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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 11-hour Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, and Blue Lagoon tour from Reykjavik
  • Walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit Gulfoss Waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area, and the lake-filled Kerid crater
  • Bathe in the warm turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon (own expense)
  • Learn about Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and natural wonders from a guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, and Kerid admission fee included
  • Small group of 19 travelers or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With stops at Kerið Crater Lake and the Blue Lagoon, this trip goes beyond the usual Golden Circle route.
Begin your full-day tour with pickup from your hotel in the Reykjavik area between 830am and 9am. Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15, and settle inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

Then, set out into Iceland’s stark countryside on your 11-hour tour. On route, listen to intriguing facts about the country, hearing about its history, geology, and culture from your guide.

Head into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle sights. Learn how it lies within a belt of volcanic activity, and is home to the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia face each other over a valley. Walk between the plates as you hear how they are gradually moving further apart, and savor the experience of straddling the two continents.

Take a detour from the Golden Circle to visit the Kerid (Kerið) crater, a 3,000-year-old crater filled with a lake. Peer into the 180-foot (55-meter) deep hollow, and admire the magical-looking blue lake cradled by the red- and green-colored slopes.

Visit the Geysir geothermal area, exploring the surreal-looking landscapes on foot. View the bubbling ponds and steam vents, and see the Geysir and Strokkur geysers, the latter shooting water up to 98 feet (30 meters) every five to 10 minutes.

Stop at the Gulfoss Waterfall, taking in this beautiful 105-foot (32-meter) fall, and then continue to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by lava-sculpted countryside.

Head inside (own expense, with pre-booking of your admission ticket required) and change into your bathing suit. Then, enjoy a long soak in the warm, therapeutic waters, lying back in the steam and admiring the lava fields as you bathe.

After about two hours here, your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off in Reykjavik.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Thingvellir National Park
Head to Thingvellir National Park, where you learn about how it lies within a volcanically active area. It's also home to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Straddle two continents while you walk between the plates.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Geysir
Next, visit the surreal Geysir geothermal area on foot, stopping at bubbling ponds, steam vents, and Geysir and Strokkur geysers. Stick around long enough to watch the Strokkur geyser erupt (around every 10 minutes), spurting a column of water up to 98 foot (30 meters) in the air
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
The next destination is Gullfoss – the Golden Waterfall, where the waters of the mighty Hvíta (white) river are swept into a 70 meters deep canyon.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kerid Crater
After enjoyable hike around falls hop back on the bus for the journey to the lake-filled, 3,000-year-old Kerid crater. Stop to marvel at its magical-looking lake and colorful slopes.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Blue Lagoon
Last but not least is visit at iconic Blue Lagoon. Choose to head inside the lagoon spa (own expense) if you’ve pre-booked admission. Enjoy a soak in the steamy waters while admiring surrounding lava fields.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included

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Crater walk
lesliep
, Jan 2020
What an amazing day - the bus pick up was right on time, we got off right away to the national park and all along the way our guide shared interesting facts with us about Iceland. The geysers were amazing and then we headed to the waterfall which unfortunately we didn’t get to see too much because the weather turned. The crater walk was a highlight and then capped the day off with the Blue Lagoon which was incredibly relaxing. Our guide was witty and very informative.
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Great Bang for your Buck!
ashleyf757
, Jan 2020
A great tour to see a lot in one day! Our tour guide Christina was charismatic and very knowledge, and made time to throw in fun unplanned stops (horses and ice cream)! Was definitely worth the price and can’t recommend it enough. The sights were beautiful.
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Great tour
kishaniu
, Jan 2020
Great tour even with bad weather conditions. Robert was a great tour guide. He was very helpful to us offering important information related to other tours we could visit during our vacation. Overall a great tour guide who understood our needs and offered to help in anyway he could.
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Golden Places in Iceland,
akopelioff
, Jan 2020
Incredible views of the wild Iceland topography. Teutonic plates, mountains, ice, geysers, lava fields, boiling waters, geothermal activity, thermal baths.......The tour was well paced , instructive and entertaining.
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Great Trip
deannastickle
, Jan 2020
This was my favorite tour. We had a small group-like 20 people so everyone was able to ask questions, etc. We saw some amazing sights. Swimming in the blue lagoon was amazing and seeing everything else was breathtaking. My only compliant is my family was the last on the bus so we had to sit separate and my seat was not really idea.
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Snow circle
haydenthomas8
, Jan 2020
Great trip and guide,bit scary as the roads were covered in snow driver went so fast but handled the tricky roads
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear guest, thank you very much for selecting NICETRAVEL. Great to hear you enjoyed your tour.
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Money well spent
jluv65
, Dec 2019
This tour not only takes you to the subject locations but the driver also stopped at spots along the way which provided excellent photo opportunities.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear guest, thank you for selecting our NICE tour for your adventure here in Iceland. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us.
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Wonderful day trip
kelseyc3695
, Dec 2019
We had such a good time on this day trip, especially because it included so many great stops! Our tour guide David was a lot of fun and we appreciated him providing us with crampons so the icy paths would feel less slippery. We were given two hours to enjoy the Blue Lagoon, which was perfect for us, but if you want to spend more time, then this tour would not be for you. Also, our designated time for the Blue Lagoon was at 5 p.m. so by the time we arrived, it was dark. If you want to be at the Blue Lagoon during daylight hours, this may not be the tour for you if you're visiting in the winter, however, in the summer, it would still be light out.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear guests, thank you for your kind words, great to hear you enjoyed your NICE tour with our guide David. We hope to see you again soon, perhaps in the summertime when we have 24 hour daylight here!
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Totally Awesome! Fantastic!!
Roxanne D
, Dec 2019
Great great tour! Our driver/guide Thor was incredible! Took us to the most interesting places. Loved his sense of humor and his singing!!!!! It was so cold, but well worth the trip!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear guest, great to hear you enjoyed your tour with our NICE singing guide Thor! Thank you very much for your kind words, we hope to see you again soon in Iceland.
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Gorgeous Day
104laurieh
, Dec 2019
This was the best tour we could find to spend our single day seeing as much as possible. The day as a whole was great. Robert our guide and driver was conscientious, pleasant and informative. The views were absolutely spectacular. I felt like we really got a good sense of Iceland, and would love to return in the height of summer to get the contrast we would get with long days and vegetation. The sun didn't really rise until after 11 am, and it was getting dark by 3. That alone was an experience. The landscapes were stunning with the fresh snow that had fallen less than 48 hours before. It was cold but not uncomfortably so. My only issue whatsoever was that the tour I had booked mentioned that if we did not want to go to the Blue Lagoon for 2 hours we could stop in and take a quick photo, and then there would be a tour that would continue. In the pitch black that wouldn't have made sense (Thanks for pointing that out Robert!). We weren't really in the mood to do the swimming, but we made a decision to have a delicious dinner instead which took almost the whole 2 hours, and then we went out and did some quick photos in the dark. I would do it next time, but neither my husband or son was interested, and spending another $300 was not going to be good value. All in all, a great day.

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