Reykjavik, Iceland

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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Tour the Golden Circle and enjoy the popular Icelandic pursuit of bathing in hot springs on this 8-hour day trip from Reykjavik. View the Golden Circle’s famous trio of sights: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Plus, soak in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon, a scenic pool of natural hot springs. Lagoon admission and towel rental, air-conditioned transport, and hotel transfers in Reykjavik are included.
  • 8-hour Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon tour from Reykjavik
  • Enter Thingvellir National Park and walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
  • See the Geysir geothermal area and Strokkur geyser, and stop at the Gullfoss waterfall
  • Soak in the geothermal hot springs of the scenic Secret Lagoon
  • Break for lunch (own expense)
  • Lagoon entrance fee and towel rental included
  • Air-conditioned minivan or coach transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
After pickup from your central Reykjavik accommodation, leave the city by air-conditioned minivan or coach, and admire Iceland’s countryside as you head toward the Golden Circle.

On route, listen as your guide sheds light on the country’s geology and history, and admire your first views of Thingvellir National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.

Stop at the park's famous tectonic rift, where the continental plates of America and Eurasia face each other over a narrow valley. Walk between the plates, and hear how they are gradually drifting apart by an average of about 0.9 inches (2.5 centimeters) per year.

Next, continue past Laugarvatn to the Geysir geothermal area. Break for lunch (own expense) here, and follow the walkways around the hot springs, steam vents, and geysers.

Watch the giant Strokkur geyser erupt, spouting water up to 65.6 feet (20 meters) high, and then travel to the Gullfoss waterfall. Formed from meltwater from the Langjökull glacier, this double-tiered fall plunges into a canyon and is astonishingly beautiful.

After taking photos here, visit the nearby Secret Lagoon at Fludir. Fed by natural hot springs seeping up from the earth, this scenic geothermal pool is clouded in steam, giving it a fairy tale-like appearance.

On arrival, use the changing facilities to don your bathing suit. Then, wade into the waters — they stay at a warm 100-104° Fahrenheit (38-40 Celsius) — and enjoy a relaxing soak, admiring the lovely countryside views as you swim.

When it’s time, hop out, change into your dry clothes, and meet back up with your guide and vehicle. Then, relax as you ride across the heathland of the Hellisheiði lava plateau back to Reykjavik, where your tour finishes with drop-off at or near to your hotel.

Please note: guests will need to bring their own bathing suit to swim in the Secret Lagoon, although towel rental is included. You are also advised to dress warmly as Iceland’s weather can change suddenly.

Reviews

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T
, Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

A
, Oct 2017

amazing day out, but viator take a large cut of the price if you book through them. So book before you go to guarantee your place and pay well over the odds, or wait till you get their to get good price but it might be fully booked although their are lots of company's running trips.

B
, Sep 2017

I really wish that I could have given this tour 5 stars, but could just have easily given it 3 stars.

GOOD: Ample time at each of the four stops. Beautiful scenery. A great way to see many of Iceland's wonders. Bus was newer, clean, and the driver was very good.

NOT SO GOOD: Bus came very late to pick us up almost 45 minutes because of a misunderstanding between guide staff and their administration. The guide seemed agitated for most of the trip. Not really all that friendly. Long stretches of time of silence. I think he could have begun the tour talking about Reykjavik as we drove through it, but we didn't pay for that so we didn't get it.

OVERALL: I would recommend, but keep your expectations about service in check.

A SUGGESTION: The bathroom on the bus was not functional I read this in other reviews-- guess they are not ever going to fix it. Only one place do you need to pay to use the WC-- the National Forest. If you can, hold yourself for the free facilities at Geysir. Also, remember to bring flip-flops for the Lagoon. We brought a bathing suit and they provided the towel, but many of the patrons had something on their feet as they walked through the locker room/showers-- good idea.

w
, Jul 2017

I would highly recommend this tour, we had a fantastic day, great guide, and finished the day with a swim at the secret lagoon. The day was wonderful.

M
, Jul 2017

This tour was good although I would have preferred to have longer at each of the sites especially the tetonic plates as were only given half an hour and this was not enough to take it all in and have a proper explore. The geysers and waterfalls were amazing but again, I would have preferred to have a little longer at each but understand that there has to be time constraints in order to fit it all in. The secret lagoon was fantastic - here, I think we had just about the right amount of time. We had an hour and half and that was just enough to relax in the warm and sometimes very hot! waters. All very good, the guide was informative and everything ran to plan!

A
, Jul 2017

This was an amazing trip we were lucky to have a fantastic driver and guide loved the secret lagoon perfect end to an amazing day

P
, Jun 2017

The enjoyment of the tour definitely is weather dependent. We had beautiful sunshine the day before our tour in Reykjavik but rain and wind most of the day of our tour, which ruins the ability to take pictures out of your bus window and for enjoying the sites. Also it's a long ride to the first stop in the national park to view where the Eurasian and American Plates are separating. The toilet was out-of-service in the bus and you have to pay to use the facilities at the national park. The second stop was at a large restaurant/souvenir shop adjacent to a geyser field, but it was pouring when we got there. I got a great picture of the big geyser in the bathroom where a large shot of it is on the wall. Also the place was packed due to a cruise ship being in port at Reykjavik. The rain did stop when we arrived at Gullfoss Waterfall, which is awesome and more spectacular than Niagara Falls. We also enjoyed soaking at the secret lagoon and the facilities and services were really nice. Overall, the tour was worthwhile in lieu of the rain and wind.

G
, May 2017

The tour was excellent. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. There was some unnecessary confusion about the pickup place, and we nearly missed the van entirely. We received an email before our trip, saying that the van is no longer able to pick up at our hotel, and we were directed to wait at a public bus stop a block away, which we did. The tour guide/driver, however didn't get that email. He waited for us at our hotel and finally gave up and left. We saw him cruise past the bus stop and chased him down the street, waving our arms. That dropped one star from our review.

s
, May 2017

What fantastic views of Iceland, long day but worth every moment. You finish the trip at the secret lagoon, bath in warm (HOT) water while the snow gentle falls on top of you, amazing!!

C
, Apr 2017

Pickup was a bit stressful as they got our location wrong. Make sure to confirm with the agency the day before the time and location where you'll be picked up. Dress warmly as during our tour we got rain, snow, and even a bit of hail. All of the sights were amazing and it was wonderful to soak in the Secret Lagoon.


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