The Golden Circle and Friheimar

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The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland‘s most stunning sights; Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park as well as to learn about growing vegetables in a country which doesn’t get much daylight for most of the year.

Geysir geothermal area is in South Iceland, near Laugarvatn Lake. The area is named after the biggest, and now mostly dormant, geyser Geysir and all geysers in the world owe their name to it. The biggest attraction today is the active Strokkur, which shoots up a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every few minutes.

Gullfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland and rightly so. The three-step waterfall is a part of the glacial river Hvítá and falls into a 62-metre (105 ft.) deep canyon. For the first half of the 20th century, there were ideas about using the waterfall to generate electricity, but thankfully nothing came of it.

The UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park is geologically and historically significant. Apart from being the location of the oldest parliament in the world, Alþingi, it is also a place where you can see the Mid-Atlantic ridge above ground. The Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates pull the country apart by a couple of centimetres per year.

Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre is one of Iceland’s biggest greenhouses. We will learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes with the aid of geothermal heat which Iceland has in abundance. Friðheimar uses pure Icelandic cold water for irrigation and gets help from about 600 bumblebees to pollinate the tomatoes.

Friðheimar is a proud winner of the 2017 Innovation Awards granted by the Icelandic Travel Industry Association

Please note while children under 12 can travel free of charge on this tour we will need to reserve a place for them in the coach, so please remember to let us know how many children are travelling and how old they are.

This tour combines the widely popular Golden Circle tour with the adventure of a lifetime - a one-hour snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier.

First, we stop at Þingvellir National Park which is known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance. Þingvellir is as well a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second stop is at the high-temperature geothermal area known as Geysir, with its numerous spouting hot springs. From there we drive to Langjökull where we take a one-hour exhilarating snowmobile tour on the vast white snowcap. On our way back to Reykjavík we stop by the stunning Gullfoss waterfall.

See Iceland above and underground. Begin the day with witnessing the inner workings of a volcanic eruption while we walk in the path of a lava that flowed thousands of years ago. The lava tunnel is one of the biggest in Iceland and gets up to 30 metres wide and 10 metres high. The lava tube ceiling has caved in near the entrance, which creates beautiful columns of light. The fantastic range of colours of the tunnel wall is caused by the different mineral types of the rock.

This is a tour for the senses. Experience a new world, hear the talk of the cave and sense the forces of nature like you have never done before. Learn new things and step out of your comfort zone. Scenes from the Hollywood movie Noah, with Anthony Hopkins, were shot in this lava cave.

After the tour we drive back to Reykjavík where you have one and a half hour before the next tour departs. This gives you time to take a stroll downtown or have a picnic by the pond, which is only a short walk away from BSÍ Bus Terminal.

The next tour takes you to three of Iceland’s most stunning sights; Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park.

The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. All geysers in the world get their name from the now mostly dormant Geysir hot spring, from which the area also gets its name. At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge.

Whether you take the morning or the afternoon tour, you will spend your time encountering a cross-section of Iceland's natural wonders and the famous Þingvellir National Park.

IMPORTANT: HOTEL PICK-UP CHANGES WHICH MAY AFFECT YOU

Pick-ups from several Reykjavik hotels and guesthouses have been affected by new restrictions imposed by Reykjavík City Council. You will be assigned a nearby bus stop where your transport will meet you instead.

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Visit the link that you'll find in your voucher to download and print off a voucher for Reykjavik Rost.

Located right by the old Harbor, Reykjavik Rost offers a selection of freshly made & grilled sandwiches with a delicious selection of soups. With our exclusive meal deal voucher you can save up to 25% off of your combo meal (Soup + Sandwich + Filter coffee). Delicious! 

Ticket Information

Tour Availability: Daily

Duration: 10 hours approximately.

Departures: 9am

Guidance: English

What's included

  • Return Hotel Pick ups
  • Guided tour
  • 1 hr guided snowmobile tour ( 2 person per vehicle)
  • Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure

We regret to inform you that this tour is not suitable for those passengers with reduce mobility or wheelchair users.

  • Pick up starts 30 minutes before your selected departure time, the bus can arrive anytime during that time unless stated otherwise.
  • You are responsible for being ready and visible in time for your pick up at your designated bus stop or outside your hotel/guesthouse.
  • If you miss your pick up, you need to arrive at BSÍ Bus Terminal in time for your departure, at your own cost.
  • Drop off is limited due to streets´ closures and restriction on operation of buses in the city centre made by the city of Reykjavík. Therefore drop off may not be directly in front of your hotel / guesthouse but at designated bus stops close by.

Inclusions: Transfer from/ to hotels in the local Reykjavik Area, Guided Tour, 1hr guided snowmobile tour ( 2 person per vehicle), protective clothing and safety equipment for snowmobile ride, English speaking guide.

Exclusions: Drinks and other items other than those mentioned on the itinerary.

Additional Information:

  • A valid driver’s license is required for this tour; 2 person per vehicle, a supplement will apply for a single person vehicle.
  • Extra cost is 6000ISK. Paid directly to supplier in resort;
  • Children under 5 are not permitted in this tour; Only 1 child (6-12) per adult is permitted in this tour;
  • Due to sudden and unexpected weather changes the snowmobile ride might be cancelled after departure from Reykjavik