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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 11-hour Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, and Blue Lagoon tour from Reykjavik
  • Walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit Gulfoss Waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area, and the lake-filled Kerid crater
  • Bathe in the warm turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon (own expense)
  • Learn about Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and natural wonders from a guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, and Kerid admission fee included
  • Small group of 19 travelers or fewer

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With stops at Kerið Crater Lake and the Blue Lagoon, this trip goes beyond the usual Golden Circle route.
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off in the Reykjavik capital area
Free Wi-Fi on bus
Entrance fees to the Blue Lagoon
Bathing suit
Towel
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that Nicetravel offers free pickup and drop off from hotels within Reykjavik. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest bus stop. After receiving your pickup information, we will notify you of your exact pick up location.
If you do not require hotel pickup, you can meet the tour at Nicetravel office in Fiskislóð 45M, 101 Reykjavik. Please notify Nicetravel directly if you intend to use this option and be there before 08:30.
Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00, so please be ready from 8:30 at your pickup location and look out for a bus with NICE travel logos.


Ports

  • Skarfabakki Harbout


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Begin your full-day tour with pickup from your hotel in the Reykjavik area between 830am and 9am. Meet your guide and small group of no more than 19, and settle inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

Then, set out into Iceland’s stark countryside on your 11-hour tour. On route, listen to intriguing facts about the country, hearing about its history, geology, and culture from your guide.

Head into UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle sights. Learn how it lies within a belt of volcanic activity, and is home to the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia face each other over a valley. Walk between the plates as you hear how they are gradually moving further apart, and savor the experience of straddling the two continents.

Take a detour from the Golden Circle to visit the Kerid (Kerið) crater, a 3,000-year-old crater filled with a lake. Peer into the 180-foot (55-meter) deep hollow, and admire the magical-looking blue lake cradled by the red- and green-colored slopes.

Visit the Geysir geothermal area, exploring the surreal-looking landscapes on foot. View the bubbling ponds and steam vents, and see the Geysir and Strokkur geysers, the latter shooting water up to 98 feet (30 meters) every five to 10 minutes.

Stop at the Gulfoss Waterfall, taking in this beautiful 105-foot (32-meter) fall, and then continue to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by lava-sculpted countryside.

Head inside (own expense, with pre-booking of your admission ticket required) and change into your bathing suit. Then, enjoy a long soak in the warm, therapeutic waters, lying back in the steam and admiring the lava fields as you bathe.

After about two hours here, your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off in Reykjavik.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Head to Thingvellir National Park, where you learn about how it lies within a volcanically active area. It's also home to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Straddle two continents while you walk between the plates.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Laugarvatn
Laugarvatn sits next to a beautiful lake of the same name in a geothermally active area. The plumes of super-heated vapor billowing into the air in this area are used by the locals to bake rye bread in the ground!
Stop At:  
Geysir
Next, visit the surreal Geysir geothermal area on foot, stopping at bubbling ponds, steam vents, and Geysir and Strokkur geysers. Stick around long enough to watch the Strokkur geyser erupt (around every 10 minutes), spurting a column of water up to 98 foot (30 meters) in the air
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
The next destination is Gullfoss – the Golden Waterfall, where the waters of the mighty Hvíta (white) river are swept into a 70 meters deep canyon.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Reykholt
Small town with lots of Greenhouses
Stop At:  
Kerid Crater
After enjoyable hike around falls hop back on the bus for the journey to the lake-filled, 3,000-year-old Kerid crater. Stop to marvel at its magical-looking lake and colorful slopes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Reykjanes Peninsula
A drive through Reykjanes Peninsula admiring vast lava fields, cone volcanoes and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean before we arrive in the Blue Lagoon.
Stop At:  
Blue Lagoon
Last but not least is visit at iconic Blue Lagoon. Choose to head inside the lagoon spa (own expense) if you’ve pre-booked admission. Enjoy a soak in the steamy waters while admiring surrounding lava fields.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that admission tickets to the Blue Lagoon are not included and must be pre-booked seperately. After booking the tour, you will receive a message with further information on how to book the Blue Lagoon tickets. If you have any problem with this then please let us know as soon as possible and not later than 48 before your tour departure. The tour arrives at the Blue Lagoon at 5pm / 17:00 so Blue Lagoon tickets should be booked for that time.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon 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
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Keep in mind that once you get in line to get in at own expense to check in, it takes you almost 30 minutes to get to the lagoon - especially if you are wearing winter/snow gear." See review
  • "Do not forget to bring your bathing suits or swimming trunks, if planning to dip in Blue Lagoon." See review
  • "Check out the Blue Lagoon details before going, prebook, and understand what is/ isn't included" See review

