The super jeep golden circle tour takes you on this classic one day journey into the heart of Iceland. Here you will see waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers and historically significant places. We will ensure you will escape the crowds and experience something completely unique by going off the beaten track and include time in the wilderness as well.
Starting at Gullfoss Waterfall, the day will start with a bit of driving. Gullfoss Waterfall is a magnificent two-tiered waterfall with a 32-meter plunge and is renowned for its untamed beauty, particularly in the summer when the water flow is at its greatest and the snow and ice have melted. The waterfall can be explored by guests by strolling along the walkways and viewing platforms, which provide breath-taking views of the gushing water and surrounding scenery.
A short drive from Gullfoss, the hot spring area of Geysir is the next stop. Geysir, a geothermal area with a variety of hot springs, mud pots, and geysers, is situated in the Haukadalur valley. Geysir, a well-known geyser that has been dormant for many years but still draws tourists to the region, inspired the name of the region. Yet the adjacent Strokkur geyser, which erupts every few minutes and shoots hot water up to 40 meters into the air, is one of the world’s most active geysers.
To explore the geothermal area and get up close to the boiling mud pools and hissing steam vents, visitors can stroll along the boardwalks and pathways.
We will venture off the beaten track and explore the scenic canyon Brúarárskörð. The river Brúará flows from the Rótarsandur sand dunes through the Brúarárskörð canyon, which is situated between the Rauðafell and Högnhöfði mountains. This canyon is the longest and most magnificent canyon in Golden Circle area and is about 3–4 km long. The canyon was carved out by the river through layers of loose sedimentary rock.
Brúará River runs into a long, narrow gap in the center of the river bed on the level terrain. There is a footbridge there now, but there used to be a natural bridge that the cook at the bishopric of Skálholt is claimed to have destroyed in 1602, during a difficult period for the nation. He tried to discourage people from coming to Skálholt and begging for food, but shortly after, he drowned in the river.
Last, but not least, we will visit the Thingvellir National Park. The national park is situated in a beautiful rift valley, which is a result of the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. By trekking along the numerous hiking paths that provide beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, Lake Thingvallavatn, the rift canyon Almannagjá and the charming waterfall Öxarárfoss.
The park is a significant historical location since the Althing, Iceland’s first parliament, was founded there in 930 AD. The original assembly site’s remains can be explored by anyone who are interested in learning more about Iceland’s intriguing past. The park serves as an important conservation area because it is also home to a wide variety of plants and animals.
Pick up at 08:30 from your hotel, guesthouse or the nearby bus stop in Reykjavík.
Includes: Pick up & drop off, the Arctic Trucks vehicle and a guide.
Trip Duration: 10 hours.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, good shoes, snacks for the day and your camera.
Meals: No meals are included on this tour, we stop at Efstidalur farm or Geysir cafe around lunch time.
Itinerary. We reserve the right to amend itineraries and routing if needed due to safety, weather and/or current road conditions etc.