Spouting Geysers & Crashing Falls
Golden Circle with trip to the Secret Lagoon, 2-Day Tour - Iceland
Some of Iceland's most famous landmarks can be found in the Golden Circle, an area of geothermal activity. On this trip you’ll stay overnight in the countryside town of Flúðir to get ahead of the day trippers and see highlights such as the Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss waterfall whilst they are still quiet.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- 1 x breakfast
- Entrance to the Secret Lagoon
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Arrival at the Golden Circle
With Reykjavik in your rear-view mirror, head off on your drive to the Golden Circle. We recommend a stop at Thingvellir en route, where you’ll find a gap between the European and American continental plates in a national park that’s well worth checking out. From Thingvellir it is then a half hour drive to the Golden Circle, where you will find Iceland’s highest spouting geyser, Strokkur. It erupts every 5 to 10 minutes and just before an eruption, a huge bubble forms at the mouth of the geyser, after which hot water and steam are sprayed up about 20 to 30 meters. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you can take spectacular pictures here.
In the evening, check into your countryside hotel and after such an exciting day seeing the sights, it’s time to relax in the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest thermal baths in Iceland. We’ll reserve entrance tickets for you in advance, so all you have to do is get there. Once you’re in, you’ll instantly unwind as you float in the warm water, with natural heat sources giving the water a comfortable temperature. Between the different baths you walk through a world of moss and steam and although the lagoon is no longer very secret, it still gives you a magical feeling.
Leave the Golden Circle
Get up early today, so that you have enough time to visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall before all the day trippers arrive. This way you have all the peace and space to grab yourself some beautiful photos. From the car park you can walk to the waterfall in fifteen minutes. The closer you get, the louder the sound of the roaring water mass becomes. The water begins at the glacial river Hvítá and plunges here like a perpendicular water curtain into a 70 meter deep gorge. There are also fantastic views over the Gullfoss from all sides and when the sun shines, you almost always see a rainbow here. After your visit to Gullfoss, you will leave the Golden Circle region and continue your journey.
Silfra – Snorkeling Tour (en route to Golden Circle)
You’ll hesitate for a moment, but then jump in anyway! The water between the two continental plates of Thingvellir National Park is around 4 degrees all year round, but with your thermal suit on you can relax with the current. In the crystal clear water you can sometimes see up to a hundred meters on this guided snorkelling trip. There’s undulating green algae and golden-yellow rocks to make this a completely alien underwater world.
Please note: If you suffer from heart or lung problems, have epilepsy, or if you are pregnant, this excursion is not suitable due to the cold water.
£138 - per person
Golden Circle – Snowmobile Tour (from Gullfoss)
Extend your stay by one night at the Golden Circle and you will have time for a very special adventure. Make sure you dress warm today, as you are going up the icey Langjökull glacier on a snowmobile . You will be picked up at Gullfoss waterfall around noon and taken to the meeting point, where you will switch to your new mode of transport. White tracks form in the fresh snow as you scoot through Iceland’s second largest glacier with your experience guide. The excursion lasts approximately four hours, with one hour of that you sit on the snowmobile and the rest on foot.
£198 - per person
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