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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik

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Overview

Enhance your experience of Iceland’s extraordinary Golden Circle on a full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, feast your eyes on spectacular sights like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring. Gain fascinating insight into the geothermic nature of the area at Strokkur, an erupting geyser, and gaze at the majestic Secret Lagoon hot spring bath before submerging yourself in the healing waters of the natural bath.
  • Full-day tour of Iceland's magnificent Golden Circle
  • See natural wonders like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring
  • Enrich your knowledge of geothermic activity at the erupting Strokkur geyser
  • Succumb to serenity in the warm, cleansing waters of the Secret Lagoon hot spring bath

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

By timing your visits to arrive after the morning rush, this tour ensures you avoid the tourist crowds.
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Professional and local driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Pickup and drop-off from designated bus stops & hotels
Small-group tour (tour operated exclusively on minibuses with a maximum of 19 passengers)
Food and drinks (available for purchase during stops)
Swimsuits (possible to rent at an extra cost)
Towel (possible to rent at an extra cost)

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10:00 AM
If you have not found your hotel in the drop-down menu, then it is most likely located in the restricted area where we aren't allowed to drive. Please find your hotel below and meet us at it's designated bus stop. Thank you for understanding. PLEASE NOTE: These bus stops for tour buses are not the same as the bus stops for city buses. The tour bus stops have a blue pillar with pink bus sign at the top and the number and name of the bus stop. The city bus stops have a yellow "S" in a red circle (S as Strætó - city bus). Please do not wait at the city bus stops! Once you submit/confirm with us a specific bus stop, please meet us exactly at that bus stop and not any other.   ___________________________ Bus stop 1 – Ráðhúsið – City Hall: - Chez Monique - Embassy Luxury Apartments - Hotel Reykjavík Centrum - Kvosin Hotel - 3 Sisters Guesthouse - Central Apartments - Centerhotel Plaza - City Center Hotel - Gallery Central Guesthouse - Guesthouse Álfhóll - Guesthouse Butterfly - Hotel Hilda - Hotel Metropolitan - House Of Spirits - Konsulat Hotel - Ocean Comfort Apartments - Lighthouse Apartments - Planet Apartments - Reykjavik Downtown Hostel - Ambassade Apartments - Castle House Luxury Apartments - Central Guesthouse - Luna Hotel Apartments – Laufásvegi 6 - Luna Hotel Apartments – Spítalastígur 1 ___________________________ Bus stop 3 – Lækjargata (in front of Hard Rock Café): - 1912 Guesthouse - Apotek Hotel - Centric Guesthouse - Hotel Borg - Konsulat Hotel Curio - Radisson Blu Hotel 1919   ___________________________ Bus Stop 4 - Miðbakki: - Exeter hotel - Black Pearl ___________________________ Bus stop 5 – Harpa: - Centerhotel Arnarhvoll ___________________________ Bus stop 6 – Safnahúsið – The Culture House (corner of Ingolfsstraeti and Hverfisgata: - 101 Hótel - Apartment K – Hverfisgata 14 - Apartment K – Ingólfsstræti 1a - Apartment K – Skólastræti 1 - Apartment K – Þingholtsstræti 2-4 - Centerhotel Þingholt - Loft Hostel - Luna Hotel Apartments – Amtmannsstígur 5 ___________________________ Bus stop 8 – Hallgrímskirkja: - Eric The Red Guesthouse - Forsæla Apartments - Gest Inn - Guesthouse Aurora - Hostel B47 - Hotel Leifur Eiríksson - Hotel Óðinsvé - Inga’s New Guest Apartments - Loki 101 Guesthouse - Mengi Apartments - Our House Guesthouse - SUNNA Guesthouse - Villa Guesthouse ___________________________ Bus stop 10 – Hlemmur (Laugavegur 105): - 100 Iceland Hotel - 101 Guesthouse - 4th Floor Hotel - Alda Hotel Reykjavik - Alfred’s Apartments - Alfred’s Studios - Apartment K – Laugavegur 74 - Apartment K – Laugavegur 85-86 - City Comfort Apartments - Guesthouse Von - Heida’s Home - Hlemmur Apartments - Hlemmur Square - OK Hotel - Reykjavik4you Apartments – Laugavegi 85 - Aurora Apartments, Hverfisgata 78 - Skuggi hotel - Grettisborg Apartments - Guesthouse Reykjavik 101 - Guesthouse Snorri - Reykjavik Hostel Village - Stay Apartments Grettisgata ___________________________ Bus stop 12 – Höfðatorg (in front of Fosshotel Reyjavik): - Storm Hotel - Fosshótel Reykjavík - Tower Suites ___________________________ Bus stop 13 – Rauðarástígur (in front of Centerhotel Miðgarður): - Centerhotel Miðgarður ___________________________ Bus stop 14 - Skúlagata (corner of Skúlagata/Klappastígur) - 101 Skuggi Guesthouse - 41 – A Townhouse Hotel - Apartment 37 - Apartment K – Bergstaðastræti 3 - Apartment K – Bergstaðastræti 12 - Apartment K – Hvergisgata 37 - Apartment K – Laugavegur 46 - Apartment K – Lindargata 60 - Apartments Aurora - Black Tower - Canopy Reykjavík | City Centre - Centerhotel Klöpp - Centerhotel Skjaldbreið - Domus Guesthouse - Guesthouse Óðinn - Guesthouse Thor - Guesthouse Turninn - Gray Tower - Hótel Frón - Ísland Apartments - Ion City Hotel - Old Charm Reykjavik Apartments - Reykjavik Residence Hotel - Reykjavik Residence Suites - Room With A View - Rey Apartments - Reykjavik4you Apartments – Bergstaðastræti 12 - Sandhotel - The Swan House Reykjavik Apartments ___________________________ BSÍ: - 27Soley - Hótel Holt - Guesthouse Anna - Guesthouse Baldursbrá – Laufásvegur 41 - Guesthouse Baldursbrá – Tjarnargata 46 - Guesthouse Galtafell - Guesthouse Lena - Travel Inn ___________________________ Direct pickup is offered from: 22 Hill Hotel - Brautarholt 22-24 Arctic Comfort Hótel - Síðumúli 19 B14 Hostel - Faxafen 11 BB 44 Guesthouse - Nýbýlavegur 16 Bike Cave - Einarsnes 36 Brim Hotel - Skipholt 27 Bus Hostel - Skógarhlíð 10 Cabin Hótel - Borgartún 32 Capital Inn - Suðurhlíð 35d Circle Hostel - Hringbraut 121 City Park Hotel - Ármúli 5 Downtown Reykjavik Apartments - Rauðarárstígur 31 Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel - Brautarholt 10-14 Fosshótel Barón - Barónstígur 2-4 Fosshótel Lind - Rauðarárstígur 18 Fosshótel Rauðará - Rauðarárstígur 37 Galaxy Pod Hostel - Laugavegur 172 Garðs Apótek, Sogavegur 108 Glæsibær bus stop Grand Hótel Reykjavík - Sigtún 38 Grímur Hotel - Efstaland 26 Guesthouse Pávi - Brautarholt 4 Harbor - Miðbakki Harbor - Skarfabakki Harbor - Sundabakki Hilton Reykjavík Nordica - Suðurlandsbraut 2 Hótel Ísland - Ármúli 9 Hótel Lotus - Álftamýri 7 Hótel Örkin - Brautarholt 29 Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina Icelandair Hótel Reykjavík Natura Kerno Apartments - Hringbraut 79 KEX Hostel - Skúlagata 28 Klettur Hótel - Mjölnisholt 12-14 Kringlan shopping mall (Orkan gas station on Miklabraut) Lækur Hostel - Laugarnesvegur 74a Mjódd bus station N1 gas station- Ægisiða 102 Northern Comfort Apartments - Skipholti 15 Norðurey Hotel City Garden - Hrísateigur 14 Oddsson Hotel - Grensásvegur 16a Radisson Blu Hótel Saga REKinn - Skipholt 15 Reykjavik City Hostel - Sundlaugavegur 34 Reykjavik Domestic Airport (Reykjavíkurflugvöllur) - Þorragata 10 Reykjavik Lights Hotel - Suðurlandsbraut 12 Skeljungur gas station - Kleppsvegur 104 Stay Apartments Bolholt - Bolholt 6 Stay Apartments Einholt - Einholt 2 Summerday Guesthouse - Grensásvegur 24 ________________________________________ Direct pickup (other) NOTE: The pickup time might vary. Please get in touch with Gateway to Iceland for the exact time. Blue House B&B Iceland - Valhúsabraut 19, Seltjarnarnes Eiðistorg square, Seltjarnarnes First Hotel - Hlíðasmári 5, Kópavogur Hamraborg square, Kópavogur Hotel Laxnes - Haholt 7, Mosfellsbær Hotel Smári - Hlíðasmári 13, Kópavogur Hotel Vellir - Tjarnarvellir 3, Hafnarfjörður Hotel Viking - Strandgata, Hafnarfjörður Norðurey Hotel Reykjavik Road - Reykjavikurvegur 72, Hafnarfjörður
