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Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

1. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

2. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see.

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We travelled in a mini bus that holds 19 but we only had 16. Nicole from Nice Tours was our driver guide & she was not only very informative but she also sang & was very funny. There are few tours that I have seen that cover the Silver Circle & I am glad we picked this one. The countryside was beautiful & we were lucky to have a mostly sunny day. Hraunfossar Falls is absolutely stunning. The small restaurant there served us great Sweet potato soup & they have other foods to choose from but not a great variety. I wasn't too impressed by Deildartunguhver but everything else was interesting. This tour had at the end a choice of either going to the Canyon Baths or a Lava cave. We chose Husafell Canyon Baths and Ollie was our great guide for that part. It is remote & peaceful & a down hill walk to get to them. Also, there is a limit to the amount of people that are allowed in at a time so it was just us. This was an awesome tour & if you get Nicole as your guide you will be very happy.

We had a great day with our guide Gulli. Throughout our journeys, he explained to us the history of Iceland with of course the famous Vikings of which he is a direct descendant. The waterfalls we saw are gigantic with clear blue water flowing through the lava. The hot springs are worth seeing even if there is a strong smell of sulphur. And end of the day in style with the descent into the canyon to arrive at Canyon Baths where you can relax in water between 38 and 41° in the middle of a breathtaking natural site. I highly recommend this excursion

An excursion off the beaten track, relaxing and instructive while still offering landscapes different from the golden circle but just as stunning. Our guide Christina was adorable and made us laugh a lot with many anecdotes, a big thank you to her for her contagious good mood!

Beautiful tour. You can see several waterfalls and landscapes. The bath in the springs surrounded by nature is wonderful. Very kind guide.

Excellent time Just needed a railing into the baths Otherwise wonderful staff and a wonderful time