Enjoy and experience The Golden Circle in your own time. Choose when and where to stop, and for how long!
GOLDEN CIRCLE - IN YOUR OWN TIME
Explore the iconic Golden Circle, see the legendary Þingvellir National Park, marvel as a geyser shoots steam and hot water skywards at Geysir Hot Springs, and see the majestic queen of Icelandic waterfalls, Gullfoss. In our newest version of the tour, you get to decide when and where to stop and for how long! This unique Hop On / Hop Off tour stops at all of the Golden Circle’s most famous natural wonders and is a must-see for any visitor in Iceland.
The duration of the tour is 7,5-11,5 hours depending on how long you choose to stop at Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss, or how long you want to spend on an activity on this scenic route. With four departures from every stop on the route, you can simply sit back and enjoy the very best Iceland has to offer, all in one day. For instance, we recommend having a picnic at Þingvellir, or hiking up the hill at Geysir to get a panoramic view of the area. For possible activities to combine with this classic tour, please see below.
First stop is Þingvellir National Park, where you retrace the footsteps of ancient Vikings who established their first national parliament here in 930 AD. This would be the settlers first major step towards being an independent nation. Þingvellir is also where the American and Eurasian continental plates are dramatically pulling apart at an annual rate of 2 cm. Also, there, right before your eyes, is Iceland’s largest lake, Þingvallavatn.
Next it´s on to see the world famous Geysir – where the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes. Our last stop is the awesome Gullfoss Waterfall, a breathtaking sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.
Have a picnic at Þingvellir, take a longer stroll around Geysir, or simply sit back and enjoy the thunder of Gullfoss for longer. The choice is yours!
Available activities to combine with the Golden Circle:
Golden Circle and Glacier – For the adventurous looking to see the Golden Circle plus Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Feel the adrenaline flow as you ride a snow-mobile across the snowy glacial wastes. (Available upon request at 08:00 departure)
Golden Circle and Horses – For animal lovers and those wanting to get to know the Icelandic horse a little better. (Available upon request at 08:00 departure)
Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon – For those looking to relax and enjoy bathing in a genuine Icelandic hot spring used by locals throughout the years. (Available upon request at 08:00 departure)
Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa – For those looking for a stunning view of Laugarvatn lake while relaxing in the soothing outdoor hot water pools and saunas of varying temperatures. (Available upon request at 10:00 departure)
DETAILS ON THE GOLDEN CIRCLE HOP ON / HOP OFF
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
Stop longer at any of the three iconic places – Þingvellir, Geysir & Gullfoss
Knowledgeable local guide
Admission to the sights
Free Wi-Fi and usb charger for each seat
In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages
This tour is 7.5 hours long including travel time and the time you spend at each location. You spend at least 45 minutes at the major stops giving you plenty of time to enjoy the nature and to take some pictures.
Total distance covered: 290 km or 180 mi
The starting point for Reykjavik Sightseeing Tours. Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik.
• Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher.
• If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.
Departure point from Þingvellir. Bus departs from Parking lot # 2 at - 9:30 - 10:30 - 11:30 - 13:30 -
Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), Þingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift.
As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.
Departure point from Þingvellir:
Bus departs from Parking lot # 2 at - 9:30 - 10:30 - 11:30 - 12:30 - 13:30
The most iconic Iceland natural site, the Geysir hot springs are home to the original erupting geyser.
A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world.
Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travelers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.
Departure point from Geysir:
Bus departs at - 11:40 - 12:40 - 13:40 - 14:40 - 15:30
A powerful and inspiring place. There the glacier water thunders down 32 meters in three steps and into a narrow canyon with an breathtaking roar and grandeur.
As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance.
Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.
Departure point at Gullfoss:
Bus departs at - 12:50 - 13:50 - 14:50 - 15:40 - 16:50
Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.
You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.
Lunch is not included, In Geysir & Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.
For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts.
For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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