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Enhance your experience of Iceland’s extraordinary Golden Circle on a full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, feast your eyes on spectacular sights like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring. Gain fascinating insight into the geothermic nature of the area at Strokkur, an erupting geyser, and gaze at the majestic Secret Lagoon hot spring bath before submerging yourself in the healing waters of the natural bath.
Full-day tour of Iceland's magnificent Golden Circle
See natural wonders like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring
Enrich your knowledge of geothermic activity at the erupting Strokkur geyser
Succumb to serenity in the warm, cleansing waters of the Secret Lagoon hot spring bath
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
By timing your visits to arrive after the morning rush, this tour ensures you avoid the tourist crowds.
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PLEASE NOTE: These bus stops for tour buses are not the same as the bus stops for city buses. The tour bus stops have a blue pillar with pink bus sign at the top and the number and name of the bus stop. The city bus stops have a yellow "S" in a red circle (S as Strætó - city bus). Please do not wait at the city bus stops!
Once you submit/confirm with us a specific bus stop, please meet us exactly at that bus stop and not any other.
Bus stop 1 – Ráðhúsið – City Hall:
- Chez Monique
- Embassy Luxury Apartments
- Hotel Reykjavík Centrum
- Kvosin Hotel
- 3 Sisters Guesthouse
- Central Apartments
- Centerhotel Plaza
- City Center Hotel
- Gallery Central Guesthouse
- Guesthouse Álfhóll
- Guesthouse Butterfly
- Hotel Hilda
- Hotel Metropolitan
- House Of Spirits
- Konsulat Hotel
- Ocean Comfort Apartments
- Lighthouse Apartments
- Planet Apartments
- Reykjavik Downtown Hostel
- Ambassade Apartments
- Castle House Luxury Apartments
- Central Guesthouse
- Luna Hotel Apartments – Laufásvegi 6
- Luna Hotel Apartments – Spítalastígur 1
Bus stop 3 – Lækjargata (in front of Hard Rock Café):
- 1912 Guesthouse
- Apotek Hotel
- Centric Guesthouse
- Hotel Borg
- Konsulat Hotel Curio
- Radisson Blu Hotel 1919
Bus Stop 4 - Miðbakki:
- Exeter hotel
- Black Pearl
Bus stop 5 – Harpa:
- Centerhotel Arnarhvoll
Bus stop 6 – Safnahúsið – The Culture House (corner of Ingolfsstraeti and Hverfisgata:
- 101 Hótel
- Apartment K – Hverfisgata 14
- Apartment K – Ingólfsstræti 1a
- Apartment K – Skólastræti 1
- Apartment K – Þingholtsstræti 2-4
- Centerhotel Þingholt
- Loft Hostel
- Luna Hotel Apartments – Amtmannsstígur 5
Bus stop 8 – Hallgrímskirkja:
- Eric The Red Guesthouse
- Forsæla Apartments
- Gest Inn
- Guesthouse Aurora
- Hostel B47
- Hotel Leifur Eiríksson
- Hotel Óðinsvé
- Inga’s New Guest Apartments
- Loki 101 Guesthouse
- Mengi Apartments
- Our House Guesthouse
- SUNNA Guesthouse
- Villa Guesthouse
Bus stop 10 – Hlemmur (Laugavegur 105):
- 100 Iceland Hotel
- 101 Guesthouse
- 4th Floor Hotel
- Alda Hotel Reykjavik
- Alfred’s Apartments
- Alfred’s Studios
- Apartment K – Laugavegur 74
- Apartment K – Laugavegur 85-86
- City Comfort Apartments
- Guesthouse Von
- Heida’s Home
- Hlemmur Apartments
- Hlemmur Square
- OK Hotel
- Reykjavik4you Apartments – Laugavegi 85
- Aurora Apartments, Hverfisgata 78
- Skuggi hotel
- Grettisborg Apartments
- Guesthouse Reykjavik 101
- Guesthouse Snorri
- Reykjavik Hostel Village
- Stay Apartments Grettisgata
Bus stop 12 – Höfðatorg (in front of Fosshotel Reyjavik):
- Storm Hotel
- Fosshótel Reykjavík
- Tower Suites
