The Golden Circle: Platinum tour is a day trip of all our handpicked sites of the famous Golden Circle area of Iceland. It includes the Secret Lagoon hot pool, lunch at the Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse and all the popular sights of the Golden Circle. This celebrated area is rich with history and boasts powerful waterfalls, geothermal hot pools, erupting geysers, separating continental plates, as well as delicious food. All on Reykjavik’s doorstep!
The Golden Circle: Platinum tour starts by heading straight out of Reykjavík, driving over Hellisheiði mountain pass and heading along the south coast before driving inland to the Golden Circle area.
The Secret Lagoon – Iceland’s oldest swimming pool
Our first stop will be to warm up and soak in the natural hot springs of the Secret Lagoon*. This is Iceland’s oldest natural swimming pool, dating back to the 19th Century. The walls of the lagoon were placed around a small bubbling geyser over 100 years ago and have remained in place ever since. The modern changing rooms and rest area make this authentic bathing experience comfortable for everyone. We intentionally arrive at the hot pool early, when it is quietest. This allows us to truly relax and bathe in the magic of this wonderful geothermal pool. A great way to start the day!
Friðheimar Tomato Farm Greenhouse
Next, we drive to the nearby village of Reykholt. Here we enjoy a unique lunch inside the tomato greenhouse farm, Friðheimar. This geothermally heated greenhouse produces over one tonne of tomatoes each day, even in winter. Having lunch amongst all the tomato plants in the greenhouse is something we are sure you will never forget. You can choose either their famous tomato soup or ravioli pasta or grilled tortilla pizza. Scrumptious homemade bread is also included regardless of your choice (the cheesy olive bread is a secret favourite of our guides). Lunch is included in the price of this tour (one main meal and tea or coffee).
After lunch, we get to witness the force of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls. A 100ft, two tiered waterfall pouring into a deep fissure created from tectonic plate movement. Almost all the water originates from the distant Langjökull ice cap which you can see on an clear day. On sunny days, rainbows appear in the mist of this golden hued waterfall. There are many legends regarding the name but on a high flow day it’s hard not to notice the distinctive colour of the golden, sediment rich, glacial water.
In summer you can walk down to the very edge of this giant and feel the spray. In the icy winter you can enjoy the view of the half frozen waterfall from above.
Geysir, the original erupting geyser
From there, it is only a short drive to see the wonders of the geothermal area of Geysir, the original exploding geyser, and its surrounding steam vents. The most active geyser in the area, Strokkur, erupts every 6-10 minutes and is slightly different every time. Strokkur is known to erupt between 6ft and 60ft. Make sure you stick around for a few eruptions before checking out the souvenir shops.
Þingvellir National Park
Finally, after all this we drive onto the famous Þingvellir National Park. This National Park holds both a historical and geological significance. Þingvellir is the site of the longest surviving parliament in the world, where many of Iceland’s most important decisions were made. The Althing Assembly dates as far back as 930AD. It is also a place of incredible beauty, sitting in the rift valley of the separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is for these reasons that the national park was recognised as Iceland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. To finish the day we will explore this area enjoying easy walks and great views. From there, it’s just a short drive back into town, reaching Reykjavik in time for dinner.
During the darkest days of the year (December and January) timing at each stop may be shortened only slightly to get to every stop in the light. We make our best effort to give the most amount of time possible at each stop in the short daylight hours of these months so that you do not miss any of the sights listed.
*If you are joining us between 13th and 16th of January 2020 the Secret Lagoon is closed for maintenance. We will visit Fontana Geothermal Baths instead. Just as beautiful!
Operates: All year
Duration: 9 hours
Pick-Up Time: 8:30 am from your pick up location in Reykjavík
Group size: Minimum 1 / Maximum 12
Minimum age: 8 years old
Level of difficulty: Easy
Price: Adults 19,990 ISK, Youth (8-14 year old) 17,990 ISK
Included: Entrance fee into the Secret Lagoon, Lunch (one main meal with Tea/Coffee) from Friðheimar, pickup and drop-offs in Reykjavik and transportation with a small group and an English speaking guide.
Be sure to bring your towel and swimsuit for the Secret Lagoon. You can rent towels from Secret Lagoon for 700 ISK each if needed.
Please note that included for lunch at Friðheimar is a main course from their lunch menu, homemade bread and hot beverages. Drinks, dessert and other menu options are available, just bring along extra money to purchase extra items.
As with all our trips, be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact us directly.
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