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Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik

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Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik
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Combine the dramatic landscape of the Golden Circle with a trip to Secret Lagoon Hot Springs on a small-group tour from Reykjavík. Visit Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall, with pickup and drop-off at downtown hotels, national park fees, and admission to the hot springs included.
  • Full-day Golden Circle and hot spring tour
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a small-group tour
  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Soak in a natural hot pool
  • Visit natural wonders Geysir and Gullfoss
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Reykjavik pick up and drop off service
Guided tour of the Golden Circle in a minibus
A visit to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir & Gullfoss
Secret Lagoon Entrance Fee
Free Wi-Fi onboard
Small Group Guarantee
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8:00 AM
Please note that we only serve the pick-up locations specified in our pick-up list below. Due to traffic restrictions, we are not allowed to pick up from hotels in the city center nor from private Air BnBs. If your pick-up location is not on our pick-up list then we kindly ask you to find the closest pick-up point to your accommodation from our list: 22 Hill Hótel – Brautarholt 22-24. Arctic Comfort Hótel – Síðumúli 19. BSÍ Bus Terminal – Vatnsmýrarvegi 10. Bus Hostel Reykjavík – Skógarhlíð 10. Bus pick up/drop off nr.1 – City Hall, Vonarstræti Bus pick up/drop off nr.3 – Lækjargata (outside Hard Rock Café) Bus pick up/drop off nr.4 – Miðbakki Bus pick up/drop off nr.5 – Harpa Music Hall Bus pick up/drop off nr.6 – Safnahúsið (The Culture House) Bus pick up/drop off nr.8 – Hallgrímskirkja Church Bus pick up/drop off nr.10 – Hlemmur on Laugavegur Bus pick up/drop off nr.12 – Höfðatorg Bus pick up/drop off nr.13 - Rauðarárstígur Bus pick up/drop off nr.14 – Skúlagata Cabin Hótel – Borgartún 32. Eyja Guldsmen Hotel – Brautarholt 10. Grand Hótel Reykjavík – Sigtún 38. Grayline – Main bus terminal - Klettagarðar 4. Hilton Reykjavík Nordica – Suðurlandsbraut 2. Hótel Ísland – Ármúla 9. Hotel Ørkin – Brautarholti 29. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura – við Hlíðarfót, Nauthólsvegur 52. Kex Hostel – Skúlagata 28. Klettur Hótel – Mjölnisholt 12-14. N1 Gas Station – Ártúnshöfði Radisson Blu Hótel Saga – við Hagatorg. Reykjavík City Hostel – Sundlaugavegur 34. Reykjavík Lights Hotel – Suðurlandsbraut 12. Skarfabakki – Cruise Ship, Reykjavik Harbor, 105 Reykjavik
Start the day with pickup at your hotel in downtown Reykjavík, then travel to Thingvellir National Park, a highlight of Iceland’s Golden Circle, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore a rift valley between two diverging tectonic plates, and visit Althing, the first national parliament of Iceland, and one of the oldest operating parliaments in the world. You’ll also have time to see the Silfra Fissure and Almannagjá Rift as well as Faxi warerfall before continuing to the Geysir Hot Springs.

Take in the volcanic power of the landscape first hand, in a geothermal field of bubbling hot springs and geysers, and watch the spouting Strokkur explode 100 feet (30 meters) into the air.

Your third destination on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss Waterfall, where the Hvíta River plunges in two dramatic steps, falling 36 feet (11 meters), then 69 feet (21 meters), and sending up a powerful mist. Make the final stop of the day at Secret Lagoon Hot Springs, where you’ll have time to relax in the mineral-rich water of the naturally hot pool before returning to Reykjavík. This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
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Thingvellir National Park
This Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Adventure starts with a pick up from authorized Reykjavik pick up points before heading to Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, the first attractions of the iconic Golden Circle. Here natural wonders meet rich history, making up one of the most fascinating attractions in Iceland. Þingvellir National Park lies in a rift valley that marks where the 2 tectonic plates are moving apart. Here you can also find Althing, the first national parliament of Iceland, the Silfra Fissure, Almannagjá rift and many more. After exploring this UNESCO world heritage site you will make a stop by Faxi waterfall before heading towards Geysir hot spring area.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Explore the bubbling hot springs and geysers of this phenomenal geothermal field and make sure not to miss the spouting Strokkur before heading to the 3rd and last attraction of the Golden Circle
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
Last but certainly not least is Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. Gullfoss lies in the canyon of Hvíta River, with all of its wonders this site alone attracts thousands of visitors every year. With water plummeting down 32 meters the waterfall offers spectacular views of the natural forces of Icelandic nature.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin
Before heading back to Reykjavik you will stop by at the Secret Lagoon Hot Springs for some nice and relaxing time to soak in the natural hot pool of the Secret Lagoon.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This adventure tour is a small group experience tour offering a more personal experience.
  • We recommend that you bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, head wear, gloves, packed lunch, bathing suit, towel and sturdy shoes.
