Jump aboard this classic sightseeing adventure, around the three world-famous sites of the Golden Circle, and the lesser known crater-lake Kerið. This is an essential tour with a unique twist and is sure to delight anyone coming to Iceland. Furthermore, there is a maximum of fifteen passengers per minibus, ensuring your trip is both personalised and comfortable.
You will be picked up from your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík in the morning, then head to the first location on this incredible trail: Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is a fascinating place for its geology and beauty, as it is located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This rift valley, which runs all the way through Iceland, is more visible here than in any other part of the country. The tension created by how the plates are pulling apart means the area has many ravines filled with crystal clear water and beautiful stretches of moss-coated lava rock.
Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, although this has nothing to do with the park’s geology. The reason for this is its history; in 930 AD, early settlers formed a representative-style parliament here that still continues to this day, making Þingvellir the original site of the world's longest running continuous parliament. As you walk through this area, you will find many information signs discussing its long and fascinating history.
Following Þingvellir, you will head to the Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal area renowned for its geysers. The greatest of these, which gave all others their name, Geysir itself, is inactive at the moment, but it’s nearby neighbour, Strokkur, erupts every ten minutes, blasting water up to 40 metres high. You will have a chance to see it go off several times, as you wander around the area’s many hot-springs and steaming vents.
The final stop on the traditional Golden Circle is Iceland’s most famous and distinguishable waterfall, Gullfoss. Otherwise known as ‘the Golden Falls’, this magnificent feature drops in two tiers into an ancient valley with enormous power. In fair weather, it is possible to walk to a platform right where the water is falling for the best views, and there are also viewing platforms opposite and above it.
While most Golden Circle tours would leave back to Reykjavík at this point, you get an additional stop; you will head to the crater lake Kerið. This is a stunning natural feature, 270 metres wide and over 55 metres deep. The rocks surrounding the water are stained fiery reds and oranges, which contrast beautifully with the azure lake which sits in the crater year round.
The Golden Circle is an essential sightseeing minibus tour, and the chance to visit Kerið is a great bonus. Do not miss your opportunity to jump aboard. Check availability by choosing a date.
The Golden Circle is a 300 km route to the 3 most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.
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Geysir is a geyser that gives its name to hot springs all over the world. But although Geysir itself is not active anymore the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur (spouting a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, regularly about 15-20 meters into the air), Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
The 'Golden Waterfall', is the second part of the Golden Circle, and one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge of the popular rafting river Hvita. It is Iocated about 10 km from Geysir.
The largest attraction of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. The Icelandic parliament was founded there in 930 and remained until the year 1798.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important places to visit in Iceland, not just for its historical and cultural values, but for also its magnificent landscape.
Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain and volcano range and is the site of a rift valley, where the tectonic plates meet, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Of particular note at Thingvellir are the magnificent Almannagja gorge, and the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The popular Gjabakkahellir lava cave is also in the area.
The fissure Silfra is located by Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and is famous for its clear waters and popular for diving and snorkeling, as you can literally swim between continents.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
Kerid is a volcanic crater lake in Grimsnes in South Iceland. It is a popular stop when traveling the Golden Circle.
It is believed that Kerid was originally a cone volcano that erupted and and emptied its magma reserve. Once the magma was depleted, the weight of the cone collapsed into an empty magma chamber, later to be filled with water.
The Kerid caldera is composed of red volcanic rock and is around 55 m deep, 170 m wide and 270 m across. There is little vegetation in the steep-walled crater, save for one wall with a gentler slope which is covered with deep moss. This wall is fairly easy to descend.
The lake itself is fairly shallow and is striking in its beauty. Opaque and aquamarine, surrounded by the red crater walls, Kerid offers a great contrast of colours and a highly impressive scenery.
Starting time : 09:00
Round trip minibus excursion
This tour takes up to 8 hours. Meals are not provided but there will be a break for lunch.
This was a very great tour. Having a smaller crowd definitely added to a great experience as we were given undivided attention. Lucia was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and really easy to get along with. Their rates were lower than the rest as well as they had more to offer. Valdi, who drove us was also awesome, he noticed we were all freezing (two sissy Cali girls) so he had offered extra sweaters. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience, with stopping at other places that was not included in the tour. Thank you Lucia and Valdi for an awesome experience
Great experience. Tour guide Robert was great! Gave really interesting information about all places visited and extra information about Iceland and its people. Organized and on time. Clear instructions and great suggestions to get the best views, pictures, and take advantage of time on each site. The tour is a must for anyone visiting Iceland for the first time. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks Robert for an amazing tour!
This tour gave me a wonderful experience with Wolf as our tour guide and David as our driver. The sites were thoroughly well-explained. We got to pat some Icelandic horses as well (lovely). Kerid crater was an exeptional addition to this tour. All locations were undeniably amazing and my camera won't do it any justice. Iceland is not a cheap country but the views do not cost a penny and will stay with you forever. Highly recommended tour. Thank you, Wolf and David, I had a great time understanding your country.
