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Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore some of Iceland’s most popular natural wonders in a day on this convenient, guided tour from Reykjavik. With your group, visit Thingvellir National Park, see the sprouting Geysir, and witness the thundering Gullfoss waterfall. Finish your day with a dip in a geothermal natural hot spring, a relaxing activity in every type of weather.
  • See some of Iceland’s most popular attractions in a day
  • Take a dip in a geothermal hot spring
  • Includes hassle-free, round-trip transportation
  • Stress-free package ideal for first-time visitors
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Local guide
In Bus audio guide in 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)
On board free WiFi
USB charger available in every seat
Air-conditioned vehicle
Swimsuit & Towel
Food and drinks
Headphones / earbuds for the on-board audio guide (please bring your own; or, they are available for purchase on site)
Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.

Departure Point

Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland

The tour will start from Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik. Please be there at least 15 minutes before your chosen departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your tour with pickup from your Reykjavik hotel or at a centrally located meeting point. Meet your local guide and settle into the comfortable air-conditioned bus for the journey to Thingvellir. Set in a dramatic rift valley between cliffs, where the American and Eurasian continents meet, Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and original setting of Iceland's parliament, the oldest in the world. Enjoy ample time to explore the area.

Head next for the world-famous Strokkur Geysir and admire its hot water shooting into the air every few minutes. Afterward, drive on to the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall where water plunges in two stages into a 105-foot (32-meter) crevice.

Finally, enjoy entrance to the Secret Lagoon. Don't forget your swimsuit and towel so that you can enjoy the relaxing waters of the natural hot spring.

Take advantage of the bus' free WiFi to upload and share photos on the way back to Reykjavik, then finish with a drop-off back at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
During our first stop we retrace the footsteps of ancient Vikings by visiting the Þingvellir National Park. In 930 AD the country's first natonal assembly was established there by Iceland's early settlers. Þingvellir is also where the American and Eurasian continental plates are dramatically pulling apart at an annual rate of 2 cm. It’s also where the country's largest natural lake is to be found, Þingvallavatn
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Strokkur
From there we move on to see the world famous Geysir – where the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
From there we visit the dramatic Gullfoss Waterfall, a breathtaking sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels into a deep narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin
The last stop on our tour, and the most relaxing, is the Secret Lagoon. Whatever the weather it's the perfect spot for relaxing in between sightseeing and enjoying Icelandic nature at its very best. Indeed, the geothermal hot water is a hidden treat that Icelanders have been enjoying for generations! Around the Secret Lagoon, you find several hot spots. A path has been built so you can have a closer look at the bubbling hot springs and a little Geysir even erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests bathing in the hot spring.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress according to weather: In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended
  • It is recommended that you bring your own headphones for the on board audio guide simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones or forgot to bring them, earphones are available to purchase on board (own expense)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Because of traffic limitations, customers staying in postcode 101 might have to make their way to the closest pick-up spot. Your hotel receptionist can help you find out which one that is. If you are staying in a private accommodation, please contact the local supplier
  • Please note: pickup is not available from Airbnb or private housing. Please contact the operator for information information on the nearest pick up location to your accommodation
  • Audio-guide languages available: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sightseeing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon 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
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon from Reykjavik.

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  • "This part of the trip should be missed out at this time of year as it is a totally waste of time when you can't see anything and is dangerous." See review

