Golden Circle Classic | Full Day Guided Tour

Strokkur has been known to blast water over forty metres high.
The first churning tier of Gullfoss, a two-tiered waterfall.
If the path to the viewing platform closest to Gullfoss is open, wear waterproofs, or the spray will get to you.
An aerial view of a rainbow arching across Gullfoss.
Strokkur regularly erupts, unlike its more famous neighbour, Geysir.
The church at Þingvellir sometime hosts performances.

Jump aboard, to see Iceland's best tourist route. This tour should not be missed by those eager to do some classic sightseeing. 

The Golden Circle Tour begins by taking you to Þingvellir National Park, an area known for its stunning landscapes, active geothermal area and rich history.

This is a Unesco World Heritage Site, located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. You can walk between these continents along the Almannagja canyon, surrounded by dramatic lava cliffs. The cultural significance of the area is fascinating too, as this was where the Icelandic parliament was first established in 930 AD by the old Viking lords.

Continuing from Þingvellir National Park, the tour heads towards Gullfoss waterfall, where you can view the 32 metre (105 ft) cascade from several elevated viewing platforms. You can even get close enough to feel the glacial spray of the waterfall on your face.

The group usually stops for a bite to eat at Gullfoss Café or the Information Centre in the Geysir geothermal area, our last natural attraction on the tour. If you prefer to use the time during the stops to enjoy the natural wonders of these places, we recommend that you bring a packed lunch instead to save time.

The Geysir Geothermal field is bubbling with geothermal activity and has boiling mud pockets, mineral-rich pools of hot water, and geysers erupting every few minutes; indeed, the word “geyser” comes directly from this particular area’s name. Geysir’s largest active geyser, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes, shooting water up to 30 metres (100 feet) into the air in a spectacular show. Make sure to bring your camera.

As we make the return journey, we pass by peaceful lakes Laugarvatn and Apavatn before the final leg back to Reykjavík which will take us through the village of Hveragerði and over the Hellisheiði mountain pass. Here, you can see columns of steam rising from the ground as a result of the geothermal activity beneath.

Witness Iceland's most popular sites. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Þingvallavatn, Haukadalur
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00

You meet us at the departure location.
  • Complimentary pickup and dropoff

  • Bus transport

  • Guidance

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm and weather-appropriate clothing

Good to know:

You can request a Mandarin-speaking guide for this tour

Reserve this tour

Continue to reserve a spot on this trip. You can contact us any time to change your booking. Choose a date to find availability and see prices

Guide to Iceland does not add any fees, and as such, can not be liable for any accidents, losses, injuries, damages, delays, expenses due to any action or inaction on the part of the operator, guide or his/her services. As the terms and conditions of each tour operator may vary, please read the terms and conditions of each operator you purchase a tour from.

Iceland excursions terms and conditions
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.

Change of reservation
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.

Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather or road conditions. No responsibility is taken for losses or expenses due to delay or changes of flights, injury, damaged, negligence, weather, war or other unforeseeable causes. Seats cannot be guaranteed unless booked at least two hours in advance. The estimated duration of tours as indicated on our website are standard times and can vary according to road or weather conditions. Punctuality is a key objective in Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland operation. However, delays may occur for unforeseen reasons. The company cannot be made responsible for losses that a passenger may face due to delay, regardless whether the loss is direct or indirect.

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

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

Free cancellation
No credit card fees
No booking fees
Best price guaranteed by Gray Line Iceland
Golden Circle Classic | Full Day Guided Tour

Other tours you might like

Inquire about this tour
Real Time Analytics