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 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

Gullfoss waterfall in Winter Iceland

Þingvellir National Park

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. 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 hanging rock for men.
Oxararfoss at Thingvellir

Oxararfoss at Thingvellir

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 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.


1/2000 second shutter to catch flying droplets

Faxi Waterfall

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

Photo Tours

This Golden Circle day tour is run by the pro-photographer team at ArcticShots.  These professional photo-guides love sharing their Iceland secrets and photo techniques.  The tours run all year and include pick-up from Reykjavik and surrounding area.  Click the image below to check prices and book.

Golden Circle Photo tour

Golden Circle Sightseeing Tours

These Golden Circle 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. These day tours include Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. They can be booked via Viator – just click on the image. A small commission helps to support this website.