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star-5
Excellent
amanda1808
, Feb 2020
This tour was great! You get to see and learn a lot for such a little price. The secret lagoon was relaxing and not crowded at all. We had plenty of time at each stop. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Absolutely recommend this tour!
star-3
Excellent but a little disapponted
Chip21EO
, Jan 2019
We were picked up for this trip at 0730hrs for a 8am start. At this time of year it is dark. We travelled to our first destination at thingvellir national park. Still totally dark when we arrived..there was nothing to see as it was too dark,we were advised not to go too far as it was dangerous in the dark. This part of the trip should be missed out at this time of year as it is a totally waste of time when you can't see anything and is dangerous. Even the visitor centre was closed.At the venue for the Geysir our guide said it was across the road from the car park but was not specific...we wasted 20 mins waiting for a hot spring to erupt..to no avail...we had been directed to the wrong place...guide didn't follow, he stayed on the bus or cafe..eventually we saw what we came for but by now were a bit despondent...gullfoss and secret lagoon were fab.
star-1
SCAMMED!!!
NorthStar291332
, Dec 2018
The tour company contacted us a day before the tour commenced to advise our tour was cancelled - no explanation was offered. Instead we were advised to contact them - the issue with this was that the provided phone number did not work. The cancellation email advised we could have a full refund or be booked on the same tour at 8am - we emailed to say we would take the 8am option but received no reply. We wasted so much time trying to contact them to no avail - in the end we went to the tourist info centre and explained the issue. Even the tourist info centre had difficulties contacting them, but eventually manged to reach them. By this time it was 5pm and we were very concerned as the tour was meant to go the next day. The tourist info centre spoke to them and said the original tour was cancelled due to an issue with the bus, but she clearly didn't believe this and told us that she thought they had cancelled our trip because of not enough customers and the excuse was very lame. So now to the tour itself - what a joke when we arrived at the national park at 8.45am it was pitch black, there was literally NOTHING to see as it is dark until 10am in Iceland in December. We were the only tour group there as obviously no reputable provider would take guests out this early. We were taken to a viewing platform with NOTHING to see and told this is a magnificent view were the colours of the lake meet - what a joke the guide was using a flashlight for us to follow him. It also became clear the later tour we originally booked had been cancelled due to lack of passengers as the bus was only a quarter full, so this was pure greed!!!! AVOID booking this unless you want to be stressed out, scammed and see nothing of the natural beauty of Iceland.
star-1
Viator Sucks!
mar0se
, Nov 2018
My daughter and I missed this excursion because the tour company said Viator did not confirm. We have to book another company through the hotel to save the day. I will NEVER again book through Viator. The company said we should follow-up the refund through Viator, but after several emails, still no reply from Viator.
star-5
Brilliant day, amazing scenery, can...
red212
, Jan 2018
Brilliant day, amazing scenery, can highly recommend!!!! As was only in Reykjavik for 2 days this tour covered a lot in one day, really made our trip... celebrated my birthday in style drinking prosseco in a geothermal pool in Iceland... priceless!
star-5
Nice trip to the Pingvellir the...
r.beerthuijzen
, Jan 2018
Nice trip to the Pingvellir the geysir Strokkur and Gullfoss waterfall, at Pingvellir we walk through the tectonic plates in the dark, we got in the bus and we are going to Strokkur geysir en saw it erupt several times, than to the Gullfoss waterfall what a great view of a half frozen half running waterfall. It was very cold outside because of the strong winds. The last place to go was the hidden lagoon where it was real hot in the water. This was a very nice trip.
star-4
Content of the tour was ok but a lot...
arna
, Nov 2017
Content of the tour was ok but a lot was delivered via prerecordered content on a tablet. The locations were stunning but the stops not well organised, we spent a lot of time waiting for people who got lost! Waited outside hotel from 7 30, not picked up until 816. Secret lagoon totally worth it, definitely glad we went.
star-4
This tour was great and enjoyable...
Carly S
, Nov 2017
This tour was great and enjoyable! However, we weren’t warned about how slippery the walkboard at the waterfall was - I slipped and fell and bruised myself. I also think that we should have had some tea/coffee/ snacks provided since our tour was 10hr and there was only 1 food stop which was expensive.
star-4
Great experience .Able to see...
Climaco A
, Nov 2017
Great experience .Able to see amazing views in Iceland and relax after long day trip in secret lagoon ..just be careful for people with Blood pressure issues as water is really warm to hot .
star-5
I took the Golden Circle and Secret...
Megan L
, Aug 2017
I took the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon with this company and it was truly the highlight of my visit to Iceland. The bus was new and comfortable and our guide was so funny and knowledgeable. In every seat there was also an informative audio guide available in many different languages. There was also a USB charger in every seat, which came in handy when my phone ran out of battery. We stopped in the national park where our guide went out of his way to show us a hidden historic place and then we made an extra stop for a homemade Icecream and to see the young calfs at a local farm. After I had the best ice cream in my life we went to see the geysers and then to the waterfall of Gullfoss. My highlight of this tour was definitely the bath in the Secret Lagoon. This tour operator arrives at the lagoon before the other tours so I almost had the lagoon for myself! I can't praise the lagoon enough it's is so unique. Just about when I came up from the lagoon another bus from the same company picked me up and drove me to Reykjavík. The guide on that bus was a young woman who helped me plan the rest of my stay and recommended bars and resturants in Reykjavík, which lived up to expectation. She also made an extra stop on the way back to pet icelandic wild horses, they are so cute! All in all this a great tour with a great company, both my guides and the drivers were super friendly and the sights are amazing. Would recommend to everyone!

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