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Christina
Ashley_M
, Sep 2020
I’ve been to so many tours, I mean close to fifty. And this was THE BEST. Christina was the absolute best!!!!! If you don’t do this tour in Iceland why even come?!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Ashley, thank you so much for these very kind words! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour with Christina and NICETRAVEL and hope to see you very soon again here in Iceland.
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Great tour and great guide
Lea
, Aug 2020
I was in Iceland for 3 days and wanted to see as much as possible in the little time I had and this tour was just perfect for that. Christina was an awesome tour guide, who knew a lot and made telling it very interesting. And she even made extra stops because we had extra time. I highly recommend! :-)
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear guest, great to hear you enjoyed your tour with us, thank you for choosing NICETRAVEL. Thank you also for recommending our services to other travellers, we really appreciate this. We hope to see you soon again here in Iceland.
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star-4
A really enjoyable day.
Lorrilee_B
, Apr 2020
A really great trip, which gives you the opportunity to see and learn so much about Iceland. Our guide was very knowledgable despite being french lol, and our time at the blue lagoon was just enough. My only complaint would be the lack of leg room in the bus, I’m only 5.3 and it was quite tight.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Dear guests, thank you very much for your kind words about our tour and guide, we really appreciate both. Regarding the bus, we only use new Mercedes Sprinter minibuses on our tours, which are widely recoqnized as being the most comfortable in this catagory. Thank you again for choosing our NICE tour and we hope to see you again soon here in Iceland.
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Really worth a try!
Darius
, Mar 2020
Very much enjoyed it. Our guide Thor was super funny and knowledgeable which is a big plus for the tour! The tour itself had highlights such as Gullfoss (nothing I've seen before or even on Google images). This waterfall looked like something straight out of Game of Thrones winterland. Blue Lagoon was also majestic to say the least. I gave 4/5 because the crater is rather disappointing in the winter time and maybe we expected a little bit too much out of the geysers. Either way, the tour is really worth a try if you're staying in Reykjavik thinking what to do!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Dear guest, thank you very much for choosing our NICE tour for your Iceland adventure. Great to hear you enjoyed your tour with our guide Thor and we hope to see you again here in Iceland soon.
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Golden circle tour
Katie_M
, Mar 2020
Amazing experience loved it. Waterfall and blue lagoon were the highlights. Tour guide Micheal was very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Dear guest, great to hear you enjoyed your NICE tour with us. Thank you for selecting our tour and for your kind words about the tour and your guide Micheal.
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Amazing day out
Ryan_C
, Mar 2020
What an amazing day! My girlfriend and I booked this trip together and it was perfect! Out tour guide Christina was amazing and took us to extra stops! And I’ve cream factory and to pet some Icelandic horses along with fitting in all our other stops! We never felt rushed for time, it was perfectly organised and an all round lovely day! Thankyou
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A tour to remember!
Henry_V
, Mar 2020
Booked this tour and gladly wasn't cancelled like the other tours due to weather. The tour driver David was great telling us stories and history about the area we were driving and keeping us entertained during the long drives. His recommendations were very helpful. He even stopped for a quick photo with the horses so that was a bonus. Highly recommended.
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Excellent tour all round.
Aoife_R
, Mar 2020
Absolutely fantastic time. Pickup was smooth, tour was excellent and our guide was brilliant! Wouldn't have changed anything!
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Great Trip
Great
, Mar 2020
On time. Nice clean bus. Excellent driver. Nice Travel is a good name for the company. EXCELLENT TRIP.
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Magical
Rach0099
, Feb 2020
Fantastic day with lovely group . Driver was accommodating and helpful . Amazing sights even in the snow beautiful ..
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