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Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir

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Reykjavík, Iceland

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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Afternoon trip from Reykjavik to Gulfoss and Geysir
  • Pingvellir, the oldest functioning parliament in the world
  • Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
  • Charming village of Hveragerdi
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Reykjavik area hotels and guesthouses

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Expect post card–worthy stops at iconic Iceland sights (think geysers and waterfalls) in just half a day. In winter, a late-morning departure maximizes light, since daytime can last as few as four hours. In summer, nearly 21-hour daylight means even 6pm tours conclude before the sun sets.
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Professional English speaking guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
National Park fees
WiFi on board
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Gray Line Iceland HQ, Klettagarðar, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up is offered from most hotels and guesthouses in the capital area, as well as from cruise ports.
Pick-ups from hotels in the city center are not possible from directly in front of the hotel due to traffic restrictions, instead passengers must come to the nearest bus pickup point.

Ports

  • Skarfabakki cruise port
  • Miðbakki cruise port


Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your afternoon with a pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, and head into the countryside outside the city to discover the country’s natural phenomena, historical sites and scenery.

Pass waterfalls and geysers, and learn about the harsh, yet strikingly beautiful, landscape from your guide. Then, hop out of your coach at Thingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location of the old Icelandic parliament. Geologically, the site is significant, too. Hear about the ‘rift valley,’ where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, and admire the wild stretching plains that make up the wider Thingvellir National Park.

From the park, continue onward to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s best-known waterfalls. Stop for photos, and then visit the Geysir hot spring area, home to Strokkur: a large natural spring that burst jets of hot water into the air.

Fees at all national parks are included in the cost of this tour.

Your afternoon tour then finishes with a drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Head first to Thingvellir National Park with your guide. It was here, in the year 930, that the Icelandic national parliament was founded. Known locally as Althingi, the institution stands today as the oldest of its kind in the world, but that’s not the only reason it’s such a special place. It is here, in the Thingvellir National Park, that the mighty tectonic plates of North America and Europe meet. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
Continue on to the impressive Gullfoss waterfall, widely considered to be one of Iceland’s most beautiful sights. Gullfoss is fed by the Hvítá River, which tumbles down dramatically over a series of rocky steps into deep plunge pools below. Marvel at the falls’ power and perhaps take a moment to capture the views on camera. 
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Strokkur
Journey on to the Haukadalur geothermal area, where the hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur await. Discover impressive geothermal features such as bubbling mud pools, and marvel at the Strokkur geyser’s regular eruptions. 
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Golden Circle Route
Iceland's most popular sightseeing route, where three of the country's most spectacular natural wonders can be seen on the same trip.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Including Gullfoss and Geysir.

Traveler Tips


  • "No real time for eating, so take snacks and drinks with you." See review
  • "This is the perfect amount of time to see these attractions - no need to take a full day!" See review
  • "If you go despite the darkness, take more clothing that you could ever expect to need." See review

Reviews

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Excellent Tour and Guide
AndresSoto82
, Dec 2019
Tour was excellent. The guide even better. During the winter daylight is shorter so I wish we started earlier to get to see all the sites when the sun was up. Our last stop was a bit dark but still beautiful to experience.
star-5
Excellent tour of golden circle
Ritu L
, Nov 2019
Everything was great ! The bus was very comfortable, the guide was great with a sense of humour & he shared so much throughout the day. The sights are spectacular ! Definitely recommend.
star-4
Excellent Golden Circle tour
34SteveN34
, Oct 2019
As far as the tour operators they were very professional and kept to the time schedule very well. Gullfoss is absolutely amazing and worth the price of the tour by itself. But the other two stops were just ok. Thingvellir was ok. There are some nice views but really nothing you have to see. The last stop was the geysir Strokkur which is beside the famous geysir that no longer erupts. Strokkur did erupt every 8-10 mins but it was extremely anticlimactic. If I were to come again to Iceland I would 100% go back to gullfoss and skip the other two. U
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Golden Circle
Jim D
, Sep 2019
We were very glad we took this tour, as it provided stops at three of the four geological/historic sites we hoped to see in a single day tour. Gullfoss was dramatic and beautiful. Geyser, though something we have seen at Yellowstone National Park in the way of steam vents and geysers, was interesting to see in such a concentrated area. The UNESCO/National Park at Thingvellir was of high interest to us; it was thrilling to see the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and the actual walls of the plates. I would have given a 5 star rating to this tour if the guide would have commented about the parliament’s importance and its location in this valley and lake area.
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Superb Iceland
mwhite20072019
, Jul 2019
Brilliant tour with our driver Sal and guide Simon would do it again. Simon was very knowledgeable and very friendly
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Enjoyable Tour
Departure04151439021
, Jul 2019
Enjoyed this tour, particularly the Gullfoss Waterfall - quite spectacular. Being picked up for the tour at the cruise port was convenient and a factor in my decision to use Viator.
star-5
Golden Circle Express
stephenlmason
, Sep 2018
Wonderful experience with terrific tour guide. I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see alto within a minimum time schedule. Just make sure you are well prepared for the weather. It changes often and quickly
star-3
Sights = 5, Guide = 2, Combined = 3
LouisTerry
, Jul 2018
The six-hour tour lasted seven hours due to picking-up/dropping-off people. All three sights were worthwhile; however, the guide gave little valuable information. He told plenty of corny stories and jokes.
star-5
Great trip.....and the horses!
Catlady564
, Jun 2018
We truly enjoyed this very interesting trip. Our guide was super, he gave us details on Iceland's history, geography, people, food, economy and you name it. Also, the driver Oppi was great. Unfortunately I can not remember the guide's name (starting with letter D), he is a true ambassador of the beautiful country of Iceland! (Our trip was on June 22).
star-5
Incredible!!! The Golden Circle is a...
Cara V
, Apr 2018
Incredible!!! The Golden Circle is a must see in Iceland. You get to see how spectacular the Gullfoss waterfall is and the beautiful landscape of Iceland while riding in a very comfortable bus. Our tour guide was fabulous too! I highly recommend this tour.

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