This was the best trip of the week for us. We had a great guide who has a real interest in Icelandic history and geography (with his own website called 'Icelandic curiosities'). He was able to give us a complete run through of all of the country's history whilst we visited some of Iceland's most famous and relevant sites.
We were able to see the Althing, the church where the last catholic bishop was removed, the fantasic Strokkur geyser and many other sites. I can't vouch for all of the guides being the same, but ours definitely made it an experience we can't forget.
Doing what: Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Great service from Reykjavik Excursions Tours, we saw everything listed and throughly enjoyed the tour. One bad point, the guide Matthias Pelz berated and screamed at a Chinese girl and Italian man who misunderstood the pickup location from Strokkur Geyser. He did this in front of the whole bus and made her cry. OK they were 10 minutes late back at the last stop of the day but that behaviour was unacceptable ans soured the day in many peoples opinion.
Loved the Blue Lagoon - such a unique setting, and we loved swimming around in the hot water. Gulfoss is impressive. We saw Niagara a few years ago, and it's hard to top that! And the thermal area around Geysir is fascinating. Geysir itself only erupts once or twice a day, so we weren't lucky enough to see that, but Strokkur erupts every five minutes or so, and is impressive enough by itself. The trip also takes in the Thingvellir national park and lake, and shows you the join between the European and American tectonic plates - not something you see every day! The guide gave us lots of commentary on what we saw and the history of Iceland in general, and if his English wasn't totally fluent it was still a lot better than my Icelandic or any other European language.
The main reason for the low rating is the fact that it rained the whole day. The Blue Lagoon visit was still fun, but it seemed like we spent half the day stopping to pick up or drop off passengers. The audio on the coaches was good, which helped in part to make up for the fact that we dcouldn't see much. We enjoyed Geysir, and we got to see Strokkur blow with regularity. In the end, we'd love to do it all again in better weather, and without so much rushing about.
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