GOLDEN CIRCLE

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The Golden Circle afternoon tour – in a minibus

The Golden Circle afternoon tour covers some of the most popular highlights of Iceland. Þingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal hot-spring. Strokkur, the spouting hot-spring in the Geysir area is maybe the main attraction but the other hot-springs are just as breathtaking in their own way. The iconic waterfall of Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, is located in the glacial river Hvítá which originates in Langjökull glacier, the second largest in Iceland. Its elegant and majestic form is like no other, where the torrential river water plummets in two steps down into a 32 meters deep canyon carved out by the glacia-river for thousands of years. Þingvellir National Park is not only a site of geological wonders, located in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, but also a place charged with history, as the site of the national parliament since 930. The Alþingi (assembly) at Þingvellir was Iceland’s supreme legislative and judicial authority from its establishment until 1271. In the final decades of the Commonwealth, there were clashes between chieftain families, which resulted in Iceland coming under the Norwegian crown. Executive power was strengthened under this new order, while legislative and judicial authority at first remained in the hands of the Alþingi, but was gradually transferred to the Norwegian and later the Danish rulers, until in 1662, the King of Denmark became the absolute monarch of Iceland. Þingvellir tells stories of geographical and political struggles, compromises and ongoing evolution. Þingvellir was accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004. Around Iceland’s professional guides have extensive experience of the region. They will share not only the must see sites but local knowledge, great stories and personal recommendations. Travel with Around Iceland will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour. Highlights visited: – Geothermal Geysir area where Strokkur shoots up steaming water up to 30 meters in the air every 8-10 minutes – Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall tumbling 32m into the powerfull glacier river Hvítá – Þingvellir National Park, including the rift-valley and the Rock of Law, the site of the first Viking parliament. Included: English speaking guide Pick-up and drop-off @ hotel or guesthouse Group size: max. 19 guests, providing an intimate experience, good personal connection with the guide, more flexibility, more free time and more spontaneous encounters than travelling in larger groups. Around Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.

The Essential Golden Circle – in a minibus

The Essential Golden Circle – in a minibus The Golden Circle has for years been one of the most popular day-tours out of Reykjavík and on this tour we visit the most interesting locations on the circle, the essentials. Kerið is a striking crater-lake filled with milky blue-green water amid stark black and deep red slopes. Geologists now believe it to be a collapsed magma chamber at the end of a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 6,000 years ago. In the Geysir geothermal area we get the chance to observe the boiling hot spring Strokkur spout steaming water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-7 minutes. The iconic waterfall of Gullfoss, or Golden Falls is located in the glacial river Hvítá which originates in Langjökull glacier, the second largest in Iceland. Its elegant and majestic form is like no other, where the torrential river water plummets in two steps down into a 32 meters deep canyon carved out by the glacia-river for thousands of years. Efstidalur dairy farm, owned by the same family since 1850, is a sustainable organic farm with brilliant views of hulking Hekla and nearby mountains. Efstidalur offers amazing ice cream, great coffee and has windows looking into the dairy barn. A great stop for children and adults alike. Þingvellir National Park is not only a site of geological wonders, located in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, but also a place charged with history, as the site of the national parliament since 930. The Alþingi (assembly) at Þingvellir was Iceland’s supreme legislative and judicial authority from its establishment until 1271. Þingvellir tells stories of geographical and political struggles, compromises and ongoing evolution. Þingvellir was accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004. Travel with Around Iceland and our proffesional guides will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour. Hospitality is in our DNA. Highlights visited: – Volcanic crater Kerið (entrance fee included) – Geothermal Geysir area where Strokkur shoots up steaming water up to 30 meters in the air every 10 minutes – Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall tumbling 32m into the powerfull glacier river Hvítá – Efstidalur dairy farm. – Þingvellir National Park, including the rift-valley and the Rock of Law, the site of the first Viking parliament. Included: English speaking guide Entrance fee to Kerið volcanic crater Pick-up and drop-off @ hotel or guesthouse Around Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients. The duration of the tour is 8-9 hours. Departures: daily Price: 10.900.- isk. Group size: max. 19 guests, providing an intimate experience, good personal connection with the guide, more flexibility, more free time and more spontaneous encounters than travelling in larger groups. Around Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients.

