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Itinerary
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.
Locations visited
Thingvellir National Park
Strokkur
Gullfoss
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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 9-hour 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Katrina is a superb guide !!

Other reviewers have noted problems with being picked up in a large bus, taken to the bus terminal, and transferring to a smaller bus. We have had the same issues with this company: We would inevitably be waiting a long time at the terminal, not...More

Thank Zinrosky
ReykjavikExcursions, Manager at Reykjavik Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi I will pass this on to our guide and we are glad to hear that you liked our tours and this is what we are trying to give our customers. The ultimate experience of Iceland. Please come back and thank you for traveling with...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018
A great day out

A couple of comments that might help other travellers. Firstly, no problems with our pick up, although the pick up bus was 10 minutes late. Another minibus got stuck in traffic so the main coach arranged to meet en route to transfer the passengers. A...More

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ReykjavikExcursions, Manager at Reykjavik Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review.

Reviewed 12 June 2018
A Wonderful Day Full of Beautiful Stops!

We visited Reykjavik in November so it was during the short-dayed winter months. We wanted to get the most out of the short time we had, so booked tours for each day through Reykjavik Excursions. We had a blast! We got to go to lots...More

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 18 May 2018
Beautiful tour!

I am not a big tour person but this seemed like a good way to see a lot of the attractions and go to a geothermal spa. The bus picked us up at the hotel and then we transferred to a small bus at the...More

Thank Q6458SRdianaf
Reviewed 6 May 2018
Excellent adventure

This was a tour included in our travel package with Icelandair. It was a nine hour tour. We were picked up at our hotel and transferred to the bus terminal. The bus left on time and was very organized. Our driver and tour guide were...More

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