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Reykjavik Sightseeing and Golden Circle Tour

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Highlights

  • Reykjavik City Sightseeing provides a perfect introduction to the city
  • The Golden Circle Tour is a “must-do” in Iceland
  • See nature at its most powerful at the Gulfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Spring
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park, a place of extraordinary natural beauty

Overview

Combine city and country on this comprehensive day tour of Iceland.

Spend a morning in and around Reykjavik, where the history and culture of a nation will be revealed and in the afternoon set out across the starkly beautiful landscapes of thefamous Golden Circle.

Some of the sites you will see on your Reykjavik City Sightseeing tour are the Presidential Palace, the old town and the famous Perlan – a glass dome which holds the city’s water.

After exploring the highlights of Reykjavik you can set out on Iceland’s best known tour – the Golden Circle. This tour shows you the very best of Iceland’s natural environment from the historical sites and one-of-a-kind waterfalls to geysers, and volcanic craters.

Itinerary

You will be picked up by bus from your Reykjavik hotel for this City Sightseeing and Golden Circle Tour. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide that knows the area well.

Drive just a few kilometers outside the capital to the Presidential Residence at Bessatoir. The main building dates from the 18th century and was built on the site of a former farmhouse used as a political headquarters by Icelandic kings and foreign rulers down through the centuries. The series of buildings are reflected in a placid lake and their striking red roofs stand in sharp relief against undulating brown mountains.

Continue onward to Hafnarfjörður, a charming port town that is home to an annual Viking festival and is arguably the rock and roll capital of Iceland. Hafnarfjörður is steeped in Elvin lore, and it is believed these “hidden people” live in and around the large boulders on the town’s outskirts.

Drive back into Reykjavik to check out the revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Perlan building, an architectural masterwork crowned by a glass dome that holds the city’s hot water supply—as well as the attention of all who gaze on it.

Surrounded by windows, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible panoramas of Reykjavik and the surrounding area.

View the Hallgrímskirkja Church, a looming white structure with a 73-meter steeple that is guarded by a lone statue of Icelandic explorer Leifur Eriksson.

Visit the University area and the old town centre, where the Icelandic Parliament and town hall are situated along a still pond.

Enjoy free time for a stroll in the bustling city centre, where you can lunch on local fare (payable direct) before departing for the Golden Circle portion of your tour.

Set off by bus for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park. It was here that the country’s first parliament was founded in 930 AD, making it the oldest known Parliament in the world. It is also a remarkable tectonic and volcanic environment where continental drift has engraved the landscape with cracks, faults, and fissures.

Drive to the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring, where a column of water thrusts upward to a height of 180 feet. Only a few feet away is the Stokkur Geyser, which hurls boiling water toward the sky every 5-10 minutes.

Continue to Gullfoss waterfall, where the wide Hvita River plunges furiously over a natural staircase of stones. When one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, giving the appearance of a raging river that simply vanishes into the earth.

On your way back to Reykjavik, make drive and pass by the village of Hveragerði, where geothermal energy has been harnessed to create unique greenhouse cultivation.

Travel back over a mountain heath to the Icelandic capital, where you will be returned to your hotel.

See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered

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Reviews

A top class experience. Our guide was fabulous. We had her the whole day and she able to keep talking the whole time. It was fun and interesting. A native to the country, her... Miss Karla V C Flower

This tour showed me Iceland nature in winter at its best, i still have in my mind that waterfall coming from the glacial or that boiling water at the geyser. City tour was good... Maria E Sanchez

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

10 hours

Start time

Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 10 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

The tour ends at your hotel/guesthouse in the Reykjavik area

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation by bus
  • English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Entrance fee to/spa treatments at Blue Lagoon
  • Lunch, refreshments

Do/Dont's

Bring swimwear and a towel Remember your camera

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Please note

Pick-up from hotels and guesthouses is 30 minutes before start time
The itinerary can be altered or changed according to weather and road conditions
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services not provided from private addresses.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • For your comfort, safety and convenience while in Iceland we work with a supplier who:
  • Has one of the youngest coach fleet in Iceland. Comfortable coaches with air condition, seatbelts and free WiFi.
  • Offers pick up and drop off service at all licensed hotels and guesthouses in the capital area that have at least 10 rooms.
  • Has a 24 hour telephone service which can be used by all customers while in Iceland
  • Is part of Gray Line – a world leader in sightseeing for more than 100 years.
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  • 4.5Reviews (4)
  • "Iceland on a Budget" A top class experience. Our guide was fabulous. We had her the whole day and she able to keep talking the whole time. It was fun and interesting. A native to the country, her...
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