The great introduction to Iceland
Prices from 245,-USD
This is a must-do tour for first-time visitors. Experience the three most famous and beautiful sights of Iceland. Visit the world’s first eco-village. And walk in the footsteps of Noah and Game of Thrones.
We go before the crowds wake up and enjoy the beauty of Iceland with no stress.
Photographs from this tour
Departures 2016-17: All Days
Duration: 10 – 11 hrs
Adult – 245,- USD
Youth (5-17 yrs.) – 200,- USD
Hiking level: Easy
Min/Max Passengers: Min 4 / Max 12
What to bring: Warm clothing, good shoes, bottle of water, snacks, camera.
- Thingvellir National park – UNESCO Heritage
- Europes oldest eco-village
- Lava caving
Get away from the masses
We will rise and shine with the birds early in the morning, and drive out of Reykjavik when the other tourists are still fast asleep. As soon as we are out of town you will see lava fields unfold and grand mountains rising on the horizon – all shaped by powerful forces of nature.
Thingvellir & the tectonic plates
Our first stop is the famous and beautiful Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO Heritage site. The scenery here is amazing no matter the weather! We’ll get a close look at how the tectonic plates work as we follow the footsteps of Game of Thrones into the rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian plate. Thingvellir is also where the first settlers of Iceland founded the world’s oldest parliament Althingi in the year 930. So this place has a special meaning to all Icelanders. It now also has a special meaning to all Game of Thrones fans as several scenes from season 4 were shot here and all around the area.
Next stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss, carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest waterfall in Europe and some of our guests even say that it’s more amazing than the Niagara falls! Judge for yourself whilst you enjoy the midst of glacial water on your face.
Then we continue to the geysers area with the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Here we’ll see the lively geyser Strokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes reaching a height of up to 30 meters. And we’ll also have a look at the other geothermal features around it: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other mini-geysers. It’s a unique place to see and hear how Mother Earth is alive!
We continue through green farmland passing the famous grassing Icelandic horses and sheep, towards the world’s first eco-village: Solheimar, founded in 1930. It is sustainable and self-sufficient, offering a creative and peaceful environment to people with special needs. Here we will eat an organic lunch and hear more about this wonderful, peaceful place.
We finish our adventure underground exploring an ancient lava-cave and magical fairy tale world underneath the rugged lava field. This cave has served as film location for Noah.
Then we head back to Reykjavik with our cameras and minds loaded with beautiful scenery and powerful forces of nature.
The Golden Circle Tour is the most famous tour to do in Iceland. With increased tourism, it is also the busiest tourist route. This is why we have had a 3-year break. However, the sights are too beautiful to be missed, so we are now reintroducing the tour, with that Goecco vibe we are so famous for.
Pick up will be from Hallgrim’s Church by the statue of the great explorer: Leifur Erikson. We meet at 6:45 – and depart at 7:00. This is a central pick up for most locations down town.
Dont take our word for it, here are few Tripadvisor comments.
Have just arrived back from an amazing action packed day with Jonas at Go Eco tours!
If you want to see lots, the golden tour will likely tick all your boxes, if you want to actually experience some of the best of Iceland stripped back to nature, I highly recommend this small company with there knowledgable and friendly guide giving a very personal tour.
We visited secluded ancient caves, bathed in geothermic pools, saw the planet breathing and erupting through its geysers and one of the most incredible arctic waterfalls! All off the beaten track,These places are seriously remote and unspoilt natural wonders, other than a handful of people at the geyser our group didn’t see other tourists all day…
The day finished with adventure as a forecasted storm came in a good 6 hours ahead of schedule leaving us stranded (along with many others) in a white out, an I’m talking extreme weather!
Our guide kept a cool head and stayed focused driving us to safety and some hours later after sitting the worst of a weather out at a nice place, safely home (Jonas, even rescuing a young couple from well over 100mph blizzard, stranded in their hire car, on the way) The tour is not cheap but you most definitely get your money’s worth!
Bear in mind if you are going to do a tour in the arctic winter you don’t want to be faint-hearted when it comes to very changeable weather conditions, but I put my complete faith in these guys experience and they delivered!
This made our trip one to remember for a lifetime
Visited January 12, 2014