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Private Golden Circle

Take a trip between continents and witness Iceland’s most iconic spots along the famous Golden Circle!

SEASON

All Year

PICKUP

From Reykjavík

DURATION

8-10 Hours

STARTING TIME

8:00 AM or 9:00 AM

Varies by time of year daylight

PRIVATE

1-6 People

PRICE

200,000 ISK (1-4 people)

Land Rover

275,000 ISK (1-6 people)

Multi-Van

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Explore the stunning natural wonders of Iceland’s Golden Circle on a day tour with a professional photographer guide. Stand in between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, witness the power of the Geysir geothermal area, and be awed by the majesty of Gullfoss Waterfall before embarking on a scenic hike to the hidden gem of Bruarfoss Waterfall. The Golden Circle is known as Iceland’s most famous area and you will understand why from this day’s adventure.

At the end of your Private Golden Circle tour, you will receive an edited photo package, ensuring your memories of this unforgettable day will last a lifetime.

ITINERARY

Pickup

Depart for your Private Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik at 8:00am (or 9:00am depending on time of year). Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and start your journey towards Iceland’s famous Golden Circle.

Thingvellir National Park

Our first stop takes us to the historic Thingvellir National Park, the birthplace of Icelandic democracy. Here, you will walk between the continental plates that separate Europe and North America, witness the power of Öxarárfoss waterfall, and marvel at the serene beauty of Iceland’s largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn.

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Geysir

Our second stop on this private Golden Circle Tour brings us to the mesmerizing Geysir geothermal area. Here, you can witness the earth’s incredible power as boiling water and steam erupt from the ground in mesmerizing displays. We will have our camera ready to capture you next to the famous Strokkur geyser which typically erupts every 4-18 minutes.

Lunch Break

Next, we will stop for lunch at Efstidalur Farm which has a wonderful restaurant with food straight from the farm and an Ice cream parlour.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Next, on your Golden Circle Captured adventure, we go to Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the “Golden Waterfall”. Plunging 32 meters into a rugged canyon, It is one of Iceland’s most iconic natural wonders as well as the second most powerful waterfall in the country. You will be able to witness the cascading water from a series of observation decks and trails that wind their way around the falls, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Hike to Bruarfoss Waterfall

You will finish your Golden Circle Captured adventure with a hike to Bruarfoss waterfall, a hidden gem located in a lesser-known area of the Golden Circle.  Note that some areas of the trail can be very muddy or rocky so hiking boots are recommended to bring or to rent from us.

The reward at the end is a stunning blue waterfall cascading into a tranquil pool below that is unlike any other waterfall that you will ever see. This will put the finishing touches on an already fantastic day along this private Golden Circle adventure!

Throughout your Private Golden Circle tour, your photographer will capture the beauty of the landscapes and the memories of your trip, so you can relax and enjoy the sights without worrying about taking photos. At the end of the journey, you will receive an edited photo package as a keepsake of your private Golden Circle adventure in ~14 days.

YOUR JOURNEY

WHAT IS INCLUDED

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Certified Driver Guide

and Professional Photographer
Transportation logo by Ice Pic Journeys

Pickup and Return

from Reykjavík accommodation
group

Small Groups

6 Maximum
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Photos

All photos will be edited and sent to you within 14 days via Downloadable Gallery.

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15 Shot Photo Package included (Per Person)

The package includes personalized photographs from these locations:

Thingvellir National Park

Geysir

Gullfoss Waterfall

Bruarfoss Waterfall

WHAT TO BRING

water

Water Bottle (Recommended)

You will have many spots to fill it up with glacier water.

meal

Food

Stops will be made at gas stations and at the Efstidalur Farm for lunch.

beanie

Proper Seasonal Clothing

Warm layers for freezing or wet conditions. Warm hat and gloves.

raincoat

Waterproof Jacket & Pants

Rentals are available under extras.

boots (1)

Hiking Boots

Water resistant is preferred. Rentals are available under extras.

trekking-pole

Hiking Poles (Recommended)

These are very useful if you don’t do a lot of hiking or need extra support.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Select Extras at Checkout

Rentals:

Red or Yellow Rain Jacket

Great for photos
3,000 ISK

Rain Pants

2,000 ISK

Hiking Poles
Useful for Bruarfoss Hike 2,000 ISK
Hiking Boots
Useful for Bruarfoss Hike 3,000 ISK per pair

GOOD TO KNOW

– Lunch and Dinner is not included in the price of this tour.

