The Golden Circle Iceland - In a Nutshell

A road trip through fairy places

A trip to Iceland can’t be complete without a road trip. One of the most popular one to be completed in a day is the golden circle. In a nutshell below are the main attractions that you should expect to see during your road trip and a map to follow to make the work easier:

The Golden Circle Iceland – Map of the main attractions

  • Thingvellir national park and Silfra

  • Geysers at Haukadalur (Strokkur Geyser)

  • Gullfoss waterfall

  • Kerid Crater Lake

Optional places that you could add to your list if you still have enough time, energy, day light or a mix of these.

I would suggest to keep the plan flexible and allow extra time as you will be very willing to stop on your road trip for less famous scenic spots.

  • Seljalandsfoss

  • Reynisfjara shore (black beach)

Approx. distances by Car:

  • Reykjavik - Thingvellir: 40 minutes

  • Thingvellir - Strokkur Geyser: 1 hour

  • Strokkur Geyser - GullFoss: 10 minutes

  • GullFoss - Kerid: 50 minutes

  • Kerid - Seljalandsfoss: 1 hour and 10 minutes

  • Seljalandsfoss - Black Beach: 50 minutes