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Reykjavik: Golden Circle Day Trip with Snowmobile Adventure

1. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Day Trip with Snowmobile Adventure

Hop aboard a spacious bus and sit back and enjoy the scenic route with stops at Þingvellir National Park. Explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Stop at the most beautiful waterfall in the country Gullfoss - the Golden falls. Tackle the next part of your trip in a modified super-truck that can handle the rough terrain with ease. After arriving at the glacier base camp, put on the provided snowmobile suit, gloves, balaclava and helmet for your snowmobile ride. Be shown by your guide how to safely operate a snowmobile before your one-hour excursion officially starts. Climb on the snowmobile with the second rider. Explore Langjökull glacier which is home to several enormous ice-filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Expereince the views from the flanks of Langjökull which are quite incredible. Gaze off into the distance where Eiríksjökull glacier looms, the highest mountain in west Iceland. Admire the dome-shaped Hofsjökull glacier and the Kerlingafjöll Mountain range. Return to your accommodation and take home memories home from your exhilarating adventure.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Guided Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Guided Tour

Experience Iceland’s Golden Circle on a relaxed bus tour from Reykjavik. Explore the Thingvellir national park, admire the Gullfoss waterfall, and view the Strokkur geyser. Relax the Viking way in the warm waters of a natural hot spring. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Take in the countryside on the scenic drive to Thingvellir, the site of the world’s first parliament, which met outdoors annually from 930 AD until 1798. Head to one of Europe’s largest waterfalls and Iceland’s pride, the beautiful Gullfoss. Next, in the geothermal fields of Haukadalur you’ll be able to stand close to the erupting Strokkur geyser. Make your way to the popular geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon, Soak in the warm relaxing waters while admiring views of of the countryside. Have the option of purchasing a drink while you soak. Return to your accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of your tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

3. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Discover the raw natural beauty of the Golden Circle and the dazzling wonders of the Icelandic northern lights on this combined tour from Reykjavik. Travel in a spacious bus to Gullfoss waterfall and the Þingvellir National Park. Take a night bus tour to search for the northern lights.  Depart Reykjavik to experience the geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. See boiling water spout from the earth at the great geysers of Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur Valley. Experience the dramatic cascades of Gullfoss waterfall, fed by the glacial waters of the Hvítá River. Get different views of the impressive water as it plunges into a 32-meter deep crevice.  Reconnect with nature in Þingvellir National Park, and discover where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart. Return to Reykjavík for a few hours at leisure before your evening Northern Lights tour. Head back out after dark to look for the dancing lights in the night sky. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Sky Lagoon Tour

4. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerid Crater and Sky Lagoon Tour

Set off on the experience of a lifetime with this breathtaking tour of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. This is your chance to walk between continents, get up close to a gushing geyser and feel the phenomenal power of a roaring two-tier waterfall. As well as that, you’ll also visit a dazzling multi-colored volcanic crater and warm yourself in the soothing waters of the spectacular Sky Lagoon. Your memorable Golden Circle tour will begin with a short drive from the city to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir). You’ll discover a dramatic rift valley where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Here you can walk between two continents and visit the site of Iceland’s Viking parliament, which met here for a thousand years! The next stop on your journey is the Haukadalur geothermal area. The most spectacular spot is the hot spring, Geysir, which is Icelandic for “gush”. This is where you’ll find Strokkur, an “old faithful” that sends boiling water spouting high into the air every few minutes! It’s a thrilling place, where you’ll feel the raw power of nature rumbling under your feet! Gullfoss is next, a short drive further inland. This glorious waterfall thunders over two tiers into a deep ravine, powered by meltwater from the second-largest glacier in Iceland. The “Gold Falls” are a magical sight, with several viewing platforms to enjoy - look out for rainbows on sunny days! Before we return to the city, we have one more special sight to enjoy - the colorful volcanic crater at Kerið. This stunning 3000-year-old crater is streaked with red rocks, dark green mosses and a blue lake, which makes Kerið very memorable. Your Golden Circle adventure will end with an extraordinary experience - a visit to the Sky Lagoon! One of Iceland’s newest geothermal spas, you’ll enjoy a soothing soak in an incredible 250-foot-long heated infinity pool with a swim-up bar and ocean views. You’ll have the opportunity to select one of two options with different access levels - the Pure Pass or the Sky Pass.

