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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? In between all these adventures – led by an expert local leader – you’ll stay on a sustainable working farm to learn what rural life is like on this majestic isle.

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.
  • Spend a few nights at an eco-hotel that’s part of a sustainable, family-run farm and enjoy a planet-friendly, farm-to-table meal.
  • 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 how to save money, but in remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at.
  • 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. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Iceland's Golden Circle In Depth including Iceland

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Farmstay (3 nights)

Activities
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Gunnuhver hot springs
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Strandarkirkja
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Bridge between Continents
  • Hvolsvollur Valley - Farm to Table Dinner
  • Golden Circle - Strokkur Geysir
  • Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Fludir - Secret Lagoon
  • South Coast - Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
  • South Coast - Skogafoss Waterfall visit
  • South Coast - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • South Coast - Kvernufoss Waterfall Hike
  • Reykjavik - Leader-led walking tour
  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park
Add on activities
  • Reykjavik - Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip - ISK22990
  • Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400
  • Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK2740
  • Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK3900
  • Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3600
  • Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2220

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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, and finishes upon arrival in Reykjavik at approximately 2pm on Day 5. Please take this into consideration when booking your flights to and from Iceland.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 40 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Daniel · Traveled October 2023
A brief but good exposure to southeast Iceland highlighted by a moderate glacier hike. Friendly, knowledgeable tour leader and a good group of traveling companions.
Review submitted 13 Oct 2023

natasha · Traveled September 2023
We experienced incredible beauty of this country. Our tour guide was incredible, itinerary was packed and the weather cooperated. There is so much to see in Iceland and this short trip does offer a light glimpse into what the country has to offer. We were not big fans of food at the farm, we honestly preferred to eat out and pay. Pack variety of clothes and good hiking shoes, you will be hiking a tad towards a few waterfalls (the hikes are not strenuous at all)
Review submitted 06 Oct 2023

Alisha · Traveled September 2023
We had the trip of a LIFETIME with Intrepid, thanks in large part to our amazing tour guide. Gisli was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely well organized. We crossed paths with some other Intrepid tour groups as well and could see that the guides are very flexible and adept at modifying the tour schedule to accommodate Iceland's unpredictable weather so that all activities can still be completed. We feel lucky that we had such an amazing guide on this trip and will think back fondly on memories with him and our tour group for years to come!
Review submitted 27 Sep 2023

David · Traveled September 2023
I now know how the Icelandic people feel about their mysterious country
Review submitted 22 Sep 2023

Neil · Traveled September 2023
Very fun trip, our guide was amazing, she really elevated our trip to the next level
Review submitted 14 Sep 2023
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
From
GBP £1,661