Even if you can only stay in Iceland for two days, this amazing country is still very much worth the visit. You won’t believe how much you can see in just two days! You’ll experience the best of Iceland’s stunning landscapes and charming atmosphere! Here we have a guide for the perfect two-day stopover Iceland vacation.
Included is airport transfers, accommodation in downtown Reykjavik for one night and the Golden Circle and Secret lagoon adventure tour.
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Group maximum: 18 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years
- Reykjavik City
- Thingvellir National Park
- The Secret Lagoon
- Geysir geothermal area
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Small group experience
You land at KEF airport early in the morning. The Flybus will be waiting for you and will drive you directly to BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik (the drive takes around 45 minutes).
The Golden Circle & Secret lagoon tour departs from the bus terminal at 09:00am.
Airport transfers, accommodation (shared bathrooms) in downtown Reykjavik, with breakfast, and the popular Golden Circle & Secret lagoon tour.
Bring with you:
Warm clothes, sturdy shoes and don't forget your bathing suit. A towel can be rented at the Secret Lagoon for those who don't have one.
Your accommodation is located near BSI bus terminal. You checkout on the second day, and walk to the bus terminal. The walk takes around 8 minutes. From there you take the Flybus back to KEF airport, at a time that suits your plan.
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Day One - Touring the Famous Golden Circle Route and Bathing in a Geothermal Lagoon
Airport transfer, Thingvellir National Park, Geysír Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall, Secret Lagoon
Show your voucher at the Flybus desk in the terminal and get your ticket. The bus takes you from Keflavik Airport to the BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik. The ticket applies to any departures. Buses conveniently run 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival. The journey to the capital city only takes about 45 minutes. We pick you up at the bus terminal at 09:00am, please stand next to the taxi line and note that pickup can take up to 20 minutes.
Thankfully, some of Iceland’s most unique natural phenomena are very close to the capital. The famous Golden Circle route is easily tourable in just one day. It features the landscapes of the typical Icelandic countryside and world-famous geological wonders. If you have two days in Iceland, the real must-do item is travelling around the Golden Circle route.
Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park
The first stop is one of these wonders. The Thingvellir National Park is the place where you can walk between boundaries of North-America and Europe! We will take you there and let you walk along the crack between the continental plates. Don’t worry... it is perfectly safe, as there is no fresh lava around. There is only the unmatched, awe-inspiring landscape!
Thingvellir National Park is also a UNESCO heritage site with amazing historic significance. The country’s first parliament was founded here over 1,000 years ago. Moreover, it was the first democratic national parliament in the world.
Geysers and hot springs
The next stop on the Golden Circle Route is Iceland’s most well-known geothermal area. The famous Strokkur geyser is found here. This very active geyser erupts every five to eight minutes. You will be able to see two or three eruptions at least! The blow can reach a height of 40 meters, but it usually does not blow higher than 10-20 meters. Strokkur is surrounded by many other bubbling hot springs, steaming mud pots and fumaroles.
Next, we’ll visit the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall. This extremely powerful waterfall carries enormous quantities of water. The fall cascades impressively down two steps and ends in a curving, deep gorge. In summertime, the walking path to the water is open. You can get so close to the fall that you can feel the spray on your face! On sunny days, a rainbow is very likely to show up over the waterfall.
The water comes directly from Iceland’s second largest ice cap, the Langjökull glacier. In good weather, you will be able to see the mesmerizing, giant glacier in the distance.
The Secret Geothermal Lagoon
Finally, at the end of this day’s tour you will visit a natural geothermal lake. The Secret Lagoon is a natural hot spring pool with water about 38°–40° Celsius (100-104 Fahrenheit) warm. This temperature is perfect for bathing. Relax and enjoy the warm water while geothermal streams, hot pots and tiny geysers make wonderful noises around you. In wintertime, if skies are clear, you’ll have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights from the lagoon. It’s a perfect way of closing out such a special day.
After the relaxing bath you will travel directly back to Reykjavík city center. We drop you off at your hotel in downtown Reykjavik, just in time for dinner. Estimated drop-off is at 18:00.
About your hotel
We will book for you accommodation at a cozy guesthouse, located a few minutes walk from BSI bus terminal, in downtown Reykjavik. There is a great selection of restaurants and bars nearby. We recommend a walk around the downtown area.
If you book for two or four travelers you will get double/twin rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you will additionally get a single room.
Breakfast is included, it is served until 10:00am. The rooms all have shared bathrooms. You also have access to a shared full-sized kitchen.
The guesthouse has luxurious beds, complimentary Nespresso coffee, in-room cable TV, city view, complimentary wi-fi, luggage storage and a shared lounge area.
Day Two - Return to airport
Remember that breakfast is included, and it is served until 10:00am. You checkout from your hotel and walk to BSI bus terminal. The walk takes around 8 minutes. Hop on the next Flybus (departures every 30 minutes) and go to KEF airport. Show your Flybus voucher at the desk at the bus terminal and register for a departure that fits your flight schedule.
Note: the Flybus voucher is valid for the whole day, and there is luggage storage at the bus terminal and at the guesthouse. You can store your luggage, walk around the city, and take the Flybus at any time.