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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik

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    What to Expect
    After pickup from your central Reykjavik accommodation, leave the city by air-conditioned minivan or coach, and admire Iceland’s countryside as you head toward the Golden Circle.

    On route, listen as your guide sheds light on the country’s geology and history, and admire your first views of Thingvellir National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.

    Stop at the park's famous tectonic rift, where the continental plates of America and Eurasia face each other over a narrow valley. Walk between the plates, and hear how they are gradually drifting apart by an average of about 0.9 inches (2.5 centimeters) per year.

    Next, continue past Laugarvatn to the Geysir geothermal area. Break for lunch (own expense) here, and follow the walkways around the hot springs, steam vents, and geysers.

    Watch the giant Strokkur geyser erupt, spouting water up to 65.6 feet (20 meters) high, and then travel to the Gullfoss waterfall. Formed from meltwater from the Langjökull glacier, this double-tiered fall plunges into a canyon and is astonishingly beautiful.

    After taking photos here, visit the nearby Secret Lagoon at Fludir. Fed by natural hot springs seeping up from the earth, this scenic geothermal pool is clouded in steam, giving it a fairy tale-like appearance.

    On arrival, use the changing facilities to don your bathing suit. Then, wade into the waters — they stay at a warm 100-104° Fahrenheit (38-40 Celsius) — and enjoy a relaxing soak, admiring the lovely countryside views as you swim.

    When it’s time, hop out, change into your dry clothes, and meet back up with your guide and vehicle. Then, relax as you ride across the heathland of the Hellisheiði lava plateau back to Reykjavik, where your tour finishes with drop-off at or near to your hotel.

    Please note: guests will need to bring their own bathing suit to swim in the Secret Lagoon, although towel rental is included. You are also advised to dress warmly as Iceland’s weather can change suddenly.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your Hotel or Guesthouse in Reykjavik (no pickup from private apartments or AirBnb) 
    • City regulations do not allow us to pick up directly from hotels downtown. You will be asked to go to the nearest Pick-up place from ones listed here: www.busstop.is
    • Should your pickup location be at a Bus Stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    We offer drop-off at the original departure point.
    • Round trip excursion.
    • Pickup and drop-off for selected hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik.
    • Professional guidance in English.
    • Food and drinks
    • Fees for using bathrooms at attractions
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately, weather in Iceland can be very changeable
    • Remember to bring your swimsuit for bathing in the Secret Lagoon
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Damn good road trip across Iceland. Bit tense at times on the bus but pretty banter. Paul though was a legend you'll know if you have him. Think his real name was Svenborn but I don't speak Icelandic. Everything better than expected. Worth every penny, I mean krona.
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    The tour guide was knowledgeable and told us about some of the history of Iceland, and some geographic information The trip was great, such a beautiful landscape!
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    Booked 2 seats for the Golden Circle/Secret Lagoon tour. Was advised the bus pick up was at 1000 but we should be there for 0930. We were there at 0930 and the bus showed up at 1020 hours. We were then advised this small bus would take us to meet up with the larger bus which
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    Response from Connector818278, Public Relations Manager at Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thank you Around for taking the time to share with us your experience. I will try to explain some of the issues that you included. I am very surprised to hear that you got the information that the pick-up time starts at 9.30. The only explanation that I have in my mind is, that probably some of our partners, where you made the purchase, provided you wrong information. We would like to avoid such a situation in the future so it would be very valuable to know, where did you buy the tour. We always inform current and new partners that pick up for the Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon starts at 10.00 and can take up to 30 minutes. As you said, Secret Lagoon is a completely different experience. It is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, where you can get close to the power of Icelandic nature and enjoy the natural surroundings. We always recommend trying Secret Lagoon and Blue Lagoon as a two totally different experiences. I am happy to know that you enjoy the tour in general. Greetings from cold Iceland! Sterna Team
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    This was an awesome way to spend a short amount of time seeing the main attractions, however I was the only solo passenger and everyone else were couples so keep that in mind for the secret lagoon where there was some pda from most couples so not super solo traveler friendly
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    Everything as described. Very helpful driver. Pick up from hotel was very handy, as was dropping us back there.
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