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Golden Circle Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 9 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Capture the spirit of Iceland during this Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. With a local guide, explore Thingvelllir (Þingvellir) National Park's mossy expanses and deep fissures. The site of the world's oldest existing parliament and home to the Geysir geothermal area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, the most impressive cascade in Iceland, which makes for spectacular photos. Travel in a climate-controlled coach featuring an audio guide available in 10 languages. National park fees and round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels are included (if option selected). 
  • Discover Iceland's Golden Circle on a comprehensive tour
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs, and Gulfoss
  • Learn about Iceland's geologic history from your guide
  • National park fees are included
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Local guide
In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)
On board free WiFi
USB charger available in every seat
Food and drinks
Headphones / earbuds for the on-board audio guide (please bring your own; or, they are available for purchase on site)
Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.

Departure Point

Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland

The tour will start from Reykjavik Terminal. Please be there at least 15 minutes before your chosen departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Following a morning meetup at Reykjavik Terminal or pickup at your hotel (depending on the option you selected), board the climate-controlled coach and embark on the Golden Circle tour of Iceland's most remarkable natural landmarks. Along the way, learn about the history, ecology, and geology of the area through the onboard audio guide, available in 10 languages. 

In Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir), see the fields of verdant moss and the gash in the earth where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are pulling apart. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the world's oldest existing parliament, founded by the Vikings.

Stop at the Geysir geothermal area, home to the Strokkur geyser, which erupts with a 98-foot (30-meter) column of boiling water every 4 to 8 minutes. Continue to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, where the Hvítá River cascades over three precipices into a 105-foot (32-meter) crevasse. 

Conclude the tour at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bus Hostel Reykjavik
Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher. If you have booked a hotel pickup with SmartBus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green SmartBus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup. From Reykjavik Terminal, hop aboard your vehicle and travel into the Golden Circle with your guide. Along the way, learn about the history, ecology, and geology of the area through the on-board audio guide — available in 10 languages.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), Þingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift. As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Geysir
A favourite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world. Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travellers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance. Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Audio-guide languages available: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sightseeing
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.

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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 Classic Day 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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Classic Day 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 Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Classic Day Tour 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
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Classic Day Tour from Reykjavik.

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  • "Not enough time exploring each place and for lunch so would bring snacks with you if going in winter plenty of warm clothes and wet gear essential" See review
  • "This is a must in Iceland, pick up and drop off at hotel, which was great for me." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Excellent tour
Samantha_G
, Dec 2021
Fabulous tour guide yo-yo and driver begee,very informative and super helpful,would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are happy to see you have enjoyed the company of our guide and driver for the day. We hope you now have plenty of nice memories after this experience and you are already planning your next one!
star-2
Much more time is needed
Frida_r
, Nov 2021
Too much stress at each stop. Did not got lunch the time as promised and that does not work out good with children. Wanted too have more time at the Geysir, we only saw one. Too much bus time. They even went by other places (Secret Lagoon) to pick up peolpe, and we did not book a trip to Secret Lagoon.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you Frida for taking time in writing us about your experience. We are sad to hear that you feel there was not enough time at each stop. We do offer a 45min up to 1h at each stop along the Golden Circle tour and this tour is 7,5h long. The stop at Secret Lagoon is extra on our itinerary and while other customers are boarding the bus, you get the chance to see one of the oldest natural hot pots in Iceland. We hope that you still found the energy to enjoy this tour.
star-5
Amazing
Jamie_R
, Aug 2021
An amazing tour through beautiful scenery, BG was an incredibly friendly and informative guide with knowledge on every aspect of life in iceland and answers to any question you might have.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Jamie! Thank you for your time in writing us a review. We are glad to see you have enjoyed your tour with us and we hope that all the nice memories you now have will make you come back and visit us again in the future. You are always welcome on board with us!
star-2
Highlight was the Gullfoss waterfall
Reuer_R
, Aug 2020
The Tours are very strange with the programm, the people dont need stress on the holidays,everywhere all over the world you’re Guide gets a little bit time with the guests to sit together drink something and relax but this tours are the same as you going with a normal bus, it says audio guide in German but there is no possibility to put our ear headphones inside, it’s a little bit frustrating
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great and highly recommend
Tuhel_K
, Feb 2020
This tour was BRILLIANT. We did the south coast tour as well as norther lights but golden circle was by far the best one. Our guide, Raga was initially quite rude. She spoke to everyone like we were on a school trip but she was really military when it came to timing. Through the day, she warmed up to everyone and in the end she was actually quite nice. We had a really good day at this tour and the weather was so sunny, made up for not seeing the northern lights
star-5
Worth a visit
sonia_s
, Jan 2020
Not enough time exploring each place and for lunch so would bring snacks with you if going in winter plenty of warm clothes and wet gear essential
star-4
TIME TO PICK UP
WALDYR DE C
, Oct 2019
It is informed that the pick up will be at 8:00 am but it only occurred at 9:00 am. If you consider me leaving 30 minutes before to wait for the bus, it means that I spent 1:30 waiting for the bus. It was informed that it would be a green bus, which did not happen. Imagine you get off the ship and have more than 30 buses on the patio and you have no detailed information on where and how to take the bus and green bus information is not real. I know that the bus went through all the hotels before going to the port, but it makes no sense having to wait more than 1 hour and besides the clear lack of information on how to take the bus, since as I said on the patio there were over 30 bus. Imagine the question whether the bus really would come or if it came and went without me seeing it. Total 9:00 h up to 15:30 = 5:30 hs tour
star-5
Short and Sweet
Anoushka_G
, Jun 2019
This was a very well planned tour that lasted 8 hours. The sights were incredible and you still have energy at the end of the tour to have a leisurely evening. The interactive tablets were a nice touch on the drives in between sites.
star-5
Alex is a great tour guide, loved the...
Rebecca C
, Sep 2018
Alex is a great tour guide, loved the entire experience, and he is so funny. The driver was an amazing help with my mobility scooter, and I am sorry I cannot remember his name. This is a must in Iceland, pick up and drop off at hotel, which was great for me.
star-5
Loved it - my tour bus driver even...
redeemed_96
, Jan 2018
Loved it - my tour bus driver even stopped so that we could feed one of the wild Icelandic horses.

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