The Must-Do-Golden-Circle-Tour

 

 

golden circle private tourIf it is your first time in Iceland the Golden Circle is a must-do. This tour will take you to the 3 famous icons: Thingvellir, Gullfoss, and Geysir. You have not been to Iceland till you have seen these 3.

You will see there are many variations of this tour. With Goecco you get to create your own version.

We’ll help you find an add-on that fits your holiday plans.

Whether you want to go Snowmobiling, Fishing, Bathing, Snorkeling in Silfra, do a thrilling River Jet tour, go Horseback Riding,
or enjoy a Lobster Feast

We can make it happen! 

 

 

 

A Day of Highlights

We’ll visit Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall 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 mist of glacial water on your face. Golden Circle Private Day Tour

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!

Our last 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.

 

The Twist

Add some of these activities to your tour extra special. Pick and choose what you like! Denpending on length of activity the basic tour price might change.

Horseback riding:

At Laxnes Horse Farm in Mosfellsbær. Duration 1,5-2 hours. Price 11.900 ISK per person.

At Eldhestar in Hverdagerði. “Countryside Charm, 1,5 hour”. Price 8.000 ISK per person (6.400 for children).

 Snowmobiling on Langjökull:

Price for single rider: 49.900 ISK
Price for double rider: 25.500 IS

Note: If children (younger than 18 years) on the tour book as double-rider. Children under the age of 6 cannot join.

Fontana Spa:

Price: Adults, 17, and over: 3.800 ISK Youth, 13-16 years: 2.000 ISK Children 0-12 years: FREE

Secret Lagoon:

Price: Adults: 2.800 ISK Children, 14, and younger: FREE (only with parents)

Friðheimar:

Price for soup buffet, coffee & water:
Adult: 2.390 ISK
Children under 12 years: 1.195 ISK
Younger than 6 years: FREE

River Jet:

Price: Adult: 14.900 ISK Children 8-15 years: 8.900 ISK

Snorkelling in Silfra:

Price: 15.990 ISK

Lobster Feast:

 Menu “Langoustine Feast” (lobster soup, langoustine and creme brûlée).

Price: Without wine pairing: 10.990 ISK With wine pairing: 18.490 ISK

 

DAY 1 – Golden Circle 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. Next stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall 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!

Northern Lights

Every evening we’ll explore the cold winter night and if the conditions are good we will watch out for the Northern Lights, which are often seen right above this area. But it is always up to Mother Nature and the Pagan Gods if they want to put up a show for us… 

Then it’s time to rest before the next day of glacier and ice caving adventure.


Day 2 – Ice caving and glacier hiking 

We rise and shine early to enjoy the breakfast and a morning brief. Then we hit the road, ready for a day full of adventure. Today we’ll explore the mysterious and stunning Vatnajökull glacier inside out! Europe’s largest glacier – with its gigantic blocks of ice, layers of volcanic dust capsule within the ice and its breathtaking blue ice caves of Skaftafell National Park. And of course the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon with its ever-changing icebergs and seals playing in the cold water.

Ice Caving

Our 4×4 truck will work hard through the lunar landscape and chew its way through rocks, ice and snow to get us there. This is where it will make sense to you why we don’t recommend self-driving in Iceland! 

Depending on the conditions of the day and how far we can drive we will do a short hike up to the ice cave. All our guides are specially trained so listen carefully to their safety instructions and always wear your helmet. Once you enter the ice cave you’ll see that it’s simply a once in a lifetime experience in one of the wonders of the world. It’s like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral with tones of white, blue.  The ice caves are natural structures come and go with the seasons. They are being born in the Summer from the massive pressure of glacial melt-water and can only be accessed in the winter when they empty. That is why the caves are never the same. The first famous cave we found, also known as The Crystal Ice Cave in Skaftafell National Park collapsed years ago. Our ice cave guides find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier and other glaciers each season.As ice caving has become the no. 1 popular thing to do in Iceland, you must expect other people in the ice caves especially around national holidays. All images you see on our website are shot on our tours the past seasons. However, ice caves change every season and are reborn with the meltwater from the Summer season, so the ice caves will NOT be exactly like the images you see here. The images can only be used as a guide. We just have to wait and see what Mother Nature makes for us each season.  Glacier Lagoon

We also stop the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon and a famous film location for Hollywood movies fx James Bond (Die Another Day and A View to Kill). Here you see the ever-changing icebergs in white and blue in the ice cold lagoon – on most days we see seals and birds playing in the water. We will also go to the glacier beach, which we think is actually cooler than the lagoon. Here you can touch the ancient icebergs and shoot amazing up-close photographs. And if you bring whiskey we have ice!

