Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Discover some of the best sites in Iceland on the the Golden Circle Tour, in the company of a professional guide who will tell you all you need to know about the area's history, culture and nature. Leave the city behind and 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.
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In Brief

Location:
Reykjavík, Iceland
Country:
Iceland
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:

ENGLISH: Daily (08:30 / 09:30 / 10:30)
SPANISH: Wednesdays only (08:30)
GERMAN: Saturdays only (08:30) 
FRENCH: Mondays only (08:30)
CHINESE: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays (10:30)
SCANDINAVIAN: Fridays (08:30)

Highlights:
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Led by a local guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Overview
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Golden Circle Route, Iceland

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

Stop At: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir Iceland

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

Stop At: Geysir, Haukadalur Iceland

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

Stop At: Strokkur, Haukadalsvegur, Geysir Iceland

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

Stop At: Gullfoss, White River, Blaskogabyggd 801 Iceland

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

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup and drop off from selected locations (if requested)
  • Entry/Admission - Golden Circle Route
  • Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

1: Bus stop #5 Harpa, Sculpture & Shore Walk 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
2: Bus Stop #13 Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
3: Gray Line Iceland HQ, Klettagarðar 4, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland
4: Bus Stop #3 Lækjargata, Lækjargata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
5: Skarfabakki Harbour, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up is offered from most hotels, guesthouses and cruise ports in the capital area upon request (if option is selected). Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, pickup may not be directly in front of hotel but rather at a nearby designated pickup point.

The "No pickup" option does not include hotel pick-up, but only collections from Starting Points.

You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.