– Pickup and Drop off is exclusively from the greater Reykjavik Area.

– The length of each day and order that you visit these attractions can vary depending on weather and road conditions.

:: Special Notes ::

– Photo packages may sometimes take more or less than 14 days to edit. This is just our average turnaround time.

– IPJ Editor selects and edits the photo package based on what we feel are the best shots from the day. If additional photos are available outside of the package count they may be available for 1,000 ISK per but not guaranteed.

– Also be aware that if there is a request to have specific photos from the day, advance notice via email is required before the editing process begins.

– Our Cancellation Policy can be found here.  Also, feel free to check out our FAQ page if you have any questions! 

EXAMPLE PRIVATE GOLDEN CIRCLE PHOTO PACKAGE

What Are Our Guests Saying?

Excellent
Based on 25 reviews
Laura Remick
Laura Remick
2023-07-12
There is no other company I would recommend than Ice Pic Journeys for an Iceland adventure! We traveled to Iceland with an idea in mind and two children (4 and 5 years old), and Ryan helped us create an itinerary that was perfect for our family! He helped us arrange an incredible dog sledding experience (on land) which was unforgettable. We embarked on the Golden Circle tour and then visited the Blue Lagoon. Our tour guide, Norris, was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and showed us everything in Iceland along the way. The entire day trip was amazing, and we felt so immersed in the scenery, the sites, and all of the adventure. The entire day was exactly what we imagined! Ryan was also incredibly flexible with our schedule - we decided to change our second day of touring from hiking to site seeing (which seemed better for us with kids), and he helped create a new itinerary for the South Coast that was perfect. We loved curating the Black Sand Beach and the waterfalls. We had an opportunity to explore at each site on our own and with our amazing tour guide, Agnies, who was such a pleasure to be with and who really gave us some background on everything we visited. We can’t wait to return and use them again for new journeys in Iceland!!
Todd
Todd
2023-06-28
Ryan and Mike elevated our experience beyond expectation. Impeccable communication and attention to details. They really listened to what we wanted to do and adapted their guidance around that. We felt 100% safe and comfortable at all times during all of our adventures. They accommodated our children as if they were there own and left no stone unturned when it came to their safety. We came across many other tours and guides in a variety of environments and I can say, without question, Ice Pic Journeys is hands down the best. There was really not even a comparison to be made. If you are thinking you’ll take on Iceland on your own, you really should reconsider. If you are considering any other guide service, you definitely should reconsider. Give these guys a shot, you will not regret it.
Kevin Leon
Kevin Leon
2023-06-14
Mike was an amazing tour guide! He went above and beyond what I had expected. My experience above the glacier was a memorable one with great company! He’s a fun guide and very knowledgeable. The videos and picture I got out this experience were well worth it, he made sure I got the shots I wanted!
liesbeth snoek
liesbeth snoek
2023-05-15
Wij hebben de zipline en ice cave adventure gedaan en dat was geweldig. Onze gids Mike heeft ons erg veilig laten voelen. Ook namen ze echt de tijd om gave foto’s van je te maken. Het was gewoon zo gaaf en ik raad het iedereen aan. ICE pic tourneys geeft je de beste ervaring ooit die je kan krijgen in Iceland
Kan P.
Kan P.
2023-05-14
Amazing experience. We booked the 4 hour photographer tour and it was worth every cent! We were tight in time as we had another tour booked right after this one but Ryan was flexible enough to move up the departure schedule by half an hour to accommodate our schedule. Communication was great also, he made sure we understand what to expect with tighter timeline. The guide on the day Adam was also very nice. We started super early and were able to shoot inside the ice cave with no one around, we only encountered other groups when we finished our hike, just when were were about to reach our car to get back. Can’t imagine how full it would be in such a tight space to walk. Highly recommended.
Fabian Hupe
Fabian Hupe
2023-05-11