Please note that sailing at the lagoon is not included in the tour and is only possible till the lagoon freezes over. Set foot on the largest glacier in Europe We’ll put on our ice spikes, helmets and grab an ax to do a short glacier walk, which is a mind-blowing experience. You’ll really feel the forces of nature when you walk on the ancient ice, look into deep crevasses, and listen to the sounds of the glacier.

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will like this part of the tour, as this part of the glacier was used in the HBO TV-show Game of Thrones. You will now find yourself beyond the Wall with White Walkers and Wildlings lurking around…

We do an easy hike that everyone can take part in just to get a feel of the glacier. Again listen to the guide, listen to nature and listen carefully to the safety instructions.


Day 3 – South Shore Expedition

Then it is time to head back to Reykjavik along the brutal South Shore via the town of Vik. Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colorful, rough scenery.

Before Vík, we cross the black desert of Skeidarasandur, and then Laki Lava Field – the biggest one on the planet. You’ll see what it’s like to live in a country with 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and clear signs of climate change. Next stop is the most stunning and powerful black pebble beach in Iceland: Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns. Beware that the waves at Reynisfjara are strong and unpredictable and have caused death several times, so it is vital to listen to the guide’s instructions about keeping a distance to the sea and not climb on the rocks. After a short drive, we arrive at the beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!   And we have more waterfalls for you: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “secret elf waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical. Our last stop is a famous lava cave – a magical world underneath the rugged lava field. Once again it is time for us to put on our helmets and headlights and explore the inside of mother earth. The cave is just stunning, which is probably also why it has been used as a film location in famous movies like fx Noah. And then we just have a short ride left before we are back in civilization also known as Reykjavik, but 3 days of adventure richer…

Transport

Private Guide

 

Add some of these activities to your tour extra special. Pick and choose what you like!
Depending on the length of activity the basic tour price might change.

 

Horseback riding:

At Laxnes Horse Farm in Mosfellsbær. Duration 1,5-2 hours. Price 11.900 ISK per person.

At Eldhestar in Hverdagerði. “Countryside Charm, 1,5 hour”. Price 8.000 ISK per person (6.400 for children).

 Snowmobiling on Langjökull:

Price for single : 49.900 ISK
Price for double: 25.500 IS

Note: If children (younger than 18 years) on the tour book as double-rider. Children under the age of 6 cannot join.

Fontana Spa:

Price: Adults, 17, and over: 3.800 ISK Youth, 13-16 years: 2.000 ISK Children 0-12 years: FREE

Secret Lagoon:

Price: Adults: 2.800 ISK Children, 14, and younger: FREE (only with parents)

Friðheimar:

Price for soup buffet, coffee & water:
Adult: 2.390 ISK
Children under 12 years: 1.195 ISK
Younger than 6 years: FREE

River Jet:

Price: Adult: 14.900 ISK Children 8-15 years: 8.900 ISK

Snorkelling in Silfra:

Price: 15.990 ISK

Lobster Feast:

 Menu “Langoustine Feast” (lobster soup, langoustine and creme brûlée).

Price: Without wine pairing: 10.990 ISK. With wine pairing: 18.490 ISK.

 

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“Highlight Of Our Trip”

5 of 5 stars

Goecco is more expensive then some tour groups, but well worth it. My daughter and I did the Snaefellsnes tour with Halli Hansen. He was an incredible guide, lots of fun and informative. We felt like we were out having fun in Iceland with friends! Skip all the Golden Circle Tours and do the Goecco tours. Wish we had done the 4 elements all year ice cave tour. Highly recommend Goecco and Halli!

Plumm23, Cincinnati, Ohio


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“An absolute must! Worth every penny!”

