Driving the Golden Circle in your campervan

Driving the Golden Circle is one of the most popular things to do here in Iceland. The first stop is only 40 min drive from Reykjavik and the whole circle can be completed in one day. We often get asked if it’s worth doing the Golden Circle and the answer is YES! It will be a lot of other tourists, but there is also a reason why people go there. This will be a great start or end to your trip.

 

To get there: Take road 1 direction Borgarnes and after driving through Mosfellsbær take road 36 towards Þingvellir National Park.

  • What you can do before on the way to Þingvellir is visiting Gljúfrasteinn. This is the museum of Halldór Laxness (1902-1998) who stands head and shoulders above other Icelandic writers of the 20th century.
  • If you are traveling late you can stop in Mosskogar Camping which is a nice campsite just outside Reykjavik on the way to Þingvellir.
  • Thingvellir National Park does also have a good campsite where you can stay at, in your campervan.

After Þingvellir you head to Geysir which is a famous geothermal area. From Þingvellir you continue on road 365 towards Laugarvatn and from there you take road 37 towards Geysir.

  • In Laugarvatn you can check out Laugarvatn Fontana Spa.
  • On the way to Geysir you can also visit the charming dairy farm Efsti Dalur. This will be fun for children and curious adults. They have a barn and farm animals plus you can taste their delicious homemade products.

The final main stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss waterfall. It’s simple to get there from Geysir as it’s just about 10 km driving, continue on road 37 direction Gullfoss. This is a big and impressive waterfall and the name Gullfoss translated to english is the Golden Waterfall.

  • From Gullfoss you have two options to get to the ring road (road 1) heading south.
  • Option 1: Take road 30 towards Flúðir. By chosen this road you can stop at The Secret Lagoon in Flúðir and also visit Friðheimar restaurant. The Secret Lagoon is a hot spring with segregated showers for women and men. In friðheimar restaurant you will find a unic greenhouse tomato restaurant. You will also find a campsite in the town of Flúðir where you can stay overnight in your campervan.
  • Option 2: Take road 35 direction Reykjavik/Selfoss. They main reason behind choosing this option is to visit Kerið a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area.

If you are planning to stay overnight in your campervan at the Golden Circle area, there are plenty of campsites.

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