The famous Golden Circle with a twist: a relaxing bath in the cozy Secret Lagoon.
Now you have the opportunity to join our oldest geothermal pool together with all the magnificent sights of the famous Golden Circle.
In this 9 hour tour we stop at all the main attractions of the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Faxi waterfall and the Geysir area.
The Secret Lagoon is called like this because a few years ago only the locals knew about it, but now everyone can relax in the hot water and enjoy one of the wonders Iceland has to offer.
The admission (3,000 isk) to the Secret Lagoon is included in the price.
About this activity
Duration: 9 Hours
Small group guaranteed
Pickup at hotel/bus stop included
Secure online booking
Taste of Icelandic music and snacks
Best price guarantee
Pickup starts at 08:00
Duration: 9 hours
Sample of Icelandic music
Free WiFi on board
Taste of traditional Icelandic snack
Time for lunch (not incl. in price)
Admission to Secret Lagoon
...and a lot of fun!
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 700 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 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 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.
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.
Before we head up the Secret Lagoon, we stop at one of the hidden diamonds in the area, Faxi waterfall.
Faxi is a small waterfall, sometimes called the little brother of Gullfoss. There are a few spots where you can enjoy the waterfall, from above or close to it. After checking out the waterfall we give you a little taste of Icelandic snacks: real Icelandic flatbread with smoked lamb on top and one of the oldest drinks in Iceland which is called "Malt".
The last stop of the day is the Secret Lagoon known in Iceland as the "Old pool" since it is the oldest geothermal pool on the island, founded in 1891.
It is nothing more relaxing after a day out in the icelandic nature then end the day in a geothermal pool. In Iceland we do have more then 100 geothermal pools all over the country and it is a big part of the icelandic culture to go there to relax. The Secret Lagoon is different from the pools in Reykjavik for example, the area is all covered in mossy lava fields and many hot springs all around. There is a little hot spring there which erupts every 4-6 minutes.
If you feel to hot it is nice to stand up and walk around the area on the walking paths around the pool.
The water is about 38°-40°celcius.
Before you enter the pool the staff will tell you the rules and what should be kept in mind when visit the pool.
Remember to bring towels and swimsuits with you, but they can be rented by extra cost at the lagoon.
We stop in the pool for about 90 minutes.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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Your Golden Circle, Your South Coast
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?