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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

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Activity provider: Nicetravel

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Activity provider: Nicetravel
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Explore the home of the Icelandic sagas on a Silver Circle day tour. Through the wild landscapes of West Iceland visit magical waterfalls, spectacular canyon baths, see powerful hot springs, and much more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
You will be picked up between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. If your accommodation is located in an area of the city which is closed to commercial traffic due to local laws, the local partner will confirm a designated pickup point with you.

Experience

Highlights
  • Soak in the rejuvenating Husafell Canyon Baths
  • Visit beautiful waterfalls such as Hraunfossar, Langifoss, and Barnafoss
  • See turf houses, elf huts, and the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Professional English tour guided in a minibus
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB chargers on every bus seat
  • Admission to Canyon Baths with towel and bathing shoes rental
  • Food and drink (available purchase at scheduled stops)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  •  The Canyon Baths are situated in a protected natural environment, which means no soaps can be used in the showers, but guests are welcome to use the facilities at Husafell for free.
  • The tour operates in all weathers.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 52 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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We had a great day with our guide Gulli. Throughout our journeys, he explained to us the history of Iceland with of course the famous Vikings of which he is a direct descendant. The waterfalls we saw are gigantic with clear blue water flowing through the lava. The hot springs are worth seeing even if there is a strong smell of sulphur. And end of the day in style with the descent into the canyon to arrive at Canyon Baths where you can relax in water between 38 and 41° in the middle of a breathtaking natural site. I highly recommend this excursion

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August 15, 2022

We had a very nice day with very nice waterfalls to see. Our guide was very nice and told us a lot about his country. At the end we went to the hot baths at the bottom of a canyon. It was extraordinary. We were a small group which facilitated the exchanges (in English of course). We didn't feel like we saw everything that was planned like the elf houses though. Route to follow so as not to be limited to the south coast and the golden circles.

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August 4, 2022

We travelled in a mini bus that holds 19 but we only had 16. Nicole from Nice Tours was our driver guide & she was not only very informative but she also sang & was very funny. There are few tours that I have seen that cover the Silver Circle & I am glad we picked this one. The countryside was beautiful & we were lucky to have a mostly sunny day. Hraunfossar Falls is absolutely stunning. The small restaurant there served us great Sweet potato soup & they have other foods to choose from but not a great variety. I wasn't too impressed by Deildartunguhver but everything else was interesting. This tour had at the end a choice of either going to the Canyon Baths or a Lava cave. We chose Husafell Canyon Baths and Ollie was our great guide for that part. It is remote & peaceful & a down hill walk to get to them. Also, there is a limit to the amount of people that are allowed in at a time so it was just us. This was an awesome tour & if you get Nicole as your guide you will be very happy.

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July 22, 2022

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