Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth

5 Days | Discover glaciers, geysers and geothermal pools in Iceland’s Golden Circle.

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Experience the highlights of Iceland’s Golden Circle on a five-day loop from Reykjavik. When we say you’ll see the hotspots, we mean it – whether you’re soaking in the steamy geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon or marvelling at the eruptions of the Strokkur Geysir. But this is the land of not only fire, but ice too – and where better to experience the latter than Solheimajokull Glacier, and the south coast's series of pristine waterfalls?

Trip overview

Map of Iceland's Golden Circle In Depth including Iceland
Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Iceland
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
BIKH
This trip generates 20.27 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • See the sights that make Iceland’s famous Golden Circle so celebrated, from Gulfoss Waterfall to Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
  • There are few things more quintessentially Icelandic than soaking in a geothermal pool – experience it for yourself during a visit to the lesser-known Secret Lagoon.
  • Get a taste for Iceland’s local flavours with a visit to a workshop where they use native ingredients to make herbal teas, jams and salts, all created by a family of sustainability champions.
  • Stand in the spray of Iceland’s most iconic south coast cascades – from the thundering Skogafoss to the enchanting Seljalandsfoss.
  • Explore one of Europe’s largest ice caps on an adventurous walk over the alien landscape of Solheimajokull Glacier.

Is this trip right for you?
  • A remote location and high-performing currency are just two reasons Iceland can be an expensive destination. This affects things like museum entrance fees and outdoor activities but is especially noticeable when eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on ways to get the best value during your visit.
  • The extremity of the weather makes for incredible scenery, but it also means Iceland can be very cold, especially at the start and end of the summer season, at night, and of course in winter. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. On the rare occasion where your leader must alter the itinerary due to the weather, an alternative will be offered.
  • For travellers who request double bedding, hotels in Iceland often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that have been pushed together.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Iceland's Golden Circle In Depth including Iceland

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Activities
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Herbal tea and salt workshop visit
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Gunnuhver hot springs
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Bridge between Continents
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Strandarkirkja
  • Golden Circle - Strokkur Geysir
  • Fludir - Secret Lagoon
  • Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterfall
  • South Coast - Kvernufoss Waterfall Hike
  • South Coast - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • South Coast - Skogafoss Waterfall visit
  • South Coast - Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
  • Reykjavik - Leader-led walking tour
  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park
Add on activities
  • Reykjavik - Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip - ISK21900
  • Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400
  • Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK2500
  • Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK3400
  • Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3000
  • Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2050

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip starts in Reykjavik on Day 1 at 6pm. This trip finishes in Reykjavik at approximately 2pm on Day 5. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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roberta · Traveled August 2023
Our Intrepid trip to Iceland was one of the highlights of our lives, exposing us to Iceland's culture and environment in a way we could not have gotten any other way. Seeing Iceland through the eyes of a proud native Icelander was an experience I will never forget.
Review submitted 01 Sep 2023

Deneb · Traveled August 2023
Great trip in a beautiful country. Larus was a great tour leader who ensured everything was perfect, which enhanced our Icelandic experience :). Highly recommend this tour.
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023

Marguerite · Traveled August 2023
Our trip to Iceland was short but deeply informative. The Viking history, and the beauty of the volcanoes, waterfalls, rural farms,-- the spirit of the residents was fantastic to get to experience.
Review submitted 26 Aug 2023

Joan · Traveled August 2023
Iceland is like no other place, and you get a real glimpse of its great natural sites in a short time. Our guide Larus could not have been better.
Review submitted 24 Aug 2023

Marguerite · Traveled August 2023
The Iceland Golden Circle tour is perfect if you want to unwind, meet some great people and see some amazing waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes. Some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
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NZD $3,635