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Iceland Golden Circle Classic Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Discover Iceland's most iconic natural and historical attractions on this all-time best-selling Golden Circle tour that includes Thingvellir National

Highlights

  • Visit Þingvellir, the birthplace of Iceland’s age-old democracy
  • Hear hair-raising stories of Þingvellir’s grislier sites
  • Witness the hypnotic power of Gullfoss falls
  • Watch a large geyser erupt and see Geysir, the namesake of all geysers
  • Explore Skálholt archeological site

Inclusions

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off for hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik
  • Round trip transportation
  • Professional tour guide

Please Note

This Golden Circle tour is by default guided in English. More languages are also available for the 8:30 departure as follows:

  • German: Saturdays (All year)
  • French: Mondays (All year)
  • Scandinavian: Fridays (All year)
  • Spanish: Wednesdays (All year)
  • Mandarin Chinese: Saturdays departure at 10:30 (All year)

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Oct 14 2018
Fantastic tour, I will surely come back to Iceland after that!
Sep 30 2018
I did in the first question. It was much appreciated to have the service door to door.
Sep 26 2018
Alles so wie ich es mir gewünscht hatte und sehr einfach für mich als Kunden.
Sep 24 2018
It was a great experience to be out in the "country" and see the rift, the geysers, the hot pools, the Icelandic horses, etc. Our guide explained the history of the country and the people as well as the geology of the area. He was very courteous and kind.
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ITINERARY

The Golden Circle is by far our most popular day trip, and for good reason! It’s packed with arguably the country’s most important sites and guided by some of our finest tour experts with extensive knowledge and experience of Iceland’s most revered sites.

A HARROWING HISTORY & FABULOUS FALLS
Our first stop is Þingvellir, the mainland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is not only where the tectonic plates are pulling apart creating a rift valley, but also the birthplace of the Althing, the world’s longest-running democratic parliament since 930 AD. Here we’ll learn the chilling stories behind Drowning Pool, Gallows Rock, Burning Gorge and Sand Banks of Slaughter. Deep in the interior we’ll find Gullfoss as it cascades into narrow Hvítárgljúfur canyon. The geology of the massive falls means it’s nearly impossible to photograph completely—you simply have to see it with your own eyes.

BUBBLING WITH EXCITEMENT
At Geysir geothermal area we’ll see a geyser hurling boiling water up to 30 meters in the air every 3-7 minutes, so you’re sure to catch the thrilling moment. The entire area is alive with geothermal activity, including bubbling mudpots, steam vents and Geysir, the namesake of all geysers.

ENCOUNTERING HISTORY
After a short stop at Faxi waterfall and its fish ladder, which allows salmon to “climb” upstream, we reach the archeological museum under Skálholt church. Skálholt was the epicenter of culture, politics and learning in Iceland for over 700 years. Outside we’ll explore a replica turf house, Iceland’s heritage building style.

STORIES OF A LIFETIME
While any one of these stops makes incredible fodder for your Instagram feed, they also all have rich histories and fascinating tales, each told with their own nuances by our brilliant storyteller guides. It’s not just facts and figures that bring these places to life, but the compelling stories our guides have collected over time. Don’t just see the sites—experience Iceland through the eyes of a tour expert with Gray Line.

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Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.

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