Golden Circle With Blue Lagoon
This day tour is going to start Reykavik, the capital, passing through Nesjavellir road. This offers a chance to view a remarkable volcano formed naturally. We are also going to make a stop in Nesavellir geothermal region; here, the capital becomes increasingly hot.
From there, we will move on to Þhingvellir national park which is situated on two techtonic plates. The Western part is the American plate while the Eastern one is the EuroAsian. Þhingvellir National park is commemorated and remembered.The significant feature here however, is an ancient parliament and church. It is worth noting that in the English language, Þhingvellir means assembly plains.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 10 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Icelandic, Croatian, Slovenian
- Highlights: Geysir
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Professional photographer guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Port pickup and drop-off
Round-trip private transfer
What to bring:
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
good hiking shoes recommended
In winter time it is not recommending to walk near the waterfalls due to ice and danger
Please bring swimwear for the Blue lagoon.