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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English


Tour the Golden Circle and enjoy the popular Icelandic pursuit of bathing in hot springs on this 8-hour day trip from Reykjavik. View the Golden Circle’s famous trio of sights: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Plus, soak in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon, a scenic pool of natural hot springs. Lagoon admission and towel rental, air-conditioned transport, and hotel transfers in Reykjavik are included.
  • 8-hour Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon tour from Reykjavik
  • Enter Thingvellir National Park and walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
  • See the Geysir geothermal area and Strokkur geyser, and stop at the Gullfoss waterfall
  • Soak in the geothermal hot springs of the scenic Secret Lagoon
  • Break for lunch (own expense)
  • Lagoon entrance fee and towel rental included
  • Air-conditioned minivan or coach transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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

Departure Point

Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Because of traffic limitations, customers staying in postcode 101 might have to make their way to the closest pick-up spot. Your hotel receptionist can help you find out which one that is. If you are staying in a private accommodation, please contact the local supplier to know
Please note: pickup is not available from Airbnb or private housing. Please contact the operator for information information on the nearest pick up location to your accommodation.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. If you have chosen hotel pick-up for your tour the hotel pick-up will be operated by Smartbus and will end at Reykjavik Terminal in time for your tour departure.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
We start the tour in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where the Eurasian and the North American plates are slowly drifting apart. You can actually walk down one of the rifts that has been formed as a result of the drift.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Next stop is Geysir where we'll walk around the geothermal area where the hot-spring Strokkur spouts water up to 20 meters in the air (65 ft).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The next destination is Gullfoss waterfall in Hvítá river which is made up of melt-water from the glacier Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin
You'll end the day with a delightful soak in the warm water of the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir. The lagoon is the oldest pool in Iceland and filled with geothermal water that flows from the nearby hot springs. The water temperature is pretty comfortable (38-40°C / 97-104°F). The entrance fee is included in the tour price. From the lagoon we then head back to Reykjavík across Hellisheiði heath.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sterna Travel

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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What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik?
This activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers.

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Best Tour Ever
, Mar 2020
Siggy was the most fantastic guide! Had a fantastic time seeing all the sights and the Secret Lagoon was the perfect way to end the tour!
Amazing day out
, Feb 2020
Overall, a great experience. There was adequate time at each location. Could've had slightly longer so didn't feel as rushed but still enough time to explore. Scenery was stunning. Our guide was really informative and our driver was great.
Fabulous day seeing the real Iceland
, Jan 2020
We had a great day - the rep was really good and so was the driver despite there being some very icy roads. the tour itself is well worth doing and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The secret lagoon was fabulous and we were with people who also had done the Blue Lagoon and they said they preferred the Secret Lagoon. I liked the idea of doing it at the end of the tour rather than some that did it first thing.
Unique Sights
, Jan 2020
Great tour, nice bus, and friendly guide. The sights are not one to miss. For the price you cant beat it!
Amazing tour!
Jessica P
, Dec 2019
Really great tour with a fantastic guide. Coach very comfy and warm. It was lovely to have the Secret Lagoon at the end of a day of touring!
Brilliant trip
, Oct 2019
This was a great trip, especially if you only have a few days to explore Iceland. Maria our guide was knowledgable, fun and had a real passion for this amazing country. The secret lagoon is a must at the end of the excursion. This is a must do trip
Highly recommended
, Oct 2019
Though the weather was gloomy (all day wind and rain), the trip was wonderful - seeing the beautiful landscapes and wonders and enjoying the lagoon with a cold beer and easy temperature regulation when standing up. Maybe the best part was the driver, Gudmundur Björni (Gummy Bear), who was warm and kind and funny and knows the area from living all his life there.
Take this Tour!
, Sep 2019
We had the best day with our tour guide “ GummiBear”. You really get a goof feel for the country and the tour guide filled in many interesting facts. The highlight for me was the Geyser and amazing waterfall. It was also perfect to end the day with a soak in a natural pool ( Secret Lagoon).
Day Trip
, Sep 2019
Great trip out, despite bit of a hiccup first thing with the bus being late. Small coach was comfortable, tour guide was really informative , they give you a good time at each place. We could have stayed for hours at the secret lagoon but they give you an hour and a half which is enough. Waterfall is a definite highlight- we loved it !
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you Rabbit739 for spending your time to share your experience. We are happy that you enjoyed the tour! I can only agree that Secret Lagoon is a place where you could longer if not the tour schedule :))
Good tour inadequate guide
, Aug 2019
The features are great. The guide's organizing skills were good but her talk consisted of personal annecdotes with very little to no onformayion ot insights on Iceland.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you Slalexa for spending the time to share your review. We hope that you had a great time even if our guide didn't reach your expectations. Greetings from rainy Iceland. Weronika

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