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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

1. 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: Golden Circle, Kerið, & Fridheimar Minibus Tour

2. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerið, & Fridheimar Minibus Tour

Visit Iceland’s natural wonders on this 8-hour minibus tour accompanied by a professional guide. The Golden Circle route covers a 300km loop from Reykjavík to central Iceland and back. Visit Thingvellir, a pivotal landmark that connects all the major events in the founding of the Icelandic commonwealth. It’s also the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic divergent ridge. Stop at Fríðheimar farm, owned by the same family since 1995. The family, besides growing tomatoes and cucumbers, are passionate about horses. Enjoy a truly unique experience and meet the Icelandic horses up close on a visit to the stables. You might get a chance to pet them and maybe take a selfie! Lunch (at your own expense) will be held in the greenhouse where you will have the possibility to purchase local products on the menu after a visit of the stables. See Gullfoss, which is considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. You’ll also see Kerið, a striking crater lake filled with milky blue-green water and surrounded by stark black and deep red slopes.

Reykjavik: The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Greenhouse Tour

3. Reykjavik: The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Greenhouse 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. 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.

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

4. 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.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

5. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

Embark on a trip around the beloved Golden Circle, a must-see area you cannot miss during your time in Iceland. Enjoy three stops on the classic route and some staff favorites as extra stops. Visit Kerid Crater (entry included) and try the best tomato soup in the country at the Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Head to the Thingvellir National Park first. Learn the history behind this park and get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. Next, visit the Laugarvatn geothermal area. Discover the original geyser, Geysir, and its little brother, Strokkur, which is still active today and erupts every 5-8 minutes. Set up your cameras and catch this spectacular activity. Then, see Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, and spot the Langjökull glacier on the horizon if it’s sunny enough. Stop at Fridheimar Tomato Farm to learn about the use of local geothermal energy and experience how this process works. Before the end of the trip, visit another secret staff favorite: the Kerid volcanic crater in the Grímsnes area. Marvel at the caldera that’s 55-meters deep and 270-meters wide. At the bottom, find an amazing aquamarine blue lake.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

6. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall with this group day trip from Reykjavík. Go to a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring. After your pick-up in Reykjavik, head to the first stop at Þingvellir National Park. Visit this park where the first parliament of Iceland was established. Walk from Europe to North-American, as the park is between continental tectonic plates.  Continue to the the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5-8 minutes. Drive to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. See the Langjökull glacier, if it is a clear day. Admire the Icelandic use of geothermal energy at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Stroll through the greenhouse and try their delicious tomato soup. Enjoy a swim through steaming 38-40° Celsius water at the Secret Lagoon. Take in the natural surroundings as you bask in the relaxing water. 

Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Waterfalls Small Group Tour

7. Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Waterfalls Small Group Tour

Get back to nature and discover the icons of the Golden Circle on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Enter historic Þingvellir 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 Laugarvatn village and 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: The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Admission

8. Reykjavik: The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Admission

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir geothermal area where the Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 meters (98 feet) into the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s force. The tour continues to Gullfoss, the famous waterfall created by the river Hvítá, which plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 feet) deep. The falls flow down a wide, curved three-step staircase formation. The third stop on the Golden Circle tour is the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO-listed site is where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. At the end of your amazing day exploring nature, you'll head back to Reykjavik and from there onwards to the Blue Lagoon to soak in the warm and relaxing waters. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most famous tourist attractions and is considered by many to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Blue Lagoon offers lava and moss-filled scenery, state-of-the-art facilities, a unique atmosphere, and silica skin masks that make your skin firm, yet incredibly soft. Your ticket includes the Blue Lagoon's Comfort Package which gives you entrance to the Blue Lagoon, a silica mud mask, use of a towel, and a drink of your choice. After you've enjoyed all that the Blue Lagoon has to offer, you'll return to Reykjavík relaxed and rejuvenated.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Exclusive Tour in a Tesla

9. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Exclusive Tour in a Tesla

Journey through the heart of Iceland as you visit Kerid Lake which is set inside a 3,000-year-old caldera, where expansive views and striking blue water make for incredible photo opportunities. Next, travel to Fridheimar Greenhouse, where you´ll see the latest in the country´s horticultural engineering and enjoy some unique treats grown right on the property. Move on to Geysir, where the land has been shaped for thousands of years by the oldest recorded geyser in the world. Watch as several smaller geysers blast off every few minutes before heading to Gullfoss. Take in views of this gorgeous waterfall on the Hvita river, where 140 cubic meters of water roar over the falls every second. Stop by the Thingvellir to see where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.

From Reykjavik: Borgarfjordur Private Day Trip

10. From Reykjavik: Borgarfjordur Private Day Trip

Start with pickup from Reykjavik and discover the Borgarfjordur region. Travel with your private group, and see the natural and historic landmarks of the region.  First, stop at the Deildartunguhver hot springs. These springs have the highest flow rate in Europe, and the water measures at 97 degrees celcius. Learn how the water is used to heat the nearby towns of Borgarnes and Akranes. Next, visit Reykholt Church which has a history dating back to the 12th century.  Continue the tour by visiting the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, where water cascades down a former lava flow. Then, admire stunning panoramic views of Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Europe. Discover a variety of rock formations formed by recent volcanic eruptions throughout the tour.

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What people are saying about Reykholt

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 232 reviews

Had a great day out and can totally recommend this tour! The combination of beautiful waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, the historic sights and the huge lava cave was brilliant, and our guide, Thor, explained everything so well and I just had a very fun and interesting time.

Excellent time Just needed a railing into the baths Otherwise wonderful staff and a wonderful time

We had such a great day, tour guide Thor was brill and loved the cave. Would recommend.

Great trip - intensive but well worth it. Björn is an excellent guide

A very nice day trip. We loved the horse farm and the tomato farm