Golden Circle of Iceland One Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Visit the best-known natural phenomena of Iceland! Go to Thingvellir, home of the oldest functioning parliament of the world. See the impressive Gullfoss waterfall and enjoy the hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur.

Description

This popular excursion introduces you to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.

Visit Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in 930 AD, which makes it the oldest known functioning parliament in the world. Geologically it is also unique as the American and European tectonic plates meet here. These continents are slowly drifting apart, which you will see clearly when you visit.

We continue to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss (English: Golden Waterfall) and from there to the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. We will then proceed to Skálholt church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops. On our way back we we will travel through fertile agricultural areas to Hveragerði, a small and charming horticultural village.

Includes

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Golden Circle of Iceland One Day Tour from Reykjavik

Duration: 8:30 - 9 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Transportation fee / English-speaking guide

After only 10 min after departure, we could see the beautiful view of Icelandic nature. All places we visited (maybe except the last museum) are a must see places in Iceland! The most impressive one was Gulfoss waterfall. Also a modern statue of Christ in a church in the middle of nowhere where we stopped on our way back was worth seeing. It was early October, but it was very cold, I had my hood on but it didn't help me much and I regretted I didn't have a proper woolen hat. I stayed at the hotel near Hallgrímskirkja, which was a walking distance from the departure point.

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Schedule

Starting time: 08:30 - 10:30 (Show more)
  • 08:00

    Pick up at Designated Bus Stops

  • Golden Circle Tour

    The Golden Circle Classic Tour takes you from Reykjavik city to the Þingvellir National Park, deemed to be one of the most important sites in Iceland in terms of history, culture and geology.

  • Þingvellir National Park

    The birthplace of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth and the Alþingi assembly, the plains of Þingvellir are where Iceland’s most powerful leaders met to decide on legislation. It is also here where North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian meet and create a rift valley between them.

  • Gullfoss Waterfall

    Next, drive to Gullfoss, known as the Golden Waterfall, one of the biggest in Iceland. Take a short walk down a pathway and get right up close to this powerful waterfall and feel the mist of glacial water on your face as it cascades down into the narrow Hvítágljúfur canyon.

  • Lunch at Gullfoss or Geysir Information Center

  • Geysir Geothermal Area

    Finally, visit the Geysir Geothermal Area, an impressive sight with diverse hydro-thermal features, bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and colorful algae deposits. Home of The Geysir which all geysers are named after, the area also boasts one of the world's most reliable fountain geyser.

  • 17:00

    Tour Ends in Reykjavík

  • 09:00

    Pick up at Designated Bus Stops

  • Golden Circle Tour

    The Golden Circle Classic Tour takes you from Reykjavik city to the Þingvellir National Park, deemed to be one of the most important sites in Iceland in terms of history, culture and geology.

  • Þingvellir National Park

    The birthplace of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth and the Alþingi assembly, the plains of Þingvellir are where Iceland’s most powerful leaders met to decide on legislation. It is also here where North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian meet and create a rift valley between them.

  • Gullfoss Waterfall

    Next, drive to Gullfoss, known as the Golden Waterfall, one of the biggest in Iceland. Take a short walk down a pathway and get right up close to this powerful waterfall and feel the mist of glacial water on your face as it cascades down into the narrow Hvítágljúfur canyon.

  • Lunch at Gullfoss or Geysir Information Center

  • Geysir Geothermal Area

    Finally, visit the Geysir Geothermal Area, an impressive sight with diverse hydro-thermal features, bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and colorful algae deposits. Home of The Geysir which all geysers are named after, the area also boasts one of the world's most reliable fountain geyser.

  • 18:00

    Tour Ends in Reykjavík

  • 10:00

    Pick up at Designated Bus Stops

  • Golden Circle Tour

    The Golden Circle Classic Tour takes you from Reykjavik city to the Þingvellir National Park, deemed to be one of the most important sites in Iceland in terms of history, culture and geology.

