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Golden Circle Afternoon - Minibus tour - EI23

The Classic Golden Circle - Iceland's most popular attractions

We will visit Iceland most famous destinations on this afternoon minibus tour. Thingvellir National park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. The classic sites on the Golden Circle. Operated in a minibus, for a more personal experience.

Small groups and personal experience.


Duration: ~6 hours

Pick-up: 12:00 - 12:30

Group maximum: 19 persons

Available: All year

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing

Tour Highlights:
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Small groups

Free WiFi

Included:

Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik, all entrance fees, free WiFi on the minibus, professionally guided English tour in a minibus.

Not included:

Meals / Refreshments

Bring with you:

Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. A camera is also a good idea. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.

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from:
8 990 per adult

Children (6-15): 25% off


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Reviews on TripAdvisor

5

"Golden Circle Tour was great.
Chris the tour guide picked us up at the hotel. It was a very comfortable minibus with wifi. Chris was very knowledgeable and approachable. Being in a small group was excellent. All the stops were worth the visit, I really enjoyed the national park and the geysers. Back in town for about 7.30pm. Best trip of the holiday. Thank you Chris."


Tour Description

At Extreme Iceland we prefer to operate tours by minibus in smaller groups. This gives us the opportunity to deliver the personal service we feel you deserve.

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

To begin the Golden Circle route we start our tour with a visit to the National Park Thingvellir. The area holds great historical importance and has many remarkable geological features. The Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet here and Althingi (the Icelandic parliament) was formed on these rocks in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliamentary site in the world. The beautiful Thingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

strokkur geyser

The water usually reaches around 15-20 meters, but it can go up to 40 meters high.

Geysir Geothermal Area

Next up is the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur where we will see the famous Geysir and many hot springs. We will also see Strokkur geyser, which spouts every five minutes or so and projects steaming water to a height of about 60-100 feet.

gullfoss waterfall closeup

Gullfoss waterfall, up close

Gullfoss Waterfall - The Golden Waterfall

Next we head over to Gullfoss, the most famous waterfall in Iceland in the river Hvíta. It’s power is inspirational and we can stand so close to it that we feel the mist of glacial water on our faces.

Map - (click to enlarge)

Golden Circle Afternoon itinerary

Note: The route back to Reykjavik is dependent on road conditions and daylight (in the darkest winter months we have less daylight).

Read customer reviews

Golden Circle Afternoon - Rated 4.9/5 based on 43 customer reviews


Fabulous informative tour

5 by Margaret Riddell April 1, 2019
Experienced tour guide who made us feel safe although driving through horizontal snow all day. Kept to the schedule and saw all the wonderful sights. Nuce having a small group. Would definitely recommend.

Golden circle afternoon

5 by Andy April 1, 2019
Very enjoyable experience from booking to pick up and the tour itself.

Excellent tour

5 by Mike March 30, 2019
"Our Greek, yes Greek, tour guide was excellent! Nice guy, lots of information as we drive, but not too much. Weather slightly impaired things, but it is Iceland! Smaller vehicle definitely paid dividends than a full coach. It cut down the time to pick people up, wait for the obvious slow people back on the vehicle at each stop and was more personable. Guide couldn’t have done more! Most excellent adventure!!"

Nice guide and interesting tour

4 by Yc March 19, 2019
"The guide we had was kind, thanks to her, we've learned lots of Icelandic stories and expressions! The golden cercle is a must-do thing!"

Great Experience

5 by Aimer March 14, 2019
The tour and guide were great! Really got to see the top attractions in the area and a few more that weren’t on the schedule because our guide was an extra bit of awesome!

Great tour

5 by Wendy Jameson March 3, 2019
"This was actually our second tour with Arctic Adventures as we did a South Coast tour the day before with them also. Our tour guide was Albert, I really enjoyed this tour and indeed the tour guide. He was really knowledgeable, he had a cool personality and he made the tour fun! Our tour guide the day before was Fremont, and he was awesome as well. Without their insights into the place we visited, the tour would not have been the same. I look forward to visiting Iceland again in the future!"

Nice tour even with a bad weather

4 by Lilian Roder March 3, 2019
The tour was in general really nice. The tour guide shared lots of interino facts and organized the tour very well. Because of the bad weather, the sequence of places that we visited changed a little bit because so we could enjoy everything. The only inconvenience was that there was a lot of wind and the bus didn’t have the door properly closed due to a bad gasket resulting in a lot of noise during the whole tour.

40th trip

5 by Tracey Padmore February 27, 2019
My husband and I had a wonderful time on the golden circle tour. Our tour guide was called Nick and he was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Iceland. We would definitely recommend!

Good way to see the sights

4 by Mel February 26, 2019
We were picked up from a point of our choice, but had to wait a while. Guide was very friendly and told us lots of interesting Icelandic facts. Our visits were relatively short to each place but as the weather was so cold we didn't mind. The waterfall was breathtaking to see and the geyser was really fascinating. The national park was amazing and all worth a visit, Iceland is a really beautiful country. I would recommend this tour.