This was one of the highlights of our trip. The amazing landscapes were what we came to Iceland to see and we were not disappointed. Our guide Ulfur (Wolf) was so great, low key, good humor, a constant font of cool information about where we were going and Iceland in general. Adding in the Kerio crater was a great call, another great site and breaks up the last stretch of the ride. Wolf walked with us though all sites with good commentary all the way, happy to add bathroom breaks as needed, stopped us to pat some Icelandic horses (NOT ponies), the day just flew. Great tour, highly recommended. Wolf - Chris says hi! :-)
We visited all places that was listed, plus two additional that wasn't in the list, had enough time in all places to take photos and enjoy view. The guide was really helpful and professional, told as about iceland history and the places that we were visiting. That was the best trip i had in iceland.
Great Experience and Highly Recommend for everyone. Our amazing guide was Lu. The scenery was breathtaking, and the additional spot to the volcanic center worth the time. Lu spent the whole journey with us, walking with us on the spot, giving out information about every single destinations.
Great experience. Our tour guide Robert gave us interesting information along the tour about what we were seeing as well as clear instruction on how much time we had at each stop. The golden circle tour is a must for anyone visiting Iceland for the first time with so many great sights to see. I highly recommend this tour.
Great Golden Circle Tour with the nice addition of the Kerid Crater. Also the smaller group with minibus could be a plus for some. Our guide Anika was very kind and told a lot of interesting facts with passion. Very recommended tour.
Our Golden Circle tour could literally not have been better! The scenery was breathtaking, and the stops were unbelievably beautiful. Plus there was a little Icelandic history we learned along the way! The best part of it all was our amazing tour guide, Lucia! She was engaging and genuinely interested in our experience. She ensured each of us made it safely to and from each stop which was a bit more challenging in some areas due to some recent record-breaking snow fall. The tour ended with a hug from Lucia, who again made the tour all the more fantastic! Would definitely take the tour again or any tour with Nice Travel after this experience!
I spend my first full day in Iceland doing this tour and it was everything! if you want to join a tour for doing the Golden Circle, choose a minibus, it's so much more relaxed than the big busses and with a bit of luck you get an awesome driver like we had who will make the tour even more fun and memorable. I can only recommend this tour, you get more than enough time at each stop to take pictures and explore the area while you don't have to worry about where to go next and how to get there. Wifi on the bus is obviously a big plus for instantly sharing your adventures with friends and family. Thank you for making my first day in Iceland so very special.
We had a great time on the golden circle tour! Our guide was Tomasz, and he was amazing- very knowledgeable and funny! The driver was also great, we felt very safe the entire time. They picked us up from our hostel which was convenient. There were also only about 10-12 travellers in total which made the experience even better because it's a smaller group. Kerid was a nice and unique extra stop on the tour. If you're looking to do the golden circle tour, book with these guys!!
Irish is our guide. She is a part time guide and her full-time profession is teacher. She is very nice and knowledgeable about the tour. Even though the weather was not good in my trip but you could always have different experience in different weather. Recommended.
Me and my boyfriend had a lovely time during this tour... it's absolutely worth it! Fortunately the weather was cold but quite good so we could enjoyed it very much. The Geyser is incredibly awesome and the crater is something unique. Our guide was Anika and she was super kind and helpful during all the tour.
We went on this tour on Friday 20th Feb. Our tour guide David was great and kept everyone enthusiastic despite the miserable weather. He was very knowledgeable about the different locations we visited. I would definitely recommend this tour (gullfoss falls was particularly good).
We went on this tour on Friday 20th Feb. Our tour guide David was great and kept everyone enthusiastic despite the miserable weather. He was very knowledgeable about the different locations we visited. I would definitely recommend this tour (gullfoss falls was particularly good).
This is a must tour as you are going to see some very famous and beautiful sites sean Reykjavik. Our guide was awsome!!! He really explained to us everything and none of it was boring but really interesting and he was enjoying while doing so. Plus he was also funny andnvery friendly. I loved that it was a mini bus so you have more time to see each places plus it was way more confortable. I highly reccomend this tour.
The trip was informative and fun. The tour guide was excellent and looked after the group well escorting us all along the way and providing interesting historic and current information. Answered all questions. I left a pair of gloves on the tour bus and when I emailed the office they kindly dropped them off at my apartment the next day. thank you to David, Elisa and Wolflan from Nice travel. I would recommend this tour to all my family and friends.
An absolutely amazing experience! Our guide was brilliant and she really knew her stuff, the number of people in the tour was perfect and the scenery was enough to blow your minds! A superb day out!
Very great! Our guide was so kind and erudite. He introduced every place we went in detail. However, you will spend much time on car and it is a bit small.
