During this trip, you’ll have the opportunity to see the best that Iceland offers and have some “me time” in a hot spring resort. On this one-day tour, we’ll spend time on the famous Golden Circle – the route full of exciting natural attractions. Spend your day exploring waterfalls, geysers, and one of the most famous national parks in Iceland, and later award yourself with a few hours bathing in hot springs.
Those who are fascinated by Iceland and its impressive scenery know that Golden Circle is a go-to tour when you want to experience the most the country has to offer in just 9 hours. We'll also finish our trip with a little treat – a trip to Hvammsvík Hot Springs, another essential thing to try out when visiting Iceland.
We’ll start the day with Kerid Crater and its lake, followed by the astonishing Gullfoss waterfall, dropping at 32 meters high. Next in our plan is Geysir Hot Springs and Strokkur – a very active geyser, erupting every 3-8 minutes. After we’re done with our water-based amusements, we’ll head to Thingvellir National Park, where the border of two tectonic plates is. Before we head out to our last attraction, we’ll make a quick stop at Thorufoss waterfall. Hvammsvík Hot Springs is where we’ll get our strengths back by soaking in hot springs surrounded by Icelandic nature.
Pack your bags and get ready for a day full of unforgettable adventures!
We'll start our journey at "The Eye of The World" or Kerid Crater. This volcanic crater formed 3000 years ago is 55 meters deep with a stunning lake in its center. Many visitors are mesmerized by this attraction because of its colorful landscape.
Once we're done admiring the Kerid crater, we'll head out for our next stop – Gullfoss waterfall.
Gullfoss waterfall, also called "Golden Falls," is a two-tiered waterfall located at Hvítá river canyon in southwest Iceland. This wonder, 32 meters high, with an average water flow of 109 m3/s, is known as the most famous waterfall in the country.
Curious to know why it's referred to as "Golden Falls"? The secret lies in the fact that the water that flows through Gullfoss comes from Langjökull glacier. These waters have sediments from the earth, so it becomes gold-colored when the sun sheds light on the water.
After Gullfoss, we'll head out to another "watery" attraction – Geysir Hot Spring Area, or "The Great Geysir." Once active for 10,000 years, spitting out spectacular 60-80 meters of heated water, in 1916, it became inactive. The last time the Geysir erupted was in 2016.
The good news is that the area of Haukadalur valley is full of hot springs. One of them is Strokkur – an active geyser that erupts every 3-8 minutes, streaming water as high as 35 meters.
During our trip, we'll reach Thingvellir National Park, which is historically and environmentally crucial to Iceland. In 2004, the park made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
What makes this area so impressive is its beautiful environment and rich history and the fact that it's the only place in the world where two tectonic plates (Eurasian and North American) meet. We'll spend our time here walking around the park and admiring its scenery.
One more stop before going to Hvammsvik Hot Springs is Thorufoss waterfall. The waterfall, which is 18 meters high and 30 meters wide, comes from the river Laxá í Kjó. Perhaps because of this raw, untouched, and a bit dramatic landscape, this was the place where some of the episodes of the television series "Game Of Thrones" were filmed.
Our last stop will be at Hvammsvík Nature Resort & Hot Spring. Here, we'll have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the scenery from one of the eight hot springs. How hot are the springs? The temperature depends on the temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean, usually worrying from 10°C to 42°C. The resort is quiet, surrounded by Icelandic nature, black beaches, and mountains.
We remind you to take your swimsuit and towel to enjoy the hot springs.
Hvammsvík will be our last stop, after which we'll head back to Reykjavik.
The pickup time is stated on your voucher and therefore we recommend you to review your voucher carefully. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated as you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the right pick up time that you chose when booking the tour. Wait for your guide at your assigned pick up location. Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you. View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Alcohol is prohibited on all of our tours before and during activities. If we find the participant to be intoxicated, we will prohibit them from taking part in the activity. After the activities of the day are finished then you are more than welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do have a tour into Langjökull Ice Cave that has no minimum age and it is a fantastic option for the whole family. As a Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, enjoyable tour for a family traveling with young children, these guys have an enormous success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime). If you want to explore parts of Icelandic Highlands than we have our magnificent Landmannalaugar Safari tour that also offers you to bathe in natural hot springs. Almost all of our jeep tours are suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. Then we also have a relaxing experience that we highly recommend, our Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We have four different categories that help participants to get a better understanding of what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. All of our tours are rated to make it easier for you to find a tour that suits you. For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.