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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the magnetic landscapes of the ‘land of fire and ice’ on this excursion along Iceland’s most popular tourist route—the Golden Circle. Leave Reykjavik behind for a thrilling afternoon of sightseeing, stopping to snap photos of the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and marvel at the Strokkur geyser. Then, learn about Iceland’s fiery volcanic history as you explore the geological wonders of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
  • Explore the Golden Circle route without getting lost with a guide
  • See Gullfoss waterfall, Haukadalur, and Thingvellir National Park
  • Learn about Iceland’s fiery volcanic history
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik included
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Food and drinks
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Þórunnartún 1 , Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland

Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg, Þórunnartún 1 (64.144389,-21.910327)

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10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Our pickup can take up to 30 minutes so please wait at your pickup location from the time written on your ticket. More locations we do offer pickup service from: - Subway at the former Oddsson Ho(s)tel, Hringbraut 119 - Burgerjoint (Hamborgarabullan), Geirsgata 1 - Gamli Gardur, Hringbraut 29 - BSI Bus Terminal, Vatnsmyrarvegur 10 (front / taxi side) Many accommodations in central Reykjavik are redirected to official "Tour Bus Stops" from which we also offer pickup: - Tour Bus Stop 1, Ráðhúsið - City Hall, Vonarstraeti (64.146316,-21.941491) - Tour Bus Stop 2, Tjörnin - The Pond, Maedragardur on Laekjargata (64.145763,-21.938547) - Tour Bus Stop 3, Lækjargata, Laekjargata 4 (64.14678,-21.937296) - Tour Bus Stop 5, Harpa, Austurbakki 2 (64.14678,-21.937296) - Tour Bus Stop 6, Safnahúsið - The Culture House, Hverfisgata 15 by Arnarholl (64.147454,-21.932894) - Tour Bus Stop 7, Traðarkot, Hverfisgata 20 (64.146706,-21.930425) - Tour Bus Stop 8, Hallgrímskirkja, by Eiriksgata (64.141548,-21.927973) - Tour Bus Stop 9, Snorrabraut, Snorrabraut 24 (64.143497,-21.916289) - Tour Bus Stop 10, Hlemmur, Laugavegur 105 (64.143155,-21.915414) - Tour Bus Stop 11, Austurbær, Snorrabraut 37 (64.142364,-21.917228) - Tour Bus Stop 13, Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120 (64.142658,-21.913866) Free pickup location: - Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg, Þórunnartún 1 (64.144389,-21.910327)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cruise Port Pick up, please contact the local operator directly after booking in order to confirm your exact meeting point
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY BusTravel Iceland
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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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 Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Afternoon Tour 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
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik.

