Price: 10.900 isk
Includes: Thingvellir National Park and site of the old viking parliament, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring at the Haukadalur geothermal area, Hveragerdir earthquake town, and Faxi waterfall.
Duration: 8-9 hours (back to Reykjavik about 16:30-17:00)
Pick up: Between 8:30 and 9:00, from all accommodations on the Reykjavik area.
Departures: Daily, all year around.
Lunch stop on the way (lunch not included).
Operated by mini bus. Small groups. Personal service. Sustainable.
The Golden Circle is for everyone, whether you are young or old. On this trip you can experience the highlights of Iceland. We drive along glacial rivers and beautiful landscapes, on our way to three jewels of the icelandic crown, the Gullfoss waterfall, the Thingvellir valley, and the Geysir hot spring area. Your trip to Iceland won't be completed without a visit to those sites.
At Thingvellir we'll encounter the birth place of the icelandic nation, as well as the site of the first viking parliament or Althingi on 930 a.d., the oldest still existing parliament in the world. Thingvellir is also one of the spots where we can appreciate more clearly the forces shaping our planet as the tectonic plates spread apart creating new crust.
Another of the visits during the Golden Circle is Gullfoss. It is not the largest waterfall in Iceland, nor the tallest, but it's, without a doubt, one of the prettiest ones, and that's a lot for a country with as many waterfalls as Iceland. Not a coincidence that its name translates as the Golden Waterfall.
And Geysir's reputation precedes "him", the gusher that gave name to the phenomenon doesn't need much introduction. His neighbor, Strokkur, will blow steam high in the air every 5 to 10 minutes for our delight.
We will also take a short stop at the town of Hveragerdi, where we'll find a small exhibition about a 6,3-6,6 earthquake that took place in the town in 2008.
The waterfall at Faxi is also part of the tour. Smaller than Gullfoss, but very beautiful on the morning light. Conditions allowing it, we'll also try to stop on the way to admire some of the famously friendly icelandic horses.
Please make Online booking at least 24 hours prior to the departure.
For late bookings call: +354 558 8899
We work with small groups, usually 19 people maximum, so dates tend to get fully booked rather early. Booking in advance allows us to organize the departures, so please, book in advance when possible.
During the winter, we may find icy conditions on the areas we visit, and the weather may be extremely windy and cold. Ice walkers can be useful, and warm clothing recommended.
Golden Circle Route
Frequently Asked Questions
-All the tours are operated in English.
-German, Swedish, Spanish, and French available for private groups.
-The concept is a minibus tour, with microphone commentary during the transit between stops, and once at the sites, free time to explore the location by yourself.
-All the tours are quite easy going, outside the Glacier Walk or the Snowmobiling (nothing extreme, but requires a minimum fitness).
-We have walks around the areas, but for people with mobility problems, or those who just don't feel like walking, they can always remain on the minibus for the transit.
-We operate the tours ALWAYS by Mercedes Sprinter minibuses.
-The maximum size of the groups is 19 passengers.
-All our vehicles meet all the requirements to operate tours in Iceland.
-In some occasions we hire vehicles from other companies, but always minibuses.
-We have some storage space on the minibuses, so 3 or 4 large suitcases, or a wheel-chair, can be stored on the vehicles if necessary.
-All of our staff are experienced driver-guides, in possession of the necessary licenses to transport passengers in Iceland.
-We put lots of effort on having good guides. We see them as a source of information, but also, and mostly, we focus on their human value.
-In case of taking several tours with us, we always try to have you with different guides. It adds an extra perspective to your experience.
-We offer free pickup from all the accommodations on the Great Reykjavik Area.
-The pickup starts at 8:30am for all the tours, and goes on until 9:00am. So you just need to be ready by 8:30, and within 30 minutes you'll be picked up.
-If you are coming from the airport, we can also pick you up at the BSI bus terminal.
-We also pickup by the cruise ship terminal.
-We require full payment at the time of the booking.
-We accept all major credit cards, except American Express and Dinners.
- All cancellations must be made by e-mail and confirmed by Geoiceland customer service.
- Cancellations made with more than 48 hours notice will receive full refund of the payment.
- Cancellations made between 48 to 24 hours prior to departure will be charged 50% of the total.
-Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to departure and "no-shows" will be charged 100% of the total.
*For the cruise ships, the cancellation policy does not apply if the ship does not make it to the harbor. In case of the ship not reaching the pier, you'll receive a full refund.
-We operate with small groups, so a few seats make a big difference for us. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.
-The tours are available within the advertised period, but we reserve the right to cancel departures, depending on weather conditions and minimum group sizes. If GeoIceland ehf is the one canceling the tour, you'll receive a full refund. In case of cancellation due to minimum group sizes, you'll receive at least a 3 days notice, and we'll try to help you finding an alternative.
-Iceland is a place with very unstable weather, so you can expect anything at any time.
-Bring your sunglasses and your raincoat everywhere.
-During the winter you may find icy walkways, so having a pair of ice-walkers is not a bad idea during the winter. Quite often we do have some ice-walkers on the minibuses that you can borrow, but not always.
-All our tours are rather easy going, so no need of any special gear, outside the Glacier Walk on the South, where you need some shoes rigid enough as to tie the crampons without hurting your feet. You can borrow some footwear for the Glacier Walk on the South Coast.
-Lunch is not included in any of the tours
-We always stop at some place where you can buy some food. A picnic in the case of the Glacier Walk during the South Coast.
-The gastronomic selection once you leave Reykjavik is quite limited. So, even though the prices are the ones of fine dinning, don't expect any fancy places or menus.
-Giving recommendations about food is always difficult, and we have got feedback on both ends of the scale. Food being very good, and food being expensive and bad.