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City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover Iceland’s city sights by morning, and its waterfalls and geysers by afternoon. This full-day combo tour is a great way to experience Reykjavik and its surrounding sights. Start with a coach tour around urban landmarks like the Bessastadir presidential residence, and then swap the city sights for the natural wonders of Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir.
  • Two tours in one: Reykjavik attractions and Iceland’s natural phenomena
  • See top Reykjavik sights like Bessastadir, Perlan restaurant and Hofdi House
  • Visit Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot springs
  • Hotel pickup included
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
National Park fees
Admission to Perlan 360° observation platform
WiFi on board
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: Bus Stop #13 Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
2: Bus stop #5 Harpa, Sculpture & Shore Walk 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
3: Klettagarðar 4, Reykjavík, Iceland
4: Bus Stop #3 Lækjargata, Lækjargata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
5: Skarfabakki Harbour, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up is offered from most hotels, guesthouses and cruise ports in the capital area upon request (if option is selected). Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, pickup may not be directly in front of hotel but rather at a nearby designated pickup point.
The "No pickup" does not include hotel pick-up, but complimentary pickup from the following locations is offered upon request for no extra charge:
*Bus stop 6 - Safnahúsið / Culture House
*Bus stop 13 - Rauðarárstígur
You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.

Ports

  • Miðbakki Cruise Port
  • Skarfabakki Cruise Port


Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start with a hotel pickup and then travel into downtown Reykjavik by coach for your city tour. The route takes in places of historical interest as well as some of the modern and quirky sights around the city.

Stop at Bessastadir, the stately residence of Iceland’s president, and then continue to Hofdi House where the historic 1986 summit took place between Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Have your camera ready for the futuristic Perlan restaurant, which is built on tanks containing the city’s hot water supply, and admire Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran church that’s one of the country’s tallest buildings.

Other highlights include the geothermal Laugardalur pool with its Sveinsson-designed sculptures, and the nearby harbor town of Hafnarfjordur, home to a mythical community of ‘hidden folk.’

When your morning city tour ends, head out on your express Gullfoss and Geysir excursion that handily takes in Thingvellir, too. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its ancient parliament that was established there many centuries ago. The spot is also home to the intersection of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, and your guide will explain the area’s unique geology.

Continue to the thundering waters of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive falls, and then on to the bubbling hot springs of Strokkur and Geysir.

Your tour then ends with a hotel drop-off back in Reykjavik.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hofdi House
Historical building in Reykjavik which was the location of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev's summit in 1986.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Reykjavik Concert Hall, which has won several awards for its architecture and design.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bessastadir
See the residence of Iceland's president
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Reykjavik City Hall
Reykjavik's City Hall on the lake
Pass By:  
Parliament House (Althingishus)
Iceland's parliament building
Stop At:  
Geysir
See the geothermal area and Strokkur geyser erupt every few minutes
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hallgrimskirkja
See the largest church in Iceland and one of the tallest buildings in the country
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park viewing deck, where you can see the old parliament fields and the tectonic plate rift
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Golden Circle Route
Iceland's most popular sightseeing route
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
One of Iceland's largest waterfall, drops in two tiers down into Hvitargljufur canyon
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Meals are not included, but stops will be made at local restaurants where meals and snacks can be purchased.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.

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Good tour
Getaway274111
, Sep 2019
This is really two tours. The first tour of the city gave a very good overview of Reykjavík. The second tour, the golden circle, gave his good a introduction to the interior of the island Enjoyed both tours and would recommend the tour.
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Nobody told me that tere is a break...
Anna R
, Mar 2017
Nobody told me that tere is a break between Reykjavik Sightseeing and Gullfoss....Tour.
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Do not book this tour - maybe just...
Donnie
, Feb 2016
Do not book this tour - maybe just stick with the Golden Circle and bypass the Reykjavik part completely. I thought this would give me a basiv overview of the city so that I could then go exploring on my own. We actually just sat on a bus for several hours while a couple of things were pointed out to us. At one stage the coach driver attempted to drive into/past an underground carpark with a height limit ...... that was less than the bus height. Much crunching and scraping later we managed to reverse out again ! Then there was an hour stopover at the bus station in between these 2 tours - which wasn't all bad as the food was good - but not somewhere I want to spend my holiday. Tour of the Golden Circle was better - I would recommend this part only. This was also ruined by the fact that we arrived back into Reykjavik in a blizzard. The coach was going to drop us off as near to our hotels as possible ....... unfortunately the tour guide got increasingly vague about which hotels were at which stops and then just announced this was the stop for all mid-town hotels. Seeing as I had just arrived I had no idea if this included me or not. Therefore I eventually left the bus with a vague wave of the hand from the guide that you hotel is in 'that direction'. With the bad weather this didn't make the wandering around for 20 mins trying to find the hotel easy. Was not a great end to the very long day !
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star-5
Lovely tour, cheerful guide and...
Shaunte T
, Jun 2015
Lovely tour, cheerful guide and refreshing experience. This is the safest place in the world. We actual stood in front of the president's home. No security just the welcoming coastal waters welcoming you. Amazing!
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It was a very informative tour of...
Pavel C
, Jun 2015
It was a very informative tour of Reykjavik and attractions around the area. I found it to be very good for a our short stay in Iceland and it gives you a good impression of the main attractions of the city and its surroundings.
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star-5
This tour was fantastic and you get...
Vanessa H
, May 2015
This tour was fantastic and you get to see the main tourist hotspots in one go. It is a long day with lots of time on the coach but there is so much to see that it isn't boring and the stops make it well worth the trip. Would definitely recommend.
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star-4
Very interesting tour split into 2...
archer1204
, Dec 2014
Very interesting tour split into 2 parts first a nice tour around the outskirts of reykjavik very good guide. The second part of the day was actually the golden circle tour so all the sites and again very good guide called john
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Despite doing this trip in the...
Julie T
, Dec 2014
Despite doing this trip in the middle of winter it was well worth doing and a wonderful way of seeing the landscape outside of Reykjavik. The guide and driver were excellent and very informative. Would highly recommend
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We got a great feel for 2 different...
skiag
, Nov 2014
We got a great feel for 2 different areas all in one day. Combining both for same day was perfect for our time frame.
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Tour exceeded our expectations. The...
Wayne H
, Oct 2014
Tour exceeded our expectations. The people of Iceland are extremely gracious hosts and are willing to share their history, culture, personal opionions. In fact the locals have convinced me that elves exist! The true measure of a successful tour is whether one will spend the time and money to return and invest in other Viator tours of Iceland. I will. A travelor of 100+ countries.
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