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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

1. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Krauma Geothermal Baths Entrance Ticket

2. Krauma Geothermal Baths Entrance Ticket

Treat yourself with entrance to the geothermal baths at Krauma, where multiple outdoor pools are heated by the Deildartunguhver hot spring. Soak in the warm waters as you admire spectacular views of the natural surroundings. Make your way to the baths to begin your relaxing experience. You’ll have access to six baths – five warm and one cold – as well as two steam rooms. There are outdoor showers and a relaxation room, where guests can lie back and enjoy a warm fire. Bathrobes are available to rent, and the dressing rooms provide shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, and hair dryers. Feeling hungry? The onsite restaurant serves Icelandic dishes (available at your own expense), made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

3. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

Embark on a trip around the beloved Golden Circle, a must-see area you cannot miss during your time in Iceland. Enjoy three stops on the classic route and some staff favorites as extra stops. Visit Kerid Crater (entry included) and stop for lunch at the Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Head to the Thingvellir National Park first. Learn the history behind this park and get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. Next, visit the Laugarvatn geothermal area. Discover the original geyser, Geysir, and its little brother, Strokkur, which is still active today and erupts every 5-8 minutes. Set up your cameras and catch this spectacular activity. Then, see Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, and spot the Langjökull glacier on the horizon if it’s sunny enough. Stop at Fridheimar Tomato Farm just in time for lunch (not included). Learn about the use of local geothermal energy and experience how this process works. Before the end of the trip, visit another secret staff favorite: the Kerid volcanic crater in the Grímsnes area. Marvel at the caldera that’s 55-meters deep and 270-meters wide. At the bottom, find an amazing aquamarine blue lake.

Laugarvatn: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Entry Ticket

4. Laugarvatn: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Entry Ticket

Entrance to the geothermal baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will complete your experience of the Golden Circle and enhance the tradition by locals, to bathe in the steam and hot water streaming endlessly from the ground. Enjoy admission to the geothermal baths, natural steam baths, and the use of shower and changing rooms with lockers. Shampoo, conditioner, creams, and cotton pads are available in locker rooms free of charge.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

5. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall with this group day trip from Reykjavík. Go to a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring. After your pick-up in Reykjavik, head to the first stop at Þingvellir National Park. Visit this park where the first parliament of Iceland was established. Walk from Europe to North-American, as the park is between continental tectonic plates.  Continue to the the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5-8 minutes. Drive to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. See the Langjökull glacier, if it is a clear day. Admire the Icelandic use of geothermal energy at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Stroll through the greenhouse and purchase a nice meal at the farm. Enjoy a swim through steaming 38-40° Celsius water at the Secret Lagoon. Take in the natural surroundings as you bask in the relaxing water. 

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

6. Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be swept off to the west to the historic area of Borgarfjörður, a region that can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. First, visit the Grabrok Volcanic Craters. Just a few meters away from the famous Ring Road there are three craters, Stora (Big) Grabrok, Grabrokarfell, and Litla (Small) Grabrok. These formed approximately 3,400 years ago during massive eruption shaping the landscape around. Solid wooden stairs lead up to the top of Stora Grabrok from where you can admire other colorful craters, lava fields, and lake Hreðavatn. Afterward, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls spread at a distance of around 900 meters. The waters flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that was formed around 1,000 years ago during a massive eruption of a volcano lying under a Langjökull glacier. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland, and just a few meters away, you will find another interesting waterfall. The highlight of the tour is a visit to a colorful Vidgelmir lava cave. Just shy of 1,600 meters in length, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. During this 1.5-hour expedition, you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland, complete with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize just how powerful eruptions of volcanoes can be. Lastly, visit the Reykholt historic site where you can learn about the history of Iceland and see Snorralaug, small hot spring used by local people since the 12th century. This place was first mentioned in medieval writings of Snorri Sturluson, the famous Icelandic poet and politician who used to bath there. Now, Snorralaug is just an archaeological site but you can still take advantage of the minerals in the geothermal waters that boil underneath the ground of Borgarfjordur area.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Volcano Crater, & Fridheimar Tour

7. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Volcano Crater, & Fridheimar Tour

Visit Iceland’s natural wonders on this 8-hour minibus tour accompanied by a professional guide. The Golden Circle route covers a 300km loop from Reykjavík to central Iceland and back. Visit Thingvellir, a pivotal landmark that connects all the major events in the founding of the Icelandic commonwealth. It’s also the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic divergent ridge. Stop at Fríðheimar farm, owned by the same family since 1995. The family, besides growing tomatoes and cucumbers, are passionate about horses. Enjoy a truly unique experience and meet the Icelandic horses up close on a visit to the stables. You might get a chance to pet them and maybe take a selfie! Lunch (at your own expense) will be held in the greenhouse where you will have the possibility to purchase local products on the menu after a visit of the stables. See Gullfoss, which is considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. You’ll also see Kerið, a striking crater lake filled with milky blue-green water and surrounded by stark black and deep red slopes.

The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

8. The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir Hot Springs where the Strokkur Geyser shoots water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in an impressive display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 ft.) deep. The tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat, which Iceland has in abundance.

Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

9. Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

Take part in a unique baking experience in the heart of the Golden Circle, the most popular route in Iceland. Take a stroll around the geothermal area and learn about the history of this baking technique. Witness firsthand how the dark rye dough is prepared and then buried in the warm ground with a lively 30-minute demonstration. Discover how the slow cooking of 24 hours gives the bread its memorable taste. Get to sample a fresh batch of lava bread, placed in the ground the day before. Geothermal bathing is also offered at Laugarvatn Fontana, however, tickets for bathing must be booked separately.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Waterfalls Small Group Tour

10. Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Waterfalls Small Group Tour

Get back to nature and discover the icons of the Golden Circle on a full-day tour from Reykjavik. Enter historic Þingvellir National Park, where the national parliament was founded in 930 A.D. Discover where the tectonic plates of two continents are in constant movement.  Make a quick stop at Laugarvatn village and at Efstidalur farm to get a glimpse of the local life of the area. Then, head to the Strokkur geyser which erupts every five minutes at Geysir geothermal area. Feel the power of Gullfoss waterfalls where the water coming from the Langjökull glacier flows incessantly in all its glory. Stop for lunch at the Friðheimar tomato farm. After lunch, admire the astonishing Kerið crater which is over three thousand years old. Hear amazing stories from the centuries, and discover a variety of geothermal landscapes along the way. 

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What people are saying about Reykholt

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 375 reviews

It seems I always meet interesting people on tours in Iceland. Our tour guide Ingo was very informative and gave us a good amount of information. He also provided us with plenty of stops and good amount of time at each location. I definately recommend this tour to people- the waterfalls are magnificent and the canyon bath experience is something we all enjoyed quite a lot.

Great tour guide, enough time to discover everything. The tour was with a very small group, the tour guide shone with knowledge about the locations and Iceland. He also gave tips for our upcoming rental car tour. The locations of this tour are all stunning in their own right and were not too crowded at the time of our visit

I recommend. Beautiful views, a lovely day to end in Secret Lagoon. Everywhere there are prepared paths, routes to watch. A visit to a tomato farm with a tomato menu - interesting and tasty :) Very friendly service.

We loved our tour of the Golden Circle! Our guide was wonderful. Highlights included lunch at a tomato farm and the Secret Lagoon.

The Canyon Baths are amazing, unlike any other hot pots/pools in Iceland.