Golden Circle and Hvammsvík Hot Springs Full Day Tour

Golden Waterfall in Iceland
Woman Bathing in Hot Springs by the Sea
Tourists Walking in Thingvellir National Park Iceland
Thingvellir National Park Waterfall at Sunrise
People Exploring Geysers in Iceland
Geyser Area at Sunset in Iceland
Waterfall in Thingvellir National Park Iceland
Hot Geyser Pond in Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall During Winter in Iceland
Excited Woman at Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland
Geyser Start to Erupt in Iceland
People Bathe in Hvammsvik Baths
Thorufoss Waterfall in Iceland
Strokkur Geyser Eruption in Iceland
Tectonic Plates Park in Iceland
Wooden Path in Thingvellir National Park
Aerial View of Hvammsvik Baths

Overview

The best way to see and experience most of what Iceland offers is by going on The Golden Circle tour. And what is the best way to get your strengths back after your trip? It's by soaking in hot springs!

Let's spend our day on a Golden Circle and Hvammsvík Hot Springs tour. On our way, we'll visit Kerid Crater to find out why it's called "The Eye of The World," we'll get a chance to see the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall and sleepy Geysir. We'll continue our tour by going to Þingvellir National Park, where we'll deepen our knowledge about Icelandic nature and make a quick stop at Þórufoss waterfall. At the end of our trip, we'll get a real treat – a few hours in Hvammsvík Hot Springs

Get ready for a day full of new activities, spectacular sceneries, and fresh air!

Duration 9 hours
Availability All Year
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio

Highlights

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Þórufoss Waterfall
  • Hvammsvík Hot Springs
Trip details
What's included
What to bring
FAQ

Reykjavik

The tour day will start in Reykjavik at 8:00. We'll be departing Reykjavik at 8:30 sharp, but you'll have to be prepared for the departure at 8:00. On our way to Kerið, you'll be introduced to the guide.

Gullfoss

The most famous waterfall in Iceland – Gullfoss Falls (or "Golden Falls"), are situated in the southwest of Iceland, at a Hvítá river canyon. What makes Gullfoss so spectacular? 32 meters high, two-tiered waterfall with an average water flow of 109 m3/s charms tourists with its astonishing scenery.

If you're curious to know why these falls are also referred to as "Golden Falls," it's because when the sun shines, it makes the water look golden-colored. The water that runs through Gullfoss comes from Langjökull glacier that carries old sediments from the earth, giving the water the brown-gold color. 

Another interesting fact about the waterfall is that Iceland almost lost it to industrialization. You'll hear this inspiring story about the Gullfoss from the guide during your 45 minutes stay here.

 

Geysir

Following the Golden Circle tour further, our next stop, only 10 minutes away, is Geysir Hot Spring Area, or "The Great Geysir." It was active for approximately 10,000 years. Until 1916, the geyser would spit heated water 60-80 meters high. From 1916 to 2000, the Geysir was taking its sweet time erupting and wouldn't have if not for the earthquake in the Haukadalur area. The last time the Geysir broke out was in 2016. 

Despite this unpredictable natural phenomenon that might make you wonder if you can witness the eruption of a geyser, the answer is yes. Strokkur – a very active geyser "exploding" every 3-8 minutes, going as high as 35 meters, is in the area.

 

Þingvellir

Thingvellir National Park is an attraction where you can learn about its exciting history and fascinating nature. Find out some useful information in the visitor center and discover the gorgeous environment by going on walking paths. 

While this attraction became a well-known place because of its idyllic nature, its visitors are encouraged to attend exhibitions, spend time walking and hiking paths, and try out snorkeling, scuba diving, and even angling. Its importance to people helped the park make it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2004. 

Did you know that Thingvellir is the only place in the world where you'll find yourself standing between two continental plates? We'll witness this during our stay in the park by going to the rift valley.

 

Þórufoss

On our way to Hvammsvík Hot Springs, we'll make a quick stop at Thorufoss waterfall. The waterfall is part of the river Laxá í Kjó, which is 25 km long. It's 18 meters high and almost 30 meters in width. While not as famous as the waterfalls around the area, it still looks pretty spectacular because of the landscape that changes with each season. During winter, Þórufoss freezes over, creating an impressive view. 

Amusing fact for "Game of Thrones" fans – Thorufoss was used as one of the locations where television series were filmed.

Hvammsvík Hot Springs

Hot springs are one of the essential activities to try out in Iceland. This is why we'll finish our day tour with a bang by going to Hvammsvík Nature Resort & Hot Springs. After spending the whole day wandering through Iceland, it's time to experience nature and wildlife in a more relaxing way. 

Get your powers back by sitting in one of the eight natural hot springs, surrounded by peace and quiet, with a view of the mountains and black beaches. The temperature of hot springs depends on the Atlantic Ocean temperatures, so it often changes, ranging from around 10°C to 42°C. 

For you to be able to enjoy the most of what Hvammsvík has to offer, don't forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel.   

After we spend a few hours in the facility, we'll be heading back to Reykjavik, and at approximately 18:30, we should finish our tour.

  • Sightseeing
  • Admission to Hvammsvik Hot Springs
  • Small Icelandic treat
  • Icelandic music
  • Certified English-speaking driver/guide
  • Free WiFi on board
  • ...and a lot of fun
  • First of all, you have to bring the good mood
  • Warm clothes, weather in Iceland changes quickly
  • Dress like the weather
  • There is not much hiking on this tour, but always good to bring good shoes with you
  • Swimwear and towel for soaking in the Hvammsvík Hot Springs

What is the cancelation policy?

  • Full refund if canceled due to weather. The cancelation fee can be withheld if canceled with short notice.

     - 1 day notice: 100% charge

 

What is the pickup time?

  • For all our scheduled tours, pickup usually takes place between 8:00 and 8:30 am. We kindly ask you to be ready at your pickup location at 8:00 am.

 

When will we be back in Reykjavík?

  • Your Golden Circle and Hvammsvík Hot Springs tour is approx. 9 hours, so we will be back in the city between 17:00 and 17:30.

 

Do you pick up from my hotel?

  • There are many areas in Reykjavík where buses are restricted so we only pick up from selected hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík. For a detailed list of pickup locations please follow this link: https://yourdaytours.is/about-us/pick-up/. If your accommodation is not on the list, please drop us a line at [email protected]

 

Do you pick up from the airport?

  • No, we don't do it in our regular pickup. If you want a private transfer from the airport to your hotel, drop us a line and we will send you a quote.

 

Do you have an age limit on your tours?

  • Yes, the age limit is 12 years old. If you are traveling with a child, please let us know so we can arrange a booster or child seat.

 

I'm a vegan/vegetarian, is there anything I need to know?

  • Unfortunately, we do not offer any special treats for vegans. Our small treat does contain dairy. For both vegans and vegetarians, there are viable options at Geysir, where we break for lunch at the Golden Circle tour.

 

Is lunch included?

  • No, our lunch breaks in the Golden Circle tours are in the Geysir area - there are a couple of very nice restaurants there.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations by customers have to be made with 24-hour notice (8:00 am the day before the tour) or no refund will be given. If Your Day Tours cancels a tour due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances customers receive a full refund. All cancellations need to be made via email or confirmed with us over the phone.

 

What can I do when I can not finalize my booking because of an error/my credit card not being accepted?

  • If you've exhausted all other means we can send you a secure payment link to finalize the booking. Just send us an email at [email protected] and we can help you finalize your booking.

 

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