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

Reykjavík, Iceland
7 hours

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)

Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Led by a local guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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

Such a well organised and well run day! Our guide was super and let us know all there was to know - but let us do our thing once we arrived at each place. The first stop was my favourite - sunrise in the Þingvellir National Park, so magical! :—) Some coach day tours can be very tedious and a long day but this was anything but. Definitely recommend!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2020
Very good trip and guide was lovely 😊 knowledge was brilliant. As was travelling solo I was really looked after and never felt alone or bothered being in my own as was looked after very well and the guide brought us all together.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
It showed us the highlights ,Geysir geothermal area, the magnificent waterfalls, Gullfoss, and Pingvellir National Park where the Prime Minister of Iceland has a summer home. Our guide pointed out many interesting site and told us a lot about Iceland.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Driver and Guide were both excellent. Signing up was easy. There was a bit of confusion about which bus we were supposed to get on, but they got everything sorted out quickly and we left on time. The sights were incredible. The falls in the winter are truly beautiful compared to the summer. You can't get as close to them as you can in the summer, but you wouldn't want to. Don't forget to get the lamb stew for lunch at the falls. It's a wonder in itself. If you go in the winter be sure to over dress. The weather can switch from rain to snow to clear skies within minutes. Be prepared and you'll have a great time.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
Really efficient and amazing day with plenty of time to explore between stops so you don’t feel your travelling all the time - Darren (our guide) was particularly brilliant!
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
Had a great day. The trip was well organised. Pick up on time then drive around the sites. Really enjoyed it, lots of information given by the guide and time to see each of the sites. Well worth going even though we were very tired. Thank you
• Submitted 19 Dec 2019
We had an amazing time on the Golden Circle tour. Our tour guide, Simon, was very knowledgeable and funny, we really enjoyed him. There were three main stops: Thingvellir national park which was beautiful, Gulfoss waterfall which was very impressive and the Geysir which was really fun to watch. The landscape was beautiful overall. Tips: All the tours we went on in Iceland required you be at your bus stop 30 minutes prior to your tour time. We definitely saw people who had missed their tours because they didn't understand this. So make sure you know where your tour is picking you up and what time you need to be there. If you are not one of the main stops, they may pick you up via minibus to connect with the larger bus and the larger bus will drop you at the end of the day at a more major stop where the big bus can drive. This seemed true across all the companies we used but it is good to know. The bus driver will help you pick which stop to get off at but make sure you understand the bus stop before they start dropping people off.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2019
Great experience .not rushed and lots to see but wrap up warm with waterproofs if going in winter good fun.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
Very nice we are happy for the excellent service and the welcome the we received in this trip and we are happy bc to say that we are going to try to come back soon.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
Absolutely loved this trip - it was interesting and worthwhile! Guide Darren and Driver Obbi were superb, the best! Darren was informative and friendly but never too much. We had plenty of time at all the fave was the Geysirs! We ate ice cream and just watched them! Brilliant! Coach very comfy and warm as well - pretty perfect really! Thoroughly recommend!
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
The trip was well-organized and everything went really smoothly. We loved our tour guide, Simon, as he was very knowledgeable and funny. He brightened up the whole trip. Although it was rainy and cloudy, but as we know, the weather could be even worse in November. Overall, we had a good time.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Excellent tour guide with good information. Great personality to keep the bus listening to every word!
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
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

In Brief

Reykjavík, Iceland
7 hours

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)

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