Great afternoon

5 by Ken Kadish February 19, 2019
Great afternoon seeing geysers and waterfalls and horses and tectonic plates. Johann was the best tour guide ever! Very highly recommended.

Excellent tour guide

5 by Ting February 18, 2019
"Our tour guide is very informative as he is a teacher he can deliver the story very clearly even I sat at the back. I enjoy hearing a lot of facts about Iceland. As he talked a lot, a little bit dangerous driving happened at the beginning. But he is great overall. The tour is little bit rush and we could only go half of the circle but I know we need to see a lot of spots within certain time so which is expected. Overall, I love the tour!"

Great tour, informative guide

5 by Jenn F February 9, 2019
Our tour guide Johan was great! A true Icelander, he told us a lot of local history and insight into the culture. This shorter tour of the Golden Circle was a great way to spend an afternoon. The waterfall was impressive, and very different from other falls we saw on subsequent tours.

Very happy

5 by Rob January 21, 2019
All good. Tour was better than expected.

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5 by Arlene January 18, 2019
Tour was great and just as advertised. Our guide, Haffi, was informative and an excellent driver as well.

Fantastic tour

5 by Karolina January 18, 2019
Fantastic tour, unforgettable memories, the most spectacular landscape and we loved Haffi our tour guide, so knowledgeable and funny. Thank you!!

Great Experience

5 by Clinton Weaver January 15, 2019
With only a short time to spend in Iceland we opted to do a day tour. It was a wise choice. We got to see a lot more and learn a lot more than would otherwise have been possible. Thank you.

Afternoon Golden Circle

5 by Donna MacKenzie December 23, 2018
Great and enthusiastic guide - although he wasn't a local, he provided great and interesting info about the sites along the way. We knew there would be limited time at each spot, but it was enough to get a feel for the area and take pics.

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5 by Jo Ann December 18, 2018
Such a wonderful afternoon with our lovely guide, Saga!

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5 by Ina November 22, 2018
Our tour with guide Tomas was really good. All way he was telling us stories about places, geography, history, culture and etc. We enjoyed our day spend in this tour. Thank you.

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5 by deb November 18, 2018
I feel that when the tour guide says a certain time to be back that people need to be back. this 6 hours tour WAS PERFECT amount of time to see the Geysir, Gulfoss, and national park. it is a MUST SEE.. Iceland is amazing

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5 by Holly & Jamie October 20, 2018
"Fabtastic tour, Norris our guide, he was absolutely brilliant, very knowledgeable! Would definatly recommend. Many Thanks!"

Great

5 by Franklins October 15, 2018
Great tour. Guide very knowledgeable and personable.

Best Tour and Tour Guide

5 by Tracey October 6, 2018
Thomas my tour guide was awesome. Very informative and nice. Enjoyable to have as a tour guide. Great experience.

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5 by Linda Morris September 28, 2018
"We did the Golden Circle Tour for the afternoon. Bus picked us up bang on time. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions on almost everything Iceland related! Plenty of stop time at each place with the opportunity to get coffee or lunch at the National Park and the Hot Springs. Would definitely recommend using Extreme Iceland / Arctic Adventures."

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4 by Robin Foreman September 3, 2018
"Very good tour in quite extreme weather conditions. Picked up from the cruise port. My only negative is that we were not aware that the coach had turned up as there were many coaches there and Extreme Iceland was not displayed on the front of the coach. All sorted eventually by a telephone call."

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5 by Margaret Mc August 27, 2018
The tour was excellent and so was our guide. He was knowledgeable and helpful and answered all our questions...

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5 by Kaylee July 24, 2018
This tour was amazing!! Perfect tour if you have little time and want to see the main sights! Vlad was an amazing tour guide and gave us great information. I would recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Iceland!

Happy I went!

5 by Folake July 11, 2018
"I was very satisfied with the tour. I was only in Iceland for a day and this was one of the few company's that offered an afternoon start. Our tour guide was wonderful and the stops were so incredible that I am now planning to return yearly for trips around Iceland! I highly recommend this tour and Extreme Iceland. Best, Folake"

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5 by Vickie July 8, 2018
I enjoyed the tour tremendously because the driver was very pleasant and knowledge. It was nice to have the 20 seat coach instead of the full size 60 seat coach, sometimes it takes awhile for people to get on and off the bus. It was a pleasant surprise when the driver stopped at the cow farm for us to purchase "fresh" ice-cream made with the milk from the cows at the farm.

Amazing!

5 by Kasey June 29, 2018
"Our tour was great! First of all, the weather was amazing. At the waterfall, I was expecting unicorns to come out, it was so magical. Our tour guide was so educational and funny. I would recommend Extreme Iceland to anyone! Kasey (Minnesota, USA)"

Great Day Tour!