It was an amazing tour with our guide Adam. We have booked the ZIP-Line and Glacier Cave Tour. It was great to see how Adam setup the ZIP-Line and afterwards when we were able to use it on our own we had a blast of fun. Furthermore the pictures we received were awesome! I would recommend everyone to book a tour at these guys!
Fikki Sadykhov
Fikki Sadykhov
2023-05-05
These guys are god tier amazing. Mike is a Legend and this is the only company that allows you to go glacier ziplining (and it’s the only place on the planet that you can actually zip line on a glacier to begin with). Don’t overthink it, book with these guys!
Marc Baudry
Marc Baudry
2023-05-01
What an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journey. We had a VIP tour with Adam. He is a very nice guide who knows his work and many things about Iceland. He brought us to amazing ice caves, made wonderfull photos and was always smiling. We felt safe and well take care of. We recommand Ice Pic Journey a lot. Thank you Adam, thank you Ryan and the all crew.
yeni chen
yeni chen
2023-04-15
I recently went on a tour with Ice Pic Journeys and it was amazing! The planning process was easy, and the tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The itinerary struck the perfect balance between sightseeing and free time, and we got to see some incredible places. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys for anyone looking for a fun, extreme and well-organized tour.
Jack Venberg
Jack Venberg
2023-04-13
My family of three recently embarked on a 6-hour glacier tour with Ice Pic Journeys, and it was nothing short of a spectacular experience. This tour agency not only specializes in guided tours but also in capturing breathtaking photographs throughout the journey. Ryan coordinated with us through email, and he was super communicative and accommodating throughout the whole experience. Our guide, Rich, was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, and talented in his photography skills. He made sure to focus on taking natural and candid photos, making us feel relaxed and at ease. Rich was attentive to our needs and made a point to take us to isolated and fascinating locations that enhanced our experience. The ice caves we visited were simply stunning, and Rich captured their beauty perfectly. He also took fantastic photos on the diamond black sand beach, creating memories we will cherish forever. For our nighttime Aurora photography session, we were joined by Mike, who was just as amazing. He was upbeat, friendly, and encouraging, which definitely helped keep our spirits high despite the cold weather. Mike worked tirelessly until 1 am to get the best shots, even though he had plans the following morning. Their dedication to their craft was evident, as they even offered to continue taking photos past that point if we wanted. At no point did it feel like they were cutting corners or giving anything less than their all. Our experience with Ice Pic Journeys was truly exceptional, and we cannot recommend them highly enough. If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure in Iceland and want to take home incredible photographs, don't hesitate to book a tour with Ice Pic Journeys.
Excellent
Based on 62 reviews
Amy S
Amy S
2023-07-10
Amazing, one of a kind tour Best part of our trip to Iceland. The ice cave was definitely one of the most beautiful and surreal places I have ever seen. Mike was very helpful with information about the area and tailoring the trip to our specific needs. The photo package was the clincher. Was traveling with friends I don't see often so the photos were the best souvenir we could ask for. They were great both for the quality and because it meant we could just enjoy the day without stopping to take photos ourselves. Can't say enough great things about it!
Jackie C
Jackie C
2023-06-21
Best day of our Trip! We found Ice Pic Journeys online after a lot of research - they were the company that offered the most unique tours and what sealed the deal was how quick they were to respond when I had questions. We chose the Zip Line Adventure - Adam, our guide was a blast. It was my boyfriend and I, as well as two other women who had booked that day. He was easy to chat with, and made us feel at ease, given what we were about to embark on. The initial hike up was outstanding. Adam made sure to give us plenty of fun facts and had us laughing the whole way up. Upon arrival to our first stop, Adam took the time to explain what we would be doing - zip lining over a Moulin. Once all setup, he got us safely strapped in, explained again what all we had to do and then off we went. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. Not once did I feel unsafe or uncertain. He made it fun and relaxing and we got professional shots to boot. It's such a great part of the package and he really made sure to get as many pictures as possible. We hiked back down, made one more stop into a crevasse, drank glacier water, climbed into an awesome cave-like area and then made our way to the truck. I can't recommend this company enough. Everyone was so polite, happy to answer questions, and made this experience one we'll never forget. Definitely book with these guys!
