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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full Day Tour

1. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full Day Tour

Take yourself on the Golden Circle Classic, a full-day tour that brings you close to some of Iceland's most beautiful natural sites. This popular excursion introduces you to some of the best known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland, all with the commentary of a knowledgeable guide. Begin with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in the year 930 AD. Þingvellir is geologically remarkable and the tectonic plate boundaries form a breathtaking scenery. Then head to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss and walk toward the edge to feel the mist of the glacial water on your face. From there, journey toward the geothermal area around the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, before traveling back to Reykjavik. 

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

2. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall with this group day trip from Reykjavík. Go to a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring. After your pick-up in Reykjavik, head to the first stop at Þingvellir National Park. Visit this park where the first parliament of Iceland was established. Walk from Europe to North-American, as the park is between continental tectonic plates.  Continue to the the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5-8 minutes. Drive to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. See the Langjökull glacier, if it is a clear day. Admire the Icelandic use of geothermal energy at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Stroll through the greenhouse and purchase a nice meal at the farm. Enjoy a swim through steaming 38-40° Celsius water at the Secret Lagoon. Take in the natural surroundings as you bask in the relaxing water. 

Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Waterfalls Small Group Tour

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Waterfalls Small Group Tour

Get back to nature and discover the icons of the Golden Circle on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Enter historic Þingvellir National Park, where the national parliament was founded in 930 A.D. Discover where the tectonic plates of two continents are in constant movement.  Make a quick stop at Laugarvatn village and at Efstidalur farm to get a glimpse of the local life of the area. Then, head to the Strokkur geyser which erupts every five minutes at Geysir geothermal area. Feel the power of Gullfoss waterfalls where the water coming from the Langjökull glacier flows incessantly in all its glory. Stop for lunch at the Friðheimar tomato farm. After lunch, admire the astonishing Kerið crater which is over three thousand years old. Hear amazing stories from the centuries, and discover a variety of geothermal landscapes along the way. 

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

Embark on a trip around the beloved Golden Circle, a must-see area you cannot miss during your time in Iceland. Enjoy three stops on the classic route and some staff favorites as extra stops. Visit Kerid Crater (entry included) and stop for lunch at the Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Head to the Thingvellir National Park first. Learn the history behind this park and get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. Next, visit the Laugarvatn geothermal area. Discover the original geyser, Geysir, and its little brother, Strokkur, which is still active today and erupts every 5-8 minutes. Set up your cameras and catch this spectacular activity. Then, see Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, and spot the Langjökull glacier on the horizon if it’s sunny enough. Stop at Fridheimar Tomato Farm just in time for lunch (not included). Learn about the use of local geothermal energy and experience how this process works. Before the end of the trip, visit another secret staff favorite: the Kerid volcanic crater in the Grímsnes area. Marvel at the caldera that’s 55-meters deep and 270-meters wide. At the bottom, find an amazing aquamarine blue lake.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle & River Rafting Tour

5. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & River Rafting Tour

Enjoy convenient travel with pick-up and drop-off service from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Meet your expert guide and set off on your Icelandic adventure. This thrilling trip will take you to the historical Viking heartlands of Thingvellir, home of Iceland’s first parliament and where you can see the wonders of continental drift. At Thingvellir, you’ll see for yourself how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are ripping apart, leaving behind gigantic cracks in the Earth’s surface. Meaning you’ll have a unique opportunity to stand on two continents at the same time. Your next stop on your Golden Circle & River Rafting tour brings you to Geysir. In this geothermal wonderland, you’ll see cascades of superheated water and vapor spouting high into the air every few minutes. Geysir’s name comes from the Old Norse word for “gush”. It’s now the name given to erupting hot springs all over the world. At Geysir, you’ll feel the dynamic forces of nature that shape the “Land of Fire and Ice”. Next comes Gullfoss, the “Golden Falls”, a two-stage waterfall that thunders more than 30 meters down into a narrow canyon, fed by millions of gallons of glacial meltwater from Langjokull. It’s another sensational stop on your Golden Circle tour, and if it’s a sunny day, you might find yourself wrapped in rainbows. The grand finale of the tour comes next – this is your chance to take an awe-inspiring river raft ride down the Hvita (White) River from Gullfoss. You’ll step onboard sturdy rafts, floating and paddling your way downstream for 4 miles along the Bruarhlod Canyon.There’ll be some adrenaline-fueled fast-flowing rapids to get your heart pumping too. Of course, we’ll provide all the kit and safety equipment you need.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Iceland Self-Driving Audio Tour

6. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Iceland Self-Driving Audio Tour

Encounter heroes, villains, and magic with this self-guided tour of Iceland starting at Reykjavik. Using the app as an audio guide you’ll visit beautiful natural locations such as a waterfall, geothermal baths, and an erupting geyser – all seeped in the country’s vibrant history of might and magic. Start at the capital city of Reykjavik and drive out into the island’s rural splendor, while learning about the original inhabitants of Iceland and how they confronted the Vikings’ arrival. Become familiar with famous mythological figures like Odin, Thor, and Loki. The first major landmark you’ll reach is Helgufoss, a short hike leading to a sparkling waterfall. At the same time, learning about Icelandic culture – from Nobel Prize winners to poetry to dancing, and more!  Next, you’ll travel to Vinaskógur, known as the “friendship forest”, where many world leaders and dignitaries have visited to plant a tree. From there it’s on to Thingvellir National Park, featuring gorgeous hikes, great fishing, and snorkeling opportunities – and the enormous waterfall Oxararfoss. Continuing on, you’ll learn about the Aurora Borealis, the facts, and the fiction it has inspired. The geothermal baths provide a welcome, peaceful soak if you need a break from the drive. Next up are some of Iceland’s top attractions: a huge geyser that you’re almost guaranteed to see erupt, Gullfoss, a towering waterfall reaching over 100 feet in height, and the Secret Lagoon, Iceland’s oldest natural pool, followed by a unique greenhouse restaurant! Your route takes you next to Skálhol, an important religious center dating all the way back to the year 1106 and then past the unique Sólheimar Ecovillage. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Kerid Crater and learn about the wild volcanic history of Iceland. The tour concludes beyond this crater, just outside Reykjavik.

Golden Circle and Fontana Wellness Tour from Reykjavik

7. Golden Circle and Fontana Wellness Tour from Reykjavik

Depart Reykjavik for a full-day coach tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle and experience the geothermal wilderness up-close. Depart the city center and drive to the Geysir Geothermal Area to see springs of spouting spring water and the most active geyser Iceland at Strokkur. Continue to Gullfoss to stand next to an amazing waterfall. Watch the vast quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. Encounter a cross-section of Iceland's natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park. Then, go to the natural steam baths at Fontana. Originally built in the 1920s, Fontana was little more than a shack with 2 compartments built above the hot spring that bubbles and gurgles below ground. Today, a modern complex invites you to relax in various hot tubs and steam baths that are naturally heated by hot springs. Enjoy some traditional rye bread baked in hot springs before the return transfer to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Trip

8. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Trip

Drive through the beautiful landscape of the southern part of Iceland and stop at all the main sights, and even some extra stops on this full day tour of the Golden Circle.  On the morning of your tour, you will make several stops. On your way from Reykjavík to you will drive through the beautiful lava fields and geothermal area before making your first stop in the town of Hveragerði to see an earthquake exhibition. Your next stop will be at the picturesque Faxi waterfall before heading to the most popular waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss.  Enjoy lunch at the Geysir geothermal area, where you can also take some time to walk around and see the hot spring erupt. The last stop of your day will be at the Þingvellir National Park. Both a UNESCO heritage site and the site of the tv show Game of Thrones, the park is full of amazing views. You will then head back to Reykjavík to end your day tour of the Golden Circle.

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What people are saying about Laugarvatn

Bjorn the guide was informative, interesting and passionate about his Country which Impressed me. Most of all he made my disabled 82 year old mother in a wheelchair tick off another item on her bucket list by being very compassionate and helpful , couldn’t recommend him enough Thankyou

Our guide was very great, overall the entire trip was beautiful and I really enjoyed that instead of very quick stops the guide let us go out and explore on our own for almost an hour and just met back at the bus!

The get your guide golden circle tour was an excellent trip, with drama and made made better by our host on Grey Line coach number seven, packed with lots of information. highly recommended!

Very friendly tourguide, all the tour on time and we could see everything we wanted.

our tour guide Gumi was incredible. thank you so much.