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The Golden Circle or ‘Gullni Hringurin’ in Icelandic, is a popular route based in southern Iceland. It is touristy but there is a reason for that; it showcases the beauty of Iceland in three pit stops.

The Golden Circle route starts in Reykjavik (the capital city) and loops back around, covering around 190 miles (300 Kilometres). You can easily do the route in a day without feeling too rushed. There are three main stops on the Golden Circle:

1. The geothermal area which has ‘Geysir’ and ‘Strokkur’ geysers

2. Gullfoss Waterfall

3. Thingvellir National Park

golden circle route iceland

There are also other stop-offs on the way if you have extra time, such as the Skalholt Cathedral, Kerio Volcanic Crater or Nesjavellir and Hellisheio A virkjun Geothermal power plants.