Golden Circle Blue Lagoon & the Wonders of Reykjanes

Yes, you can do it both in one day. We combine two of the most popular attractions in the same tour. Golden Circle, few hours in the Blue Lagoon or the spectacular Wonders of Reykjanes for few hours.

Description

We will stop at all the main places of the Golden Circle starting in the national park of Þingvellir, the place where you can see the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. Then we head up to the one and only Gullfoss waterfall before we stop for a lunch at the Geysir area. 

After that we head straight up to the Reykjanes peninsula and our first stop will be at the Blue Lagoon.

Those that have tickets for the 3pm-4pm slot can go to the Lagoon for 2-3 hours. 

Meanwhile we take others to a sightseeing tour on this spectacular area. The brothers of Your Day Tours grew up on this area so it is really close to their hearts. Our first stop is at the Lava Rock Pool Brimketill. After a short stop there we go to the mud pools Gunnuhver and the area around Reykjanesviti. If we have time we drive towards the Bridge Between Continents before we pickup those that went to the Blue Lagoon. 

We should be in Reykjavík before 7pm.

WE DO NOT PROVIDE TICKETS TO THE BLUE LAGOON - Please go to www.bluelagoon.is and get tickets in the 3-4pm slot if you want to go into the lagoon. If not you get few minutes to take a look at it, take one selfie before you go and see the wonders of Reykjanes.

About this activity

  • Duration: 11 Hours

  • Small group guaranteed

  • Electronic voucher

  • Pickup at hotel/bus stop included

  • Easy cancellation

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  • Taste of Icelandic music and snacks

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What’s included

  • Pickup starts at 08:00
  • Duration: Around 11 hours
  • Samples of Icelandic music
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Taste of traditional Icelandic food
  • Time for lunch (not incl. in price)
  • ...and a lot of fun!

What do I need to bring

  • First of all you have to bring the good mood
  • Warm clothes, weather in Iceland change quickly
  • Dress like the weather
  • There is not much hiking in this tour, but always good to bring good shoes with you
  • Swimsuit if you have ticket and are going into the Blue Lagoon 

Itinerary

Reykjavík

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. 

Þingvellir

The first 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. 

Gullfoss

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. 

This stop is minimum 45 minutes, enough time to walk around and explore. 

Geysir

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 longest stop of the day, where we have lunch and also time to experience the hot spring area (no bathing allowed!).

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.

This stop is about 1 hour and 15 minutes, enough time to both walk around and grab a bite.

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. A Geothermal Spa which The National Geographic listed as one of the most impressive wonders in the world. If you have ticket to the lagoon (we do not provide tickets) you can stay there for 2-3 hours. If you do not want to go into the lagoon you can stop there for 15-20 minutes, take one selfie and then head back to the bus for the wonders of Reykjanes.


For tickets please go to www.bluelagoon.is and get tickets in the 3pm-4pm slot.

Brimketill

Brimketill is a small natural lava rock pool on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a 15 minutes driving from the Blue Lagoon.

We will make a short stop there. Meet the waves and the rocks. The folklore relates that the pond was regularly occupied by a giantess named Oddný. The viewing platform overlooking Brimketill is just a few steps away from the parking lot starting with a small set of stairs.

Gunnuhver

The mud pools and steam, vents in south-west Reykjanes.

The area is close to Reykjanes lighthouse and is collectively named Gunnuhver after a female ghost that was laid there. She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. This happened about 400 years ago.

The mud pools take form where steam from boiling geothermal reservoir water emanates and condenses and mixes with surface water. Accompanying gases such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide make the water acid. This causes alteration of the fresh lava rock to clay.

Steaming of the ground at Reykjanes increased markedly as a consequence of a pressure drawdown in the geothermal reservoir upon the start of production from the reservoir in 2006.

Iceland´s largest mud pool at present prominent, highest up in the Gunnuhver group. It is 20 meters wide across a rim of mud, boiling vigorously.

Two ramps are located at the Gunnuhver group, on close to Gunnuhver itself where you can look down to the spring and hear the vigorous noise, see the boiling water and feel the power bursting from the ground and the steam on your face. The other ramp is located on Kísilhól a silica hill. From there you have a good view over Gunnuhver group and surroundings.

Gunnuhver stands in the heart of the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark where the North Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean, you find 100 different craters and lava fields, bird cliffs, high geothermal areas, black sand beaches, The Bridge Between Continents, geothermal power plants, lighthouses, and exhibitions.


Text from www.visitreykjanes.is

Reykjanestá

The nature on the Reykjanes peninsula is unique and since November 2015 it is known as Reykjanes Unesco Global Geopark.

