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“Secrets to an Elegant Golden Circle Tour”

Reykjavik Excursions
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Reykjavik Excursions is the leading organizer of coach and bus tours in Iceland. A fully licensed tour operator and travel agent that offers day trips and guided tours, travelling all over the country since 1968. Our buses offer free wireless internet allowing you to share your experience right away.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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“Secrets to an Elegant Golden Circle Tour”
Reviewed 24 July 2012

You might stifle a yawn at the thought of the Golden Circle Tour gracing your Iceland itinerary. But don’t make that decision too quickly – Reykjavik Excursions has lengthened the experience and added a touch of elegance to the tried and true to make it infinitely more pleasurable.

Yes, you will see Skálholt Church, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall, where environmentalist Sigríður Tómasdóttir threatened to drown herself if her father didn't help her to save it. But on this leisurely nine-hour tour, you will take a small van to the demure sister of the Blue Lagoon – the new Fontana Steam Bath and Spa. There you will enjoy several saunas, small pools, and a stylish cafe that overlooks a lake warmed by geo-thermal heat.

After your spa visit, walk to the lake’s edge and watch as your host digs up rye bread baked in the earth. Then enjoy Viking beers on a lovely terrace, with smoked trout, dried trout, and the ever-present Icelandic butter accompanying the sweetest, most moist pumpernickel-style bread imaginable.

Ask for “Hershey” as your guide, a remarkable man who is a descendent of Helga Sigurdardottir, the mistress of the bishop Jon Arason. His clever planning allowed us an extra waterfall visit and a stop to pet a herd of tame Icelandic horses that tossed their punk rock-like manes just inches from our cameras. Let the tourists take the traditional tour on the big bus – and revel in your experience as the sophisticated traveler.

Visited June 2012
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“Very professional operation”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Probably the biggest tour bus company in the area, we used them for the "Arrive via Blue lagoon" and "Depart via Blue lagoon" tours.

The buses were there when they were supposed to be, everything was smooth, drivers helpful just what we paid for.

At Blue lagoon there is a small hut for storing large luggage items near to the bus stop. There is no ticket system for getting bags back, its just a case of helping yourself. So although its probably safe you should naturally take anything valuable with you into the Blue lagoon building, the lockers in there are large enough for airplane hand luggage.

The bus to the airport got very full, late arrivers had to stand up - so try not to be a late arriver it was waiting at the stop 10 mins before departure. Dont bother with the crud in the Blue lagoon shop just go to the bus instead.

Visited July 2012
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“A Sense Of Reykjavík - A Great Tour”
Reviewed 13 July 2012

We took this tour this evening. We were the only people on the tour and, at least for us, it was wonderful. We had a very knowledgable guide and the whole tour was one long discussion. He was also a nice person. Much of the tour was on foot, which we enjoyed. Stopping twice to sample traditional Icelandic foods was a nice touch. We would like to have this guide for all of our tours.

Visited July 2012
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“Good tour, but some pointless stops.”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

This trip was recommended by a friend - easy to book on line and a cost and time effective way to see the main sights in Iceland as well as the landscape on the way. All of the three main sights didn't disappoint and the other-world lanscape of Iceland is beautiful - really well worth doing.

Reykjavik Excursions (RE) - easy to book on line with hotel pick up and drop off. Wi-fi on the bus, which was handy and the tour guide was excellent.

We set off late and arrived back later than published which was iritating as there were no weather or road problems and this seriously ate into other plans.

The other disappointing thing with the trip was visiting a horse-riding school (some people may be interested in this but to assume a coach full of people are rivited by a twee display of horse riding is stretching things) and the most bizarre part of the trip was a stop at a geothermic tomato farm. Seriously...it doesn't matter how they're grown, a tomato is a tomato and them flogging their soup for over £5 per small cup is daylight robbery! I know for sure I wasn't alone in not seeing the point of the stop and it was the only one where people were back on the coach, ready to leave AHEAD of time.

These two additional (and in my opinion pointless) stops could have been removed to give more time at the other, far more impressive locations, or, get back to Reykjavik earlier.

It was a good trip and well worth it, but that was down to the sights, not RE especially. My advice, shop around for a good deal - it's the scenery that makes it, not the operator.

Visited June 2012
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“Fantastic tour”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

I had read a lot about the Golden Circle, so I decided to try it out. What a lovely scenery, the tour was fantastic, the weather could have been better, rained a bit and windy, but was dressed for the occasion. We visited Gullfoss the waterfall, it's enormous and so beautiful, Geysir was inactive but Strokkur decided to greet us instead, you ought to be careful though not to stand too close, as you may burn yourself. We also went to Þingvellir the national park, it's a great historical place were the first parlament was, it's an amazing place because you can see the rift between Eurasian and North American plates.

The guide was quite informative and seemed fluent in English and Scandinavian.

Visited May 2012
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