Oxararfoss Pano

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 tumbles into a deep canyon. Europe’s largest waterfall takes centre stage on this photo adventure.

The golden circle day tour takes you on a very accessible trip around South West Iceland, with a special emphasis on photography. This tour is designed to get you to the best spots in your own time and in comfort with a professional photographer as your guide.

Golden Circle locations

The Golden Circle day tour heads straight out of Reykjavik into the Icelandic nature where some of the most interesting and amazing landscapes are in a short distance from each other. Our private photo tours are flexible and one2one photographic assistance is available.

Our Adventure packed photo tours make major stops at Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss. There are restaurants, shops and cafes at Gullfoss and Geysir, but this depends on day-time tours. As well as these well known locations we also make photo stops at some lesser known or hard to find waterfalls such as Faxi, Öxararfoss and Brúarfoss.

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 be witness to some beautiful rainbows.

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

Gullfoss waterfall Vertical Dawn

Þingvellir

The site of the worlds first parliament formed by Icelanders 1000 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.

  • 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 hanging rock for men.
  • Öxarárfoss Delight

    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 eruptions 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.

    Geysir

    1/2000 second shutter to catch flying droplets

    Faxi Waterfall

    This photo shows blooming Lupine at Faxifoss waterfall during the Summer.

    Seasons:Timings

    Running all year.

    Summer:

    Our private photo tours may start early afternoon in Summer. This trip may involve shooting through the night hours (20.00-02.00) and returning to Reykjavik early morning during Mid-Summer to get the best out of the midnight sun. (Tours will return to normal hours through August.)

    Winter:

    Regular morning starts from 07.30 – 09.30 for most of the Winter.

    Duration:

    8 hours (flexible)

    Private photo tour

    option 1

    These Golden circle day tours are run by our photo guide Bragi. This tour is private and you will spend the day with an experienced photographer. This guided tour is private and for up to 4 passengers and is suitable for all levels of photography skills, from a beginner to a professional photographer. Even if you are just taking photos on you smart phone we will give you advice on composition etc.

    Last but no least we can also offer the service of photographing you and your group during the day.

    Included

    • Pick-up and drop-off from Reykjavik hotels.
    • Everyone welcome.
    • All tours are flexible.
    • Pro photo guide

    Excluded

    • Entry Fees
    • Food & drinks

    What do I need to bring?
    Camera, phone, tripod and good spirit

    Private tours The price is for up to 4 passengers, if your group is larger than 4 please contact us.

    Duration:

    8 hours (flexible)


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    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event
    • 70% if booking is cancelled 5 days or less before event
    • 30% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event
    • No charge if booking is cancelled 8 days or less before event

    Private photo tour

    option 2

    Book a Golden Circle tour with our photo guide, Pall.  He will take you to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall and a few other locations. This guided tour is private and for up to 4 passengers.

    Included

    • Pick-up and drop-off from Reykjavik hotels.
    • Everyone welcome.
    • All tours are flexible.
    • Pro photo guide

    Excluded

    • Entry Fees
    • Food & drinks

    What do I need to bring?

    Bring clothes according to the weather and weather forecast, your camera with fully charged batteries, memory cards and a tripod.

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled a day or less before event
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    Golden Circle Sightseeing

    These Golden Circle sightseeing tours offer travellers the chance to explore some of Iceland’s most famous landmarks in a relaxing day tour. These easy paced tours are just a short drive from Reykjavik, so there is not too much travelling, just lots of interesting places to see.

    On offer are bus tours which will take you to the major sites for the lowest prices. Combo tours allow you to combine the Golden Circle with many other activities. Private tours, like our photo tours will allow you to spend more time at your favourite places.

    Golden Circle Private Tours

    Experience the Golden Circle on a private tour. This is a great way to explore Iceland’s national treasures in style. These sightseeing tours are run in SUV or SuperJeep. These Golden Circle sightseeing tours are arranged with the most expensive at the top.

