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Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik
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See the iconic Golden Circle sights and wallow in the geothermal pools at Fontana on a full-day trip from Reykjavik, with an expert guide. Awe at beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur geyser as it spouts into the air at the Geysir geothermal area. Enter Thingvellir National Park to see Iceland’s historic parliamentary site and the geological rift of the continental plates, a testament to the continuously moving earth’s crust. Finally, enjoy an optional bathe in the naturally heated pools and steam baths at Fontana’s spa before returning to Reykjavik.
  • Full-day Golden Circle and Fontana trip from Reykjavik, led by a professional guide
  • Witness the rock-strewn landscapes of UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park
  • See Thingvellir’s incredible geological rift and Althing, the site of Iceland’s first parliament in 930 AD
  • Gaze at the breathtaking double-tier Gullfoss waterfall
  • Stroll around the Geysir geothermal area and watch the Strokkur geyser erupt into the sky
  • Relax in the steam pools and baths at Fontana and taste rye bread baked in hot springs
  • Ideal for families and as a romantic experience for couples
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Tasting of rye bread
Professional local guidance
Bus fare
Free Wi-Fi
Admission to the Laugarvatn Fontana
Food and drinks, unless specified
Swimsuit and towel rental
Hotel pickup and drop-ff
BSÍ , 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

BSI Bus Terminal is at Vatnsmýrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavík

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Begin your day trip with a pickup from your Reykjavik hotel or a bus terminal in the city. Then, set off on your Golden Circle tour by air-conditioned vehicle while learning about Iceland’s geology and history.

Stop to take in the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. This double-tier fall crashes 105 feet (32 meters) into a rock gorge, and begs to be captured on camera.

Head into the lunar-like landscapes of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. View the geological rift where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, and see Iceland’s age-old parliamentary site — the Althing. It was here in 930 AD that the country’s, and the world’s, first parliament assembled, and continued to convene until the late 18th century.

Visit the Geysir geothermal area, home to hot springs, streams and waterspouts. Stroll around the bubbling pools and watch the famous Strokkur geyser. This towering geyser shoots water high in the sky every six minutes or so, and makes an unforgettable sight.

Lastly, travel on to the Fontana spa and wellness center, where pools and steam baths have been built above natural hot springs beside Lake Laugarvatn. The original sauna was constructed in the 1920s and was orginally little more than a shack set above the springs.

Enjoy free time here for an optional bathe in the naturally heated pools and steam cabins. Alternatively, relax over a coffee (own expense) at the café or enjoy the lake views from the rooftop area.

Then, savor some traditional Icelandic rye bread slow-baked in the natural hot springs. Watch as the bread is dug from the ground, and sample a slice slathered in butter.

Later, return to Reykjavik where your tour ends at the start point; your hotel or the bus terminal.