Whalewatching, Whales of Iceland Exhibition & The Golden Circle afternoon tour – in a minibus

This tour combines some of the most popular attractions in Iceland. After exploring the wonders of the whales, it is ideal to enjoy the stunning sites of the Golden Circle. Included in the price is a ticket to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition that you can visit anytime during your stay in Reykjavík and the entrance fee to Kerið Volcanic crater. The tour starts at Reykjavik Sailors harbor Vesturbugt in downtown Reykjavik where you will embark upon your whale watching tour at 08:45. After exploring the wonders of the whales in Faxaflói bay, you return to the harbor around 12:30. At 13:00 you’ll be picked up by the Hópbílar/Around Iceland minibus in front of Reykjavik Sailors ticket office for the Golden Circle afternoon tour. The Golden Circle tour covers some of the most popular highlights of Iceland. Kerið is a striking crater-lake filled with milky blue-green water amid stark black and deep red slopes. Geologists now believe it to be a collapsed magma chamber at the end of a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 6,000 years ago. In the Geysir geothermal area we get the chance to observe the boiling hot spring Strokkur spout steaming water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-7 minutes. The iconic waterfall of Gullfoss, or Golden Falls is located in the glacial river Hvítá which originates in Langjökull glacier, the second largest in Iceland. Its elegant and majestic form is like no other, where the torrential river water plummets in two steps down into a 32 meters deep canyon carved out by the glacia-river for thousands of years. Þingvellir National Park is not only a site of geological wonders, located in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, but also a place charged with history, as the site of the national parliament since 930. The Alþingi (assembly) at Þingvellir was Iceland’s supreme legislative and judicial authority from its establishment until 1271. Þingvellir tells stories of geographical and political struggles, compromises and ongoing evolution. Þingvellir was accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004. Travel with Around Iceland and our proffesional guides will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour. After the Golden Circle tour, you will be returned to your hotel. HOSPITALITY IS IN OUR DNA Included: English speaking guide Free wifi on board the boat and the bus Use of overalls on boat Entrance fee to Kerið volcanic crater Entrance to The Whales of Iceland Exhibition Drop-off @ hotel or guesthouse Around Iceland and Reykjavik Sailors reserve the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients. Duration: 10 hours Departures: daily Group size: max. 19 guests, providing a very good experience, good personal connection with the guide, more flexibility, more free time and more spontaneous encounters than travelling in larger groups.

Golden Circle & Rafting

Sightseeing & Activity Golden Circle Day Tour from Reykjavík Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 possible. Rated: Easy.Guide to client ratio: Sightseeing part: 1:20. Rafting part: 1:10Classic day tour: Available directly from Reykjavik in Iceland.Tour Highlights: – River Rafting– Hvítá river– Brúarhlod Canyon– Golden Circle– Geysir hot spring– Gullfoss waterfall– Thingvellir National Park Tour Details: Duration: Approximately 11 hours Pick up time: Be ready at 8:00 AM for pick up from your Reykjavík accommodation and please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive.  Included: Transfer from Reykjavík (and return), a visit to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, lunch and river rafting on the Hvítá river. Certificated rafting guides. Clothing: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a change of clothing. Bathing suit & towel. Our first stop on the famous Golden Circle is the geothermal area, Geysir, home of the original erupting “geyser” and his little brother Strokkur. Catch the sight of super heated water bursting from the ground up to 25 meters high. Next we stroll down to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss, “the Golden Waterfall”, is an amazing sight. The water flows 32 meters down three steps of lava rocks with breathtaking power and grandeur. Our last stop of the day is the Þingvellir National Park. Here lies the biggest natural lake in Iceland. Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the birthplace of Alþingi, the oldest existing parliament in the world founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago. Þingvellir is also a place of many geological wonders as it lies in the tectonic rift valley between America and Europe. It is completely surrounded by beautiful volcanoes created from the ongoing tectonic drift.  Your adventure starts with transfer to our rafting base camp and then off to a great River Fun tour down the Hvítá river. The river has a perfectly balanced mix of beautiful, steep canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. On our way we pass through the magnificent Brúarhlöð canyon where participants have the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. Afterwards we offer a nice hot shower and sauna before continuing on the road.  This trip has it all; stunning natural beauty, deep rooted Viking history, amazing geological wonders, and a great rafting adventure! Disclaimer: All rafting trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.