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AH12  Golden Circle Classic Tour All year round

Tour highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Tectonic plates of Europe and North America
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
  • Skálholt medieval church
  • Nesjavellir Geothermal field*
The Golden Circle tour showcases some of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions including the country's best known natural, cultural, and historic sites. 

Golden circle tour description

From Reykjavik the Golden Circle tour takes you via Nesjavellir geothermal field* up to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet and one of the world's oldest parliament was founded in 930 AD. 

You‘re then treated up close and personal to one of Iceland‘s largest personalities: Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Majestic and thunderous, the force and beauty of this two tiered waterfall will be something your camera wants to linger on.
 
Geysir hot spring on the Golden Circle tour

Lunch break is usually at Gullfoss Cafe near Gullfoss waterfall, but in some cases a stop is made for lunch at the Information Center by Geysir geothermal area.

Next up is Geysir geothermal area, home of the famous Geysir and Strokkur hot springs. The Strokkur hot spring erupts every 5 minutes or so, making it one of the most active geyser.

From Geysir area the trip continues to Skálholt Church which was the seat of religious power in Iceland for centuries and where some of the most dramatic events in Iceland's history took place.

On the way back to Reykjavik you'll get a chance to visit Hellisheiði Power plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano where earth's most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating.

Our guides

Our guides on the Golden Circle are educated professionals with excellent storytelling abilities.

Tour details

Included
Bus
Tour guide

Excluded
Lunch. You are welcome to bring lunch with you or buy lunch at Gullfoss café during our stop at Gullfoss waterfall.
Admissions fee to Hellisheiði geothermal power station

Booking online
Up to 90 minutes prior to tour departure.

Guide languages

English
Every day all year round.

Scandinavian
Fridays all year round.
 
German
Saturdays all year round. 
 
French
Mondays all year round.
Also Thursdays and Sundays in June, July and August. 


Note
*During winter season weather and road conditions dictate visits to Nesjavellir geothermal field.
 

Want to take the Golden Circle tour in the afternoon or in the evening? 
Have a look at our AH11 Golden Circle afternoon tour and AH13 Golden Circle evening tour .


Tour details

Days of week:
 
 
Departure times
08:30 / 10:30
 
Free hotel pick-up service
Pick-up: 08:00 / 10:00
 
Duration
8,5 hours
 
Travelling with children
Child (0 - 11): FREE
Youth (12 - 17): 50% off
 

Price: 9.500 ISK
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Kirsty wrote:
24th October 2014. Thoroughly enjoyed this trip around the Golden Circle. Our guide was Svan (hope I have spelt this correctly) and he is a credit to your company as he was very informative and gave us a fantastic insight to Iceland's history, customs and people.
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Ulla Berglind wrote:
En helt fantastisk utflykt med en fenomenal svensktalande guide Jacob(?)som gjorde vår utflykt "Gyllene cirkeln" till en oförglömlig upplevelse. Ulla Berglind, Salems kyrkokör
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Kirsty wrote:
24th October 2014. Thoroughly enjoyed this trip around the Golden Circle. Our guide was Svan (hope I have spelt this correctly) and he is a credit to your company as he was very informative and gave us a fantastic insight to Iceland's history, customs and people.

Ulla Berglind wrote:
En helt fantastisk utflykt med en fenomenal svensktalande guide Jacob(?)som gjorde vår utflykt "Gyllene cirkeln" till en oförglömlig upplevelse. Ulla Berglind, Salems kyrkokör

Ellie wrote:
We went on this tour on the 27th August; leaving at 10.30am. We'd very much like to pass on our thanks to the tour guide, who was not only factually well versed, but also bursting with lots of sweet, home-grown myths about such things as tractor eggs and the plight of the early catholic settlers. Perhaps a little more time outside the coach would have improved the trip, but as keen hikers we're not exactly representative of some of the more sedentary passengers. Nevertheless, the guide did a great job keeping us entertained and we'd like to thank him for his many witticisms and waggish charm. We will remember this trip fondly.

Simpson wrote:
A very interesting & well conducted tour. I do however have one important criticism. When we visited Nesjavellir Geothermal power station we were told that there was an exhibition upstairs explaining the history and working of the power station. WE WERE NOT TOLD THAT WE HAD TO PAY EXTRA FOR THIS. The fact that this was an optional extra was NOT stated in the tour description. On a tour such as this, any entrance fees should be included - it is rather mean and misleading not to do so. If not, this should be clearly stated in the tour description.
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Thank you for your review and comments. The last visit before heading back to Reykjavik is the visit to the power plant of Hellisheidi, as mentioned in our online description of the tour as well as in our brochure "On the way back to Reykjavik you'll get a chance to visit Hellisheiði Power plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano where earth's most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating. "  The visit to the exhibition is optional and costs 600 ISK per person and the guide on tour should mention this at all times. Passengers who do not wish to see the exhibition but visit the building and make use of the toilet facilities and café can do so without any charge.

Greg wrote:
The Golden Circle is frequently mentioned as one of the main tourist routes in Iceland, so we felt we should go on it. It's a very interesting tour, with the rift valley, Gullfoss, and the geysers being particular highlights from my point of view. Contrary to some reviews there are no extra charges to see the geysers. The visit to the geothermal plant was really interesting, and it was worth the extra 600ISK to have the presentation and guide. I felt the church stop was not essential, however that might just be me as I'm more interested in the scenery. This is a large group tour, and in general I found that this makes them slower and less social than the smaller tours (in fact two people on our tour got lost, somehow, and we had to drive around looking for them for a while before we could continue).
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