Please note: guests are advised to bring swimwear and a towel for their visit to Fontana. Swimwear and towels can also be rented (own expense) on site.
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
The UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park is geologically and historically significant. Apart from being the location of the oldest parliament in the world, Alþingi, it is also a place where you can see the Mid-Atlantic ridge above ground.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland and rightly so. The three-step waterfall is a part of the glacial river Hvítá and falls into a 62-metre (203 ft.) deep canyon
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths
Fontana has three steam rooms built over a natural hot spring and a traditional sauna along with three different hot pools. It is perfect to relax and socialize and from the hot tub, you can see a panoramic view of the countryside around Fontana.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Remember to bring a swimsuit and a towel. These items can also be rented on the spot.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Excursions
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip 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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Lovely tour of Waterfalls and Wellness Center
, Jun 2022
The Fontana wellness center was wonderful! Would recommend this be moved to the end of the tour instead of right before Thingevellir national park. Great guide Regina during the morning portion had a lot of information. Margaret was also a good guide for the afternoon. Nice buses and plenty of stops for clean bathrooms.
A perfect day in Iceland
, Mar 2022
We loved the primary destinations - Gullfoss and the Geysir was especially amazing. Also really enjoyed the extra stop at the Tomato farm - words can’t do it justice, but make sure you have a Bloody Mary and/or a bowl of Tomato soup - it is the absolute best I have ever had, anywhere. The mid afternoon stop at the Fontana spa was perfect - enjoyed all the pools, the cold lake plunge and the Hot sand baked Rye bread with smoked trout. A truly memorable day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent choice of a trip and it a must !!
, Feb 2022
This my 3rd time coming here well worth to go on the golden circle and Fontana well being spa but unfortunately this year 2022 feb it was cancel twice but got go on the 3rd day but we didn’t go to the Fontana spa due to snow storm
1 traveler found this review helpful
Absolutely incredible excursion
, Nov 2021
Amazing time, absolutely beautiful views, very tasty bread and a fantastic guide who was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Would 100% recommend!
Wonderful day trip!
, Nov 2021
This was such a wonderful trip! Our guide was fantastic and every stop was so lovely. The spa at Fontana was incredible, very clean, and very relaxing. The sight seeing stops were absolutely gorgeous despite the cloudy weather. The minibus was clean and very comfortable. We had an almost full group (18 people, I believe) and each stop had plenty of time to wander around and see things, as well as multiple opportunities for eating and some souvenir shopping. This tour was a great trip and so worth the money!
Taki was excellent
, Jul 2021
Thank you for the lovely tour. Our guide Taki was brilliant with his guidance and knowledge. He kept us entertained through out the day. I had great time.
Very enjoyable experience. The spa was...
, Jan 2018
Very enjoyable experience. The spa was peaceful and relaxing
The bread is very good. We had a...
, Nov 2017
The bread is very good. We had a really lovely tour guide and group for the morning portion of the tour, but since you get dropped off at the spa in the middle of it, you get picked up by a different group. The guide and the group for the afternoon portion were fine, though not as engaging. It might have been better to do the Golden Circle and the Geothermal Spa separate from each other.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very well organized trip...
, Apr 2017
Very well organized trip, comfortable bus, interesting facts presented by our guide, and the combination of sightseeing with a visit to a geothermal bath was amazing! The bread baked in the ground was soo yummy!
Fantastic tour with great spa...
Katarzyna W
, Mar 2017
Fantastic tour with great spa option. We've really enjoyed the tour and the guide. The trip was nicely organised and all went well.
Best experience ever, Guide was...
Bill L
, Mar 2017
Best experience ever, Guide was informative and stops were great. Best of all was Fontana spa, difficult to express in words. Bread baked in the sand was fantastic!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Run by Reykjavik Excursions, this...
, Feb 2017
Run by Reykjavik Excursions, this was a fine-tuned experience with friendly and knowledgeable guide. We would suggest that anybody booking a golden circle trip choose one with a further experience added on as the time-keeping works really well and there wasn't time to get bored!
The tour was pretty much what I had...
Candice L
, Feb 2017
The tour was pretty much what I had expected. The bus was comfortable, the guide was informative, and the sites we visited were beautiful. One suggestion, would be too alot more time at the shopping location.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Booked this trip a couple of days...
Lillian S
, Jan 2017
Booked this trip a couple of days before we headed off to Iceland. We soon found out that it's cheaper to book before you go rather than wait until you arrive in Iceland and then book. We were really lucky as the weather was lovely the day we went on our tour. Although it's dark until 11am it didn't spoil the trip at all. We were picked up from our hotel by shuttle bus and transferred to a coach at the bus station downtown. Our tour guide and driver were great and we even got a song from our driver at the end of the day. We stopped off at a wool shop as it was still dark and we thought the prices there were good. Even if you don't buy anything, it's still good to have a look around. We then headed off for the National Park which was awesome and the sun was just rising and we got some amazing photos. After this we headed off to Strokkur geyser and had lunch at the restaurant there. The soup and bread was lovely. Burger and chips are on offer but we didn't think they were that nice. The geyser area is great for photo shots although it was really windy and freezing cold so we didn't stay there too long. After this we headed off to Gulfoss waterfall which was amazing. We spent about 45 minutes there which was ample time to take photos. There is a nice gift shop which is a little expensive but which was great to have a look around and keep warm. Our final stop was the Fontana spa and we were really glad we went for this option as it was the highlight of the trip. The spa pools were lovely and hot and so relaxing. We were glad they are not that big so it makes for a nice experience not too crowded. You could see right across the lake and we had such gorgeous weather it really made it special. The hot bread and butter was scrumptious. As it was my husband's birthday we treated ourselves to 2 slices of gateaux which was delicious. All in all we had a fantastic day, met some lovely people and would recommend our tour guide and driver highly. Good value for money.
The Trip was overall good, the...
Ashima M
, Oct 2016
The Trip was overall good, the Golden Circle is a must do. The Fontana Geo Thermal Spa was under repairs during our visit and its not a BIG Spa like the Blue Lagoon but its more quieter . It has nice Suana and Steam rooms and the pool is not very Big.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The spa was lovely and added to the...
, Sep 2016
The spa was lovely and added to the enjoyment of the overall tour. Our guide was careful to plan the order of sites with the weather in mind. We were able to see everything despite some rain through the day.

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