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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup and drop off from selected locations (if requested)
WiFi on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Ingólfsstræti 1, 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Laugavegur 120, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Hafnarstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Lækjargata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Golden Circle Route
Get into the history of Iceland at Thingvellir National Park, witness the powerful beauty of a multi-tiered waterfall at Gullfoss and walk among bubbling geothermal pools at Geysir Geothermal Area.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Learn about some of the thrilling and somewhat gruesome history of Iceland at Thingvellir National Park. It’s significance is so great that it is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. You’ll walk the grounds where Icelandic democracy began and visit sites where Viking-era justice was carried out including the Drowning Pool and the Gallows Rock. Thingvellir is also the place where two tectonic plates are gradually separating creating a gorgeous landscape of steep cliffs and broad fields featuring Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Geysir
The Great Geysir, the first of its name, resides in Haukadalur in the Geysir Geothermal Area. The entire area is bubbling with geothermal activity from steam vents to boiling mud pits and the real stars of the geothermal show, the geysers. All other geysers, the world over, are named for Geysir.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Strokkur
While the Great Geysir erupts only occasionally these days, the last time being in 2016, nearby geyser Strokkur erupts regularly delighting onlookers by shooting hot water high into the air every few minutes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Gullfoss
The most popular waterfall in Iceland is, without a doubt, Gullfoss (the golden falls). And that is saying quite a lot in a country that is home to thousands of waterfalls. Gullfoss is also considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Iceland and it is certainly one of the largest. Hearing the roar of the Hvita River as it plunges 32 meters over two tiers into the gorge below is exhilarating. On sunny days, rainbows are abundant in the mist rising from the falls and there are several paths available around the waterfall including one leading down to its bottom so come equipped with your raincoat and have your camera at the ready.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Stops will be made during the tour at locations where facilities can be used
  • Stops will be made during the tour at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased
  • A small amount of walking is required to reach the sites
  • Foldable wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark. However be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The tour may be guided in two languages on the same bus
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Classic Day Trip 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Classic Day Trip 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
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik.

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awesome!
Luiz_S
, Jun 2021
Great tour! Guide was very professional and knew everything about Iceland and gave us some pretty incredible advices and facts about the region!
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A Required Tour
Joseph_H
, Jun 2021
The parliament/tectonic plates; 2 magnificent waterfalls; awesome geysers; friendly, informative, courteous driver .... an amazing day packed full of awesome things to see. I highly recommend this tour,, especially if you can only do one tour in Iceland, do this one.
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Outstanding experience
Jack_L
, Jun 2021
This is my first day trip here in Iceland. Both our guide Simon and driver were professional and welcoming. Simon was particularly funny and engaging. A outstanding experience overall.
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Best day trip ever
Tracey_M
, Dec 2020
Well organised trip and amazing scenery. The falls were spectacular (you do need to be fairly mobile and dressed for the occasion). Wonderful seeing the sun come up around mid morning and then watching and listening to the falls. Would have liked a bit more time there. Loved the soup and service at the cafe. Hopefully will get back to Iceland one day.
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Golden circle trip with "Grey line".
Yulia_K
, Aug 2020
Very good guide 👌 he told us a lot of stories about Iceland. The car was very comfortable as well..
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Nice boat trip
tina_p
, Aug 2020
Didn’t see any whales but a lot of dolphins though. A safe trip and a sweet Crew who did their best to make the trip as interesting and smooth as possible.
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Golden Circle
Susan
, Mar 2020
Great trip......an hour in all 3 places......time to explore. Knowledgeable guide and pick up and drop off from Cruise ship.
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Iceland in one day - excellent trip
Markus_H
, Mar 2020
The trip was excellent if you want to learn many things about iceland in general and to see the most popular sights. The guide told many stories and was funny too. He had many tips for visiting the locations on this tour and to get Discount and free restrooms and so on. The only problem of the trip is that you dont have so much time at the stops and that you are on your own, once you have left the bus. But for me nevertheless 5 stars.
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Water falls
StevenGary_H
, Mar 2020
Really enjoyed the day very informative and interesting the sights were wonderful and highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Iceland
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Great tour guide
Neena_S
, Mar 2020
Great day trip with loads of really interesting info from our guide Kristina. Good value compared to other tours.
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