Tour the Golden Circle from Reykjavík with Gray Line to experience the nation’s most essential sites—the fascinating and grisly history of Þingvellir plains, powerful Gullfoss falls, the excitement of Geysir geothermal area, Faxi falls and Skálholt, Iceland’s cultural and political epicenter for centuries. It’s thrilling to visit these sites on their own, but what brings this tour to life are the tales (historical and otherwise) as told by our guides: die-hard history buffs and brilliant storytellers. Don’t just see the sites—experience Iceland through the eyes of a tour expert with Gray Line
This Golden Circle tour is by default guided in English. More languages are also available for the 8:30 departure as follows:
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 mud-pots, steam vents and Geysir, the namesake of all geysers.
After a short stop at Faxi waterfall and its fish ladder, which allows salmon to “climb” upstream, we reach the archaeological museum under Skálholt church. Skálholt was the epicentre 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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Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar is the central departure point for our tours.
Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
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