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Golden Circle and Green Energy Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Overview

Visit Iceland’s Golden Circle sights and learn how its geothermal activity is used to generate energy on this day tour from Reykjavik. Discover how some of the country’s sustainable power is produced at the Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal plant, and see the three Golden Circle landmarks of Thingvellir National Park, Geyser, and Gullfoss waterfall. Plus, take in other scenic wonders, including Faxi waterfall. Air-conditioned transport and a break for lunch (own expense) included.
  • Golden Circle and green energy day trip from Reykjavik
  • Learn about Iceland’s sustainable energy at Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal plant
  • See the Faxi waterfall and Kerio's multi-colored volcanic crater
  • Visit the Geysir geothermal area and watch the Strokkur geyser erupt
  • View the Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir’s historical parliament site and tectonic rift
  • Hellisheiðarvirkjun and Kerio entrance fees included, with lunch at own expense
  • Air-conditioned minibus transport, with hotel pickup and drop-off near your hotel in Reykjavik
After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, settle inside a climate-controlled minibus with your guide. Then, gaze at Iceland’s lava plains, mountains, and pastures as you leave Reykjavik for the Golden Circle.

For starters, visit the vast Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal plant, a power station that harnesses Iceland’s geothermal energy to produce sustainable electricity. Take a tour of the geothermal exhibition to see how the plant turbines work and learn about green energy via the multimedia presentations.

Stop to see the volcanic crater lake at Kerið, and then continue to the Faxi waterfall, a beautiful cascade complete with a man-made fish ladder. With luck, watch salmon jumping up through the ladder, and then tour the best-known Golden Circle sights, with a break for lunch (own expense) on route.

See the hot pools of the steaming Geysir geothermal field, and watch its Strokkur geyser erupt up to 65.6 feet (20 meters) in the air. Then, admire the Gullfoss waterfall before driving into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir Park. Check out the site of Iceland’s 10th-century parliaments, and stop at the tectonic rift, where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia face each other.

Your tour then finishes with a drop-off near your Reykjavik hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sterna Travel Iceland
Pick-up in Reykjavik
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Geothermal Exhibition
Learn about how Icelanders use geothermal power to help with daily life.
Duration: 40 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
Witness the enormous power and beauty of Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Geysir
Sightseeing in Geysir are, witness the sprouting geysir Strokkur.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Learn about the history of the first parliament, how the tectonic plates drift apart and and how Icelanders converted to Christianity.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Small and special
remason2019
, Sep 2019
The Sterna Tour minibus wasn't the newest, but I felt like the few of us on this tour had one of the best things going on the Golden Circle. - I appreciated being picked up at my hotel (not downtown). - Our tour guide, Jon, took extra care at two stops to drop us off in one location and pick us up in another, saving much time backtracking. He also took special care to park at the front where the bus would be easily visible. - I really wanted to go on the power plant tour - recommended for anyone with an analytical mind! We started off there, which means we beat the rush and basically had the whole power plant to ourselves; other tour groups started arriving just as we were leaving. - Jon communicated basic info about the history and landscape - and did it in both English and German to accommodate the needs of those on the bus! This tour was reasonably priced. I felt sorry for other tourists in mammoth buses, who had long lines for everything!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you Remaso for booking with us and taking the time to write about your experience! Glad you had a good time :) I can only agree, that Geothermal Power is a really interesting place. Thank you for the nice words about Jon - he will be grateful :)
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Perfect trip for Golden Circle and Geothermal plant
NaokoA75
, Aug 2019
Starts from 8:30 to around 17:00, it is really efficient tour for these spots. Time is enough for each destinations, the guide (driver) is friendly and gave us sufficient information. Mini bus has wi-fi and USB supply. You can have some lunch at Gaysir.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you so much NaokoA for your great review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed the tour with us :) Greetings from windy Iceland!
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The tour itself is provides a good...
Robert J
, Jul 2017
The tour itself is provides a good overview of interesting terrain, with extensive information provided by the driver regarding historical factors that led to what we are looking at. I really enjoyed the green energy plant and the explanation provided by the guide. Our rating is one star lower than the trip itself warrants because our mini-bus broke down and stranded us on the side of a very busy highway. The tour company did all the could and arrived in about 45 minutes with a substitute bus, but that made the tour hurried because 6 people had a 5:00 commitment that had to be met. Also, the seat belts in the back of the bus only sort of worked. On the whole, I am glad we did the tour.
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Had the best tour. The bus got us...
karanbhalla84
, Mar 2017
Had the best tour. The bus got us right on time and we had ample time there to check out the area. Highly recommended!
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When I choose this tour, I find it...
gina
, Feb 2017
When I choose this tour, I find it includes many places to visit. Although there are only 2 reviews when I booked the tour, I am happy I have chosen this tour to join finally. A funny tour guide and he bring us to many attractions! We really enjoy and think the tour is very value for money!
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Anna was a phenomenal tour guide and...
jacqs81
, Jan 2017
Anna was a phenomenal tour guide and the stops were just breath taking! Thank you for the fantastic day!
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Our trip was somewhat complicated by...
Kristina S
, Dec 2016
Our trip was somewhat complicated by a blizzard hitting at the last stop and closing roads and making for an exciting snowy and windy ride home on a long alternative route... but that adversity highlighted the excellence of the guide, Pieter. Not enough characters left to praise him properly!
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An diesem unbeständigen Tag konnten...
Chris
, Jun 2017
An diesem unbeständigen Tag konnten wir einen Einblick in die Strom- und Warmwassergewinnung Islands und der Bodenheizung in Reykjavik erhalten, bevor es dann zu den Standard-Sights von island ging. Vorbei an atemberaubenden Landschaften und kleinen Ortschaften ging es zu den Wasserfällen, Krater und zum Geysir. Eine schöne Landschaft bietet sich im Nationalpark rund um die Verwerfungslinie Europa-Nordamerika.Dort ging es den Durchbruch hinunter zum historischen Ort des ersten Parlaments. Ein sehr empfehlenswerter Tagesausflug mit einem kleinen Bus und einem guten Reiseleiter Piotr.

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