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Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland

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

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
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.

Departure Point

Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
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
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 64 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Express Tour Including Optional Blue Lagoon Admission from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Excellent travels, best to do a tour when it snows because the roads are treacherous and these drivers are very skilled." See review
  • "Listed duration for the tour was 7.5 hours, but was more like 8 hours, add in some extra time if making dinner reservations after the tour." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour, very organised and amazing!
Freddie 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
star-5
amazing
Deborah 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.
star-1
Lousy scheduling by the operator.
bhaskar89
, 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.

Product code: 35149P12

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