Visiting waterfall Gullfoss, Geothermal area Geysir and National Park Thingvellir
We drive to the national park Thingvellir, world heritage site since 2004 wherer the North-American tectonic and the Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart. Thingvellir is the site of the parliament founded in 930. We drive through the national park on the way to Europe crossing the no man land in between. We proceed to golden waterfall Gullfoss and visit the Geysir geothermal area with the beautiful spouting hot springs. This tour is a great introduction to Iceland, both because of history and geology.
During the tour we can take a break at a farm restaurant where you can have lunch or taste the farm ice cream. Or - if you prefer - we can take a break at a tomato hothouse restaurant where you can enjoy the tomato delicacies at the restaurant.
Optional to add extra activities, e. g. the geothermal exhibition or the Secret Lagoon for a modest fee. I can easily create a customized tour for you in case you have any special requests or if you are more than 4 people and need a larger vehicle.
Pick-up at or close to your hotel in Reykjavik centre. The drive to national park Thingvellir takes 60 minutes. A break for photos or a short walk. We arrive to Gullfoss waterfall in one hour's time. Geysir geothermal area is only 10 minutes away from Gullfoss. Breaks in both places before heading back to Reykjavik.
Recommended pick-up in Reykjavik at 9. 30am from November to February because of the daylight. Please notice that other pick-up times are possible depending on your schedule!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at or close to your hotel in Reykjavik. I can also pick you up at airport for a modest extra fee so we can go straight on the tour.
End location: I will drop you off close to your hotel in Reykjavik or some place different in the centre of Reykjavík if you so prefer.
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
I pick you up at your hotel and return you there at the end of the tour. The vehicle is a convenient Ford E 350 Van 2012.
Guidance, vehicle, fuel, VAT, free wifi in the van is included in the tour. Crampons for 4 people included if icy in winter. Food or drinks are not included in the tour. You could need coins for toilets (coins ISK 100-300 per person).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 1USD=ISK100 - If you want to have lunch the cost varies from ISK 1.700 (soup) per person up to 3.000 per person. A cup of coffee costs ISK 250 up to ISK 450 per person. Toilet fee is ISK 100-200 per person. Most places take credit cards but of course it is always good to have the local currency.
Your own food and water on the way. We will be able to take breaks in cafés and or restaurants where you can buy some refreshments to eat or drink. Price example: Soup for lunch ISK 1700-2500, 1 cup of coffee ISK 250-450, 1 bottle of water ISK 350-450, dinner (main dish) ISK 5000-7000. If you ask for water at a restaurant it is for free unless you ask for bottled water. Please notice that the water is perfectly drinkable straight from the tab. You can always fill up your first water bottle so you don't have to spend money on more plastic bottles.
If you need to take your wheelchair or other special equipment with you then I might need to rent a special vehicle. Please let me know about this at the beginning of our communications.
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You cannot wish for a better guide. Gudrún was a goldmine of information and very flexible - accommodating our every wish and going the extra mile along the Golden Circle. Her care to look after my wife that was not that mobile was very much appreciated. Gudrùn gave us one of the most memorable days in Iceland, exceeding our expectations!
Nico van der Merwe