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Free

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Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Golden Circle is a very popular, 190-mile-long tourist route that runs by Thingvellir National Park; the 105-foot dual cascading waterfall Gullfoss (Golden Falls); and the geothermal Haukadalur valley's Strokkur, a geyser that gushes water 60 to 100 feet into the air every five minutes; among other attractions.

According to recent visitors, the Golden Circle, which sits in South Iceland about 25 miles away from Reykjavik, is a can't-miss part of Iceland, even on a rainy day. But public transportation does not travel to the region, so plan on hiring a car or joining an organized tour. Past travelers recommend companies like Gray Line Iceland and Reykjavik Excursions.

The Golden Circle is free to visit 24 hours a day, but select sights (like Kerid, a volcanic crater) charge an entrance fee. If you decide to sign up for a guided tour, expect to pay at least 8,516 Icelandic króna ($82) per person. Complimentary parking is provided at all attractions; most also have restrooms, gift shops and quick-service eateries. Check out Visit South Iceland's website to find out more about the Golden Circle's natural wonders.

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