The most popular day tour
Most stunning sights
Historical and geological wonder
Geothermal area - Strokkur - Geysir
Powerful waterfall Gullfoss
And other beautiful natural wonders
Private Golden Circle Day Tour
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At the top of Rauðuflög mountain will be our first stop on this tour. From there we will view Þingvallavatn and Nesjavellir Power Plant. Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station is the second largest geothermal power station in Iceland. The facility is located 177 m (581 ft) above sea level in the southwestern part of the country, near Thingvellir and the Hengill Volcano. Plans for utilizing the Nesjavellir area for geothermal power and water heating began in 1947, when some boreholes were drilled to evaluate the area’s potential for power generation. Research continued from 1965 to 1986. In 1987, the construction of the plant began, and the cornerstone was laid in May 1990. The station produces approximately 120 MW of electrical power; it also delivers around 1,100 litres (290 US gal) of hot water (82-85°C) per second, servicing the space heating and hot water needs of the Greater Reykjavík Area.
In the winter time this road is sometimes not accessible so we take another road to Thingvellir
Þingvellir National Park is our second stop on this tour. Þingvellir is a place in southwestern Iceland, near the Hengill volcanic area. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798. Þingvellir National Park was founded in 1930 to protect the remains of the parliament site and was later expanded to protect natural phenomena in the surrounding area. Þingvellir National Park was the first national park in Iceland and was decreed “a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged Þingvellir is listed as a UNESCO´s World Heritage site. More info about Thingvellir
From there we will pass Laugarvatn lake and go straight to the magnificent Gullfoss. Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s. As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth. During the first half of the 20th century and some years into the late 20th century, there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity. During this period, the waterfall was rented indirectly by its owners, Tómas Tómasson and Halldór Halldórsson, to foreign investors. However, the investors’ attempts were unsuccessful, partly due to lack of money. The waterfall was later sold to the state of Iceland. Even after it was sold, there were plans to utilize Hvítá, which would have changed the waterfall forever. This was not done, and now the waterfall is protected.
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On our way back we stop at Haukadalur, home of the great Geysir and the reliable Strokkur geysir that erupts within 3 to 10 minutes intervals. Strokkur is part of Haukadalur geothermal area, where are located various other geothermal features: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other geysers beside and around it. Strokkur was first mentioned in 1789, after an earthquake unblocked the conduit of the geyser. Its activity fluctuated in the 19th century; in 1815 its height was estimated to be as much as 60 meters . It continued to erupt until the turn of the 20th century, when another earthquake blocked the conduit again. In 1963, upon the advice of the Geysir Committee, locals cleaned out the blocked conduit through the bottom of the basin, and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since. Strokkur and its surrounding areas regularly attracts tourists to view the geyser, as it is one of very few natural geysers to erupt frequently and reliably, sometimes up to 40m high
Our next stop is Kerið
Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland’s Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact. The caldera, like the other volcanic rock in the area, is composed of a red (rather than black) volcanic rock. The caldera itself is approximately 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across. Kerið’s caldera is one of the three most recognizable volcanic craters because at approximately 3,000 years old, it is only half the age of most of the surrounding volcanic features. The other two are Seyðishólar and Kerhóll. While most of the crater is steep-walled with little vegetation, one wall is sloped more gently and blanketed with a deep moss, and can be descended fairly easily. The lake itself is fairly shallow (7–14 metres, depending on rainfall and other factors), but due to minerals from the soil, is an opaque and strikingly vivid aquamarine. Although volcanologists originally believed Kerið was formed by a huge volcanic explosion, as is the accepted norm with volcanic craters, more thorough studies of the Grímsnes region failed to find any evidence of such an explosion in Kerið. It is now believed that Kerið was a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into the empty magma chamber. The current pool of water at the bottom of the crater is at the same level as the water table and is not caused by rainfall
The Black Beach at Eyrarbakki. The character of the actual coastline in Iceland may be roughly divided into two different types 1. Rocky, mountainous, and cliff like or 2. Flat and wide sand beaches with fine grained sand. Eyrarbakkafjara is a typical sandy beach, situated on the southwest coast of Iceland. The sand at Eyrarbakkafjara is deposit there by the Ölfusá-river, which is a combined glacial and sping fed river, with the highest discharge of any Icelandic river. The landscape is shaped by this sedimentation along with the erosive action of ocean waves. The diversity of the vegetation is low, and the pattern size is large.
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3rd person is free
Min 2 – Max 3 persons
49.050 ISK per person
440 USD per person
Pick-up: In Reykjavík / Reykjanes from hotel or guesthouse around 8:00
Included: Driver/tour guide
Not included: Meals, Entrance fees Lunch can be bought on the way. For example Icelandic Meat Soup at Haukadalur (Strokkur Geysir)
Duration: 6 – 8 hours.
Dates: All dates all year round