The tour is called the Golden Circle because of Gullfoss (golden waterfall) seen on this tour. It falls 32 meters into a 80 meter deep canyon. Other sights are the Thingvellir National Park with the Tectonic Rift, and the American and Eurasian Rift Zone which is known as Unesco Cultural World Heritage Site. The geysir geothermal area and the active spouting spring Strokkur are also included.
Prepare for a long day ahead on this tour and do not forget to take something to snack and drink. We drive past most of the sights of southern Iceland. Visible are waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss. The tour continues into the area of the Vatnajökull Plato Glacier, which is Europe's largest at around 8000 square kilometers. The glacier is hidden behind the mountains like a small remnant of the Little Ice Age. Arriving at the glacier lagoon, a natural spectacle should take place where the calving icebergs of the glacier swim visibly in the more than 240 meters deep lagoon and give the example of the Icelandic nature and landscape.
Return to Reykjavik is late at night and you should expect a 14 to 15 hour tour.
The Reykjanes peninsula is a tourist attraction that is a secret tip for many travelers. The pristine nature of the peninsula with the lunar landscape of Lake Kleifarvatn and the Seltún geothermal area are an example of the diversity of an Icelandic nature. The area is very young on a geological scale. At a depth of one thousand meters the groundwater is more than 150 degrees Celsius. The Svartsengi geothermal power plant near the fishing village of Grindavík with the Blue Lagoon is an example of how Icelanders use their geothermal energy. On the south side of the peninsula you will find the mud springs Gunnuhverir and the rocky coast Reykjanesviti where old volcanic cores washed by the sea surf are. Further north is the bridge over the continents where you can cross over from the European continental plate to America within a few seconds.
Snorkelling and diving experiences are very different in the north of the Atlantic than in warm regions. Also, the seabed around Iceland is mostly black because of black ash or dark lava rocks. The most popular snorkel and dive site in Iceland is the Silfra fissure where you can snorkel and dive in the Rift System of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the continental plate of America and the continental plate of Eurasia. The dive suits for the Silfra fissure are mostly drysuits that provide insulation from the water, which is about 2 degrees Celsius. But you can also snorkel in freediving wetsuits. In the Silfra fissure you have up to 100 visibility in clear water where you can explore the lava cracks of the Thingvellir National Park. We offer bookings for tours in Silfra. Additionally we also offer snorkeling experiences for beginners at Nauthólsvík beach where you can often see sand eels, jellyfish and sea algae. Snorkelling gear and wetsuits provided.
Iceland is often called the Land of the Falls. On the south coast of Iceland you can see numerous waterfalls. Like the 65 meter high Seljarlandsfoss and the 62 meter high Skógarfoss. Besides that, you are in the area of many active volcanoes. Iceland is said to be no bigger due to the Rift Zone but because of the many active volcanoes below the Great Glacier to the south. An active volcano is located below the Mýrdals Glacier and Sólheimjökull strides down from Mýrdalsjökull. In the 1918 eruption, quantities of sediment descended to the coast and filled it up.
The Northern Light Season starts in early September and ends in end of March since the can only be seen during Iceland’s dark season. The tour starts in the evening and end after midnight. We have scheduled bus tours and private tours. Keep in mind that you should bring clothing for winter season with temperatures ranging from 0 C to -15 C on average. The warmest months during the season are to the beginning and the end which can be better for people sensitive to the cold. For camera equipment, you should bring a camera with professional or semiprofessional manual functions and a tripod for long exposures. Please note that Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon that forms when the solar wind collides with the earth’s atmosphere and viewings are common but cannot be guaranteed.
This tour of Iceland takes you to many natural spectacles such as waterfalls, volcanoes and an area which is known for mystical tales below the Snæfellsnes glacier that is known as the entrance to the center of the earth. Even though its a long day tour, its well worth it. Places that are visited may include: Gerðuberg basalt columns, Leynifoss Waterfall, Grundafjörður fishing village, Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, Saxhóll volcano, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach and Arnarstapi ocean cliff. ‘
This tour is short tour from Reykjavik where three Game of Thrones filming locations are visited. The first is Þórufoss waterfall where in Season 4 the dragon roasted a herd of sheep. Next there is a visit Thingvellir where the canyon near Öxaráfoss was used in Season 4 as the Bloody Gate. Thingvellir is known for its natural beauty as a UNESCO world heritage site, a national park and the rift zone between the two continent. Driving alongside the lake Þingvallavatn we arrive close to the Nesjavallavirkjun geothermal power station. On top of the mountain pass south of Nesjavellir the third filming location is visited where Brian fought Arya who is being guarded by Hound.
This tour involves a lot of beautiful scenery and in duration 3 to 4 hours.
Our guides speak English and German.
KATRINA PRUNNER – REISVERANSTALTER, ist ein online Reisebüro wo Island Touren mit deutschsprachiger Reiseleitung gebucht werden können. Auf Deutsch bieten wir an: die Reykjavik Stadtführungen, so wie Baden im Meer und Schnorcheln. Auch Gruppentouren auf dem goldenen Kreis. Ebenso wie: Südküste und Polarlichtabenteuer und individuelle Touren mit Fahrerführer.
KATRINA PRUNNER - TOUR OPERATOR, is an online travel service where Iceland tours with English-speaking tour guides can be booked. In English, we offer: the Reykjavík city tours, such as the Reykjavík walking tour, swimming in the sea and snorkelling. Even group tours on the golden circle. Just like: South coast and Northern Lights adventure and individual tours with a driver.