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Golden Circle Classic Tour

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From 41.00
Duration 8 hours




It’s a classic for good reason. Combining history, culture and extraordinary nature, the Golden Circle Classic Tour makes for an unforgettable day


  • Thingvellir National Park—walk among the geological wonders of the fissure zone and in the footsteps of the early Viking settlers where the Althingi parliament was founded
  • Gullfoss—feel the mist of glacial water as it cascades down one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls
  • Geysir—hear the bubbling of the mud pots, smell the sulfur in the air and watch in awe as the geyser Strokkur blasts boiling water into the air
  • Skalholt—discover the historical site that shaped the spiritual, political and cultural landscape of Iceland


  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off for hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops
  • Round trip transportation
  • Professional tour guide

Please Note

This Golden Circle tour is by default guided in English. More languages are also available for the 8:30 departure as follows:

  • German: Saturdays (All year)
  • French: Mondays (All year)
  • Scandinavian: Fridays (All year)
  • Spanish: Wednesdays (All year)
  • Japanese Sunday (All year)
  • Mandarin Chinese: Tuesdays & Saturdays departures at 10:30 (All year)

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94% of reviewers liked this tour
Dec 12 2018
Excellent tour, well organised
Dec 11 2018
Ich hatte die Golden Circle Tour bereits vor zwei Jahren mit einem anderen Unternehmen gemacht. Damals war ich schon begeistert. Jetzt muss ich aber sagen: ich glaube, wir hätten es nicht besser treffen können als mit unserer Grayline-Reiseleiterin Agga. Sie hat (jeweils in Englisch und Deutsch!) so viele Informationen zu den besuchten Orten gegeben und uns auch sonst sehr viel über Land, Leute und die Geschichte des Landes erzählt. Es war richtig spannend und obwohl ich die Hauptstationen der Tour schon kannte, habe ich viel Neues erfahren. Noch einmal vielen Dank dafür!!! Obwohl im Dezember das Tageslicht in Island ja etwas geringer ausfällt, war die Tour so organisiert, dass wir alle Stopps im Hellen erleben konnten. Perfekt!
Dec 11 2018
for an all day tour the cost was very good
Dec 11 2018
Brilliant day, and couple of unexpected extras thrown in. Another waterfall, church and mansion in addition to the usual stops. Nice surprise and good value for money

Tour Itinerary

Lasting 8 hours, the Golden Circle Classic Tour takes you on a wondrous circular journey through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region, stopping at some of Iceland’s most iconic sites.

Rich history & colliding continents
Þingvellir National Park is an attraction of great historical, geological and cultural significance. Located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, the UNESCO designated world heritage site is also the birthplace of the Althing—Iceland’s parliament founded in 930 AD—where the nation’s most powerful leaders would meet to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking-age justice.

Majestic falls
The tour continues across an area of picturesque scenery to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Once there, you can take several paths around the two tiers of cascading water to explore several vantage points. Extra time is allotted at this location for a lunch break at Gullfoss Café.

Bubbling with excitement
Home of “The Great Geysir” hot spring, which all geysers are named after, this area is an impressive collage of bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents, and colourful algae deposits. Strokkur geyser puts on quite the show every few minutes blasting boiling water high up into the air.

Sacred site
After a short stop at Faxi waterfall and its fish ladder, allowing salmon to “climb” upstream, we reach Skálholt cathedral and the archaeological museum beneath it. Rich in history, Skálholt was the epicentre of culture, politics and education in Iceland for eight centuries.

Memories that last 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 knowledgeable guides. It’s not just facts and figures that bring these places to life, but the compelling stories our guides have collected over time.

Pickup points

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Pickup Info

Please present your electronic travel voucher/ticket at the time of tour departure.

Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal at Skarfabakki 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.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is


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