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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

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  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
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  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

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

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Pickup details

Pick-up from all hotels, bus stops and other meeting points starts 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the tour. You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Golden Circle Route

7 hours Admission Ticket Included

Thingvellir National Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Included


1 hour Admission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Gullfoss Waterfall

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Traveler Tips

Be aware that it gets very cold and windy near the waterfall so dress warm.
They dont allow you to eat or drink on the bus, so eat before hand or you can purchase food at the stops as well.
Here are some suggestions: Take a water-proof jacket or raincoat.


3,492 reviews
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Wonderful experience!
Jaime_Z, May 2023
Best tour with an amazing guide! Well worth the cost for such a great tour of the sights! We loved every minute of it!
Not a good tour
Max_S, May 2023
Too much time spent picking up other passengers or dropping them off. My friends did a different tour saw much better waterfalls and other things. We didn't see much lots of time spent driving seeing nothing
Great experience on Golden Circle Tour
memom110, May 2023
Excellent tour guide Gunnir. Driver was Norbert. Gunnir explained so much to us. Great information, voice, humor, answered questions whenever anyone asked. Even told us to order the meat soup, which was delicious and mention Grey line for a discount. We'd give them 10 stars out of ten. The guide and driver went out of their way for us. Thanks again.
Frank_M, May 2023
The waterfall and the geyser were spectacular! The geyser erupts every 10 minutes or so. You can walk down to the bottom of the waterfall.
Great trip
Alan_D, May 2023
It was a great trip and the guide was outstanding. My only complaint was not enough time was given to Pingveiller which involved a long walk through the gorge. I feel some time could have been taken from Geysier and the waterfall which both have only one site to see that are close to the bus stop. That time could have been given to Pingveiller.
Godafoss was great! I...
mollycule12, May 2023
Godafoss was great! I would recommend this travel company for sure. They were timely and polite, great time.
The whole adventure and...
richard_s, May 2023
The whole adventure and enjoyed our guide with Cat and Roman. Waterfall was breathtaking and rainbow added a great touch
1 traveler found this review helpful
You won’t go wrong with this Tour!
John_M, May 2023
This tour exceeded our expectations. The sights were amazing as promised. Tour guide was very informative and the bus was very comfortable with Wi-Fi and usb chargers in each seat. Great value for the amount of travel and sites seen.
Best way to see the Golden Circle
Gale_H, May 2023
Really enjoyed this tour. Elly was knowledgeable and very friendly. She answered all questions and made the trip memorable with interesting facts about Iceland and its history. The bus was clean and comfortable. The stops were very interesting and Elly provided some great information about each one which helped in using our time wisely. We were given adequate time at each location to see the sights and stop in the visitors center. Stunning scenery! I highly recommend.
Beautiful day out
Temi_A, May 2023
Such an amazing and beautiful day out. Getting to see so many natural wonders in a tour like this is a memory I will cherish forever. The waterfall is most definitely a highlight. All three stops were amazing, but I don't think you get enough time at the national park to see enough of it. That can be a day out in itself.
Great trip out
Neil_C, May 2023
The guide on the Gray Line tour was great. Very knowledgeable and professional. And went the extra mile to drop everyone off at the end of the trip. There were spectacular sights and plenty of time at each one. Around great trip.
Lovely day out
Nicola_M, May 2023
Really enjoyed this excursion, knowledgable guide, good timings for each place, breathtaking scenery, if you want sandwiches the first shop sells some which are less expensive than the second two stops and also the shops were all reasonably priced for Icelandic goods, some things were less expensive than the city centre tourist shops.
Sleepy bus trip
Alia_P, Apr 2023
Views and weather was great for this tour. Driver was efficient and the tour guide was OK. Very informative, but monotonal so it was a little of a drag. The sights made up for it and definitely took advantage of some naps.
