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Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Snorkeling Between Two Continents

Golden Circle Sightseeing, Snorkel in the Worlds Clearest Water & Bathe in the Therapeutic Blue Lagoon

An astonishing day to see the diverse attractions that Iceland has to offer along with a mesmerizing snorkel in the purest of waters that Silfra has to offer. Bringing the day to a close get ready to soak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon.

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This tour allows you to immerse yourself in some of the best sights that Iceland has to offer. Spend the first part of the day touring the famous Golden Circle before entering the crystal clear waters of Silfra Fissure, snorkelling between two tectonic plates. Then plunge into the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon to relax at the end of a funfilled day. The extraordinary landscapes you’ll see from Reykjavik to the Golden Circle then through the Reykjanes Peninsula to the Blue Lagoon are unforgettable. 

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    13 Hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 years old

  • Ratio

    Sightseeing 1:19 / Snorkeling 1:6

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    34.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
A guided tour of the Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Strokkur Geyser
Gullfoss Waterfall
Silfra Fissure
Blue Lagoon
Reykjanes Peninsula landscapes
Included
Pickup & drop-off in Reykjavik
Silfra Fissure admission fee
Snorkeling Equipment
Transfer to the Blue Lagoon
Comfort admission to Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Transfer shuttle to and from Blue Lagoon to BSI (main bus terminal)
Free WiFi on minibus

Uncover the amazing nature of Iceland on the combo tour that includes all the wonders of the Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall). After this, you will head to the remarkable location of Silfra Fissure where you will snorkel through a geological wonder in the world’s clearest water. To end the day, soak into the tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon. This paradise is located in the middle of an enchanting moss-covered lava field. Traversing the astonishing landscapes back to Reykjavik is the perfect way to sit back and rejoice your day. This combo tour gives a large advantage in providing logistics so you can utilize your time to truly appreciate what Iceland has to offer.


The Spectacular Golden Circle

The day starts by being picked-up in Reykjavik at your desired pick-up location and driving to the main attractions that are featured on the Golden Circle. The captivating scenery and admirable landscapes along the whole tour will leave great memories about your time in Iceland.

Thingvellir National Park

The first stop on your Golden Circle tour is Thingvellir National Park. This spot holds a large historical significance due to the fact that the first parliament in the world assembled here in 930 AD. This is not the only factor that makes Thingvellir a special place. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site and home to a large variety of amazing landscapes that are extremely unique to Iceland. Furthermore, Thingvallavatn Lake is very close and this is the biggest natural lake in Iceland. There really is so much to see at Thingvellir.

One of the highlights that you will encounter at Thingvellir is the walk between two continental plates, here you will be able to see the exposed Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This is the only place in the world that you are able to see it. This ridge was formed by the Eurasian and North American plates moving apart and although the ridge is submerged deep in the ocean, there is a part that is very visible above sea level. On your visit, you will also see streams, waterfalls and a plethora of wildlife.

Geysir and Strokkur Geothermal Area

Next on the tour is Geysir Geothermal Area. The scenery that you will find here is the polar opposite to the peaceful sights you saw at Thingvellir. This area is one of the most active geothermal areas in the whole of Iceland. The Stokkur hot spring catapults up to 20 meters (49-65.6 feet) high between every 4-10 minutes. The vigorous sight of bubbling pools and shooting steam is a world away from anything you’ve ever seen. Geysir Hot Spring has recently been less active, however, if you do happen to catch it mid-eruption the water can blast up to 60m meters (196.8 feet). These impressive springs are sure to steal the limelight, but sapphire blue pools can be found amongst the rugged dark terrain and exuberant mud pots are hidden all over. 

If you wanted proof that Iceland is the land of fire and ice, here it is!

Gullfoss Waterfall – The Golden Waterfall

The rumbling sound of masses of water falling over the rock edge and iridescent mist spray is the spectacle you will see upon arrival at the Golden Waterfall. The cascade of water is glacial meltwater from Langjokull Glacier that streams through the Hvita River eventually ending up at Gullfoss Waterfall.

Having two stages to the waterfall is what makes Gullfoss unique. The river emerges to the first drop of 10.6 meters (35 feet) and continues to fall down the second drop of 21.3 meters (70 feet). It is evident where the roaring sound comes from when you witness the beauty of the waterfall. The sheer magnitude is awe-inspiring. 


