Iceland is indeed a treasure for travel enthusiasts and nature lovers! With breathtaking landscapes, jaw-dropping panoramic views, and floating icebergs, you travel across the most beautiful locations present in Iceland, and probably across the globe. There is one thing that you cannot miss when in Iceland, and that is Golden Circle and the Hot Spring at The Secret Lagoon. This combo tour includes visiting the three most popular spots in Iceland along with the treasured hot water spring – the oldest one too. Let’s know more about the destinations covered in the tour.
The Golden Circle
For a perfect Icelandic experience, start with the Golden Circle Tour via which you can witness the beauty of the natural waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, and panoramic views of the spectacular landscapes with natural hues fluttering all over the sky. The tour to Golden Circle includes three attractions – the most famous sites – Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Spring Area.
Thingvellir (Þingvellir) is one of the most popular historic sites and national parks, located in the east of Reykjavík. This place is specifically known for Alþing (Althing), which is the site of Iceland’s parliament (10th to 18th centuries). Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters can be seen there, at the site. This national park sits on a rift valley that was a result of the separation of two tectonic plates, rocky cliffs and cracks like Almannagjá fault.
• Gullfoss Waterfall:
Gullfoss waterfall is located in the canyon of river Hvítá, southwest Iceland. The picturesque scenery of the massive Gullfoss waterfall will leave you awestruck. It is one of the top ten best waterfalls in the world. There are numerous paths around 2 tiers of cascading water that you can explore.
• Geysir Hot Spring:
Another most exciting place in the golden circle is the bubbling hot springs that is surrounding the great Geysir. Ensure that you stay within the constrained area for complete safety. The spouting water can sometimes come up to 40 meters high.
The Secret Lagoon
“The Natural Hot Spring” is a perfect place to get relaxed once you are done with the Golden Circle. It is one of the oldest, man-made swimming pools in Iceland, fed by the naturally occurring hot springs at Hverahólmi. The Secret lagoon is close to the Gullfoss waterfall. So, gear up with your boots and warm clothes to experience the most amazing views of Iceland.
English Speaking Professional Guide
9 hours of a guided small group tour of the most popular route in Iceland
Free Wifi on board the minibus
Entrance fee to the Secret Lagoon
What to bring
Good to know
- We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds.
- Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles if you are visiting in the winter.
Lunch is not included on this tour. We will stop at a diner/restaurant on our way, but you can also bring along some packed lunch.
You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages on the tour if you like.
Interesting locations in the area
Most frequent questions and answers
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour.
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.
Pick up starts at 09:00 am from your accommodation or a nearby authorized meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
We will stop at a diner/restaurant on our way, but you can also bring along some packed lunch.
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks on the tour.
Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. This tour is listed as easy so if you do not feel uncomfortable with sitting in a minibus for the rive, this tour should be ideal for you.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, we reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions.
We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. This is a small group tour so it gets fully booked pretty quickly. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us. Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.
Wear warm clothes. Pick clothing according to weather that day. We advise that you dress in layers.
If the tour gets cancelled, for example due to weather, we will let you know as soon as possible and you can choose between rescheduling the tour or receiving a full refund.
Yes, we offer variety of tours to the Golden Circle. You can choose between small groups and large groups as well as some extra stops. These Golden Circle tours focuse on sightseeing and the history of Iceland.
Admission price includes access to the hot springs bathing area and changing facilities with lockers and showers.
The Secret Lagoon is located in the fertile countryside of South Iceland, while the Blue Lagoon is in the middle of a lava field. The Secret Lagoon has clear geothermally heated water. The Blue Lagoon, on the other side, has milky blue geothermally heated water that contains algae and silica and other minerals. The Secret Lagoon is simple and quiet and local, while the Blue Lagoon is much bigger and more elaborate and offers steam rooms and spa services
Yes, we recommend booking in advance, since the capacity at Secret Lagoon is limited.
The water has approximately 38-40°C.
Secret Lagoon is not very deep, it is approximately 1 meter (2-3 feet) deep.
No, Secret Lagoon closes at 20:00 during the wintertime and at 22:00 during summertime. After closing, there is no access.
Yes, you can rent swimsuits and towels at the Secret Lagoon.