When planning our trip to Iceland we knew traveling around the Golden Circle was a must. We heard so many stories about the driving conditions that we thought it was a great idea to book a Super Jeep Golden Circle Tour and a Northern Lights tour. There are many Iceland tours to choose from but after reading the reviews we knew we wanted a small, personalized tour. We are no strangers to crazy winter weather, but from the stories we have heard and read, Iceland has their own unique weather conditions so we didn’t want to take a chance. Sitting back, relaxing and focusing on the sights and letting a local, professional do the driving was the best decision we made.
Golden Circle Tour
We were picked up from our hotel in a Jeep which is (actually a Land Rover Defender) early in the morning and headed out on our adventure. I am so glad that we chose this tour and not a large bus tour. This was a small tour of only 5 of us in the jeep. Also, because it is a jeep we were able to do some off-roading and go places a bus would never be able to go.
Thingvellir National Park
Our first stop takes us to Thingvellir National Park where the Icelandic parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. At Thingvellir, you will see how the earth is ever so slowly pulling apart along the North-America and Eurasian tectonic plates and you will be able to stand where the Viking settlers stood centuries ago to proclaim national laws.
We visited the Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur where we saw geysers, hot springs, steam vents and eerie blue algae. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every 5 minutes.
We stopped at Gullfoss waterfall, which many consider being the queen of Icelandic waterfalls, as it is both high and mighty and stumbles dramatically in a deep gorge.
After an off-road ride, we visit by Faxi, a small but beautiful waterfall before driving back to Reykjavik.
As we were driving the Golden Circle, I saw the Icelandic horses on the side of the road and asked if we could stop to see them. Being in a small group tour we were able to make this stop. Bonus! Aren’t they the cutest!
Off-road drive to Langjökull glacier area
This was an incredible experience to be driving up the snow-covered mountain towards the glacier area. It was exhilarating. Did you know that the Langjokull (“The Long Glacier“), in the midwest highlands is the second-largest glacier in Iceland, at 935 km2 and is the most popular glacier in Iceland for jeep and snowmobile trips? Now if you chose a bus tour, I can guarantee that you did not get to experience this.
I am so glad that we toured the Golden Circle with Super Jeep Tours. It was an incredible experience that we would not have been able to do on our own. The guides were all professional and extremely knowledgeable making our experience memorable. I would highly recommend that you sign up for this adventure in one of Iceland’s well known super jeeps with smaller groups and an awesome ride.
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8-9 hours (pick up from 08:30)
Guidance by an experienced driver guide
Although lunch is not included, you will make a stop at a nearby restaurant or pack a lunch
WHAT TO WEAR
If you want to enjoy your tour then I would highly recommend dressing warmly.
Dress in layers: base layers, sweater, winter coat. Warm pants are recommended as well as a hat, gloves and winter boots.
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Super Jeep Tours. As always, all opinions are my own.