Bus stop 13 – Rauðarástígur (in front of Centerhotel Miðgarður):
- Centerhotel Miðgarður
Bus stop 14 - Skúlagata (corner of Skúlagata/Klappastígur)
- 101 Skuggi Guesthouse
- 41 – A Townhouse Hotel
- Apartment 37
- Apartment K – Bergstaðastræti 3
- Apartment K – Bergstaðastræti 12
- Apartment K – Hvergisgata 37
- Apartment K – Laugavegur 46
- Apartment K – Lindargata 60
- Apartments Aurora
- Black Tower
- Canopy Reykjavík | City Centre
- Centerhotel Klöpp
- Centerhotel Skjaldbreið
- Domus Guesthouse
- Guesthouse Óðinn
- Guesthouse Thor
- Guesthouse Turninn
- Gray Tower
- Hótel Frón
- Ísland Apartments
- Ion City Hotel
- Old Charm Reykjavik Apartments
- Reykjavik Residence Hotel
- Reykjavik Residence Suites
- Room With A View
- Rey Apartments
- Reykjavik4you Apartments – Bergstaðastræti 12
- The Swan House Reykjavik Apartments
- Hótel Holt
- Guesthouse Anna
- Guesthouse Baldursbrá – Laufásvegur 41
- Guesthouse Baldursbrá – Tjarnargata 46
- Guesthouse Galtafell
- Guesthouse Lena
- Travel Inn
Direct pickup is offered from:
22 Hill Hotel - Brautarholt 22-24
Arctic Comfort Hótel - Síðumúli 19
B14 Hostel - Faxafen 11
BB 44 Guesthouse - Nýbýlavegur 16
Bike Cave - Einarsnes 36
Brim Hotel - Skipholt 27
Bus Hostel - Skógarhlíð 10
Cabin Hótel - Borgartún 32
Capital Inn - Suðurhlíð 35d
Circle Hostel - Hringbraut 121
City Park Hotel - Ármúli 5
Downtown Reykjavik Apartments - Rauðarárstígur 31
Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel - Brautarholt 10-14
Fosshótel Barón - Barónstígur 2-4
Fosshótel Lind - Rauðarárstígur 18
Fosshótel Rauðará - Rauðarárstígur 37
Galaxy Pod Hostel - Laugavegur 172
Garðs Apótek, Sogavegur 108
Glæsibær bus stop
Grand Hótel Reykjavík - Sigtún 38
Grímur Hotel - Efstaland 26
Guesthouse Pávi - Brautarholt 4
Harbor - Miðbakki
Harbor - Skarfabakki
Harbor - Sundabakki
Hilton Reykjavík Nordica - Suðurlandsbraut 2
Hótel Ísland - Ármúli 9
Hótel Lotus - Álftamýri 7
Hótel Örkin - Brautarholt 29
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Icelandair Hótel Reykjavík Natura
Kerno Apartments - Hringbraut 79
KEX Hostel - Skúlagata 28
Klettur Hótel - Mjölnisholt 12-14
Kringlan shopping mall (Orkan gas station on Miklabraut)
Lækur Hostel - Laugarnesvegur 74a
Mjódd bus station
N1 gas station- Ægisiða 102
Northern Comfort Apartments - Skipholti 15
Norðurey Hotel City Garden - Hrísateigur 14
Oddsson Hotel - Grensásvegur 16a
Radisson Blu Hótel Saga
REKinn - Skipholt 15
Reykjavik City Hostel - Sundlaugavegur 34
Reykjavik Domestic Airport (Reykjavíkurflugvöllur) - Þorragata 10
Reykjavik Lights Hotel - Suðurlandsbraut 12
Skeljungur gas station - Kleppsvegur 104
Stay Apartments Bolholt - Bolholt 6
Stay Apartments Einholt - Einholt 2
Summerday Guesthouse - Grensásvegur 24
Direct pickup (other)
NOTE: The pickup time might vary. Please get in touch with Gateway to Iceland for the exact time.
Blue House B&B Iceland - Valhúsabraut 19, Seltjarnarnes
Eiðistorg square, Seltjarnarnes
First Hotel - Hlíðasmári 5, Kópavogur
Hamraborg square, Kópavogur
Hotel Laxnes - Haholt 7, Mosfellsbær
Hotel Smári - Hlíðasmári 13, Kópavogur
Hotel Vellir - Tjarnarvellir 3, Hafnarfjörður
Hotel Viking - Strandgata, Hafnarfjörður
Norðurey Hotel Reykjavik Road - Reykjavikurvegur 72, Hafnarfjörður
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Bathing suit required for Secret Lagoon visit
Please note: due to the driving restrictions in Reykjavík, we cannot guarantee a hotel pickup from all hotels. In case your hotel is located in the restricted area, we will ask you to meet us at a designated bus stop, which is never more than few minutes walking distance.