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bathing suit required for Secret Lagoon visit
  • Please note: due to the driving restrictions in Reykjavík, we cannot guarantee a hotel pickup from all hotels. In case your hotel is located in the restricted area, we will ask you to meet us at a designated bus stop, which is never more than few minutes walking distance.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Please notify us in case you need us to provide you a child seat or when you travel with a service animal.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The tour operates with minimum 4 adult participants.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gateway to Iceland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik.

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  • "It's a long day but it doesn't feel it - just the right amount of time at each place." See review
  • "You have to climb stairs and then walk over which eats up time so you will probably get back to the bus late." See review
  • "You can also stay on the bus, which drives around the park to pick up those electing to take the walk." See review

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star-5
Black sand and waterfalls
ksbachtel
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide BG was excellent. He was funny, interesting and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Iceland and it’s varied topography. The black sand beach was stunning and the various waterfalls were beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your reply. The Gateway to Iceland team is delighted that the day went well and that you enjoyed the landscape.
star-5
Iceland fun with Hildy
jabari_d
, Jun 2022
This morning as a great way to spend a day in Iceland. Our guide, Hildy, was professional, polite, funny, and knowledgeable. Visiting the Secret Lagoon was an excellent way to relax and recuperate after the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your comment. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Golden Circle tour and that the visit to the Secret Lagoon was a success. Thank you very much for Hildy.
star-5
Winter golden circle
Sandra_S
, Jun 2022
An amazing day trip in the aftermath of an arctic storm after many trips had been cancelled. Beautiful, frozen landscape. The tour guide was wonderful, added lots of local knowledge, stories and history into his narrative. Secret lagoon much needed warm up and deliciously misty on this frozen winter day. A fabulous day!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your reply. The team of Gateway To Iceland is delighted that this day, this excursion, has been so successful. We always make sure that our clients are satisfied. We hope to see you again
star-5
A very nice day.
Marie_Q
, Jun 2022
The first stop in Pingvellir nationalpark was amacing. The driver gave us much extra information. He was great.(Dooley)
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for writing such a great review, delighted you had a good time and happy with the service provided by your guide, Dooley.
star-5
Great tour experience!
Amelia_S
, Jun 2022
Hildi was a wonderful guide. We learned so much about the history and culture of the area. We really enjoyed our time in Iceland.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your positive review; great to hear you were happy with your guide Hildi and that you enjoyed your time in Iceland.
star-4
Great
James_R
, Jun 2022
Dooly was an excellent tour guide. This was well run, professional and informative. It met my expectations.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour, your guide Dooley and that it met your expectations.
star-5
Loved the Secret Lagoon!
