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The Golden Circle area reaches from Selvogur west of Þorlákshöfn to the east of the town of Hella, along the seaside, and into the highlands. The area is as vast as it is diverse; there is a wide variety of attractions but the main three are Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, and Geysir.

The Golden Circle is accessible all year round, the roads are open and well-maintained in both summer and winter.

If you decide to drive and not go with a tour company, make sure you follow some basic safety procedures such as making sure the car has winter tires, if traveling in winter, you have checked the road conditions for the area you are going to and weather forecast.

The three main Golden Circle Stops:

Þingvellir
Þingvellir (Icelandic "Þing": parliament, "vellir": plains) is a place in the southwest of Iceland near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area.
Geysir
One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland and part of the famous "Golden Circle Tour", The Great Geysir, or Stori-Geysir, has been dormant since 1916 when it suddenly ceased to spout.
Gullfoss
Gullfoss is actually two separate waterfalls, the upper one has a drop of 11 metres and the lower one 21 metres. The rock of the river bed was formed during an interglacial period.

The area is rich in culture and history and offers a wide variety of activities such as horseback riding, jeep safaris, glacier tours, sailing, salmon and trout fishing, golfing, hiking, and various other interesting activities. 

Here you can find printable maps for the area: The Golden Circle Area & Banner Map

With the three main attractions, there are many other major attractions along the Golden Circle that you might consider stopping and exploring: 

Other places on the Golden Circle:

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Ulfljótsvatn Scout Centre Úlfljótsvatn 805 Selfoss 482-2674

Here are the places you can stay on the Golden Circle:

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ION Adventure Hotel Nesjavellir 805 Selfoss 578-3720

Here are all the activities that you can do while traveling the Golden Circle:

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Practical Information

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Icelandic Weather
Road Conditions in Iceland
What to Pack for the Seasons
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