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13 December 2021


Is it an actual circle?

Not it is not. It is more like a line or a string of interested places to visit. We do however call it a circle because it sounds much better that way.

A lot of people travelling to Iceland want to see the Golden Circle. What is it? Where is it? How do I get there? These are among the most common questions we get. In case you´re wondering, let me tell you all about Iceland´s most popular route.

The Golden Circle consists of three stops, all within a convenient distance from Reykjavik.

  • Þingvellir National Park. With beautiful scenery, a lake, lava fields, a waterfall and the famous Almannagjá gorge. Þingvellir is a national treasure, full of magic and history.
  • Geysir geothermal area. A unique natural wonder. Not only is Strokkur (the biggest, active geyser in the area) beautiful. The whole area is very interesting as well.
  • Gullfoss waterfall. A very impressive waterfall. It’s wide and has a water flow of 140 cubic meters (4,900 cu ft.) per second in the summer.

With a rental car, you can of course make it into a circle. Just drive around the area and chose the route you want. The route can be a circle, a line, or a tringle. That’s all up to you.

Geysi geyserPhoto: Julia Nimke
Gullfoss waterfallPhoto: Julia Nimke

Are there any other Golden Circles in Iceland?

We often get asked about other circles in Iceland. Officially there are none. At least none that are as famous as the Golden Circle. However, we have a few suggestions you might find interested.

The Geothermal Golden Circle:

Hellisheiði Geothermal power plant – the Blue Lagoon – Hveragerði Geothermal Park


The Historical Golden Circle:

The Settlement Center Exhibition in Borgarnes – Leif Eiriksson’s farm, Eiríksstaðir – Snæfellsjökull’s Visitor Center

These are just our ideas for a fun day trip in Iceland. The list of interested places in Iceland is endless. So, when you get your rental car don´t be afraid to explore Iceland and make your own Golden Circle. We would love to hear all about it

Gullfoss waterfallPhoto: Julia Nimke
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