Cheryl_C
, Jun 2022
Had a lovely time on this tour even though the weather did not cooperate. Dooley was very personable and we enjoyed hearing his stories of growing up in Northern Iceland. All the stops were unique and wonderful but the Secret Lagoon at the end of the trip was simply amazing especially after a day of cold and rain!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed the sites, your tour, and your guide Dooley.
star-5
Amazing small group tour,...
Jrgen_S
, Jun 2022
Amazing small group tour, we saw so much of the island! Our guide was charming, knowledgeable, and entertaing troughout. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed the sites, your tour, and your guide.
star-5
This was a great day...
Caitlin_M
, Jun 2022
This was a great day trip. All the sites were so interesting. Dooley was a great guide who gave us wonderful insight into Iceland and all the sites we visited.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed the sites, your tour, and your guide Dooley.
star-5
Great experience
larisa_z
, Jun 2022
Nice guide. Great bus. Everything on time. Highly recommended thank everyone . I would love to repeat my next tour with this company
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad to be of service. Come see us again.
star-5
Accommodating and responsive
Edita_C
, Jun 2022
This was our first time in Iceland and we only had 1 day. I booked this tour because it basically covers all the places I wanted to see in a day. There were several communications between the company and I. They were responsive and got back to me in a timely manner. Our schedule was already tight as it was but on the day of, our flight was delayed for 1 hour. I called them on arrival and they made it work and we were still able to go on the tour. The tour was good with enough time spent on all the sites. Mr. Dooley was very nice, patient and knowledgeable about the places. He was great. He brought us back to our individual hotels which was very convenient because we still had our luggages. I usually book a small group tour when I can because it is more efficient, personalized and convenient way of touring. Not of lot waiting for so many people in big buses to get in and out. We had a very nice, new and comfortable van. The only thing is, I misunderstood. I thought we were going to the Blue Lagoon. Instead we went to the Secret Lagoon. It was still nice though. Entrance fee was included with the tour. I was greatly satisfied and would recommend this company and this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so happy to be able to accommodate you and very happy you enjoyed the tour and your guide Dooley.
star-5
Lovely Trip
Katy_C
, May 2022
Lovely trip. Our tour guide Gummi was very friendly and made the tour very interesting by sharing loads of stories and information throughout the tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your very positive review! We're glad you enjoyed your tour.
star-5
Fantastic day tour!
Karen_E
, May 2022
Everything was great!! The destinations were beautiful. We spent exactly the right amount of time in each place. The Secret Lagoon was relaxing, even on a warmer day. Our tour guide, Dooley was informative and explained a lot of information about geography, history and personal stories from his childhood, growing up in Iceland.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your tour and had "exactly the right amount of time in each place." It's great to hear our guides are doing well. We wish you well in all your future travels.
star-5
fun
Molly_R
, May 2022
great tour Hilde was fantastic really gave us some historical information which enhanced our experience
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your response, Molly. We're glad you enjoyed the experience. It's great to know our driver/guides are doing well.
star-5
Great guide!
Annelie_D
, May 2022
Great and knowledgeable guide. Told us about things we were passing along the way. As well as detailed knowledge about the stops we made.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and your guide. We hope you have some wonderful memories to take home.
