The most popular day tour
Most stunning sights
Historical and geological wonder
Geothermal area - Strokkur - Geysir
Powerful waterfall Gullfoss
And other beautiful natural wonders
Extended Golden Circle Day Tour
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
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
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
REMEMBER: If you want to stop on the way to take pictures. Then we stop with a smile.
Price: Prices are per tour not per person – up to 3 passengers
Please note we don’t provide extra passengers to fill up the 3 passenger quote, the tour is private to your group. If more than 3 passengers contact us for quote 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) Level: Easy Duration: 6 – 8 hours. Dates: All dates all year round NOTE: Short, easy walks on the sites visited. Recommended to dress warm because the weather in Iceland can change in the matter of minutes