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Please notify us in case you need us to provide you a child seat or when you travel with a service animal.
Most travelers can participate
The tour operates with minimum 4 adult participants.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
OPERATED BY Gateway to 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.
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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.
"It's a long day but it doesn't feel it - just the right amount of time at each place." See review
"You have to climb stairs and then walk over which eats up time so you will probably get back to the bus late." See review
"You can also stay on the bus, which drives around the park to pick up those electing to take the walk." See review
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Black sand and waterfalls
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide BG was excellent. He was funny, interesting and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Iceland and it’s varied topography. The black sand beach was stunning and the various waterfalls were beautiful.
This morning as a great way to spend a day in Iceland. Our guide, Hildy, was professional, polite, funny, and knowledgeable. Visiting the Secret Lagoon was an excellent way to relax and recuperate after the tour.
An amazing day trip in the aftermath of an arctic storm after many trips had been cancelled. Beautiful, frozen landscape. The tour guide was wonderful, added lots of local knowledge, stories and history into his narrative. Secret lagoon much needed warm up and deliciously misty on this frozen winter day. A fabulous day!
Thank you very much for your reply. The team of Gateway To Iceland is delighted that this day, this excursion, has been so successful.
We always make sure that our clients are satisfied.
We hope to see you again
Had a lovely time on this tour even though the weather did not cooperate. Dooley was very personable and we enjoyed hearing his stories of growing up in Northern Iceland. All the stops were unique and wonderful but the Secret Lagoon at the end of the trip was simply amazing especially after a day of cold and rain!
This was our first time in Iceland and we only had 1 day. I booked this tour because it basically covers all the places I wanted to see in a day. There were several communications between the company and I. They were responsive and got back to me in a timely manner. Our schedule was already tight as it was but on the day of, our flight was delayed for 1 hour. I called them on arrival and they made it work and we were still able to go on the tour. The tour was good with enough time spent on all the sites. Mr. Dooley was very nice, patient and knowledgeable about the places. He was great. He brought us back to our individual hotels which was very convenient because we still had our luggages. I usually book a small group tour when I can because it is more efficient, personalized and convenient way of touring. Not of lot waiting for so many people in big buses to get in and out. We had a very nice, new and comfortable van. The only thing is, I misunderstood. I thought we were going to the Blue Lagoon. Instead we went to the Secret Lagoon. It was still nice though. Entrance fee was included with the tour. I was greatly satisfied and would recommend this company and this tour.
Everything was great!! The destinations were beautiful. We spent exactly the right amount of time in each place. The Secret Lagoon was relaxing, even on a warmer day. Our tour guide, Dooley was informative and explained a lot of information about geography, history and personal stories from his childhood, growing up in Iceland.
Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your tour and had "exactly the right amount of time in each place." It's great to hear our guides are doing well. We wish you well in all your future travels.
This was the least good of three tours (and the only one with Gateway to Iceland, another with them having been cancelled at less than a day's notice).
The good bits - the pick up/drop off was very efficient and minibus was modern, spacious and comfortable particularly as we were only 12 people. The guide made the most of a couple of the sights by dropping off in one place and picking us up in another.
The scheduling of the trip was quite poor though - pick up is quite late (10.00) and it is scheduled for 8 hours but we weren't back until after 19.00 yet we didn't do a single thing not on the schedule (my other two trips each had several interesting extras and on this trip we just drove past various interesting stops where other groups were parked) and it would have been much later but for events at the Secret Lagoon (see below). Speaking with others who had done Golden Circle tours they made a lot more stops and saw much more than we did. I and others had dinner reservations, relying on the schedule.
We spent 1 ½ hours at Pingvellir which was very interesting but it quickly became clear we wouldn't be doing much in the day as time was running away. Lunch was not until 2pm which upset some in the party. The guide kept on looking at and his answering his phone (no hands free) while driving and on the way from Gulfoss to the Geysir he cancelled one call but then had a very animated conversation at 80 km/h (having slowed from 100) at more than one point taking both hands off the steering wheel. When we arrived at Geysir, we all had to hang around while he answered various further calls and it then became apparent (when the call was in English) that the office 'phone was diverting to him and he was dealing with a couple whose tour for the following day and they were being rebooked with another firm (East West) which they weren't too happy about and hadn't been provided with any details of. It's obviously very irresponsible/dangerous (and illegal in most countries) to use the mobile while driving but when its our tour, it is quite unreasonable for us on a tour to hang around for 20 minutes while the guide deals with office issues.
