Nature and relaxation combine on this small group Golden Circle tour!
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Our Premium Golden Circle & Sky Lagoon tour is the perfect way to experience the the most iconic and popular of all the day tours in Iceland while rewarding yourself with a luxurious dip in Iceland´s newest spa. On this tour you will join a small group of other travelers and see Thingvellir National park, Geysir Geothermal Area, Kerið Volcanic Crater and Gullfoss waterfall, striking and unique stops that demonstrate how tectonic activity and glacial erosion has shaped the landscape of the region.
For that premium touch, we add a stop at Friðheimar Farm where we are introduced to the unique gaits of the Icelandic horse, as well as tour the geothermal greenhouse and taste the delicious tomatos grown there. All stops on the tour are easily accessible to all.
After we return to the capital, we have one more magical stop at Sky Lagoon where you can rest and reflect on your day and the beauty of the landscapes you have seen.
This tour by minibus provides a more comfortable and personal experience. Join us and enjoy all that this magnificent route has to offer.
Your tour begins with our fast and efficient pickup service. We provide direct pickup from a long list of designated locations dotted around the capital region. We aim to finish pickup promptly in order to devote the rest of our time together getting to know the sites and wonders of the Golden Circle. Your pickup fee is included in your ticket.
Estimated to be around 6500 years old, the Kerið volcanic crater is an impressive sight to behold. The remarkably intact caldera measures 170 meters in diameter and is 55m deep. At the base of the crater is an aquamarine blue lake.
Visitors to Kerið can study this natural phenomenon from the rim or else descend towards water level via a wooden staircase. Either way, one can´t help but be impressed by the grand scale of Kerið.
In recent years a small entrance fee has been introduced in order to maintain and protect the site. This entrance fee is included in your tour price.
At Friðheimar farm you will be introduced to two very Icelandic things; the diminuative Icelandic horse, and the way in which local horticulture is aided by geothermal energy.
First on the agenda is a visit to the stables to see the horses in actions at the horse show. Known for their small stature, strength, and good spirits, your hosts will demonstrate the five unique gaits for which this horse breed is renowned.
At the greenhouse, see how Icelanders have harnessed green energy to produce vegetables which would otherwise find it impossible to florish in the often harse local climate. Here powerful sun lamps ensure vital local production. Your guide will outlined the processes involved in an engaging and informative way.
Afterward, you will sample the fruits of these labors before you enjoy a leisurely lunch at your reserved table. Please note that lunch is not covered in your tour price.
Gullfoss is one of Iceland´s most powerful waterfalls and certainly it´s most visited. Gullfoss translates to English as the Golden Falls although no one knows for sure the reason for this name. One story goes that a wealthy local farmer named Gýgur threw his gold into the falls rather than have anyone enjoy it after his own death. Another explanation could be the hue of the light seen at the falls in sunshine.
The falls are on the river Hvitá which is fed by meltwater from Langjökull glacier, siktuated to the north. Gullfoss is this more powerfall in summer due to higher temperatures. Upto 140 cubic meters of water fall per second pass at that time of year.
The falls can be enjoyed from several viewing platforms or from a trail leading alongside the falls.
One of the attractions most assosicated with our country, no visit to Iceland is complte without a stop at Geysir in Haukadalur valley. The very name for this type of geological marvel derives from the Icelandic word. Geysir is Icelandic becomes geyser in English.
The original Geysir itself no longer erupts regularly. It is believed that it was damaged by human explotiation when locals threw a type of soap into the chasm to encourage eruptions on demand. Soap acts to lower the surface tension on the water thereby making it easier for the water to boil and erupt. But it is believed that the build up of soap deep below the surface blocked the the Geysir.
But fear now as the nearby Strokkur Geysir erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. The surface water bubbles and boils for several minutes, building suspence for the wathing visitors. You will have plenty of time here to enjoy several eruptions.
Our next stop is at UNESCO world heritage site, Thingvellir National park. This national park is imprtant in an geological sense as well as a historical and cultural sense.
Thingvellir sits in the rift valley that marks the boundary between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continental drift is clearly visible here with the plates drifting apart by up to 2cm every year, resulting in a dramatic and unique landscape. A canyon called Almannagjá sits between the plates, allowing visitors to stroll leisurely back and forth between the two continents.
The Thingvellir was also the first site of the Icelandic Althingi or parliament, which happens to be oldest continuous parliament in the world. Here the descendants of the first settlers formed a general assembly to settle disputes and make laws. The parliament was located here until 1798 at which point the Althingi was relocated to Reykjavík.
Sky Lagoon is a new geothermal spa located at the tip of a quiet peninsula just outside central Reykjavík. Sky Lagoon is a popular alternative to the Blue Lagoon with a lower capacity for a more relaxed and exclusive experience.
Follow the 7 step Ritual Experience included in your Pure Pass ticket. The Ritual takes you on a journey through the various pools, saunas and steam rooms that the Sky lagoon has to offer.
After your time at Sky Lagoon, you will take the short trip back to the center and are dropped to your preferred drop off location.
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This was an excellent tour, our guide "HBO" did a wonderful job of telling us interesting facts and information about each location and the icelandic culture. This tour hits the famous Golden Circle spots, plus 3 additional most popular destinations, the crater, farm and sky lagoon. It's a long day packed full, but ending at the Sky Lagoon is a perfect way to soak it all in. The weather wasn't too kind to us, so bring or wear waterproof clothing so you can make the most of it, despite the rain, we still really enjoyed the experience.
Amazing tour, lots of amazing views and it was overall a great experience. Especially with having Devin (I hope I got the spelling right!) as our tour guide. He is a very funny, friendly Arizona native with great Icelandic pronunciation skills! Would definitely recommend, would definitely book again!
My boyfriend and I signed up for the Golden Circle tour and were assigned Denis as our tour guide. He was so friendly and helpful. The tour itself was breathtaking like nothing we had ever seen. After satisfaction with this tour we booked the South Coast tour for a couple days later and got Denis again!! Due to a bus breakdown our small tour ended up being a bigger tour, but to compensate for that Denis was able to get us on a Northern Lights tour (with him again) later that night, our last night of the trip AND WE SAW THE LIGHTS!! Overall very pleased with all of the tours from this company!
A long day, lots of driving which cannot be helped. The driver knew his stuff, was funny. Coach was great and all the attractions were brilliant. Cant recommend highly enough.
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