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PRIVATE: DISCOVER ICELAND'S GOLDEN CIRCLE

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $1748 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $1815 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $1951 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $2129 USD
Private Tour for up to 10 (Not a per person rate) $2195 USD
Private Tour for up to 12 (Not a per person rate) $2251 USD
Private Tour for up to 14 (Not a per person rate) $2317 USD
Private Tour for up to 16 (Not a per person rate) $2399 USD
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PRIVATE: DISCOVER ICELAND'S GOLDEN CIRCLE

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Begin your sightseeing about 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik at the Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is so named as it is a cultural, historical, and geological gem. The Icelandic Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established here in 930 AD and continued to meet until 1798. Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws - seen as a covenant between free men - and settled disputes. But your experience will be different as you walk through the geological fault known as Almannagja to that location where that assembly was held. Taking advantage of the geology of the area will enhance your day as well as demonstrate the result of Icelandic fresh air in your lungs.

Excitement is building as you power along the highway. Your stop at Gullfoss waterfall, which is considered by so many as one of the most beautiful in Iceland, will be memorable. Designation as one of the most magnificent of Iceland's waterfalls will be best understood once you are there as waterfalls seem to be everywhere - but they are not created equal by any means!

The last of the Golden Circle is a stop at Haukadalur Valley at the Geothermal Area. Here you will learn why Iceland has benefitted from the earth directly as it has been using geothermal energy for thousands of years. By simply using the power derived from the Earth’s internal heat, hot water is the least expensive commodity in the country. This may be best understood while watching the spouting geyser Strokkur eject a giant plume of steam in conveniently spaced intervals of about 5 minutes apart. The entire area is a thermal field of hot springs, bubbling pools and spattering steam vents, visible as you walk towards the big geyser.

Though in actuality this tour could be called the Mossy Green Triangle based on the route and the highlights, the Golden Circle seems to suit it best and has made this route famous. You will arrive back in Reykjavík early in the evening, giving you plenty of time to explore the downtown area, with its museums, cafés and shops, before dinner.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from Reykjavik hotel or cruise ship pier
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Geysir Hot Spring
  • Strokkur Hot Spring
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Additional Languages Available
  • Spanish($)
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (8.5 hrs)
  • 9:00 AM (8.5 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please note that we are not able to pick up from all hotels in Reykjavik. If you are staying at a hotel inside the bus free zone (city center area), then a central and nearby meeting location will be provided. If you have questions, contact ShoreTrips.
• During the tour we break for refreshments at a local restaurant or café. Food, beverages, gratuities are not included in the excursion.
• We recommend you bring a bottle of water and snacks.
• Dress in layers as even the summer will find some areas as much cooler than others. Comfortable and waterproof shoes are essential.

Restrictions

• The order of the itinerary may be changed.
• If you are in Iceland on a cruise ship you will return to your ship one hour before the ship departure. If necessary we will change the time of departure for the tour.
• Due to weather and/or road conditions, we may have to alter the itinerary, or have a longer journey time.
• Book early in order to avoid the disappointment of sell-outs. Please note we may have alternative tour options at a higher cost.