Iceland in a Pill
zoe_w, Apr 2023
Beautiful sites to hit in one day. Excellent locations and a real taste of Iceland in one day. Waterfalls, geysirs, and history/tectonic plates. A lot of variety in one day. Definitely could have some more time at the first stop in Þingvellir, as it felt you had to constantly check your watch. Bring comfortable shoes. Charging ports in the bus were appreciated.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A great tour to take.
NormaB_S, Apr 2023
All scenic beauty. Wish we had more time at each stop. Driver & Guide were very good. Will come back again someday.
good trip
Margaret_P, Apr 2023
You just sit back and are driven around all day. The three stops were worth it. The falls were massive
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour and informative
Tracy_H, Apr 2023
Comfortable bus and we were picked up from outside our hotel in Reykavik. Our guide Darren was wonderful and we enjoyed listening to him and all the info on Iceland and his funny stories. We had 3 stops and we had plenty of time at each and it was very clear when we needed to be back and what we should see at each stop. The Geyser was amazing to watch and the Gulfoss waterfall was spectacular. We ate lunch at the cafe at the last stop by the waterfall and had the local dish, lamb soup which was lovely.
Wonderful experience
Nic_N, Apr 2023
The pick up service was very efficient. The driver and tour guide were very welcoming. The tour guide gave excellent information about each place and areas along the route. We had a lot of time at each venue. A great experience all round.
Amazing guide and tour!! to Rekyavik.
Amy_S, Apr 2023
This tour was the best one of our trip! The guide and driver were wonderful. The stops were beautiful and the day was well planned out. The lunch options and gift shops also exceeded our expectations. This tour is a must do and great value for the price.
4 hours on the bus for a 6 hour trip???
Suzanne_N, Apr 2023
The guide was fine and the sites lovely but we were on the bus for two and 1/2 extra hours to pick up passengers at the glacier and the Secret Lagoon. We did not get back to our stop until Near 8pm. Terrible!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
Melanie_B, Apr 2023
Fantastic guide and driver, who gave so much insight and information. Great pick up and drop off at hotel as well. We will definitely do this again. Thank you for a fantastic day and fabulous family memories.
Great afternoon excursion.
Stephanie_L, Apr 2023
Good tour. Just the right amount of time. I liked how you were left to explore on your own and the tour guide was good as well. The bus wasn't over crowded which was also a plus.
Breath taking!!
Michelle_M, Apr 2023
Me and my daughter had the best time!! Would highly recommend. Our guide and coach driver were great!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun trip
Alistair_K, Apr 2023
Fun trip. Guide was very knowledgable and helpful. It's a short trip, do another after it ends! Ty!!
Freda_C, Apr 2023
I have mobility problems so wanted a tour with little walking. At both the Geyser and the Waterfall the car park had not been cleared of snow, so it had become packed down into ice. Neither my children or I could walk on this so I did not see these attractions
Great trip
Kate_M, Apr 2023
Great tour guide. Lots of interesting information. The tour was just the right length with a good time at each stop.
Best trip!
Anna_C, Apr 2023
We loved the Golden Circle Tour! Perfect amount of time to see what we needed. We loved Bo, our guide. We wished we could have brought him with to all our tours! He was very informative, friendly and funny. He definitely made our experience the best.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect trip!
jacqueline_a, Apr 2023
Very impressed with the whole experience = easy to book, very reasonable price, Gray Line mini bus to collect us from port in Reykjavik was waiting for us as we disembarked (and we were early), easy changeover at the bus hostel, great guide and driver, plenty of time at each destination - all perfect, would thoroughly recommend to anyone!
A good experience
Kenneth_C, Mar 2023
Great use of a day trip. The sites were amazing. Gulfoss can be very cold and windy-be sure to bring warm gear. My one unpleasant surprise was the occasional subtle digs our guide would take at the “unfortunate” influence of the USA on Icelandic culture. Somewhat odd, considering he is not a native Icelander.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Golden Circle
Angela_B, Mar 2023
Fantastic trip! As people who don’t usually do trips, we were really pleased with the content, just the right amount of time at each stop, refreshments and toilets available at every stop. Very enjoyable indeed.


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