GOLDEN CIRCLE & HVAMMSVÍK HOT SPRINGS
This tour visits all of the main highlights of the Golden Circle, which includes Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park.
On top of that, we include a waterfall called Þórufoss, which was featured in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
After the sightseeing stops, we will head into the Hvalfjordur Fjord, where we will dip into the Hvammsvík Hot Spring, which is unique as it merges with the ocean.
The hot springs at Hvammsvík consist of 8 natural hot springs with varying temperatures, which are situated alongside the shore.
We pick you up at your hotel, guesthouse or at one of the bus stops downtown Reykjavík in the morning (click here to see list of bus stops). The pickup is always between 8:00 and 8:30, but you have to be ready at 8 o’clock. After the pick up we head out of town and the guide introduce him/her self.
The wonderful Gullfoss is in our opinion one of the most beautiful waterfalls on earth. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland and there is a beautiful story about the waterfall which your guide will tell you.
When Canadians and Americans go there they call it “the mini-version of Niagara falls”, we don’t know if we agree on that though, if you ask us it’s even prettier. The waterfall is located close to the second biggest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull, and you will see the fresh glacier water falling down 32 meters total into the canyon.
Gullfoss is beautiful from all angles, from above it looks perfect with the Icelandic nature around. In the summertime it is possible to walk all the way down to Gullfoss and feel it’s power and spraying water in the air.
Geysir is the most famous hot spring in the world, no doubt. It’s that famous that people from other countries talk about “Geyser” when talking about erupting hot springs. Geysir is located only 8 minutes drive from Gullfoss and is our third big attraction of the day.
Geysir is the father of all the hot springs in the area, and first erupted hundreds of years ago. The “golden age” for Geysir was in the beginning of last century when it erupted up to 80 meters every half an hour. Geysir fell asleep late last century but woke up again after the earthquakes in Haukadalur area in the year 2000. It was erupting for 4 months, with a little help from the locals who put soap in it to make it erupt. They stopped doing that due to environmental reasons, of course. Geysir has been sleeping since the fall of the year 2000.
The only active erupting hot spring in the area is “the son of Geysir”, called Strokkur. Strokkur erupts every 3 to 8 minutes and goes as high as 35 meters. Strokkur is a spectacular hot spring, seeing this active hot spring erupt just a few kilometers from the glacier is a once in a lifetime experience.
This is our lunch stop. There are restaurants at the Geysir area where you can have burgers, salads, traditional Icelandic meat soup (our favorite) and much more. If you want to bring your own lunch with you, we let our customers eat in the bus, especially if the weather is bad.
We will have time to check out the hot springs (no bathing allowed!) and also time to have lunch.
The last stop of the day is the national park Þingvellir, which is full of history and natural beauty. It has a special place in the hearts of all Icelanders, all the way back to the Viking time when they founded here the first parliament in the world.
We will have enough time to walk around and explore this wonderful place. We will have the opportunity to walk in the rift valley, where the tectonic plates are pulling apart. This is the closest you can get to being in two continents at the same time, since under the national park the eurasian plate and the american plate are separating by 2 cm every year.
Þingvellir was designated as a World Heritage of UNESCO in 2004.
In the area there are restrooms and coffee shops for visitors.
- BEST PRICE GUARANTEE
- NO BOOKING FEES
- FAST & SECURE PAYMENT
- Infant seats available
- Stroller / pram accessible
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Children must be accompanied by an adultAt time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Not suitable for pets
- No public transportation nearby
- We do pickup at hotels, guesthouses and bus stops in Reykjavík. If your hotel is located in the restricted area for busses you would need to walk to the closest bus stop. See the Bus stop website for further details.
What do I need to bring?
- First of all you have to bring the good mood
- Swimsuits and towels (if you forget them, you can rent them at the lagoon for 900 isk each)
- There is not much hiking in this tour, but it is always wise to wear good shoes
- Warm clothes, the weather in Iceland can change really quickly
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Port pickup and drop-off
National Park fees
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Live commentary on board
Admission to the Hvammsvík Hot Springs is included in the price
Swimsuits and towels (can be rented by extra cost)