Volcano crater, Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir and Iceland's renowned Blue Lagoon
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The small group Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon day tour is the ultimate treat, as it covers the most iconic attractions in Iceland, with an admission ticket to the world-famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon. Hop on our fully-equipped, premium minibus, led by one of our experienced driver guides, we are going on an exciting day trip to see the most beautiful scenery Iceland has to offer, starting with the major highlights on the Golden Circle Route.
Iceland is special because of places like Thingvellir National Park, a historic and geological location that is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Alþingi, the first parliament in the world was established here in 930 AD. One of the most unique experiences Thingvellir has to offer is the opportunity to see and walk between two continents.
Next up is the Geysir Geothermal Area, as geothermal powers are especially active in this region propelling steamy hot springs up to the sky.
Then we will stop by the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, a unique, beautiful fall that attracts admirers from all over the world.
Then we will head to the Kerið volcanic crater lake, where we can see the striking contrasts between maroon, black, and mossy green colors down the slope, and turquoise water filled the crater. This marks our Golden Circle tour complete as it covers all major, popular attractions.
The last highlight of the day is getting to enjoy the therapeutic geothermal water at the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavik.
The guided tour starts with our fast and efficient pick-up service, where we will come to pick you up from either one of the hotels in the center of Reykjavik or one of the designated pick-up stops across the city. With everyone on board our comfortable minibus we will then depart from the capital, and begin our exciting road trip with an experienced, knowledgeable driver tour guide.
About 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik you will find Thingvellir National Park, a location that holds both geological and cultural significance, which became a UNESCO heritage site in 2004.
Thingvellir is home to the exposed section of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the divergent rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which means you will be standing in between two continents, right here, in Iceland. The Öxarárfoss waterfall cuts through the ridge with a beautiful drop from 13 meters (42.65 ft) high up, which you will visit as you walk down the path.
The world’s first parliament was established in Iceland, right here in Thingvellir, in 930 A.D. While you are at the viewpoint of Hakið, enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic view of the entire area. The Þingvellir Church was consecrated in 1859, with a simple, elegant appearance, which adds a historic, cultural atmosphere to the natural landscapes. The Almannagjá fissure is close by, with clear glacial water running down deep of the lava walls. The water originated from Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjökull, which has passed through the porous lava fields beneath.
Your driver guide will pick you up further along the Rift Valley.
An active geothermal region, the Geysir area is an hour-drive away with many features to see. Steam vents, bubbling pits, warm ponds, with varied colors, and the greatest highlight of the area, the Strokkur geyser erupting every 5-10 minutes up to 20 meters (65.62 ft) high in the sky, a natural spectacle indeed. And the Great Geysir is a quiet, blue depth of water nearby. A visitor center is right next to the area with shops and several lunch options.
Safety is important, so a reminder to visitors to only walk along the path, as the steamy pits and sizzling water is boiling at extremely high temperatures underneath your feet.
The next highlight of the Golden Circle Route is the astonishing Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the “Golden Waterfalls,” a magnificent, wide drop that first runs down 11 meters (36 ft), then 21 meters (68 ft), roaring to the depth of the canyon, with cliffs rising to 70 meters (230 ft). You will feel its forceful presence when you approach the waterfall and admire the stunning visuals and intriguing history. Gullfoss’s river is fed by the Hvítá river, or white river, originating from the Langjökull glacier.
The remarkable crater lake, Kerið, is yet another popular attraction on Iceland’s Golden Circle Route, famous for its greenish lake water and colorful crater appearances on the slopes. Kerid crater was formed around 3000 years ago during a volcanic eruption during which the volcanic chamber collapsed onto itself, after the burning magma depleted. Its shape is a perfect inverted cone, and a pathway was built for visitors to see the site. A bonus fun fact is that the Kerid crater has been a popular concert venue for many years!
After our visit to all the major points of interest in the Golden Circle of Iceland is complete, we head to the Blue Lagoon, or ‘Bláa Lónið’ in Icelandic. The wonder is famous for it’s milky blue water that’s rich in silica, algae, salt, and other minerals with great healing benefits to the skin such as preventing premature aging.