  • Þingvellir National Park

    The birthplace of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth and the Alþingi assembly, the plains of Þingvellir are where Iceland’s most powerful leaders met to decide on legislation. It is also here where North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian meet and create a rift valley between them.

  • Gullfoss Waterfall

    Next, drive to Gullfoss, known as the Golden Waterfall, one of the biggest in Iceland. Take a short walk down a pathway and get right up close to this powerful waterfall and feel the mist of glacial water on your face as it cascades down into the narrow Hvítágljúfur canyon.

  • Lunch at Gullfoss or Geysir Information Center

  • Geysir Geothermal Area

    Finally, visit the Geysir Geothermal Area, an impressive sight with diverse hydro-thermal features, bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and colorful algae deposits. Home of The Geysir which all geysers are named after, the area also boasts one of the world's most reliable fountain geyser.

  • 19:00

    Tour Ends in Reykjavík

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 01 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall (Ráðhúsið, Vonarstræti, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 02 - Tjörnin - The Pond (Tjörnin, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 03 - Lækjargata (Lækjargata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 04 - Tryggvagata (Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 05 - Harpa (Harpa, Austurbakki, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 06 - Safnahúsið - The Culture House (The Culture House - Museum, Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 07 - Traðarkot (Traðarkot, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 08 - Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 09 - Snorrabraut (Snorrabraut, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 10 - Hlemmur (Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 11 - Austurbær (Austurbær, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 12 - Höfðatorg (Höfðatorg, Katrínartún, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Central Reykjavik Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Reykjavik Time: 17:00:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 01 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall (Ráðhúsið, Vonarstræti, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 02 - Tjörnin - The Pond (Tjörnin, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 03 - Lækjargata (Lækjargata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 04 - Tryggvagata (Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 05 - Harpa (Harpa, Austurbakki, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 06 - Safnahúsið - The Culture House (The Culture House - Museum, Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 07 - Traðarkot (Traðarkot, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 08 - Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 09 - Snorrabraut (Snorrabraut, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 10 - Hlemmur (Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 11 - Austurbær (Austurbær, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 12 - Höfðatorg (Höfðatorg, Katrínartún, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Central Reykjavik Time: 08:00:00

Drop-off Time & Location

  • (For Drop-Off) Reykjavik Time: 17:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 01 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall (Ráðhúsið, Vonarstræti, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 02 - Tjörnin - The Pond (Tjörnin, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 03 - Lækjargata (Lækjargata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 04 - Tryggvagata (Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 05 - Harpa (Harpa, Austurbakki, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 06 - Safnahúsið - The Culture House (The Culture House - Museum, Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 07 - Traðarkot (Traðarkot, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 08 - Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 09 - Snorrabraut (Snorrabraut, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 10 - Hlemmur (Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 11 - Austurbær (Austurbær, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 12 - Höfðatorg (Höfðatorg, Katrínartún, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Central Reykjavik Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Reykjavik Time: 18:00:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 01 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall (Ráðhúsið, Vonarstræti, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 02 - Tjörnin - The Pond (Tjörnin, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 03 - Lækjargata (Lækjargata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 04 - Tryggvagata (Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 05 - Harpa (Harpa, Austurbakki, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 06 - Safnahúsið - The Culture House (The Culture House - Museum, Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 07 - Traðarkot (Traðarkot, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 08 - Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 09 - Snorrabraut (Snorrabraut, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 10 - Hlemmur (Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 11 - Austurbær (Austurbær, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 12 - Höfðatorg (Höfðatorg, Katrínartún, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Central Reykjavik Time: 09:00:00

