Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik

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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

From $73.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Þórunnartún 1
    Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland

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

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

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)

What To Expect

Kerid Crater

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Gullfoss Waterfall

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Thingvellir National Park

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
Our tour guide, Daniel, was fantastic. He was a wealth of knowledge and took good care of our group. Highly recommend!


254 reviews
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Golden circle trip
Annette_M, Sep 2023
The tour was excellent, coach was on time, the guide Hannes was Icelandic and was very informative and funny. The country is amazing .The highlights were the rock formations, geysers and the powerful waterfall. Loved it
Amazing day out
Alan_J, Sep 2023
Our guide, Asa, was brilliant, full of fun filled facts of the areas we visited. Every stop was just about perfect for timing so that we all got to sample everything.
Golden Circle Afternoon Tour
Luiza_L, Sep 2023
Eugene, the driver, and Gary, the guide were efficient. The stops were a bit too long, but it was fine. The pickup and drop-off took place on time. For us, was from Bus Stop 14. We loved all the scenery and enjoyed the tour. We were picked up at 10:30 am and dropped off at 6:30 p.m.
Golden prize
Janet_R, Aug 2023
We did the Golden circle tour and were treated to such beauty. The waterfalls, the volcano lake, the Continental divide and the geysers were stunning and so interesting; well worth the trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant and while we traveled between places with a busload of people, we were able to meander ourselves and take pictures at our own pace. It as a fabulous day.
This was a wonderful...
GregHarding, Aug 2023
This was a wonderful adventure. We had a singing guide. Don't be late back to the bus or you get to sing for all waiting. GreT extra stop for a break and got to stand over a live volcanic crack. Each scheduled stop was amazing. The guide worked to minimize the crowds at each stop.
Great tour!
Ina_A, Aug 2023
The tour was excellent. We had enough time for the different parts (the geyser, the crater etc) and the guide Brintis and the driver Tomic were very good. Very nice that the tour starts very near to the cruise ship and ends there as well.
Nice tour, I would recommend this to others.
Margarita_P, Aug 2023
The information provided and all the stops were perfect and did not feel rushed. There are many other companies to choose from, but we enjoyed this one and are pleased with our purchase. It was a great overall experience.
Amazing trip to see some of the key sights of Iceland!
Jennie_L, Jul 2023
Fantastic trip we saw so much- lots of time to see everything and opportunities also to buy gifts eat etc - very well done tour!
david_h, Jul 2023
Gary was personable yet professional. I felt like I was visiting a long lost cousin who was showing me his new country.
Krista_S, Jul 2023
Such an amazing tour. Daniel was extremely informative about everything on the tour and beyond. Kept everyone's attention, including my 6 year old. I highly recommend this tour. Wish we would have done it on the first day, versus our last.
Great tour leader! Fabulous day
Martha_G, Jul 2023
Our tour guide, Daniel, was fantastic. He was a wealth of knowledge and took good care of our group. Highly recommend!
Recommended to All
Judith_T, Jul 2023
Beautiful scenery. Well worth the price. Put on your walking shoes. There were long walks to a couple of waterfalls, but it was worth the effort.
AMAZING Sights with Fantastic Guides!
Emily_D, Jul 2023
We LOVED this tour. Our guide was absolutely amazing, he was fun and engaging and a wealth of information! He told us all about his experience moving to Iceland and the cultural quirks and other interesting things he’s learned. He was really funny too, kept things light and made 7 hours on the bus fly by! We were lucky enough to get great weather and our guide said it was one of the warmest days of the year. Because of that, we made a couple extra little stops (including ice cream made fresh at a cute dairy farm!) and we were able to enjoy every location and attraction. All 3 main events (waterfalls, geyser, and the national park) were incredible. We were able to see the geyser erupt several times and walk around to see the whole area including other geysers and hot springs. The waterfalls were stunning, and we were able to go up to the top and get truly amazing views. And the national park was so cool! Being able to walk between two tectonic plates and see the rift is an experience not to be missed. We really enjoyed this tour and it was only made better by our guide and driver. So happy we went!
Great service.
Matt_H, Jul 2023
Great tour, stayed on time. One of our children left their coat on the journey and they had a guide pick it up the next day and bring it back to Reykjavik for us. 10/10 would recommend.
A Perfect Sampler of Iceland’s Natural Treasures
Kristen_S, Jun 2023
Could I just give a shout out to our absolutely incredible guide, Beggi, and his driver extraordinaire, Eugene? They were wonderful. Eugene made the six hours on the bus very comfortable and relaxing, and he had no trouble at all navigating tight turns and around sheep on the road. Beggi, meanwhile, was a wealth of information. His historical and cultural knowledge truly enhanced the trip, especially for those who had no familiarity at all with Iceland. He was an expert when it came to tips and approaches to each site we visited. And did I mention his beautiful voice? We were all blown away by his singing! (If he doesn’t have a band of his own, he should do!) We were blessed with sun and warm (for Iceland) temperatures, which made it easier for us take the steeper paths and venture further. That’s definitely a plus for Thingvellir and Gullfoss, both of which are better explored in depth. Though we didn’t get a chance to get down to the valley floor at the former, mostly because we were too awestruck by the overlook, we could’ve easily stayed there another hour. The same was true of Geysir and Strokkur, since we wanted to see the latter erupt again and again. Frankly, I was gobsmacked by the reviews that mentioned how each stop was too long. I wonder if those individuals walked around, as we did. To really enjoy the Golden Circle (and, really, nature in general), one must get out on foot and not just look for the perfect Instagram photo.
Bucket list for SURE!
Michael_B, Jun 2023
What an AMAZING trip! Our tour guide and driver were friendly and humorous! The bus ride itself was comfortable and there were plenty of stops to use the restroom. The tour is a long day but it sure does not feel like it. There are a lot of step down the the waterfall but we'll worth the descent! My knees often hurt but seriously worth it to see the view! Make sure to have a light rai coat if you don't like getting drizzled on. We went in mid Ju e and the weather was perfect. I walked down and in a short sleeved shirt and pants. The geyser was amazing and erupts every 7-10 minutes but sometimes sooner! This trip was worth it for sure!
I made a call to this...
Saphusband, May 2023
I made a call to this tour line to cancel within the appropriate time. Was still charged. After several emails between us, they decided they could not help me. So, I am still being charged for an excursion I did not take.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Saphusband, Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced regarding your cancellation of the Golden Circle Afternoon Tour. Our records show that your cancellation request was made outside of the designated cancellation period. Our 24-hour cancellation policy states that cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour are subject to charges. Unfortunately, as your cancellation was received after this time frame, we were unable to waive the charges. We understand that miscommunication or confusion may have occurred, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at We are here to assist you and address any issues you may have. Thank you for your understanding. Kind regards, Andrius
The best day - do not miss this
Steven_L, May 2023
What an absolutely sensational tour! Taking in some of the most wonderful places we have ever visited. All made the better by our incredible guide Matt who was so knowledgable and full of brilliant facts, and a seriously skilled driver in Artur. Every stop that we made was just another experience not to miss. Absolutely loved every second of the day. Thankyou for the best day
Awesome trip -great company
kathie_m, May 2023
Highly recommend this tour. We had a scheduling problem the day before and customer service was exemplary in helping us out. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly - one of the best tour guides I've experienced. The bus and the drive were comfortable. We had a good amount of time at each stop and problems were handled professionally and quickly. Overall so glad we're took this tour.
The BEST tour guide
T_B, Apr 2023
Gary is the best (and funniest) tour guide and Peter was the best driver. Made us all enjoy our tour even took us to some extra stops. 10/10 would recommend!!!

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