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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

1. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Discover the raw natural beauty of the Golden Circle and the dazzling wonders of the Icelandic northern lights on this combined tour from Reykjavik. Travel in a spacious bus to Gullfoss waterfall and the Þingvellir National Park. Take a night bus tour to search for the northern lights.  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.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Sky Lagoon Tour

2. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Sky Lagoon Tour

Set off on the experience of a lifetime with this breathtaking tour of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. This is your chance to walk between continents, get up close to a gushing geyser and feel the phenomenal power of a roaring two-tier waterfall. As well as that, you’ll also visit a dazzling multi-colored volcanic crater and warm yourself in the soothing waters of the spectacular Sky Lagoon. Your memorable Golden Circle tour will begin with a short drive from the city to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir). You’ll discover a dramatic rift valley where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Here you can walk between two continents and visit the site of Iceland’s Viking parliament, which met here for a thousand years! The next stop on your journey is the Haukadalur geothermal area. The most spectacular spot is the hot spring, Geysir, which is Icelandic for “gush”. This is where you’ll find Strokkur, an “old faithful” that sends boiling water spouting high into the air every few minutes! It’s a thrilling place, where you’ll feel the raw power of nature rumbling under your feet! Gullfoss is next, a short drive further inland. This glorious waterfall thunders over two tiers into a deep ravine, powered by meltwater from the second-largest glacier in Iceland. The “Gold Falls” are a magical sight, with several viewing platforms to enjoy - look out for rainbows on sunny days! Before we return to the city, we have one more special sight to enjoy - the colorful volcanic crater at Kerið. This stunning 3000-year-old crater is streaked with red rocks, dark green mosses and a blue lake, which makes Kerið very memorable. Your Golden Circle adventure will end with an extraordinary experience - a visit to the Sky Lagoon! One of Iceland’s newest geothermal spas, you’ll enjoy a soothing soak in an incredible 250-foot-long heated infinity pool with a swim-up bar and ocean views. You’ll have the opportunity to select one of two options with different access levels - the Pure Pass or the Sky Pass.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Super Jeep and Snowmobile Tour

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Super Jeep and Snowmobile Tour

Hop aboard and sit back and enjoy the scenic route with stops at Þingvellir National Park. Explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Stop at the most beautiful waterfall in the country Gullfoss - the Golden falls. Tackle the next part of your trip in a modified super-truck that can handle the rough terrain with ease. After arriving at the glacier base camp, put on the provided snowmobile suit, gloves, balaclava and helmet for your snowmobile ride. Be shown by your guide how to safely operate a snowmobile before your one-hour excursion officially starts. Climb on the snowmobile with the second rider. Explore Langjökull glacier which is home to several enormous ice-filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Expereince the views from the flanks of Langjökull which are quite incredible. Gaze off into the distance where Eiríksjökull glacier looms, the highest mountain in west Iceland. Admire the dome-shaped Hofsjökull glacier and the Kerlingafjöll Mountain range. Return to your accommodation and take home memories home from your exhilarating adventure.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Guided Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Guided Tour

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 Day Trip with Blue Lagoon Transfer

5. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Day Trip with Blue Lagoon Transfer

Marvel at spectacular landscapes and natural wonders such as geysers, waterfalls, volcanic craters, and more on this 11-hour Golden Circle tour. Start your day with a visit to the unique Thingvellir National Park, a place of both natural wonder and historical importance. The area is a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates and you can actually take a walk between the two continents. Stop to see the Haukadalur and Strokkur geysers as well as the Great Geysir itself, which gives the others their name. Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes with a column of water that reaches heights of 20-30 meters. Next, view the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall and its grandeur as the waterfall drops 32 meters into a weathered canyon. After, take in the vista of the large Kerid volcanic crater, which is filled with aquamarine water. The 3000-year old Kerid Crater lake surrounded by red volcanic rock makes a striking picture. End the day at the Blue Lagoon (entrance not included), for a relaxing time in the geothermal waters.

