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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 offers great value in a small group setting.

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The tour will take you to all three attractions of the popular Golden Circle 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 on of ours most popular ones.
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!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    11.990 ISK

Tour highlights
A visit to the Secret Lagoon Iceland
Small group experience
Geysir hot springs 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

Golden Circle

Gullfoss

Gullfoss, the golden waterfall is one of the three sights of the Golden Circle. 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
Geysir

Here you will have the opportunity to walk among the bubbling hot springs that surround the famous 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
The oldest swimming pool in Iceland, a natural hot pool. 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 this outstanding pool with its magical surroundings that will surely offer great photo opportunities for you.

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.

Remember to bring: 
Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, head wear, 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 clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing 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.

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

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

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?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

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 favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

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 routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

Do you offer a tour this 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.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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Price from 11.990 ISK per person.

If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon | Average rating: 4.9/5 based on 16 customer reviews


"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.
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