history. Walk through the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the birthplace of the oldest existing parliament. Geysir Hot Spring area is a rare natural phenomenon where boiling water erupts 30 meters, every 5 minutes. Experience the magnificent and powerful Gullfoss Waterfall, a set of glacial river cascades falling 32 meters into a narrow canyon. Travel to the South coast, to see the natural highlights. Along the South Coast of Iceland stop at the two beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Visit the outlet glacier Sólheimajökull and see the effect of climate change on glaciers. Stop at the Reynisfjara Black Beach to look at some amazing volcanic formations, column basalt and basalt sea stacks, Reynisdrangar. Reynisfjara Black Beach was, in 1991, ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Head back to Reykjavík.
8:30 AM – REYKJAVÍK
Pick up between 8:00 – 8:30 AM, at your accommodation. Wait for the Travelling Iceland vehicle.
Thingvellir is characterized by a tectonic rift valley and marks the rifting of the Eurasian and North American plates from each other. In 930 the Icelandic Parliament, the first democracy in the world, was established at Thingvellir. Thingvellir became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
STROKKUR AND THE GEYSER AREA
Did not know that the English name “geyser”, derives from the one and only in the Haukadalur area in Iceland? The geyser Geysir itself erupts boiling water up to 70 meters but is almost inactive. Strokkur, only a few meters apart from Geyser erupts on average every 5 minutes.
GULLFOSS, GOLDEN WATERFALL
Near Geysir is the Gullfoss Waterfall, which probably tops the list of being the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. Enjoy the view from above and walk down the path to get close to the powerful waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss is a 60 m high waterfall, beautifully located and exceptional because you can enjoy it from behind. A path takes you around the waterfall and standing behind it is a rare and unique experience. However, on very cold days the path can be closed because of ice, but then you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful icy landscape.
Skógafoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. It is also 60 m high and about 25 m wide. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are both in glacier rivers, meltwater from Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Eyjafjallajökull is now famous for it’s 2010 volcanic eruption that disrupted air traffic in Europe.
REYNISDRANGAR AND REYNISFJARA BLACK BEACH
Iceland is a volcanic island, made up mainly of basaltic material that is black in colour. Hence, the “Black Beaches”. The black beach was, in 1991, ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. On the beach, there are remarkable basalt columns. Reynisdrangar is a sea stack, a geological formation made by wave erosion of surrounding material.
8:30 PM – REYKJAVÍK
Arrive in Reykjavík.