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Golden Circle Route

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Ideal for short-stay visitors, this scenic driving route through...

Ideal for short-stay visitors, this scenic driving route through southwestern Iceland features excellent scenery and major sites.

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Excellent self-guided driving tour but not sure we'd have liked it on a coach / minibus

We drove the Golden Circle route in early March after heavy snow so the scenery was stunning (and the roads were largely clear - we didn't need a four wheel drive). We actually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We drove the Golden Circle route in early March after heavy snow so the scenery was stunning (and the roads were largely clear - we didn't need a four wheel drive). We actually drove the circle in reverse (going from Reykjavik to Selfoss first) and later in the day so we managed to miss the worst of the crowds at... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We hired a car for this purpose, it was a brilliant day for it too. Clear sky and sun. We had done the snorkel the day before, so we missed out that stop on the day. Wouldn't say it'd take too much time. We left at 1045 in the morning and made it to Gullfoss by 1430(including stops for lunch,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

wonderful excursion highly recommend, need very warm clothing hat scarf groves and mask as its quiet windy sunglasses too.i took some snacks as long trip be organised as u dont get long at each stop

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed a 8 hour day tour I took around this route as part of a small (15) organised tour group. Our guide drove us around some of the most fantastic sights imaginable; the sheer power of Gulfoss waterfall is breathtaking; experiencing the geysirs errupt before your eyes; petting icelandic horses and taking a walk around Kerid volcanic crator lake... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a solo traveler, I am so glad that I drove the Golden Circle, instead of taking a tour! This allowed me to take my time to enjoy all the nuances of the variety of landscape, views, and the mass of open spaces. With the growing number of vehicles on this route, you must get creative when stopping to enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went the slow option, staying in the region for 8 nights in a cabin with a geo thermal hot tub. For us doing it this way made the trip perfect, getting around in a little 4x4 was a necessity as the weather, changes at a drop of a hat, sunny days and snowed in days, which just added to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hire a car and hit that road. Fill with loads of warm drinks food and warm clothes. Make sure you wear good boots when walking. Plenty to see and admire on this routes from snow hills to geysers etc.. Cheaper if you do by car

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having never been to Iceland before, it seemed like one had to do the Golden Circle. So many of the extraordinary geological sights are on this route. Not to mention the site of the first parliament in the world. But I knew it would be heavily traveled. But in March? Maybe not. But even in March it is filled with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Jakob. He was ever so polite and courteous, even when people ran a few minutes late. He'd always say "with patience and a smile". I never felt rushed, unlike the Southern coast your by Grey Line. He also shared some personal stories and humor historical stories, which we enjoyed. It was a bit disconcerting to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the golden circle tour on the second day of our city break with the Gray Line bus company who were fantastic. The views and the sight seeing stops were incredible. A definite must do when in Iceland. Our tour guide was fantastic and everything went as planned. I would recommend Gray Line as a brilliant company to do... More 

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