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  • "It was a lot of walking, but well worth it." See review
  • "All day trip, so you get a lot of bang for your buck." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Scenery was inspiring,...
Brian_S
, May 2022
Scenery was inspiring, guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Pace of the trip and length of stops was good. Weather can be a factor - our day was sunny, some clouds, no rain. A great day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Easy relaxed trip.
Jacqueline_F
, Apr 2022
Tour was very informative and interesting,Palli was a very good guide,with lots of stories. Robert our driver made us feel safe and at ease on our journey.
star-5
Stunning landscape trip made easy
Therese_L
, Mar 2022
I'd highly recommend this tour for the professionalism of the tour company, value for money and ease of travel, and the sites and points of interest themselves. Alot of beautiful and exciting landscape is packed into 8 hours. Our guide Monica was not only super knowledgeable during our tour but I felt she took a genuine interest in us and pride in her job and I loved the addition of Icelandic comtemory music while we drove from one site to the next. The landscape is stunning and worth the trip. Overall the timing at each site was fine though to make the most of the day I suggest taking a packed lunch rather than sitting down at one of the restaurants or it may feel rushed. The tour company was so well organised. I'm not a tourbus type person but I'd happily take this tour again in the summer to see the landscape at a different time of the year.
star-5
Golden Circle is amazing!
Jill_B
, Mar 2022
Atli was a great tour guide. So much to see on this tour. Crater, waterfalls, horses, organic lunch, fissures. Wonderful day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
Alison_M
, Feb 2022
What an amazing day i would highly recommend just make sure you have warm boots and clothing. Great tour guide and driver also.
star-5
Amazing trip from start to finish
Andrew_C
, Feb 2022
We were picked up during the start of a storm. We were warned by Monika the tour operator that we might need to abandon the tour due to bad weather. We were delayed while the operators worked out the safest roads to travel. We were kept informed the whole way through the trip. We were so impressed and felt safe with our driver Tomnik (not sure of the spelling) who was amazing. Monika was brilliant as a guide and gave us a wealth of knowledge along the way. We were so impressed as we found out after that most of the trips were cancelled on the day so we were so lucky.
star-5
Must do tour
Aileen_M
, Feb 2022
The tour guide Yusef was very nice and funny. The Gulfoss waterfall was stunning and the beautiful landscape seen from the bus from the beginning to end in the National Park.
star-5
Really fun tour!
Josh_G
, Feb 2022
We had a lot of fun during our tour, we had a tour guide called Iga! She kept the tour fun and engaging during the long drive, we miss her on our tour today! Give that gal a raise!
star-5
A must see for a visitor to Iceland
Janett_S
, Dec 2021
The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable , thoughtful, and helpful. The timing was excellent and the bus comfortable.
star-5
Amazing trip
Natalya_J
, Dec 2021
Lovely tour guides and amazing sights to see, a must do! Really friendly and helpful drive and guide, did two different trips with this company!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
Laura_K
, Dec 2021
Great driver Albert and guide was from Croatia, they made an excellent team - very professionl and made the whole day special
star-4
Great sites
Heather_L
, Nov 2021
Guide was great and the sites were amazing. Felt rushed though - would have liked more time. Many on bus (54 people?) did not mask. Made us uncomfortable. That should have been enforced.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Heather, Thank you for your feedback! Indeed Iceland just changed the covid rules from today on and the maximum amount of people is therefore now 50 people. Masks are mandatory again in Iceland from now on and we will enforce this rule while we are on the bus. Have a great day and we hope you are enjoying your time in Iceland!
star-5
Golden Circle and Icelandic Horses
Natasha_S
, Oct 2021
Did this on October 20th. Really appreciated the tidbits of information along the way and the recommendations for the best vantage point to take photos from our guide. Kerid Crater was the most dramatic of the sites that we saw that day and I really, really appreciated the extra and surprise stop to see the Icelandic horses. This should definitely be added to this itinerary.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was amazing tour...
Atamyrat_B
, Sep 2021
It was amazing tour guided by Matthew. I was sceptical when I was booking this tour, but it definitely is good tour and takes you to beautiful places.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Heather_J
, Jul 2021
Very prompt, educational and absolutely an amazing tour! It was so stressful especially traveling solo for first time. Highly recommend All of their tours in Iceland
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing!
Ogechi_A
, Jul 2021
Wonderful trip! Amazing views and experiences. Drinking the natural spring water and seeing the beautiful waterfalls was my highlight. Friendly host. Smooth driving. All day trip, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. Would highly recommend!
star-5
Great way to see the “must see’s.”
David_W
, Jun 2021
Great tour of some of the “must see’s” of a trip to Iceland. Our guide, Hjorter (“Howser; like Doogie, but no relation”), was a real gem. He was a wealth of information and was obviously passionate about sharing it. The scenery was beautiful and Hjorter made it a fun day as well. He is also a musician and shared his Spotify tour playlist with us, and I’ve been listening to it for the rest of my trip!
star-1
Trip went on in bad weather
Jenny_B
, Mar 2020
The weather for this trip was too windy to even safely see the sights. It should have been canceled. We could not see out the windows and had very little visibility. At some sights it felt like the wind was going to knock us down and many of us stayed in the bus rather than go because it seemed unsafe. The tour guide mocked us and our nationality for not wanting to be knocked over by wind. It felt like high school bullying. The bus shuddered from side to side. If you’re going in nice weather, it’s probably good but don’t count on them to cancel when it’s not good.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your tour, but we are extremely surprised to read your review. Our guides are all professionals who are well trained and experience. Our first priority on all our tours is the safety of our staff and passengers. I can assure you we never operate in unsafe conditions. We encourage you to email us directly so we can investigate this further as this review does not reflect the service we pride ourselves on providing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loved Gulfoss waterfall.
Katerina_R
, Feb 2020
Great guide, beautiful views. Thoroughly recommend. Thank you to Lasma. i wish we had taken her recommendation about the Northen Lights.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful time in Iceland
Alice_A
, Jan 2020
I loved the tour. The water fall was my favorite. It was a lot of walking, but well worth it. I loved how much time they gave you to see each attraction.

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