5 by Loren June 6, 2018
This tour was a fantastic way to see some of the major highlights within easy day-tripping distance of Reykjavik. Geysir was such a unique area, like a tiny Yellowstone, Gullfoss was absolutely amazing. And Thingvollir, just WOW! You can see where the earth is being ripped apart. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic to answer all of our questions, and additionally offered a lot of local knowledge and history! Super interesting.

Great Afternoon Trip

5 by Sarah June 1, 2018
I went on the Golden Circle Afternoon Tour after doing the Lava Tunnel in the morning. It was a really great trip, and perfect for a nice half day. There are a lot of Golden Circle Tours available, but this one is ideal if you're pressed for time or have done the Golden Circle before and want to see it again. If you are the type to take your time at each stop or are traveling with a larger group, I'd recommend the day trip instead. Either way, the Golden Circle is a must see in Iceland and the small group size offered through Extreme Iceland made the trip much more comfortable. All around a great experience!

Great Trip!

4 by Mat Riley April 28, 2018
Overall the trip was very good. Driver was nice and available to answer questions.

Great tour

5 by Jennifer Seiderer April 17, 2018
This was a fantastic tour! Just the right amount of information and length to keep us informed but not feel like we were being herded around like sheep. Our guide gave us the history and information while we were on the bus and then let us go on our own once we reached each spot. Had it been only my husband and me we would have liked more time to explore at each spot but since we had our two young boys with us, the amount of time at each was just right. Would definitely recommend.

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5 by Tracie April 16, 2018
We enjoyed our tour of the Golden Circle. Our tour guide Alvaro was very friendly and knowledgeable. The trip was packed with exciting sights and breathtaking views. Alvaro timed our arrivals and departures at all the stops giving us plenty of time to take in the splendour and enjoy the different sights. I would recommend this tour to others.

Awesome tour

5 by Denyse April 15, 2018
Gorgeous landscape. Guide was engaging and knowledgeable. Bus ride was comfortable.

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5 by Claude Kugler April 15, 2018
Good guide, fantastic tour.

Can't recommend this company enough

5 by Laurie April 3, 2018
"We had heard nothing but great things about Extreme Iceland before our trip, so we didn't hesitate to book a few tours through their website, before we arrived. Really glad we did it, the company supplied us all the info we needed in plenty of time and our Golden Circle tour was great, the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Sadly, our Whale Watching was cancelled due to the storm that hit Reykjavik that day, but I guess we can't blame you for the weather! We'll be using Extreme Iceland again when we return!"

Great Tour

5 by Ben M March 22, 2018
Our travel guide was very knowledgable and passionate during our tour and I really appreciated what he had to share. The tour itself was great, if you have a open half day I would highly recommend. The van we rode in was clean and the tour guide seemed organized. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone traveling to the beautiful country of Iceland.

Golden Circle Afternon was great!

5 by Beth March 17, 2018
"We did 2 tours with Extreme Iceland. The Golden Circle afternoon tour was great. Sven was friendly & funny and made the tour incredible! I would totally recommend it to anyone. The day before we were on the all day tour - the weather was not great (understand this happens and not the tour company's fault), but the tour guide did not seem to want to be there. He rushed us through our stops - if the weather was bad at least let us stay longer at the places that were better. He told us not to go up a walkway at a waterfall as we didn't have time and ""there wasn't anything to see"". A few people did anyways (in good shape and were able to do it) and said it was great. Don't lie and just say we don't have the time instead of telling us ""there is nothing to see"". Very disappointed with the tour guide!"

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5 by Teresa Whitfield March 9, 2018
"Wow, what can I say! Everything was perfect, from the pick up to the drop off. We had such a fabulous time. Our guide was knowledgeable and also great fun. Iceland is spectacular, we were very very lucky with the weather. Brilliant blue sky’s but oh so cold! The Gysers, waterfalls and national parks were stunning and we were treated to nature’s best! We were then dropped off in town and collected an hour or so later for their magical aurora tour. The forecast wasn’t great and our guide told us that there was little chance of seeing the lights. But how lucky were we. Within 10 mins of pulling up in the middle of nowhere the magical lights started to dance. We ere treated to a spectacular display and we also had our photographs taken by the guide. We were the only tour bus there and this was awesome. I’ve seen other tours where there’s just so many coaches and people that it would ruin the experience. Wrap up warm though as it’s soooooo cold! Thanks so much for making our stay so awesome and memorable!"

Recommended

4 by Chris March 1, 2018
Good tour

nice guide, great tour

5 by Ling February 22, 2018
The guide is very nice and interesting. Thanks for his guiding. The golden circle winter is amazing I really like it!
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Disclaimer: During the darkest winter months we have limited daylight. Geysir geothermal area is our last stop and we might not have full daylight there. But the place is magical and beautiful all the same, and well lit up.


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