Reykjavik Golden Circle Excursion Reviews

This popular route into the heart of Iceland includes among its circuit the beautiful Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the geysers of Haukadalur, all essential trips for any visitor to Reykjavik.
On Thursday, June 6th, after having a sea day, we arrived in Reykjavik (57 degrees and sunny) at ...
Sail Date: June 2019
On Thursday, June 6th, after having a sea day, we arrived in Reykjavik (57 degrees and sunny) at 1:00 p.m. We took the Golden Circle with Geothermal Bakery Experience Small Group excursion. This excellent tour takes you to the ... Read More
On Thursday, June 6th, after having a sea day, we arrived in Reykjavik (57 degrees and sunny) at 1:00 p.m. We took the Golden Circle with Geothermal Bakery Experience Small Group excursion. This excellent tour takes you to the Thingvellir National Park (where American and European tectonic plates separate) to enjoy important geological sites including Geysir Hot Springs, and the lovely Gullfoss Waterfalls. We also visited Laugarvatn, where we learned about geothermal baking and sampled delicious rye bread baked in the geothermal ground. I highly recommend this six-hour tour. We overnighted in Reykjavik and the next morning, we went on the 3.5 hours Discover Reykjavik excursion. We visited the open-air historical museum of Arbaejarsafn, visited Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, enjoyed views from the observation deck of the Pearl, and visited Reykjavik’s Old Quarter and National Museum. This tour provided a very good summary of Iceland’s history and culture. There was a good souvenir shop adjacent to the pier. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Best way to see the countryside and city.
Sail Date: May 2019
Best way to see the countryside and city. Though a bit long, it was fine.
Best way to see the countryside and city. Though a bit long, it was fine. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
What a waste of time and money.
Sail Date: May 2019
What a waste of time and money. This is a highly overrated excursion. To be honest the only part worth seeing is South Iceland where the black beaches are.
What a waste of time and money. This is a highly overrated excursion. To be honest the only part worth seeing is South Iceland where the black beaches are. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Golden Circle Good excursion but too long on the bus and stops before you get to the waterfall.
Sail Date: May 2019
The Golden Circle Good excursion but too long on the bus and stops before you get to the waterfall. The dinner took so long we had 15 minutes to see the geysers. That was very disappointing. Many people left dinner to go to the geysers ... Read More
The Golden Circle Good excursion but too long on the bus and stops before you get to the waterfall. The dinner took so long we had 15 minutes to see the geysers. That was very disappointing. Many people left dinner to go to the geysers longer. We had more time at the National Park. This tour guide also talked non stop. Once again bus times and times at the stops should be known. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Because we somehow had a late start time we had a late(r) arrival to the Blue Lagoon - after most ...
Sail Date: May 2019
Because we somehow had a late start time we had a late(r) arrival to the Blue Lagoon - after most of the tours - which got us there in the late evening, when the crowds were thinner. Oh, and the NCL tour info lied, you dont need to bring a ... Read More
Because we somehow had a late start time we had a late(r) arrival to the Blue Lagoon - after most of the tours - which got us there in the late evening, when the crowds were thinner. Oh, and the NCL tour info lied, you dont need to bring a towel from the ship for that...they have plenty there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The highlight of our trip.
Sail Date: May 2019
The highlight of our trip. It was Iceland in a day. Add that to the Blue Lagoon - fantastic.
The highlight of our trip. It was Iceland in a day. Add that to the Blue Lagoon - fantastic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to see Golden Circle in small group, guide was informative and caring.
Sail Date: May 2019
Went to see Golden Circle in small group, guide was informative and caring. Golden Circle is a must-see for all tourists.
Went to see Golden Circle in small group, guide was informative and caring. Golden Circle is a must-see for all tourists. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our tour guide was named Thor, at least that's what the placard said.