star-2
Very average, poorly planned and monotonous guide
Ralph_H
, May 2022
This was the least good of three tours (and the only one with Gateway to Iceland, another with them having been cancelled at less than a day's notice). The good bits - the pick up/drop off was very efficient and minibus was modern, spacious and comfortable particularly as we were only 12 people. The guide made the most of a couple of the sights by dropping off in one place and picking us up in another. The scheduling of the trip was quite poor though - pick up is quite late (10.00) and it is scheduled for 8 hours but we weren't back until after 19.00 yet we didn't do a single thing not on the schedule (my other two trips each had several interesting extras and on this trip we just drove past various interesting stops where other groups were parked) and it would have been much later but for events at the Secret Lagoon (see below). Speaking with others who had done Golden Circle tours they made a lot more stops and saw much more than we did. I and others had dinner reservations, relying on the schedule. We spent 1 ½ hours at Pingvellir which was very interesting but it quickly became clear we wouldn't be doing much in the day as time was running away. Lunch was not until 2pm which upset some in the party. The guide kept on looking at and his answering his phone (no hands free) while driving and on the way from Gulfoss to the Geysir he cancelled one call but then had a very animated conversation at 80 km/h (having slowed from 100) at more than one point taking both hands off the steering wheel. When we arrived at Geysir, we all had to hang around while he answered various further calls and it then became apparent (when the call was in English) that the office 'phone was diverting to him and he was dealing with a couple whose tour for the following day and they were being rebooked with another firm (East West) which they weren't too happy about and hadn't been provided with any details of. It's obviously very irresponsible/dangerous (and illegal in most countries) to use the mobile while driving but when its our tour, it is quite unreasonable for us on a tour to hang around for 20 minutes while the guide deals with office issues. At the Secret Lagoon, 5 of the 12 people didn't want to swim so just had to wait for 1h35mins and three people had a go but didn't like it at all (and got out after 10 mins) so ultimately 8 of 12 were hanging around for over an hour in a stuffy/hot room while it was raining heavily outside; three left just to sit in the bus. Fortunately the four swimmers got out quite early, so our wait was shortened so I went to tell the guide and we left early. What's a bit of a scam about this is that the Secret Lagoon entry price (ISK3,000/US$23) is included in the price so if you don't swim, they keep the money! Quite annoying; it should be an optional extra, not profiteering by Gateway to Iceland. Our guide, Gummi, was very experienced and seemed like a nice chap, but he spoke non stop in a monotone, much of it trivia, which we all agreed was incredibly boring and not really very informative - more like a recorded message. In summary, I wouldn't use Gateway to Iceland again as it doesn't seem a very professional firm, first cancelling a trip a very short notice (and this seems to be regular thing for them) then not planning the Golden Circle tour well to use the time efficiently and show people more, keeping the unused swimming fees and above all allowing unsafe driving practices by making the guide answer the office 'phone while on another tour. Basically, all is done for the convenience of Gateway to Iceland and the customers/customer service is not important to them. Best choose another firm.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Thingvellir and beyond
Elizabeth_M
, Apr 2022
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story! Jakob was a great guide with passion for the country that he loves. Beautiful scenery with dramatic potential that he exploited to the maximum. Extremely entertaining and informative
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your great review. We are so happy you enjoyed Jakob´s tour, his storytelling, and his knowledge.
star-5
Awesome Golden Circle
zgl_H
, Apr 2022
Thanks Jakob for being an amazing guide for us.It was a great tour and we would definitely recommend to ones who love nature and having fun
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your great review. We are glad you enjoy your tour with Jakob and his great knowledge.
star-5
Great day out.
Laura_F
, Apr 2022
We had a great trip yesterday. It wasn’t the best weather but Iceland still looks stunning in the rain. Our tour guide Gummi was a lovely, extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Topping the tour off with the secret lagoon just made it even better. We would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your great review. We are so happy you enjoyed the tour with Gummi and in spite of the rain had a great time.
star-5
Amazing day tour around the golden circle.
Christelle_B
, Apr 2022
Amazing day, absolutely stunning sites, good pace, good choice of stops and a lovely cafe stop for lunch where we could grab a delicious lamb soup. Ian (the guide) was very friendly and had buckets of knowledge about everything Icelandic, which he shared whilst driving (via a microphone). The group was very small on the day, which added to the personal feel of the tour. Worth every penny, highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your great review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the tour with Ian. He is such a wonderful person, full of knowledge.

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