Golden Circle Iceland
Iceland's Golden Circle allows visitors to discover the natural splendour of this island nation with a set path between several major attractions. Along the way be amazed by the natural phenomena bursting into the sky and check out how the tectonic plates are ripping the ground apart. Take to the road to discover the country’s best sights on your trip.
A road trip to Iceland’s best sights
The Golden Circle connects three main rural attractions - Geysir, Thingvellir and Gullfoss - with plenty of stunning panoramas and other stop-offs along the way.
Geysir can refer to any number of geysers in the country, but it originates from a fountain in the southwest that spurts water over 200 feet in the air about twice each year. The area is abundant with these incredible water displays, including nearby Strokkur which erupts with streams of up to 100 feet every few minutes.
Thingvellir, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is found northwest of Reykjavik in Iceland's interior. This park covers the breath-taking area of a fissure zone, where the tectonic plates are moving away from each other, leaving a ravine. This is one of the most visited places in the country as it is perfect for hiking, sightseeing and even scuba diving. In 800 AD a large rock formation in Thingvellir was the meeting place for the national Parliament, meaning there is also much history here for those wishing to uncover it.
Gullfoss presents travellers with another wondrous natural sight - a 105-foot double waterfall. The mist around Gullfoss creates a magical atmosphere, creating rainbows in sunlight, and the waterfalls even dazzle in wintertime, when much of the water freezes.
Visitors who have travelled Iceland's Golden Circle or are just about to start their journey have the perfect place to do so at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik. Don’t want to drive? Ask about the tour operators that will pick you up and take you to see all that the area has to offer.