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Golden Circle Route

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Ranked #4 of 53 Attractions in South Region
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving, Group tours/bus tour, City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Ideal for short-stay visitors, this scenic Golden Circle route through southwestern Iceland features excellent scenery and major sights. Here is a... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This trip was so fantastic and will be something to remember and cherish for a lifetime. We had a personal tour booked with Helena travel and I think that the way this tour company conducted the tour is what made it so special. Not only did we see fantastic scenery on the Golden Circle tour but our guide tailored our... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The scenery, geyers, powerful rivers, waterfalls and other stops on the tour were fantastic. Bad part - if you have mobility issues it may be difficult to see some of the places visited because of rocky steep paths. Not recommended for those with fear of heights or equilibrium conditions. Some people on our tour stayed in the bus.

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Some things in Iceland might be a little pricey, but the best things are free. We spent our first full day in Iceland touring the Golden Circle and enjoying the wild landscape and historical remains of Thingvellir (can't find the Icelandic character for "Th" on my computer), the touristy but still exciting geysir and boiling mud complex at, er, Geysir... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My review title may be a little biased but here goes: Geyser - lasts only one second and doesn't shoot up that high (better geyers exist in the U.S.O The one good part about this area is the view of the landscape and a hike up a mini mountain. Gulfoss Falls - I live half hour away from Niagara Falls... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Take some time for Thingvallir to do the hike. Walk at least to the falls, absolutely worth it. If you do the 2 hour hike you will lose most of the people since the busses only stop at the highlights and there is no time for all. Try to be at Gulfoss later in the day. We arrived around 17:00ish... More

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Volgograd, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We had a 2-day stopover in Reykjavik on a North Atlantic cruise.We booked with Island Guided Tours because they would pick up from the dock and because we didn't have to pay until the tour started (prepaying is always slightly risky because ships don't always make their planned port calls). It cost half of the matching tour booked through the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Every part of our day trip Golden Circle tour was outstanding. Highly recommended for any first time travellers to Iceland or anyone else as well. Gullfloss,Thingvellir and the Geysirs were really phenomenal. Interesting to learn about Icelandic culture on the bus as well.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Yes there are tours taking you to the golden circle but why stick to their schedule? There are other spots you will want to stop at between the three stops of Golden Circle and you'll want to spend more time in those spots anyway. Don't be limited with tour timing. Everything on Golden Circle is worth seeing. You'll really enjoy... More

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Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We took the Golden Circle trip which lasted from 9 - 5pm. A long day but didn't seem so at the time. The trip took in a visit to a geothermal farm where tomatoes, cucumbers etc are home grown. We sampled a lovely cup of fresh tomato soup here. From there onto the Geysir, then the Waterfall and finally to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

While the attractions on the Golden Circle Route are great they are heavily visited by tour groups, ours included. Maybe if we had been there at the beginning of the tourist season it would have been better.

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