If you’re planning a trip to Iceland you will know there is SO much to see. If like me, you’re only there on a short layover there isn’t time to fit everything in. The Golden Circle is a must see part of any trip to Iceland and for me, was the only opportunity I had to see Iceland’s beautiful scenery because of my short time there. I 100% want to go back to Iceland and see the rest of The Golden Circle and visit the North and West of the country but this was the perfect introduction to the country.
Here is my whistle-stop self-drive mini Golden Circle Tour!
I decided to include four stops on my self-drive tour, the first being Kerid Crater. Despite being the windiest stop on the tour Kerid was incredible. Kerid is a volcanic crater lake located in Southern Iceland (obvs). The next stop on my little tour was Seljalandsfoss, on a day with better weather the waterfall is the one which you can walk behind and take some incredible pictures (look up the location on insta, you won’t regret it).
After this was Skogafoss which is pretty much the busiest location on this tour (it’s all pretty busy). Both of these were incredible to see in real life. Sokgafoss is actually in the place of Iceland’s original coastline. On the drive between both of these locations you will pass Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that became infamous in 2010 for causing week long flight cancellations globally. The name of the volcano actually comes from the glacier set at the top of the volcano. At a restaurant on the route I tried ‘volcano soup’ which was named in honour of Eyjafjallajökull.
The final stop on my mini Golden Circle tour is Vik Black Sand Beach which has been used as the backdrop of SO many films and tv shows including Game of Thrones! If you take a seat on the rocks pictured to the right of the cliff in the photo below you can take an epic looking Game of Thrones inspired photograph. The church photographed above is just one of many dotted all over Iceland but after I hopped out of the car to take a photo of this one, everyone who saw me do it did the same.
If you want to use this route you can find it HERE, just change your start location to wherever you are setting out from. The drive time is around 3 hours excluding stops but you can have this whole trip done, there and back within a day.