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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Guided Tour & Secret Lagoon

1. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Guided Tour & Secret Lagoon

Experience Iceland’s Golden Circle on a relaxed bus tour from Reykjavik. Explore the Thingvellir national park, admire the Gullfoss waterfall, and view the Strokkur geyser. Relax the Viking way in the warm waters of a natural hot spring. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Take in the countryside on the scenic drive to Thingvellir, the site of the world’s first parliament, which met outdoors annually from 930 AD until 1798. Head to one of Europe’s largest waterfalls and Iceland’s pride, the beautiful Gullfoss. Next, in the geothermal fields of Haukadalur you’ll be able to stand close to the erupting Strokkur geyser. Make your way to the popular geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon, Soak in the warm relaxing waters while admiring views of of the countryside. Have the option of purchasing a drink while you soak. Return to your accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of your tour.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour & Snorkeling with Free Photos

2. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour & Snorkeling with Free Photos

How about starting the day with snorkeling in Silfra, a freshwater fissure known to be one of the best diving spots in the world and then drive around beautiful Iceland? Then try The Snorkeling and Golden Circle tour. You can choose whether you snorkel in a wetsuit or drysuit. The difference is in a wetsuit you can dive underneath the surface and explore more of the wonders of Silfra, a freshwater fissure around 60 meters deep. You will not need any experience in diving nor snorkeling. After snorkeling, you will be taken on the Golden Circle tour, which is the most popular tourist route in Iceland. Start at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir, where Althing was established around 930. Þingvellir is where Europe and America meet. You will also visit the geothermal active valley Haukadalur where the hot spring geysers Geysir and Strokkur are, as well as the waterfall Gullfoss and the volcano crater Kerið. All the guides are locals and Icelandic nature has been their playground for years.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle & River Rafting Tour

3. 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.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Depart Reykjavik to experience the geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. See boiling water spout from the earth at the great geysers of Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur Valley. Experience the dramatic cascades of Gullfoss waterfall, fed by the glacial waters of the Hvítá River. Get different views of the impressive water as it plunges into a 32-meter deep crevice. Reconnect with nature in Þingvellir National Park, and discover where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart. Return to Reykjavík for a few hours at leisure before your evening Northern Lights tour. Head back out after dark to look for the dancing lights in the night sky. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

Golden Circle Tour and Caving in Leidarendi Lava Tunnel

5. Golden Circle Tour and Caving in Leidarendi Lava Tunnel

Combining caving and the Golden Circle tour in Iceland gives you a unique experience of the Icelandic nature. See the wonders of the Icelandic nature while driving through the countryside and exploring the underworld wonders of the Icelandic lava fields by visiting the cave, Leiðarendi.  Leiðarendi is a 900-meter long lava tube offering unique rock formations, such as stalactites and shelves. Some light crawling may be required yet Leiðarendi cave has rather easy access to the underworld of Iceland. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular tourist route in Iceland. Start your tour at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir, where Althing, was established around 930 and at Þingvellir the two continents, Europe and America, meet. Also visit the geothermal active valley Haukadalur where among others the hot spring geysers Geysir and Strokkur are and check out the waterfall Gullfoss.

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What people are saying about Haukadalur

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Date of tour: March 10th 2022 I was attracted to this small group tour because it starts a little later (10 a.m) than the myriad others on offer. And good job I did! This later start means that most of the crowds had moved on. Gummi owns the company himself and is a brilliant guide - an absolute mine of information. The tour rounds off with a visit to the secret lagoon (more authentic and less crowded than the blue lagoon). When next in Iceland I’ll be using the same company - I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Ian our guide was so informative about everything to do with Iceland. Excellent personality and went above and beyond to make sure everyone had an excellent experience. Also as our cruise had to change the itinerary at last notice the company changed everything to accommodate us without us even having to get in touch. So professional and efficient. We would definitely book again with them.

Golden circle is a classic Iceland tour so I recommend it to anyone who’s visiting for the first time. Our guide Ian taught us so much about the history and culture of Iceland. The views were amazing...it had snowed heavily a few days before so some parts were icy but it was still beautiful! We also had the secret lagoon added in which was a perfect way to end the tour

I really enjoyed the tour guided by Ian. He was very informative about Iceland and it’s history. Everything we saw and experienced was spectacular: landscapes, geysers, waterfall, lagoon etc. Small group on a minibus was very comfortable. 10/10

Daytime part of the trip was amazing. The guides we're great - really friendly, knowledgeable and their English was great. Sadly the Northern lights were a "no show", but we had a fantastic day. Would absolutely recommend.