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Golden Circle Tour - 6 hours

Access from: Reykjavik


Key info

  • Tour ID: 53953
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Pick up point: ​Reykjavík Port
  • Activity level: Easy

Top highlights

  • Geysers
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfalls

From $134.32pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 53953
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Pick up point: ​Reykjavík Port
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Geysers
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfalls

Itinerary


Depart from the Port and start driving along the Golden Circle route.
Panoramic drive to Thingvellir National Park (about 40 minutes)
Stop for panoramic views and a short walk (about 30 minutes)
Drive to the waterfall Gullfoss or the Golden Falls (about 1 hour 15 minutes). 
Time at the Falls (45 minutes).
Drive to the nearby geothermal active valley of Haukadalur where you can witness the geyser Strokkur erupt (45 minutes).
Return to the Port through the farmland of Southern Iceland and across Hellisheidi mountain plateau (about 2 hours).

 

The Golden Circle is a day tour in the south of Iceland which covers around 270km, looping from the capital, Reykjavík, into the Highland and back. You'll travel from Reykjavík to Thingvellir National Park, a location of historical significance and a national park due to its unique geology and natural features.

At Thingvellir, Althing - one of the oldest extant parliamentary institutions in the world - was established in around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. So often the stage for major events in the history of Iceland, Thingvellir is now a national park with a protected area that will always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Althing. Thingvellir was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

From here we will continue to Gullfoss waterfall. The wide Hvita river rushes southwards and about a kilometre above the fall it turns sharply to the left and flows down into a wide curved three-step 'staircase' before abruptly plunging into two stages (11m and 21m), forming a crevice 32m deep. As you first approach the fall, the crevice is obscured from view, and it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.

The geothermal active valley of Haukadalur is your next destination - here, you can watch a geyser erupt. Unfortunately, the geyser has been somewhat shy in recent decades. When the geyser does perform, once or twice a year, it spews a jet of steaming water 200 feet skyward. Far more reliable, though less spectacular, is nearby Strokkur, which spouts a 60-100 foot jet about once every five minutes. The geyser area is also full of walking paths that lead past steaming vents, colourful and mineral-rich mud formations.

Together with Þingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss forms the Golden Circle

Last, but not least, you will drive through the Farmlands of the Southern Iceland on your way back to Reykjavik. Together with the Gullfoss waterfall and the geysers of Haukadalur, Thingvellir forms the Golden Circle.

Included:

  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 53953
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Pick up point: ​Reykjavík Port
    • Activity level: Easy

    Top highlights

    • Geysers
    • Thingvellir National Park
    • Gullfoss Waterfalls

    Itinerary


    Depart from the Port and start driving along the Golden Circle route.
    Panoramic drive to Thingvellir National Park (about 40 minutes)
    Stop for panoramic views and a short walk (about 30 minutes)
    Drive to the waterfall Gullfoss or the Golden Falls (about 1 hour 15 minutes). 
    Time at the Falls (45 minutes).
    Drive to the nearby geothermal active valley of Haukadalur where you can witness the geyser Strokkur erupt (45 minutes).
    Return to the Port through the farmland of Southern Iceland and across Hellisheidi mountain plateau (about 2 hours).

     

    The Golden Circle is a day tour in the south of Iceland which covers around 270km, looping from the capital, Reykjavík, into the Highland and back. You'll travel from Reykjavík to Thingvellir National Park, a location of historical significance and a national park due to its unique geology and natural features.

    At Thingvellir, Althing - one of the oldest extant parliamentary institutions in the world - was established in around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. So often the stage for major events in the history of Iceland, Thingvellir is now a national park with a protected area that will always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Althing. Thingvellir was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

    From here we will continue to Gullfoss waterfall. The wide Hvita river rushes southwards and about a kilometre above the fall it turns sharply to the left and flows down into a wide curved three-step 'staircase' before abruptly plunging into two stages (11m and 21m), forming a crevice 32m deep. As you first approach the fall, the crevice is obscured from view, and it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.

    The geothermal active valley of Haukadalur is your next destination - here, you can watch a geyser erupt. Unfortunately, the geyser has been somewhat shy in recent decades. When the geyser does perform, once or twice a year, it spews a jet of steaming water 200 feet skyward. Far more reliable, though less spectacular, is nearby Strokkur, which spouts a 60-100 foot jet about once every five minutes. The geyser area is also full of walking paths that lead past steaming vents, colourful and mineral-rich mud formations.

    Together with Þingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss forms the Golden Circle

    Last, but not least, you will drive through the Farmlands of the Southern Iceland on your way back to Reykjavik. Together with the Gullfoss waterfall and the geysers of Haukadalur, Thingvellir forms the Golden Circle.

    Included:

    • Air-Conditioned Vehicle
    • English Speaking Guide
  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Transportation
    • English Speaking Guide
    Activity Level Scale: 2
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2 km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Please wear a hat, warm clothing and sensible walking/hiking footwear for this excursion as it involves some walking on uneven ground, inclines and steps.
    The tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties or those in wheelchairs.
    Tips are not included (though are not compulsory) and can be paid on the day.
    The local currency is the Icelandic Kronur (ISK) though some foreign currencies are also accepted during transactions at shops and restaurants, such as the Euro, American dollar and British pounds as well as VISA and Mastercard.

    Joining instructions

    Please disembark from your cruise ship and go to the terminal to clear security. Upon arrival, go straight to the service centre. There, near the public parking area, you will meet your professional tour guide, who will be carrying a sign bearing the Cruising Excursions logo.
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