For travellers who want to see the Golden Circle but are willing to do much more the same day – we have the Super Golden Circle jeep tour, which is a superb way to see all these great attractions in one day, with a local expert guide.
The Super Golden Circle jeep tour includes all the highlights from the classic Golden Circle day tour including Geysir hot spring, the Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park but we have added so much more than that to the day. We suggest bringing some snack like, power bar or a banana as lunch might be a bit later than usual.
Super Golden Circle Jeep Tour itinerary
The day begins with a drive from Reykjavik, passing the towns of Hveragerdi and Selfoss to get to Thjorsardalur Valley. There we can enjoy the view over Hekla Volcano while driving the last kilometres before driving off the main road to reach our first destination.
We take a gravel road to get to the highlands to the 122 meters (400 feet) high Háifoss waterfall Iceland’s second highest waterfall (according to legend, an ogress lived by Háifoss who tried to pull a teenage boy out of his tent after he had thrown a rock into the river that feeds the waterfall) The view from this area is amazing and it does not matter if you are looking at the waterfall or down the glacier valley.
Hike and spa
After enjoying the waterfall we drive down to the small valley Gjain. Here we do a hike/walk about 45 minutes (including time to stop for pictures). This small valley features waterfalls, volcanic formations and impressive rock cliffs and is one of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland. At the end of the walk back we visit the farm Stöng, which was reconstructed from ruins dating back to the Commonwealth era in Iceland (the farm was buried in ash when the volcano Hekla erupted in 1104).
Next stop on our list is Hjalparfoss waterfall. Hjalparfoss means Help waterfall, the reason for that is when Icelanders were travelling from the north to the south the grassy fields below the waterfall was a big Help for the horses after walking the barren highlands for many days. There have been quite a few marriage ceremonies performed in front of the waterfall, given that two rivers becoming one is a powerful image for love.
Before or after lunch depending on how hungry people are we visit the Secret lagoon hot spring in Fludir a natural geothermal hot spring (entrance included). The Secret lagoon has been used by Icelanders since 1891 and is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland. The area around it has several hot springs floating into the lagoon so the water naturally stays at 38-40 Celsius all year.
Geysirs and waterfalls
After lunch at Friðheimar greenhouse (a tomato farm) or some other place. We head to Geysir Geothermal area. Here you can see the original Geysir. He has been quiet for the past 10 years but his little brother Strokkur is very active and erupts every 5-8 minutes shooting water 30 – 40 meters into the air. About 10 minutes away from Geysir is Gullfoss waterfall who plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height.
On a sunny day shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls.
Before the day ends we drive to Thingvellir national park, where the oldest still active parliament in the world was established at the year 930. In Thingvellir the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart about 0.75 inches each. From Thingvellir there is about 25 min drive back to Reykjavik.
Why choose Super Golden Circle Jeep tour?
If you are looking for a value jeep tour in Iceland that takes you out of the beaten path to places that not many tourists go too but you still let’s you see the most popular attractions then the Super Golden Circle jeep tour is the one for you.
Like always we travel by jeeps in small groups of 2-6 people so everything is flexible and relaxed.
On our private tours we take from 1-7 people for a fixed price, hence more people better price pr. person
- Þjórsárgil (short hike)
- Stöng Farm (restored Viking Farm)
- Thingvellir national park
- Geysir hot spring
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Secret lagoon hot spring (entrance included)
- And more