Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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From $69.38

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy.
  • Enjoy a Golden Circle Classic day trip from Reykjavik
  • See Thingvellir, the oldest functioning parliament in the world
  • Visit the Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
  • Marvel at the double-tiered falls of the Gulfoss waterfall

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This classic Golden Circle tour hits all the highlights, making it ideal for those that want to get the most for their time and money.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup and drop off from selected locations (if requested)
  • WiFi on board
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Pickup details

Pick-up from all hotels, bus stops and other meeting points starts 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the tour. You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.

What To Expect

Depart your central Reykjavik hotel or Reykjavik cruise port by air-conditioned coach and venture into Iceland’s starkly beautiful interior of rugged peaks, pastures and volcanic plains.

Take in panoramic views of the plant that harnesses the area’s natural propensity for generating power, and hear how it produces renewable energy for more than half of Reykjavik's population.

Continue from here along the famous Golden Circle, the sightseeing route that showcases three of Iceland’s most spectacular natural wonders.

Stop by at Thingvellir National Park, a region of untouched beauty steeped in ancient history. Learn how it’s home to the original, outdoor site of Iceland’s first parliamentary assembly, the Althingi, that began in 930, and see the extraordinary Thingvellir rift, where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia face each other over a narrow valley.

Snap photos as your guide explains how the plates are gradually pulling apart, and then continue to the Gullfoss waterfall. Marvel at the double-tiered falls and, with luck, catch sight of one of the famous rainbows that forms in the mists.

Next, visit the incredible geothermal region of Geysir, known for its hot springs and geysers. Take in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and see Strokkur, a waterspout that shoots to around 98 feet (30 meters) in the air.

Your tour then ends back at the original start point in Reykjavik.

Golden Circle Route

7 hours Admission Ticket Included

Thingvellir National Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 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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Traveler Tips

Be aware that it gets very cold and windy near the waterfall so dress warm.
They dont allow you to eat or drink on the bus, so eat before hand or you can purchase food at the stops as well.
Here are some suggestions: Take a water-proof jacket or raincoat.
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Angela_B, Mar 2023
Fantastic trip! As people who don’t usually do trips, we were really pleased with the content, just the right amount of time at each stop, refreshments and toilets available at every stop. Very enjoyable indeed.
Do this trip if you only have a day.
Peter_F, Mar 2023
We had a well organised and entertaining trip with Darren. We appreciated his early chat about bus etiquette, the structure of the day and what to expect. He had humour, useful information and handy tips to make the most of each stop, all of it in a relaxed style.
Great tour
Veboul_L, Mar 2023
Ask for Darren and Marcin, best your guides I've had in a while. The falls were amazing and so was the tail about Steffy and Thor.
Good guide, although felt rushed.
Simon_J, Mar 2023
Darren great tour guide, and very knowledgeable. At times though felt rushed at points of interest and unable to see everything in time.
CheSayang_O, Mar 2023
Amazing experience. The waterfalls is like out of this world. The geyser is fantastic. Darren was awesome. Very informative. I enjoyed the tour . It worth the money.
The wonders of Iceland
HEATHER_L, Mar 2023
The geysers and gullfoss waterfall(frozen) were spectacular. The tour was paced just right with ample time at each stop for food, toilets and sightseeing. Very knowledgeable guide.
Enjoyable excursion
Geoff_M, Mar 2023
The visits were worthwhile, but the guide was talkative but uninformative.. We were given very little detail about the visited locations.
Great experience
harriet_b, Mar 2023
The guide (Darren) and driver (Gummi) were lovely and super informative, and made the trip so much more enjoyable! The waterfalls were gorgeous, and we had plenty of time at each spot to take in all the surroundings.
Magical trip.
Michael_W, Mar 2023
Walter from Malta and the Icelandic driver(sorry can't remember his name, think it was Ryjidjetqjc or something like that 🤣 ) were brilliant host's, the driving and history commentary were really interesting, stopped regular in some beautiful places, quite a few from Game Of Thrones, brilliant trip.
Darren and gummi were...
Dominic_Z, Mar 2023
Darren and gummi were great! It was chad! I wish we could have stopped to pet the ponies but that wasnt part of the tour. Overall it was great loved it would reccomend. I went with my wife and my parents. My mom is well lets just say nuts, and my dad is well he is RESERVED, however I think everyone really enjoyed it. Especially my lovely beautiful egg wife and myself.
Fab Day out.
Claire_C, Mar 2023
Difficulty finding pick up point but the blokes in the Gray Line office were so helpful and sorted this for us. The guide was amazing, what she did not know about Iceland was probably not worth knowing. Coach very clean and overall a great experience.
Leah_D, Mar 2023
The tour itself regarding the experience was lovely, the scenery is beautiful however the tour guide was rude and made the bus boring and bad vibes, he was rude and seemed to have an attitude all the time it just seemed like he didn't want to be there
A must-do for anyone visiting!
Mary_E, Mar 2023
Fantastic from beginning to end. Knowledgeable and humorous tour guide really added to the experience. Fantastic views and plenty of time at each stop. Restroom facilities at all stops and we had 1 long lunch break and a shorter food break soon after. The day flies and the trip to the sites are so scenic and filled with interesting facts from the tour guide, that you really make the most out of the 7 or so hours. Absolutely freezing at the waterfall, so make sure to wrap up warm :) I have a few friends visiting Iceland later in the year and have already recommended this tour to them!
Spectacular Tour enjoyed every minute.
Hilary_W, Mar 2023
The Geiger and the waterfalls. The views were awesome, will stay with me forever. Wonderful guide 18/3/23 coach 2. Sorry can’t recall his name he was excellent, so so knowledgeable. The tour was excellent the stops for lunch and coffee, timed just right. Don’t miss this tour.
Absolutely fantastic
Simone_A, Mar 2023
This was such an amazing trip. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave great insights on the history of Iceland. The views are out of this world and a recommend that everyone do this tour. Comfortable coach provided that had wifi
I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Curtis_S, Mar 2023
Our tour guide, Phor, was amazing. Not only did he get us to our destinations in a timely matter, he provided historical facts the entire way and even led a sing along on the bus. I wish I could give him more than 5 stars. Excellent service.
An enjoyable day spent on the trip
sophie_h, Mar 2023
A very enjoyable tour with our driver Hemmi and tour guide Darren. The time we spent at the stops were plently long enough and the trip went quickly considering it was 7 hours duration. Easy collection and drop off. Darren was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the sights were well worth a visit. Thank you!
Brilliant guide Gonner
Brent_C, Mar 2023
Our guide Gonner (may have spelt that incorrectly!) was absolutely fantastic. His knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for Iceland was exceptional and he was so funny!
Unforgettable views and excellent tour guide
Sarka_F, Mar 2023
It was great from the start to finish. The Golden Tour lived up to my (high) expectations, with each stop offering incredible views. It was well organised, the coach was nice and new, but most importantly our tour guide Sven-Bo was friendly and knowledgeable and entertained us with well chosen facts throughout the 7 hour trip.
Wonderful Golden Circle
Fiona_K, Mar 2023
Wonderful scenery. Kristina our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about Iceland. Waterfall was breathtaking. Would recommend to anyone travelling to Iceland.