This tour is available in connection with the cruise liners arriving to the capital area in the summer season. During this tour we drive through the countryside along the Golden Circle, a very popular tourist route in South Iceland covering about 300 km as it loops from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back again.
Duration: 10 hours
Pick-up: 30 min after docking
Available: All year
Included: Vessel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik harbour, guided Golden Circle Tour.
Not included: Lunch and entrance fee to the bathing area are not included in the price.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, bathing suit and towel. A camera is also a good idea.
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We will start the tour by driving through the countryside along the Golden Circle route, a very popular tourist route in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back again. The three primary stops on this route are Thingvellir National Park, the waterfall of Gullfoss and the active geothermal valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers of Geysir and Strokkur.
Other stops include Kerid, a volcano crater and Lake Laugarvatn. We drive east over the heath of Hellisheidi, getting a glimpse of the south coast lowland area before we pass the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi, a small and beautiful horticultural town. We will make our first stop at Kerid, a volcanic crater lake located in the Grimsnes area in south Iceland. From there we continue to Gullfoss Waterfall meaning “Golden Falls”.
The falls Gullfoss
The falls are situated in the River Hvita which originates from Lake Hvitarvatn on the south east side of the glacier of Langjokull. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It is Europe’s largest waterfall and is always spectacular. The average volume of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. On a sunny day rainbows form in the mist clouds created from the hammering falls which makes Gullfoss a very special sight to see.
Hot springs and geysers
After enjoying Gullfoss we visit the active geothermal hot spring valley of Haukadalur which contains the super Geysir which very rarely spouts nowadays; but when it does it can erupt steaming water 200 feet upwards. Please do not worry about that! The more active hot spring, Strokkur, reliably spouts hot water about 60-100 feet upwards every 5 minutes. In this area there are many wonderful walking paths taking you to view steaming vents and colourful, mineral-rich mud formations at almost every footstep. Next, we will head to the village of Laugarvatn, located in beautiful nature at the bank of a lake and hot springs.
We take our lunch break in a nice place in this area.
The National Park of Thingvellir
From Laugarvatn we drive to Thingvellir National Park, where the Great Atlantic Rift is clearly visible, a rift which is slowly pulling Iceland apart. Thingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament was established in the year 930 AD at Thingvellir. In 2004, Thingvellir National Park was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, one of just eight hundred sites worldwide which have been honoured in this way.
The Secret Lagoon
It‘s one of the oldest pools in Iceland and the surroundings are magical. Located at a hot spot area called Fludir the steam floats all around so it gets kind of mystic, really unique. The water is from 38°- 40° celsius of temperature and perfect for relaxing.
After relaxing in the Secret Lagoon we will head back to Reykjavik where we will drop our passengers off at the port in good time for your vessel's departure.