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Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Day Tour

1. Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Day Tour

Discover the extraordinary sights and natural wonders of Iceland’s geothermal Geysir area, and see active geysers and cascading waterfalls along the way. The tour starts at Geysir where you can see spouting hot springs, including the most active geyser in Iceland Strokkur. Continue across the torrid landscape to Gullfoss, where you can stand next to an amazing waterfall as enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. Spend some time exploring a cross-section of Iceland's natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park, an area of such historic and geological significance it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Learn about the open-air assembly of Althing and how the landscape was husbanded over 1,000 years. See the dramatic fissures and rifts in the landscape caused by dramatic volcanic activity throughout history.

From Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Express Tour with Pickup

2. From Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Express Tour with Pickup

Visit some of Iceland’s most famous sites on this tour, like Þingvellir National Park (English: Thingvellir), where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930. In 2004, Thingvellir National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and is now one of 800 places in the world that have been honoured by UNESCO. After that, see Gullfoss waterfall and the spouting hot spring area around Geysir and Strokkur. Although this trip is an express tour, experience some of the very best known historical sites and natural phenomena in the country.

Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

3. Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

Find your guide in front of Hallgrímskirkja Church by the statue of Leifur Eiríksson. This is on a hill and the highest ground of Reykjavík, from which you can get an overview of the area. From that point the walk is downhill and easy on the foot. The guide will take you through various streets of Reykjavík, passing by important buildings of great architecture and will detail their history as you walk by. You’ll get a great introduction to Iceland's history and culture. See the Harpa Concert Hall, beautiful on the inside, which also serves well as a warm stop on cold days which are frequent in Iceland. Continue the walk along the oceanfront before eventually moving inland to parliament and city hall. You can purchase lunch at a restaurant with meat, vegan, and fish options.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle 8-Hour Private Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle 8-Hour Private Tour

Get back to nature in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park and discover the site of the 10th-century parliament of Iceland. Learn the history of the area and hear about its high levels of seismic activity. Continue to Laugarvatn Lake and soak up the beauty of the mountains before entering the Haukadalur Valley to see the geysers of Geysir and Strokkur. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall and watch as the water drops 105 feet into a deep canyon. Discover the lesser-known waterfall of Faxi, and then enjoy lunch at your own expense at a restaurant in Friðheimar. Look into the volcanic crater of Kerið before the drive back to Reykjavík.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

5. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

See Iceland’s Golden Circle on an afternoon and search for the Northern Lights on the same evening tour from Reykjavik. See the ancient geological formations and parliament site at Thingvellir National Park; watch the Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and admire the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. As darkness falls, seek out the Northern Lights, escaping light pollution to experience the incredible light show. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience. Travel inland in a comfortable 4x4 designed to negotiate rugged terrain, and hear from your guide about Iceland’s volcanic geology. Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn how the landscapes have been formed over millennia, and absorb the contrast between the lush green vegetation and rich, black ground. Travel on to Geysir, a geothermal field of hot springs, steam vents and the remnants of an old volcano. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose name means ‘Golden Falls,’ a reference to the shimmering, multi-colored mists that can sometimes appear above the waters. As dusk falls, begin your quest for the Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the world’s best places to see them, and your all-terrain 4x4 and knowledgeable guide will allow you to identify and access the best potential viewing sites. The pulsating colors of the lights, usually green and blue, split the darkness and sometimes shine brighter than the moon.

Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

6. Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

This walking tour is your introduction to Reykjavik. It will help you get your bearings and make the most of your stay in Iceland. Your guide will be your friend in the city with the goal to make sure you have the best time while in Reykjavik. This family friendly tour brings the history of Iceland to life with interesting stories and Icelandic mythology. You’ll visit all of the famous landmarks in the city center such as Harpa concert hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church (your guide will teach you how to pronounce that) and the Reykjavik pond. Your guide will also share hidden, local spots with you; things you’d miss if you didn’t know what to look for. Your guide will show you their favorite places to eat, drink and visit plus insider info on the best happy hour deals, should you be interested. The tour lasts approximately two hours and you’ll walk around 4 kilometers. This is a small-group tour, meaning there will never be more than 12 people on a tour at a time so that your guide can answer all of your questions and you can get to know each other a bit better. The aim of this tour is for you to experience the unique, friendly atmosphere of Reykjavik, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions. You'll even get a small lesson on the Icelandic language from your guide so that you can not only walk like a viking, but talk like one too.

