GOLDEN CIRCLE AND FONTANA GEOTHERMAL SPA

Price from kr 11,790 approx € 87

DURATION

9,5 Hours

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On this tour you will see some of Iceland’s most iconic sights on The Golden Circle, and and visit the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths.

THE LEGENDARY GOLDEN CIRCLE AND RELAXATION IN A GEOTHERMAL SPA ALL IN ONE? HARD TO BEAT, RIGHT?

Here you get to explore the iconic Golden Circle and relax in between stops at Fontana Spa. At our first stop we retrace the footsteps of the ancient Vikings by visiting Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is where the early settlers established their national assembly and took the first step to defining a nation. Þingvellir is an extremely dramatic and beautiful location. It´s also where the American and Eurasian continental plates are literally pulling apart at an annual rate of 2 cm.  The park also has within it Iceland’s biggest lake, Þingvallavatn.

The next stop is Laugavatn. It´s a town, a lake, and the home of Fontana Geothermal Spa. Whatever the weather you can be sure that Fontana is the perfect spot for relaxing in between sightseeing and enjoying the fresh Icelandic air.
The view of the lake is spectacular – and if you´re daring enough you can even take a dip in the lake´s cool waters, in between enjoying the natural saunas and bathing in the soothing warm pools of varying temperatures. In the saunas, hearing the boiling water bubble and gurgle below the floors is surreal – you can literally feel the geothermal power underneath the earth.

Next it´s on to see the world famous Geysir – where the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.

Our last stop is the dramatic Gullfoss Waterfall, which is a breathtaking sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.

All in all – it’s the perfect combination of activities. Amazing must-do sightseeing, and a relaxing bathe in a geothermal spa set in a gorgeous location!

DETAILS ON THE GOLDEN CIRCLE AND FONTANA GEOTHERMAL SPA

Price & Availability: See booking window on right.
Available all year round (depending on weather)
Teenagers 12-15 years 50% discount & children 0-11 years old free
Min: No minimum number of participants.
Age limit: No age limit
Bring with you: Bathing suit & Towel. Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.
Duration: Approx. 9,5 hours including a minimum 45-60 minute stop at Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park. In Geysir & Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.
Total distance covered during tour: 290 km

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Knowledgeable local guide
Admission to Fontana Spa
Free Wi-Fi and USB charger for each seat
In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages

Itinerary

  • Starting off in Reykjavik from our Reykjavik terminal at Skógarhlíð 10 we will depart for Þingvellir, a 45-60 minute ride.
  • The tour starts with Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you walk down the path into a rift valley and admire the view while learning about Icelandic history.
  • You will continue on to the Fontana Geothermal Spa, where you can spend about 2hrs soaking in the thermal pools, enjoying the steam baths or the sauna.
  • The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Steaming hot water erupts from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.
  • The last stop is Gullfoss Waterfall, an awesome sight to behold. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.
  • We then drive you back towards Reykjavik to our Reykjavik Terminal. If you booked a SmartBus pickup, you will be taken back to your place of stay from here. 

This tour is 9.5 hours long including travel time and the time you spend at each location. You spend at least 45 minutes at the major stops giving you plenty of time to enjoy the nature and to take some pictures.

Total distance covered: 290 km or 180 mi

Itinerary

Reykjavík Terminal

The starting point for Reykjavik Sightseeing Tours. Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik.

• Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher. 
• If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.

Þingvellir National Park

The first stop along the Gold Circle features a stunning views over the rift valley. A UNESCO heritage site with beautiful geographical features and a rich political history.

Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), Þingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift.

As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.

Fontana Geothermal Spa

This spa and geothermal swimming pool is built right on the shores of Laugarvatn at the source of a group of hot springs.

A rejuvenating and recuperating experience with hot spring pools, steam baths, and a Finnish-style Sauna. A perfect way to enjoy the healing power of the thermal springs of Iceland with thermal pools at different temperatures and panoramic views of the icelandic country side. With beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere this is the perfect with to sooth both the body and the spirit whilst along the golden circle. 

The Fontana spa also has a lunch buffet if you would like to take this opportunity to enjoy a nice meal before continuing on with sightseeing. 

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Geysir Hot Springs

The most iconic Iceland natural site, the Geysir hot springs are home to the original erupting geyser.

A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world.

Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travelers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.

Gullfoss Waterfall

A powerful and inspiring place. There the glacier water thunders down 32 meters in three steps and into a narrow canyon with an breathtaking roar and grandeur.

As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance. 

Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.

Important information

Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.

You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.

Lunch is not included, In Geysir, Fontana Spa, and Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.

What’s included

  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB-charger for each seat
  • Admission to the Fontana Baths (Swimsuit & Towel not incl.)

What do I need to bring

For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts. 

For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended.

For the Fontana Spa: Bring a swimsuit and a towel.

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 1 day notice: 100% charge
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