Golden Circle tour for Cruise Ships from Reykjavik
The great Golden Circle day tour is a must-do day tour out of Reykjavik. It offers you the opportunity to discover some of the highlights of southwest Iceland. It also provides you with a general insight into the Icelandic history, geology, its people and its rich cultural heritage.
Highlights of the Golden Circle tour.
- Golden Circle day tour includes these stops.
- Earthquake Center in Hveragerði - coffee and restroom stop
- Faxi waterfall
- Gullfoss - "The Golden Waterfall"
- Geysir geothermal area
- Þingvellir national park
After our pick up in the morning, we start by driving directly over Hellisheiði mountain area to Hveragerði. Hveragerði is know for it‘s earthquake in 2008. One of the worst in the towns history. We will learn all about it in the eathquake center in Hveragerði.
Second stop is Faxi waterfall. Faxi waterfall is spectacular, although it is not the most grand waterfall in the area, it tells us a story. As well in the waterfall, the salmon ladder is located. Can you spot it?
After a short walk through the area, we continue towards the Geysei geothermal area. There, you have enough time to discover Strokkur, one of the most active geysers in the world. It spouts hot water and steam at a height of 20 – 25 meters every 5 – 8 minutes.
After a lunch break in the area, we head towards Gullfoss “Golden Waterfall”, Europe’s second most powerful waterfall. It is located in the Hvítá “White River”, one of Iceland’s major glacier rivers.
After the beautiful Golden waterfall then we drive directly to our National park of Þingvellir. Iceland‘s first national park, This is the birthplace of a nation as well as of the first Icelandic democracy when the Viking chieftains decided to establish their first parliament (Althingi) or “general assembly“ in 930 AD. Many events took place in the area, including the introduction of Christianity in the year 1000 AD, the declaration of independence from the Danish Kings on June 17, 1944.
Besides its historical and cultural importance, the park displays a unique geology and natural landscapes. There, one can learn and understand the tectonic activity or the so-called the continental drift, the boundary between North American and Eurasian plate tectonics. Thingvellir is one of the only sites on Earth where the effects of two major tectonic plates drifting apart can be observed.
Notorious for its outstanding natural beauty, Thingvellir National Park served as one the main filming locations of Game of Thrones in Iceland. There, you can experience the site the same way encountered or seen by the cast of the White Walkers and the trail of the Wildlings from North of the Wall.
After an astonishing day with nature and history on our minds, we start going back „home“.
- Pick up & drop off at your ship
- English speaking driver guide
- Comfortable minibus
- The tour is guaranteed to be within the time frame of your ship
What's not included
- Food and Drinks
- Entrance fee's
- Tip or gratuity
What do I need to bring
- Suitable clothes and walking shoes depending on weather conditions