Your Golden Circle Full Day Tour

Blue Volcanic Crater Lake in Iceland

Overview

The Golden Circle is the gold standard tour in Iceland. Your Day Tours started its journey on the Golden Circle in 2015 and we have come far! The tour was recognized as being The Best of the Best in the 2021 Traveller's Choice on TripAdvisor.

On our way, we stop at all the main places: Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, the place where you can see the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. We also have an extra stop at the beautiful Kerid Crater Lake.

As always, there is free WiFi on board the buses, we'll give you an Icelandic chocolaty treat and listen to some Icelandic music.

Duration 8 hours

Highlights

  • Hveragerdi
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Spring
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Kerid Crater Lake
Trip details
What's included
What to bring
FAQ

Reykjavík

We pick you up at your hotel, guesthouse or at one of the bus stops downtown Reykjavík in the morning (Click here to see a list of bus stops). The pickup is always between 8:00 and 8:30, but you have to be ready at 8 o'clock. After the pick up we head out of town and the guide introduces him/herself.

 

Hveragerdi

Hveragerði is a small town located about 45 minutes south from Reykjavík. This is our first stop of the day. There is a great bakery for a coffee and you can take a look at an earthquake exhibition free of charge. There are also restrooms there, free of charge.

 

Kerid Crater Lake

Another spectacular attraction on this tour is Kerid (Kerið) crater lake. It's also called "The Eye of the World" because of its distinct appearance. Red-colored rocks surround the 3000-year-old lake filled with aquamarine water, and the whole area around it is enclosed by green vegetation. This is the view you’ll be met with above the lake.

Gullfoss

The wonderful Gullfoss is in our opinion one of the most beautiful waterfalls on earth. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland and there is a beautiful story about the waterfall which your guide will tell you.

When Canadians and Americans go there they call it "the mini-version of Niagara falls", we don't know if we agree on that though, if you ask us it's even prettier. The waterfall is located close to the second biggest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull, and you will see the fresh glacier water falling down 32 meters total into the canyon.

Gullfoss is beautiful from all angles, from above it looks perfect with the Icelandic nature around. In the summertime, it is possible to walk all the way down to Gullfoss and feel its power and spraying water in the air.

This stop is a minimum of 45 minutes, with enough time to walk around and explore.

 

Geysir

Geysir is the most famous hot spring in the world, no doubt. It's so famous that people from other countries talk about "Geyser" when talking about erupting hot springs. Geysir is located only an 8-minute drive from Gullfoss and is our third big attraction of the day. 

Geysir is the father of all the hot springs in the area, and first erupted hundreds of years ago. The "golden age" for Geysir was at the beginning of the last century when it erupted up to 80 meters every half an hour. Geysir fell asleep late last century but woke up again after the earthquakes in the Haukadalur area in the year 2000. It was erupting for 4 months, with a little help from the locals who put soap in it to make it erupt. They stopped doing that due to environmental reasons, of course. Geysir has been sleeping since the fall of the year 2000.

The only active erupting hot spring in the area is "the son of Geysir", called Strokkur. Strokkur erupts every 3 to 8 minutes and goes as high as 35 meters. Strokkur is a spectacular hot spring, seeing this active hot spring erupt just a few kilometers from the glacier is a once in a lifetime experience. 

This is our longest stop of the day, where we have lunch and also time to experience the hot spring area (no bathing allowed!).

There are restaurants in the Geysir area where you can have burgers, salads, traditional Icelandic meat soup (our favorite) and much more. If you want to bring your own lunch with you, we let our customers eat on the bus, especially if the weather is bad.

This stop is about 1 hour and 15 minutes, enough time to walk around and grab a bite.

Thingvellir

The last stop of the day is the national park Þingvellir, which is full of history and natural beauty. It has a special place in the hearts of all Icelanders, all the way back to the Viking time when they founded the first parliament in the world.

We will have enough time to walk around and explore this wonderful place. We will be able to walk in the rift valley, where the tectonic plates are pulling apart. This is the closest you can get to being on two continents at the same time, since under the national park the Eurasian plate and the American plate are separated by 2 cm every year. 

Þingvellir was designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 2004.

We usually stop here for 45-60 minutes. In the area, there are restrooms and coffee shops for visitors. 

  • Small Icelandic treat
  • Icelandic music
  • Certified driver/guide
  • Free WiFi on board
  • ...and a lot of fun
  • First of all you have to bring the good mood
  • Warm clothes, weather in Iceland changes quickly
  • Dress like the weather
  • There is not much hiking in this tour, but always good to bring good shoes with you

What is the cancelation policy?

  • Full refund if canceled due to weather. The cancelation fee can be withheld if canceled with short notice.

     - 1 day notice: 100% charge

 

What is the pickup time?

  • For all our scheduled tours, pickup usually takes place between 8:00 and 8:30 am. We kindly ask you to be ready at your pickup location at 8:00 am.

 

When will we be back in Reykjavík?

  • Your Golden Circle tour is approx. 8 hours, so we will be back in the city between 16:00 and 16:30.

 

Do you pick up from my hotel?

  • There are many areas in Reykjavík where buses are restricted so we only pick up from selected hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík. For a detailed list of pickup locations please follow this link: https://yourdaytours.is/about-us/pick-up/. If your accommodation is not on the list, please drop us a line at [email protected]

 

Do you pick up from the airport?

  • No, we don't do it in our regular pickup. If you want a private transfer from the airport to your hotel, drop us a line and we will send you a quote.

 

Do you have an age limit on your tours?

  • Yes, the age limit is 5 years old. If you are traveling with a child, please let us know so we can arrange a booster or child seat.

 

I'm a vegan/vegetarian, is there anything I need to know?

  • Unfortunately, we do not offer any special treats for vegans. Our small treat does contain dairy. For both vegans and vegetarians, there are viable options at both Geysir and Reynisfjara, where we break for lunch at the Golden Circles and South Coast tours, respectively.

 

Is lunch included?

  • No, our lunch breaks in the Golden Circle tours are in the Geysir area - there are a couple of very nice restaurants there. On the South Coast tour, the lunch break is in Reynisfjara. There is no guaranteed lunch break on the Snæfellsnes & Kirkjufell tour.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations by customers have to be made with 24-hour notice (8:00 am the day before the tour) or no refund will be given. If Your Day Tours cancels a tour due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances customers receive a full refund. All cancellations need to be made via email or confirmed with us over the phone.

 

What can I do when I can not finalize my booking because of an error/my credit card not being accepted?

  • If you've exhausted all other means we can send you a secure payment link to finalize the booking. Just send us an email at [email protected] and we can help you finalize your booking.

 

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