From spouting Geysir to the spouting Whales in a blink of an eye.
FROM A SPOUTING GEYSER TO SPOUTING WHALES IN A BLINK OF AN EYE.
For an unforgettable action-packed day, take Iceland’s most iconic tour, the Golden Circle, and afterwards head out to sea for some whale watching. Step on board our all new bus fleet, equipped with computer tablets in each seat. On the tablets you can use our GPS Sensitive In Bus Audio Guide, available in 10 languages. So, if you wish to know interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit on the tour in a language that you are likely to be comfortable with, that is very possible. Onboard you will also find a USB Charger and free WiFi. Should you have any questions during the tour or about our small country, you can ask the host who will happily assist you.
The Golden Circle is made up of three of Iceland´s most treasured natural wonders: The beautiful Þingvellir National Park, where the continental plates have been pulling apart and where the world´s first democratic parliament was established; the spectacular spouting geyser, Strokkur; and the powerful Gullfoss Waterfall that thunders 32 metres down into a deep canyon. This tour showcases some of Iceland´s most picturesque countryside and unspoilt nature. Departures for the Golden Circle Tour are at 08:00 and the tour lasts approx. 7,5 hours.
Departure for our whale watching trip is at 17:00, which means that those going on the 08:00 Golden Circle Tour will have around an hour before boarding the whale watching ship. Here’s the perfect opportunity to explore the quaint old harbour with its design boutiques and coffee houses, or simply stroll around and take in all the action in the busy harbour.
On your return to Reykjavik it´s off whale watching from Reykjavík harbour. In the bay can be found a large variety of whales, dolphins and birds that happily enjoy the long days and bright nights of the Icelandic summer. The minke whales are playful and in large numbers, along with the quick and quirky white-beaked dolphins, the cute harbour porpoises and the huge humpback whales.
We have more than 15 years experience of guiding and operating whale watching tours in the Faxafói Bay, so you can be certain that we love and respect the whales and other wildlife in our native bay. Our trips always bear in mind the wellbeing of the whales and we are also active participants in the protection and research of whales.
All of our whale watching tours start from our ticket office on the Ægisgarður pier at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Your whale watching guide will meet you in our Whale Watching Centre located on board an old fishing vessel that is permanently moored at the pier.
Before or after the tour you can enjoy the onboard multimedia show that includes images and videos providing lots of fascinating facts about the whales and marine life in Icelandic waters.
DETAILS ON THE GOLDEN CIRCLE & WHALE WATCHING TOUR
Price & Availability: See booking window on right.
Available all year round (depending on weather)
Teenagers 12-15 years 50% off & 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 smart to dress in warm and waterproof clothes, weather changes are swift 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. 10 hours including a minimum 30 minute stop at Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park and approx. 3 hours on the Whale watching boat
*If you don’t have warm clothing we will supply you with a very warm overall and more gear, as well as having some sweaters to lend on the Whale watching boat.
Knowledgable local guide
Admission to the sights
Free Wi-fi and usb charger for each seat.
In bus audio guide with a choice of languages
Our specially modified whale watching ships all have big viewing decks as well as indoor facilities such as cafeteria and toilets.
Access to the Whale Watching Centre
Wireless internet on board
“Whale Guarantee” If we find no whales on your tour you get another free try on our classic Whale watching tour.
- Starting off in Reykjavik from our Reykjavik terminal at Skógarhlíð 10 we will depart for Þingvellir, a 45-60 minute ride.
- The tour starts with Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you walk down the path into a rift valley and admire the view while learning about Icelandic history.
- The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Steaming hot water erupts from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.
- The last stop is Gullfoss Waterfall, 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.
- We then drive you back to Reykjavik where you will be dropped off in the Old Harbor of Reykjavik at the headquarters of Elding Whale Watchig. Usually, you arrive at 15:00 and you have about 1.5 hours to explore the Old Harbor before setting out to sea at 17:00.
This tour is 11 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.
Þingvellir National Park
The first stop along the Gold Circle features a stunning views over the rift valley.
A UNESCO heritage site with beautiful geographical features and a rich political history.
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.
Geysir Hot Springs
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.
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.
Head out to sea and go searching for the whales of Iceland with Reykjavik's original whale watching company, Elding.
After a full day of sightseeing, we will drop you off at the Elding Whale Watching office. After checking in and hopping on board, you will receive warm clothing if you feel it needed and you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a large indoor saloon with an on board café with light refreshments, basic bathroom facilities. Once underway, an on board guide will be there to will commentate on the sights and views at hand through the intercom system on board and will be available to you and happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the tour.
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.
Please note, it will not be possible to refund this tour in the event of an unsuccessful Whale Watching Tour. However, you may re-book the tour and continue coming back on subsequent tours until you have chance to see whales.
- In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
- Knowledgeable local guide
- Admission to the sights
- Free Wi-Fi and USB-charger for each seat
- Our specially modified whale watching boats all have big viewing decks as well as indoor facilities such as a cafeteria and toilets.
- Access to the Whale Watching Centre
- Wireless internet on board
- “Whale Guarantee” If we find no whales on your tour you get another free try on our classic Whale watching tour.
What do I need to bring
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.
For whale watching: it is often colder on sea than on land, so be sure to bring extra clothing if you feel necessary. However, if you don't have warm clothing we will supply you with a very warm overall and more gear for the whale watching tour, as well as having some sweaters to lend on the Whale watching boat.
Friendly cancellation & refund policy
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
- 1 day notice: 100% charge