Experience a series of remarkable and diverse sites in the Southwest of Iceland.
On our Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour you will experience a series of remarkable and diverse sites in the Southwest of Iceland.
Start the day with a leisurely swim in the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest natural geothermal pools in Iceland, nestled amongst bubbling hot springs and a small erupting geyser. Steam rises from the surrounding geothermal area as you relax in the warm mineral-rich water, which holds at 38-40*C year-round.
Then we embark upon the quintessential Icelandic tour to the Geysir geothermal area in the Haukadalur valley, where the Strokkur fountain geyser spouts water high into the air every few minutes, before visiting the majestic “Golden Waterfall” of Gullfoss, considered by many to be Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall.
Then onward to the historic geological wonder Þingvellir National Park, which is not only the seat of the world’s oldest still-functioning parliament (where the Icelandic Alþingi first convened in 930 AD) but is considered the best place on earth to view the geologic meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, pulling apart year by year.
Join us for a day that balances relaxation with exploration.
Geysir geothermal area
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in a geothermally active region of western Iceland. It is the first geyser that was ever mentioned in print and as a result the first geyser than many people would have ever heard of. As a result of this the english word ‘geyser’ is actually derived from the name ‘Geysir.
Geysir is believed to have been active for around 10,000 years and while it is unable to erupt of its own power currently its sister geyser Strokkur still erupts quite frequently.
Known as the “Golden Falls”, Gullfoss is a large waterfall in western Iceland that is fed by the Hvítá river (or white river) and drops a staggering 32 meters over three stages. As you approach the waterfall you cannot immediately see the bottom of the falls leaving you with a visual of water seemingly running into a large void into the earth.
Thanks to its stunning visuals and intriguing past the Gullfoss waterfall has become an incredibly popular tourist attraction.
Þingvellir national park (also known as Thingvellir national park) is an area of great cultural, natural and geological significance.
The two main attractions here that draw people to the location is the fact that Þingvellir is the location of the world's first parliament as well as the place where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia are slowly drifting apart from each other. The parliament that was formed here is known as the Alþingi and it still operates today although they have moved the main operations to Reykjavik. Meetings were held here though between 930 and 1798.
The Secret Lagoon is a geothermal hot spring located in the town of Fluðir. Compared to many other lagoons in the area such as Fontana spa or the Blue lagoon, The secret lagoon has seen little in the way of development and maintains much of its original aesthetic.
The name Secret lagoon is relatively new to the area as its original Icelandic name was Gamla Laugin which when translated comes out as “The old pool” and this name is dipped in history as locals have been using this lagoon for many years as a popular bathing spot.
Kerið volcanic crater is a crater lake that is technically characterized as being in the south of Iceland. It became a focal point for tourist activity thanks to the contrast of its blue waters and red lava rock surroundings.
It was once believed that Kerið was a volcanic crater created after a large explosion but study of the area showed no evidence of any explosions of the required magnitude had occurred here. Current theories state that Kerið was in fact itself a volcano that emptied its magma reserves and collapsed in on itself.
The first step to this great combo tour is our fast and efficient pick up service. We will come to pick you up you from either, one of the hotels in the centre of Reykjavik or from one of the many pick up spots dotted across the city. Once everyone is accounted for we will begin our drive towards our first stop, The Secret Lagoon.
Originally known as Gamla Laugin (the old pool), this hot spot in the town of Fludir is relatively untouched compared to other lagoons in the area. What this spot lacks in development however, it more than makes up for with its scenery and ambience. There is nothing in the world quite like letting all your worries melt away in these hot waters whilst also feeling the history of the generations of people who have done so before you.
Following on from your trip to one geothermal marvel we then take you to another, Geysir geothermal area. The area is named after the “Great Geysir” a large geyser in the area that interestingly is one of the first of its kind to be mentioned in texts. As a result the Great Geysir is actually the origin of the English word Geyser. Sadly due to its age Geysir is no longer able to erupt of its own volition but luckily there is still activity here to be seen and Geysirs sister hot spring Strokkur still erupts frequently. There is also a large visitors centre here and a great spot for you to buy some lunch.
Leading on from Geysir we will then travel to our next destination which will be Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. Gullfoss is a huge waterfall that drops around 32 meters over two different stages. It is fed from the white river which originates from Iceland’s 2nd biggest glacier, Langjökull. The waterfall got its name due to a unique mineral composition that causes a shimmering effect as the water drops.
As our trip winds down to an end we journey back in the direction of the city, but we have one more stop to dazzle you with before we are done.
Last but not least comes Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This is the site where the world's first parliament was formed when the old Viking group leaders decided to join together on a yearly basis to discuss their country. This area is also notable as being the location where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are separating from each other.
Once we have enriched your mind, body and soul with these these fantastic examples of both Icelandic culture and nature we will drive back to the city to wrap up the day.
The duration of the tour is 8 to 9 hours
There is no food included on this tour but there will be stops where you are able to purchase food
For those who want to start their tour a little later in the day why not consider the "Golden Circle Afternoon" tour that does all of the stops (minus the lagoon) but leaves later in the morning. Or for those who want a full day Golden Circle option without the stop at the lagoon then look no further than our "Grand Golden Circle" tour!
We even have a small group option that will take you along the Golden Circle route whilst also making additional stops via our "Iceland Intro: Golden Circle" Premium minibus tour.
Make sure to note down your pickup times and Departure Times. Pick up can take up to 30 minutes starting from the time on your ticket. Please wait at your hotel / guest house in this time span. We collect our guests with several mini buses, so please be aware that you may need to change busses at a meeting point before the tour begins!
Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon
Your swimsuit and towel
Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
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