Serina D
Serina D
2023-06-14
Incredible company, wild adventures! Ice Pic Journeys was a fantastic experience! From the ease of booking, to the expertise of the guide, to the photos we received, everything was exceptional. Our guide Adam was super knowledgeable about Iceland and was kind, funny, and also worked with my boyfriend to plan an epic proposal! The zipline he set up also looked totally safe and secure, and of course he tested it himself before letting us go haha. And then the ice cave was beautiful. We ended up getting to drink fresh glacier water too! We ended up being the only 2 on the adventure and it truly felt like a personal experience. I can’t recommend this company enough. They made our time in Iceland unforgettable!
Simons H
Simons H
2023-05-16
Summer Glacier + Zipline Tour with Mike This was absolutely the coolest activity we did on our trip to Iceland. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a MUST if you are traveling to Iceland. Mike is incredible and gave us the best trip we could have ever asked for!!
liesbeth
liesbeth
2023-05-15
The best thing ever We took the zipline + ice cave adventure and we had the best experience ever.Mike really made us feel very save.I really liked that the group was small it was only six people Mike took the time to take very nice pictures of us and they are amazing I would really recommend this to everybody Ice pic yourneys gives you the best experience you will ever have in Iceland
Carsten A
Carsten A
2023-04-27
Ice Pic Journey 5 Star Tour on the Glacier We had our tour with Mike and is was a pleasure! Mike and Ryan are a good communicating team. They did not only took awesome pictures of us, Ice Pic Journey also give us a opportunity to do a tour on the glaciers with our baby. They are very tolerant and organized. Keep on doing such a good job! Thank again for your effort.
Thomas B
Thomas B
2023-04-10
Glacier Adventures I hired Mike for 8 days of private guiding in March 2023. It was the adventure of a lifetime! We explored glaciers, ice caves, and the Icelandic alpine. Mike is a charismatic and incredibly experience guide. He is also a great photographer. Finding a guide that can take you to amazing places, and also take great photos/videos of the adventures is extremely hard to find. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys and will use them again on my next trip to Iceland!
Explore820132
Explore820132
2023-03-31
Private tour, with amazing guide ! Had a amazing time with these guys, I traveled solo and the group was only 3 ppl, amazing experience with a private guide. Definitely worth it, it was the highlight of my trip to Iceland! You get all the details and information you need, and if you have any questions, you can chat on instagram, and respond very quickly. This company treats you as a person, and not a number or a paying customer like all other tours !
Valeria S
Valeria S
2023-03-28
Best company for adventure in Iceland! We had an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journeys. They are Friendly, professional and are experts on what they do! They took us to hidden gems that very few have been to and we avoided the crowds!! They also took a lot of great pictures!Thank you!!!! Valeria
Thiago N
Thiago N
2023-03-24
Ice Pic Journeys approach is unique We had our tour with Mike and I can honestly say our trip to Iceland would not be the same without this. We had the best time! Mike was very knowledgeable, sharing all different aspects about the cave we were and the conditions we would be experiencing. He was also very concern with our safety and aware of us and our surrounding. All of that while maintaining a very friendly interaction. The ice on the cake was the fact that their offer is unique, there is not another company in Iceland that offers the same experiences with a guide that is also a good photographer. Plus, we were indeed a very small group. While we were there I saw other tours advertised as “small groups” with 16-20 people, which was completely different than the very exclusive attention and experience we had with Ice Pic Journeys.

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