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Basic Iceland

Basic Iceland | Golden Circle Tour | Scandinavian American World Tours


Available All Year Round

This is the perfect stopover on your way to/from Scandinavia! Explore the capital, Reykjavik, on a fabulous city tour and Iceland’s famous Golden Circle Tour: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park!


Day 01: Arrive Reykjavik

Today you’ll transfer by airport Flybus coach to your hotel for check in, and then enjoy the rest of your first day in Iceland on your own–settling into your room and relaxing, or exploring the hip capital of this northern island country.

Overnight in your city-center hotel tonight.

3* Skuggi Hotel or similar

Day 02: Reykjavik City Tour

Today after breakfast you’ll be embarking on an in-depth city tour of Reykjavik! Colorful architecture, natural beauty—the mountains Akrafjall and Esja hover over the bay near the harbor city—and a number of gastropubs, restaurants, and quirky cafés linger in and around the city, creating a vibrant international atmosphere.

Explore the city with your guide for 2.5 hours before enjoying the remainder of the day on your own, and then relax overnight in your hotel.

3* Skuggi Hotel or similar

Day 03: Reykjavik – Golden Circle Tour

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. You’ll depart 30 minutes prior to the start of today’s breathtaking tour and be transferred to explore Iceland’s Golden Circle for 8 full hours: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring, and Thingvellir National Park!

Gullfoss Waterfall, the iconic 230-foot waterfall fed by Langjökull Glacier, crisscrosses the river Hvítá and gushes down a series of rock facades toward the base of a narrow canyon. You can get right up close to the falls, walking safely along the canyon’s side and then stepping out along a wide stone outcrop to peek over the edge.

The Geysir hot spring area contains many different spouts—Geysir (after which all other geysers in the world were named; the verb ‘geysa’ is an Icelandic word descended from Old Norse that means ‘to gush’), Strokkur (‘the churn’), Blesi (‘blaze’, often used as a horse’s name), Fata, Konungshver (‘the royal spring’, or ‘the king’s hot spring’), Seidir, Litli-Geysir, Oþerrishola, Þykkuhverir, Smidur (‘the smith’), and Sodi among others. Explore the area and witness Strokkur’s famous bubble rise just before it erupts!

Thingvellir National Park was once the site of the world’s oldest Parliament, known as Iceland’s Alþingi or Althing (‘all-thing’, a general assembly), which moved to Reykjavik in 1881. Ceremonial meetings are occasionally held at the park for various reasons, the last being in 2000. The park itself is a stunning visual reminder of what makes Iceland’s landscape so unique, with an additional surprise: two tectonic plates—the North American and the Eurasian—collide on land in the park, a phenomenon that occurs almost nowhere else on Earth, and it offers up fascinating diving opportunities.

We’ll return you to your hotel after the day’s adventure.

3* Skuggi Hotel or similar

Day 04: Reykjavik Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast at your hotel before we transfer you via Flybus to the airport for your departing flight.


Additional Information

Price Includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodations at 3* Skuggi Hotel or similar, with private facilities and breakfast
  • 2.5-hour Reykjavik City Tour and 8-hour Golden Circle Tour
  • Transfers: to/from airport via Flybus
  • Local taxes and service charges

NOTE: Program can be modified to suit your schedule. Hotel upgrades and guest house accommodations available. Call for air inclusive rates.

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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Optional upgrade to 4-star hotel! Upgrade to the Centrum Hotel Reykjavik (4-star, Old City location) for 3 nights: add $170 p.p. twin ($415 single).

Land Only


Daily Departures May 01 - September 30
(Regular season)

$1098 p.p. twin


Daily Departures October 01 - April 30
(Lower rates apply pre- and post-season)

On Request

On Request

Tour Information

Tour Type:Independent Tour
Price: from $1098
Duration:4 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik
Departures: All Year Round

Tour Map

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