Unforgettable 11-Hour Private Golden Circle with Blue Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

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Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
11 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
All year
Minimum age
None

Description

Explore the many wonders of Iceland's most popular tourist route before ending the day in a relaxing geothermal spa in this unforgettable private Golden Circle with Blue Lagoon tour from Reykjavik. This 11-hour adventure is an excellent choice for travelers looking for a mix of breathtaking landscapes, geothermal attractions, and cultural heritage.

Your thrilling day of discovery begins when a friendly local guide picks you up from your Reykjavik hotel. You'll be riding a comfortable vehicle that will take you to different attractions throughout the day.

The first stop for the day is the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park showcases some of the best in Iceland's nature, history, and geology. Covering an area of approximately 36,000 hectares, Thingvellir is situated in a rift valley formed by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Besides the geological wonders, Thingvellir National Park is also home to Iceland's first parliament, the Althing, established in 930 AD. 

Your next stop is Bruarfoss waterfall, about 22 miles (36 kilometers) from Thingvellir National Park. Compared to other waterfalls in Iceland, the Bruarfoss waterfall is small, measuring only around 10 feet (three meters) in height. However, the waterfall's vibrant blue color and pristine natural surroundings more than make up for what it lacks in size.

As you reach the secluded area where this hidden jewel lies, you'll see its majestic water flowing and tumbling over the rocks and realize why it's called "Iceland's bluest waterfall."

Next, your guide will take you to the Geysir geothermal area in the Haukadalur Valley, home to numerous hot springs, fumaroles, and geysers. As you explore the area, you'll be treated to a landscape full of vibrant colors, bubbling mud pots, and steaming vents.

However, the stars of the Geysir geothermal area are the Great Geysir and Strokkur. The Great Geysir is known for its sporadic eruptions of scalding hot water and steam, which can shoot up to impressive heights of 230 feet (70 meters) or more into the air. However, the Great Geysir's activity has become less frequent over time.

On the other hand, Strokkur is famous for its reliable and frequent eruptions. Strokkur erupts with remarkable regularity approximately every five to 10 minutes and can reach heights of 50 to 66 feet (15 to 20 meters) into the air.

After an amazing time at the Geysir geothermal area, the guide will take you to one of Iceland's most iconic and celebrated waterfalls: Gullfoss. The Gullfoss waterfall became famous for its dramatic setting and the sheer force of the water rushing over its edge. 

It also features two impressive tiers. The first cascade drops 36 feet (11 meters) while the second plummets 69 feet (21 meters), creating a thunderous roar throughout the canyon. During sunny days, you'll see the mist from the cascading water catching the sunlight, producing vivid rainbows.

After your stop at the Gullfoss waterfall, your guide will take you to the Kerid crater. The crater features a stunning turquoise lake within the caldera, creating a striking contrast against the rugged volcanic rock. 

Formed approximately 6,500 years ago during a volcanic eruption, the Kerid crater measures about 885 feet (270 meters) in diameter and around 180 feet (55 meters) deep, making it one of the smaller volcanic craters in Iceland. Be sure to take time to appreciate its beautiful lake, with colors that range from azure blue to emerald green, depending on the sunlight's angle.

The tour’s second-to-last stop is the charming town of Hveragerdi. You’ll find various botanical areas surrounding the town. It also boasts hiking trails, museums, and a camping ground.

Interestingly, Hveragerdi is also called the "Hot Spring Town," being home to a geothermal park featuring the area's volcanic activity. You'll see steaming vents, bubbling mud pots, and colorful mineral deposits while exploring the park's winding trails.

The tour's final attraction is the famous Blue Lagoon, where you can relax your mind and body after an unforgettable day. The Blue Lagoon features milky blue waters heated naturally by geothermal energy. The waters are rich in minerals like silica, sulfur, and algae, which are renowned for their skin-healing properties.

Enjoy the surrounding volcanic scenery as you relax in the geothermal pool. Also, take advantage of the free face mask made of silica mud right beside the pool. After a re-energizing time at the Blue Lagoon, your guide will take you back to your Reykjavik accommodation.

Don't miss this chance to discover Iceland's natural beauty and rich historical heritage in this 11-hour private Golden Circle adventure. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Break for food/meal

Activities

Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Transfers

What to bring

Weather-appropriate clothes
Sturdy shoes
Camera and tripod
Extra clothes for swimming

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