Visit the beautiful Golden Circle & the Magical Blue Lagoon in one day
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This day is a combination of Iceland's most famous sites, conveniently paired to allow you to experience more. See unique natural formations, such as geysers, waterfalls, lakes, lava fields, craters and more topped with an ultimate bathing experience in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon at the end of the day.
Visit Thingvellir National Park, a historic landmark and the place where the Icelandic Commonwealth was founded. Take a chance to visit the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic Divergent Ridge. See eruptions of up to 20-meter high at Geysir geothermal area, made by Strokkur, which erupts every three to four minutes. Pass by the dormant Geysir and make a stop for lunch.
Next view Gullfoss waterfall, considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. Then, travel to Kerið volcanic crater, a striking crater lake filled with bright blue-green water and surrounded by stark black and deep-red slopes.
End the day at the Blue Lagoon, where you'll enjoy bathing in the relaxing geothermal waters before heading back to Reykjavík. Please note that you must purchase your Blue Lagoon tickets in advance as tickets are not included in this tour. You should book tickets for the 17.00 or 5pm timeslot.
You can book the Blue Lagoon tickets here.
Our day tour to the Golden Circle begins with our fast and efficient pick-up service. You simply need to wait at your hotel or one of the designated pick-up points and let us take care of the rest. Once we have all our guests we will set off from the city and journey to our first major destination.
Our first place of visit is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (meaning assembly fields), an area of great cultural, natural, and geological significance. This is where the Icelandic nation was born when the first parliament of the nation was established gathering thousands of Vikings every year to meet, settle disputes, and make and amend law. The parliament formed in 930, was established here and was run as an open-air assembly until 1798 , making it the longest-running parliament in the world. Thingvellir is seen as a sacred place by most natives, a place of incredible stepping stone in their history.
The geological features that have shaped the land at Thingvellir are every bit as remarkable as the historical events that took place there. The Thingvellir fields are situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are breaking apart from each other at an annual average rate of 2 cm. As a result, the area is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift called Almannagjá. An atmospheric walking path runs through the dramatic crevice leading guests along the fault and in the footsteps of the Vikings.
In 2004, Thingvellir was listed on UNESCO‘s World Heritage List for its geological uniqueness and historical significance.
After the exploration in Thingvellir, we made our way to the Geysir Geothermal area. The site is a remarkable formation of nature where hot groundwater reaches the surface as bubbling hot water or mysterious steam. The name comes from the original geyser, called Geysir, which has given its name to all geysers in the world. Geysir's activity has calmed down but his younger partner Strokkur is extremely energetic and erupts hot water and steam up to 20 meters in the air, every 5 to 10 minutes. Magnificent colors and various geothermal features of great interest are within the area that can easily be found by following the small walking path. At Geysir, you will have the opportunity and time to get lunch and even stock up on souvenirs and local products.
The next place of interest is the Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss, translated as the Golden Waterfall, is a large waterfall that drops a stunning 32m over two stages, into a 70-meter-deep canyon. It is fed from the white river, Hvítá, which originates from Iceland’s 2nd biggest glacier, Langjökull. The area is intertwined with a mixture of history and myth surrounding plans to build a hydroelectric dam that ultimately fell through due to the efforts of one girl and her protests to preserve nature. Well-maintained paths help you explore the stunning landscape around the waterfall from different levels and angles.
Kerið volcanic crater is our last stop before relaxation in the Blue Lagoon. Kerið is one of many crater lakes located in this area. It became a popular destination due to its vivid red lava rock that contrasts with the aquamarine waters created by the mineral composition in the surrounding soil. The crater was formed some 3000 years ago when the previous volcanic cone collapsed within its magma chamber after a powerful eruption.
We end the day at the rightfully famous Blue Lagoon, where you'll enjoy 2 hours experience of bathing, admiring, and relaxing in the geothermal waters. The Blue Lagoon, known in Icelandic as Bláa Lónið, is a geothermal spa/resort located on the volcanic Reykjanes peninsula. The lagoon itself has been hailed as being one of the modern wonders of the world due to its water's unique quality and healing powers and for its surreal and beautiful surroundings. Sitting on a fairy-tale-like black lava field, the warm Turkish blue waters of the Blue Lagoon seem out of this world. The lagoon is, in fact, wastewater from the nearby geothermal station, Svartsengi, and it's full of dissolved minerals mixed with seawater. Svartsengi power plant drills for hot groundwater and supplies nearby towns with hot water for central heating. The presence of the geothermal power plant gives the whole location a surreal feeling, something you would expect to find in a sci-fi movie rather than in Icelandic nature.
Please note that admission ticket is NOT included and requires pre-booking personally. We also run a Small Group Golden Circle Tour with an Admission ticket included which makes the booking process easier and problem-free.
After your geothermal experience, we start to head back to Reykjavík which is an estimated 45 min drive.
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