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This day is a combination of Iceland's most famous sites, conveniently paired to allow you to experience more. See unique natural formations, such as geysers, waterfalls, lakes, lava fields, craters and more topped with an ultimate bathing experience in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon at the end of the day.
Visit Thingvellir National Park, a historic landmark and the place where the Icelandic Commonwealth was founded. Take a chance to visit the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic Divergent Ridge. See eruptions of up to 20-meter high at Geysir geothermal area, made by Strokkur, which erupts every three to four minutes. Pass by the dormant Geysir and make a stop for lunch.
Next view Gullfoss waterfall, considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. Then, travel to Kerið volcanic crater, a striking crater lake filled with bright blue-green water and surrounded by stark black and deep-red slopes.
End the day at the Blue Lagoon, where you'll enjoy bathing in the relaxing geothermal waters before heading back to Reykjavík.
Our day tour to the Golden Circle begins with our fast and efficient pick up service. You simply need to wait at your hotel or at one of the designated pick up points and let us take care of the rest. Once we have all our guests we will set off from the city and journey to our first major destination.
Our first place of visit is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (meaning assembly fields), an area of great cultural, natural and geological significance. This is where the Icelandic nation was born when the first parliament of the nation was established gathering thousands of vikings each and every year to meet, settle disputes, make and amend law. The parliament formed in 930, was established here and was run as an open air assembly until 1789 , making it the longest running parliament in the world. Thingvellir is seen as a sacred place by most natives, a place of incredible stepping stone in their history.
The geological features which have shaped the land at Thingvellir are every bit as remarkable as the historical events which took place there. The Thingvellir fields are situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are breaking apart from each other at a annual average rate of 2 cm. As a result, the area is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds and rivers, including the great rift called Almannagjá. An atmospheric walking path runs through the dramatic crevice leading guests along the fault and in the footsteps of the vikings.
In 2004, Thingvellir was listed on UNESCO‘s World Heritage List for its geological the uniqueness and historical significance.
After the exploration in Thingvellir we make our way to the Geysir Geothermal area. The site is a remarkable formation of nature where hot groundwater reaches surface as bubbling hot water or mysterious steam. The name comes from the original geyser, called Geysir, that has given it's name to all geysers in the world. Geysir's activity has calmed down but his younger partner Strokkur is extremely energetic and erupts hot water and steam up to 20 meters in the air, every 5 to 10 minuets. Magnificent colours and various geothermal features of great interests are within the area that can easily be found be following the small walking path. At Geysir you will have the opportunity and time to get lunch and even stock up with souvenirs and local products.
The next place of interest is Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss, translated as the Golden waterfall, is a large waterfall that drops a stunning 32m over two stages, into a 70 meter deep canyon. It is fed from the white river, Hvítá, which originates from Iceland’s 2nd biggest glacier, Langjökull. The area is intertwined with a mixture of history and myth surrounding plans to build a hydroelectric dam that ultimately fell through due to the efforts of one girl and her protests to preserve the nature. Well maintained paths help you explore the stunning landscape around the waterfall from different levels and angles.
Kerið volcanic crater is our last stop before relaxation in the Blue Lagoon. Kerið is one of many crater lakes located in this area. It became a popular destination due to it's vivid red lava rock that contrast with the aquamarine waters created by the mineral composition in the surrounding soil. The crater was formed some 6500 years ago when the previous volcanic cone collapsed within it's own magna chamber after a powerful eruption.
We end the day at the rightfully famous Blue Lagoon, where you'll enjoy 2 hours experience of bathing, admiring and relaxing in the geothermal waters. The Blue lagoon, known in Icelandic as Bláa Lónið, is a geothermal spa/resort located on volcanic Reykjanes peninsula. The lagoon itself has been hailed as being one of the modern wonders of the world due to it's waters unique quality and healing powers and for it's surreal and beautiful surroundings. Sitting on a fairy-tale like black lava-field, the warm Turkish blue waters of the Blue Lagoon seem like out of this world. The lagoon is, in fact, waste-water from the nearby geothermal station, Svartsengi, and it's full of dissolved minerals mixed with seawater. Svartsengi power plant drills for hot groundwater and supplies nearby towns with hot water for central heating. The presence to the geothermal power plant gives the whole location a surreal feeling, somewhat you would expect finding in a sci-fi movie rather than in Icelandic nature.
Please note that admission ticket is NOT included and requires pre booking personally. We do also run a Small Group Golden Circle Tour with Admission ticket included which makes the booking process more easy and problem free.
After your geothermal experience we start to head back to Reykjavík which is an estimated 45 min drive.
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