Golden Circle: the most popular Iceland travel tour

First we will head to Thingvellir national park where it is literally possible to see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge being torn apart. Then it's off to Iceland's national treasure: the geothermal area of Geysir and the largest waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. Then the Super Jeeps are taken off-road heading to Langjokull, the second largest glacier in Iceland, where we will actually drive on the glacier to observe it and the beautiful landscape that surrounds it.  

Trips to Iceland wouldn't be complete without the Golden Circle tour: it is a must for most Iceland visitors, but we try to give this classic tour an extra touch. First you visit the scenic national park of Þingvellir (Thingvellir) where you can see a unique rift valley. Here the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are torn apart by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which is the meeting point of Europe, Iceland and North America. The ridge runs through Iceland and causes regular eruptions and earthquakes. Also, the Viking settlers of Iceland founded their parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD and thereby laid the foundations for an independent nation-state in Iceland. When leaving Þingvellir you will understand how Icelanders are torn between America and Europe, but also realise where the roots of their national pride lie and why this beautiful place is so sacred in the minds of Icelanders.

Going east from Þingvellir the route takes you over a small mountain pass before going through the southern lowlands where you see prosperous farms and summer houses where Icelanders enjoy their weekends away from the city. After a short drive you arrive at your next destination which is truly unique in the world. This is a hot geothermal area called Geysir, the place that spawned the English word 'geyser'. Here you see a lot of bubbling hot springs and the very active Strokkur sprouts it’s hot water up to 30 metres high in the air every 5-7 minutes. Close by is the old Geysir which unfortunetly is not active any more.   

Only ten minutes drive away is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss or the golden waterfall, named so after a rainbow that often decorates it like a royal crown. Gullfoss is fed by the glacier river Hvítá which comes from the Langjökull glacier, your next destination.

North of Gullfoss lies probably the best-known mountain road in Iceland, called Kjölur, which is today barren and desolate. Going north into the highland gives the impression that you are leaving civilisation, going into the wild. Now you head for the Langjökull glacier, the second biggest glacier in Iceland. In the specially modified super jeep it is possible to drive on the glacier itself, which is a unique experience and almost like stepping into another world and a highlight of this High North jeep safari tour.

Heading back to civilisation you truly have a better perspective on the Golden Circle then had you gone on a normal tour bus. Taking a different route back to Reykjavík, the tour takes you through the southern lowland passing farms and the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi, as well as driving close to the volcano Hengill.

Iceland is a land of ever changing weather and conditions. Routes may be altered because of conditions and each High North jeep safari tour is different depending on weather, general conditions, and seasons. Travelling in Iceland in summer is totally different from travelling in winter, but there is one thing you can count on when traveling with High North: our professional and experienced guides give you an in-depth knowledge of the country and the people who inhabit it as well as a unique jeep safari experience. They are adept at meeting challenging situations and always bring something extra to each tour making it unforgettable day tour, Iceland style!

Departure   8:30

Duration 7 to 9 hours

Minimum 2 passengers per booking

Price 34.900.- ISK Per Person


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