Golden Circle Minibus Tour | Full Day Excursion

Golden Circle Minibus Tour | Full Day Excursion
The geyser Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes.
Coffee and flatbread with smoked lamb—a traditional Icelandic snack.
The Icelandic horse is a friendly and warm animal.
The Geysir geothermal area is as stunning in winter as it is in summer.
Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most iconic natural features, cloaked in winter attire.
The geyser Strokkur preparing to erupt.
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Hop on board a minibus for the essential Iceland experience: a tour of The Golden Circle. This journey will take you on a ride to Iceland’s most famous attractions, without the rush and hassle of the big buses.

This tour is for those who wants to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture; you will not only see main sights, you will also get to know Icelandic music and cuisine.

The tour starts in the morning when you are picked up by a small but comfortable minibus. You’ll then be driven to the south of Iceland to a little, hidden treasure called Faxi waterfall. Nestled in a quiet spot, not visible from the main road, Faxi is a low but wide waterfall, named after the mane of the Icelandic horse.

From the little Faxi, you’ll head towards the enormous and mighty Gullfoss. The glacial river Hvítá takes a dramatic 32-metre plunge into a canyon, creating this stunning and beautiful waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions.

Next, you will visit the Geysir geothermal area. Located in Haukadalur valley, the ‘Great Geysir’ is a hot spring that’s been active for approximately 10,000 years.

Although Geysir is now mostly dormant, nearby is another geyser called Strokkur, which spouts water 10-15 metres up in the air every 10 minutes or so, giving you plenty of opportunities to capture the perfect photo.

The last part of the Golden Circle is the Þingvellir national park, a place of great historical and geographical significance. Þingvellir is where Iceland’s parliament, the Alþingi, was founded in the year 930, making it the oldest running parliament in the world. It is also a place where two tectonic plates are drifting apart, which can be seen in the cracks and rock fractions which traverse the region.

Along the way, your tour guide will not only tell you everything about the places you'll be visiting, he will also introduce you to Icelandic culture through music and give you samples of traditional Icelandic food and beverages.

You’ll listen to some of Iceland’s best musicians while travelling the Golden Circle. If you like the music, you’ll be able to find it right away on Spotify with the free wifi on board the minibus. This way you can relive the experience when you get back home.

Don’t miss out on a unique and first-hand introduction to Iceland through this fascinating day tour! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Faxi
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up starts at 08:00 am but you might have to wait 15-20 minutes, but be ready outside at 08:00. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • 8 hour English guided tour

  • Sample of Icelandic music

  • Free WiFi on board

  • Taste of traditional Icelandic food

  • A lot of fun

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes

Good to know:

Lunch is not provided but there will be a lunch break. You'll be able to buy lunch in restaurants in the area if you haven't brought your own.

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Our guide was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable but kept the vibe light and cracked plenty of jokes. My friend and I were upgraded for free so that we could enjoy the Secret Hot Springs and we had an amazing time! All the sites were gorgeous, and I loved being able to listen to some wonderful Icelandic music on the mini bus. Thanks for making this the highlight of my time in Iceland!
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Did was brilliant, loved the insight into Iceland's culture. The stops were awesome along with the snacks. Thank you so much.
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Weather was great and the view still were even better. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable!
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Oskar, our guide, was knowledgeable and personable. Wonderful trip.
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We had an excellent trip with Guide to Iceland. The tour guide for golden circle, Atty (that was her nickname, sorry I missed her full name) was really good and knowledgeable. She was sharing the historical stories and the other facts with us while driving. It was like reading book while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of iceland. Thank you Guide to Iceland!
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It was one of the most remarkable tours I've ever taken. No exaggeration! The sites we visited were undeniably stunning (and we got lucky with the weather too), but Ævar, the tour guide, made the tour truly memorable! He's kind, very funny, and extremely knowledgeable. The stops were timed perfectly - not too long, not too short - and the entire 7-hour excursion simply flied by. The minibus was comfortable, and there was no hiccups with logistics. I'm very happy with the tour and strongly recommend Guide to Iceland for your next trip! Alex
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We had a fabulous day with “Kevin”. He was very informative and humorous. I felt like he gave of some valuable insight about Icelandic culture. The tour hit all the big highlights that would have been challenging to do on our own. The small group size made it easy to connect with the guide and other travelers. Would highly recommend!
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Gusti was a great guide: helpful, humorous, informative and organised. His English was awesome. It was nice to be on a minibus rather than a coach. We visited the well-known sites on the Golden Circle, plus a couple of less frequented ones. What I liked best were Gusti's insider comments about life on Iceland: he taught me a lot. And I really liked his dry humour.
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Brilliant and informative guide, great scenery and history. Great value. Highly recommend them.
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The guide was fantastic.extremely informative, helpful, friendly and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour . The minibus was very comfortable. Pick up and drop off was just outside our hotel. We would highly recommend this Golden Circle tour.
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