Sail Date: May 2019
Our tour guide was named Thor, at least that's what the placard said. He and his other teammates were ready for us as soon as we got off the ship. Each vehicle holds 20 people. The weather was cool (45's) and cloudy, with no wind ... Read More
Our tour guide was named Thor, at least that's what the placard said. He and his other teammates were ready for us as soon as we got off the ship. Each vehicle holds 20 people. The weather was cool (45's) and cloudy, with no wind to speak of. the time went by quickly with Thor’s explanations of what we were seeing and Icelandic life. He's a fourth generation Icelander and very proud of his country. All of us were able to hear him and he clearly stated his expectations of where we should walk, what to see, and most importantly, when he expected us back. The weather was cool (45s). Only at the Golfass waterfall was it also rainy and windy. He gave us good hints on where to walk to see each attraction. Because we followed his instructions about returning to the bus in a timely manner, we made additional unplanned stops to visit with some Icelandic horses and also some crater. The walk at the tectonic plate national park was very easy since it was all downhill. The tour lasted about 6.5 hours and we returned to the ship with plenty of time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Nice coach, plenty of leg room.
Sail Date: May 2019
Nice coach, plenty of leg room. Saw a lot of the main sights of geysers, waterfalls, etc etc. Amazing scenery
Nice coach, plenty of leg room. Saw a lot of the main sights of geysers, waterfalls, etc etc. Amazing scenery Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Popular tour, we did the express tour which was same tour with less time in each stop but was still ...
Sail Date: September 2018
Popular tour, we did the express tour which was same tour with less time in each stop but was still enough. A little slow being a big bus tour getting on and off. The stops were great and recommend tour
Popular tour, we did the express tour which was same tour with less time in each stop but was still enough. A little slow being a big bus tour getting on and off. The stops were great and recommend tour Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tour guide was excellent highlighting topogrophy and numerous points of interest.
Sail Date: September 2018
Tour guide was excellent highlighting topogrophy and numerous points of interest. We would rank our overall experience a 5+ as both the tour guide and bus driver were over the top with customer service.
Tour guide was excellent highlighting topogrophy and numerous points of interest. We would rank our overall experience a 5+ as both the tour guide and bus driver were over the top with customer service. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It's a must do if you're in Reykjavik, but it was quite crowded, since the cruise line had about 13 ...
Sail Date: August 2018
It's a must do if you're in Reykjavik, but it was quite crowded, since the cruise line had about 13 buses. Other people booked independent tours which mimicked the same routes we took, and factor in weekend tourists. But it was ... Read More
It's a must do if you're in Reykjavik, but it was quite crowded, since the cruise line had about 13 buses. Other people booked independent tours which mimicked the same routes we took, and factor in weekend tourists. But it was well worth it and gave us more insight to Icelandic nature. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very good tour led by knowledgeable guide.
Sail Date: August 2018
Very good tour led by knowledgeable guide. Pleasantly surprised by the visit to the geo-thermal power plant.
Very good tour led by knowledgeable guide. Pleasantly surprised by the visit to the geo-thermal power plant. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Fantastic way to see the best sights of the local area of the capital.
Sail Date: August 2018
Fantastic way to see the best sights of the local area of the capital. Highly recommended, it was a long but worthwhilke tour.
Fantastic way to see the best sights of the local area of the capital. Highly recommended, it was a long but worthwhilke tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My wife planned a full 8 hour combination tour with Saga Travel where we say Thingvellir, the ...
Sail Date: August 2018
My wife planned a full 8 hour combination tour with Saga Travel where we say Thingvellir, the Geysir's, Gullfloss Waterfall, the Secret Lagoon and many more sites (plus we stopped for ice cream at a dairy farm). My wife and ... Read More
My wife planned a full 8 hour combination tour with Saga Travel where we say Thingvellir, the Geysir's, Gullfloss Waterfall, the Secret Lagoon and many more sites (plus we stopped for ice cream at a dairy farm). My wife and Saga's & Oscar; did a great job as we were able to basically fill a 22 passenger mini-bus and we did more than two cruise excursions could do in 1/3rd the time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Experienced Glacial and Volcanic landscapes - a real "Fire and Ice" tour.
