Haukadalur

Haukadalur: Our most recommended tours and activities

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Sky Lagoon Tour

1. 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.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

2. 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.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Guided Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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!

From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Haukadalur

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 203 reviews

Fabulous experience, schedule, and guides. Do note that the guides and company can make changes to the itinerary (we stayed overnight in a different town), and that you’re not necessarily with the same group on both days (they mix and match days in order to create the multi-day packages). All of the sites were extraordinary and we had just the right amount of time at each one. I can’t believe how much we saw in just two days! Loved it and have recommended it to friends!

A great combination of activities with a wonderful driver and guide - very knowledgeable and informative commentary about each of the sites (he didn’t tell us his name or wear a name tag so regret that I can’t recommend him specifically!). Sufficient time at each stop for viewing and short walks - it didn’t feel rushed. The Sky Lagoon geothermal and 7-step ritual was a great way to relax and warm up at the end of a rainy and cool day.

The whole experience was amazing, our tour guide was David and he was excellent at explaining things and took us on ‘why not’ stops which were extra than what’s on the tour! The sky lagoon at the end of the day was very relaxing

Even on a stormy day our tour guide made this experience fun and the sky lagoon was a perfect ending to the day!

Great tour with Oli, a friendly, funny and very knowledgeable guide.