Ports
Skarfabakki cruise port, Miðbakki cruise port

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This trip is absolutely worth the money! Well organised, great guide who was very knowledgeable and beautiful scenery unlike anything I've ever seen before. There was plenty of time on the bus to recover from the walking - I did over 20,000 steps on my fitbit! We explored waterfalls in Thingvellir, (look out for the brown trout, they are amazing!), got blown off our feet at Gullfoss and saw a glacier in the distance! A first for us and quite a sight! My favourite part was the geysir, such fun and got some fabulous slow motion videos to bring home. A long day but made memories we will never forget!
• Submitted 07 Nov 2019
Wow wow wow!! Superbly organised and expertly delivered. Just book and enjoy. Pickup is prompt, and our guide Cristina was fab. Funny, knowledgeable and in charge! Money well spent
• Submitted 06 Nov 2019
It was an amazing trip.It was well worth every penny.The guide was really good and informative......
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Amazing places, flawless organisation, competent guide. Only nitpick: I would have appreciated if the stops had been longer than the hour we had.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Collected as arranged.we they were taken to all the sites as offered .our guide was very helpful gave enough information at each location.we were very lucky we had really great weather.thankyou.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
Very good trip you get to see a lot of scenery and places of interest. The guide was very informative. The waterfall was stunning.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Great views, waterfalls, geyser and trails. Loved this tour transfers from ship and back were seamless, great value. We will use this tour group again.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Guide and driver were excellent. Saw everything as planned and learned a lot about area. We enjoyed the experience.
• Submitted 13 Sep 2019
As always on this tours wish for more time at each location,but the price you pay and comfort,a great deal🙏
• Submitted 12 Sep 2019
This was a nice tour. The tour bus was very clean and comfortable, and offered USB charging ports. The guide spoke very clearly and explained everything well. 3 stops on the tour, and each stop lasted 30-60 minutes. Each stop also offered food and toilets.
• Submitted 06 Sep 2019
I was recently on a cruise ship that went to Iceland. The ship stopped in Reykjavik and offered a shore excursion called the Golden Circle to Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfloss Waterfalls, and the Geysir Geothermal area. The shore excursions was $209 per person, but, unfortunately, by the time we tried to sign up on the ship, the shore excursion was sold out. So, the morning that we docked in Reykjavik, my sister suggested we contact Viator. After telling her that I doubted that we would be able to get a tour for that same day, she persisted. So, since we had nothing to lose, we went on line and got in touch with Viator. Lo and behold! We were actually able to get a tour to the Golden Circle for that afternoon at 12:30. The price for the tour was a very reasonable $69 per person for a complete 6 1/2 hour tour! The tour was run by Gray Line, a local tour company in Iceland. The tour driver, Sosh, and guide, Christina, picked us up and others from my ship, promptly at the cruise terminal at 12:30 pm. We made one more stop to pick up a few others and by 1:00 pm we were on our way in a comfortable tour bus. Our guide was knowledgeable and her English impeccable, as she explained all that we were going to see. Our driver got us everywhere we needed to go safely. We got to see Thingvellir National Park, home of the divide in the North American and Euro-Asian tectonic plates. It was ruggedly beautiful. The Gullfloss Falls were gorgeous and powerful. The Geysir Geothermal area was like nothing I had ever seen before. Our Guide not only gave us a lot of interesting information about each area, she also had some charming and relevant anecdotes that she shared along the way to and from each stop. It was a most enjoyable learning experience. At each stop, she also gave specific instructions as to rest rooms, where we could eat, if we wanted, the location of where the bus would be, and the time we needed to be back at the bus. The funny thing is that at each stop we would run into people we knew who had taken the ship's more expensive shore excursion. Anyway, the Viator tour got us back to the ship safe and sound at the promised time. The tour guide and driver had made this a day to remember! Thank you, Viator, for making it possible for us to do the Golden Circle Tour at the last possible minute.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
Thank you again Viator , we had a wonderful day ,everything went like clockwork from being met at the cruise terminal to being returned to the ship, the tour guide was excellent and very informative.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
A well planned day out with adequate time at the waterfalls, geysirs and national park. Even a short tour of Reykavik as we dropped people at their hotels. Guide was well informed and easy to listen to.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
We had a wonderful day trip With Isak as driver and Cristina as guide. Cristina is a gold mine of information. She told us a lot more than what to expect. This trip is a must for People who would like see the nature of Island.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Great scenery and very helpful information from our guide. Covered the essential three main natural attractions in good time. Driver and guide very obliging on return to cruise ship.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
Buses were comfortable, tour, scenery, timing on each place was great as well. The best was all the stories and anecdotes offered by the tour conductor Anna. She was fantastic.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2019
We visited Iceland on Marco Polo, a great little ship, and pre-booked this tour. I was a little concerned that we could have difficulty finding the pick-up point, but, no worries, the coach was waiting at the port. The guide (Jacob) was great, very amusing mixing information and humour, as we drove between the sites. I have done the Golden Circle tour before and was surprised at how many more visitors there were this time but also how access and viewing had been improved; it was almost possible to touch the water at Gullfoss and we experienced the spray from the falls. The drive was well organised and we returned to the port on time, with no problems.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
Derrick and Siggi were great informative guides for the day. Highly recommend the trip. Follow their suggestions.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
We had a great day out we where picked up on time and our guide Simon looked after us well and was very informative I would recommend Grayline to anyone going to Iceland we also had great weather
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Absolutely brilliant trip. Everything ran smoothly. Lovely comfortable coach and a fabulous knowledgable guide. Would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2019
An exciting tour of excellent places in Reykjavik. Well run...we really enjoyed the day. Be sure to dress for the day as it was cool and windy.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
Amazing tour. Highly recommend everyone to take this tour! Darren our tour guide Ana Valli, our driver we’re both amazing! Wonderful pair to conduct a tour.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
We booked online and this tour met us from the ship as promised, amazing bus, clean and comfortable, I forget the names of the guildes (sorry) I think danny and siggi. The tour was almost 8 hours and we went to the omportant places and had enough time at each to see, take photos use toilets and take photos, the falls are so spectacular and the geysers. a wonderful tour, great gulde and driver and great company ,
• Submitted 07 Aug 2019
Superb visit to the three stops on the Golden Circle. Our guide Gulla was great and provided lots of info on each of the points of interest. More was available as we walked to the sites. Hammi the driver handled the bus expertly and gave us a smooth safe trip. This was so much better than the tour available from the cruise AND CHEAPER BY FAR.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019

In Brief

Location:
Reykjavík, Iceland
Country:
Iceland
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:

ENGLISH: Daily (08:30 / 09:30 / 10:30)
SPANISH: Wednesdays only (08:30)
GERMAN: Saturdays only (08:30) 
FRENCH: Mondays only (08:30)
CHINESE: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays (10:30)
SCANDINAVIAN: Fridays (08:30)

Highlights:
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Led by a local guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included