This special day trip not only takes you to the famous Golden Circle route and to soak into the dreamy water of the Blue Lagoon with the Comfort admission and Reykjavik transfer included, it also takes a detour to Kerið crater lake, one of the most amazing volcanic craters in Iceland. It’s suitable for those who arrive in Iceland in the morning and would like to hit the road right away. You are going to spend an incredible afternoon visiting Iceland’s most renowned natural attractions.
The Classics, the Hidden Gem & Blue Lagoon Evening Soak!
Duration: 11 hours
Pick-up: 12:00 (12 p.m.)
Available: All Year
Age limit: 6 years
- The Golden Circle Route
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir Hot Spring Area
- Strokkur Hot Spring
- The Great Geysir Hot Spring
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- The Colorful Kerið Volcanic Crater
- Kerid Crater Lake
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
- Complimentary Silica Mud Mask
- One drink of your choice at Blue Lagoon
- Rejuvenating Water of the Blue Lagoon
- Natural Wonders
- Free WiFi on the Minibus
Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, Golden Circle afternoon tour, admission fee to Kerid volcanic crater lake, transfer to Blue Lagoon, Comfort Admission to Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Free WiFi on the buses. The Comfort Admission to Blue Lagoon includes entrance to Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, silica mud mask, use of towel and one drink of your choice.
Pick up & drop off:
Pick up in Reykjavik starts at 12:00 p.m. (noon). We will drop you off at BSI main bus terminal after visiting the Golden Circle and the volcanic crater lake Kerid. After that, you will get a bus shuttle at 19:00 (7 p.m.) to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. For transfer from Blue Lagoon back to Reykjavik, you will have an open ticket for the return shuttle, you will be dropped off at BSI again (please see the shuttle bus timetable below).
Children (6-15): 18 743
The Golden Circle Route
At noon, you will be ready to go on the classic Golden Circle route, which is one of the most popular trips in Iceland. From the capital to the first stop in the Golden Circle tour, you will pass some unique, weirdly beautiful landscapes. The stunning mountain Esja will quietly accompany your journey until the scenes change to ice-capped glacier illuminating afar and peaceful lake Thingvallavatn glistening close to the road. Very soon, you will arrive at the first stop Thingvellir.
Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park is one of the two UNESCO world heritage sites in Iceland. Its esteemed status was largely contributed by the rich historical stance as it’s where the Iceland parliament was established and it’s the oldest parliament in the world. In 930 AD, an outdoor assembly began in Thingvellir for which the most powerful leaders in the country would come to discuss legislative and judicial matters. It was the biggest social convention at the time in Iceland. Thingvellir was the heart of the nation.
Another significant point about Thingvellir is its geological location on the planet. Thingvellir stands in between two continental tectonic plates - the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates - and they are diverging at a rate of two centimeters annually. The divergent movement created the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that eventually created Iceland around 24 million years ago. The extensive submerged ridge has a rift valley that can be seen on dry land only in Iceland right here at Thingvellir. Amazingly, you will walk in the rift valley and see the diverse sceneries created by the natural wonder.
The Great Geysir and Strokkur Hot Springs
Next up you will visit a cluster of hot springs. At the quiet Great Geysir hot spring, you will see a cerulean basin-like hot spring that used to hurl up to 60 meters high. Compared to the tranquil Great Geysir, its neighbor Strokkur is far more dynamic as it gushes up to 10 - 20 meters to the sky every 6 - 10 minutes. You have the chance to see the entire process of how pure steaming water slowly builds up enough power before erupting. The unusual landscape consists many traits, including colorful fumaroles, hissing muddy field and gushing hot springs. While visiting this hot zone filled by scalding water and steam, personal safety is always the primary concern, and following the onsite instructions is a must.
The final stop on the Golden Circle is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. “Gull” is an Icelandic word for “gold,” and “foss” means waterfall. Why it’s called the Golden Waterfall? It said was because in Iceland the golden evening hue often glazes the bluish glacier meltwater with a layer of golden color. And due to the enormous size of the stream, the scene is always extraordinary.
The glacier meltwater is originated from the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjokull glacier, that’s located a bit more than 36 km (22 mile) north. The glacier meltwater first streams together in Hvitarvatn glacier lagoon before meandering down south by Hvita river until it stumbles into the gorge at Gullfoss waterfall. The wide stream falls into two stages before running into the narrow valley. The water first gradually flows down by 11 meters (36 ft) then after flowing a short distance, it falls in a sudden posture into the gorge whose valley cliff on both sides can reach up to 70 meters (229 ft). Gullfoss waterfall is the most voluminous waterfall in Iceland and in Europe, and it’s very hard to find many waterfalls in the rest of the world that can match Gullfoss’ sheer force and overwhelming presence.
Kerið, the Colorful Volcanic Crater - Hidden Gem Along the Golden Circle
Iceland is famous for its unique landscapes. One big factor for its extraterrestrial appearances is due to the prominent presence of volcanic craters, especially in the north. In the South Coast of Iceland, the most famous volcanic crater is Kerið.
Kerid volcanic crater lake is about 3000 years old. It’s a location on the north end of a crater clutter known as Tjarnarholar. As an oval-shaped volcanic crater, Kerid is about 170 meters (557 ft) in width, 270 meters (886 ft) in length, and 55 meters (180 ft) in depth.
At the bottom of the crater, you will find a stunningly blue lake that reflects the surrounding multicolored crater slopes. Due to the special location of the crater, the red volcanic land is usually covered by vibrant green moss forming a stark contrast to please the eye. This unique place is a hidden gem along the Golden Circle Route and a perfect detour when you are out from Reykjavik this way.
Blue Lagoon, the Renowned World-Class Geothermal Spa
After visiting the essential Golden Circle attractions, you will be heading back to the capital, and receive your Blue Lagoon transfer shuttle ticket that’s scheduled at 7 p.m. The world-class geothermal spa Blue Lagoon is situated in the middle of moonlike landscapes on Reykjanes Peninsula, only 49 kilometers from Reykjavik. On your way to the Lagoon from the capital, you will be able to see the unique landforms as moss grows lavishly and covers the endless lava field that extends to where the horizon starts. When you see the hot steam rising up from the milky blue pond filled with hot water, you know the destination is here.
The Blue Lagoon admission is at 8 p.m. It’s a Comfort admission that includes use of silica mud mask, one drink of your choice, and use of a towel.
If you are in Iceland during summer, the nightscape of Blue Lagoon is quite fascinating as the sky is often appearing in otherworldly colors and the entire scene is beyond imagination. If it’s the wintertime, Blue Lagoon is another spectacle where nearby mountains turn to shades under the beautiful winter’s starry sky.
You will get an open return ticket from Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. Spending the evening in the therapeutic geothermal water is the highlight of the day. Then you will return with one of the shuttle buses that’s scheduled according to the timetable below. Please also keep in mind that the opening hours of Blue Lagoon are different depending on the season.
You have an open return ticket from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters and then return with one of the bus shuttles (see timetable below). Please keep in mind that there are different opening hours for the lagoon depending on the season.
Blue Lagoon > Reykjavik Timetable:
Blue Lagoon Opening Hours:
1 Jan - 24 May
8:00 - 22:00
25 May - 28 Jun
7:00 - 23:00
29 Jun - 19 Aug
7:00 - 00:00
20 Aug - 30 Nov
8:00 - 22:00
1 Dec - 31 Dec
8:00 - 21:00