Golden Circle Classic
The Golden Circle Classic Tour takes you from Reykjavik city to Thingvellir National Park, arguably the most important site in Iceland in terms of history, culture, and geology.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Thingvellir National Park is home to Iceland‘s largest natural lake and the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia split and drift apart. Thingvellir is also the birthplace of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth and the Althingi assembly, where Iceland’s most powerful leaders met to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking-age justice.
From Thingvellir, the tour continues through an area of beautiful scenery towards two of Iceland's greatest natural attractions at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area.
At Gullfoss waterfall, you can take a short walk down a pathway and get right up close to this powerful waterfall and feel the mist of glacial water on your face as it cascades down into the narrow Hvitargljufur Canyon.
Leaving Gullfoss, lunch break is usually taken ar Gullfoss Cafe or at the Information Centre at Geysir area.
Home of "The Great Geysir" hot spring, which all geysers are named after, this area is an impressive collage of bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents, and colourful algae deposits. It also features one of the world's most reliable fountain geyser, Strokkur hot spring, that every 4 to 8 minutes blasts out a column of superheated water up to 20 metres into the air.
From Geysir hot spring area, the return journey takes you past lakes Laugarvatn and Apavatn.
This tour is guided in the following languages:
- English - 08:30, 09:30 and 10:30, daily
- Scandinavian - 08:30 on Fridays
- Mandarin - 10:30 on Tuesdays and Saturdays
- Japanese - 08:30 on Sundays
- German - 08:30 on Saturdays
- French - 08:30 on Mondays
- Spanish - 08:30 on Wednesdays
- Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Reykjavik
- All safety gear (helmets, harness, etc.)
- Small refreshments (soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets)
- Experienced guides