Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon and Volcano Crater Tour
A visit to the Golden Circle in Iceland is on the top of many travellers’ bucket lists and during our complete Golden Circle day tour; we will partake in an early admission to the Secret Lagoon, to enjoy the serenity and relaxation of the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland - without the crowds!
Our classic Golden Circle day tour with Secret Lagoon entrance covers all of the main stops on the Golden Circle Route, with our first sight of the day being the multicolored Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake, a fascinating landmark created 3000 years ago. Next up, we will stop at the Secret Lagoon, of which the geothermal hot spring remains between 38 - 40 degrees Celsius. After some relaxing time, we will head to the Geysir Geothermal Area, the astonishing Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Thingvellir National Park.
Kerið is a 3000-years old, varicoloured volcanic crater on the Golden Circle Route. Many visitors go there to admire its perfect conical shape with a beautiful appearance, decorated with maroon volcanic rock and black sediment stripes. The blue lake at the bottom of the crater is the centre of attention.
Paved walking paths are available for close exploration, as either you can walk around the rim of the crater for a panoramic view and its sense of vicinity, or you can follow the path to the bottom of the crater for a nice walk around the Crater Lake. Its perfect conical shape is due to a collapse of the magma chamber onto itself after the lava depleted during its eruption.
We then head to the Secret Lagoon and as the oldest geothermal swimming pool in Iceland; the Secret Lagoon has been a local hotspot since its establishment in 1891. Located in the Golden Circle of Iceland, the Gamla Laugin, which translates into the ‘old pool,’ is a favourable place to enjoy some relaxing time.
Now a popular tourist attraction, the pool has been renovated to welcome more visitors, with steam vents contrasting against the fascinating panoramic landscape views nearby. You can take your time relaxing in the warm water and serene ambiance before we hop on our bus, for our next destination.
Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you walk down into the rift valley where the American and Eurasian continental plates are literally pulling apart at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of the oldest existing parliament. Witness the steaming geothermal springs as the ground trembles and hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur Geyser at home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland's most iconic natural attraction. Experience the magnificence and power of Gullfoss Waterfall, a set of glacial river cascades falling 32 meters into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.
A favourite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters into the air every few minutes. The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot spring holes. Although you can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world.
Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travellers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch. Gullfoss Waterfall
As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the Canyon of the Hvítá River in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breath-taking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance. Guests may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.
Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, Þingvellir is the national pride of Iceland and the first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift.
- Operates All Year @ 0800
- Duration is around 10 Hours
- Price Includes Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off, Professional guide, Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon & Free WiFi
Child 4 to 12 years £42.50