Nice trip and experience. Although the wether is bad, the scene is beautiful.
Amazing tour! Really nice guide with to the point information, no extra bla-bla. Pick-up was on time at the hotel door. We even had an extra stop on the tour because we had extra time, which makes it even more interesting!
We made a wonderful experience for this trip! The guide is Jaka and the driver is Tomasz. They are very nice and gave us quite a lot of details for the Iceland and views. I strongly recommend if u just want to have a day trip, choose this one. The time arrangement is good and we have plenty of time for each views. I heard the views in Iceland are quite different in summer and in winter. If having time, summer and winter are recommended. Just came u won't regret!
The tour is certainly a nice one. The tour guide is nice to explaining all the stuffs to us and he is friendly. The bus is quite comfortable and the wifi in the bus is quick. Everything is as expected as the description.
Excellent tour guide and a pleasant, easy going tour. We had a great time!
This was a mad day out. Our guide was unique, very to the point and ensured we learnt many things and saw everything at each stop. I was always last back on the bus but think this might have been due to the rain, which I am used to. I experienced so much weather and raw nature on this day, which gave me a real and literal taste of Iceland. It was truly special. At the end of my day a lovely man drove me back to the hostel as I was not doing the extended day. He helped me with my Icelandic and taught me lots about the people. It was really lovely. I highly recommend the smaller group tours. They make such a huge difference. Thank you for making my journey in Iceland more amazing.
Despite the excessive rain we greatly enjoyed this tour! Our guide Antonio remained upbeat and made the Golden Circle exciting despite the weather . This was our 2nd day with Antonio and we were glad to have him. Once again Antonio was willing to take pictures for the group. The tours with Antonio were the highlight of our trip!
I had the tour Michael and we had a blast! There were only 3 of us that day so we went at our own pace. Michael even stopped and let us play with some of the horses we saw! Amazing sights!
Really worthwhile trip and good to see the fourth sight (which isn't so busy with insane amounts of tour buses!). I liked the small group size. Improvements could be a reminder a couple of days before and also a note to say the pick up time is an estimation (I was a bit panicky when they were 20 mins after the pick up time but they hadn't forgotten, they were just on their way to get others).
It was awesome! The trip is designed pretty good with reasonable schedule and fabulous sightseeing places. I enjoyed it a lot especially for the national park walk, it was so quiet and peaceful. My tour guide Robert he is super! I should say it was him made the fantastic day trip, he showed us the best route and introduced the places in every details and also was very thoughtful to each guest asking us if we are ok for this if ok for that...he's very nice person and professional tour guide!
Excellent tour. There's a lot to cover in the 5 stops (Faxi Waterfall was a much-welcomed impromptu addition), but there was no feeling of being rushed. Guide was knowledgable, friendly and was able to strike a good balance between allowing enough time to appreciate the sites and keeping to a general schedule. Highly recommended
Great experience - the driver and tour guide (Johannes) were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We even got a bonus stop to visit another foss along the way.
We enjoyed the tour very much. It was a great way to visit the Golden Circle in one day and get very interesting bits of information on the way.
I strongly recommend this tour, I really enjoyed it. There is enough time at every sight, our guide Johannes was great and the group wasn't too big.
It was a great experience although it was raining on that day. There were only 6 people in our group and we were flexible and had enough time for the sightseeing. The guide is a new one who changed his profession only 3 days before! He is not talkative but very nice and patient. :)
There are many tour companies that offer a tour of the Golden Circle. We chose Guide to Iceland because there's a maximum of 12 people in the bus and because they also added the Kerið Crater which is well worth it. What made the tour but tickly worthwhile for us was the tour guide John. He was glad to answer questions, was enthusiastic and engaging, and had a great sense of humor. Highly recommended.
Excellent tour! Picked up and dropped off at our hotel door. Our guide Steinar was fun and friendly and brought the trip to time, and left us plenty of time to peruse the different sights. The volcanic crater was a good addition to the circle
Really enjoyable trip. Golden circle plus volcanic crater. Picked up and dropped off at Reykjavik cruise terminal. Great going in mini bus rather than a large coach. Guide was knowledgeable but also left us to go off on our own so no having to go around in a huge group. Some confusion on meeting point at one stage as bus picked up at a different carpark. Guide quickly went and rounded up absentees . Excellent value for money.
This tour is amazing. The views are simply incredible! The pictures you see online simply don't do them justice. You have to see them with your own eyes. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and was great about getting us back on schedule (we had a bit of a delay due to a few people in our group always being late). Definitely bring good hiking shoes and warm/water resistant clothes. I'd also recommend taking some snacks for the road; although you will find food at most stops, Iceland is pretty expensive.