The peninsula exists where the North Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean. There you can find 100 different craters, caves and lava fields, a variety of bird life, astonishing cliffs, high geothermal activity, and black sand beaches. Below are a few selections of interesting geothermal hotspots and attractions located in this area. 


After Gunnhver we drive for few minutes towards the lighthouse and make a short stop on the edge of the cliffs. Really unique landscape with birds, waves and a spectacular view to the ocean.

Bridge between continent

Bridge between Europe and North America on Reykjanes Peninsula.

The lava-scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world's major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. According to the continental drift theory the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are continuously drifting apart with great forces under the gaping rifts. As the plates diverge, linear fractures, known as fissures form due to stresses created by the tension that builds up as the plates move away from each other.
The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America.


Text from www.visitreykjanes.is

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All our tours starts in the capital city which is the heart of Iceland´s cultural, economic and political activity. The first permanent settlements in Iceland is believed to have been established at Reykjavík around year 870. Steam from hot springs in the region inspired Reykjavík´s name, which you can translate to Smoky Bay.
Did you know that Reykjavík is the world´s northernmost capital of a sovereign state?

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Þingvellir National Park

Your Golden Circle

Þingvellir National Park is the place on the island that is stands closest to the heart of Icelanders. Our history was written there and the landscape is so unique. It is the place where you can see the American and Eurasioan tectonic plates pulling apart. You will get plenty of time to walk around the area, see waterfalls, rocks and we tell you all the stories.
Did you know that democracy was founded at Þingvellir?

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Geysir

Your Golden Circle

Geysir in Haukadalur is the most famous hot spring in the world. The english word geyser derives from Geysir. This area is really nice and you can walk upon a hill to take pictures and see it blow from different angle. Our lunch break is at Geysir so we stop for extra long. Couple of restaurants at the area and a really nice gift shop.

Did you know that people sometimes ask us if they can put on their swimsuit and jump into the hot spring?

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Gullfoss Waterfall

Your Golden Circle

Gullfoss is the most impressive waterfall we have ever seen and there is a reason why it is one of the most popular attraction in the country. Standing so close to this masterpiece and feel the spray from the waterfall on your skin is hard to describe in words. You get plenty of time for all the selfies.
Did you know there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity?

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Faxi Waterfall

Your Golden Circle

Here we tell you everything about our secret (Flatbread with smoked lamb) which is the reason why Icelanders are so strong, beautiful and intelligent (at least we believe so). We give you a little taste of this traditional Icelandic snack with a drink called Malt. You also get a time to take a look at this small beautiful waterfall.

Did you know that Faxi is sometimes called Gullfoss´s little brother?

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Your Golden Circle Secret Lagoon

Your Golden Circle

Now you have the opportunity to join our oldest geothermal pool, made in 1891, as long as you enjoy the magnificent sights of the famous Golden Circle. In this 9 hour tour we stop at all the main sights of the Golden Circle; Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Faxi waterfall and at the Geysir area. It is called Secret Lagoon because few years ago only the locals knew about it, but now everyone can relax in the hot water. Bring your bathing suit and a towel to this one.

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Hveragerði

Your Golden Circle

Around 40 minutes out of Reykjavík we make a stop at this lovely small town which is built on a geothermal area. You can take a look at an earthquake exhibition and grab a coffee on this 15-20 minutes stop.

Did you know that it is popular to bake Hot Spring Bread (Hverabrauð) using only geothermal heating around here?

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Your South Coast

Have you ever walk behind a waterfall? You can do that at Seljalandsfoss which has a drop of 60 m (197 f) and is a part of the Seljalandriver which has it´s origin in the famous Volcano Eyjafjalla%#$%something.

Did you know that Seljalandsfoss was a waypoint during the first leg of Amazing Race 6?

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Skógafoss Waterfall

Your South Coast

One of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25m (82 f) and a drop of 60m (200f). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days. You can walk up a path and see it from above.

Did you know that according to a legend one of the first viking buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall?

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Sólheimajökull Glacier

Your South Coast

Standing so close to Sólheimajökull is just like being in a Tolkien movie. You can feel the energy and the power from the glacier which is a part of the great Mýrdalsjökull, fourth largest glacier in Iceland.

Did you know that last 20 years Sólheimajökull has been shrinking around 50 meters every year?

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Reynisfjara black sandbeach

Your South Coast

The landscape at Reynisfjara is something you don´t see every day. The black sandbeach, rocks, cliffs, and the pure ocean is hard to describe in words. Our lunchbreak is over there and if we are lucky we might see puffins. Be careful the waves can be unpredictable and dangerous.
Did you know that two trolls tried to drag a ship to land but were tuned into stones when sun came up. That is Reynisdrangar stacks that you can see from the beach?

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