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The Golden Circle & Fontana Wellness

Available
All year
Duration
9 hours
Min.age
2 years
Difficulty
Easy

Want to enjoy the most popular sites and add something very special?  Then this is, without a doubt, the right tour for you! Visit the most famous and most stunning natural attractions on the epic Golden Circle route.  This day tour takes you to the golden waterfall: Gullfoss; to Iceland's most famous geothermal area to see a sprouting geyser,  and to the Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk along the rift between the spreading tectonic plates.

After the wonderful sightseeing trip, you'll get the chance to relax in a geothermal pool beloved by locals: called Fontana Spa. Enjoy the view over the lake from the sauna, and try the unique steam baths built over a boiling hot spring.

Highlights

 

  • Get to know the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit the famous Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Soak in a local geothermal bath, and warm up in a natural hot spring steam bath
  • Enjoy some traditional rye bread cooked in a hot natural spring
  • Enjoy the guide’s informative overview of the area’s history and geology

What's included

  • Guided sightseeing bus tour
  • Rye bread tasting at Fontana Wellness
  • Admission to Fontana Wellness
  • Free WiFi on board
  • English-speaking local expert guide

Itinerary

You will be picked up by a tour bus at your chosen pickup location and start your journey through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region, stopping at some of Iceland’s most iconic sites.

The first stop on the Golden Circle tour is at Þingvellir National Park, an attraction of great historical, geological, and cultural significance. Thingvellir is located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drift apart. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the birthplace of the Althing—Iceland’s parliament founded in 930 AD—where the nation’s most powerful leaders would meet to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking-age justice. Thingvellir became Iceland’s first national park in 1930. It is also home to Iceland’s largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn.

Another stop during Iceland’s Golden Circle is Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Gullfoss waterfall gets its name from the golden color of its water as it churns up silt and sediment. The magnificent waterfalls lie in the Hvitá river and are fed by Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Gullfoss is 32 meters high, falling two tiers 11 and 21 meters high, respectively.

The last stop on the Golden Circle of Iceland is at the Geysir geothermal area, the home of the famous Geysir hot spring: the geyser for which all others are named. Geysir doesn’t erupt often but is surrounded by bubbling cauldrons, superheated mud, and steaming pools. Its little brother, however, is the Strokkur geyser that erupts every 5-10 minutes. The smells, colors, and eruptions at this popular destination are a window into all the geothermal activity happening across (and beneath) Iceland, making all those hot tubs, swimming pools, greenhouses, and geothermal energy possible.

The last stop on your tour is at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa, a local warm-water pool built on the shore of a lake in beautiful natural scenery. Originally built in the 1920s, Fontana was little more than a shack with 2 compartments built above the hot spring that bubbles and gurgles below the ground. Today, a modern complex invites you to relax in various hot tubs and steam baths that are naturally heated by hot springs.

Enjoy some traditional rye bread baked in hot springs before the return transfer to Reykjavik.

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FAQ & Important Information

The following is important information applicable to this tour. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone, we are here to make your tour exceptional!

Operation:
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Please note that pickup service is only available from authorized pick-up points in Reykjavik downtown. Unfortunately, we cannot offer pick-up service from Airbnb, private apartments, or Keflavik Airport for this tour. If your pick-up location is not on our pick-up list in the booking form, we kindly ask you to locate the closest pick-up point to your accommodation. It might take up to 30 min for our guides to reach your pick-up point, so please wait patiently for us to arrive. As much as possible, be prepared and ready to go.

Booking:
Our day tours are very popular, and we have many days when all available seats are booked out. Please book your tour early to avoid disappointment. You can book this tour online using the booking form or call our office. We typically respond to phone calls from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM GMT – if you do not reach us, please send an email, and we will reply to your message as soon as possible.

Prices:
All prices are per person. We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees. Gratuities are not included.

Tour itinerary changes:
At all times, your safety is our priority. You can expect any weather in Iceland. For this reason, the tour itinerary may be subject to changing the sights without notice, or the tour might be canceled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. If the timing changes, we will need your valid mobile phone number to contact you and inform you of the time change. Please don’t forget to fill out your phone number on the booking form. If the tour is canceled, you can receive a full refund or reschedule your tour for another day. We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.

What to bring:
Since the weather is unpredictable, always bring comfortable outdoor clothes and warm layers with waterproof and windproof outer layers. Jeans are unsuitable; a waterproof jacket, shoes, and warm sweaters are highly recommended. It’s best to wear waterproof boots. Bring some snacks or packed lunch. Bring your personal daily medications if required.

Medical conditions:
Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions you may require assistance with.

Payment and cancelation:
Full payment is required at the time of booking to secure your place. We require 24 hrs’ notice of cancellation for a refund. Any cancellations made within 24 hours before departure will be fully charged.

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