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This is a classic Golden Circle private tour where we also take time to see and learn a bit about the volcanoes of Iceland.  We love to start early and be ahead of the crowds. We start by visiting the main attractions Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park but after we love to go off the beaten path. We know about stunning places where you can enjoy the beauty of Iceland in a more personal way.
Mt. Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, and Katla are few names to remember on this tour. If we have a clear sky you will enjoy the view to all of those volcanoes. On the way back we try to find time to visit the Secret Lagoon – a charming old thermal pool – or the crater Kerið – a real crater with a small lake at the bottom.

TOUR FACTS @ Golden Circle Volcanoes – the road less traveled – private tour

Operation dates: All year
Duration: 8-10 hours
Tour departures: Pick up from your hotel in Reykjavik.
Drop off: At your hotel in Reykjavik.
Difficulty: Moderate
Price: 149.000 ISK


We are small – so we try harder
We are all locals – so we know Iceland inside out
We are all middle aged – so we understand life a bit
We treat our guests with old fashioned hospitality – you will like it
We don’t take big chances – so you are safe


Pickup at your hotel in Reykjavik
Drop off at your hotel in Reykjavik
A full day tour tailored to your wants and needs
A local guide that is fun, informative and personal
Pictures of you from the tour


Good (hiking) shoes – if you have them.
Outdoor clothing. The weather is changing all the time. Be prepared.
A camera. This is a tour to remember.

The Golden Circle is a “must see” visiting Iceland. But it is clever to use the opportunity to see more – and if possible, stay out of the crowds.

In this tour you start by driving to the South of Iceland. You are on your way to Lava Center, an ambitious volcano show at Hvolsvöllur, where you will engage with the living earth in an interactive, fun and informative way.

You will get to know many of Iceland’s most powerful volcanoes. Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano has erupted every decade for a long time but now it has not erupted for 17 years. It could happen any given day now and the notice is usually short. From 30 up to 80 minutes so we are not going on a hike there. But the view is wonderful.

In a simular way, you will learn about Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that stopped all aviation for several days back in 2010. Also, it’s big aunt, Mt. Katla, that is overdue to erupt and is believed to be hundred times more powerful than Eyjafjallajökull.

In an easy, fun and informative way, you will learn and understand the basics of Iceland’s volcanic activity. You will see a simulation of the hot spot underneath this island of fire and how the North Atlantic opened up millions of years ago.

On your way to start the Golden Circle we might stop at some of our favorite places such as the waterfall Urriðafoss or the canyon Brúarhlöð, dug by the glacial river Hvítá into the soft volcanic rock (breccia).

It is now time to start your Golden Circle tour. The waterfall Gullfoss is the first stop. What a power! What a sight! Not far from there you will find Geysir, the geothermal area, with the hot spring Strokkur erupting every few minutes.

The tour now takes you back through the agricultural areas in the South. The evening sun makes everything look golden. The last stop is Thingvellir, the parliamentary place of the Viking times. The place is remarkable both historically and geologically.

It is now time to get back home. On our way back from Thingvellir we will pass by Mt. Hengill, one of Reykjavik’s active volcanoes. It erupts every 2.000 years. It is 2.000 years since last time so also this volcano is overdue to erupt. Hopefully not today though.

In this tour you can:

Visit the Lava Center volcano show
Enjoy the view to Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull if the sky is clear
See Urriðafoss waterfall
See the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss
Visit the famous geothermal area Geysir
Take a walk at Thingvellir, a unique place in historical and geological sense
Drive over the volcano Hengill on your way back
Enjoy the best of the South of Iceland in one day