  • Please note that the order of the itinerary can vary whereas the operator reserves the right to swap the order of the attractions due to weather conditions and other related factors.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arctic Adventures
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.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon with Your Day Tours
, Feb 2022
We were picked up at Hallgrimskirk not long after 8am by Dára, our guide with Your Day Tours. She was brilliant, so friendly and gave us lots of information and history about Iceland, she was very funny too and made me laugh. The tour itself was amazing, 1st we stopped at the national park, it was very windy and cold in the morning which made the walk through the park an experience ! She also added in an extra stop at a farm to meet some Icelandic Horses and sheep, amazing friendly animals. We also stopped at Geysir & Gullfoss, plenty of time to spent at each to and walk around and take pictures. To end the trip we finished with over an hour in the Secret Lagoon - so relaxing and the best way to finish of the day. Couldn’t recommend the trip enough ! The bus was small so only 19 of us, so no long waits hanging about on people returning to the bus ect. Brilliant day out, we were knackered by the time we got back to the hotel.
Magnus the great
, Oct 2019
Superb trip - only 19 weeks Dooley on a 4 x4 minibus - very personal - the only way to travel - arctic adventures were professional from start to finish - well worth the golden circle your
Fun and Calm
, Sep 2019
Very hands off, but if you have questions ask! The tour guides are very informative and full of answers. The day was a leisurly fun water day with small hiking and sufficient time at each stop to get a good glimpse of what each area has to offer. The hos spring will leave you feeling very tired, but your body will feel so good afterwards! Highly recommend!
Great tour guide
, Apr 2019
The tour guide was very informative of anything about Iceland you asked. The small group wasn’t as small as I expected. We were crammed in the little bus.
Off with Alf
, Mar 2019
Alf was our driver and guide. He was funny and wears a peach coloured hat. Alf is very passionate about Iceland and is good at conveying that through his excitement about the places you visit. The sites themselves are great and a must see. Last stop at secret lagoon was magic way to relax. Well done everyone, especially Alf.
What an experience
, Jan 2019
This tour was paced perfectly, with the natural attractions spaced throughout the day, meaning you were never in the minibus for too long. The highlight had to be the Secret Lagoon. More rustic than it's commercial neighbor, the Blue Lagoon, it felt more authentic & we benefitted by having less than a dozen people in the pool at any time, amazing experience to be swimming in the snow.
Golden Circle
, Oct 2018
fantastic day out, informative guide. the correct amount of time at each location. wonderful sights to take in
Nice Places But You're On your Own
John S
, Sep 2018
Van and driver were on time. But once we were moving we heard little from our driver/guide. Very uncommunicative and sort of mumbly. First stop - he pointed us in the direction of a waterfall and said he'd meet us at the end of the trail with the van. So there he was after we walked through the rift valley but never asked if we found the waterfall, which we didn't. Lunch at the geyser was fine. Next the Gulfoss Waterfall - very nice. As was the Secret Lagoon, where suits & towels were rentable. More than enough soaking time. Only downer was a very lackluster guide but a good, safe driver.
Good Route
, Aug 2018
Tour content itself was pretty and well planned. Only negative point is the short time at strokkur, as this is also supposed to be lunch stop. We could only look at the strokkur quickly and no walk around the rest of tje area. To stop at the lagune in the end is perfect. However I did not learn anything during the tour. The "guide" was a nice person but his monotone and silent voice made most people in the bus fall asleep. Most things I could not understand and at some point i gave up. Apparently he was a teacher before. As mentioned the guide is a nice person but not quite good. Also our tour was delayed by 45 min due to other guests not showing up. As I know other companies only wait 10 min max 15 if guests do not show. Or at least the guide should have accted faster. 3 points only for the beauty of iceland, not the tour itself.
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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
, Aug 2018
This all day tour took us to several beautiful and/or historic places. We had ample time for a short visit at all locations. Our guide was not very personable. It certainly felt like he was doing a job because he had to not because he enjoyed it or his clients.
Loved our guide!
, Jul 2018
Our guide was so wonderful. She clearly loves her country and that made the trip all that much more special. She told us stories and shared a story about the old gods on the way back. We also got a top notch suggestion for dinner. We ate at the Fish Company. Do it!
Well paced and fun tour
, Jul 2018
Delivered as promised in the description of the tour. Oday our tour guide was exceptional. The size of the group was small enough to quickly gather everybody. Enough time for every stops.
Excellent tour, the guide Thor was...
Simon B
, Apr 2018
Excellent tour, the guide Thor was very knowledgeable and jovial, the sights on the golden circle are a must see for any trip to Iceland, there were only 15 people on the luxury mini bus and ample time at each of the sights along the way, including a detour to see another waterfall Flaxi which wasn't part of the tour but the driver thought too good to miss, the secret lagoon was the highlight, even though the day was cold - the water was so hot
Good trip. The driver is also very...
, Apr 2018
Good trip. The driver is also very experinced and guide us properly. I enjoyed so much. Hope the others too.
This tour was spot on. Not too long...