Reykjavík: Private Golden Circle Day Tour with 6 Attractions

5. Reykjavík: Private Golden Circle Day Tour with 6 Attractions

See the best of the Golden Circle all in a single day during this private trip starting directly from your accommodation in Reykjavik. Travel with your own personal guide to Thingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, the Kerid Crater, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and other spots. Pack your bags and come ready for an adventure. You’ll see Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with immense historical significance. This site has the world’s oldest existing parliament. Marvel at crystal-clear lakes and volcanic terrains. The Geysir Geothermal Area is also on the agenda. This site is a treat for those who always dreamed of witnessing a live hot spring. Located in the Haukadalur Valley, this spot is the oldest known geyser in the world. Arrive at the Gullfoss Waterfall, which originates from Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Take advantage of unbeatable photo opportunities thanks to the multiple viewpoints of this elegant waterfall. Another memorable site along the route is the Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake, a 3000-years old volcanic lake with a unique appeal. You’ll see blue-colored lake water surrounded by dark lava rocks. A simple walk along the crater will bring you to amazing views of this unique volcanic lake.

From Reykjavik: 2-Day South Coast Trip & Glacier Hike

6. From Reykjavik: 2-Day South Coast Trip & Glacier Hike

This thrilling two day-tour begins with a scenic drive to Þingvellir National Park. You'll see the gigantic gap between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates and learn about how the world's oldest parliament ruled Iceland from here for a thousand years! Then we'll make our way to the colorful Geysir geothermal area. You'll see fountains of boiling water shoot high into the sky every few minutes while stepping between hissing hot pots and steam vents! Our next stop is Gullfoss, where you'll see a stunning two-tier waterfall thunder more than 30 meters into a deep canyon. The roaring "Gold Falls" create sheets of spray and rainbows on sunny days, so you'll get some fantastic photos here! Then you'll see the multi-colored volcanic crater at Kerið. Covered in red earth and velvet-green mosses, with a bright blue lake, it creates a fabulous mix of colors! We'll stop for the night at Hveragerði, a tiny South Coast town famous for geothermal greenhouses and sitting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where you can stand on two continents simultaneously! The second day begins with three wonderful waterfalls, starting at Seljalandsfoss. Glacial meltwater tumbles down more than 60 meters from a volcano in a narrow ribbon of water. You can even walk through a cave to see the falls from behind! Close by is Skógafoss, another spectacular 60-meter-high cascade famous for being featured in Hollywood movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones". If it's a sunny day, you'll see rainbows here! The second day's highlight is a trip to Sólheimajokull for an unforgettable glacier hike. This easy-to-reach glacier tongue lets you see these fascinating ice formations up close! The tour ends with a visit to Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach. A photographer's dream, you'll be thrilled by the endless volcanic sands, the stunning basalt columns, the mighty Atlantic waves and the jagged sea stacks of the Reynisdrangar. The perfect end to an unforgettable trip!

From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

7. From Reykjavik: Friðheimar Tomato Farm & Sky Lagoon Transfer

Experience some highlights of the Golden Circle on this day tour and Sky Lagoon transfer leaving from Reykjavik. Go on a geothermal journey through volcanic landscapes and unique natural wonders. Visit the famous Friðheimar Tomato Farm to stop for lunch. Start the tour in Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and be immersed in the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the park. Admire the surrounding mountains and the landscape covered with moss. See the Silfra Fissure and the Oxararfoss Waterfall. Walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, visit the Geyser in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley, and witness impressive geyser activity up to 30 meters in the air every few minutes and see fumaroles and clay pots. Stop at the Golden Falls or Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls, originating from the Langjökull glacier that pours into a deep fissure created by tectonic pressure. Make another stop for a meal at the Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Choose between world-famous tomato soup, ravioli pasta, or a grilled tortilla pizza, and enjoy all you can eat of delicious homemade bread, with included water, tea, and coffee. Meet and greet the Icelandic horses on your way out, as they love attention. Finish the tour and head back to the city, and stop for some photo opportunities along the way if you have time before being dropped off at the incredible Sky Lagoon. Enjoy the included 7-step ritual and a towel at the lagoon. Spend as much time as you like at the lagoon, it is recommended to spend at least two hours. Catch a taxi or a bus back to downtown Reykjavik in time for dinner.

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What people are saying about Haukadalur

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 203 reviews

This tour was really enjoyable and the agent so helpful. I actually booked for the wrong day by mistake and the agent changed it at the last minute without any issues. Our tour guide Mika was so interesting and stopped at a couple of extra places to see horses and more geothermal water springs. We loved the geysir and waterfall and the sky lagoon was the most amazing way to end the day. And extra 30 minutes there would have been even better but that's because it's just so relaxing.

Absolutely incredible experience and would absolutely recommend to anyone who is looking for a day trip in Iceland. Margaret was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable and approachable when it came to questions. Mr Roberts was our driver and was very safe when driving in the snow and pleasant to talk to. Would absolutely recommend to everyone, but make sure you wrap up very warm as it is painfully cold on the northern lights tour.

Very informative tour guide, comfortable and clean vehicle. Wonderful sights and enough time to enjoy each place. Would highly recommend.

Amazing experience! Tanya was fantastic and what a driver! A day we will remember forever We love Tanya- we do!

An activity that shows you one of the many sides of Iceland