Best of the Golden Circle

REK-100 | Reykjavik, Iceland | See Special Notes

from $189.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Thingvellir National Park Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur Strokkur

You will see:

  • Hellisheidi Power Plant

Moderate Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 8 hours

Max. Group Size: 50

Tour Overview

Behold the magnificence of Iceland, including the country's three most famous landmarks known together as the Golden Circle, during this full-day journey that commences with a scenic drive through Reykjavik with city sights highlighted along the way. Continue on through dramatic countryside to cross the Moorlands Mosfellsheidi, an ancient undulating field of lava. Eventually, reach Thingvellir National Park, which was established in 1930 as a protected area of genuine historical, cultural and geological value. This breathtaking rift valley offers incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge, an aboveground portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American plates. In addition to Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest natural lake, the area's fascinating terrain features low birch, willow trees and blueberry heather, which grow around dense areas of basalt lava. Listen as your guide describes how the park is tied to the formation of Althing (Icelandic Parliament), which began meeting in 930 A.D. under a towering cliff along the western wall.

Continue on to witness the grand beauty of the Golden Circle's second stop, Gullfoss Waterfall, which inspires awe with its natural, three-tiered curving stone cascade over which water rushes and tumbles until it plunges down a deep ravine. Soak up the splendor of Iceland's most famous waterfall from a far or bravely wander out along the narrow, steep grass and gravel paths for a closer look.

Next, travel to the Golden Circle's final stop, Strokkur, an amazing explosive geyser that erupts every few minutes. Stand back to witness the mind-blowing power of the steamy spouts, which erupt from the ground at boiling temps and blast as high as 60 feet. Take in the algal deposits and hot springs, best seen while walking through the enclosure. At a local restaurant, savor a typical Icelandic meal including soup of the day, poached salmon and potatoes, and for dessert, fresh coffee and chocolate. Before leaving, comb through the nearby shop for must-have souvenirs.

After lunch, enjoy a relaxing drive to Hengill, a mountain resting on a volcanic ridge, to visit Hellisheidi Power Station, the second largest power plant in the world and the largest in Iceland. Building on geothermal forces generated by three volcanic systems dating back 11,000 years, this impressive plant began generating electricity in 2006 and set its sights on generating hot water. This hot water plant was introduced in 2010 and the last two high pressures 45 MW turbines were added in 2011. While taking in the plant, marvel at the mountain plateau's post-glacial lava fields, a fascinating moonscape here on Earth.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


The drive between Reykjavik and the Strokkur Geyser is approximately 1 3/4-hours each way.

Strokkur Geyser does not spout to any set pattern, and it is difficult to predict when exactly it might spout. Consequently, the area around the geyser is roped off, and it is strictly forbidden to cross over any of the roped areas. If you do cross over the ropes, it may result in serious burns and injury.

We reserve the right to reverse the itinerary if necessary.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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