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Classic Golden Circle Tour

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Highlights

  • Iceland’s number 1 tour – the Golden Circle – allows you to discover the wild landscape of Iceland in a day
  • Witness the extraordinary power of nature at Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Spring
  • See the place where formidable forces are pulling Iceland apart
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park, a place of extraordinary natural beauty
  • The tour is led by a local expert guide

Overview

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.

Itinerary

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 at around 0830h (08:30am).

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.

Due to weather and road conditions the tour operator cannot guarantee visits to Nesjavellir in the winter season. Instead you will visit Hellisheidi power plant.

At the end of the trip you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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

See Tour Map

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Reviews

Very well organised, informative throughout, plenty of time at each stop - Gulfoss Waterfalls and Geysir are awesome !! Great day out... Mr John Home

This was a truly memorable day made so by our guide DiDi. She had perfect English and perfect American and was full of fun, as well as being extremely well-informed and helpful... D B INNESS

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

English speaking Tour: Daily
German speaking Tour: Saturday
Scandinavian speaking Tour: Friday

Duration

8 hours 30 minutes

Start time

Start time: 0830h (08:30am), You will be picked up at your hotel 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes

Meeting point

Pick-up from your hotel or guest-house in Reykjavik (Please mention your hotel/guest-house 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

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel/guest-house in Reykjavik

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Inclusions

  • Hotel/ guest-house pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned/heated coach
  • Driver /Guide (English, German and Scandinavian languages available)

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Do/Dont's

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.

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Please note

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 30 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.

Due to weather and road conditions the tour operator cannot guarantee visits to Nesjavellir in the winter season. 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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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.
  • The stop at Geysir is around 30 minutes.
  • 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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Cancellation policy

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  • 4.5Reviews (249)
  • "Superb day !!!" Very well organised, informative throughout, plenty of time at each stop - Gulfoss Waterfalls and Geysir are awesome !! Great day out...
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