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Golden Circle, Kerið Crater & Blue Lagoon

Day Tour of Iceland’s Most Famous Highlights

Explore the famous Golden Circle Route, visit Kerið Crater and soak in the Blue Lagoon

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This combo tour blends the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Kerið Crater Lake into one amazing package. You’ll see Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall, and admire the vivid colors of Kerið Crater Lake. 

Top off your adventure with a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon, one of the modern wonders of the world. If you’re looking to pack as much adventure as possible into one day, then this is the tour for you!

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    11 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 Years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    25.490 ISK

Tour highlights
Golden Circle Tour
Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir)
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Friðheimar tomato farm
Kerið Volcanic Crater
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Included
Pick up and drop-off in Reykjavik
Golden Circle complete tour
Admission fee to Kerid volcano crater lake
Transfer to Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon Comfort ticket, with admission, silica mud mask, use of towel and one drink of your choice
Free WiFi on the bus

Your tour begins at 9:00 a.m. We’ll collect you from the meeting point in Reykjavik and make the scenic one-hour drive to Þingvellir National Park. Our comfortable bus is equipped with Wi-Fi, so you can read all about the countryside and its history. 

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its historical, cultural and geological value. Althingi, the world’s oldest parliament, was established there in 930 CE. For centuries. the region was the most important political, social and legal center in Iceland.

Thingvellir is also one of the most important geological sites in the world. The park straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, marking the point where Europe ends and North America begins.

The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates tear away from each other at a rate of 2 cm per year. 

The Great Geysir and Strokkur Hot Springs

Our next stop is the nearby Geysir Geothermal Area. The word geyser came from this spot and from the now-dormant Great Geysir. 

You’ll also visit the very active Strokkur geyser, which erupts every 6-10 minutes. Explore the surrounding fumaroles, bubbling hot springs and seething mud pits. 

Gullfoss Waterfall

The final stop on the Golden Circle is perhaps the most beautiful. Gullfoss Waterfall (“the golden waterfall”) is named the golden color of the water as it thunders down into the canyon below. 

Gullfoss originates from the second-largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. The cascade falls in two stages, flowing over a small 36-ft lava step before it crashes 229 ft over the main waterfall. 

Kerið, the Colorful Volcanic Crater

The Kerið volcanic crater was created by a powerful eruption 3,000 years ago. 

Within Kerið lies an enormous oval-shaped crater lake. The electric blue lake contrasts with the crimson slopes and green moss that covers them. The colors make for some of the best photos in Iceland. 

Blue Lagoon, the World-Famous Geothermal Spa

You’ll be dropped off in Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Grab a quick bite to eat ahead of your trip to the Blue Lagoon!

We’ll provide you with your Blue Lagoon transfer shuttle ticket. You’ll also get a Blue Lagoon entrance ticket, which grants you a free drink, silica face mask, and towel.

Catch the shuttle to the Blue Lagoon at the BSI Bus Terminal. You’ll receive a voucher upon booking confirming the time of the transfer and entrance ticket. 

The Blue Lagoon was rated as one of the modern wonders of the world by National Geographic. It’s nestled in the heart of a sprawling lava field and is filled with geothermal water known for its skin-healing properties. 

Your return bus ticket is open, allowing you to spend as much time as you want at the Blue Lagoon. 


Pick-up Information
  • We’ll pick you up from one of our designated pick up points in Reykjavik at 9:00 a.m.
  • The pickup process can last up to 30 minutes. Thank you in advance for your patience! 
  • Drop-off in Reykjavik is in the late afternoon/early evening.
  • Your shuttle transfer departs from the BSI Bus Terminal. You’ll receive a voucher upon booking confirming the time of the transfer and entrance ticket. 
  • Your return ticket from the Blue Lagoon is open, so you can depart whenever you’re ready.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’ pick-up list.


Practical Information
  • Iceland’s weather is highly changeable. We recommend dressing according to the season. Bring warm layers and something waterproof in case it rains.
  • You’ll need to bring your own bathing suit to swim in the Blue Lagoon. They can also be rented on-site for a small fee.

 

Please note

The Blue Lagoon’s opening times vary according to the season. We recommend checking the closing time in advance.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

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.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

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.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

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