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Address: Iceland
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/bus tour, Driving
Description: Ideal for short-stay visitors, this scenic driving route through...
Ideal for short-stay visitors, this scenic driving route through southwestern Iceland features excellent scenery and major sites.
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Great day trip idea!

After taking a red-eye the night before, we wanted something low-key to start our trip off right. Since we were renting a car for the week, we drove the Golden Circle ourselves... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Emily D
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Lafayette, Indiana

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Ok, I realize this is a big tourist destination, but I could't help but be turned off by the numerous tourist busses at each stop on the Golden Circle. We had rented a car at the airport and the Golden Circle was our first destination in Iceland. The drive from the airport was easy and well marked. We had some... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

After taking a red-eye the night before, we wanted something low-key to start our trip off right. Since we were renting a car for the week, we drove the Golden Circle ourselves and loved the convenience of stopping along the way whenever we wanted to, which we did plenty of. We left Kópavogur around 10am and returned by dinner time.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We drove ourselves and liked the freedom of being able to visit the parks after hours when the crowds thinned out. We only did the northern leg of the trip. Gulfoss is truly beautiful, a great display of nature's power. You can walk up pretty close to the top of the falls. Only pay toilets at the visitors center but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Yes, it's full of tourists--but "full" by Iceland standards. I've been to a few US National Parks during peak season and the Golden Circle was far less crowded. A good tip we received was to start your trip after the 8am-9am bus tours leave Rek, so you are an hour or so behind the big groups.

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Brunswick, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had such a great time on the afternoon bus tour! Yes it is touristy but there is a reason everyone goes to the Golden Circle. The sights are gorgeous and there is so much to see. It's not a long drive between stops either. I honestly think the afternoon tour was the right choice too. We were able to... More 

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Limerick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We self drove the golden circle and had a wonderful day. After reading many reviews we decided to leave around 12pm which for many would be very late. However not in the summer when you have nearly 24 hours of daylight. Starting with Thingvellir National Park this was even better than i expected. We had a lovely walk around and... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Normally with this route there are 3 stops: the beautiful Thingvellir national park where 2 tectonic plates meet, Gulfoss, or the Golden waterfall, voted as one of the top 10 waterfalls in the world and the Stokk

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Floreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Really beautiful and worthwhile route. Yes there are bus loads of tourists it dies not feel crowded or cheesy, definitely worth doing if in Iceland.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The route is good - easy to drive even on day one in Iceland. But - I might have enjoyed it more at the end of our 10 days as by then I would have had a better idea idea of what I was looking at (geologically speaking).

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We booked the half day golden circle tour with Gray Line Iceland Excursions and had a great time. The bus picked us up right on time and we continued out of Reykjavik to the three stops. The first stop was the Thingvellir national park where you can see where two tectonic plates meet and are slowly moving apart. The landscape... More 

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