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Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore the unique volcanic and arctic nature of Iceland. This Golden Circle Afternoon tour is a shorter version of the Grand Golden Circle tour and a great way to get out of the city for an afternoon.
You'll start at
Þórunnartún 1
Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Kerid Crater
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Stop: 40 minutes -
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  • 3
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 4
    Thingvellir National Park
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
  • See Gullfoss waterfall, Haukadalur, and Thingvellir National Park
  • Witness the powerful geothermal forces at work on the Golden Circle
  • Your guide shares the best spots to take in the rugged countryside scenery
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from central Reykjavik or the cruise port
What to Expect
Your tour starts with morning pickup from your centrally located Reykjavik hotel or the cruise port. Hop into your vehicle and head out on the Golden Circle route. First, visit the Geysir and Strokkur geysers in Haukadalur. With your guide leading the way, head straight to the best vantage points and gain insight into the region’s geothermal activities. Continue on to Gulfoss waterfall—widely considered among the Golden Circle’s top natural attractions—and feel the spray from the waters of the glacial Hvítá River. Delve into Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your route takes you through some of Thingvellir’s most impressive landscapes, with scenic views over the Icelandic countryside from the comfort of your vehicle. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel or the cruise port.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Our pickup can take up to 30 minutes so please wait at your pickup location from the time written on your ticket.

More locations we do offer pickup service from:
- Subway at the former Oddsson Ho(s)tel, Hringbraut 119
- Burgerjoint (Hamborgarabullan), Geirsgata 1
- Gamli Gardur, Hringbraut 29
- BSI Bus Terminal, Vatnsmyrarvegur 10 (front / taxi side)

Many accommodations in central Reykjavik are redirected to official "Tour Bus Stops" from which we also offer pickup:
- Tour Bus Stop 1, Ráðhúsið - City Hall, Vonarstraeti (64.146316,-21.941491)
- Tour Bus Stop 2, Tjörnin - The Pond, Maedragardur on Laekjargata (64.145763,-21.938547)
- Tour Bus Stop 3, Lækjargata, Laekjargata 4 (64.14678,-21.937296)
- Tour Bus Stop 5, Harpa, Austurbakki 2 (64.14678,-21.937296)
- Tour Bus Stop 6, Safnahúsið - The Culture House, Hverfisgata 15 by Arnarholl (64.147454,-21.932894)
- Tour Bus Stop 7, Traðarkot, Hverfisgata 20 (64.146706,-21.930425)
- Tour Bus Stop 8, Hallgrímskirkja, by Eiriksgata (64.141548,-21.927973)
- Tour Bus Stop 9, Snorrabraut, Snorrabraut 24 (64.143497,-21.916289)
- Tour Bus Stop 10, Hlemmur, Laugavegur 105 (64.143155,-21.915414)
- Tour Bus Stop 11, Austurbær, Snorrabraut 37 (64.142364,-21.917228)
- Tour Bus Stop 13, Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120 (64.142658,-21.913866)

Free pickup location:
- Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg, Þórunnartún 1 (64.144389,-21.910327)

Skarfabakki Harbour, Reykjavik
Departure Time
10:30 AM
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Kerid Crater
  • Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Cruise Port Pick up, please contact the local operator directly after booking in order to confirm your exact meeting point
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Excellent trip, wouldn't change anything. The day was well spent seeing all the beautiful sights. Our driver and tour guide where amazing couldn't fault them. (Can't remember their names) The tour guide provided us with very good information all throughout the tour, which was
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Done the Golden Circle tour with Lasma and Christopher, they were amazing. The tour was well managed and we had enough time to make the most of our day. Our driver was perfect and our guide was smart and funny, very enjoyable
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We had a great time and our Frosty guide was very informative all the way! Really nothing bad to say about the day we had <3
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This tour is a good introduction to Iceland, but is massively touristy and not as enjoyable as some of the other tours I went on, such as the Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour (also from Bus Travel Iceland). Our tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
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We took the Golden Circle tour &, it turned out be exactly what we see in pictures. Very well planned tour with amazing guide accompanied by wonderful driver! Though the drive is long but out guide kept us awake with tons of information about each and every place on the way! It
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Response from Bustravel-Iceland, Guest Relations Manager at Golden Circle Afternoon Tour from Reykjavik
Responded 6 Aug 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review and for letting us know your experience. We appreciate your valuable feedback of our staff and services. Looking forward to your return for more memories.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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