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Iceland’s Golden Circle & Whale Watching Full-Day Tour

4.6 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Iceland

Iceland’s Golden Circle & Whale Watching Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Iceland
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From US$ 179.61 per person

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Observe whales in their native environment before touring Iceland’s Golden Circle to see lava fields, bubbling geysers and hot natural springs. See humpback and minke whales, harbor porpoise and white-beaked dolphins.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
The complimentary pick-up service starts 45 minutes before the selected departure. Due to traffic limitations in the city center, you might have to make your way to the closest pick-up location. Your hotel reception will help you find it or, if staying in a private accommodation, please get in touch with the local supplier after the booking. If you are not staying at a hotel or near any other pickup points, please make your own way to the Old Harbour - Elding ticket office at Ægisgarður 5, Reykjavik


  • See humpback whales in their native environment
  • Observe harbor porpoise and white-beaked dolphins
  • Gaze at an extraordinary array of birds, including puffin and Arctic terns
  • Explore the Whale Center and see exhibitions on Iceland's various species of whale
  • Enjoy a scenic driving tour of the Golden Circle and see lava fields and hot natural springs
  • Admire the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Discover where Iceland's historic Viking parliament was held at Þingvellir National Park
  • See the greenhouses heated by hot volcanic springs at the village of Hveragerði
Full description
Enjoy a 2-part tour of Iceland to experience some of its top attractions, including a morning cruise to observe humpback whales, harbor porpoise, and white-beaked dolphin. Add on a Golden Circle express tour in the afternoon for a full-day of fun. On the unforgettable whale watching tour you will observe whales in their native environment, and see local birdlife, such as puffins, Arctic terns, gannet and many varieties of gull. Killer whales and humpback whales are common sights in Iceland in winter, while minke whales, porpoises, and dolphins are frequently seen all year round. After the whale watching tour, you will be picked up from the harbour at 12:30 for the Golden Circle afternoon tour. Start your bus tour at the Þingvellir National Park to see where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930 AD. Geologically it is remarkable, with tectonic plate boundaries that form a breathtaking scenery. Next, visit the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall, and the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. Although the afternoon coach tour is an express tour, you will see some of the best historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland. Before your return to Reykjavík, pass the astonishing village of Hveragerði, known for its greenhouses heated by hot volcanic springs.
  • Transportation by bus
  • Whale watching tour
  • Entry to Whale Center
  • Guided Golden Circle tour
  • Wi-Fi on board the Golden Circle bus
  • Food and drinks (can be purchased at stops en route)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • Please note that pick-up starts 45 minutes prior to tour departure. Please wait outside your hotel or guesthouse for the pick-up bus
  • Please note that the discount for children and youths is a family discount, and applies to maximum 2 children/youths per each full paying adult
  • Whales are wild animals in their natural habitat, and sightings cannot be guaranteed. In the unlikely event no whales or dolphins are seen during your tour, you can rebook for free
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 39 reviews

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The trip was well organised and staff friendly at the whale watching run by Edling. I was doing a Golden Circle tour after the Whale Watching and was expecting to be picked up at the Edling Office, alas the coach did not arrive and the lady at the Edling ticket office was extremely helpful and did all she can to sort the issue out. I was eventually picked up and taken to join the tour bus. Many thanks to the lady whose name I did not get.

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August 28, 2022

Activities were fine

Although we had confirmation from Belgium through Expedia that we would be picked up from 8:15 am at our Guesthouse, with the correct address, it turned out at 9 am that after telephone contact we had to be ready at bus stop 7! Because of this we missed the boat trip in the morning. Gray Line has given us a new booking for the following morning.

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April 19, 2019

Golden Circle Tour was great - wonderful landscape!

The Golden Circle Tour was great - the landscape and the special sights were great. Whale watching was a bit frustrating, we only saw a few dorsal fins, but that's nature - you can't force it. The whale watching was postponed due to the bad weather and was easily rebooked.

October 22, 2017

Product ID: 1097