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Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon

Thingvellir, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring and bathing in the Secret Lagoon natural hot spring

Soak in a natural pool and explore three of the most popular attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Iceland offer a great value day tour in a small group setting.

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The tour will take you to all three attractions of the popular Golden Circle Tour, sightseeing directly from Reykjavik, with an added visit to the unique Secret Lagoon. It is a perfect Icelandic experience giving you a chance to visit waterfalls, geysers, historic sights and soak in a natural hot spring. There is a good reason this tour is getting to be one of our most popular tours. Come explore the famous sites of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area with a great Icelandic twist and a secret stop, all in a days trip!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    11.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
A Visit to the Secret Lagoon Iceland
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Included
Transfer to/from Reykjavik in a Minibus
A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle Sightseeing
Entrance Fee to the Secret Lagoon
Free WiFi on the Bus

The Golden Circle Iceland

Gullfoss

Gullfoss, the golden waterfall is one of the three sights of the Golden Circle route. This great waterfall attracts thousands of visitors every year and for a good reason –  According to the World of Waterfalls, it is one of the top ten best waterfalls in the world.

Gullfoss-Waterfall-Golden-Circle-Iceland

Geysir

Here you will have the opportunity to walk among the bubbling hot springs that surround the great Geysir, but make sure to stay within the restricted area for your own safety. Strokkur geyser is a site that you should definitely not miss before heading to your next stop, spouting water sometimes up to 40m high!

Þingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park a UNESCO world heritage site. Here the Icelandic history and great geological wonders come together, making the place one of Iceland‘s most interesting sites.

Secret Lagoon

Secret Lagoon Iceland picture taken on a golden circle iceland day tour with arctic advnetures

The oldest swimming pool in Iceland, a natural hot pool, suitable for bathing in all times of the year. The locals call this the “Secret lagoon” because it was known only to them for a long time. Now you have a chance to bathe in the hot water of this outstanding pool with its magical surroundings, that will surely offer great photo opportunities for you.


Pick-up Information

Pick-up: Pick up starts at 09:00 am from your accommodation or a nearby authorized meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Bathing suit & towel are also essential. Packed lunch (we will also stop at a diner/restaurant).

What if I don’t own all of these necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary items in the booking process.

 

Please note

Meals are not included on this tour. We will stop at a diner/restaurant on our way, but you can also bring along some packed lunch.

Due to limited availability during the holidays we have added the option to book the same tour with our trusted partner. Please note that the pickup time for our partner tour starts at 10:00 AM.

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.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

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Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon | Average rating: 4.8/5 based on 33 customer reviews


