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Iceland Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle tours

I'm traveling to Iceland on holiday with my two teenage daughters for 5 days tomorrow, 8 April. I have a Northern Lights tour included in the package, but nothing else. Is it better (cheaper) to buy Iceland Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle tours before traveling there or once you arrive? The thing is that I worry I will be ripped off by some con artist by buying it via the internet. Also, should I buy bus pass to transfer from airport to hotel in Reykjavik via the internet before I leave the UK or is it just as easy to buy it on arrival? I thought about hiring a car and do all the sights that way, but then I thought that it would be more relaxing to do the sights by bus with a local guide.

Thanks for any help!

Vera

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1437 posts

Vera, all of these are sold by Gray Line. I'd buy from them, as they have a good reputation. It was their tours and airport transfer that we took when we spent a week, based out of Reykjavik. Consider doing the combination Blue Lagoon/airport deal - we did it on our way out.

Posted by
3 posts

Thank you Diane for the reply and tips! Much appreciated. I will check Gray Line right away!
All the best
Vera

Posted by
8100 posts

Have you checked reviews for these tours on Trip Advisor? There is a lot of information about Iceland and doing tours there on their forum too, as well as reviews for attractions.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g189952-i223-Iceland.html

Tons of info about Iceland on Fodors too. Surprised it doesn't even get a listing on the RS forum.
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/iceland/

In today's internet world, a company working as a con artist is easily and quickly exposed online on websites like this one or Trip Advisor. Tours that are listing themselves are seldom con artists. Viator being the only one that I know of that gets away with ripping people off.

Posted by
388 posts

I know you are probably already over there but its perfectly fine to buy your tours there at the tourist information office. I hope this helps some.

Posted by
7 posts

There are two bus companies in the airport that transfer you and one of them Iceland tours (I think) sell the Blue Lagoon/Golden Circle tour at their main office or you can arrange through your hotel. They picked us up at the hotel for our Laxnes Horse Farm/golden circle tour. We did the Blue Lagoon as separate tour also through our hotel and were very pleased with their services.

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8100 posts

Looking forward to the trip report, as I want to head up there sometime this year. Northern Lights and riding Icelandic Horses are on my priority list, but the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon sound nice too.

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Thanks everybody for the replies and tips. We're back from Iceland now and had a fantastic time. I did book the Golden Circle tour and Blue Lagoon with the Gray Line in the end, which provided an excellent and punctual service. We did both in the same day, because I checked the weather forecast and found that Thursday was the only day with no rain and mostly sunny. They picked us up from the hotel at 8.30 in the morning for the Blue Lagoon and we had two hours at the lagoon, which was just about right. They picked us up from there at 12:00 and took us to the coach for the Golden Circle tour, which was an excellent tour - we highly recommend both! Our guide, Didi, for the Golden Circle tour was great - she told us about the sites we visited (Gullfoss waterfalls, the Geysir, and the Pingvellir National Park, where you can stand right on the Euroasian and American plates), but she also told so much about Iceland, including the history, the way of life, the peculiarities of the people and in such a funny way - she's amazing and funny. We saw the Northern Lights in the last night, which was our second chance to see it - dress warm for this one, as it's in the middle of the night and very cold, but well worth the effort! We stayed in the excellent Icelandair Hotel Natura and we didn't hire a car, as we like walking and the hotel was only 2 kilometers from the city center and 10 minutes from a lovely woodland walk to the Perlan, where you have amazing views of the city and can eat at the cafe or restaurant on the top of the building. There was also a bus stop right across from the hotel, which was free to hotel customers. My older daughter went out to gigs for two evenings and loved the night life in Reykjavik, which is very safe too. We found very nice cafes where to eat for reasonable prices. We did splash out in a meal at the hotel restaurant one evening with live music. The meal cost around £30 per head, including drinks, but was so good and worth the expense. This is about the same you would pay in a good English restaurant anyway. It did rain heavily for one out of the 5 days we were there, so not bad! We thoroughly recommend a trip to Iceland - it is a beautiful country, with amazing unspoilt landscape, very clean and friendly.