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Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

1. Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

Take part in a unique baking experience in the heart of the Golden Circle, the most popular route in Iceland. Take a stroll around the geothermal area and learn about the history of this baking technique. Witness firsthand how the dark rye dough is prepared and then buried in the warm ground with a lively 30-minute demonstration. Discover how the slow cooking of 24 hours gives the bread its memorable taste. Get to sample a fresh batch of lava bread, placed in the ground the day before. Geothermal bathing is also offered at Laugarvatn Fontana, however, tickets for bathing must be booked separately.

Laugarvatn: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Entry Ticket

2. Laugarvatn: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Entry Ticket

Entrance to the geothermal baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will complete your experience of the Golden Circle and enhance the tradition by locals, to bathe in the steam and hot water streaming endlessly from the ground. Enjoy admission to the geothermal baths, natural steam baths, and the use of shower and changing rooms with lockers. Shampoo, conditioner, creams, and cotton pads are available in locker rooms free of charge.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Friðheimar, & Sky Lagoon Day Trip

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Friðheimar, & Sky Lagoon Day Trip

This tour begins with our free pickup service in central Reykjavík. We head out of the city to begin our day in the wonderful Icelandic countryside. Kerið is a volcanic crater formed after an enormous eruption over 1000 years ago. Enjoy the view along the crater top walkway or descend the steps to the lake below. Great photo opportunities are to be found from each vantage point. TFriðheimar farm is a geothermally heated greenhouse and horse farm. Here you will meet the tiny icelandic horse and see a horse show demonstration of their unique gaits. Next up you will be taken on a tour of the greenhouse where tomatoes and cucumbers are produced to an impressive scale. Explore Geysir geothermal park, home of the eponymous Geysir, though it is its younger sister Strokkur that now erupts regularly. You will have time to witness several eruptions as it erupts every 7-10 minutes or so. Take a leisurely walk around an see other bubbling pools with the distinctive sulfur smell lingering heavily in the air. Just a short drive from Geysir, lies the immensely powerful waterfall, Gullfoss. This waterfall lies on the Hvitá river which itself is fed by meltwater from Langjökull glacier to the north. Here you are met first by the water mist from the falls before you even see them. Take the walking path down to the falls or stay to the higher path for a bird´s eye view. There is no wrong choice here. Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here Icelanders met in an ancient parliament assembly, the longest continuous assembly is the world, though now located in Reykjavík. But perhaps more significantly here one can visibly see the continental rift between the american and euroasian tectonic plates, a rift increasing in size by the year. Walk between the continents! We visit one of Iceland´s most beloved geothermal lagoon, Sky Lagoon. Your Pure Pass tickets gives you access to both the lagoon itself with it´s awe-inspiring infinity poolwith breathtaking sea views as well as the complete 7-step Ritual Experience. This includes one of the world´s most stunning sauna with floor to ceiling sea view, body scrub, cold plunge pool and steam bath. Please note that the order of stops can change for logistical reasons. Sometimes we might start the day at Sky Lagoon.

Reykjavik: Experience Iceland's Golden Circle

4. Reykjavik: Experience Iceland's Golden Circle

Discover Iceland’s wild natural beauty on a guided tour of the Golden Circle. Travel on the 300km loop from Reykjavík and explore highlights, including the Kerið Volcano Crater, Thingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Board the minibus in central Reykjavik and begin your adventure across Iceland's Golden Circle. Arrive at Thingvellir National Park and admire its rugged natural beauty and spectacular views of the North Atlantic divergent ridge. Stop at the family-owned Fríðheimar Farm, where the family has been growing tomatoes and cucumbers since 1995. Continue to the stables to meet Icelandic horses and even pet them. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense) at the greenhouse, where you can purchase local products on the menu. Witness the magnificent Gullfoss Falls, considered the most outstanding of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. Marvel at the powerful cascades as they crash into the Gullfossgjúfur canyon and capture breathtaking photos of nature at work. Next, make your way to Kerið, a striking crater lake filled with milky blue-green water and surrounded by black and red slopes. Trace the volcanic origins of this serene crater lake and discover how volcanic activity shaped the region. Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Iceland on a guided tour curated by GetYourGuide. Enjoy in-depth commentary from your guide as you discover the rugged landscapes and spectacular natural features of the iconic Golden Circle.

