The Golden Circle is an excellent way to see some of Iceland’s top attractions, including The Great Geysir, Thingvellir National Park and Gulfoss waterfall. This route will guide you through just over 230 kilometres of otherworldly Icelandic landscapes and can be completed in 7-10 hours, depending on how long you decide to spend at each attraction, and how many times you stop to take photos along the way. This makes the Golden Circle the perfect day-long road trip to take if your time in Iceland is limited.
The other great thing about the Golden Circle is that you can easily make the trip yourself, taking your own paces and spending as much time at the attractions as you like. All you need to do is hire a car, familiarise yourself with the route and the sights that you want to see.
Something you will want to take into consideration if you’re planning a trip to Iceland is what kind of car you need to drive the Golden Circle. In certain parts of the country, and especially during wintry conditions, it can sometimes be dangerous to take to the roads. This is particularly true if you don’t have the appropriate car fitted with the right tyres, or if you’re planning to visit locations off the beaten track. Sometimes these roads are not paved, meaning they can be tricky and dangerous to drive on unless you hire a 4x4 vehicle.
The roads that make up the Golden Circle, however, are paved and very well maintained. It is a very popular route with tourists, meaning many people drive on these roads daily. This route is also located in a part of the country that doesn’t normally have such treacherous weather as other parts. Most of the time, it’s the roads in the north or off of the main roads that will cause you the most trouble. But, because the Golden Circle is located in the south-west of Iceland on paved and well-maintained roads, the conditions can be a little easier to navigate.
Because of the typically favourable road and weather conditions along the Golden Circle, you aren’t limited to a 4x4 vehicle. Any reliable and well-maintained hire car will be suitable for driving the Golden Circle, provided it is fitted with the appropriate tyres for the season you are visiting.
However, sometimes during the winter, the road conditions can be unfavourable along the Golden Circle route. We would always advise that you check the weather before your visit to make sure you are hiring the appropriate car for the road and weather conditions. Even the reliable roads of the Golden Circle can be easily transformed by a snowstorm. The season and weather conditions can and should affect the type of vehicle you choose to hire because these can drastically affect the roads during your visit.
If you are unsure about which type of car you should hire for your trip around the Golden Circle, contact us today and we will be happy to advise you on which of our cars will be the best option for you.