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  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration:  8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Want to see some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on a day trip from Reykjavik? From spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient volcanoes, the popular Golden Circle Classic full-day excursion by coach will introduce you to Iceland's world-renowned pristine natural beauty surrounding the capital.


  • Golden Circle Classic day trip from Reykjavik
  • Nesjavellir power plant (not guaranteed during winter)
  • Thingvellir, the oldest functioning parliament in the world
  • Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
  • Gulfoss waterfall
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Reykjavik area hotels and guesthouses

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What You Can Expect

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

The tour begins with a visit to the Nesjavellir power plant, a geothermal area in the picturesque landscape of Lake Thingvallavatn (this part of the tour may not be included in winter). This really is "green" renewable energy, as more than half of Reykjavik's population gets its energy from the Nesjavellir geothermal plant.

Your tour also includes a visit to Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament Althingi was founded in 930, making it the oldest functioning parliament in the world. It is here that the slowly diverging tectonic plates of America and Europe meet.

Your tour continues to the beautiful waterfall of Gullfoss, a highlight of any visit to Iceland, along with the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. You will also visit Skalholt church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops.

On your way back to Reykjavik you'll travel through fertile agricultural areas to the charming village of Hveragerdi.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Landscapes stunning, Worth it for the walk through rift valley. Could have done without the sagas on the coach and more about Iceland today.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was great. They let me off downtown a mile from my hotel. Boo.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great mixture of experiences in one day. The history and explanations form the guide were most interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour - great driver and guide - much appreciated the details and humor and genuine friendliness - thanks - !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was absolutely fantastic, and our guide was incredible. He made the whole trip, which was already incredible, that much better. Great way to experience so many different areas of Iceland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very nice tour and very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

First class all the way. This tour was fulfilled by the tour company who made all the stops advertised, but the advertisement doesn't do justice to everything you will see. The tour guide, Augusta, and driver, Olie, were excellent. Augusta pointed out items as the bus approached, so you were looking in advance for the spots where Game of Thrones were filmed, the valley with hot springs, the skiing cabin, a shield volcano, the largest lake in Iceland, etc. The bus made 6 stops. The first stop geothermal vents was very interesting, but I think it was included just to break up the sitting time on the bus. While it was a long day, it was really balanced between how long you visited attractions and how long you sat on the bus. We got out of the bus at Pingvellir and walked from the American side of a long cliff walled area towards the Eurasian side. I took lots of pictures and videos of Gulfoss, but they really don't do it justice. It is such a panoramic waterfall and it is not limited to the top level of falls that always appears in the published pictures. You'll want a hat. It's cold near the waterfall. The visit to Geysir was a lot of fun, Augusta had us touch a spot on the ground that was very warm and informed us that in a year it would become one of the thermal pools. Stryker kept erupting. It shot up 6 times in a 10 minute period which was very exciting. The geothermal power plant was added to the end of the tour and was as amazing and fascinating as the other attractions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour to get an overview of Iceland in a short time. It is especially great for those with mobility issues.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our favorite tour we did in Iceland. Our tour guide Gunna was very knowledgeable and friendly!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was really amazing! The guide was excellent.

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