"Great Company" | 4 stars By Amanda Montgomery 05/07/2018
I did two tours with this company and both were fantastic. The South Coast and Jokulsarlon tour was simply amazing. The guide (Hjalti Steinn) that drove us out to the lagoon was super great and hilarious. He was very helpful and professional. The guide on our way home was Nick and he too was very knowledgable and helpful. We had a chance to just chill and chat when we stopped for supper and had a fantastic time. We got back late from the tour,and he was willing to drop me off at my apartment since the buses were all done for the night. This tour was one of the highlights of my whole trip and the guides made it even more memorable. I also did the Golden Circle with Secret Lagoon. Now, I knew these would be the busiest sights in Iceland, and they were, but ending the day at the Seceret Lagoon made all the stress of the crowds (I'm not a huge crowd fan) melt away. This was a lovely day trip and would definitely recommend. You get back to Reykjavik with enough time to do supper and other sightseeing especially in June when you have the midnight sun to keep you going all night. You guys do wonderful work and I loved the small bus and group size. TAKK TAKK TAKK
"Golden Circle Tour" | 5 stars By Clarel 01/07/2018
Tour was great! Guide was friendly and shared a lot of information about the places we went to see.
"Glacier Hike" | 5 stars By Debra Jones 01/07/2018
The highlight of the 3 days was our tour guide on the glacier hike, Maria was amazing and very knowledgeable. Then the opportunity to enjoy the geothermal pool was also a great time. Suggest to anyone thinking about this tour - DO IT FOR SURE!!!!
"Golden tour!" | 5 stars By Sian Howells 26/06/2018
This trip was fantastic. Despite the weather kata ensured we had a great day seeing the dlights of Iceland. She was friendly and informative, and great company for the day. We felt very safe with her driving and enjoyed the playlists in the van. The tour group was just the right size so we didnt waste time waiting for a large group to return to the bus after our stops. The stops were timed just right so we had enough time to view/see and comfot breaks too. The final stop at the Secret LAgoon was just fantastic and perhpas the highlight as it was so inexpected how lovely it was. Great trip and would highly recommend. Thank you! Oh yes, and the communications were great before the tour too, so we werent worried about being picked up etc.
"Awesome time at Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon with Olaf" | 5 stars By Pavel V 03/06/2018
We have a great day with our tour guide Olaf. I liked that the group was very small (6 people on that day) and that generally we were free to explore the sites without it feeling like some kind of "classroom" trip. I liked also the Secret Lagoon at the end of this trip (with 2 hours giving us plenty of time there) which made for a much more enjoyable day than the "standard" tours out there. I also liked that Olaf the guide was very open to conversation and this gave us an opportunity to chat with someone local and learn more about Iceland this way. Would definitely recommend him as a guide and this tour to anyone interested.
"We did the classic ...and was very well organised" | 5 stars By Luigi appiani 02/06/2018
We did the classic ...and was very well organised. ..unfortunately we had heavy rain ...but. ..this is Iceland too Very nice stop at the secret lagoon . Our guide. ..Oliver? ...Was nice gave us lots of information and was very kind to make us recover a lost umbrella .actually very good.thanks
"Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon" | 5 stars By Steve Christie 02/06/2018
I looked for the best deal on the net before travelling to Iceland and wasn’t disappointed... this was a fantastic trip, the highlight of our stay and well worth the money. Our tour guide was superb, his knowledge of the area was excellent and kept all travellers informed of what was going on around them. Would definitely recommend this trip.
"Fabulous day!!!!!" | 5 stars By Kurt Herrman 30/05/2018
Amazing day!!! Our tour guide was fantastic telling us about the sights we were seeing, with comic relief in between. Every stop was breathtaking and the Secert Lagoon was the icing on the cake. Don’t miss this tour it’s a must do tour!!!!!!
"An Excellent Way to See More Of Iceland" | 5 stars By Pete Axson 30/05/2018
I highly recommend this tour. If you only have a couple of days in Iceland, it is a great overview. If you have longer, it will give you some great ideas for future explorations. Very informative, and goes at a nice pace. The small group makes it a much nicer experience than large bus tours where you feel like you are being herded around. A great day and well worth it. Thanks!!
"Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon" | 5 stars By Irma Virant Klun and Matjaz Klun 27/05/2018
This tour was amazing. In spite of bad weather we saw some beautiful spots of Iceland with clear explanation by tour guide Mika. It was great to soak in a warm water of Secret Lagoon after day travel and in a cold weather outside !
"A must while in Iceland" | 3 stars By Pravda Miteva 22/05/2018