At the Secret Lagoon, 5 of the 12 people didn't want to swim so just had to wait for 1h35mins and three people had a go but didn't like it at all (and got out after 10 mins) so ultimately 8 of 12 were hanging around for over an hour in a stuffy/hot room while it was raining heavily outside; three left just to sit in the bus. Fortunately the four swimmers got out quite early, so our wait was shortened so I went to tell the guide and we left early. What's a bit of a scam about this is that the Secret Lagoon entry price (ISK3,000/US$23) is included in the price so if you don't swim, they keep the money! Quite annoying; it should be an optional extra, not profiteering by Gateway to Iceland.
Our guide, Gummi, was very experienced and seemed like a nice chap, but he spoke non stop in a monotone, much of it trivia, which we all agreed was incredibly boring and not really very informative - more like a recorded message.
In summary, I wouldn't use Gateway to Iceland again as it doesn't seem a very professional firm, first cancelling a trip a very short notice (and this seems to be regular thing for them) then not planning the Golden Circle tour well to use the time efficiently and show people more, keeping the unused swimming fees and above all allowing unsafe driving practices by making the guide answer the office 'phone while on another tour. Basically, all is done for the convenience of Gateway to Iceland and the customers/customer service is not important to them. Best choose another firm.
Thanks for your review. We welcome comments from our customers and it’s good to hear what people like or where we can improve.
Regarding the scheduling of the trip, many people enjoy the later pickup time (10:00 a.m.). This allows them to take an easy morning and find breakfast or enjoy sleeping in. We often receive very positive reviews regarding this later pickup time.
We’re sorry you didn’t enjoy the extra hour you received on the trip. Often this happens when guests are enjoying the sites and tend to hang around and take extra photos. Our drivers are happy to adjust the timing of the trip to the interest of the group. We rarely receive complaints about taking extra time on the tours. We do not like customers to feel rushed from site to site.
You may have noticed other areas where people were parked, but these are often hiking trails or simply rest areas with tables. We are very transparent in our listing of the tour and what is included. Each company has their own unique stops they like to do, and our highlight is the Secret Lagoon.
Þingvellir is one of the main sites of the Golden Circle, for environmental, geographical, and historical reasons. It is not surprising that your group took extra time there. It is a large area and some may have taken the walk to the scenic waterfall. Of course, our driver will not leave someone behind, and this is one of the stops where people have freedom to roam for a certain amount of time.
We are unsure how you were able to see in front of the driver, as you were sitting behind him most of the trip. You would not be able to see the speedometer, and the phone you’re referring to actually has a Bluetooth connection to the driver’s ears. This means you also would not have been able to hear the conversation on the other side of the phone for what you claim was another person’s tour.
Regarding your complaints about the Secret Lagoon, we are very clear that this is one of the main stops. It is even included in the title of the tour! Thank you for trying to advise customers on the cost of the Secret Lagoon, but you may not know that we have various contracts to get you better prices than if you booked a ticket on your own. Therefore, when we do these excursions with other companies, are not scamming you out of some outrageous amount of money. Rather, we are providing you with a discounted rate and a scenic tour on your way to another experience (in this case, the lagoon).
Gummi is one of our most highly rated drivers, often with people giving glowing reviews that he provided several stories and facts they had never heard before. This commentary is part of what you pay for when you book a guided tour, and we encourage potential customers reading this review to look for other reviews that reference Gummi specifically.
In summary, it seems like you were more upset about a previous tour and are looking to reflect that in this review. We’d like to encourage readers to look at other reviews from the exact same tour this reviewer was on, and notice how glowingly positive they are.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story! Jakob was a great guide with passion for the country that he loves. Beautiful scenery with dramatic potential that he exploited to the maximum. Extremely entertaining and informative
We had a great trip yesterday. It wasn’t the best weather but Iceland still looks stunning in the rain. Our tour guide Gummi was a lovely, extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Topping the tour off with the secret lagoon just made it even better. We would definitely recommend.
Amazing day, absolutely stunning sites, good pace, good choice of stops and a lovely cafe stop for lunch where we could grab a delicious lamb soup.
Ian (the guide) was very friendly and had buckets of knowledge about everything Icelandic, which he shared whilst driving (via a microphone). The group was very small on the day, which added to the personal feel of the tour.
Worth every penny, highly recommended.
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