Ian H
, Mar 2018
This tour was spot on. Not too long, but enough time to see all the best sights and the guide Sindri? was very good. The highlight was the secret lagoon - bathing in the hot lagoon in the cold winter is certainly a 'bucket list' experience!
Amazing!! Our tour guide was...
, Feb 2018
Amazing!! Our tour guide was friendly, hilarious, and incredibly knowledgeable. He talked throughout the entire drive, from the history of Iceland and folk lore to fun facts and his personal stories. We learned a lot and had so much fun, especially in the Secret Lagoon. This was by far the BEST tour we booked and you should absolutely book this.
Apart from the late arrival of our...
, Feb 2018
Apart from the late arrival of our transport due to inconsiderate travellers, who had changed their mind about the trip but not told anyone, this was a first class trip. The driver, Palmi, was by knowledgeable and friendly and all the sights were amazing. Finishing off at the secret lagoon was the icing on the cake. I would recommend this trip. It should be noted that the lunch stop was at a cafe so no need to take your own lunch. There was nowhere to eat your own food.
Our tour guide Thor was great. Good...
Don B
, Jan 2018
Our tour guide Thor was great. Good info, music, and personality. The Secret Lagoon was very nice and relaxing. We chose it because we did not want to go the super-hyped Blue Lagoon. The Golden Circle was the least interesting of our 4 tours.
While we ended up having a OK time...
, Dec 2017
While we ended up having a OK time, the tour started out as a disaster....only the efforts of our guide saved a good deal of the day. We were told we'd be picked up at Bus Stop 9 which is outside and very cold at 9am when it is still dark in Iceland in December. While they said it could be up to a half hour wait, it was over 45 minutes of freezing before a very full van picked us up. After we jammed in, the driver took us to another location where another van filled with people was waiting. They had been stuffed in that van waiting for 45 minutes waiting for us so we weren't the most welcome guest. We picked a small group tour because i am 68 and have Parkinson's so we were willing to pay for an easier and more intimate tour... Boy were we wrong. There were only 2 seats left on the van... on in the very front which i gave to my wife, and one in the very last row jammed between 4 people... It was so tight i couldn't even scratch an itch... i couldn't see out the window and had no place to put the things we needed to get through the day. I could see or talk to my wife., the person I wanted to share the day with. We rode that way until for about an hour until we got to our first stop where i told our guide that i was very unhappy and it was of no fault of mine... I couldn't imagine spending the next 6 hours like this and i let our guide know that... When we got back on the bus guide salvaged the day by calling his office and getting permission to let me sit in the Tour Guides seat in front which isn't usually allowed since it isn't the safest. It is a jump seat that goes up and down so anytime anyone got on or off i had to climb down the stairs and let them in and then climb back up the stairs to my seat... this happened a number of times at each stop both getting in and getting out... try that with Parkinson's. Also, there is only a partial floor in front of that seat so my feet had to dangle or i had to sit sideways which wasn't comfortable. I thank our guide for his efforts.... he made it survivable. The sites were beautiful and we managed to make the best of it but it was more challenge than i wanted, not what we were lead to expect even though we paid extra for that small group tour. We contacted the tour company Arctic Adventurers and let them know what happened but they never got back to us with a response.
This was the worst viator trip ever...
, Nov 2017
This was the worst viator trip ever. The trip was organized by Arctic adventures which is the local tour company. The guide barely spoke 6 sentences in 12 hours tour. I and my friends at the back of the bus could not hear the guide so when I asked the driver/guide to speak up, he simply did not repeat the content we missed. This happened on several occasions. Not only that, but Faxi falls was part of the trip and the guide/driver was unaware that it was part of the itinerary till I pointed it out to him. He first denied it and then when I said that it is part of the itinerary, he said he will take us. Many fellow passengers were also not aware of this and they did thank me for pointing it out. At every landmark, we had to listen to guides from other tours to get information about the area. Our guide/driver was very rude. Because of cold weather, the battery of my phone would quickly drop and so I asked the driver if he could plug my phone in a charging port. There was only 1 charging port in the entire bus. I don't think all people have phones whose battery would last 12 hours if being used for taking pictures. Upon urging the driver, he plugged my phone for about 10 minutes and then when my phone did not start, he said he needs to charge his phone and could not charge my phone anymore. Talk about customer service! And the 16 seat bus had no charging ports. Never take a small bus tour. A bigger bus is always a better option. There were a couple of elderly people on the bus and because of lack of communication from the driver, they went to incorrect pickup points. Ingle was the name of the driver and I did not think he had any information to share. I was so excited about this trip and had read enough and ended up sharing some information with my fellow bus mates. Arctic adventures you such big time. Never recommending this company to my friends. Reykjavik excursions was the company for my south shore trip and I wish I had booked with them for my golden circle trip. If I could give negative 5 stars for my experience, I would. I am not really sure what Viator will do about this but I hope this experience does not get repeated for other passengers. Viator should get in touch with Arctic adventures and Viator can call me if they have any questions. I wish I could get my money back. Maybe next time, I will go to a destination, get information from the local people and then book trips instead of advance booking. There are many companies and the buses are not full for all of them.

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