The tour was just wonderful. Easy for small children too. Lots of history and movie like sceneries. Research before as some of the guides are really great, willing to and tireless in sharing interesting information, history and legents, while some of them are exactly the opposite. For this trip we had not good guide.
"Fantastic day, fantastic guide" | 5 stars By Gill 31/01/2018
Fantastic day, fanstastic guide. My kids aged 13, 11 and 8 loved it.
"Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon" | 5 stars By Victoria Smith 04/02/2018
We had a fantastic time on our tour with George as our guide. He was informative and fun and the secret lagoon was a highlight for us. Thanks for having us.
"Great Combo Tour - Great Guide" | 5 stars By Scott Burdick 05/02/2018
This combo day tour was perfect. Guide picked us up on time and had an amazing playlist going all day of Icelandic music. His driving and info was great. The Golden Circle was amazing to see and the Secret Lagoon was perfect after being out in the cold for most of the day. Highly recommend.
"Very enjoyable and informative day" | 5 stars By Jenny 14/02/2018
Very enjoyable and informative day. The tour guide was helpful and interesting.
"Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon" | 5 stars By Christine 27/02/2018
Our guide Mica was great. He was lively and fun and informative and mixed well with the group. Good choice of music in the bus. The tour was fabulous, magnificent scenery in the snow. We were amazed by how busy everywhere was.
"Golden circle and secret lagoon" | 5 stars By Catherine Linden 06/03/2018
It was a beautiful and full day....weather co-operated! Bjorn was a very pleasant and informative guide. One little snafu: a few of us did not understand her to say that the bus drop-off and pick-up sites at the National Park were different! That might be made a little clearer. The 3 main stops were gorgeous examples of the natural beauty of Iceland for those not able to explore the country side on their own. The Secret Lagoon was a perfect way to cap off the tour, tranquil and not too touristy!
"Good full day taster of the Golden Circle" | 4 stars By Vicky Allen 07/03/2018
5 stops during the day....all interesting and worthwhile. Helpful, pleasant and informative guide Bjork gave us a smattering of the history and natural history throughout the tour. Time to appreciate each stop before moving on and finishing with a dip at the Secret Lagoon meant we were nicely chilled out for the final journey back to Reykjavik.
"Golden circle & secret lagoon" | 5 stars By Lorna Furber 16/03/2018
A fantastic tour & Johan (our guide) was exceptional. The whole day was well organised and the secret lagoon was definitely the highlight
"Stunning scenery & the chance to try out a hot pool!" | 5 stars By Alsops x 2 24/03/2018
Excellent tour guide who kept us well informed regarding places we visited & well entertained throughout our day. Clear expectations provided re timings for loo stops/ lunch etc. Nice group size. In addition our guide was also helpful in providing suggestions as to where we could find veggie food near to our hotel. Nb The secret lagoon is maybe not quite as secret as you’d expect.Though our guide did suggest this could be the case as we approached the location. It was nice though to bathe as the locals would do.
"golden circle and secret lagoon" | 5 stars By Catherine Linden 06/03/2018
It was a beautiful and full day....weather co-operated! Bjorn was a very pleasant and informative guide. One little snafu: a few of us did not understand her to say that the bus drop-off and pick-up sites at the National Park were different! That might be made a little clearer. The 3 main stops were gorgeous examples of the natural beauty of Iceland for those not able to explore the country side on their own. The Secret Lagoon was a perfect way to cap off the tour, tranquil and not too touristy!
"Would recommend" | 4 stars By Sheila Sturzel 30/03/2018
Great tour if you are only stating for a short time and want to get a feel for the place. Thomas was a great guide and quickly established a rapport with us all. He had lots of little nuggets of information about Iceland although there were some problems with his microphone - it was easier to hear him without it! We were fortunate that the sun came out for the waterfall, it stayed dry for the national park and the hailstones subsided while we were in the Secret Lagoon which was definitely a highlight of the day. Our punctuality was rewared with an unscheduled stop to see some Icelandic horses! Thomas kindly took photographs of us overlooking the waterfall.
"We had a fabulous time on the Arctic Adventures Golden Circle Tour" | 5 stars By Samantha Elliott 01/04/2018