Krauma Geothermal Baths Entrance Ticket

5. Krauma Geothermal Baths Entrance Ticket

Treat yourself with entrance to the geothermal baths at Krauma, where multiple outdoor pools are heated by the Deildartunguhver hot spring. Soak in the warm waters as you admire spectacular views of the natural surroundings. Make your way to the baths to begin your relaxing experience. You’ll have access to six baths – five warm and one cold – as well as two steam rooms. There are outdoor showers and a relaxation room, where guests can lie back and enjoy a warm fire. Bathrobes are available to rent, and the dressing rooms provide shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, and hair dryers. Feeling hungry? The onsite restaurant serves Icelandic dishes (available at your own expense), made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Tomato Farm and Kerið Crater Tour

6. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Tomato Farm and Kerið Crater Tour

Get back to nature and discover the icons of the Golden Circle on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Enter historic Thingcelli National Park, where the national parliament was founded in 930 A.D. Discover where the tectonic plates of two continents are in constant movement.  Make a quick stop at Efstidalur Farm to get a glimpse of the local life of the area. Then, head to the Strokkur geyser, which erupts every five minutes at Geysir geothermal area. Feel the power of Gullfoss waterfalls, where the water coming from the Langjökull glacier flows incessantly in all its glory. Stop for lunch at the Friðheimar tomato farm. After lunch, admire the astonishing Kerið crater, which is over three thousand years old. Hear amazing stories from the centuries, and discover a variety of geothermal landscapes along the way. 

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

7. Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will travel west to the historic area of Borgarfjörður, a region that can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. First, visit the charming Glanni Waterfall and Deildartunguhver Geothermal Area. Afterward, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls spread at a distance of around 900 meters. The waters flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that was formed around 1,000 years ago during a massive eruption of a volcano lying under a Langjökull glacier. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland, and just a few meters away, you will find another interesting waterfall.  The highlight of the tour is a visit to a colorful Vidgelmir lava cave. Just shy of 1,600 meters in length, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize just how powerful eruptions of volcanoes can be. Lastly, visit the Reykholt historic site where you can learn about the history of Iceland and see Snorralaug, small hot spring used by local people since the 12th century. This place was first mentioned in medieval writings OF Snorri Sturluson, the famous Icelandic poet, and politician who used to bathe there.

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

8. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Full-Day Tour

9. Reykjavik: The Golden Circle Full-Day Tour

Travel safely and comfortably from Reykjavik to the Golden Circle on a day tour to some of Iceland’s most stunning sights. Start the journey with a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat, which Iceland has in abundance. Meet the Unique Icelandic Horse at the stables in Friðheimar Greenhouse. Next up is the Geysir Hot Spring area where Strokkur Geyser shoots water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in an impressive display of nature’s forces. The colorful landscapes, bubbling mud pools, and steaming geysers make this a truly memorable experience. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 ft.) deep. Here you are given the opportunity to stand next to the majestic waterfall and perhaps even feel its spray of water on your skin. The tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle, Friðheimar & Lagoon Day Tour

10. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle, Friðheimar & Lagoon Day Tour

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss Waterfall on a day trip from Reykjavík. Visit a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring, entry tickets included. Experience all the natural phenomena of the golden circle in one day. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the parliament was established in 930 A.D. Soak in the history and unique views as you walk between North American and European tectonic plates. Then it’s time to hit the road again to the Langjökull Geyser. This geyser has been inactive for some time, but Strokkur (right next to it) erupts every 5-8 minutes, so be camera-ready. Continue the journey to the Golden Waterfall. Located in the canyon of Hvítá, the waterfall plummets down into a 32-meter-deep crevice. From the parking area, it's also possible to walk all the way down to the falls (10-minute walk). Later, head to Friðheimar Tomato Farm for lunch (costs not included). It has ample supplies of geothermal water that provide heat to the greenhouses where they grow tomatoes. Walk around the greenhouse and taste their famous tomato soup. The last stop is the Secret Lagoon, the oldest natural swimming pool in Iceland. Heated with geothermal energy, the pool is a natural resource of warm water coming from the hot springs. It’s a perfect way to end this tour, relaxing in warm water while enjoying the endless nature views.

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It was a very exclusive tour. Our guide Omar also took us to lesser-known places like the Glanni Waterfall 😍 and told us a lot about the history of Iceland. The canyon baths as a highlight with Mr. Ragnason as your guide are simply wellness for the soul.

The tour guide Leroy was exceptional. They explained about Icelandic culture and the sites we went to see with enthusiasm and answered any questions fully. I don't think it could have been any better, but then again I have nothing to compare it to.

Learned a lot about the process of geothermal baking and some of the history and culture of Iceland. Our tour guide is very funny and entertaining. No dull moment. Bread was also delicious I could stop coming back to eat it.

It was a really great experience, especially the tour through the lava cave with Raven was breathtaking! The knowledge of our guide Omar also contributed to the experience! I would book the tour again and again!

The thermal baths were amazing. I enjoyed going in the lake and then back into the sauna and steam bath.