5 of 5 stars

An absolute must! Worth every penny

We booked up for the golden circle tour in November 2013. Nothing could have prepared us for what a fantastic experience it was. We were picked up in what could only be described as a monster truck mini van in the morning and off we went. First stop lava fields, on the way Jonas the guide was very friendly as he told us all about Iceland and have us it’s history.
Next on the list was natural bathing where we drove to a secret spot inbetween rolling hills and relaxed in the warm pool enjoying a glass of wine. Continuing on with the tour we visited the gysers and several beautiful waterfalls not to mention stopping to see a spot where game of thrones was filmed. The spot where the tectonic plates are pulling apart.
The whole tour was amazing. But we weren’t finished yet. As it was a smaller group than usual Jonas offered to switch things up a little bit which the whole group jumped at. As most roads has been closed off due to weather and we were in the perfect vehicle for it, we did a bit of off- roading.
Although we had complete faith, and felt perfectly safe I will admit the adrenaline was running at times but it just made the experience so fantastic!

On speaking with some other people we met later in the week, they had done a golden circletour with a different group. They hadn’t paid as much as we had but on comparing notes they were blown away when we bragged about all the different cool stuff we did. Honestly you get what you pay for and this tour was worth every penny I recommend everyone see iceland the Goecco way!


 

Don’t take our word for it, here are few Tripadvisor comments on the Iceland tours.

 

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“Iceland Wonderland Private Tour with Goecco”

5 of 5 stars

Iceland wonderland private tour

We are family of 4 (kids 12&10) who travel a lot and are always looking for new adventures off beaten path. This time we booked 3 days private tour with Goecco and we had just a dream vocation! Our driver guide Atli was the best guide we ever had. He met us at the airport at 6am (even though Goecco warned us that earliest pick up was 9am). His knowledge of the places he showed us, his constant attention to every detail, his concern about our safety- and about our fun- was truly one of a kind. This man is a walking encyclopedia- he told us so much about the history of Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes, even types of rocks we came across- and kids loved his stories about trolls and old heroes!

Atli went above and beyond taking us to more places than we ever dreamed to see- and doing his best to beat the crowds (successfully so!). In spite of busy Christmas vocation week he made us feel that we were alone in the beautiful wonderland of Iceland- we found ourselves in an icy cave with waterfall, listened to the glacier slowly moving in the dark of the night and hiked up the glacier where there was no one- just sun, wind and ice… truly unforgettable experience! Atli’s kindness and sense of humor made us feel that we knew him for a long time- and we are looking forward coming to Iceland again in summer and hopefully see our friend again.

Simon B., Ontario, Canada


 

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“Amazing Private Tour of South Iceland”

5 of 5 stars
Amazing Private Tour of South Iceland

We would give Goecco and our tour guide Atli 6 stars if we could for our fabulous private tour of South Iceland. Understanding that a private tour is not for everyone, we still think the value was incredible as we did so many things we never otherwise would have or could have without the flexibility of being on our own, combined with our guide Atli’s enthusiasm to show us every nook and cranny the South coast has to offer.

We saw all the popular tourist sites mentioned on Goecco’s website and then made countless stops in between and beyond that only an experienced guide would be able to show us. We modified the itinerary/order of activities on the fly based on the weather and even went to the same place twice if we could get better pictures. Goecco was extremely responsive and honest about cost and options all the way through the process and they were able to accommodate specific requests – like fitting in a glacier snowmobiling excursion on the last day.

Most important to the experience was our guide Atli, who went out of his way time and time again to share the beauty and culture of Iceland with us every step of the way. “No” was not in his vocabulary and even the little things he did made the biggest difference (from allowing us to use his phone as a mobile hotspot while on the road to making sure we had plenty of drinks and snacks for the longer drives). He shared all of the photos he took over our three days immediately after the tour and we look forward to staying in touch with him about Iceland and beyond. Our thanks again to Goecco and Atli for an amazing experience.

ETB8285, New York City, New York

 


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“The only way tour in Iceland”

5 of 5 stars

The only way to tour

To those of you reading this review. If you haven’t yet, flip for the private/semi-private tours. The personal attention and relaxing conditions are SSSSSOOOOO very much better than the monstrous public tours…. miss the huge crowds at the sites, the over crowded busses, and the lack of one on one….

Absolutely Awesome time.

George S.

 

Here are some photographs from our Private Golden Circle Tours

 

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