Overview

Explore the famous Golden Circle and the historic Secret Lagoon natural pools on the perfect 48 hours in Iceland

Highlights

  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Small Group Experience
  • Reykjavík City

Two days might not sound like a lot while visiting Iceland but done right these 48 hours might just be the perfect start or end to your travels. We have put together the perfect 2 days Iceland itinerary for you to enjoy and get to experience the true essence of Iceland. 

Drink in the history, take a dip in Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, get to see the geysers and waterfalls that originate in Iceland’s glaciers and explore the colorful capital.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group experience
Availability All Year
Duration 2 days
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Departs From Reykjavik
Meet on Location No
Pick Up No

From

199
Per Adult
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What's included

Included

  • Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation Downtown Reykjavík (1 night)
  • Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Hiking or sturdy shoes
  • Bathing suit

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

This tour is the perfect way to get in as much as you can on a tight stopover schedule without making you feel rushed. Fall in love with the land of Ice and Fire on an epic adventure!

You land in the morning at Keflavik International airport, located in a moss-covered lava field which has often been described as looking like the moon. You will have an airport bus booked already and it will take you through the epic Illahraun lava field onwards to the capital.

After about 45-60 minutes of driving, you have reached BSÍ Bus Terminal downtown Reykjavík. The view on the way is beautiful and the charming colorful houses in Reykjavík leave you in awe!

At the Bus Terminal, you will be picked up by an Arctic Adventures minibus for the adventure ahead. The driver guide will make sure you know everything there is to know about the stops for the day and that you will get the absolute most of your time here in Iceland.

The first stop along the Golden Circle route is the historical and geothermal wonderland Thingvellir National Park. It is where Iceland’s parliament was founded in 930 AC, making it one of the first democratic parliaments in the world and home to incredible lava rock formations and landscapes.

The continental plates (tectonic plates) drift apart in the deep valley that Thingvellir sits in and during your visit you will get a chance to explore it both by foot and with an outstanding overview of the valley from an lava cliff viewing point.

Next on today’s travel list is the hot spring paradise in Haukadalur, home to the world famous Geysir, the namegiver to all other geysers. The area is unbelievably colorful and all around you will see smoke and hot springs, and get to experience the unique Strokkur that bursts up into the sky every 4-10 minutes with a following awe and laughter of the admirers.

Third on the Golden Circle, is the waterfall sensation Gullfoss e. The Golden Falls. This absolute stunner originates in a nearby glacier and travels through a rough canyon only to fall down a two story drop that creates a vista you will not want to miss. This unbelievable beauty is surely your que to take out the camera, you will want to remember this natural chute.

After a day of history, natural wonders and unthinkable beauty it is time to relax in Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, the Secret Lagoon, at the geothermal village of Flúðir. The location has an authentic charm and you can enjoy a nice cold drink in the hot pool with small hot springs all around. This is a memory you will never forget!

When done soaking in the natural hot pool you will head back to Reykjavík and be dropped off at your included downtown Reykjavík accommodation. This will give you a grand opportunity to explore the city on your own and taste some of Iceland’s most loved dishes. We recommend going for fish or lamb.

The morning after depends in your flight time but again, the world is your oyster, as Reykjavík opens its arms and welcomes you to explore it. If the checkout is prior to your airport transfer you can safely store your luggage at the hotel or BSÍ Bus Terminal for the time you will spend enjoying Reykjavík.  

Arrival: At the morning of your arrival at KEF International Airport, there will be a pre-booked airport bus waiting for you. The bus will take you to Reykjavik and on the way, you'll be able to see the Icelandic moss-covered lava field. The drive takes around 45 minutes.

The Golden Circle & Secret lagoon tour departs from the BSI bus terminal at 09:00 am.

After about 45-60 minutes of driving, you have reached BSÍ Bus Terminal downtown Reykjavík. The view on the way is beautiful and the charming colorful houses in Reykjavík leave you in awe!

At the Bus Terminal, you will be picked up by an Arctic Adventures minibus for the adventure ahead. The driver guide will make sure you know everything there is to know about the stops for the day and that you will get the absolute most of your time here in Iceland.

The first stop along the route is the historical and geothermal wonderland Thingvellir National Park. It is where Iceland’s parliament was founded in 930 AC, making it one of the first democratic parliaments in the world and home to incredible lava rock formations and landscapes.

The continental plates drift apart in the deep valley that Thingvellir sits in and during your visit you will get a chance to explore it both by foot and with an outstanding overview of the valley from a lava cliff viewing point.

Next on today’s travel list is the hot spring paradise in Haukadalur, home to the world-famous Geysir, the namegiver to all other geysers. The area is unbelievably colorful and all around you will see smoke and hot springs, and get to experience the unique Strokkur that bursts up into the sky every 4-10 minutes with a following awe and laughter of the admirers.

Third on the Golden Circle, is the waterfall sensation Gullfoss e. The Golden Falls. This absolute stunner originates in a nearby glacier and travels through a rough canyon only to fall down a two-story drop that creates a vista you will not want to miss. This unbelievable beauty is surely your cue to take out the camera, you will want to remember this natural chute.

After a day of history, natural wonders and unthinkable beauty it is time to relax in Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, the Secret Lagoon, at the geothermal village of Flúðir. The location has an authentic charm and you can enjoy a nice cold drink in the hot pool with small hot springs all around. This is a memory you will never forget!

When done soaking in the natural hot pool you will head back to Reykjavík and be dropped off at your included downtown Reykjavík accommodation. This will give you a grand opportunity to explore the city on your own and taste some of Iceland’s most loved dishes. We recommend going for fish or lamb.

Breakfast at your hotel is included and is served to 10:00 am.

Day 2 depends on your flight time but again, the world is your oyster, as Reykjavík opens its arms and welcomes you to explore it. If the checkout is prior to your airport transfer you can safely store your luggage at the hotel or BSÍ Bus Terminal for the time you will spend enjoying Reykjavík.

FAQ

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 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.

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 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.

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