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Golden Circle Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 9 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Capture the spirit of Iceland during this Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. With a local guide, explore Thingvelllir (Þingvellir) National Park's mossy expanses and deep fissures. The site of the world's oldest existing parliament and home to the Geysir geothermal area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, the most impressive cascade in Iceland, which makes for spectacular photos. Travel in a climate-controlled coach featuring an audio guide available in 10 languages. National park fees and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels are included (if option selected). 
  • Discover Iceland's Golden Circle on a comprehensive tour
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs, and Gulfoss
  • Learn about Iceland's geologic history from your guide
  • National park fees are included
Following a morning meetup at Reykjavik Terminal or pickup at your hotel (depending on the option you selected), board the climate-controlled coach and embark on the Golden Circle tour of Iceland's most remarkable natural landmarks. Along the way, learn about the history, ecology, and geology of the area through the onboard audio guide, available in 10 languages. 

In Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir), see the fields of verdant moss and the gash in the earth where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are pulling apart. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the world's oldest existing parliament, founded by the Vikings.

Stop at the Geysir geothermal area, home to the Strokkur geyser, which erupts with a 98-foot (30-meter) column of boiling water every 4 to 8 minutes. Continue to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, where the Hvítá River cascades over three precipices into a 105-foot (32-meter) crevasse. 

Conclude the tour at your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Reykjavik Terminal
Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher. If you have booked a hotel pickup with SmartBus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green SmartBus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup. From Reykjavik Terminal, hop aboard your vehicle and travel into the Golden Circle with your guide. Along the way, learn about the history, ecology, and geology of the area through the on-board audio guide — available in 10 languages.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), Þingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift. As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
A favourite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world. Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travellers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance. Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik?
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

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Highlight was the Gullfoss waterfall
, Aug 2020
The Tours are very strange with the programm, the people dont need stress on the holidays,everywhere all over the world you’re Guide gets a little bit time with the guests to sit together drink something and relax but this tours are the same as you going with a normal bus, it says audio guide in German but there is no possibility to put our ear headphones inside, it’s a little bit frustrating
Great and highly recommend
, Feb 2020
This tour was BRILLIANT. We did the south coast tour as well as norther lights but golden circle was by far the best one. Our guide, Raga was initially quite rude. She spoke to everyone like we were on a school trip but she was really military when it came to timing. Through the day, she warmed up to everyone and in the end she was actually quite nice. We had a really good day at this tour and the weather was so sunny, made up for not seeing the northern lights
Worth a visit
, Jan 2020
Not enough time exploring each place and for lunch so would bring snacks with you if going in winter plenty of warm clothes and wet gear essential
, Oct 2019
It is informed that the pick up will be at 8:00 am but it only occurred at 9:00 am. If you consider me leaving 30 minutes before to wait for the bus, it means that I spent 1:30 waiting for the bus. It was informed that it would be a green bus, which did not happen. Imagine you get off the ship and have more than 30 buses on the patio and you have no detailed information on where and how to take the bus and green bus information is not real. I know that the bus went through all the hotels before going to the port, but it makes no sense having to wait more than 1 hour and besides the clear lack of information on how to take the bus, since as I said on the patio there were over 30 bus. Imagine the question whether the bus really would come or if it came and went without me seeing it. Total 9:00 h up to 15:30 = 5:30 hs tour
Short and Sweet
, Jun 2019
This was a very well planned tour that lasted 8 hours. The sights were incredible and you still have energy at the end of the tour to have a leisurely evening. The interactive tablets were a nice touch on the drives in between sites.
Alex is a great tour guide, loved the...
Rebecca C
, Sep 2018
Alex is a great tour guide, loved the entire experience, and he is so funny. The driver was an amazing help with my mobility scooter, and I am sorry I cannot remember his name. This is a must in Iceland, pick up and drop off at hotel, which was great for me.
Loved it - my tour bus driver even...
, Jan 2018
Loved it - my tour bus driver even stopped so that we could feed one of the wild Icelandic horses.
Una excursión fantastica
Isabel R
, Jul 2018
Aunque tuvimos un dia lluvioso vale la pena hacerla , Ibamos de crucero y nos vinieron recoger al puerto la cual cosa fue muy bien ya que estábamos un poco lejos y no hay buena comunicación. El audioguía con la tablet es fantástico porque aunque sepas un poco de inglés no lo dominamos y asi te enteras de todo ya que está muy bien explicado, la atención personal fue muy buena . Totalmente recomendable
Sehr schöne Tour, trotz...
Johann G
, Jun 2017
Sehr schöne Tour, trotz wechselhaftem Wetter! Tablets als audio-guide boten die Berichte auch zum Lesen zeigten auf einer Karte den Tourverlauf. Sehr gute Organisation!
Das Team von Reykjavik Sightseeing...
Manfred B
, Jan 2017
Das Team von Reykjavik Sightseeing war gut organisiert und sehr pünktlich. Das Englisch des Reiseleiters war gut zu verstehen. Das Wetter war unbeschreiblich schlecht Schneeregen, Regen und Wind, dadurch schlechte Sicht in einer fantastischen Landschaft.

Product code: 35149P1

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