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Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik

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Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Even if you have only limited time in Iceland, the Golden Circle, famed for its waterfalls, geysers, and striking landscapes, is an integral part of your itinerary. Ensure you don’t miss three of Iceland’s top attractions on this express tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Over the course of a day, witness the eruptions of the Geysir Geyser, marvel at the Gullfoss Waterfall, and drink in the ethereal landscapes of Thingvellir National Park.
  • Full-day express tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik
  • Ideal for those with limited time in Iceland
  • Travel between each attraction in a coach equipped with Wi-Fi and heating
  • Watch the Geysir Geyser erupt dramatically
  • Marvel at the power of Gulfloss Waterfall
  • Explore the striking landscapes of Thingvellir National Park
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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Local guide
On board free WiFi
Personal audio guide in 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)
USB charger available in every seat
Food and drinks
Headphones / earbuds for the on-board audio guide (please bring your own; or, they are available for purchase on site)
Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Reykjavik Terminal , Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland

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This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour begins with hotel pickup in Reykjavik, where you board a coach equipped with Wi-Fi and personalized computer tablets. Using GPS sensitive technology, the tablet provides audio commentary according to your location, while your onboard guide offers additional information on Iceland.

First, stop at Thingvellir National Park—a UNESCO-listed site home to the tectonic plates of both Eurasia and Europe. Capture photographs of the magnificent landscapes, feast your eyes on Iceland’s biggest lake, and then proceed to the geyser hot springs to observe a spectacular natural performance.

The Geysir Geyser shoots out steaming water propelled by the earth’s molten core, and provides a spectacle that demands attention. Here, you have the option to purchase food and drinks from numerous shops. Spend a while watching the eruptions before heading to the Gullfoss Waterfall, to listen to the thunderous roar of the water and see the glacial lake.

Your day concludes with drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Lagoon
If this option is selected, you can enjoy 3 hours at the blue lagoon spa.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
The day starts with visit to the Thingvellir valley. A place of amazing natural beauty where the land has been torn apart by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the largest fresh water lake in Iceland and is the beating heart of Icelandic pride, being the birthplace for the longest standing parliament on the world.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Strokkur
The journey then continues to the Geysir park which is filled with bubbling and steaming geothermal springs. The anticipation builds as you approach the viewing point for the Strokkur Geyser, where the ground trembles and almost without warning, the geyser erupts spectacularly to a heights of 35 meters.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
Then you continue to the magnificent and majestic Golden Waterfall or Gullfoss as the locals call it. As water melts from the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull, it reaches Gullfoss where it falls 32 meters down into a canyon with a thunderous roar. An amazing site and favourite of visitors.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • It is recommended that you bring your own headphones for the on board audio guide simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones or forgot to bring them, earphones are available to purchase on board (own expense)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 64 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sightseeing
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik.

