Explore Borgarfjordur on the Silver Circle Tour! Visit Europe’s most powerful hot spring, relax at Krauma Geothermal Baths, discover the wonderful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls and visit Reykholt.
Discover Borgarfjordur fjord on the Silver Circle Tour. It’s maybe less famous than its rival the Golden Circle, but it is absolutely as beautiful and a must-see while visiting Iceland. Here, you will discover the natural boiling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and the relaxing Krauma geothermal baths & spa. In addition, we visit the impressive Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Reykholt, most famous for being the home of Snorri Sturluson, a legendary Icelandic poet and politician.
~ 8 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- The Silver Circle
- Borgarfjordur Fjord
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Krauma Geothermal Baths
- Hraunfossar Waterfalls
- Barnafoss Waterfall
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Guided Tour in minibus
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Entrance fee to Krauma geothermal baths
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Get the essential Icelandic experience on the Silver Circle tour! Go off the beaten track, visit natural beauties and get to know more about the Icelandic history & culture.
The first stop is Deildartunguhver, Europe’s highest outflowing hot spring. Here, you can truly see the power of nature as steam clouds rise from the bubbling waters. In addition to being incredibly beautiful, Deildartunguhver waters are piped to the nearby towns of Borgarnes and Akranes for human consumption. This natural boiler is a great environmentally-friendly heating system and the best natural way to deliver hot water to these nearby towns.
Not far away is our next stop, Krauma Natural Geothermal Baths, which also uses heated water from Deildartunguhver springs. Of course, to be able to bathe here, the boiling hot water is mixed with icy cold water which directly comes from Ok, Iceland’s smallest glacier. The mixture of the two creates the perfect temperature for a hot relaxing bath. The natural spa is a true gem for those who want to take the time to relax in beautiful settings. The geothermal waters are rich in nutrients and will take care of your body while all you have to do is enjoy the moment.
After a moment of relaxation, you are fully prepared to be amazed by Hraunfossar, translated as the Lava Waterfalls. The word waterfall is used in plural because this is not a single body of water, it is actually many small streams creating a myriad of tiny white waterfalls, which make this place extremely unique and exceptionally beautiful. The water cascades down into Hvítá River, which can be translated as the White River. Hraunfossar is known as the wide and gentle falls because, despite the fact that they are not powerful nor high, they are a real feast for the eyes as the white water flows out of solidified dark lava, surrounded by colorful plants and the deep stretch of water. It is a great spot for photographers, with a high-contrast environment.
Barnafoss Waterfall is next on the list. The name can be directly translated into the “Children’s Waterfall” because the saga said that two children fell into the river and drowned when they were supposed to stay at home while their parents went to church. When their tracks were followed, they led to this waterfall. This is not a happy story but the falls remain truly beautiful. Located close to Hraunfossar, the color of the water is also mesmerizing and in fact, the cloudy white water runs down on steep rocks which were formed over many thousand years by volcanic eruptions.
Last but not least, Reykholt will be the final stop of the day. It is one of Iceland’s most notable historical and intellectual sites. Reykholt is known for being the home of Snorri Sturluson, one of Iceland’s most famous historians, poets and politicians, from 1206 to 1241. Snorri is a great writer and has contributed to the best sources for myths and legends among the Nordic Folklore. His records of the Old Norse language and mythology are essential to modern scholarship. Snorri was also elected twice lawspeaker to the Icelandic Parliament, he was one of the richest men in the country. In Reykholt, you can still see his house, his farm and even his famous natural hot tub, Snorralaug.
You will return to Reykjavík around 05:00 pm approximately.
Pick up & drop off
Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or your selected pick up location in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but we kindly ask you to be ready at 08:00 am.
Remember to bring: Warm & waterproof clothing, a towel & bathing suit, good shoes and of course your camera.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
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!