Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn 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.
Enjoy a Golden Circle Classic day trip from Reykjavik
See Thingvellir, the oldest functioning parliament in the world
Visit the Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
Marvel at the double-tiered falls of the Gulfoss waterfall
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This classic Golden Circle tour hits all the highlights, making it ideal for those that want to get the most for their time and money.
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. 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 of Reykjavik's population. Continue from here along the famous Golden Circle, the sightseeing route that showcases three of Iceland’s most spectacular 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 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 Gullfoss waterfall. Marvel at the double-tiered falls and, with luck, catch sight of one of the famous rainbows that forms 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) in the air. Your tour then ends back at the original start point in Reykjavik.
I had booked this trip months ago. My instructions were to be picked up from the Bus Hostel at 9:30. I arrived at the Bus Hostel at 8:50 so had time to have a hot chocolate. At 9:05 I noticed a Gray Line mini bus pull in and while I turned around to get a lid for my drink and then to inquire was he looking to pick me up, he was gone. He did not stop or alight from the bus to see if anyone was waiting. There was no mention in my instructions that a pick up would be “anytime” around then. When you didn’t send another van around 9:30 I became quite distressed. The staff at the Bus Hostel were wonderful and rung Viator on my behalf. I could not get on another tour until 13:00. So the morning was absolutely lost to me, my only day in Reykjavik. I was furious. I suggest you make your instructions much clearer and inform Gray Line not to be so dammed lazy and get out of the bus and check that no one is waiting in the designated area. I did not arrive back to my accommodation til 8:00 in the evening.
So between Gray Line and yourself I suggest you get together and improve your communication. Apparently this has happened before and you did nothing to improve the instructions.
While the tour itself was very good my day was spoilt by the fact I was upset that morning.
I would not book with Viator again. And I expect an apology.
Although this is considered the premiere tour from Reykavik, it was a bit disappointing after experiencing the magnificent scenery accessible from other locations in Iceland, such as Seydisfjord and Akureyri. The Golden waterfalls is indeed worth a visit, but on the day we visited, the wind was so cold, we bailed after a few minutes of viewing. Thingvellir National Park is historically and geologically important, but visually uninspiring. If this is your only chance to see more than Reykajvik on an Iceland visit, however, then it offers an opportunity to visit waterfalls, geysers, and a geological fault.
I loved, loved, loved this trip and so glad we did it. Our guide Dagmar was absolutely the best. We felt we got to know Iceland, having traveled the countryside through the lava fields, viewing the geyser and area and visiting the amazing Guillfoss waterfall. Overall, a terrific tour!
I had booked the Classic Golden Circle tour, reading that it was a longer tour than the Express. Since this was my first time in Iceland, I was willing to pay the extra money for a longer tour so I could have enough time at each stop to take in the sights. We got on the bus, and it was the only available Golden Circle bus at the time we were scheduled. My ticket clearly stated Classic Day Trip. We got on the bus and the tour guide told us that, even though our tickets said Classic, this was actually the Express tour. We tried to make the best of it and didn't want to cause a scene so we went on with the tour. It was very rushed and we HAD to be back on the bus timely otherwise it would leave. After my tour, I wrote an email to Gray Line. I explained what happened and asked for a refund. I gave them a couple of days to respond and they ignored my email. As such, I felt compelled to write this review.