An Overview of a daytrip in the Golden Circle Iceland

By Alice Ross | EUROPE

Jul 07
The Golden Circle Iceland

The Golden Circle is a place in Iceland comprised mostly of a natural reserve and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage. The Golden Circle Iceland is a great place to begin your journey when you first visit the country. It has a lot of things to offer. And in this article, we’re going to talk about the things you can do around the Golden Circle.

With amazing sceneries and an incredible feeling, it is not a surprise that exploring the Golden Circle and its neighboring attractions.


Where to Go in the Golden Circle

This 300-kilometer road surrounds east of the capital Reykjavik nicely fits in this Icelandic heritage site, imposing springs, waterfalls, lagoons, and more.

Geothermal area and waterfall 

Geysir geyser Iceland

If you’re going to start your trip at the Golden Circle Iceland, then ideally, your first stop should be the geothermal area of Geysir as well as the lovely waterfall of Gullfoss. In this place, you will see the eruption geysers in front of you. Geysir amazingly stopped erupting throughout the early part of the 2000s. On the other hand, Strokkur, which is labeled as its "baby brother" goes off from time to time. After enjoying the beauty of the volcanoes, next place to stop is the lovely falls of Gullfoss that drops underneath in stages 21 meters and 11 meters before it falls into a gap thus, vanishing later in the earth. The waterfall can easily be enjoyed from different picturesque points of the area.

National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Taking a day trip to The Grand Golden Circle wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Thingvellir National Park. It isn’t only a site that’s considered to be a geological wonder, but it also offers layers of history. There is a falls that is located on the connection point of North American and Eurasian plates. The area of Thingvellir is the place where the world’s first parliament was made and the meeting is being held outdoors on an annual basis. This site tells a lot about history’s geographical and political struggles, continuous evolution, and compromises.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara

This exceptional location was created completely by Mother Nature and you will not see anything like this anywhere in the world. The impact of the North American and European tectonic plates at the connecting parts of the continents have produced massive eruptions and volcanic activity many years ago, which eventually lead to a dark eerie form of gravels, rocks, and sand. Hereafter, a beach was made with black sand as time passes by.

Kerio and Faxi 

The Faxi

Next stop of the trip would be another waterfall known as Faxi. This specific falls is situated in the Tungufljot River and falls 7 meters below. It’s known for its huge width of 80 meters. Another thing that’s extraordinary about this falls is that you will be able to find tons of salmon here. Moving on, you can make a stop at a lake of the volcanic crater known as Great Kerio. This site is situated in the southern part of Iceland. This specific lake is also known as the western region of volcanic activities. The region features Peninsula of Reykjanes and glacier of Langjokull.

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How to Enjoy the Golden Circle in Privacy


If you are driving the Golden Circle on your own, finding privacy is extremely easy.
Most tours leave Reykjavík early in the morning – usually between 8 AM and 10 AM for morning tours and 12 PM and 2 PM for afternoon tours. Most of them return to Reykjavík by 8 PM. During the summertime, there are some tour agencies that offer midnight sun tours, although it is quite rare. There are barely any overnight Golden Circle tours. So, this means that you may expect that busiest times of the day would be between 9 AM and 7 PM.

With the exclusion of the months of October to February, daylight hours in Iceland go beyond those schedules. So, during summer, if you leave early or decide to spend the night in Golden Circle, you are able to see the attractions in clear daylight before or after 7 PM. During spring season or fall season, these would be the best time to watch and take photos of sunrise and sunset. Or if you happen to visit during the winter, you might be lucky to see the Northern Lights.

Taking the Tour

the Golden Circle tour

Iceland may turn out to be an expensive place to travel. However, there are a lot of ways to control your budget and make you save money without having to compromise your trip. There are many travel operators that offer a great experience to tourists who want to see the real beauty of the Golden Circle Iceland, by offering travel packages that are reasonably priced and suitably cover extensive varieties of activities.

In addition, these custom tour packages will let you plan your trip depending on your preferences without spending an arm and a leg. These agencies can easily found online, so you can contact them way earlier than your trip.

Gullfoss Golden Falls

Iceland is filled with remarkable sceneries and exciting adventures. The tranquility of the country is ranked top in the whole world. You will surely experience sheer serenity in the middle of the developed natural heritage and additionally, have exciting journeys that you will always remember.

Visiting the Golden Circle Iceland is a great way to experience the magnificence and brilliance of the country. The Golden Circle is definitely one of the must-visit locations in the country, so as much as possible, make sure to spend at least a day to see and experience what it has to offer. The whole circle covers amazing heritage sights, waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, lagoons, geysers, and volcanic sights, so there is no way you will be disappointed with your visit.

Hopefully, this article gave you a quick overview of what you will experience when you visit The Golden Circle Iceland. If you have other questions or you want to add something informative in this article, don’t forget to tell us in the comment below!

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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