The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon

From: € 173
Duration: ~ 11.5 hours

Waterfalls, geysers and tectonic rifts—experience must-see sights and riveting history with Iceland’s most accomplished and knowledgeable guides. Finish your day at the Blue Lagoon, an essential experience when visiting Iceland. Nestled in the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula, when you slip into the warm, pale blue waters of the hot springs, you might as well be in another world altogether.

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Highlights

  • Visit Þingvellir, the birthplace of Iceland’s age-old democracy
  • Witness the hypnotic power of Gullfoss falls
  • Watch a large geyser erupt and see Geysir, the namesake of all geysers
  • Visit to the Blue Lagoon where you can relax in opaque blue water, the sauna and steam rooms
  • Revel in silica mud masks and the healing properties of the blue-green algae

Inclusions

  • Guided tour around the Golden Circle
  • Admission ticket to the Blue Lagoon
  • Round-trip transportation

Tour Itinerary

The Golden Circle is by far our most popular day trip, and for 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.

 

A HARROWING HISTORY & FABULOUS FALLS

Our first stop is Þingvellir, 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. Here we’ll learn the chilling stories behind Drowning Pool, Gallows Rock, Burning Gorge and Sand Banks of Slaughter. Deep in the interior we’ll find Gullfoss as it cascades into narrow Hvítárgljúfur canyon. The geology of the massive falls means it’s nearly impossible to photograph completely—you simply have to see it with your own eyes.

 

BUBBLING WITH EXCITEMENT

At Geysir geothermal area we’ll see a geyser hurling boiling water up to 30 meters in the air every 3-7 minutes, so you’re sure to catch the thrilling moment. The entire area is alive with geothermal activity, including bubbling mudpots, steam vents and Geysir, the namesake of all geysers.

 

STORIES OF A LIFETIME

While any one of these stops makes incredible fodder for your Instagram feed, they also all have rich histories and fascinating tales, each told with their own 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.

 

BLUE LAGOON

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 is why the Blue Lagoon draws visitors from all corners of the world to return time and time again.

 

GEOTHERMAL SEAWATER

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

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 conditioner both before and after you take a dip (there is plenty of complimentary conditioner 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 simply 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.

Please note

  • It is recommended to bring your own bathing suit, but bathing suits are also available for rent
  • There is an age limit of 2 years to go into the water, toddlers can stay on the premises with an adult supervisor
  • Children aged 8 and younger must wear floaties, available at the entrance to the lagoon free of charge.
  • One adult can accompany a maximum of two children in the Blue Lagoon.

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Please present your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure.

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.
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

173 11.5 hours
Tour ID: AH224

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