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Golden Circle Classic

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See the erupting geyser & hot springs, experience the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall and follow in the footsteps of Vikings when walking down the lava canyon where the American and Eurasian continents have dramatically pulled apart in Þingvellir National Park. All this in just eight hours!

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8:30 / 10:00

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Duration

Approx. 8 hours

Guiding language

English

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The Golden Circle Classic is our bestselling day tour! See the world famous erupting geyser & hot springs, experience the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings, as you walk down the lava canyon where the American and Eurasian continents are literally pulling apart in Þingvellir.

Step on board our all new bus fleet, equipped with WiFi connected computer tablets in each seat. On the tablets you can use our GPS Sensitive In Bus Audio Guide, available with a choice of several languages. So if you wish to know interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit on the tour, in a language you are comfortable, that is very possible! Aboard will also be a host, that will happily answer any questions you might have about our peculiar country. In each seat you will also find a USB Charger.

The tour starts with a stop in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing and the birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. This is also where the gigantic tectonic plates of America and Eurasia have pulled apart and the resulting rift valley is right there before your eyes on the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake.

The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Here the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.

Now for a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall, which is an awesome sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.

The last stop on our Golden Circle tour is the volcanic crater Kerið, formed when a large magma chamber collapsed. The piercing blue colour of the water surrounded by the red lava rocks is a breathtaking contrast of nature.

Simply put, if you only do one tour in Iceland, then this should be the one!

Details on the Golden Circle Classic

Price & Availability: See booking window on right.
Available all year round (depending on weather)
Teenagers 12-15 years 50% discount & children 0-11 years old free
Min: No minimum number of participants.
Age limit: No age limit
Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.
Duration: Approx. 8 hours including a minimum 30 minute stop at Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park. In Geysir & Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.
Total distance covered during tour: 290 km

What's included:

  • Free tour pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Admission to the sights
  • Free Wi-fi and usb charger for each seat
  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of languages
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Tour Highlights

Almannagjá

Historically, Almannagjá was a campsite for the people of the Parliament (Alþingi) every summer. Hence the name meaning Everyman's Gorge. Through it runs the Öxará river, cascading down a waterfall forming the infamous Drekkingarhylur, where adulterous women were thrown into the abyss to drown.

Þingvellir

Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It is a National Park since 1930 and a UNESCO world heritage site, hosting the old Þingvellir parliament. It lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Gullfoss

Gullfoss is a waterfal that flows from Hvítá glacial river. It plummets down 32 meters into a canyon measuring up to a 70 meters deep. The waterfall's existence is the result of a hard fought legal battle in 1907 by the first Icelandic environmentalist, Sigríður Tómasóttir.

Geysir

Geysir, southwestern Iceland is the first geyser described in a printer source and the first known among Europeans. Geysir is in Haukadalur valley, also home to Strokkur geyser. Eruptions at Geysir can be up to 70 metres. Strokkur now erupts every 8-10 minutes from 15-20 metres up to 40 metres high.

Kerið

Vulcanologists used to class Kerið as an explosion crater. However after deeper research it is now thought to be a large scoria crater. Its red hued caldera is 55 meters deep and 170 meters wide. Kerið was formed around 3,000 years ago.

Þingvallavatn

Þingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland, lies perched on the rift valley separating the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Most of it is in Þingvellir. The Silfra fissure pumps glacial water, filtered through the surrounding lava , into the lake, where the mineral rich fluid fertilises a variety of vegetation.

"“Excellent golden circle tour”"

Can't fault the golden circle tour with this operator. Apparently one of the smaller providers so makes a nice change. Tour guide (Gampta? Sorry didn't get spelling) was a local and very passionate about his country and keen to show and provide us all with as much info as possible. Seemed genuinely excited and keen to share as much knowledge as possible on the sites we passed. Rather infectious! We saw waterfalls, geysers and some breathtaking views that will stay with me forever. Going home tomorrow otherwise would've been keen to book through them again. Thanks for an excellent day!

- Clark S, November 2016

"“South Coast”"

Awesome! Best tour so far! Pick up/drop off right in front off our hotel. Super comfy heated small bus (approx 16. pers.). Our driver Haffé was super enthousiast and kind. At the end of our tour he hiked with us and showed us a hidden gem. I would absolutely recommend this company for all your sightseeing and adventure tours on Iceland! Thank your, Reykjavik Sightseeing for the great experience!

- mathiasdb, November 2016

"“Northern Lights & Stars”"

Booked Northern lights trip. Was cancelled 2 days in a row due to bad weather. We did get out on the 3rd day. We were advised that may still not see them . A minibus picked us up from our hotel. We were taken to a place and transferred on to larger coaches. The coaches are very modern with a tablet assigned to each seat with an audio guide which was very interesting breaking up the journey in the dark! When we arrived at the destination the coach was left open so you could go in out of the cold anytime. We waited for about an hour & half. Some coaches left. Our guide decided to wait a bit longer. Great decision because the lights did come out, worth the extra wait.

- Karen3100, November 2016