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Iceland: Reykjavik & the Golden Circle

with West Iceland & Reykjavik extension
  • Duration: 6 or 8 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 130
Put yourself at the center of Iceland’s untamed natural landscapes.

Inhale fresh Icelandic air, tap into the country’s natural restorative powers, and discover geysers and waterfalls on this adventure. From your home base in progressive Reykjavik, set out to see the inspiring Golden Circle, the otherworldly beauty of South Iceland, and the world-famous Blue Lagoon.

Your tour package includes
  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Reykjavik
  • Great Geysir geothermal area
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • the Golden Waterfall
  • Gullfoss
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board an overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik
Included meal: Lunch

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. Then, get a feel for Reykjavik, often called "the greenest city on Earth," with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Soak in views of the city from the Perlan Observation Deck

• See the iconic Höfði House and the presidential residence at Bessastadir

• Visit Hallgrim’s Church and the University District

• Pass the Old Town Center, Parliament House, and modern City Hall

• Glimpse the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, both famous Icelandic artists

Day 3: The Golden Circle
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders.

• Stop at Thingvellir National Park to see the Althing, an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798

• Explore the Great Geysir geothermal area, located in the Haukadalur Valley

• Sit down for an included lunch at Fridheimar Farm, where fresh produce is grown in a greenhouse heated by geothermal energy

• Discover Gullfoss, or the Golden Waterfall, a natural wonder and one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe

Day 4: The South Coast
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on an excursion to the South Coast, a lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers and picturesque villages.

• Stand behind the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall

• View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

• Marvel at the beauty of the Sólheimajökull glacier (weather permitting)

• Walk on the South Coast’s black sands

Day 5: The Blue Lagoon
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning exploring on your own or add an excursion.

This afternoon, travel to the Blue Lagoon, a famed geothermal spa known for its restorative properties.

• Float weightlessly in the ethereal light-blue waters

• Choose to purchase therapeutic spa treatments and massages

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Whale Watching Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 6: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to West Iceland & Reykjavik

From its striking lava fields and cascading waterfalls to an impressive variety of animal life, West Iceland is truly a sight to behold. Take in the region's awe-inspiring terrain, a noteworthy gem in a country filled with otherworldly beauty. Then, continue on to cosmopolitan Reykjavik, where architecturally interesting buildings push the boundaries of design and fascinating museums, an impressive culinary scene, and vibrant nightlife are at your fingertips.

West Iceland1 night
Day 6: West Iceland & Langjökull Glacier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Husafell this morning, stopping en route to admire West Iceland’s dramatically varied landscapes.

• Marvel at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring

• Admire Hraunfossar, clear falls that stream over a lava field, and see the nearby cascades of Barnafoss

• Visit Reykholt, a historic village that was home to medieval writer and chieftain Snorri Sturluson

• Drive in a specially modified snow truck on the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest, and walk through the glacier’s interior ice tunnels

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Reykjavik1 night
Day 7: Reykjavik via Borgarnes
Included meal: Breakfast

On your way back to Reykjavik, stop in the town of Borgarnes to visit an Icelandic settlement exhibition and learn more about Viking history.

Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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4.6 average
by 2nd time traveler 

I truly enjoyed Go ahead for my trip to Iceland. Great group of people with an exceptional guide, Gunner. Occasionally I had a bit of a struggle to understand her but actually her English was quite good as she would do some " word searching" and we always got the concept. I would have liked it if sh...

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by 6th time traveler 

Iceland was a pleasant surprise. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. The scenery is fantastic! Iceland is struggling with all of the tourism, however. The locals are not as receptive to the tourists as the hotels and the restaurants are. I am sure they will come around. We did the whale...

Excellent short trip!
by 4th time traveler 

I would definitely recommend this tour if you’re looking for something different than your typical European tour. If you’re a fan of natural beauty (landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, etc.) than this is certainly the trip for you! I think Iceland is easier to do with a group tour than on...

by 3rd time traveler 

Only negative was going back to the Reykjavik international airport from our Hotel. Reykjavik Excursions did not mention that we had to go back to the main bus terminal and exchange buses, and handle our own bags for transfers.. And then wait for another bus. Not happy with the Bus company; no fau...

by 2nd time traveler 

My trip to Iceland was fantastic. I learned so much from our tour guide, G, and our driver, Tomas. They were both so helpful and knew the answers to all our questions. There was a lot to see so it is best to read up a bit before you leave home. The erratic weather added to the experience as Icel...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Fosshotel Reykjavík

This modern hotel is located in the business district. Guests enjoy a beer garden, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find downtown’s shop...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Iceland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel, and paved paths with some uphill climbs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats, ferries and trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Reykjavik. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Depending on the time of year, some travelers may be required to spend an extra night in the U.S. before boarding their connecting flight home. In these cases, Go Ahead Tours will reserve your hotel and you'll arrive home one day after the last day of the tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a warm jacket or rainwear.
  • Please keep in mind that even summer temperatures in Iceland can get very cold, and warmer layers may be needed.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Iceland.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine 
  • Icelandic cuisine relies on traditional, locally sourced ingredients from the Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains. Both fresh and dried fish, including herring, cod, and shark, are important culinary staples. Other must-tries include Icelandic lamb, which is considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as pylsa (hot dogs) and _skyr_cheese.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Iceland operates on 230 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some European hotels may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Iceland is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and four hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 4pm in Iceland.
  • The amount of daylight in Iceland greatly varies based on the season. Expect as much as ten hours of daylight in the summer and as little as 4.5 hours of daylight in the winter.
Currency
  • You will use the Icelandic krona on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased inadvance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
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Aug 17–Aug 22, 2019
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Sep 7–Sep 12, 2019
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Apr 25–Apr 30, 2020
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May 2–May 7, 2020
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May 9–May 14, 2020
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May 16–May 21, 2020
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May 23–May 28, 2020
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Aug 1–Aug 6, 2020
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Sep 5–Sep 10, 2020
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Sep 19–Sep 24, 2020
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Sep 26–Oct 1, 2020
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Oct 3–Oct 8, 2020
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Apr 24–Apr 29, 2021
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