    Superjeep Golden circle sightseeing tour

    SuperJeep

    SuperJeep

    At Thingvellir you will see how Iceland is very very slowly being pulled apart along the America /Eurasian tectonic plates. You will be able to see where the Vikings settlers formed the first parliament. At the Geysir you can see geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and colourful algae. The erupting Strokkur is one of the most powerful geysers in Iceland and erupts every 4-7 minutes. After visiting Europe’s largest waterfall at Gullfoss, we head off road in our Superjeeps: the ride will take you to the Langjökull Glacier through some rough terrain.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Golden Circle Bus Tours

    These Golden Circle bus tours are a great way to explore Iceland’s national treasures on a budget. These sightseeing tours are run in bus or minibus. The bus tours are arranged with the most expensive at the top.

    Erupting Geysir #Iceland

    Erupting Geysir

    Bus Travel Iceland

    BTI’s Golden Circle sightseeing tour covers the some of the best sights in Iceland, including Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. The trip circles from Reykjavík around South East Iceland and back.  This small group, bus tour is limited to 17 people to give you a luxury feel.

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

     

    Tour Highlights:

    • Thingvellir – the center of Icelandic history and the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic ridge.
    • Efstidalur farm – tasty farm products and friendly farm animals.
    • Geysir – Hot Spring Area with the erupting Strokkur which jets water 30 meters into the air every 4 – 10 minutes
    • Gullfoss (Golden Falls) – a waterfall with spectacular views of the forces and beauty of nature
    • Kerid – a striking crater-lake, believed to be a collapsed magma chamber around 6,000 years ago
    • We are always prepared for an extra stop to see Icelandic horses at the roadside. Free WiFi in the vehicle

    What’s included?

    • Professional guide
    • Entrance fees to Kerid
    Thingvellir National Park #Iceland

    Thingvellir National Park

    Gateway to Iceland

    On your vacation – why not experience the Golden Circle tour the relaxed way. Pick up is mid-morning, between 10:00 – 10:30 AM. We take you to see all the incredible natural beauty spots on the Golden Circle tour after the morning crowds have been and gone. To finish, we will visit a natural hot spring where you can relax in the 38-40°C pool, before we drive back to Reykjavik.

    • Duration: 9 hours
    • Difficulty : Very easy

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

    • Main Sights: – Þingvellir National Park – Gullfoss waterfall – Geysir hot spring – Haukadalur geothermal area – Secret Lagoon hot spring nature bath Available daily!
    • Our Golden Circle sightseeing tour visits 3 major locations; Thingvellir, site of the World’s first Parliament that met each year outdoors, beginning in 930 AD continuing until 1798.
    • We visit Europe’s largest waterfall, the beautiful Gullfoss and the geothermal fields at Geysir with a chance to get close to the erupting geyser, Strokkur. The last stop is the Secret Lagoon a geothermal nature bath.
    • An excellent sightseeing tour combining two of the best things Iceland has to offer, amazing locations and a warm geothermal bath (full facilities).

    What’s included?

    • Admission to the Secret Lagoon
    • Pickup and drop-off from designated bus stops and hotels
    • Professional and local driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Small-group tour (tour operated exclusively on minibuses with a maximum of 19 passengers)

    Exclusions

    • Food and drinks (available for purchase during stops)
    • Swimsuits and towels (possible to rent on site)

    Please note

    • Gateway to Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients. All departures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate; 4 adults.
    Premium Golden Circle sightseeing tour

    Premium Golden Circle

    Luxury minibus tours

    Our Premium Golden Circle tour starts with a stop at Þingvellir national park. This is a deeply historical location and home to the oldest parliament dating back to 930 AD. Thingvellir National Park is set in a dramatic lava landscape which includes the continental rift separating Europe and North America.

    • Duration: 7 hours
    • Difficulty : Very easy

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

    After our Golden Circle sightseeing adventure with its natural wonders, great food, historical and cultural experiences, you can relax and enjoy the drive back to Reykjavík under our panoramic roof.

    • First stop Thingvellir National Park. During your visit at Þingvellir you may come across Drekkingarhylur, the Drowning Pool and the hanging rock, both sites of execution.
    • Next is Gullfoss waterfall, where you can take as many photos as possible along the designated paths.
    • We visit Geysir – a geothermal wonderland where we see Strokkur erupt every few minutes. Don’t put your camera down, you could miss it.
    • Faxi waterfall is a hidden treasure in the Icelandic wilderness.
    • Icelandic Horse – get up close to the beautiful Icelandic Horse and take a selfie with them.
    • The final location is the old fishing village of Eyrarbakki.
    • After a fun filled day of the Golden Circle, natural wonders, exquisite food, historical trivia and cultural experiences, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride back to Reykjavík under our panoramic roof.

