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Overview

If you take just one day trip from Reykjavik, make it a tour of the Golden Circle – Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route. This private full-day tour checks off all the highlights, including the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, the Thingvellir National Park and the volcanic crater of Kerið, but also includes a swim in the hot springs of the Secret Lagoon.
  • Full-day private tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik, including the Secret Lagoon
  • Discover the site of the world’s oldest parliament in the Thingvellir National Park
  • Marvel at natural wonders like Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geyser and the Kerið volcanic crater
  • Experience Iceland’s natural hot springs with a swim at the Secret Lagoon
  • Choice of departure times available
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance fees and round-trip transport
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
Begin your full-day adventure with pick-up from your hotel in central Reykjavik, and soak up the scenery as you leave the city and head inland into the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. As you pass through the ancient lava fields, listen as your guide explains Iceland’s fascinating geology, and the park’s unique location, at the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Hop out to admire the dramatic landscapes, caused by the drifting of the plates, and pay a visit to the site of the world’s first parliament, at the heart of the national park.

Continue through the mountainous landscapes, past Lake Laugarvatn, to the Geysir geothermal area, where you’ll have chance to admire the original ‘geysir’ – the geyser after which all others were named. Even more impressive is the neighboring Strokkur geysir, which erupts every few minutes in a spectacular burst of water and steam.

A short drive brings you to another awe-inspiring natural wonder – the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, where you’ll have ample time to snap photos of the dramatic landmark.

After an action-packed morning, it’s time to venture off the beaten track and pay a visit to the beautiful Secret Lagoon. Located in the small village of Fludir, the lagoon is a perfect example of Iceland’s famous natural hot springs, with waters reaching temperatures of up to 104˚F (40˚C). Take time to relax and unwind in the steamy pools (don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!), before climbing back on the bus for the return journey.

On the way back to Reykjavík, make two final stops, to admire the volcanic crater of Kerið and visit the garden village of Hveragerði. Back in the city, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

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, Mar 2018

This tour was perfect! The six of us were all very comfortable and being picked up from our Air BnB was a treat. Jon was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and a pleasant fellow to spend the day with. We were extra surprised by the delightful lunch stop at the tomato greenhouse. Overall, this tour was one of our best days in Iceland!

e
, Dec 2017

There are tons of tours of the Golden Circle as it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Of course this tour goes to all of the standard sites.

But there were a couple of things that set this tour apart.

First, as a private tour, rather than a group tour, we got to adapt the tour and what we learned about to our interests. Spend a little more time at one destination, skip through another. And we got to learn a ton about Iceland as we talked with our guide and asked about local towns, growing up in Iceland, and the history of Iceland.

Second, as a private tour, they are able to pick you up at your hotel or apartment. Having taken multiple group tours where you stand outside in the freezing cold at a bus stop waiting for 30-45 minutes for your bus to show up, boy was it nice to be able to just walk out our door and hop in the van.

Finally, this tour included the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot springs fed pool. I haven't been to the Blue Lagoon the more popular of the heated pools but the Secret Lagoon was very low key, not over populated with tourists, and all natural. It is surrounded by hot springs with their runoff flowing directly into the pool and keeping it warm.

Fridjon was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgable and friendly and enjoyable to be around.

The one suggestion I might have is if you are considering any Golden Circle tour, consider how the weather will impact it. Iceland was pretty cold when we were there between Christmas and New Years and it meant that at many of the stops, we ran out, took some pictures and ran back into the car. We weren't really able to hang out and enjoy the stops as it was too cold.


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