Golden Circle tour with the Secret Lagoon
Sunday May 22, 2016
- Departure from: University of Iceland — in front of the Main Building (Aðalbygging): see Google maps.
- Departure time: 9:00 am
- Return: around 6:00 pm
- Included: guide, entrance to the Secret Lagoon at Flúðir Village, and lunch at Friðheimar
- Price: ISK 20,500
- Min. number of participants: 14
We will start by taking a refreshing bath in the Secret Lagoon near Flúðir Village. The Secret Lagoon consists of natural hot springs which have been kept natural and unique so guests can get the true Icelandic feeling. The natural surroundings of the pool and the steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water holds 38–40 degrees Celsius (100–104 Fahrenheit) all year. In the area there are several geothermal spots and a little geyser which erupts every five minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring.
Due to few showers at the Secret Lagoon we ask you kindly to listen to the guide and follow his direction when he controls the flow into the Lagoon. Please remember to bring your bathing suit. Towels will be provided for those who need.
Having relaxed at the Secret Lagoon it is time for lunch which will be served at Friðheimar Tomato Farm . At Friðheimar we will be welcomed with a brief introduction of their work and little surprise that will lift your spirits. There you can gain some insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture. It is quite remarkable that it is possible to grow vegetables in the Icelandic climate all year round by creating warm Mediterranean conditions with geothermal water.
After lunch we will head for Gullfoss waterfall which many consider to be the queen of Icelandic waterfalls as it is both high and mighty and stumbles dramatically in a deep gorge. After Gullfoss waterfall, we will head for Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur where you can see geysers, hot springs, steam vents and eerie blue algae. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every five minutes.
Our last stop will be at Þingvellir National Park where the Icelandic Parliament Alþingi was founded over 1000 years ago. At Þingvellir you will see how the earth is ever so slowly pulling apart along the North-America and Eurasian tectonic plates and you will be able to stand where the Viking settlers stood centuries ago to edict national laws.
After Þingvellir you will be heading back to Reykjavik. Estimated arrival time is around 6 pm.
We hope you will enjoy the tour.