DT01 - The Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon
Self Drive Day Trip

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Season: (All year)
Operates: (Daily)
Departure times: (08:00)
Duration: (8 - 24 hours)
Price: (20501 ISK / tour)
Max: (5 passengers)
Map for The Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon tour

The Golden Circle route offers some of the most popular sites in Iceland. A National Park, a majestic waterfall, sprouting geysers, volcanic crater and beautiful scenery. Top it off with a visit to the magical Blue Lagoon. This trip is an absolute must for people doing day trips from Reykjavik and a great introduction to what Iceland has to offer. On the Golden Circle route many exciting optional activities are available for those who want to do more than just sightseeing.

Itinerary

Pick up car and Thingvellir National Park
Pack what you need for the day and don´t forget your camera as it is going to be a picture perfect day. You will be picked up in the morning and taken to the car rental office to receive your car and embark on your day trip.
First up is the historical Thingvellir National Park. The Mid-Atlantic ridge runs right through Thingvellir forming an impressive rift valley where Iceland is drifting apart at the rate of 2 cm per year. Thingvellir National Park was accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004 and is a place of natural beauty and rich with history.

Geyser hot spring area
After soaking in the inspiring history and natural beauty of Thingvellir continue your journey to the bubling geyser area with it´s numerous hot springs. One of the geyser is called Strokkur and erupts every 8 minutes in a magnificent display of natures power as boiling hot water sprouts 15-20 meters into the air but be carefull not to get to close so you wont get burned.

The Golden Waterfall
Continue your adventure and visit the golden waterfall Gullfoss. Gullfoss is one of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls and without a doubt the one who attracts most visitors. On a sunny day the mist from Gullfoss waterfall forms several rainbows adding to the pleasent sight of the waterfall.

Volcano Crater Keriđ
Nex up is the volcanic crater Keriđ. Keriđ crater is a volcanic crater 170m wide and 55 meters deep formed 5-6 thousand years ago in a volcanic eruption.

Selfoss Town and Greenhouse Community
Visit Selfoss town on your way back to Reykjavik. You might want to stop at a restaurant/café or even take a relaxing bath in the local swiming pool and hot tubs after a day of sightseeing.
After a visit to Selfoss town proceed to the greenhouse community of Hveragerđi town located in a geothermal area and is mostly known for it´s greenhouses but they are heated by geothermal energy.
From Hveragerđi head back to Reykjavik and then further to the amazing Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath after a day filled with sightseeing and adventure. After a soak in the mineral rich waters head back to Reykjavik to return the car.

In Winter:
You might want to keep the car for the night if you want to go on a hunt for the inspiring northern lights. The car does not have to be returned until 08:00 the next morning the latest.


Highlights:
Ţingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Keriđ Crater
Selfoss Town
Hveragerđi Town

Optional Activities:
Snorkeling
1 Hour Snowmobiling Tour
River Rafting
Heritage Horse Riding Tour
Fontana Spa

Included in the tour
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- Hyundai i20 with automatic transmission (upgrade available) for 1 day
- GPS Navigation System
- Written details on visited sites and detailed driving instructions
- Two authorized drivers
- CDW

Not Included:
- Gas
- Bathing fee at the Blue Lagoon

Other Details

Price: 20501 ISK / tour.
Max: 5 passengers
 
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Pricing policy:
Full Payment is required for day tours at the time of booking.

Type of car: The price is based on a Hyundai i20 with an automatic transmission or similar. You can upgrade to a larger vehicle as an optional extra. Other vehicle types are available upon request.

Driving Distance:
This tour covers approximately 400 kilometres with a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Those who prefer not to go to the Blue Lagoon can expect to be driving about 300 kilometres.

NOTE: For most of the summer we have daylight 24/7 so if you do not mind long days you can do some exploring on your own if you have already visited the sites in the itinerary and you want to do and see more.

Where to eat:
There are several places on the Golden Circle rout where you can get some lunch and snacks.

In Winter:
We recommend using a 4x4 vehicle for this tour from October 1st - April 30th as there is a chance of encountering snow.
In winter you might want to keep the car for the night to go out on a hunt for the Northern Lights.

Driving conditions:
All roads are paved on this rout and well maintained. In winter all cars are equipped with special winter tires for safety.

Similar day tours:

DT09 – The Golden Circle Classic
DT10 – The Golden Circle Afternoon
DT12 – The Golden Circle Evening Tour
DT93 – U Drive Golden Circle & Glacier by Super Jeep
DT81 – The Golden Circle Private Tour
DT21 – The Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Afternoon
DT56 – The Golden Circle & Glacier Lake
DT38 – The Highland Road & Golden Circle Evening Tour
DT43 – Whale Watching and Golden Circle Afternoon
DT61 – Golden Circle by Super Jeep and Snowmobiling

Optional extras:

Upgrade to Hyundai i30 or similar: price: 3910 ISK

Upgrade to a Suzuki Vitara- 4x4 - automatic or similar - winter option: price: 10054 ISK

1 Hour snowmobiling on Langjökull: price: 27816 ISK

Single ride add (Snowmobiling): price: 8099 ISK

Snorkeling Tour: price: 19538 ISK

River Rafting on Hvita River: price: 15628 ISK

Book Now
Season: (All year)
Operates: (Daily)
Departure times: (08:00)
Duration: (8 - 24 hours)
Price: (20501 ISK / tour)
Max: (5 passengers)
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