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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) Tours

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There’s a lot to see in Iceland, and the grand Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) is your ticket to easily hitting multiple popular sights, especially if you only have one day to venture outside Reykjavik. Departing from the city, Golden Circle tours showcase a number of Iceland’s main attractions and natural wonders—think geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and Icelandic horses. There are few other places in Europe where you can see so much topographical variety on one short trip.

Stunning Sights Along the Golden Circle
Closest to Reykjavik on the route is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament. Head next to the world-famous Geysir and Strokkur geysers, where you’ll see eruptions every six to 10 minutes; the 600-foot-wide (180-meter) Gullfoss waterfall; and Kerid Crater Lake, which is surrounded by striking red volcanic rock. The Golden Circle is also an important geothermal area for Iceland (which runs almost entirely on renewable energy), with the Nesjavellir power plant and the Hveragerdi greenhouse village nearby.

How to Visit with Viator
Most Golden Circle excursions depart from Reykjavik by bus, include an expert guide, and comprise an entire day of sightseeing. If you have time, opt for a group or private tour that tacks on additional activities along the way. Take an Icelandic Super Jeep tour; whitewater raft on the river Hvítá; try a snowmobile tour on the Langjökull Glacier; search for the Northern Lights in winter; or dip into the super heated water of the Blue Lagoon or the Secret Lagoon hot springs.

Insider Tip
The Golden Circle route is one of the most popular day tours among travelers, so expect some crowds. And don’t confuse this expedition with a trip around the Ring Road, which circles the entire country and is best seen with a rental car and (at least) a week’s time.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes and layers no matter the season.
  • Most sites have paved boardwalks and flat ground for easy accessibility.
  • Don’t worry about food and WiFi—many tour buses include wireless internet, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way that provide both.
  • From mid-May to mid-August, the sun only dips below the horizon for about three hours per day in Iceland, making the atmosphere especially beautiful in the lingering twilight. In midwinter, you'll get only about five hours of daylight.

How to Get There

It takes just over three hours to drive the famous Golden Circle route from Reykjavik, but plan on spending anywhere from six to eight hours depending on how long you explore at each stop. Most bus tours do the full loop before returning to the city. Whether you’re traveling by bus or rental car, the route is paved and 4x4 vehicles aren’t necessary.
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from ReykjavikDay Trips

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy.
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  • 7 hours
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from ReykjavikDay Trips

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik

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Enhance your experience of Iceland’s extraordinary Golden Circle on a full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, feast your eyes on spectacular sights like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring. Gain fascinating insight into the geothermic nature of the area at Strokkur, an erupting geyser, and gaze at the majestic Secret Lagoon hot spring bath before submerging yourself in the healing waters of the natural bath.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!Day Trips

Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!

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Visit top Iceland Golden Circle sites in just one day on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Travel with a small group to must-see attractions such as Thingvellir National Park, famous Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, and Kerid volcanic crater lake, all while enjoying the free onboard Wi-Fi and commentary from your guide. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Reykjavik hotel.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours

Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland's highlights on this 8.5-hour Golden Circle and Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths tour from Reykjavik. Admire views over Lake Thingvallavatn and the Hengill mountains, travel into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, and visit the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths. Relax in outdoor thermal pools and soak up the heat in natural steam rooms at your leisure. Afterward, take in top attractions on the Golden Circle route including Gullfoss Waterfall and the steaming Strokkur geyser.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and SnowmobilingDay Trips

Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and Snowmobiling

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Enjoy exciting outdoor adventure and discover top natural attractions in the Land of Ice and Fire on this 10-hour Golden Circle jeep and snowmobiling tour from Reykjavik. Hop into your jeep and head deep into the Thingvellir National Park. Listen as your guide details the park’s fascinating geology and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged landscape. Head along mountain tracks past bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers, and discover top attractions like the Gullfoss Waterfall. Take a thrilling snowmobile ride on Langjökull, Iceland's second largest glacier, then return to Reykjavik.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
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Golden Circle and Northern LightsDay Trips

