The silver circle tour is the slightly less famous, yet just as spectacular cousin to our Golden Circle offering. On it you will see Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s very own natural boiler, which provides hot water for several towns on the island; the Krauma baths, ideal for a relaxing soak amidst beautiful surroundings, along with both the Hraunfossar and the Barnafoss waterfalls, spectacular and unique cascading places of genuine natural beauty, before finally visiting Reykholt, the home of the legendary Icelandic scholar and politician, Snorri. This means that the silver circle tour has a plethora of amazing sights that cater to each and every taste, providing off-the-beaten-track memories that will last a lifetime. It is a rich blend of nature and history, perfect for anyone who wants to experience all the magic that the land of fire and ice has to offer.
Duration: 8 hours
Available: All year
Age limit: No age limit
- The Silver Circle
- Borgarfjordur Fjord
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Krauma Hot Baths
- Hraunfossar Waterfalls
- Barnafoss Waterfall
Pickup and dropoff in Reykjavik, guided tour of the Silver Circle and the entrance fee to Krauma geothermal baths.
What to bring
Warm & waterproof clothing, a towel & bathing suit, good shoes... and don't forget your camera!
Your adventure begins bright and early when we collect you from your Reykjavik pick up location. Please note that this process can last up to thirty minutes depending on your location. From there we will make the scenic journey to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring.
Upon arrival at Deildartunguhver, you will be impressed by its power and the clouds of steam that rise from its bubbling, seething waters. Deildartunguhver, is also a fully functioning heating system, for the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes, offering an environmentally friendly, natural way of delivering hot water for human consumption. It is a beautiful natural sight, ideal for anyone who wants to gain an insight into the awesome power of nature.
Krauma Natural Baths
From there, we will travel to the natural baths at Krauma, which actually uses heated water from the heated spring at Deildartunguhver. This hot water is mixed with glacial water from Iceland’s smallest glacier, Ok, to generate the perfect temperature for bathing. This makes it the perfect place to relax in a natural spa, in a beautiful natural setting, allowing the nutrient-rich, geothermal waters to rejuvenate your body.
From there, we will travel to the Hraunfossar Waterfalls a truly majestic place, known as the wide and gentle falls. What makes them different is that instead of being a single body of water, the falls are actually made up of many smaller streams, which combine to make a multitude of tiny white waterfalls, which run into the Hvita river. It is an incredibly beautiful and surprisingly colorful sight, with gleaming black rocks, red, yellow and green plants, the deep blue river and brilliant white streams of water.
After that we will visit another waterfall, known as Barnafoss (the children’s falls), so named because two Icelandic children were supposed to have fallen into them and perished. Despite this slightly tragic urban legend, they remain an absolutely beautiful sight, where cloudy white water, runs across craggy rocks formed by volcanic activity over the millennia. They are renowned for the amazing color of their water, which often has a slightly alien, foggy, grey quality.
The final stop of the day will be Reykholt, one of the most important historical and intellectual centers in Iceland. It was the home of the famous poet and politician Snorri Sturluson, who is one of our best sources for the myths and legends that make up all Nordic folklore. His impact on both medieval and modern scholarship is profound and he also lived a fascinating life, twice being elected law speaker of the Icelandic parliament, while also becoming one of the richest men in the country, before his untimely end. His house and farm in Reykholt is well-preserved and his famous naturally occurring hot tub, can still be seen today. This means that it is the perfect way to become acquainted with one of history’s most important figures: the perfect end to the silver circle tour.
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