Golden Circle Route

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Golden Circle Route
4.5
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Ideal for short-stay visitors, this scenic driving route through southwestern Iceland features excellent scenery and major sites.
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Wanderlassie
Oldsmar, FL1,961 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Iceland, Day 2: Led by Pietra, our IcelandHorizons guide, Golden Circle with it's National Park, waterfalls, geological wonders and fun food stops was a (9 - 5:45 p.m.) delight. Unfortunately, because we were unaware this is a full 9+ hour tour, we missed the 6 p.m. bus to Reykjavik airport for our rental car😞. We finally picked the car up at 10 p.m. and found night's accommodations at the far tip end of the Icelandic continent.
Don't go with the Greyline big bus companies, our bus had 14 (enjoyable tourists) all TRYING to stay on time and wasn't priced a heck of a lot more.
Written July 28, 2021
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Alonso xoxo
88 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Well worth the money. They collect you from your hotel, and the guides are so knowledgable and friendly. All the places we visited were amazing and we even had time to stop off and see the horses! The day is very long but you get to see so much that you usually wouldn’t, with the guides knowing all the hidden waterfalls and bits that you wouldn’t get to see alone. So worth it, would highly recommend. I would however say to bring your own food as the only restaurant was very overpriced and small pick of meals
Written February 4, 2020
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK1,033 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
One of Iceland's top tours, this trip is definitely unmissable. It takes in dramatic spouting geysers, the majestic Gullfoss double waterfall, and the astonishing gorge where two tectonic plates are slowly slipping apart. On route through the countryside, you are surrounded by distant volcanoes and mountain top glaciers. It is a truly enjoyable daylong trip and well worth every minute. Thoroughly recommended
Written April 26, 2022
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aekrfk
Newport Beach, CA213 contributions
May 2022
I have to disagree we all of the reviews of Iceland that say this route is a "must see." There is one geothermal area with a 5 second geyser, Kerid Crater that they charge you to see for 10 minutes and the Gulfoss Waterfall which is the highlight. It is an entire day drive and after driving 1700 miles through Iceland really not worth it. I would rather tour the Snaefellsnes Peninsula or Reykjanes Peninsula as day tours than the Golden Circle. If you have two days go to the Glacier Lagoon. All of these are much better than paying a tour or driving the Golden Circle if you are limited on time. If you have more time then Myvtn is also a must see
Written June 25, 2022
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Rosie- Glowe
Staffordshire, UK51 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This trip came free with our package so we weren’t expecting much. How wrong we were.
Stunning waterfalls and landscape and the guizers were fantastic.
We weren’t sure what to expect from the national park as there isn’t much wildlife around at this time of year, but the tectonic rock formations were eerily beautiful and again stunning.
I can see why people fall in love with Iceland and I can highly recommend this tour

We went with TUI
Travelled by coach
Total journey time 7 hours
Lunch included
Toilets cafe and gift shops at each stop
3 stops in all
Guide was fluent in English and really good
Written February 3, 2020
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Ralph N
2 contributions
Feb 2022
We took the Golden Circle Tour by mini bus, maximum 19 people. Our guide, Bara was fabulous. She was a careful driver in windy and icy conditions but more importantly so knowledgeable about all things Icelandic. The two waterfalls, Faxi and Gillfoss were gorge with their icy frosting. The thermal area, Gesir, did not disappoint. Lunched there on hearty soup. Went to a horse and sheep farm for a closeup of the classic Icelandic animals. We finished at Thingveiller National Park for a view of the fissures that created this beautiful country. We highly recommend this tour with Your Day Tours and Bara.
Written February 9, 2022
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J4k3
Ebbw Vale, UK513 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Much of the tour was effected by the snow, there was a 2 hour detour on the way to the sites, which I felt aye into the time spent at the locations. We were restricted to certain areas at the waterfalls because some areas were snowed off and we had nowhere near enough time at the national park. I would suggest allowing 2-3 hours at the park, not 45 minutes like we were given.
Written March 2, 2022
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Rajin Madahar
Southall, UK95 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Mike picked us up from our apartment and provides coffee and water. We set off in his SUV on a private tour of the golden circle tour. Was an amazing experience.

Booked with Mike on Airbnb and later saw mike has his own website. If you Google Mike memories maker you can get to his site and for a private tour it's not too expensive.
Written January 31, 2020
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Tommy P
135 contributions
Jan 2020
Of course, you need some luck with the weather. But if it's fairly OK, it's a grand tour and an experience.

I would recommend taking it during winter with a lot of snow. It's so beautiful.

I would also recommend to add a snow mobile tour to it but make sure it doesn't exclude anything else.
Written January 26, 2020
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CAR51
26 contributions
Jun 2022
We had our own car, so of course we drove ourselves. After reading so much about the golden circle I was a little disappointed. Thingvillir NP did not have good signage or explanations, they had lookouts and walking paths. I never did find Law Rock.
The geyser area is small, and no one is there to monitor the crowds to keep the hot pools safe, A child threw a shoe into one of the hot pools when we were admiring it, which will cause permanent damage.
The water falls, did not disappoint. It was raining and we were geared up so we enjoyed the waterfall.
Gullfoss was amazing.
Written June 18, 2022
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