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star-5
A day to remember forever.
Charlie_B
, Feb 2022
Beegee the guide was excellent and Leonard the driver was safe and steady. They combined to make it a memorable trip.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you Charlie for taking time in writing us this review. We are happy to see BG and Leonard made your day memorable and we hope you will join us again for even more adventure.
star-4
Raga was a great guide,...
Max_F
, Dec 2021
Raga was a great guide, the trip was reasonably priced and went to amazing places. We had to pick this one as it was the only one with a later pick up time but we’re so glad we went
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Sara_C
, Oct 2021
This tour was awesome! The pick-up location is easy to find and the guide was friendle and gave some good tips and facts about Iceland
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you Sara for taking time in writing us a review. We are glad to see you enjoyed the tour! Hope to have you back on board for your next trip in Iceland.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour, very organised and amazing!
FreddieBunoan_A
, Dec 2019
Our tour was called Marieanne and she was a great guide! The trip was organised and very fun! Got to see many aspects of the Golden Circle and also instructions were given very clear by our tour poerator on our transfers to the blue lagoon afterwards. Overall a great trip!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Golden circle and blue lagoon
nancywest
, Nov 2019
Awesome! Guides friendly and knowledgeable! Driver on the way back from lagoon took extra time to show us the northern lights and time to take pictures.
star-3
Not so golden
Yin Cheong L
, Oct 2019
Seen similar but better attractions elsewhere - waterfall, geysers and tectonic of plates. Very average.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
The views are great!
Raisa N
, Oct 2019
The only problems were with organization. They picked us up late and also were dropping some people on the bus in different locations that were not on our itinerary.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect tour
kristamE9439NS
, Oct 2019
We picked this tour because we wanted to experience the Golden Circle without being gone for 10-12 hours like other tours. This gave us enough time to enjoy the sights without losing the entire day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Small complaint about this tour
Guide826501
, Sep 2019
We took this tour on Aug.19. The guide for the Golden circle portion was excellent. We returned to the depot after the golden circle portion and the blue lagoon trip followed. This is where wecedperienced confusion. The guide did not tell us what was to happen next and whether anyone was leading us. We wed4ctold there was a bus over there. We went to the bus but the driver was not willing to say much and did not appear to understand English.At the end of the visit to the blue lagoon there wa confusion about which bus to take and no one seemed to know. I think the Highland Experience folk should pay more attention to the blue lagoon portion or give it up. The tour guide for the golden circle tour should have 5aken the time to tell us what was happening next.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
Lots of waiting
janemwoodin
, Aug 2019
The Golden Circle is about the only way to see some of the countryside if you only have a short time to visit Iceland. The bus drive did spend a lot of time picking up and dropping off people so the time at the various sites, like the Blue Lagoon, was limited. By the way it's a man-made facility so go to the Secret Lagoon for a real hot pot.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Express - yes that was our Golden Circle tour
Curious751455
, Aug 2019
Our guide and driver were nice and did a good job. However I wouldn't recommend this tour as yes you get taken to the places they mention but you did really get to see the Tectonic plates - they just pointed that one side was the Eurasian tectonic plate and the other was North American tectonic plate. We were not taken to where you can see them in the water - in the far distance you could see the ones snorkeling. Geysir Geothermal area was interesting. It just takes so long to get around the 3 attractions. I think the advertising of Iceland just doesn't live up to expectations. Maybe if we had not toured Norway before Iceland we may have felt different.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
amazing
Edward_R
, Jul 2019
Iceland is like no place I've ever been. Gorgeous scenery! The tour didn't allow quite enough time to explore but there was a lot to cram in. Tour was well worth the cost as we didn't want to navigate around on our own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Lousy scheduling by the operator.
Bhaskar_B
, Jul 2019
We booked a 12pm tour which the operator cancelled and informed us with less than 24hours to go. They gave us the option of either a refund or joining the 9am tour.We were in Reykjavik for only 3 days of which we had reserved one for this tour,a last minute cancellation would have ruined the day for us. We were arriving in Reykjavik the same morning as the tour so we had no other option but to spend more than the price of the tour itself to take a taxi from the airport to make it on time for the 9am tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Service and Knowledgeable Tour Guide
Seaside48988981467
, Jun 2019
Kudos to Viator for providing me with a great experience in Iceland. I learned a lot with the narrations of the tour guide, Tom. The driver was a pleasant guy, too. The only downside is the time constraint...but I managed to handle it well because I am athletic and can move fast to see the attractions.
star-5
Wonderful
Ellen_H
, Jun 2019
Erica was a wonderful host for this trip. She was very funny and had a great personality. We learned a lot about the area that we wouldn't have known about if not for Erica and the audio guide. They were s great combination. Definitely take this trip, you won't regret it.
star-4
Reasonable
Leon_M
, May 2019
Well organised, punctual, enough time to eat and go to the restrooms and to see the atractions. But I don't see a need for a guide and also a digital guide on tablet. Sometimes the simple talk to the group is enough.
star-4
Reasonable
Leon_M
, May 2019
Very good but see no point of having a guide and also a digital guide on tablet. Could have a little bit more other informations about iceland.
star-5
Fabulous day trip
ccosky
, Apr 2019
Super day of sights. Great mix of driving and walking. Hit top sights on Golden Circle. Tour guide Wally was terrific. The audio guide was very useful and informative. Bus was clean and comfortable. Food stops at sights were nice. Loved having Wally’s input on scenery including waterfalls, Thingvellir, geyser, countryside and overall Iceland info.
star-5
Fantastic
Victor_D
, Mar 2019
Loved every minuet of this tour. From walking between tectonic plates to watching boiling hot water running in streams this was a trip I will never forget. And the glacier waterfall. WOW!! Just wrap up warp and don't forget your hat.
star-5
Great experience
Tracey_T
, Jan 2019
This was a great experience and our tour guide was great.His passion for his country was clear. A trip not to missed in my opinion

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