Golden Circle and Northern Lights

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The Golden Circle route is home to some of Iceland’s most impressive natural wonders—waterfalls, geysers, and volcanic landscapes. This tour takes in all the highlights and includes an evening Northern Lights safari. Explore the Thingvellir National Park, see the ‘Geysir’ geyser, and marvel at Gullfoss Waterfall on the Golden Circle. Then, head out to remote viewpoints to hunt down the elusive Aurora Borealis and, if you’re lucky, enjoy a magnificent view of nature’s lightshow.
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  • 15 to 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 15 to 18 hours
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Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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For a day out with horses and hot springs, look no further than this full-day tour from Reykjavik. After a horseback ride on a unique Icelandic horse, take an express tour of some key Golden Circle sights: Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring area, UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, and the village of Hveragerdi. The ride is suitable for all levels of experience, and takes in the rugged countryside on the capital’s outskirts.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 hours
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from ReykjavikFull-day Tours

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour by Superjeep from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland's Golden Circle on this day tour from Reykjavik by 4x4 vehicle. You'll travel along a route that features three of the country’s top natural sights: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Transport is by Land Rover Defender 'super jeep,' which is equipped to navigate Iceland's rugged terrain.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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SuperSaver: Small Group Golden Circle Tour and Silfra Snorkeling AdventureDay Trips

SuperSaver: Small Group Golden Circle Tour and Silfra Snorkeling Adventure

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Visit two of the Golden Circle’s most impressive highlights and snorkel in Thingvellir National Park’s Silfra Fissure on this day trip from Reykjavik. Depart from the Icelandic capital by minibus and head to the UNESCO-listed national park, where you’ll snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Silfra Fissure, a rift between the European and North American plates. After, continue to Haukadalur, a geothermic valley, to see Gulfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Natural Hot Springs from ReykjavikPorts of Call Tours

Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Natural Hot Springs from Reykjavik

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Combine the best of the most popular tour in Iceland with a relaxing soak in a geothermal pool on the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour. This tour checks off the top three must-sees in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. And not only that, you round-off your day in typical Icelandic fashion with a dip in a geothermal pool.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover Iceland’s city sights by morning, and its waterfalls and geysers by afternoon. This full-day combo tour is a great way to experience Reykjavik and its surrounding sights. Start with a coach tour around urban landmarks like the Bessastadir presidential residence, and then swap the city sights for the natural wonders of Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir.
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  • 10 hours
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SuperSaver: Small-Group Lava Caving Experience and Golden Circle Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

SuperSaver: Small-Group Lava Caving Experience and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover natural attractions in the Land of Ice and Fire above and below the ground on this 8-hour lava-caving and Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. Travel to an ancient lava field located deep in the Blue Mountains with your guide. Put on your helmet and head underground, where beautiful rock formations and volcanic craters await. Afterward, take the Golden Circle route to famous sites including Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir and the UNESCO–listed Thingvellir National Park. During your tour, gain insight into Iceland’s unique geothermal qualities then return to Reykjavik.
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  • 10 hours
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Magnificent Icelandic Winter. Northern Lights & Golden Circle Combo!Day Trips

Magnificent Icelandic Winter. Northern Lights & Golden Circle Combo!

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Cover Iceland’s most iconic attractions in a single day during this full-day, action-packed combo tour. Explore the stunning Golden Circle route by comfortable, WIFI-equipped minibus. Stop at a mix of natural highlights, including Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur hot springs, and Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet. Then, set out in search of the elusive Aurora Borealis during a special after-hours supplement.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Private Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour from ReykjavikDay Trips

Private Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore the Golden Circle at your own pace for a day with a private guide and driver on. With this customizable package, visit Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, swim in the Secret Lagoon, stop by the Kerid Crater, and more. Round out your day by chasing the Northern Lights.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Small Group Day Trip from ReykjavikDay Trips

Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon Small Group Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Visit the beautiful Golden Circle and still have time left over to soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon with this tour from Reykjavik. Your guide will take you to spots such as the UNESCO-recognized Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Hot Spring Area, with a huge geyser that erupts every 15 minutes. You'll wrap up your trip with a visit to the Blue Lagoon where you'll be able to stay as long as you want before returning by bus to Reykjavik.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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7-Day Complete Iceland: South Coast, Golden Circle, Akureyri & Snaefellsnes Multi-day Tours

7-Day Complete Iceland: South Coast, Golden Circle, Akureyri & Snaefellsnes

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Many visitors to Iceland only take 1- or 2-day trips from the capital. This 7-day experience from Reykjavik offers the opportunity to get a less rushed and more in-depth experience of the country. Travel around the entire island, from the south coast to the East Fjords, to Akureyri, the capital of the north, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west, without the hassle of driving or arranging accommodation.
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  • 7 days
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8-Day Iceland Ring Road Tour: Reykjavik, Akureyri, Golden Circle & South Coast Nature and Wildlife

