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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

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    Stop At: Nesjavellir Viewing Point, Iceland

    This beautiful geothermal area is located at Nesjavellir and belongs to the volcano Hengill. The volcano Hengill is amongst the largest high-temperature geothermal areas in Iceland, covering some 100 km2. Driving at the slope of Hengill volcano and walking to the viewing point above the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant will make you filling at another planet.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir Iceland

    Thingvellir National Park is known with both historical and geological meaning.

    The Mid Atlantic Ridge comes over Iceland, dividing a country into two parts belonging to American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and Thingvellir is a part of fissure zone on the tectonic plate boundary. The valley at Thingvellir contains the largest lake in Iceland, Thingvallavatn.

    Thingvellir is also Iceland’s cradle of Democracy and the birthplace of Althingi parliament. The direct translation of Thingvellir is Parliament-fields. Althingi is the oldest extant parliament in the world, established around 930 and continued as a general parliament assembly until 1798. Althingi performed its duties at Logberg in Thingvellir, meaning the Law-rock, which is where most of the speeches were held. Iceland declared it‘s official independence from Denmark in 1944 at Thingvellir on the 17th of June, making this date Icelandic national day.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Strokkur, Haukadalsvegur, Geysir Iceland

    Geysir is a famous hot spring in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley, found in south-west Iceland. Though Geysir itself is rarely active these days, Haukadalur Valley boasts a plethora of hot springs and geysers, including the powerful Strokkur, Smiður, and Litli-Strokkur.

    Strokkur is, arguably, the country’s most famous hot spring, shooting vast jets of boiling water from 20 meters (65 feet) up to 40 meters (130 feet) high. Don’t worry about missing this incredible spectacle of nature, as Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes; just make sure to have your camera ready.

    Geysir is much larger, but years can go by between eruptions here; it is currently in an inactive phase. When it does erupt, the water can shoot up in the air as high as 70 meters (230 feet).

    At the southern part of the valley, Thykkuhverir, you’ll find various bubbling mud pots. These spooky brown cauldrons are fumaroles that boil up through the loose ground; after a dry spell, these mud pools are likely to transform into a hardened fumarole.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Gullfoss, White River, Blaskogabyggd 801 Iceland

    Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found in the Hvita river canyon in south-west Iceland. The water in Hvita river travels from the glacier Langjokull, before cascading 32 meters (105 feet) down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.

    The waterfall consists of two stages. The first, shorter cascade is 11 meters (36 feet), while the second drop is 21 meters (69 feet). The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70 meters (230 feet), descending into the great Gullfossgjufur canyon. Geologists believe that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the end of the last ice age.

    In the summer, approximately 140 cubic meters (459 cubic feet) of water surges down the waterfall every second, while in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic meters (358 cubic feet). With such energy, visitors should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Fridheimar, Reykholt 801 Iceland

    Enjoy the special experience of entering a greenhouse and sitting down to a feast of the famous friðheimar tomato soup with freshly baked bread, served with cucumber salsa. Visitors can buy delicious food souvenirs such as Tomato Jam, the Cucumber Salsa and Tomato Drinks to take away.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Kerid Crater, Route 35, Selfoss Iceland

    Kerið is an exquisite crater with a small lake in the bottom is not far outside of the classic Golden Circle route that is a must-see for anybody to explore on their way out of Reykjavík. The 55-metre deep crater is 3000 years old and is part of the larger Tjarnarholar area, a collection of crater-hills.

    Kerið is a protected natural site. A small parking lot is adjacent to the crater off Route 35, and marked footpaths guide visitors to its rim.

    Duration: 20 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Capital Region

    Traveler pickup is offered

    Airports

    • Keflavik Intl Airport, 235 Keflavikurflugvollur Iceland


    Ports
    Reykjavik
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik
    • Private tour for your party
    • Driver/guide services
    • Transportation for the tour
    • Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Kerid Crater
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Pickup outside of Reykjavik is available at additional cost
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Tours of more than 4 may be operated in a Minibus or separate SUV´s.
    • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Denis and Maria were our guides. They picked us up at the airport and our tour began immediately. They were both so friendly, knowledgeable and fun. By the end of the day, we felt as though we were real friends. We are an active mid 70's couple traveling with our grown son.
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    We booked a private small bus tour with Sergei for a group of 6 to do the Golden Circle. Sergei was our guide and driver and we had such a great time. He was very informative and really knew the landscape, the history and culture. He also was a kind and considerate person.
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    Denis was an AMAZING tour guide and we left calling him a friend. He went out of his way to show us all of the best parts of Iceland. He was able to dodge the crowds and knew exactly when to take us to each stop. He showed us many hidden gems such as hot springs, one of a kind
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    Response from Sergei S, Owner at Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik
    Responded Jan 2, 2019
    Dear Caitlin, thank you very much for taking tours with us and kind feedback about Denis. It is nice to know that you got a friend here. Denis and I will be happy about your return or your friends and relatives visiting Iceland. :)
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    By far our favourite day in Iceland. I cannot recommend Sergei highly enough. He was a true gentleman and made the tour so memorable for us all. Fabulous experience and we have life long memories captured from the beautiful photographs which Sergei kindly took of us all.
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    Response from Sergei S, Owner at Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik
    Responded Nov 3, 2018
    Dear Fred, thank you very much for the review and your family for being with me a day during your stay in Iceland. I am glad that our tour became memorable and you got good pictures from all visited places.
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    We took a private tour (8 people in a minibus) with Sergei from Top Iceland. We only had a short weekend in Reykjavik and this was the perfect way to easily see the sights outside the city. We visited some beautiful views on the Golden Circle and enjoyed Sergei's great knowledge
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    Response from Sergei S, Owner at Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik
    Responded Oct 16, 2018
    Thank you very much for the five-star review and your group for being with me during your short stopover in Iceland. :)
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