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3-in-1: Golden Circle Afternoon Tour (Half-Day)

See the magnificent natural wonders of Iceland’s Golden Circle attractions, with a leisurely start to your day!

Not much of an early bird? Or have other plans in the morning?

Our golden Circle Afternoon Tour leaves later in the day to offer you some flexibility in your schedule.

This half-day tour covers the 3 most popular attractions on the Golden Circle route.

You’ll get to take in the wild natural beauty of Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir hot springs in one compact tour.

You might even recognize a scene or two from popular show Game of Thrones – more on that soon, so keep reading, or book now to see for yourself!

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour

Available: All Year
Duration: 7 Hours
Difficulty: Easy
Live Guide: English
Guided Coach Tour
Pickup Available

What will I experience on this tour?

If you’re looking for half-day tours from Reykjavík, The Golden Circle Afternoon Tour has you covered.

This convenient itinerary means there’s no need to get up early – we all know how tiring traveling can be!

Or if you are an early riser, you’ll even have time to do some exploring on your own before your tour.

Your Golden Circle trip will start with a convenient late-morning bus pickup in Reykjavík.

You can request a pickup from selected hotels or meet us at one of the designated Bus Tour pickup points in the city.

Our knowledgeable guide will entertain you with some fascinating insights into Iceland’s rich history and culture.

You’ll experience some of Iceland’s most breathtaking scenery on this tour.

The route will take you from Reykjavík to Geysir geothermal area, Thingvellir National Park and the Gullfoss Waterfall (and back again!).

Stand on the spot where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet – and where Viking leaders once met each year in the world’s earliest parliament.

They have left their imprint on the landscape in a surprising way – check out the full itinerary to see what it is.

Highlights - 3 Amazing Locations

  • Witness the awesome power of nature at Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Explore the Geysir and Strokkur geysers at Geysir geothermal area
  • Discover Iceland’s fascinating history at Þingvellir National Park

What’s included?

  • Guided coach tour
  • Friendly English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop-off in central Reykjavík
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Lunch (you’ll have chances to buy food throughout the day)

What should I bring?

  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Your e-ticket – you can either print it or show it on a digital device

For your comfort: Dress to be ready for any weather! In Iceland the weather can change suddenly, so it’s always wise to wear/bring warm, waterproof clothes. We recommend a waterproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves, warm socks and waterproof shoes.

What others are saying

Brilliant trip... perfect to see the main sights of Iceland in a day. The tour guide, Iris Maria, was amazing! She told us so many facts about the places we visited and was very friendly... if you get her as your guide you are lucky. trip was worth every penny.

Lucy H

Reviewed April 22, 2018 on Tripadvisor

The tour guide, Iris Maria, was fantastic. She gave facts as we went, keeping every part of the journey interesting and steeped in the Icelandic culture. The trip itself was basically everything (barring the Aurora) that you HAVE to see if you visit Iceland. We went in April, with decent weather, and had a wonderful time.


Reviewed April 26, 2018 on Tripadvisor

My wife and I had a wonderful time on the Golden Circle tour today. Our guide "Ice Man" was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to his stories as we went from stop to stop. We felt like we spent just the right amount of time at each location and really couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you for a great tour! Highly recommended


Reviewed May 8, 2018 on Tripadvisor

Full Itinerary – 3 Attractions in 1 Afternoon

The Golden Circle Afternoon Tour will take you to all the must-see attractions in one efficient yet relaxed afternoon.

You’ll have a late-morning pickup from Reykjavík before we set out for the tour.

Let’s take a closer look at the stops along our Golden Circle route.

Feel the power of nature at Gullfoss Waterfall

Colden Circle TourFirst up, we’ll head to the Gullfoss Falls near Reykjavík – one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls.

These “Golden Falls” form part of the glacial river Hvítá, the “white river.”

The Gullfoss waterfall is awesome in the true sense of the word.

When you first approach, you can’t see the bottom – it feels like the cascade of water is rushing into an endless space.

Get closer and you’ll see and hear the torrent crashing into the river far down below. At 32 meters tall, it’s an impressive drop.

This raw power also has an enchanting beauty, with the water shimmering in the light and giving the “Golden Falls” their name.

At the Gullfoss Falls in winter the landscape is dusted with icy whites and blues.

See the impressive geyser at Geysir

Colden Circle TourThis geothermal region is named after a 10,000-year-old geyser – named Geysir or “The Great Geysir”.

It’s famous for being the first geyser ever mentioned in print, and is the reason we have the word “geyser” in English.

It’s tiring being so famous – so Geysir is now enjoying a well-earned retirement and no longer erupts on its own.

However, the nearby Strokkur geyser is still very vibrant and erupts every few minutes.

You’ll be able to spot its column of steaming-hot water shooting up in to the air – get in quick to snap a pic!

While at the Geysir hot springs you’ll also get to sit down at the local restaurant to savor some traditional Icelandic dishes for lunch.

Take a trip to the past at Þingvellir National Park

landscape-in-the-thingvellir-parkÞingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site, rich with both geological and historical significance.

You’ll be able to explore the fascinating landforms caused by the meeting of two continents – the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet at Þingvellir.

This geological activity has created the Silfra fissure, a popular spot for diving.

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you might also spot some familiar scenery here! The rocky cliffs of Þingvellir provided the backdrop for scenes filmed at the entrance to the Eyrie.

In terms of real-life historical leaders, Þingvellir also marks the site of the world’s earliest parliament.

Old Viking leaders decided to meet here each year to discuss important affairs. You can even see the carved stone seats they once sat in.

This marks the end of your Golden Circle Iceland Itinerary – but not the end of the scenery!

You’ll get to enjoy more stunning landscapes from the bus on your way back to Reykjavík.

What other important details do I need to know?

Be ready at the designated time for your pickup for the Golden Circle Afternoon Tour. Pickup may take up to 30 minutes from the assigned time.

You can request a pickup from selected hotels, or meet at one of the special Tour Bus stops in central Reykjavík.

Meals are not included but you will have the opportunity to buy food at stops along the tour.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your booking with more than 24 hours’ notice you will get a full refund. Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance are non-refundable.

Other Golden Circle tours

Want a full-day Golden Circle Tour?

Check out our Grand Golden Circle Tour. This classic route is a slightly longer day trip from Reykjavík.

It includes the main Golden Circle stops of Þingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir.

We’ll also make bonus stops at the Faxi Waterfall and the Kerið volcanic crater.

Fancy bathing in a stunning geothermal lagoon?

Grab your swimsuit and check out our Golden Circle Secret Lagoon Tour!

Want a more intimate travel experience?

Travel in added comfort with our Golden Circle Premium Minibus tour.

This is the best Golden Circle tour if you want a premium experience with the added flexibility of a smaller group.

See the classic attractions of Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall. Plus, you’ll get to visit the Kerið volcanic crater and family-run Friðheimar farm.

If you want a fun and convenient itinerary that starts later in the day, our Golden Circle Afternoon Tour is for you.

Packed with beautiful scenery and intriguing history, you’ll make the most of your afternoon with this focused route.

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Iceland at Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the geysers of Geysir.

Reserve now for the best of the southwest, in less time!

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