Small Group Golden Circle Tour with Kerið Crater and Friðheimar Farm
Visit Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss in style in one of our premium day tours, run exclusively in small groups of no more than 18 people.
The Golden Circle is a “must-do” experience in Iceland. We take you to the three most visited natural nature attractions in the southern part of Iceland, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area and Þingvellir National Park – and add, exclusively at this tour, a visit to the colourful crater Kerið and the Friðheimar horse and tomato farm.
This small group guarantee Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik combines fragile nature, saga, powerful geothermal wonders. The tour is simply for everyone, whether you are young or elderly, active or easy-going, nature or history lover. On the trip, you experience some of the highlights in Iceland when we drive along glacial rivers and beautiful landscapes. Your trip to Iceland won’t be completed without a visit to those sites.
But we also take our time to observe the lesser mention but still beautiful places and nature and cultural treasures.
The tour guides are local experts that know the area like the back of their hands and are storytellers at heart. Being a small group guarantee tour we can assure you that the tour guide has time for all the questions from each participant.
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- NO BOOKING FEES
- FAST & SECURE PAYMENT
- Kerið volcanic crater (entrance fee included)
- Friðheimar farm; greenhouse culture & Icelandic horse
- Geysir geothermal area
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park
Our small group day tour to the Golden Circle begins with our fast and efficient pick up service. You simply need to wait at your hotel or at one of the designated pick up points and let us take care of the rest. Once we have all our guests we will set off from the city and journey to our first major destination.
Kerið volcanic crater will be the first stop we make. Kerid was formed during volcanic eruption some 6500 years. It is one of many crater lakes located in this area. It’s vivid colours and stunning landscape have made it a popular place to visit. Rough walking paths on the crater rim and down to the crater lake it self allow you to explore this stunning phenomenon.
Our next stop after Kerid is a family run farm called Friðheimar. Located near the geothermal town of Flúðir, the unique farm Fridheimar is both known for it’s greenhouses and the pure breed Icelandic horses. The owners have combined their compassion of Horticulture with active breeding programs for the Icelandic horse. The pure breed Icelandic horse is known for its diversity of gaits, coat colors, strength, health and good spirit. You will be invited to the stable where you get a presentation about the horse and a one horse show of the gaits. Coffee and tea is included while you enjoy the experience.
At Friðheimar greenhouse you will get a guides tour to get an insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture in Iceland to get a better understanding how we manage to grow vegetables in cold climate by creating Mediterranean conditions all year around. The Atrium also includes an exhibition about the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture. The tour ends with a taste of some greenhouse grown fresh tomatoes and a reserved table for a true food experience for the once that want to enjoy a good organic lunch straight from the farm, in a unique environment.
Our next stop is the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, meaning the Golden waterfall. Gullfoss is a grandiose waterfall that drops a stunning 32m over two stages into a 70 m deep canyon. It’s alimented by glacial waters coming from the nearby icecap Langjökull. The river has worked it’s way through the earth layers and sculpted the impressive canyon and the drops of the falls. Hiking paths take you to the waterfall on two levels so you both get a great overview of the whole area and to get up close and personal and feel the power from the water on your own skin.
Geysir Geothermal Area
After the waterfall we will make our way to the Geysir Geothermal area. The area gets its name from one of it’s hotspring called “Great Geysir” that used to be extremely active and did lend it’s name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir itself is no longer able to erupt without assistance, but his younger partner, Strokkur has taken over the show and spouts hot water and steam some 20 meters up in the air every 5 to 10 minuits. The process of the eruption is simply spectacular! Walking paths keep you safe exploring the area so you are good with taking in all the wonderful geothermal features; the steam vents, hot pools, bright and variated colours and bubbling pits while you breath the unique sulphuric smell.
Thingvellir National Park
The last stop on our tour is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where you walk in the footsteps of the Vikings, between the two continents. Thingvellir is not only Iceland’s first National park but has also been declaired a UNESCO World Heritage for it’s great historical and geological importance. This is where the history of the nation truly began when they established their first parliament which now is the oldest running parliament in the world. Thousands of people gathered at Althingi (an open air assembly) once a year to speak of affairs, strike, deals, settle disputes, form alliances, make and amend law and have a good time. It was a true centre of life in Iceland from it’s establishment in 930 and until it was moved to Reykjavík in 1798.
Thingvellir is not less appreciated for it’s geological importance where as it sits in a so-called rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The tectonic plates are drifting in opposite direction at the average rate of 2 cm per year creating a dramatic landscape of big open crevasses and land subsidence.
After a good walk in the National park we head back to Reykjavik.
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees to Kerid
- Guided tour at Friðheimar farm; greenhouses and stables
- Tomato tasting at the greenhouse
- Coffee/tea at stables
- Reserved table at Fridheimar for optional lunch
- Drinks and food during the tour
What do I need to bring
- Warm clothing and good shoes
- The duration of the tour is 8 hours
- There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food
- The tour includes a reserved table for lunch at Fridheimar greenhouse restaurant
- 1-day notice: 100% charge
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|Type of Tour||100% Refund||90% Refund||50% Refund||25% Refund||No Refund|
|Day Tours||+24 Hours||0-23 Hours|
|Multi Day Tours (1-8 Passengers)||+28 Days||7-27 Days||2-6 Days||0-47 Hours|
|56 Days||28-55 Days||7-27 Days||0-6 Days|
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December 6th 2017