We absolutely enjoyed our Golden Ring tour! Small group, amazing views, superb nature, helpful and relaxed guide, wifi on all your way. Totally recommended!!! Best guided tour I've ever had, though don't like them very much :)
We got to see all the best spots around Reykjavik all in one day. The journey was comfortable with a great guide and wifi access. We would definitely recommend it to someone who is pressed for time.
Nice trip! Highly recommend!
Our trip to the Golden Circle was amazing. Our tour guide was Johanas. He was very knowledgable when we asked him questions. The benefit to this tour is that the bus was small, and there were not a lot of people on the tour, so we could hear everything, and had the opportunity not to miss out on anything!
It's a interesting and pleasant trip and Giuseppe is a professional and humorous guide.
It was really a great experience. The tour guide was great because he let us roam around and explore but still kept the tour organized. He was also very knowledgable and told us many interesting facts, in addition to answering all of the questions we had. The volcanic crater was an amazing touch to the normal Golden Circle Tour. I would high recommend doing this.
This tour was excellent! Our guide was great at explaining, letting us venture on our own, and spoke very good English. Well worth it for a great price! We got to see four incredible sights and didn't feel rushed at all. The day was the perfect length. The group was a small size (13) so you were rarely waiting around for people to get on and off the bus. I would recommend this to anyone!!!
I had a very nice Trip there!!! A cool Italien guy was my guide and I got a good explaining to every Station where i was. I recommend this Company.
It was a great experience. I had taken the same tour with a different company and it was completely different, as the group was very big and interaction with the tour guide was difficult. This time, the group was small, with good internet connection and an excellent guide (Antonio). I recommended 100%
This was a great experience. The group was small so we got enough time to enjoy the sights without being hurdled like cattle. This is apparently the most popular travel route in Iceland so do expect some crowds by the attractions. Other companies were showing up on big busses and we were very happy that we chose this tour instead. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The attractions on the Golden circle and spectacular. I can give this tour 5 stars with a good conscience. But remember to bring with you warm clothes, the weather in Iceland changes pretty quickly. The weather in the morning was sunny and warm, but in the afternoon it felt like winter. If it´s windy, do not stand in the wind direction while waiting for the geysir to erupt. Luckily our guide pointed that out to us. But we saw other people get soaked... enjoy!
Nice trip, small group with about 10 people. The guide is nice and we feel quite relax during the trip. What a pity is that during the Christmas time, the Solheima Ecovillage was closed.
Overall, the organisation of this tour was OK. The scenery was beautiful. But we didn't get to see the crystal blue kerio crater; instead, just a bunch of snow covering on the crater. That really wowed everyone in a disappointing way... I gave minus 2 stars for its narrowed, uncomfortable seats and for the guide service. I just wish our guide could have paid a little more attention to the people sitting in the back seats area. We didn't hear clearly the introduction or some meeting points information.
To be honest I was looking forward this trip. But unfortunately there were lots of issues. Firstly it took more than one hour to pick up all the tourists. And I was not in the picking up list before. Then the driver checked with his boss then he said I was okay to go on. Very confusing. The driver is from Slovakia and he told me he was also the guide. When we arrived at the first spot, he just told us where and when to meet up. There was an American family complaining about this unprofessional behavior. I was alone and only had few days in Iceland so I didn't get a chance to complain. Then he said we would have a guide and also we waited for 20 minutes for the guide but the guide didn't show up. The nature is splendid but the service to be honest isn't professional at all. I strongly recommend tourists to go for a better and more professional one.
Poorly organized tour. The guide was not announcing the available time at the tourist spots and picking up places. As a result, many in the group, or even the guide (!), were late or not showing up by the bus when we were leaving for the next spot. No guiding was provided at the spots. Pick-up was late and the return back to Reykjavik was more than one hour late.
- Pick up was late. - It is confusing that you are picked up by a bus with nicetravel logo while I booked the trip at "guide to iceland". - When we left Reykjavik we suddenly turned around and then went back to the city to pick some passengers that were extra added somehow. The total time on gathering and leaving Reykjavik was more than 1 hour. - the guide was not very exact and convincing with announcing the available time at the tourist spots and picking up places. As a result many people are late or not even showing up on where they were supposed to be met. - "strange extra" passengers were needed to be dropped of for blue lagoon, when that is completely not the part of golden circle tour. basically you squeezed in inapropriate tourists and stole the time of the original golden circle excursion. Instead of dropping of passengers in Reykjavik we were driving back and forth trying pass those blue lagoon passengers to another transport, waiting for some extra car in a gas station and then ultimately going back to Reykjavik. The pure tour time was about 4 hours. all the rest - just driving around Reykjavik. - the whole idea of picking up tourists at every hotel is idiotic. Extremely poor organization. As the guide explained - "Guide to iceland" is just selling tickets. "Nicetravell" is just doing the transportation. So basically no one actually cares about the customer experience. And of course You are never contacted to be informed about the exact time of pick up , delays , changes etc.