A fulfilling adventure to explore the beautifully designed surroundings, sometimes you can even see the Northern Lights in winter’s sky at the Blue Lagoon. Since the opening of the lagoon area in 1987, the Blue Lagoon’s therapeutic reputation has traveled the globe, attracting millions of visitors.
Your admission ticket is included in this full-day tour to Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon, all you need to do is to pack your swimsuit for the relaxing soak. After approximately 2 hours in the geothermal spa, we will head back to Reykjavik, which takes about 45 minutes to drive.
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We did this tour and felt that we had really seen and experienced the best of Iceland. Everything was perfectly timed to experience every stop without feeling rushed, yet you never felt like you were sitting around waiting, either. All the stops were unique and stunning--truly once in a lifetime sights. And to top it off, our guide, who went by HBO (because he said his real name was too long...lol) was amazing! He was so personable and knowledgeable, along with having a great sense of humor. He gave us insights into Iceland's history, culture, day-to-day life, and even introduced us to some great music. Not only do we highly recommend this tour, but you should ask for HBO as your guide!
This was the best full day excursion to see some of the most iconic parts of Iceland. Everything was timed perfectly so there was no rushing but also no idle waiting around. And we can't say enough wonderful things about our guide, HBO (he said his full name one time and then smiled and said to call him HBO...Lol). He was just so personable and knowledgeable! We enjoyed all the 8nfirmation he shared with us, not just about the sights but about Iceland as a while and what life is like in this beautiful country. We HIGHLY recommend this tour and that you try to get HBO as your guide!
If I could, I would have gave this tour 6 stars because of how good our guide (Hjortur) was ! It was an incredible experience, and the blue lagoon was a wonderful ending ! Thanks again !
Tom was great, funny informative and entertaining, We didn't have the best weather but it was still beautiful and ending with the relaxing blue lagoon was a good way to finish a full day.
The 11 hours during tour was flown before we knew it thanks to our guide TOM, a real “Icelander” . He told us stories and information in such a funny and playful way that nobody lost any attention.. Tom was also very helpful and concerned. This tour wouldn’t be the same without Tom and thanks to This we fell in love with Iceland. Liese and Els from Belgium
Tom was an excellent guide who showed us through the interesting spots and entertained us with insightful background information during the bus rides. Well organized with a relaxing end at blue lagoon. Highly recommended.
The best of Iceland in one day! Special thanks to our wonderful tour guide Tom. He is very knowledgable and funny. We´ll come back.
Our Tour on 4 December 2021 was great. Special thanks to mister Hausser, our driver / guide! Great day, Super Whether. The tours gives you a nice small overview of al te best of Iceland. The visit to the blue lagoon is very nice but should take longer ;-)
The Golden Circle tour was excellent, our driver/guide Sigi-Anton was brilliant and it was so nice to see some of this beautiful country in a small group. It was just such a lovely day and the sights we visited were magnificent.
The bus trip was great. The driver Tom was very entertaining, insightful and helpful.
The trip was amazing houser (sorry spelt wrong) was amazing! Really detail trip very helpful and friendly guy!
The golden circle tour with blue lagoon was amazing. Of course the sights were fantastic but Tommy our guide was really excellent. Very welcoming and accommodating and he really went the extra mile to make this day special. He was also considerate of my elderly mother who was a bit slow. Would highly recommend the small group tour for that extra personal service.
A long day out on a coach , seeing the best sights Iceland has to offer, very interesting , a good helpful obliging driver , well worth a full day out.
Start was a bit chaotic and we had to wait for quite a while. Our guide however was very friendly, flexible and good. Looking at the whole picture the tour was a very good experience. Big thumb up for the guide.
Would highly recommend the tour. Our guide Howser was amazing. He was really passionate about Icelandic history and made the trip very interesting. As the group was smaller than usual he took us to more historic places along the way. He really made the trip 100% more interesting. I would definitely book again. The blue lagoon was a great end to the day. Howser gave us great tips on what to expect once we were in there. 5 stars plus one
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