Photo bus day tours

Golden Circle Tours

Home » Tours & Activities » Day Tours » Golden Circle Tours

Iceland’s National Treasures

Feel the scale of Iceland’s political history at Þingvellir, then enjoy the anticipation as you wait for a geyser eruption at Geysir, where the hot springs blow. Experience the trembling Gullfoss as countless gallons of glacier melt water tumble into a deep canyon. Europe’s largest waterfall takes centre stage on this photo adventure.

The Golden Circle Tour takes you on a very accessible trip around South West Iceland, with great photography locations. This famous, Icelandic day tour runs regularly throughout the year. This photo guide to the Golden Circle will help you book the right tour.

How much does a Golden Circle tour cost?

Generally, you can expect to spend around €80–100 for a single-day minibus tour. This will take in all the main sights, such as the Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir national park. For a private tour, the cost can go up to €1500 and more, although you can spend more time at the locations you prefer.

Photo Tours

These Golden Circle tours are perfect for anyone interested in photography. Touring with a professional photographer is a great way to explore Iceland’s national treasures. The experienced guides know Iceland very well. They can help you with your photography and take photos of you in Icelandic nature. These private photo tours include Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. This is a private tour for up to 4 people, and we only use comfortable 4×4 Jeeps to show you the breathtaking beauty of the Golden Circle.


  • Photo Guide
  • Wifi onboard
  • Pick-up / Drop-off
  • 8 hours (approx)

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel before 24 hours for a full refund

Private Tours

Private tours allow more time at your favourite places. Touring with a professional guide is a great way to explore Iceland’s Golden Circle. The local guides know Iceland very well. These private photo tours include all the top locations at your own pace. These private dy tours use comfortable 4×4 Jeeps to show you the breathtaking beauty of the Golden Circle.


  • Private Guide
  • SUV or Jeep
  • Pick-up / Drop-off
  • 8 hours (approximate)

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel before 24 hours for a full refund

Minibus Tours

These Golden Circle tours are a great way to explore Iceland’s national treasures on a budget. These sightseeing tours are run by bus or minibus. Their small group policy makes them suitable for travel photographers. These tours depart from Reykjavik and include Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss waterfalls.

Golden Circle Combinations

The following Golden Circle tours include other activities. This makes for a great day of touring and activities. These tours depart from Reykjavik and include the main Golden Circle locations.

Silfra Dive

The Silfra gorge is between continental plates. It is one of the top freshwater dive sites in the world.  The dive takes place in Thingvellavatn, in Thingvellir National Park. 

Golden Circle & Snowmobile

These tours combine the Golden Circle with snowmobiling on Langijokull Glacier. The snowmobiles depart from Gullfoss waterfall and can be booked separately HERE

Secret Lagoon

These tours combine the Golden Circle with a trip to one of Iceland’s oldest thermal pools, which used to be ‘Secret’.   

Blue Lagoon

These tours combine the Golden Circle with a trip to Europe’s most expensive bathing pool. Despite the hype, the Blue Lagoon is a must do on any weekend break. 

Golden Circle Locations

Oxararfoss at Thingvellir
Oxararfoss at Thingvellir

Þingvellir National Park

The site of the world’s first parliament was formed by Icelanders 1,000 years ago. It is also the site where we can see Europe and America physically drifting away from each other. Politically or geologically, this place makes you think of the Iceland of the Sagas and the Europe of the future. Þingvellir National Park is a UNESCO site.

  • If you walk between the continental plates, you will be able to see and photograph a beautiful waterfall called Öxarárfoss.
  • At Þingvellir, you can visit sites of execution, such as the drowning pool for women and the hanging rock for men.
Gullfoss Waterfall Golden Circle Tour

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss is Europe’s largest waterfall complex and offers many unique photographic opportunities, depending on access. The best times to visit are 06.00 in the summer and 13.30 in the winter. If you are lucky enough to have direct sun at these times, visitors can witness some beautiful rainbows.

During mid-winter, any light can be amazing and well worth suffering the arctic blast for amazing views of the waterfall.

Geyser at Geysir

Catching the erupting Geyser is a lot of fun, but getting the best results requires having the time to see several eruptions and experiment with different techniques.

Geysir is the home of the original geyser and a smaller geyser called Strokkur. Although Geysir doesn’t erupt very often, his little brother Strokkur should erupt several times during your visit. This is fun and exciting nature photography at the heart of our Golden Circle tour. The area also offers many other beautiful hot spring features and multi-coloured geothermal pools.

1/2000-second shutter to catch flying droplets. Click to order a print online!

Faxi Waterfall

Faxi Waterfall

This photo shows blooming lupine at Faxifoss waterfall during the summer.

Aurora Borealis (northern lights)
Northern Lights Iceland photo location

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a light phenomenon that occurs as a result of solar winds reaching earth’s outer atmosphere…

Svartifoss Waterfall – East Iceland
Svartifoss waterfall

Svartifoss waterfall is one of many Icelandic waterfalls that falls through a basalt column amphitheatre. The dark basalt is what gives Svartifoss…

Mount Vestrahorn & Stokksnes
vestrahorn mountain

Vesturhorn mountain has historical significance and has Natural Beauty. Vestrahorn Mountain is best viewed from Stokksnes, drive out towards the radar station…

Jökulsárlón & Diamond Beach
Iceland glacier lake

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a large iceberg lake that connects with the North Atlantic and volcanic, black sand beaches. These beaches…

Reykjanes Peninsula Day Tours
Indian rock lake kleifarvatn

Experience the beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula, one of the most fascinating areas in Iceland, with a day tour from Reykjavik. This…

Golden Circle Tours
Photo bus day tours

The Golden Circle tour is a nicely paced, adventure filled, photo tour in South West Iceland. The tour visits Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall…

Volcano Tour
Crater eruption

The rumbling of thunder amidst the veil of thick black ash plumes puts things into perspective for you. Maybe we feel the…

Plan a Self-Drive Iceland Tour
Pink sky at Jokulsarlon

One of the cheapest ways to experience the incredible nature of Iceland is to rent a car and drive yourself. Your hire…

Multi-Day Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Summer night photo tours

Multi-day Iceland Tours with erupting geysers, waterfalls & sea cliffs & then stay in a fishing village waiting for auroras on…

South Iceland Multi-Day Tours
Iceland glacier lake

A multi-day tour of South Iceland will give you incredible photo opportunities. The South coast is rich with, glacier ice, towering waterfalls…