Reykjavik Cruises, Iceland
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This classic Reykjavik trip is your ticket to the ‘big three’ – Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. Collectively they’re known as ‘The Golden Circle’ and they give you a taster of Iceland’s scenic might. Your first stop is the national park. Thingvellir ranks at the top of Iceland’s tourist attractions and in 2004 it was given a coveted spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The park’s surrounded by mountains and covers a huge lava plain of green moss and wild flowers. Next up, it’s Gullfoss’ turn to shine. Also known as the ‘Golden Waterfall’, it’s the most famous of the country’s falls. Here, the river Hvita drops 96 feet in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle. After time here, you’ll head for Geysir, where hissing springs await. The active geyser, “Strokkur” spouts water every few minutes and it’s an incredible sight to see. This is also where you’ll enjoy your lunch.
On this full-day tour, you’ll see some of Iceland’s best natural wonders. Your guide will meet you at the port, and you’ll travel north to Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot springs in Europe. The water here’s used to heat homes over 60 kilometres away. You’ll then head to see a couple of waterfalls – Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. They’re out in the sticks, surrounded by wild scenery. Think grassy hills and open plains. After a stop for lunch at Húsafell farm, you’ll leave the bus behind and travel by truck to Langjökull Glacier. It’s the second largest glacier in Iceland, and you’ll head into the heart of it during a two-hour visit to the manmade caves that are carved into it. Scientists use the 30-metre-deep caves to study the thousand-year-old ice and the effects climate change has on the glacier. There’s an ice bar and an ice chapel here, too. After your guide’s shown you around, you’ll get back on the truck for a drive back to Húsafell. The coach will be waiting there to drive you back to the port.
On this tour you’ll make your way through Reykjavik’s suburbs, towards Hafnarfjordur. And from there, it’s on to the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula. When you get to the Blue Lagoon you’ll get around two hours to yourself. The water here hovers around the 37 to 39°C mark and it’s packed with minerals so it’s known for its healing properties. It’s a popular natural health spa that’s become one of the most visited places on the island. Take a relaxing dip and feel your stresses and strains just melt away. If you don’t fancy getting wet, make the most of the tax-free shopping or pull up a chair in the neighbouring café. Afterwards, it’s time to head back to Reykjavik – feeling relaxed and refreshed from head to toe.