The Ultimate Vacation Guide to Golden Circle Tour and Nine Popular Detours

If you ever hear about excursions in the Iceland, then you are likely to hear people talk about travel around the Golden Circle. It always brims the travel list of those that love tripping and is a highlight on the website of every travel organizer. All sites are spectacular and unique in their own way. The best thing is that from Reykjavik, it only takes two hours to reach each of the spots hence you can visit all the three together in one day. Here are the top nine detours and ultimate guide simplified.

The Nine Detours

  1. Geothermal Baths of Fontana
  2. Kerid Crater
  3. Secret Lagoon
  4. Langjokull glacier
  5. Freidheimar Horse and tomato farm
  6. Hvita River
  7. Eco Village of Solheimar
  8. Thjorsardalur Valley
  9. Skalholt
  • National Park of Thingvellir

Almannagja Thingvellir

Thingvellir Park

Usually there are many organizers that make National Park of Thingvellir the last stop. However, this location is dearest to Most Icelanders mainly because of its contribution to the history. This place is also one of the places that is tremendously important and forms a part of the Golden Circle tour which is held by tour operators like through Golden Circle Private Tours.  This is one of the heritage sites of UNESCO, has incredible geology and visitors learn about democratic roots and earth processes. The trip is held in Mercedes luxury SUV or SuperJeeps that can accommodate a up to 7 persons.

Super jeep glacier

  • Geothermal Area of Geysir


If Thingvellir was your first stop then this Geothermal Area of Geysir shall be your second stop. It takes fifty minutes to reach the place. Moreover, you are likely to find chimneys and steaming vents dotted alongside that are concentrated notably in Laugarvatn village. The volcanic activity only gets more intense on this stop of the Golden Circle Tour.  

  • Waterfall of Gullfoss


One of the most spectacular waterfalls has to be the waterfall of Gullfoss and is ten minutes away from Geysir. It is located in an ancient, plunging valley whereby the falls tumble down. It is not just breathtakingly powerful but on a sunny and rainy day you shall find rainbow thrown across, adding magnificence and drama.

The nine detours

The very famous and popular nine detours include the following:

  1. Geothermal Baths of Fontana: These Geothermal baths open out onto lake where you can feel rising warm water tongues from the surface between the toes. Wading is also possible. It is located in Laugarvatn town.
  2. Kerid Crater: This crate formed some six thousand years ago, is oval completely and has a lake in the bottom.
  3. Secret Lagoon: This is considered the oldest pool for swimming whereby temperature fluctuates between forty to thirty eight degrees Celsius, because of hot natural springs draining their water.
  4. Langjokull glacier: this glacier is mostly popular for snowmobiling and offers fantastic views.
  5. Freidheimar Horse and tomato farm: this place is perfect as a stopover for delicious lunch where you can enjoy the break that is home cooked and tomato soup.
  6. Hvita River: If you love rafting then you can go for it here on this stunning river that also offers opportunities for kayaking.
  7. Eco Village of Solheimar: This settlement nests in nature seamlessly and comprises of everything that visitors can need.
  8. Thjorsardalur Valley: this valley is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls like Thijofafoss, Haifoss, Hjaparposs and Granni.
  9. Skalholt: This historical town is the first town of Iceland and has a cathedral that is worth visiting.