Sail Date: August 2018
Experienced Glacial and Volcanic landscapes - a real "Fire and Ice" tour. Bus/walks with lunch included. Great guides
Experienced Glacial and Volcanic landscapes - a real "Fire and Ice" tour. Bus/walks with lunch included. Great guides Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Ponant
The port tourist information center is where you pick up tours and taxis.
Sail Date: July 2018
The port tourist information center is where you pick up tours and taxis. There is a free port shuttle to take you from the ship, but it’s not far to walk. City center is 3 km from the port. Taxi into town was 3400 ISK. There is a ... Read More
The port tourist information center is where you pick up tours and taxis. There is a free port shuttle to take you from the ship, but it’s not far to walk. City center is 3 km from the port. Taxi into town was 3400 ISK. There is a sidewalk all the way. The Sun Voyager sculpture is only accessible along the sidewalk. It is between the port and Harpa Concert Hall. You can see it from a vehicle. Harpa is free to enter. Walk up to level 5 for nice views. Walk up hill to the big church. Public swimming pool in town. Check the old harbor area for boat tours (puffins and whales) and seafood. We did the Golden Circle Tour on day one (awesome!) and Free City Walk on day 2. Need groceries? “Bonus” is a good stop. Credit cards accepted everywhere. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This 8 1/2 hour tour was way too long and rather boring and could have been cut in half and then ...
Sail Date: July 2018
This 8 1/2 hour tour was way too long and rather boring and could have been cut in half and then some. The only good thing was a fresh salmon lunch in a very crowded dining room.
This 8 1/2 hour tour was way too long and rather boring and could have been cut in half and then some. The only good thing was a fresh salmon lunch in a very crowded dining room. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The stop at the power plant was boring (to us), but the rest was great.
Sail Date: July 2018
The stop at the power plant was boring (to us), but the rest was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The included dinner was somewhat disappointing. It was served family style, and there was barely enough food to go around. The ... Read More
The stop at the power plant was boring (to us), but the rest was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The included dinner was somewhat disappointing. It was served family style, and there was barely enough food to go around. The geysers and waterfalls were very picturesque. We had a pretty heavy rain storm toward the end of the tour, but still enjoyed everything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The tour operator was a bit of a problem with a bus that did not have working seat belts.
Sail Date: July 2018
The tour operator was a bit of a problem with a bus that did not have working seat belts. It is the law to wear seat belts here. Otherwise the Golden circle had many things to see. However, although lunch was provided, the restaurant ... Read More
The tour operator was a bit of a problem with a bus that did not have working seat belts. It is the law to wear seat belts here. Otherwise the Golden circle had many things to see. However, although lunch was provided, the restaurant was reluctant to give me anything other than fish since the tour operator did not have us pre-order meals in advance. Not well organized. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Waste of time and money through the dreadfull weather,waterfall was the highlight
Sail Date: June 2018
Waste of time and money through the dreadfull weather,waterfall was the highlight
Waste of time and money through the dreadfull weather,waterfall was the highlight Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Quite disappointing.
Sail Date: June 2018
Quite disappointing. Gullfoss was great, geysers and the lava field were poor. Both very overated.
Quite disappointing. Gullfoss was great, geysers and the lava field were poor. Both very overated. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Good overview but we really missed seeing the city itself.
Sail Date: May 2018
Good overview but we really missed seeing the city itself.
Good overview but we really missed seeing the city itself. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did both Golden Circle and South Coast tours through Your Day Tours which were wonderful!
Sail Date: May 2018
We did both Golden Circle and South Coast tours through Your Day Tours which were wonderful!
We did both Golden Circle and South Coast tours through Your Day Tours which were wonderful! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A full on day very interesting beautiful, place could be very cold in places, Beautiful scenery ...
Sail Date: March 2018
A full on day very interesting beautiful, place could be very cold in places, Beautiful scenery well worth the experience, highly recommend it.
A full on day very interesting beautiful, place could be very cold in places, Beautiful scenery well worth the experience, highly recommend it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages