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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

4.5 / 5

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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

From US$ 57.24 per person

Get back to nature on a 7.5-hour afternoon bus tour of Iceland's amazing Golden Circle. See the hot springs of Geysir, marvel at the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall and much more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
Pickup starts 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready and on the lookout for a green Smartbus. As each driver sometimes has a few stops, it can take up to 30 minutes to finish the pickup, so there is no need to worry if the bus is not there right away. You can be picked up from most hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. Please note that in the city center some areas are restricted for buses and the driver can only stop at certain bus stops. If you need direction to the nearest bus stop, please visit the city's web guide (www.busstop.is). Please note: Pickup is not available from Airbnb or private housing. We suggest you select the nearest hotel address or bus stop and request the pickup from there.

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch hot springs erupt from the Strokkur Geyser
  • Get up close to the thundering cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Learn the history of the Vikings
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park
Full description
Follow in the footsteps of Vikings as you explore the dramatic geothermal landscapes of Iceland. Depart Reykjavik and head towards Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of America and Europe are pulling apart! Make use of the Wi-Fi connected computer tablets in each seat, including a GPS-sensitive audio guide available in 10 languages. A local guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. See the oldest parliament in the world in Þingvellir National Park, and feast your eyes on the rift valley along the shores of Iceland’s biggest lake. Watch boiling water shoot from the earth at the hot springs of Geysir. End with a visit to Gullfoss Waterfall. Walk down to the edge of the cascades where the powerful river runs into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar!
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Transportation by bus
  • Free WiFi and USB charger at each seat
  • Audio guide in 10 languages
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup (unless option selected)
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

This tour option does not include hotel pick-up. The bus departs from Skogarhlio 10, 105 Reykjavik. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour departure time.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is available year round, depending on the weather conditions
  • Children aged 12 to 15 years old get a 50% discount
  • Children up to 11 years old are free of charge
  • There are no age limits
  • There is no minimum number requirement
  • Dress according to the weather. Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended. The weather can change suddenly and it is best to expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are also recommended
  • Bring your own headphones for the audio guide as they will fit you best. If you don’t have your own or forget to bring them, earphones are available to purchase on board the bus
  • The duration of the tour is approximately 7.5-hours, including a minimum 30-minute stop at Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park
  • Shops are available at Geysir and Gullfoss to purchase food and drinks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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The tour was very nice.

Unfortunately, we and several other passengers of the AIDA had problems finding the shuttle bus in the harbor, because there was Airport Shuttle instead of Reykjavik sightseeing and this instead of blue green as described. He almost drove off without 8 passengers. In addition, two detours were driven while traveling to pick up excursionists from swimming pools. That has unnecessarily prolonged the whole. Overall, we would have booked better with Aida, even if it would have been a bit expensive.

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June 2, 2019

Very entertaining tour. Our guide and the bus driver were great. The guide has always given a lot of exciting information about the Islander and their culture or places we passed by between the contributions of the audio guide. There was even an Icelandic ghost story told. I recommend the tour to anyone! There are also enough stops and a toilet was on board. Newer IPhone headphones do not harmonize with the audio guide. You can buy headphones on board or simply read the guide.

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January 3, 2019

Nice to have the afternoon option for the Golden Circle

Other than dealing with only a few hours of daylight (which is what it is this time of year) it was great to not have to drive around ourselves, but still get to see some great sights. It definitely felt like we missed some potential cool sights in the last half b/c it was pitch black outside - but again... what are you gonna do?

December 10, 2018

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