Silfra Fissure – Between Two Divergent Continents

At this point in the tour, you may think that nothing will be able to top what you have just seen. But you would be wrong. You will head to Silfra Fissure, the purest and clearest waters in the world. Swimming with visibility of up to 100 meters is an experience like no other. You will also feel a sense of history as you float, 150 million years ago, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates began to move apart. Because of this, the hot lava that sat below the earth’s crust was forced out, forming a ridge when it came into contact with the icy cold ocean water. This process also formed the island of Iceland later on, and Silfra Fissure is a perfect location to see the geological spectacle.

This snorkeling adventure is effortless which means you can concentrate solely on the deep blue waters that surround you. The calmness of the environment takes over your body as you float over this underwater utopia. A constant gentle current ensures that you float peacefully over the deep ridges and shallow rocks. A dry suit provided by professional snorkeling guide will help keep you buoyant and dry. Having a constant temperature also makes snorkeling at Silfra a great activity all year round. You can expect the water to be at a temperature of around 2-4 °C (35 to 39°F), this is another factor that helps to keep the water clear. 

Similarly to Gullfoss, the water in Silfra is glacial meltwater from LAngjokull, which is roughly 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) in the north direction. The slow filtration process is what helps to make the water at Silfra so pure. Underground lava rocks act as a natural filter, by flowing through the rocks anything that could impact the water in any way is removed. It can take anywhere between 30 and 100 years to travel through the lava field, although this seems like a long time, it is a great advantage for us. Not only does it create the clearest water in the world, but you can even drink it!


Blue Lagoon – the World-class Geothermal Resort & Spa

After an overwhelming day of fascinating sights and thrilling experiences, relaxing in the Blue Lagoon is the ideal way to end your day. You will be dropped at the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik where you will transfer to the shuttle bus that transports you to the Reykjanes Peninsula. Some people use this journey as a time to chill out before reaching your next destination. However, if you look to your right you will see ocean waves dancing as the sea meets the land. On your left, Icelandic lava fields meet mountains. There truly isn’t a moment where you won’t be amazed.

The Blue Lagoon comfort admission includes a drink of your choice, the use of a towel and a mud mask made from the Silica of the Blue Lagoon. The volcanically heated water is sure to send you straight into chill mode. Enriched with nutrients, take advantage of the therapeutic properties this natural pool has to offer. The only thing that could make this day any better, is if you have the luck of nature on your side and the Northern Lights make an appearance. Keep your fingers crossed. More information on the Blue Lagoon.

You will get an open return ticket to Reykjavik, please be sure to check the timetable below for bus time.

Pick-up information

Pickup & drop off: Pick up in Reykjavik starts at 9:00 in the morning. After the Golden Circle tour and snorkeling activity, you will be dropped off at BSI main bus terminal in Reykjavik where you will get on a shuttle bus at 7 p.m. (19:00) to the Blue Lagoon. As mentioned above, you will have an open return ticket for the shuttle bus and you will be returned to BSI bus station. (Please see the timetable below)
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical information

What to bring: You will need to bring warm clothes for the Golden Circle tour preferably wool or fleece to keep the warmth in. Thermal underwear will also be needed for the snorkeling tour as this is what you will wear under your dry suit. If you wish to bring a spare change of clothes, then feel free, however, this is optional.


Blue Lagoon Bus Schedule

Enjoy your time at the Blue Lagoon and then make your return on one of the shuttle buses that are on offer. The timetable can be found below but please be aware that there are different opening times dependent on the season.

Reykjavik –
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon –
Reykjavik
KEF Airport –
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon –
KEF Airport
07:00 All year 11:15 All year 07:30 All year 12:00 All year
08:00 All year 12:15 All year 08:30 All year 14:00 All year
09:00 All year 13:15 All year 11:30 All year 16:00 All year
10:00 All year 14:15 All year 13:00 June 1st – December 31st   17:00 From December 1st
11:00 All year 15:15 All year 15:30 All year 18:00 Until November 30th 
12:00 All year 16:15 All year 16:30 All year
13:00 All year 17:15 All year
14:00 All year 18:15 All year
15:00 All year 19:15 All year
16:00 All year 20:15 All year
17:00  All year 21:15 All year
18:00 All year 22:15  All year
19:00 All year 23:15 January 1st – November 30th 
20:00 January 1st – November 30th 

Blue Lagoon Opening Hours

Date 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

Date 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

 

Please note

Friendly reminder: You need to feel comfortable in the water and also be able to swim in order to participate in the Snorkeling tour at Silfra Fissure.

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 Special Tours, 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 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. 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.

 

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 do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

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