Golden Circle, Kerid Crater & Hvammsvik Hot Spring

6. Golden Circle, Kerid Crater & Hvammsvik Hot Spring

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Golden Circle Route and explore four iconic attractions that showcase the natural beauty of Iceland. The first stop on this adventure is the Kerið volcanic crater, known for its dramatic red earth. With a width of 270 meters and a depth of over 55 meters, this crater is a sight to behold. What makes it even more enchanting is the lake nestled at the bottom, adding a touch of magic to the landscape. Plunge into the depths of this almost 14-meter-deep lake and immerse yourself in its beauty. Next, prepare to be amazed by the majestic Gullfoss falls. This double-drop waterfall cascades over 30 meters, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of endless sheets of spray. On sunny days, the mist from the waterfall forms gigantic rainbows that wrap around the falls, adding a touch of wonder to the experience. Continue your journey to the Haukadalur Valley, home to the famous Strokkur and Geysir. While Geysir itself is now dormant, Strokkur steals the show with its impressive eruptions. Every 5 to 10 minutes, Strokkur shoots a column of water up to 20 to 30 meters into the sky, leaving spectators in awe of its power and beauty. As you venture further, you'll arrive at Thingvellir National Park, a place of great historical and geological significance. This national treasure lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures that traverse Iceland, marking the junction of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Standing here, with your right foot in Europe and your left foot in America, you'll feel a unique connection to the Earth's geological forces. But the adventure doesn't end there. At the end of the day, the bus will take you on a scenic route towards the Whale Fjords, where you'll discover the hidden gem of Hvammsvik Hot Spring. This tranquil oasis offers the perfect fusion of geothermal water sourced from 1400 meters underground and the rejuvenating seawater from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The harmonious blend of these waters creates a steady stream that flows between pools, cascades over their edges, and eventually returns to the ocean. This natural cycle ensures exceptional water quality and cleanliness, providing you with a truly rejuvenating experience. Included in your admission is your first drink of choice, allowing you to savor the moment while taking in the breathtaking views. Additionally, towel rental is available, ensuring your comfort throughout your visit. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to explore the Golden Circle's wonders and indulge in a blissful soak in geothermal pools, all while surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Whale Fjord. It's a journey that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a renewed sense of wonder for the natural world.

From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

7. From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

Experience some highlights of the Golden Circle on this day tour and Sky Lagoon transfer leaving from Reykjavik. Go on a geothermal journey through volcanic landscapes and unique natural wonders. Visit the famous Friðheimar Tomato Farm to stop for lunch. Start the tour in Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and be immersed in the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the park. Admire the surrounding mountains and the landscape covered with moss. See the Silfra Fissure and the Oxararfoss Waterfall. Walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, visit the Geyser in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley, and witness impressive geyser activity up to 30 meters in the air every few minutes and see fumaroles and clay pots. Stop at the Golden Falls or Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls, originating from the Langjökull glacier that pours into a deep fissure created by tectonic pressure. Make another stop for a meal at the Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Choose between world-famous tomato soup, ravioli pasta, or a grilled tortilla pizza, and enjoy all you can eat of delicious homemade bread, with included water, tea, and coffee. Meet and greet the Icelandic horses on your way out, as they love attention. Finish the tour and head back to the city, and stop for some photo opportunities along the way if you have time before being dropped off at the incredible Sky Lagoon. Enjoy the included 7-step ritual and a towel at the lagoon. Spend as much time as you like at the lagoon, it is recommended to spend at least two hours. Catch a taxi or a bus back to downtown Reykjavik in time for dinner.

Golden Circle

8. Golden Circle

What awaits you History of Iceland in the Thingvellir National Park You will visit a place famous not only for stunning landscapes, but also for its ancient history — in the 10th century, the oldest parliament in the world, Althing, was founded here. It was in the national park of Thingvellir where the roads of all regions of Iceland converged. Also the most important decisions in the history of the state were made here, and the Icelandic culture was born. And the unusual landscapes of Thingvellir will amaze you with giant rifts — breaks of the earth crust, which were formed due to the divergence of the North American and Eurasian lithospheric plates at this point of the planet. Journey to the Valley of Geysers Having made a stop at the lake formed in the crater of the volcano, we will go to the valley of Haukadalur — one of the five existing geyser fields in the world. Here you will see wonderful Icelandic landscapes, surrounded by steam, and see the numerous hot springs with the purest water, among which there are the famous Great Geyser and Strokkur, throwing jets of water up to 30 meters high every 10 minutes! Then you can pay tribute to the local cuisine and taste the famous kjötsúpa (meat soup) made with Icelandic lamb. The power of the Gullfoss waterfall The culmination of the trip will be the Golden Falls — one of the most famous natural features of Iceland, which is located on a cliff of a mountain range and is formed by two cascades. After walking along the path through the water cloud, we will find ourselves on the natural observation deck of Gullfoss. Here you will have to feel all the titanic power and beauty of the elements, watching the flow of azure-blue water running with a deafening roar along the ridge and falling from a 32-meter height.

