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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

1. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

We travelled in a mini bus that holds 19 but we only had 16. Nicole from Nice Tours was our driver guide & she was not only very informative but she also sang & was very funny. There are few tours that I have seen that cover the Silver Circle & I am glad we picked this one. The countryside was beautiful & we were lucky to have a mostly sunny day. Hraunfossar Falls is absolutely stunning. The small restaurant there served us great Sweet potato soup & they have other foods to choose from but not a great variety. I wasn't too impressed by Deildartunguhver but everything else was interesting. This tour had at the end a choice of either going to the Canyon Baths or a Lava cave. We chose Husafell Canyon Baths and Ollie was our great guide for that part. It is remote & peaceful & a down hill walk to get to them. Also, there is a limit to the amount of people that are allowed in at a time so it was just us. This was an awesome tour & if you get Nicole as your guide you will be very happy.

It was a wonderful experience. Our guide Eyþór was very knowledgeable and regaled us with stories and songs. Barnafoss was stunning, the canyon baths were quite a treat after lots of walking and the many interesting stops along the way made for an enjoyable day.

Even with crazy winds and occasional rain this was an exceptional tour. Mika (Michael) was an incredible guide. His knowledge of Iceland was vast and he was super friendly. He took the time to answer any questions and was a fun tour guide.

Everything went fine. Our guide Ismael was very friendly and told a lot about Iceland, nature and the sights. The places we visited were beautiful. Everything went well with pick-up and return. We can highly recommend this tour.

The Canyon Baths are amazing, unlike any other hot pots/pools in Iceland.