Experience two of the most popular attractions Iceland has to offer on this relaxing afternoon day tour.
This wonderful tour will take you through Iceland’s most iconic destinations, including the famous Golden Circle Route, which encompasses the historic Thingvellir National Park, the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall and the one-of-a-kind Geysir Geothermal area, before we end the day with a replenishing soak in the Blue Lagoon, chosen as one of the 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. The tour takes place in small groups ensuring that you can make the very most of our expert guides. This action-packed day is the ideal way to discover all the magic that Iceland has to offer.
You can book this tour with or without an admission ticket to the Blue Lagoon. Choose your preferred option upon booking.
~ 10 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Golden Circle (Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring, Thingvellir National Park)
- Blue Lagoon
- Scenic Bus Ride
- Complimentary Silica Mud Mask
- Golden Circle Tour with Transfer
- Comfort Admission to the Blue Lagoon (optional)
- Transfer to the Blue Lagoon
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
The Golden Circle Express
We always ensure that our minibus tours are done in small groups ensuring that you can gain full benefit from our expert guides, who love to tell you about all the incredible things that you are seeing.
Thingvellir National Park
The Golden Circle Route begins with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famed for its rich history and fascinating geology. It plays host to Althingi, where a group of Icelandic nobles gathered together in 930 AD to convene the first Viking Parliament. The modern Icelandic Parliament still bears the same name, making it one of the oldest continuously running democratic institutions in the world. It is also located right on the ever-expanding fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, meaning that we will be able to gaze across the gap between two continents. The entire area is dotted with dramatic geological features and stunning waterfalls, ensuring that it is an experience that you will treasure forever.
The Geysir Geothermal Area
From there we will travel to the Geysir Geothermal area, an expanse of land that is populated by a multitude of bubbling hot springs and violent geysers. The most famous of these is the now dormant Great Geysir, which was the first geyser to be mentioned in the English language and gives them all their name. While its younger brother Strokkur is still very much active propelling boiling jets of water up to 25 metres into the air every few minutes. There is no better way to appreciate the awesome power of mother nature than at this majestic natural wonder.
Gullfoss Waterfall – The Golden Waterfall
Our final stop will be the legendary Gullfoss Waterfall, famed for the golden color its glacial water takes as it crashes over the volcanically crafted lava steps. Its powerful cascade originates from the Hvita River (white river) and roars down into an emerald valley below. On sunny days rainbows regularly from above it, which only enhances its regal beauty.
The Blue Lagoon
We will then drop you back in Reykjavik, where you can take a bus shuttle from the BSI bus terminal to the world-famous Blue Lagoon: a magnificent geothermal wonder that is the world’s finest naturally occurring spa. Its milky-blue waters are incredibly rich in nutrients and heated by subterranean lava flows to an ideal temperature for bathing. Local doctors regularly prescribe a soak in the Blue Lagoon to cure skin conditions, making it perfect for a replenishing experience amidst truly stunning natural scenery. It is fed by the water output of the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, making it entirely eco-friendly and completely ethical.
Pick-up is at 12:00 pm from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
You will return to Reykjavík around 10:00 pm approximately and you will be dropped off where we picked you up.
What to bring: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots and a swimsuit.
Blue Lagoon Opening Hours
|1 Jan – 31 Jan||8:00 am – 21:00 pm|
|1 Feb – 3 Mar||8:00 am – 22:00 pm|
|4 Mar – 30 May||8:00 am – 21:00 pm|
|31 May – 27 Jun||7:00 am – 23:00 pm|
|28 Jun – 18 Aug||7:00 am – 00:00 pm|
|19 Aug – 28 Nov||8:00 am – 22:00 pm|
|29 Nov – 31 Dec||8:00 am – 21:00 pm|
Holiday Opening Hours
|24 Dec||8:00 am – 3:00 pm|
|25 Dec||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|31 Dec||8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
Blue Lagoon > Reykjavik Bus Timetable:
- 23:15 *Jan 1st – Nov 30th
The comfort admission includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of a towel and one drink of your choice.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle & Local Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour
Golden Circle and Caving