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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

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Key Highlights

  • This express tour of Iceland′s finest features is ideal for short-stay visitors
  • Witness the extraordinary power of nature at Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Spring
  • See the place where formidable forces are pulling Iceland apart
  • The tour is led by a local expert guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Jan - 31 Dec: Daily at 11:00am & 1:00pm
    01 Jun - 31 Aug: Additional departure Daily at 4:00pm & 6:00pm


    6 hours

    Start time

    11:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm & 6:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Pick-up from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area.
    (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.)

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

    Alternate meeting point: You can meet the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at your hotel

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Experience the best of Iceland in just one afternoon when you take the scenic Golden Circle tour.

    This ever-popular sightseeing route showcases some of the most dramatic natural features of the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’ as well as important historic sites.

    Discover lovely Þingvellir National Park and learn about its extraordinary geology. See where Iceland is being pulled apart by massive forces within Earth’s crust and visit the birth-place of the Icelandic parliament (the world’s oldest).

    Admire Gullfoss, most magnificent of Iceland’s waterfalls, and view the jets of water at Geysir – the natural fountains that have lent their name to all the hot springs of the world.

    If you just have one afternoon but want to see as much of beautiful Iceland as possible, this is the perfect tour for you.


    See Iceland’s top historic and natural attractions in just 6 hours when you take the Golden Circle Afternoon Tour From Reykjavik. At the start of the tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach. A guide will accompany you on this tour.

    You will first visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 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. As North America moves slowly westward and Eurasia moves equally slowly eastward, Iceland is being pulled apart along this boundary line.

    Þingvellir is also of great historic interest because it was the site where the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, was founded in the year 930 AD.

    The tour continues to the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall ('Golden Waterfall' in English), where you can walk so close to the edge you feel the mist of the glacial water on your face.

    You will also visit the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur before going on to Hveragerði. This small town is famous for its greenhouses heated by water from volcanic hot springs.

    At the end of your delightful tour you will be dropped back at your hotel in Reykjavik.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking guide


    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Pick-up services are not provided from private addresses. Pick-up from hotels and guesthouses is 45 minutes before start time.

    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.

    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 haveThe stop at Geysir is around 30 minutesFor 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.
  • Reviews
    • good tour with informative guide

      A great tour with an informative guide who gave a very detailed and fun account of the sights on the tour. The coach was very comfortable and clean....

      suk mangat
    • Amazing tour with great tour guide

      Had an amazing day on this tour and had a great tour guide who told us lots of interesting facts about Iceland. Would 100% recommend...

      Jazmin Hunka
    • Unforgetable experience in a wonderful country

      There were 6 of us on this adventure to beautiful Iceland 4 adults 2 children which is why we did the half day tour neednt have worried the kids loved it all as much as we did....

      Carolyn Baldie
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