From Reykjavik: Small Group Golden Circle Day Trip

7. From Reykjavik: Small Group Golden Circle Day Trip

See the Golden Circle on a guided day trip from Reykjavik. Admire the incredible landscapes with stops at Thingvellir, the Gullfoss waterfall, the springs of Geysir, and the volcanic crater of Kerid. During your day, witness the best of Iceland. At Thingvellir, see the birthplace of the Icelandic nation, as well as the foundation site of the first Viking Parliament or Alþingi and visit the visual rift between the Eurasian and American Continents. Explore the impressive waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most beautiful sights. It is not a coincidence that its name translates as the Golden Waterfall. This is all followed by a visit to the Geysir geothermal area, where the hot spring Strokkur erupts every 3-7 minutes. Geysir's hot spring's neighbor, Strokkur, will blow steam high in the air a few times per hour for your delight. To finish the day, marvel at the volcanic crater of Kerid, filled with a milky blue-green lake.

Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

8. Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Reykjavik. Learn facts about the locations you visit, including sights such as the National Gallery of Iceland, Holavallagardur, Christ the King Cathedral, and more. To get started, simply download the tour app onto your phone and begin exploring Reykjavik at your own pace (download instructions received via email after booking). Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to start your tour wherever you prefer. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions throughout the city. As you explore, solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team or add in some extra fun by completing in groups. Use logic, imagination, observation, and problem-solving skills to make your way around the city. Along the way, choose to stop for a coffee, lunch, or take a break at any time. Stops along the tour include Hallgrimskirkja, the National Gallery of Iceland, The Culture House, Parliament House, Reykjavik Cathedral, Reykjavik City Hall, Holavallagardur, Christ the King Cathedral, Aurora Reykjavik, and Lake Tjornin.

Golden Circle & Northern Lights Winter Small Group Tour

9. Golden Circle & Northern Lights Winter Small Group Tour

Your winter adventure combo tour starts with an afternoon pick up at 1:00 PM from authorized Reykjavik pick up points.  From Reykjavik, you will head towards the Golden Circle, the historical and geological site of Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for holding one of the world’s oldest still existing parliaments, Althingi. Situated between the North American an Eurasian tectonic plates it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Make sure to drink in the history of Thingvellir before continuing your Golden Circle journey. Next up is Geysir hot spring area. Experience gurgling geysers and spouting Strokkur, spouting water every 6-10 minutes sometimes up to 40 meters high. The last stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss waterfall, better known as the Golden Waterfall. This stunning waterfall is one of Iceland’s most renowned sites. Cascading water elegantly down a wide curved staircase. Gullfoss is the perfect photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera. After exploring all that the famous Golden Circle route offers, you will be dropped off at your original pickup location. You will have free time to get some dinner, and then picked up again from your original pick-up location for the Northern Lights adventure. Your expert northern lights guide will take you to the best spots to see the lights out in the countryside. Since the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and very hard to predict your guide will decide which spot will provide you with the best opportunity to catch the dancing lights. Due to this fact, there is no guarantee that you will see the lights, but the team will try their best to secure a great night. If no lights are seen, you will be offered a rescheduling for this part of the tour, free of charge, though subject to availability. Spotting the magical lights is an experience you will definitely not forget. The lights can appear in various different colors such as green, red, violet and purple although green, yellow and white are the most common ones.  You will return back to Reykjavik around midnight where your guide will drop you off to your original pick-up point. It is important to note that this tour is a combination tour of 2 separate tours, that is the popular Golden Circle sightseeing and an exciting hunt for the Northern Lights. 

Reykjavik: Feline-Focused City Walking Tour

10. Reykjavik: Feline-Focused City Walking Tour

Follow your guide on a unique kitty-themed walking tour of downtown Reykjavik. Hear facinating tales from cat history around the world as you explore the streets of Reykjavik. See sights like the Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Statue Garden of Einar Jonsson. Meet your guide in the cozy, café-lined Ingólfur square in downtown Reykjavik. Learn the story of cats since the settlement of Iceland. Listen to Icelandic myths about cats and touch on some cat myths from around the world. Visit the one and only Reykjavik Cat Coffeehouse and have the chance to pet some cats. Enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa paired with a delicious Icelandic pastry while visiting the furry felines in the coffeehouse. Try to catch a glimpse of Baktus, Jonsi, and Ofelia, the most famous cats of downtown Reykjavik. Finish your tour amid the works of art in the Statue Garden of Einar Jonsson which is next to the expressionistic Hallgrimskirkja Church.

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What people are saying about Alþingi

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,084 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the horse riding, the staff were so welcoming and we were well looked after. Despite never having ridden before the ride was very comfortable and with a range of different terrain including river crossings i couldn't have had more fun! Couldn't recommend it more and will be returning one day to see the ponies again.

The small group experience was wonderful. Our guide Alvero was wonderful . He was very knowledgeable , patient and gave us ample time to explore all the attractions. We asked him lots of questions even about future trips .

We did this our first day in town and it was a great way to get to know the city and learn about it from a local! It was just my son and I, so it felt like a private tour!

Opted for the shorter tour and was not disappointed. The guide was extremely knowledgeable with lots of information on both the geology and history of Iceland.

Absolutely book this tour! My guide Erik was so funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time and saw all of the famous spots. Perfect for any ages.