8-Day Iceland Ring Road Tour: Reykjavik, Akureyri, Golden Circle & South Coast

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For an in-depth experience of Iceland, one that is richer than taking quick day trips, this guided tour from Reykjavík spends eight days journeying around the Ring Road. See the country's best attractions, including waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, and whale watching while soaking up its culture and heritage. Forget the hassle of driving and arranging hotels: This tour handles all logistics, including seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.
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  • 8 days
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Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and GeysirDay Trips

Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir

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See the natural wonders of Icelandic scenery in a short space of time. This express afternoon tour visits waterfalls, geysers and must-see Icelandic sights in just half a day. Walk with a guide around UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, pose for photos by Gullfoss waterfall, visit the Geysir hot spring area. Reykjavik hotel pickup and drop-off is also included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Private Day Tour Golden Circle | Blue Lagoon & Thingvellir National ParkDay Trips

Private Day Tour Golden Circle | Blue Lagoon & Thingvellir National Park

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Have you ever wished to be at two places at the same time? In this one-day tour, we will make your wish come true! First, we meet in Reykjavik, then hop into the lux jeep and take a drive directly to the Þingvellir, the place where North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. So, technically your wish will be granted :). Þingvellir is not only famous by this exquisite geological phenomenon, but it also has a great cultural heritage and it is a national park. After Þingvellir, you will have a chance to see the Great Geysir, including the powerful Strokkur, Smiður and Litli-Strokkur. When we are done with the geysers, the next stop is the Gullfoss waterfall. After this remarkable waterfall, it is time for relaxation in the most popular Icelandic geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon.Thereafter we will be heading back to the city ending our journey all relaxed and content.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Private Golden Circle Daytrip (1 - 8 Person )Day Trips

Private Golden Circle Daytrip (1 - 8 Person )

Our most popular tour. Our first stop takes Hveragerði, the town sent in geothermal areas, where people work with energy. Next stop on the Kerið, the volcanic crater. Skálholt church historical sites, the is next stop place which is peaceful and informative. Next, you will visit the Geysir area in Haukadal where you can see the geysers, hot springs, steam vents and creepy blue algae. Churn is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every 5 minutes. Our last stop takes us to Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament was established first in the world in 1000. At Thingvellir, you will see how the earth is ever so slowly pulled apart by the North - American and Eurasian tectonic plates and you will be able to stand where Viking settlers stood for centuries the ruling law of the land.
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  • 7 hours
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Guided Day Trip to Golden Circle from Reykjavik by MinibusDay Trips

Guided Day Trip to Golden Circle from Reykjavik by Minibus

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Experience the must-sees of the Golden Circle on this full-day trip from Reykjavik. Aboard a minibus with a small group of other travelers, learn about Iceland's cultural history, geology, and environment. Stops include the famous Gullfoss and Geysir; pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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Perlan Museum and Golden Circle AfternoonDay Trips

Perlan Museum and Golden Circle Afternoon

Start your day at the Perlan Wonders of Iceland exhibition (pickup not included) and go afterwards on a Grand Golden Circle Tour with BusTravel Iceland from Perlan.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, Ice Cave & Blue Lagoon from ReykjavikMulti-day Tours

3-Day Golden Circle, South Coast, Ice Cave & Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

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Many tours from Reykjavik focus only on the highlights of the Golden Circle or the South Coast. By spending three days with this small-group tour, you can experience both, and at a pace that allows time to fully soak up the landscapes. Includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts, and all transport.
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  • 3 days
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SuperSaver: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour and Northern Lights Adventure by Minibus from ReykjavikDay Trips

SuperSaver: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour and Northern Lights Adventure by Minibus from Reykjavik

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Make the most of your time in Iceland on this guided tour from Reykjavik that combines three of the country's most spectacular sites with a northern lights tour. During the day, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Thingvellir National Park, marvel at the teeming waterfall of Gullfoss, and watch Geysir spout steaming hot water into the air. After being dropped off back at your hotel, there is time to rest before you are picked back up to go hunting for the northern lights.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 11 hours
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