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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 11-hour Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, and Blue Lagoon tour from Reykjavik
  • Walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit Gulfoss Waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area, and the lake-filled Kerid crater
  • Bathe in the warm turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon (own expense)
  • Learn about Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and natural wonders from a guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, and Kerid admission fee included
  • Small group of 19 travelers or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With stops at Kerið Crater Lake and the Blue Lagoon, this trip goes beyond the usual Golden Circle route.
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off in the Reykjavik capital area
Free Wi-Fi on bus
Entrance fees to the Blue Lagoon
Bathing suit
Towel
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that Nicetravel offers free pickup and drop off from hotels within Reykjavik. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest bus stop. After receiving your pickup information, we will notify you of your exact pick up location.
If you do not require hotel pickup, you can meet the tour at Nicetravel office in Fiskislóð 45M, 101 Reykjavik. Please notify Nicetravel directly if you intend to use this option and be there before 08:30.
Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00, so please be ready from 8:30 at your pickup location and look out for a bus with NICE travel logos.


Ports

  • Skarfabakki Harbout


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Begin your full-day tour with pickup from your hotel in the Reykjavik area between 830am and 9am. Meet your guide and small group of no more than 19, and settle inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

Then, set out into Iceland’s stark countryside on your 11-hour tour. On route, listen to intriguing facts about the country, hearing about its history, geology, and culture from your guide.

Head into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle sights. Learn how it lies within a belt of volcanic activity, and is home to the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia face each other over a valley. Walk between the plates as you hear how they are gradually moving further apart, and savor the experience of straddling the two continents.

Take a detour from the Golden Circle to visit the Kerid (Kerið) crater, a 3,000-year-old crater filled with a lake. Peer into the 180-foot (55-meter) deep hollow, and admire the magical-looking blue lake cradled by the red- and green-colored slopes.

Visit the Geysir geothermal area, exploring the surreal-looking landscapes on foot. View the bubbling ponds and steam vents, and see the Geysir and Strokkur geysers, the latter shooting water up to 98 feet (30 meters) every five to 10 minutes.

Stop at the Gulfoss Waterfall, taking in this beautiful 105-foot (32-meter) fall, and then continue to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by lava-sculpted countryside.

Head inside (own expense, with pre-booking of your admission ticket required) and change into your bathing suit. Then, enjoy a long soak in the warm, therapeutic waters, lying back in the steam and admiring the lava fields as you bathe.

After about two hours here, your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off in Reykjavik.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Head to Thingvellir National Park, where you learn about how it lies within a volcanically active area. It's also home to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Straddle two continents while you walk between the plates.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Laugarvatn
Laugarvatn sits next to a beautiful lake of the same name in a geothermally active area. The plumes of super-heated vapor billowing into the air in this area are used by the locals to bake rye bread in the ground!
Stop At:  
Geysir
Next, visit the surreal Geysir geothermal area on foot, stopping at bubbling ponds, steam vents, and Geysir and Strokkur geysers. Stick around long enough to watch the Strokkur geyser erupt (around every 10 minutes), spurting a column of water up to 98 foot (30 meters) in the air
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
The next destination is Gullfoss – the Golden Waterfall, where the waters of the mighty Hvíta (white) river are swept into a 70 meters deep canyon.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Reykholt
Small town with lots of Greenhouses
Stop At:  
Kerid Crater
After enjoyable hike around falls hop back on the bus for the journey to the lake-filled, 3,000-year-old Kerid crater. Stop to marvel at its magical-looking lake and colorful slopes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Reykjanes Peninsula
A drive through Reykjanes Peninsula admiring vast lava fields, cone volcanoes and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean before we arrive in the Blue Lagoon.
Stop At:  
Blue Lagoon
Last but not least is visit at iconic Blue Lagoon. Choose to head inside the lagoon spa (own expense) if you’ve pre-booked admission. Enjoy a soak in the steamy waters while admiring surrounding lava fields.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that admission tickets to the Blue Lagoon are not included and must be pre-booked seperately. After booking the tour, you will receive a message with further information on how to book the Blue Lagoon tickets. If you have any problem with this then please let us know as soon as possible and not later than 48 before your tour departure. The tour arrives at the Blue Lagoon at 5pm / 17:00 so Blue Lagoon tickets should be booked for that time.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nicetravel ehf

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

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  • "There are a lot of people here so keep that in mind." See review
  • "its a full day out but lots of stops and finished in the blue lagoon but great value for money , you see some dramatic scenery, Recommended" See review

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Amazing tour!
Margo_B
, Sep 2021
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide was very personable! He shared some many interesting bits of info re: Iceland and the spots we visited. I highly recommend this tour!!
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must do tour
Ayman_B
, Sep 2021
I enjoyed the tour and all stops. our guide Magnus had great information to share and helped everyone to enjoy it
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It was a really nice tour...
Dalma_M
, Sep 2021
It was a really nice tour of Golden circle, Kerid volcano and Blue lagoon thanks tó our guide, Magnus. We not only seen these places, but our guide also told as a little bit of history, geology and let us see a little bit also the in the life of an icelandic people. Thank You for the experience.
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Amazing tour with amazing guide!
Keaton_R
, Sep 2021
Fantastic tour, largely thanks to our incredible guide Addi. I’ve been on quite a few tours traveling around and he was certainly the best. This is a full day jam packed with stops (as long as everyone gets back in the bus on time). We got to see some of the most popular sites in Iceland and there is plenty of variety to keep you interested. The bus was in good shape and clean, giving you enough space without being too packed in. It’s 2 x 1 seating, so if you’re a couple or solo traveler you can sit accordingly. Overall, very memorable day and I highly suggest it for anyone looking to make the most out of a day trip in Reykjavik!
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Incredible sights with a great guide
Dominika_K
, Sep 2021
Fantastic trip, the real must see of Iceland. Our guide Benedict was so knowledgeable and had plenty of interesting stories. I'd definitely recommend it 😊 thank you!
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Perfect Day Trip
Kerry_H
, Aug 2021
Each stop was unique. This tour represents some of the best features of Iceland. The last stop at the Blue Lagoon was perfect. I highly recommend this tour. Also our tour guide was exceptionally good.
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Great day!
Sandra_b
, Aug 2021
Blue Lagoon is heaven on earth. Our guide was terrific! Long day but worth every minute. A must trip while in Iceland.
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Great day
Larrynussbaum1
, Aug 2021
The guide, Christina, made the tour extra special.Christina made the tout excellent A great tour guide
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Such a fantastic and beautiful day trip.
Gurn_G
, Aug 2021
Egill the guide was great. So funny and helpful. The rank in which we visited the places was very good. Walking destinations first and then ending with a relaxation in Blue Lagoon.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear guest, thank you very much for your kind words, great to hear you enjoyed your tour with us in a fun and relaxing manner.
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Great day tour in Iceland
Rhiannon_Z
, Aug 2021
Excellent value and we had a great tour guide who was clearly passionate about Iceland. I felt that we had adequate time at each location and I appreciated the detailed info he gave us everywhere we went, including when to meet back at the van and where it would be. The small size group was great.
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