This classic sightseeing tour, known as the ‘Golden Circle’, showcases the most spectacular scenery in Iceland as well as important historic sites.
Admire Gullfoss, the queen of Iceland’s waterfalls, as it tumbles down a deep gorge. Discover lovely Þingvellir National Park – full of natural beauty and historic interest. See the places where Iceland is being pulled apart by massive forces within Earth’s crust.
Visit the birth-place of the Icelandic parliament (the world’s oldest) and view the jets of water at Geysir – the spouting springs that have lent their name to all the hot springs of the world. The stop at Geysir will be around 30 minutes.
Drive through the craggy landscape to the town where thermal energy – clean, safe and efficient – is powering a thriving horticultural industry.
The Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik takes you to some of the best known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland. At the start of the tour you will be picked up from your hotel/guest-house.
You will start by visiting Nesjavellir, a high temperature geothermal area in the scenic landscape of Lake Þingvallavatn. From there you will go on to the Þingvellir National Park, a place of fascinating geology and exceptional natural beauty. The Mid - Atlantic Ridge – the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates is clearly visible here. Gaze with awe at the line where Iceland is slowly being pulled apart as North America moves slowly westward and Eurasia moves equally slowly eastward.
Þingvellir is also of great historic interest, being the site where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in the year 930 AD.
Continue to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss ('Golden Waterfall' in English), where you can walk so close to the edge you feel the mist of the glacial water on your face.
The lunch stop is usually at the Gullfoss Cafe but sometimes the tour stops at the Information Center at the geothermal area around Geysir instead. You can purchase lunch at either of these two places or bring a packed lunch along with you.
You will visit the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur before going on to Skálholt Church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops.
From there you will travel on to Hveragerði. This small town is famous for its greenhouses heated by water from volcanic hot springs.
At the end of the trip you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavik.
Note: During winter season weather and road conditions, the tour operator cannot guarantee visits to Nesjavellir geothermal field. Instead you will visit Hellisheidi Power Plant.
Wonderful and affordable tour. In the future, I would skip the power plant....Jennifer L Hyde
Amazing sights with a very informative and entertaining guide....Taras H Dusanowskyj
A terrific day! Willie, our guide, made it a wonderful trip. Beautiful sights and a nice group of fellow travelers....Carol A Wickersheim
English speaking Tour: Daily
German speaking Tour: Saturday
Scandinavian speaking Tour: Friday
8 hours 30 minutes
English speaking Tour: 8:30am & 9:30am
German speaking Tour: 8:30am
Scandinavian speaking Tour: 8:30am
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.)
Alternate meeting point: You can meet the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel/guest-house in Reykjavik
The weather in Iceland can change frequently. Warm clothing in layers is recommended. Please remember to bring (or wear) good walking shoes. You may also want to consider some headwear to cover your ears in case the winds pick up.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Pick-up at hotels and guest-houses 45 minutes before start time.
Children 0-11yrs can join this tour for free if accompanied by an adult. Only one child is free with one paying adult.
During winter season weather and road conditions, the tour operator cannot guarantee visits to Nesjavellir geothermal field. Instead you will visit Hellisheidi Power Plant.
Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services are 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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