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Classic Golden Circle Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Iceland’s number one tour, the Golden Circle, allows you to discover the wild landscape of this vast continent in a day
  • Witness the extraordinary power of nature at Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Hot Spring
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park, a place of extraordinary natural beauty
  • See the place site where formidable forces pull Iceland apart
  • The tour is led by an expert local guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

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

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    English speaking tour: 8:30am & 9:30am
    German speaking tour: 8:30am
    Scandinavian speaking tour: 8:30am

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

    Ending Point

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

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This classic sightseeing tour, known as the ‘Golden Circle’, showcases the most spectacular scenery in Iceland as well as the continent’s important historic sites.

    Admire Gullfoss, the queen of Iceland’s waterfalls, as it tumbles down a deep gorge. Discover lovely The Þingvellir National Park – full of natural beauty and historic interest. Witness the places where Iceland’s landscape tearing apart due to massive forces of the Earth’s crust.

    Visit the birth-place of the Icelandic parliament, the site of the world’s oldest national assembly at Thingveller’s plains. Take in sprouting springs of Geysir, the epic water jets are so well known that they’ve lent their name to all the hot springs of the world. The stop at Geysir will be around 30 minutes.

    Drive through the striking landscape to a town where clean, safe, and efficient thermal energy is powering a thriving horticultural industry.

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

    Itinerary

    The Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavikvisits 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 or 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 veers west and Eurasia moves east.

    Þingvellir is also a site of great historic interest, it’s plains playing host to the Icelandic parliament Alþingi, founded in the year 930 AD.

    Continue to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss ('Golden Waterfall'), Walks at the waterfalls edge are particularly magical, allowing you to 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 Centre 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.

    Following lunch, 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 the water from volcanic hot springs.

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

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    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
  • 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 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.

    Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services are not provided from private addresses.

    Itinerary of the tour may change on the day of departure depending on the weather conditions.

    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 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 fleets in Iceland. Enjoy comfortable coaches with air conditioning, seatbelts and free WiFi. Offers a 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 This provider is part of Gray Line – a world leader in sightseeing for more than 100 years.
  • Reviews
    • Best tour ever!

      This tour involved some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever witnessed! Tectonic plates, waterfalls and geysurs, this tour had it all. The tour Guide Abba was really...

      Mrs Julie Emery
    • Classic Golden Circle Tour

      We enjoyed the tour with its relaxed pace, the tour guide, sorry I do not remember his name was very informative....

      fred crompton
    • Excellent tour! Very well organised!

      Excellent tour and very well organised and presented by our guide Kristina and driver Baldush. It was very informative and smooth. We were very well looked after. We always knew...

      Ruta L Rozaniene
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