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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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    What to Expect
    After pickup from your central Reykjavik accommodation, leave the city by air-conditioned minivan or coach, and admire Iceland’s countryside as you head toward the Golden Circle.

    On route, listen as your guide sheds light on the country’s geology and history, and admire your first views of Thingvellir National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.

    Stop at the park's famous tectonic rift, where the continental plates of America and Eurasia face each other over a narrow valley. Walk between the plates, and hear how they are gradually drifting apart by an average of about 0.9 inches (2.5 centimeters) per year.

    Next, continue past Laugarvatn to the Geysir geothermal area. Break for lunch (own expense) here, and follow the walkways around the hot springs, steam vents, and geysers.

    Watch the giant Strokkur geyser erupt, spouting water up to 65.6 feet (20 meters) high, and then travel to the Gullfoss waterfall. Formed from meltwater from the Langjökull glacier, this double-tiered fall plunges into a canyon and is astonishingly beautiful.

    After taking photos here, visit the nearby Secret Lagoon at Fludir. Fed by natural hot springs seeping up from the earth, this scenic geothermal pool is clouded in steam, giving it a fairy tale-like appearance.

    On arrival, use the changing facilities to don your bathing suit. Then, wade into the waters — they stay at a warm 100-104° Fahrenheit (38-40 Celsius) — and enjoy a relaxing soak, admiring the lovely countryside views as you swim.

    When it’s time, hop out, change into your dry clothes, and meet back up with your guide and vehicle. Then, relax as you ride across the heathland of the Hellisheiði lava plateau back to Reykjavik, where your tour finishes with drop-off at or near to your hotel.

    Please note: guests will need to bring their own bathing suit to swim in the Secret Lagoon, although towel rental is included. You are also advised to dress warmly as Iceland’s weather can change suddenly.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your Hotel or Guesthouse in Reykjavik (no pickup from private apartments or AirBnb) 
    • City regulations do not allow us to pick up directly from hotels downtown. You will be asked to go to the nearest Pick-up place from ones listed here: www.busstop.is
    • Should your pickup location be at a Bus Stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    We offer drop-off at the original departure point.
    • Round trip excursion.
    • Pickup and drop-off for selected hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik.
    • Professional guidance in English.
    • Food and drinks
    • Fees for using bathrooms at attractions
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately, weather in Iceland can be very changeable
    • Remember to bring your swimsuit for bathing in the Secret Lagoon
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews sterna travel the bus guide maria golden circle late november second stop hot dogs comfortable bus excellent trip useful information gullfoss waterfall own pace local knowledge amazing guide sense of humour soup national park
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Had a great guide (Maria) who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Saw some key Icelandic sites and the secret lagoon was relaxing.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Alex O
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Best tour I've ever had! It lets you see some of the best things around Reykjavik with a good time schedule. Our guideGummybear made our day even better: he was so nice, fun and...Icelandic! We've loved it and thank him so much for all the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank calacala
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Just had the chance to write review but couldn't miss the chance. Booked this for the one full day we had in Iceland with my sister. Maria our guide picked us up from the pickup location on time. She is quite a warm and friendly...More

    Thank ginika_0
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    It was such a scenic route and then you get to all the locations and it's even better ! And Anna our guide was very enthusiastic and entertaining 🙂

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Littlejoseph1989
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Had a great experience managing to do everything we wanted in 1 day! Gummy bear was a great guide with information and humour between stops! Highly recommend both this trip and Sterna.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Lee_Becca
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    16 August 2019|
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    Response from yews2018 | Reviewed this property |
    I think the deepest is just under 5 feet. I am 5”6’ tall and I cannot swim. The water was just on my shoulder level which was nice and hot.
    20 May 2019|
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    Response from yews2018 | Reviewed this property |
    Our guide Maria was very nice to take the group to a farm house for lunch. The cafe there serves soup and burgers etc. at reasonable price and the group had chance to interact with the calf, sheep etc at the farm.
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