We had a fabulous time on the Arctic Adventures Golden Circle Tour. While winter weather did close some of the hiking trails, we got great views and a good amount of time at each stop. The fissure was a fun novel stop, the geysers were both impressive and magical with steaming fields all around, and the waterfall was truly impressive (though Niagara Falls has a special place in the American heart, Gullfoss was prettier and had better views too!) We stopped to pet some Icelandic horses en route, and had a luxurious soak in the Secret Lagoon. I had had some reservations about choosing this quaint lagoon over Blue Lagoon, but it far exceeded my expectations. Our group was small so the pool wasn't crowded. It was gloriously warm and had its own geyser that sent out a wave of extra heat each time it erupted. They had plastic wine glasses so you could enjoy a beverage, but the scenery was by far the best of all- the pool has a natural bottom of volcanic sand and gravel, and is surrounded by the winding hotspring sending up tendrils of steam in a magical cloud of fantasy all around you. There's a farm house on a hill, and horses grazing within view. There's even a geothermal greenhouse on site. Our guide (Zaho?) was very personable and his English was great. He was quick to take pictures or explain where we were going and where we were. The wifi in the tour van was A+, and the pricing was far more reasonable than a lot of other tour companies. We had other tours with another popular tour company, and Arctic Adventures was better in every way. Would definitely recommend them to anyone.
"Beautiful day trip" | 5 stars By Elizabeth 05/04/2018
My tour guide, Hawk, was incredible. He played Icelandic music and offered lots of knowledge about the countries history and landscape. The tour itself was amazing, the locations were so beautiful and wonderful to behold from the geysirs to Gullfoss. Definitely recommend this trip if you're traveling to Iceland.
"Wonderful Tour in Iceland" | 5 stars By Lubov Arotsky 18/04/2018
Was picked up right outside our hotel and pick up was on time in a small bus. I liked that this was a small bus! We went to the 3 stops at the Golden Circle tour and then were taken to the Lagoon. Our tour guide was fantastic, the lagoon was lovely after a long day of hiking. I would absolutely redo this tour again or recommend it to a friend.
"An exceptional experience" | 5 stars By Paddy Wardell-Yerburgh 20/04/2018
The transport was excellent with good wi fi facilities. The itinerary was good and our driver really made it an exceptional experience. She arrived at the pick up point on time and was very welcoming. We could hear and understand everything she said and she made herself available to talk to when we were not in the minibus. Being in a small group certainly was so much nicer than being on a large coach.
"Iceland Golden Circle Golden Tour" | 5 stars By Terry Elwell & Lesley Bingle 09/05/2018
We had the most marvellous time in Iceland and will definitely go back one day. The highlight though was the Arctic Adventures Golden Circle Tour. Our guide was charming, funny and very knowledgeable. She really made a great day out for us all. 10/10. The scenery was astounding and happily we had good weather even though we returned to Reykjavik in a snow storm! Many thanks and see you again soon.
"The tour itself was fantastic" | 5 stars By Ams 18/05/2018
Hello, This isn’t really a review, but I wanted to say that I thought our tour guides were fantastic. The tour itself was fantastic as well. I did want to suggest sending an itinerary to before the trip though. We did not know where Where we were staying, where to get picked up, and what we would do on a daily basis. Getting an itinerary would remove a lot of the confusion.
"Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon" | 5 stars By Steve Christie 02/06/2018
I looked for the best deal on the net before travelling to Iceland and wasn’t disappointed... this was a fantastic trip, the highlight of our stay and well worth the money. Our tour guide was superb, his knowledge of the area was excellent and kept all travellers informed of what was going on around them. Would definitely recommend this trip.
"Awesome time at Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon with Olaf" | 5 stars By Pavel V 03/06/2018
We have a great day with our tour guide Olaf. I liked that the group was very small (6 people on that day) and that generally we were free to explore the sites without it feeling like some kind of "classroom" trip. I liked also the Secret Lagoon at the end of this trip (with 2 hours giving us plenty of time there) which made for a much more enjoyable day than the "standard" tours out there. I also liked that Olaf the guide was very open to conversation and this gave us an opportunity to chat with someone local and learn more about Iceland this way. Would definitely recommend him as a guide and this tour to anyone interested.
"Golden Circle Tour" | 5 stars By Clarel 01/07/2018
Tour was great! Guide was friendly and shared a lot of information about the places we went to see.
"Circle Tour" | 5 stars By John O'Hare 26/07/2018
We enjoyed the beauty of Iceland and our tour gave us a full days worth of joy. In particular, our tour guide was especially helpful and so kind; she answered all of our questions and gave us great insight to what saw at each location. She described her family name and heritage and was a great representative for your company!! Thanks!
"Great Day" | 5 stars By Diane 06/08/2018
The tour was good. There were a couple of places that I wish we had more time in. We were pleasantly surprised by the secret lagoon. We did pack a lunch with us which allowed us to eat lunch while waiting for the Geyser to erupt.
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