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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.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Golden Circle Classic day trip from Reykjavik
  • Take in panoramic views of Nesjavellir power plant (seasonal)
  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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.
Make your first stop at Nesjavellir, a power plant in the geothermal region around Lake Thingvallavatn. 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.

Customer Reviews

Francine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A fabulous well-run tour of some of the most amazing sights around Reykjavik. The Gulfoss waterfall, Strokkur and Geysir hot springs, and Thingvellir parliament site were beautiful - even in the cold rainy weather on the day we went, and our guide whose name I've sadly forgotten, but who told us that her name meant 'Warrior Woman'! was hilarious and knowledgeable about everything we saw. She also pointed out things of interest along the way while we drove between sites, and had a wealth of funny and entertaining stories about Icelandic tradition, culture and history. The tour is well-paced, with plenty of time at each attraction, and there are gift shops, restaurants and toilets at each stop. Definitey the ideal way to visit some of the must-see sights of Iceland, on a comfortable coach with friendly staff.

Carolina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

What an amazing experience. We went to all of the three places as expected. Bjarni (Day) is an excellent tour guide. We learned so much about Iceland by listening to his narration.
Just a minor setback, though, is that we wished to have more time lunching and exploring the Gullfoss.

Angela H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a must-do tour if you're visiting Reykavik. I would highly recommend the day tour, rather than a half day. ours was perfectly placed to enjoy and explore around the x 3 stops on the tour. I spoke to others who had chosen a half day tour but they felt it was very rushed and had wanted to spend more time at the stops to fully appreciate them. The 3 stops are all totally amazing. This experience is unique and will stay with me for a very very long time.

Denis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Awesome tour!

Irina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A must see tour!
An excellent guide, enough time to see and explore all areas and absolutely stunning views. Totally recommend!

Julio L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great all around.... thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the major sites in one outing

Kaye Thordz Austria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I highly recommend this tour. It allows you to see the wonders of Iceland in a short amount of time and hussel free. Just wear the right clothing/shoes and you're good to go!

Gareth J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We took this tour on Monday January 30th 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had an extremely good, friendly and knowledgable Grayline tour guide who showed a real passion for the history and culture of Iceland. Highly recommended.

lee anne z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was my favorite thing I did on my Iceland trip.

graesch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

An amazing day with an excellent guide- DeDe. she was full of wonderful facts to share with the tour- we saw the site of Iceland's first parliament, the Gulfoss Waterfall AMAZING! and the geysers- plus stopped off to see Icelandic horses looked like beautiful ponies. Take this tour- you will love it!

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