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  • Writer's pictureEinar Páll Svavarsson

Golden Circle Private winter tour with Geothermal Bath in Iceland

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

The tour is operated from October 15th until April 15th

Hit Iceland private Golden Circle winter tour by the church and the Prime Ministers holiday hous at Þingvellir National Park
Hit Iceland private Golden Circle winter tour by the church and the Prime Ministers holiday hous at Þingvellir National Park

The Golden Circle is a term often used for tours visiting three of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It is mainly based on three natural wonders not far from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. This is a Golden Circle private winter tour that Hit Iceland operates in winter for your safety and comfort when driving conditions are often difficult and the roads slippery. We have also added two interesting stops to the classic Golden Circle tour to enhance your experience and relaxation. The tour starts and ends in Reykjavík.


Advantages of a Golden Circle Private Tour in winter

4x4 modified 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser for up to 4 persons, with 35 inch studded snow tires
4x4 modified 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser for up to 4 persons, with 35 inch studded snow tires

There are many advantages of taking a private tour with Hit Iceland in winter. You travel comfortably with a knowledgeable guide in a vehicle that fits the weather conditions in Iceland in winter. Everyone in the group can enjoy the tour and the scenery, as no one needs to concentrate on driving. At every stop, our local driver-guide accompanies you and shares broad insight into each specific place.


Þingvellir National Park

Almannagjá Gorge aligns with the rift zone and is defined by two tectonic plates
Almannagjá Gorge aligns with the rift zone and is defined by two tectonic plates

The first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, an important place in Iceland both historically and geologically. There, we visit Almannagjá Gorge, which aligns with the rift zone and is defined by two tectonic plates. In the gorge Almannagjá, you are situated between the European and American tectonic plates, more specifically at the spot where they drift apart. We also visit Öxarárfoss waterfall and the river Öxará. Within the national park, we walk by places with profound historical importance in Iceland, as it was the meeting place for Alþingi, the oldest parliament in history.


Brúarfoss waterfall

Brúarfoss waterfall in the river Brúará
Brúarfoss waterfall in the river Brúará

The waterfall Brúarfoss in the river Brúará is one of Iceland's most beautiful small-scale waterfalls. We added this waterfall to our Golden Circle private winter tour as it is as stunning in winter as in summer. Although it is more like rapids, historically, it has always been defined as a waterfall in Iceland. Brúarfoss is renowned for its blue color and clear water in the river. It is one of the most photogenic waterfalls and rivers in Iceland.


Gullfoss waterfall is an inseparable part of the Golden Circle winter tour

Gullfoss waterfall is the most impressive waterfall in Iceland
Gullfoss waterfall is the most impressive waterfall in Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall is the most impressive waterfall in Iceland. It is also the best-known natural wonder and the most popular tourist attraction. It is a waterfall often mentioned on lists of the world's top ten most fascinating waterfalls. It is a stunning sight and a special experience to view in all seasons.


Geysir Geothermal Area and Strokkur Hot Spring

Strokkur erupts every ten to fifteen minutes
Strokkur erupts every ten to fifteen minutes and in winter not so crowded

Geysir is the hot spring area where the geyser Strokkur erupts every ten to fifteen minutes. The Geysir hot spring is part of the geothermal field in Haukadalur Valley in South Iceland. It has been active for 10,000 years, although the earliest accounts of hot springs in Haukadalur only date back to 1294. Haukadalur is also an important historical place in Iceland, home to a vital learning center where the sagas of Iceland were written.


Fontana Relaxing Geothermal Bath

The natural steam baths, the pools, and the sauna all contribute to a relaxing state of mind.
The natural steam baths, the pools, and the sauna all contribute to a relaxing state of mind.

Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths are located in the center of the Golden Circle and are thus ideal for finishing the Golden Circle private winter tour before driving back to Reykjavík. The water comes from a natural geothermal flow of hot water. The natural steam baths, the pools, and the sauna all contribute to a relaxing state of mind. During these winter tours, we will be at the geothermal baths during twilight, enjoying the scenery and experience in both daylight and early darkness. The baths are a great way to end the tour and prepare for the drive back to Reykjavík before dinner time.


Sunset at 2PM by Öxarárfoss waterfall in Þingvellir National Park
Sunset at 2 PM in early January by Öxarárfoss waterfall in Þingvellir National Park

 

What is included in this Golden Circle private winter tour?

Local driver-guide

4x4 modified 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser for up to 4 persons, with 35-inch studded snow tires

Parking and service fees

Admission to Fontana Geothermal Baths

Water-Bottles

Free Wi-Fi on board

Crampons (if needed)

 

Not included in this tour?

Food

Drinks

If needed, the driver guide will stop at service stations with small roadside convenience stores where you can purchase food and snacks.

 

Good to know and have in mind for a winter tour

The weather in Iceland is unpredictable, especially in winter.

 

What to bring with you?

Hiking shoes

Swimsuit (for the Fontana Geothermal Baths)

Warm clothes

Waterproof layer

 

Pick-up

In the booking process below, you tell us where you prefer to be picked up in Reykjavík. Feel free to contact us and ask for special requests for pick-up.

 

Places we visit on this private winter tour

Þingvellir national park

Öxarárfoss waterfall

Brúarfoss waterfall

Geysir geothermal area

Strokkur hot spring erupting

Gullfoss waterfall

Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths

 

About the tour

Transport: 4x4 modified 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser for up to 4 persons, with 35-inch studded snow tires

Season: winter October through April

Duration: 9 hours

Time of pick up: 9:00

The tour can be booked for 1 to 4 people.

The price is calculated for the vehicle, not per person.

 

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee of 100% is charged if canceled 10 days or less before the event.

A cancellation fee of 75% is charged if canceled 20 days or less before the event.

Most travel insurance covers unexpected events within 20 days, so make sure you are familiar with your travel insurance and the travel insurance on your credit card.

If Hit Iceland cancels the tour due to unexpected events or weather, no cancellation fee is charged, and the customer receives full repayment.


Price: ISK 155.000

Price is for the car/driver guide Toyota Land Cruiser for up to 4 persons, not pr. person




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