Icelandic waterfalls, geysers, and tectonic rifts are must-see experience and riveting history with Iceland’s best-experienced guides. Finish your day tour at the Blue Lagoon, an essential experience when visiting Iceland.
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The Golden Circle is by far our most popular day trip, and for a good reason! It’s packed with arguably the country’s most important sites and guided by some of our finest tour experts with extensive knowledge and experience of Iceland’s most revered sites, meanwhile visit of the Blue Lagoon perfectly ends your day by cozy and relaxing times in its blue waters.
Þingvellir National Park
Our first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, the mainland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is not only where the tectonic plates are pulling apart, creating a rift valley, but also the birthplace of the Althing, the world’s longest-running democratic parliament since 930 AD. At Þingvellir National Park you will learn the chilling stories behind Drowning Pool, Gallows Rock, Burning Gorge, and Sand Banks of Slaughter. Deep in the interior, you will find Gullfoss as it cascades into narrow Hvítárgljúfur canyon. The geology of the massive falls means it’s nearly impossible to photograph thoroughly—you have to see it with your own eyes.
Geysir Geothermal Area
At Geysir geothermal area, you will see a geyser Strokkur hurling boiling water up to 30 meters in the air every 6 to 10 minutes, so you’re sure to catch the thrilling moment. Strokkur is the only geyser that erupts so often and daily. The entire area is alive with geothermal activity, including bubbling mud pots, steam vents, and Geysir, the namesake of all geysers, and only thanks to this geothermal activity in Iceland, we can use it for heating our homes, going to the spas, growing our own fruits and vegetable, and so on.
Majestic waterfall Gullfoss is a memory that you won't forget either. Gullfoss in translation means "Golden Falls" and it got its name thanks to its beautiful color flowing, but many many people also say that it is because the rainbow often shows above the waterfall. Gullfoss's environment was decided back in 1979 and since then it is so popular tourist attraction. During causal days Gullfoss flows around 110 m3/s, but when it comes to floods, it can go up to 2000 m3/s, and so you can imagine it that this amount of water flowing would fill up two 50m long Olympic pools just in one minute. There is a path letting you go closer to the Gullfoss open during the summertime, but it is worthy to see Gullfoss waterfall in any time of the year.
While anyone of these stops makes incredible fodder for your Instagram feed, they also all have rich histories and fascinating tales, each told with their nuances by our brilliant storyteller guides. It’s not just facts and figures that bring these places to life, but the compelling stories our guides have collected over time. Don’t just see the sites—experience Iceland through the eyes of a tour expert with Gray Line.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions and by many considered an intrinsic part of the whole Iceland experience. Breathtaking scenery, ultra-modern facilities, and an impressive track record in healing are why the Blue Lagoon draws visitors from all corners of the world to return time and time.
Not only does the lagoon owe its existence to geothermal activity, but the entire facility—from the shower rooms to the café lights—is powered by geothermal energy. Ocean water seeps through the porous lava rock and combines with hot groundwater to create the distinctive mineral-rich water and silica mud found in the Blue Lagoon.
Insider Tips at Blue Lagoon
Two things to tell yourself while at the Blue Lagoon: yes to conditioner and no to jewelry. The water in the Blue Lagoon can be hard on your hair, so be sure to use plenty of leave-in conditioners both before and after you take a dip (there is plenty of complimentary conditioners available in the shower rooms). As for your jewelry, best to leave it in the locker as the minerals in the water can cause discoloration, and it is hard to find any pieces that are lost.
- Soak, Relax, Sip, Repeat
The key to fully enjoying your Blue Lagoon experience is to pace yourself. Of course, you will want to soak in the warm waters of the lagoon as soon as that cool Icelandic air hits your freshly showered skin, but after you’ve warmed up, check out the sauna and steam rooms. There is also an area just for relaxing—the aptly named, Relaxation Area. Drink a smoothie at the Lagoon Bar, and if you are looking for warmer waters, then search out the areas of the lagoon with the most steam. After a soak in the warmer waters, you’ll probably be ready for a face mask and that floating massage, perhaps followed by a water massage courtesy of the waterfall. All of this relaxation may leave you a bit hungry. The Blue Lagoon has plenty to offer by way of dining, no matter your tastes.
- Carry On
At the Blue Lagoon, the experiences of an Icelandic swimming pool, spa, and geothermal energy meet to create an experience you won’t find anywhere else. With so much to see and do in Iceland, why not take a moment of relaxation in the singularly Icelandic space of the Blue Lagoon? Gray Line will help you get there and back again in time for your next adventure.
1. Where is the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon?
The Golden Circle is in southwest Iceland, just outside of the city of Reykjavik. The round trip has approximately 250 kilometers from Reykjavik. Blue Lagoon is on the other side, as you would be heading to the Keflavik International airport.
2. How long does the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour take?
The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour takes around 11,5 hours.
3. What do the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour include?
The tour includes bus transport, professional tour guide, tour in English and six other languages (valid only for the Golden Circle part of the tour), free WiFi onboard, super comfortable coaches, visit of the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall, transport to and back to Reykjavik from Blue Lagoon, a ticket to entrance the Blue Lagoon, and lots of fun!
4. Can you go for the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour in the winter?
Definitely yes! Of course, everything depends on the weather conditions, but if weather is stable yet crispy cold, it is an unforgettable moment to experience the Golden Circle part of the tour and then to jump into the warm, light blue waters at Blue Lagoon to relax.
5. Where to eat during the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour?
It is prohibited to eat and drink in our coaches, every stop of the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour has a place with facilities and places to eat and drink. So no stress you would not find anything for yourself at Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall, or Blue Lagoon.
6. Is the tour safe and allowing also babies and kids to go?
The Golden Circle part of the tour is totally ok for babies and kids. When it comes to Blue Lagoon, please note that only kids from 2 years and older are allowed to enter the area. Also, kids under 8 years have to wear floaties that are available for free at the entrance to Blue Lagoon, and one parent/adult can enter the Blue Lagoon only with 2 kids.
7. Is the tour for pregnant women?
Again, if the woman feels ok and it's in a good health condition, the Golden Circle part is not a problem for her. To go to Blue Lagoon is a different question. Some women don't like warm waters or are not even allowed to go to them during pregnancy. Blue Lagoon waters might also be dehydrated them even faster because of the structure of water. That's why each woman should talk to her care provider before and decide by herself.
8. Do I need my own bathing things at Blue Lagoon?
Yes, we recommend that you will bring your own swimsuit, towel, and cosmetics although everything can be also rented there.
9. Can I take photos and videos at Blue Lagoon?
Yes, you can, even all swimming pools in Iceland are not allowing their visitors to do it, Blue Lagoon is an exception. Just don't forget some waterproof case for your phone, in case it would fall or you want to easily move in the area.
10. Where are the pick-up locations for the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour?
We pick-up from all major hotels in the greater Reykjavik area where possible. In the city center where bus traffic is restricted we pick-up from designated bus stops. We also pick up from the cruise ports, and it is always possible to join the tour at our bus terminal in Klettagarðar.
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Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal at Klettagarðar 4 is the central departure point for our tours.
Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
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