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Geysir Geothermal Area in Iceland.

Discover the Wonders of Iceland’s Golden Circle

Embark on a captivating journey through Iceland's Golden Circle, where you'll witness roaring waterfalls, bursting geysers, and landscapes that have inspired countless legends. A true treasure of the North Atlantic, the Golden Circle showcases some of Iceland's most iconic and enchanting attractions. Learn more about the Golden Circle below and find out how you can tour this spectacular destination on a European cruise with Holland America Line.

What is the Golden Circle?

The Golden Circle is a renowned tourist circuit in southwest Iceland, where history, geology, and natural beauty collide. This 190-mile (300-kilometer) route consists of three primary stops: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Each destination offers its own unique charm, making the Golden Circle an unforgettable experience.


Golden Circle attractions 

The wonders of the Golden Circle include the historic Thingvellir National Park, the vibrant Geysir Geothermal Area, and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall. Let's explore these remarkable points of interest.

Thingvellir National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park is steeped in history and geological splendor. The park is home to the Althing, the site of Iceland's first parliament dating back to 930 AD. It also straddles the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, offering visitors the rare opportunity to walk between two continents.

Geysir Geothermal Area

A geothermal hotspot, Geysir Geothermal Area features the famous Strokkur geyser that erupts every 4-10 minutes, spouting water 49-66 feet (15-20 meters) in the air—sometimes up to 130 feet (40 meters)! This natural phenomenon, along with fumaroles and hot springs, provides a mesmerizing insight into the earth's powerful forces.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss, which translates to "Golden Falls," is an awe-inspiring sight. This two-tiered waterfall cascades into a rugged canyon, creating a thunderous roar and a mist that often generates rainbows, adding to its majestic charm.


When is the best time to visit the Golden Circle?

Although you can tour the Golden Circle year-round, the best time to visit is during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is milder, and Iceland's days are the longest. This season offers ideal conditions for exploring the magnificent landscapes and soaking up the vibrant colors of the Icelandic countryside.


How do you get to the Golden Circle?

Visitors can get to the Golden Circle by renting a car or joining a guided tour. Thingvellir National Park, typically the first stop on a Golden Circle tour, is located just an hour's drive from Reykjavik. On a Golden Circle shore excursion with Holland America Line, we’ll take care of the logistics and transportation details. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. 

Golden Circle Tours

Holland America Line's Golden Circle shore excursions provide guests with an immersive, unforgettable experience. Each of our carefully curated excursions showcases the best of this enchanting region.

Embrace the allure of Iceland's Golden Circle and let Holland America Line guide you on an unforgettable journey. Learn more about our Iceland shore excursions and book your dream cruise today.

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