    Attention – Minimum passengers required for the tour to go ahead is 4 passengers.  

    What’s included?

    What’s Included in the price

    ·         Luxury Minibus / Maximum 16

    ·         Wifi / USB / power outlet

    ·         Pick Up / Drop Off from accommodation in Reykjavík

    ·         Tea/Coffee & Goodies

    ·         Expert driver guide

    Kerid volcanic crater lake

    Kerid volcanic crater lake

    Bus Travel Iceland

    The Grand Golden Circle is a sightseeing tour in the Southwest of Iceland. If you are only doing one tour in Iceland, this is the one.

    Highlights visited:

    • Geysir geothermal area
    • Gullfoss waterfall
    • Þingvellir National Park
    • Kerið volcanic crater (entrance fee included)
    • Faxi waterfall

    After the tour, we drop you off at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

     

    • At Geysir we get the chance to observe the Geyser Strokkur erupting in this geothermal area with many hot springs.
    • The immense waterfall at Gullfoss, is only 10 minutes from Geysir. The powerful river cascades in two steps into a deep canyon.
    • Þingvellir National Park is a wonderful geological site, located on the ridges of the North American and Eurasian continental plates. It’s also a historical place. It’s the home of the first parliament since 930. Þingvellir has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004.
    • Our sightseeing tour includes the volcanic crater lake at Kerið, and the Faxi Waterfall.

    What’s included?

    • National park entrance fee
    • WiFi
    • Bus fare

    Professional guide

    Entrance fees to Kerið Volcanic Crater

    Free WiFi

    Exclusions

    Pickup and dropoff

    Food and drinks

    Strokkur eruption at Geysir

    Strokkur eruption at Geysir

    Reykjavik Excursions

    This Golden Circle sightseeing bus tour is a day trip to see the famous Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss, the Golden Icelandic waterfall. We also visit Thingvellir National Park.

    The Geysir geothermal area has many hot springs, including the frequently erupting Strokkur – the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss you can stand next to the powerful waterfall tumble into a deep gorge.

    Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance.In an afternoon you encounter a selection of Iceland’s natural wonders.

    Tour duration: 12:30 – 18:00

    Please note

    Guidance

    • 10:30 English: Daily (all year)
    • 10:30 Spanish: Monday and Thursday (all year)
    • 12:30 English: Daily (all year) 
    • 12:30 Scandinavian (either Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) : Thursdays & Sundays (all year) 
     

    Cancellation policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

    What’s included?

    • Bus fare
    • Professional local guidance
    • Free Wi-Fi 

    Exclusions

    • Food & drinks
     

    Please note

    Guidance

    • 10:30 English: Daily (all year)
    • 10:30 Spanish: Monday and Thursday (all year)
    • 12:30 English: Daily (all year) 
    • 12:30 Scandinavian (either Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) : Thursdays & Sundays (all year) 

    What do I need to bring?

    • Remember to dress according to weather
    • Warm clothes, waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes are recommended
    • We recommend bringing thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves, and wearing warm socks for colder

    Golden Circle Combo Tours

    Combine the Golden Circle with a fun Nature Activity. This is a great way to explore Iceland’s national treasures in style. These sightseeing combo tours are usually run in minibus. These Golden Circle sightseeing combos are arranged with the most expensive at the top.

    Golden Circle Combos

    Below are a selection of golden circle sightseeing tours combined with other activities.

    Book a sightseeing tour of the Golden Circle with our travel partners

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    Why book with us?

    1. Established 2010 – at the same time as the Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic eruption
    2. All our guides are experienced photographers and tour operators.  They are fully licensed and registered with the Icelandic Tourist board.
    3. We are connected to many other Iceland tour companies, so we can really tailor your tour to suit your needs.
    4. Our bespoke service will cater to your transport and hotel needs.
    5. All our Winter photo tours provide micro-spike style crampons for slippery surfaces.

    Volcano - crater eruption 2010