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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered 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.

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

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

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

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.

7 hours Admission Ticket Included

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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Q: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

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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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.
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Travel guide was...
Andres_C, Jul 2022
Travel guide was fantastic. Organization was spot on,from pick up till drop off. I would Highly Recommend this tourist
Nice experience
Pierangelo_L, Jun 2022
Nice service, punctual, comfortable bus and very nice places. Tour guide with a great knowledge and experience. Beautiful waterfall. A bit shorter but very nice.
Brilliant tour!
Keith_W, Jun 2022
Informative, knowledgeable and humorous guide. Ran perfectly to schedule. Spotlessly clean coach. After a long drive around the island it was nice to sit back and let someone else do it! Thoroughly recommended.
Excellent Day Trup
Steven_R, Jun 2022
The Golden Circle is a great day trip from Reykjavik. Three stops varying in length from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45. The longest leg on the bus was about 1:15 on the way back. Pingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir were the stops. The falls were the best I’ve ever seen. The Geysir blew every few minutes, and there was ample opportunity for walking, food and souvenir shopping. I highly recommend this as an easy day trip. Darrin was the guide and Isak was the driver. They were both outstanding!
Unprofessional handleling at drop offs (Grey Line)
MarieLouise_P, Jun 2022
The Golden Circle was fantastic. Would without a doubt recommend going on the trip. I would however also recommend not to use Grey Line travel company, as I found them deeply unprofessional. I understood that they had trouble with their passenger list - which was fine, technical problems do happen. I am not satisfied with the way the on tour guide handled the situation, as the drop off turned into a very chaotic experience. As the last people on board, we ended up in the opposite side of Reykjavík to where we were staying. When this occured to us (we were tourists, and do not know the area), we were met with annoyance. The guide and driver then confered in Icelandic, and proceeded driving us to a drop off spot without informing us about the plan. All in all we got home, and had a memorable tour to the Golden Circle, but not being met with an understandment of our situation, made the drop off an unpleasant experience.
Well worth visiting all three
Andy_H, Jun 2022
Great trip, absolutely amazing sights. Would have preferred a little longer at the National Park (but can see why we had to keep moving) but perfect amount of time at the other two. Pick up on time, guide really good, coach comfortable.
Must see locations
starbrid, Jun 2022
Excellent experience, a must see. The tour guide was excellent. Be advised that there is a lot of steps and walking.
Excellent tour
LynfordGuest, Jun 2022
Gullfoss was exciting. So was the Geysir. Tour guide also pointed out interesting objects eg Hekla volcano
The tour was awesome. The...
Doug_P, Jun 2022
The tour was awesome. The guide made the trip, as he was very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. The Grayline driver did a nice job in making the trip very enjoyable.
Fun in Reykjavik
Julie_M, Jun 2022
The waterfall and geyser. It was very well planned and we had time for everything we wanted to do. The guide was very informative and interesting.
Excellent trip.
Lesley_R, Jun 2022
Excellent tour. We were picked up on time. The guide was knowledgeable and pointed out lots during the trip. Very happy. Would recommend.
Golden circle
Rosalie_M, Jun 2022
Guide was funny and knowledgeable Saw a lot Geyser went off on schedule Nothing more to say about it
An experience not to be missed
Tre, Jun 2022
Gullfoss and the geysers one off experiences. The walk through the Tetonic plates is very interesting and picturesque
Give a chance
Brayan_A, Jun 2022
Was amazing , the guide telling the story while driving and the places we have visited Amazing I love it
Could have been much more better
Klaudjo_B, Jun 2022
Really poor tour. The guide couldn’t wait for the time to leave. Maybe he was tired or maybe he had a bad day. Who knows. So little time to stop and see the attractions. Sorry!
All points were very...
Arthur_w, Jun 2022
All points were very interesting. No need to see more of the country. These are the best parts! The gesysers and the other stops just long enough to enjoy the sites.
Excellent guide and service
puneet_h, Jun 2022
The guide talked about stuff that was informative, relevant and on topic. The background details of everything we saw was very useful
Very enjoyable trip
KIRIT_M, Jun 2022
Beautiful waterfall lots of history and beautiful driveways beautiful our guide and driver were excellent
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day out
Georgina_H, Jun 2022
Fantastic day with a knowledgeable guide. The first stop was just beautiful. The second with the waterfall was breathtaking. The meeting Icelandic horses was an added bonus then of course the hot springs and watching the gysir was impressive to say the least.
Great
MICHAEL_L, Jun 2022
Great tour of Golden Circle highlights. Darren was an excellent guide. Price was very attractive also.
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