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

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide to explain the history and geology of each site, see the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir, and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy. Ideal if you’re seeking a day-long, classic Golden Circle tour.


  • 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

Depart your central Reykjavik hotel or Reykjavik cruise port by air-conditioned coach and venture into Iceland’s starkly beautiful interior of rugged peaks, pastures and volcanic plains.

Make your first stop at Nesjavellir, a power plant in the geothermal region around Lake Thingvallavatn. Take in panoramic views of the plant that harnesses the area’s natural propensity for generating power, and hear how it produces renewable energy for more than half Reykjavik's population.

Continue from here along the famous Golden Circle, the sightseeing route that showcases three of Iceland’s most psec natural wonders.

Stop by at Thingvellir National Park, a region of untouched beauty steeped in ancient history. Learn how it’s home to the original, outdoor site of Iceland’s first parliamentary assembly, the Althingi, that began life in 930, and see the extraordinary Thingvellir rift, where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia face each other over a narrow valley.

Snap photos as your guide explains how the plates are gradually pulling apart, and then continue to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Marvel at the double-tiered falls, and with luck, catch sight of one of the famous rainbows that form in the mists.

Next, visit the incredible geothermal region of Geysir, known for its hot springs and geysers. Take in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and see Strokkur, a waterspout that shoots to around 98 feet (30 meters) into the air.

Visit Skalholt Church, built on the site of a 12th-century cathedral that was the seat of Iceland’s bishops, and see the village of Hveragerdi, where thermal greenhouses utilize the area’s natural steam to cultivate flowers, fruits and vegetables. 

Your tour then ends back at the original start point in Reykjavik.

Customer Reviews

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Brilliant experience , absolutely wonderful, thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide was top class and gave us an amazing insight into the Icelandic way of life


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Incredible scenery!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent. Well worth going on this excursion and aside from the main attractions the guide had plenty of incidental Icelandic information to keep one interested on the coach.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The landscape of Iceland says all. Although it's a easy trip as you will be siting in the bus most of time, the view of the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir are priceless.

Joab S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Got to see a lot of Iceland and the stop over times were the right duration so no one got bored. A lot of time was spent on the coach but the guide, Deedee, made it fun and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, however I thought the stop to see the horses was unnecessary as few people wanted to do it and it cost and additional 800 krona

Mahendra V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Outstanding service, on time and very knowledgeable guides! Raj and Louise Washington DC

jennifer a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

One of the best day trips we have been on. The guide was superb with the right blend of facts and fiction about each location visited without going over the top.Thoroughly enjoyable.

Ross C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent scenery, great tour guide, well worth the price

nina z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

great tour!

Monica J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was great, well worth the time and money. Bus is very conformable and sites that we stopped at were interesting and a wonderful experience

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