Fly bus from airport to hotel (optional)
Golden Circle (optional)
Pick up from hotel at 08.30
Whale watching (optional)
Pick up from hotel at 09.30
Relax at the Blue Lagoon (optional)
Pick up from hotel at 08.30
Fly bus from hotel to airport* (optional)
*Departure time for the fly bus needs to be confirmed at hotel reception the night before departure.
The Blue Lagoon is a year-round favorite because, frankly, there’s never a wrong time to pamper yourself.
The Golden Circle tour is another perennial, although the sights on offer constantly change with the seasons and summer is signposted by the rainbows of spray over the Gullfoss waterfall and the amazing verdance of the Þingvellir national park (and the fact that the geysers really don’t seem to care what season it is – they just keep on gushing and flowing regardless).
Then we come to whale watching. This most popular and rewarding of pastimes is just out of the question in winter – not only because of the weather, but also because a great many of the whales go AWOL on holiday to the high Arctic or the tropics, depending on species.
Here is a random list of words that we associate with summer in Iceland: sheep, hiking, greenery, midnight sun, whale watching, hot lakes, driving the ring road, street partying, botanical gardens, festivals, BBQ, bird watching, camping, exploring, sea angling, jet boating and the Highlands.
Detailed description of the excursions:
The Golden Circle is undoubtedly Iceland’s most famous day tour, as it includes three of the country’s most recognisable attractions in one simple 300km round trip.
On this trip you will be treated to hot water, flying water, deep water, clear water, fast water and tumbling white water. All the while remaining firmly on dry land.
At Þingvellir National Park you will see unbelievably clear, deep blue water in Peningagjá, into which you might choose to throw a coin or two and watch how long they take to sink to the deep bottom. You may also see Lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland’s biggest, which is world famous as a dive site due to its spookily clear water. Þingvellir is also famous as the site of the founding of modern democracy about a thousand years ago, for the fact that the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly pulling the place apart, and for being the place where Icelanders executed their accused ‘witches’ by drowning. It is also famous for its natural beauty, plants, birds, animals and the Öxarárfoss waterfall.
But Öxarárfoss is no match for Gullfoss. Gullfoss is one of the most impressive natural phenomena in Europe: a huge, roaring staircase of a waterfall, throwing up clouds of spray and succeeding enviably at making us humans feel very, very small indeed.
The Golden Circle tour also takes in Geysir – the geyser which gave its name to create the word geyser. Ironically your chances of seeing Geysir erupt while you are at Geysir these days are extremely slim; but its little brother Strokkur is a couple of footsteps away and throws scalding water up to 30 metres high every few minutes. While you’re waiting there’s plenty of other hot springs and bubbling mud pools to keep you entertained.
09.00 with pick-up available from all major hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík around 30 minutes before departure.
8 - 9 hours
Level of difficulty:
Coach fare, guide and entrance to the Geysir museum.
Lunch and refreshments.
The whale watching boat, Rósin (The Rose), offers an absolute innovation in whale watching adventures in Iceland. The boat is brand-new, it was built the winter of 2009-2010, and is a fast and luxurious whale watching boat, the only one of its kind in Iceland, providing security and luxury for all. The whale watching tours start from the old harbour in Reykjavík and during puffin season (1 May - 20 Aug) we sail past the puffin islands Akurey and Lundey, inhabited by thousands of the funny little birds.
From there it takes only 15 - 20 minutes to get to where the whales are. In the whale watching tours you´ll see whales in their natural environment, quite up close and personal. The friendly guides and captain point out where to spot the whales on the surface of the sea and give you interesting information about the different kinds of whales you can expect to see.
It is safe to name the trip Whale Watching Express as Rósin is a pretty fast boat, saving a lot of time getting out to where the whales are; therefore the whale watching adventures only take 2 - 2 ½ hours. Our passengers get the same amount of time whale watching, simply less time travelling (Only 15-20 minutes instead of 40-60 minutes each way).
Relax at the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is not to be missed while you are in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon's world famous warm waters contain a unique cocktail of natural mineral ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue-green algae which help you relax and unwind while the Blue Lagoon white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates your skin.
This tour includes coach travel to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavík or Keflavík International Airport and entry to the Blue Lagoon, followed by more coach travel to your choice of Reykjavík or the airport. Departure and return times are flexible, with as many as 11 coaches a day in high summer.
So while the waters relax body and soul, the coach company ensures there’s no stress in getting there and back. Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel is also on offer.
Included: Return bus fare and admission to the Blue Lagoon.
And if this isn't enough, there are loads of optional extras for you to choose from. If the tour you book doesn't include it but you want to go whale watching…no problem! Perhaps you’re itching to ride an Icelandic horse? Again, no problem! You’ll get the same answer if you want to go on a super jeep tour, go up on a glacier, try snorkeling, hiking, trekking or biking. Just ask us…