Golden Circle Classic Half Day Tour
Visit one of the most picturesque destinations in the world, as you take a bus ride of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Explore the famous sites of Thingvellir National Park and surrounding attractions at your own pace while you learn about the unique geology of Iceland with commentary from an audioguide.
- Experience the wonders of the Thingvellir National Park, and see a multitude of geological marvels.
- Explore the beauty of Iceland, as you visit some of the most famous attractions surrounding Reykjavik, at your own pace.
- Witness the splendor of nature’s wonders, as you catch sights of the Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur, one of the oldest active geysers in the world.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
Situated on the brink of two tectonic plates, Iceland is being pulled apart by approximately 2 cms every year. The Thingvellir National Park is situated at a distance of 40 kilometers from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. It is considered one of the most culturally and historically significant locations of Iceland and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. The earliest settlements in Iceland were around this region, and gradually as the population grew, a general assembly was needed. The first parliament in the world was then established and called Althing. Founded in 930, parliamentary sessions were held all the way until 1798. Currently, the Althing Parliament is situated in Reykjavik.
The region of Haukadalur has been well documented to have hot springs since the 13th century. The english word geyser, originated in the 18th century from this region, and this unusual phenomenon gained a lot of interest worldwide. Soon, the word geyser went on to become popular across the world. The Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Falls is a waterfall situated in the canyons of southwest Iceland. A two-step waterfall, Gullfoss consists of water melting from the Langjokull glacier, as it plummets into a steep gorge cut into the natural rock formations in the region.
Your bus tour will begin at the easily accessible BSI Terminus in downtown Reykjavik. With a headset for each visitor, you can enjoy a brief overview of the geography and history of the area through an audioguide. The Thingvellir National Park is well-known for its remarkable tectonic and volcanic activity, and is one of the most spectacular rift valleys known to man. A visitor center can also be seen, which can help you get oriented to the park. A number of faults and cracks are visible in this region.
At the geothermal area of Haukadalur, the steaming geysers, Strokkur and Geysir conjure a gorgeous scene. The sight of Strokkur erupting every 10 minutes is something that you must witness. Reaching nearly 40 m in height on some occasions, the towering geyser is a display of the extreme geothermal activity in the region.
The Gullfoss waterfall presents one of the most unique and stunning spectacles in the world. As you approach the waterfalls, it seems as if the river seems to melt into the Earth suddenly. On closer scrutiny, you will observe that it plunges abruptly into a massive crevice. The spray of water, as it cascades to the ground, with a backdrop of the famous Icelandic natural beauty is a truly unforgettable experience!
- Audioguide -Transfers from meeting point
- Hotel Transfers
Know Before You Go
The tour is available from Monday to Sunday at 10 AM and lasts 6 hours.
The temperatures tend to be colder during parts of the tour so we recommend that you wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Generally such experiences are pretty expensive. but i realised not any more if you book from here! Credible and friendly customer reps
This tour is a must for everyone going to iceland for the first time ! Everything about it is amazing
We went from Reykjavik city to Thingvellir National Park in this tour and without doubt covered the most important sites in Iceland.
How To Use Your Tickets
You will receive an email confirmation with your Golden Circle Classic ticket voucher shortly. No need to print. Just show the voucher on your phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.
BSÍ Bus Terminal , Vatnsmýrarvegi 10, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The ticket is valid only for the date and time for which you’ve scheduled the booking.
BSI Bus Terminal, Reykjavík