One of the most unique and fascinating ways to discover Iceland is with an amazing tour of discovery, one that takes you through the most beautiful landscapes and the most enticing attractions of the country.
The Golden Circle is actually not circular, but named like this because it encompasses the best that Iceland has to offer in one concentrated tour.
There are many ways to explore the island of the north, but most tourists agree that the Golden Circle is one, if not the best tour of Iceland, combining the highlights of Iceland.
It stretches for a total of about 300 kilometers, going from the capital of Reykjavik to the central part of the island and back, passing through places of immense beauty and showing travelers the heart of Iceland.
The tour starts in the charming capital of Reykjavik, where tourists usually arrive and can discover the best attractions of the city, including churches, museums, parks, as well as a beautifully preserved cultural heritage in the old centre.
Thingvellir National Park
Stopping along the ways in the most enchanting places, the Golden Circle includes the Thingvellir National Park, located in the Hengill volcanic area.
This name literally means Parliament Fields, being the place where the first parliament of Iceland first convened. Above this, the area is also a huge rift valley of unique beauty. It is considered one of the most important destinations of Iceland.
The tour includes a visit to the Gullfoss waterfall, meaning Golden Falls, considered the most beautiful in the country and surely an overwhelming sight.
The Pingvallavatn is the largest natural lake of Iceland, sitting right on the continental rift, its waters come from underground springs. It is also one of the most pleasant sights of the tour.
The Golden Circle continues to the valley of Haukadalur, a beautiful geothermal area, with the active Geysir geyser and the inactive Strokkur geyser.
The eruption of Geysir every 10 minutes or so is a true spectacle and one of the memorable moments of this unique tour. It also includes many other stops along the way, like the Skalholt Church, Kerio Volcano crater, several geothermal plants and others.
Along its route, an impressive number of activities and adventures can be experienced, including some of the best hiking trails of Iceland, diving, river rafting, horseback riding and so on.
The Golden Circle truly is one of the best ways to discover the real Iceland and of its treasures.