The Golden Circle & Reykjavik Sightseeing | See Iceland's Most Famous Sites

Hallgrímskirkja church is the most dominant feature on Reykjavík's skyline.
Strokkur is a hot spring and geyser, entertaining visitors with its regular eruptions.
Photographers wanting to catch Strokkur will have plenty of opportunities to try due to the regularity of its eruptions.
Gullfoss waterfall plunges over thirty-two metres into a deep, ancient ravine.
Þingvellir means 'Fields of Parliament', as Iceland's National Parliament started here in 930 AD.
Hvíta River is famous for two reasons: its river rafting, and its greatest waterfall Gullfoss.
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Hop aboard this sightseeing tour to make the most of Iceland’s urban and natural landscapes. This trip will show you all of Reykjavík’s greatest sites, as well as the three legendary destinations on the famous Golden Circle.

You will start this tour when picked up in a minibus and begin by exploring the capital of Iceland. Reykajvík is a city with over a millennium of history, a vibrant culture, beautiful street-art and many feats of modern architecture. 

Sites you will see include the restaurant, exhibition centre and viewpoint Perlan, the church Hallgrímskirkja, the concert hall Harpa, the residence of the President, the pond of Tjörnin, and the Höfði House, where seeds were first sewn to end the Cold War. You will also enjoy Reykjavík’s nature throughout; Faxaflói bay is stunning, and Esja, on the other side of it, is a beautiful tabletop mountain.

Your guide will tell you about every site. After you have gotten to know the city thoroughly, they will take you to your larger coach, where you will change vehicle. From here, you will set off on the Golden Circle.

The first site on this route is Þingvellir National Park, which sits right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The valley has mossy lava fields, patches of forests, and many springs trickling into the largest lake in Iceland, Þingvallavatn. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it was where the country’s parliament was founded in 930 AD.

After Þingvellir, you will move on to the Geysir Geothermal Area. Alongside the Blue Lagoon, this is probably Iceland’s most famous site. As its name suggests, it is home to the geysers, although Geysir itself is inactive. You instead will be watching Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes, to heights that can well exceed 20 metres.

Finally, you will head to Gullfoss waterfall, the last site on this tour. Gullfoss falls in two tiers into a deep canyon with enormous power; all in all, it is over thirty metres high. You can watch it from many platforms, and in summer, one opens up right beside the crest of the falls; stand here, and have the glacier water spray refreshingly in your face.

Book this tour now to get to know Iceland’s capital and most popular natural sites. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Dec.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Iceland, Reykjavík, Hvítá River, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Hafnarfjörður, Hallgrímskirkja, Perlan, Bessastaðir, Höfði, Reykjavík Harbour, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Tjörnin
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

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.
  • Guided minibus tour of Reykjavik

  • Guided coach tour of the Golden Circle

  • Meals and refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm and weather-appropriate clothing

Good to know:

A small amount of easy walking is required to see the sights


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Complimentary pick up service
We offer complimentary pick up service for our passengers 30 to 60 min prior to tour departure at any hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik (please see individual tour descriptions for more details). We reserve the right to alter or change the itinerary according to weather and road conditions.

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It is possible to change a reservation up to 2 hours prior to tour departure free of charge.

Cancellations of tours must go through our office and should be sent at least 24 hours prior tour departure to or fax +354 540 1310. Confirmations of cancellations will be sent back within 24 hours during weekdays. 

Tour departure / Complimentary pick up service / Drop off service
All day tours booked start from our office at Hafnarstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík (Lækjartorg) at the departure time given on your voucher. It is the passengers responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in for their tour and to board the tour bus at the tour departure time written on their voucher. 
We offer a complimentary pick up service for all our day tours. Passengers wanting to take advantage of the complimentary pick up service are requested to wait outside their hotel 30 to 60 minutes prior to tour departure (please see individual tour descriptions for more information) in order to board the pick up bus.
Missing the pick up bus does not entitle to a refund of the price paid for the tour. 

Drop off after day tours may sometimes not be right in front of your hotel/guesthouse due to narrow streets and actual coach size used during the tour.

Passengers with special needs
If you have any special needs or requests you should notify the Iceland Excursions sales department as soon as possible. We always try to fulfill our customers wishes at all times.

It is permitted to have foldable wheelchairs in our coaches without charge. Passengers that are unable to sit in a standard coach seat must advise the company´s office prior to tour departure.

Our fleet at Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland includes coaches of all types and sizes, which are all equipped with safety belts. We have a limited number of Children's Safety Car Seats available. These can be provided on request, free of charge. The safety and comfort of our customers is one of our main goals.

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Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 

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