Reykjavík: Golden Circle Geological Jeep Day Trip

9. Reykjavík: Golden Circle Geological Jeep Day Trip

Combines unique geological features with a breathtaking landscapes on this Golden Circle jeep day trip from Reykjavík. Examine sights like Thingvallir National Park, the Haukadalur geothermal valley, and the Kerid volcanic crater from a geological perspective. Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Reykjavík. Sit back and enjoy the Icelandic wilderness on the drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site and oldest national park in Europe, Thingvallir National Park. Explore the unique geology of this place and gain insight into the cultural significance of this park. See the movement of continental plates and walk through Viking history. Feel the warm steam of hot springs and get splashed by Iceland's famous Geysir Stokkur as you visit the Haukadalur geothermal valley. Take a short lunch break at the Geysir Restaurant, where you can purchase a delicious meal. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall where you can witness the raw power of nature as the falls plunge into the canyon of the Hvítá river. Finally visit the Kerid volcanic crater and admire the lake that rests in this area that was formed by a huge volcanic explosion. Make your way back to your meeting point in Reykjavik in the early evening.

From Reykjavik: 2-Day South Coast Trip & Glacier Hike

10. From Reykjavik: 2-Day South Coast Trip & Glacier Hike

This thrilling two day-tour begins with a scenic drive to Þingvellir National Park. You'll see the gigantic gap between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates and learn about how the world's oldest parliament ruled Iceland from here for a thousand years! Then we'll make our way to the colorful Geysir geothermal area. You'll see fountains of boiling water shoot high into the sky every few minutes while stepping between hissing hot pots and steam vents! Our next stop is Gullfoss, where you'll see a stunning two-tier waterfall thunder more than 30 meters into a deep canyon. The roaring "Gold Falls" create sheets of spray and rainbows on sunny days, so you'll get some fantastic photos here! Then you'll see the multi-colored volcanic crater at Kerið. Covered in red earth and velvet-green mosses, with a bright blue lake, it creates a fabulous mix of colors! We'll stop for the night at Hveragerði, a tiny South Coast town famous for geothermal greenhouses and sitting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where you can stand on two continents simultaneously! The second day begins with three wonderful waterfalls, starting at Seljalandsfoss. Glacial meltwater tumbles down more than 60 meters from a volcano in a narrow ribbon of water. You can even walk through a cave to see the falls from behind! Close by is Skógafoss, another spectacular 60-meter-high cascade famous for being featured in Hollywood movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones". If it's a sunny day, you'll see rainbows here! The second day's highlight is a trip to Sólheimajokull for an unforgettable glacier hike. This easy-to-reach glacier tongue lets you see these fascinating ice formations up close! The tour ends with a visit to Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach. A photographer's dream, you'll be thrilled by the endless volcanic sands, the stunning basalt columns, the mighty Atlantic waves and the jagged sea stacks of the Reynisdrangar. The perfect end to an unforgettable trip!

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Well organized tour departing from the BSI Bus Terminal. During the day they take you to visit the geysers and the national park. Then we return to Reykjavik in the evening, a 45 minute excursion is planned. drive to see the Northern Lights returning around half past midnight leaving you at the bus stop closest to your hotel. It's a shame that the Aurora excursion was canceled in the evening due to bad weather. They allow you to recover the evening excursion within 1 year. Cover yourself well because in the evening it is very cold and the wind is freezing

We loved our trip ! Sights were amazing! So very well organised! Most importantly our driver was excellent! We learnt so much from him about the area & all the history. Thanks so much he definitely went the extra mile !

Despite the challenging weather (rain and wind) the tour was great and Addi (the guide) was entertaining and insightful. We ended at the sky lagoon, which was busy as the blue lagoon was closed due to the eruption.

Our guide David was super entertaining and it was a perfect tour. I would definitely recommend it 👌🏼☺️

Fantastic day activity. Don't get to snowmobile on a glacier often so take the opportunity.