Drop-off Time & Location

  • (For Drop-Off) Reykjavik Time: 18:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 01 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall (Ráðhúsið, Vonarstræti, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 02 - Tjörnin - The Pond (Tjörnin, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 03 - Lækjargata (Lækjargata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 04 - Tryggvagata (Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 05 - Harpa (Harpa, Austurbakki, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 06 - Safnahúsið - The Culture House (The Culture House - Museum, Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 07 - Traðarkot (Traðarkot, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 08 - Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 09 - Snorrabraut (Snorrabraut, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 10 - Hlemmur (Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 11 - Austurbær (Austurbær, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 12 - Höfðatorg (Höfðatorg, Katrínartún, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Central Reykjavik Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Reykjavik Time: 19:00:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 01 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall (Ráðhúsið, Vonarstræti, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 02 - Tjörnin - The Pond (Tjörnin, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 03 - Lækjargata (Lækjargata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 04 - Tryggvagata (Tryggvagata, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 05 - Harpa (Harpa, Austurbakki, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 06 - Safnahúsið - The Culture House (The Culture House - Museum, Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 07 - Traðarkot (Traðarkot, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 08 - Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 09 - Snorrabraut (Snorrabraut, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 10 - Hlemmur (Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 11 - Austurbær (Austurbær, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Bus Stop 12 - Höfðatorg (Höfðatorg, Katrínartún, Reykjavík, Ísland) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Central Reykjavik Time: 10:00:00

Drop-off Time & Location

  • (For Drop-Off) Reykjavik Time: 19:00:00

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Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Printed VELTRA voucher

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider 24 hours before your activity to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • The tour is guided in English. More languages are available for the 8:30 departure as follows: German: Saturdays (All year) French: Mondays (All year) and Thursdays & Sundays (1 June - 31 Aug) Scandinavian: Fridays (All year) Spanish: Wednesdays (All year) Mandarin: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays departure at 10:30 (from 1 Sept)

  • You may check the location of each bus stop at this website: https://busstop.is/

  • Drinks and meals are available for purchase

  • You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.

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Reviews

After only 10 min after departure, we could see the beautiful view of Icelandic nature. All places we visited (maybe except the la...st museum) are a must see places in Iceland! The most impressive one was Gulfoss waterfall. Also a modern statue of Christ in a church in the middle of nowhere where we stopped on our way back was worth seeing. It was early October, but it was very cold, I had my hood on but it didn't help me much and I regretted I didn't have a proper woolen hat. I stayed at the hotel near Hallgrímskirkja, which was a walking distance from the departure point.

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Anonymous

It was cloudy at the beginning, but it cleared up at noon and we could fully admire Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir. This tour will ...efficiently take you to all the highlights - truly recommend it!

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Anonymous

Hotel pick up was on time. We joined few other tours, but this one was the most punctual.
The guide said that the weather ...
was unbelievably good for a winter season in Iceland, so we were very lucky.
By the time we reached Thingvellir it was dawn and the view was spectacular. Next we arrived at Gullfoss, where we had a 1h 20 min of free time and lunch. The prices at a souvenir shop there were much cheaper than in other places. I bough a SD card there, which saved my life! After that we had a 40 min drive to Geysir area. The weather was good so we stopped at another waterfall between Geysir and Skálholt. Stained glass at the church was impressive. Our last stop was the geothermal electric power station. If you are not interested, you can wait at the cafe place on the ground floor.
The tour ended there and we arrived back at the hotel around 5pm.
The guide was very good and easy to understand. It was really a great day!
We definitely would like to go there again in a different season.

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Anonymous

This tour is loaded with all Iceland highlights.
At Thingvellir National Park, we walked around admiring surrounding landsc...
ape. Gullfoss waterfall was very impressive. Near Geysir area, you could feel like the Earth was breathing.

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Anonymous

Very good introduction to highlights of Iceland's great nature. This is the first tour we took, and Iceland's nature was... much more than we expected. The coach was very comfortable and we had enough time to see around at each stops. The operation was flawless. Highly recommended to anybody, families with any generation. more

Scott

We joined this tour thinking that it will be a good introduction to Iceland. It turned out to be the best tour during our stay. On... the way we admired spectacular views, you could almost feel that the Earth was alive. It was November and it was very cold (especialy near the waterfall - my mobile phone thermometer showed -15 degrees...), but I think that snowy winter landscape is much prettier than in summer. The guide was very interesting.

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