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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

1. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater

See the best of southwest Iceland on an 8-hour Golden Circle tour by bus from Reykjavik. Visit the spectacular Geysir area, and go to the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet in Þingvellir National Park. Travel to the geothermal area of Geysir. Marvel as the active hot spring of Strokkur spouts steaming water 30 meters into the air every 8 minutes. Continue to one of Iceland’s most iconic features at the Gullfoss Waterfall (“Golden Falls“). Feel the spray of the waters of the glacial River Hvítá as it plummets down into a 32-meter deep crevice. Next, enter Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural value in 2004, and is the site of a stunning rift valley and the Rock of Law, the first Viking parliament. Marvel at the volcanic crater at Lake Kerið, and pass through the Icelandic farms of the south on your drive around the Golden Circle, before returning to your original starting point in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Express Tour with Pickup

2. From Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Express Tour with Pickup

Visit some of Iceland’s most famous sites on this tour, like Þingvellir National Park (English: Thingvellir), where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930. In 2004, Thingvellir National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and is now one of 800 places in the world that have been honoured by UNESCO. After that, see Gullfoss waterfall and the spouting hot spring area around Geysir and Strokkur. Although this trip is an express tour, experience some of the very best known historical sites and natural phenomena in the country.

From Reykjavik: South Coast and Katla Ice Cave Day Trip

3. From Reykjavik: South Coast and Katla Ice Cave Day Trip

Depart from Reykjavik in the morning and head to the Katla Ice Cave, also known as the Secret Ice Cave. See black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old. Marvel at the tall walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Hear as the water drips and feel the cold and fresh air.  Visit the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and then onward to the mighty Skógafoss waterfall. Afterward, walk and drive on black sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf and see the bird cliffs that surround the quaint coastal village of Vík. On the way back to Reykjavik, drive past the greenhouse town of Hveragerði, a place named after the abundant geothermal activity in the area which allows locals to grow all kinds of plants.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

Travel the Golden Circle of Iceland by Jeep and see some of the nation’s most spectacular phenomenon. Depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s ancient parliament was situated. Hike through the area to experience the dramatic mid-Atlantic ridge, before heading eastbound on the mountain road to Lyngdalsheiði. Your reward will be sublime views of the lava fields on the hills above Laugarvatn. As you drive to Haukadalur, look out for the famous Strokkur Geyser, which erupts every 5 to 7 minutes, spewing boiling water into the air to heights of 80 to 100 feet (25 to 30 meters). Explore the hot springs, before heading up to the magnificent cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, plummeting into the white Hvita River along with glacial water. Drive to the start of the Kjölur mountain road. You will be approaching Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, where you can take optional activities, such as snowmobile rides, depending on weather conditions and the time of year. In the afternoon, make your way through the agricultural headland of southwest Iceland, through small settlements. Visit the hot springs town of Hveragerði if there’s time, before reaching Hellisheiði Plateau, one final wonder of Mother Nature on the way back to Reykjavik.

Private Thorsmörk & Eyjafjallajökull Day Tour from Reykjavík

5. Private Thorsmörk & Eyjafjallajökull Day Tour from Reykjavík

Explore the volcanoes of Thorsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull in southern Iceland and discover the recent lava activity of 2010. Yes, it’s that volcano! After a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik, Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella or Hvolsvöllur. Travel southeast through the mountain pass and Hellisheiði Plateau towards the town of Hveragerdi. A geothermal hot bed, the surrounding hills are full of active steam vents, and the town is known for its greenhouses heated by water from volcanic hot springs. You will soon find yourself in the town Selfoss, which was settled by Þórir Ásason, Iceland’s first known settler, who is said to have spent the winter of 873-74 under Mt. Ingólfsfell, west of the Ölfusá River. Your next waypoint is the charming town of Hella, situated on the banks of one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Pass through the Saga Centre, dedicated to Njál’s saga, and learn that South Iceland is rich in saga history. Next, turn off the ring road towards Thorsmork. You’ll get a brief glimpse of the impressive Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which you can explore on your way back. It is possible to walk up into the recess behind the thundering torrent of water. Named after the Norse god Thor, Thorsmörk richly deserves its reputation as the “Valley of the Gods.” Soon the road ends, and the highland tracks begin. As you will be traveling by super Jeeps, there’s no need to fret. These mighty monsters munch their way through fjords and flowing rivers that would impossible in a normal vehicle. Stop at the base of Gigjökull Glacier, before hiking along trails and into river canyons. Explore the magnificent canyon of Stakkaholtsgjá, and appreciate the incredible mix of glaciers, rocks, and wooded areas, the last a bit of a rarity in Iceland!

Golden Circle: Private Day Trip

6. Golden Circle: Private Day Trip

Our first stop is Hveragerði, a town surrounded by geothermal areas where people work in the energy industry with new technologies. Next stop is Kerið, one of several volcanic craters in the Western Zolcanic Zone. We will also visit Skálholt church, a historical site which offers a peaceful backdrop as our guide informs you about the history of the area. Next, you will visit the Geysir area in Haukadal where you can see the geysers, hot springs, steam vents, and creepy blue algae. Churn in particular is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every 5 minutes. Our last stop takes us to Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament was established - the first of its kind in the world in AD1000. At Thingvellir, you will see how the earth is ever so slowly pulled apart by the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and you will be able to stand where Viking settlers stood for centuries ruling the law of the land. Enjoy visiting all of these sights from the comfort of our vehicle, with a knowledgable guide and at your own pace with a private tour.

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What people are saying about Hveragerdi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,633 reviews

We highly recommend this guided tour- it was a fantastic day out and a trip everyone could enjoy. Our guide Tom and the driver, magic (yes that’s his name… so he says!) we’re absolutely brilliant and really did make us feel welcome. Tom was incredibly informative and made everything really fun for the group. His energy kept the spirits high and he gave us the perfect amount of time at each stop to enjoy the views. There are plenty toilet and refreshment stops and you are never on the coach for too long which was great given the time you are out. We were out for just under 9 hours and honestly was worth far more than the price we paid. Thank you!

This trip is highly recommended. It is worth every penny I enjoyed it a lot. The itinerary was well-planned and the places visited were magnificent. The tour guides, Tom and Magic, were very friendly.

It is a nice tour and well organized You will have time to explore everything It is on a big bus which also has wifi However since this tour is for everyone expect crying/coughing babies

Got to see a few locations of interest on the cheapest trip of our visit. A nice easy day with some memorable locations.

Excellent, well-paced tour with plenty of exciting things to see.