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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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

This was a wonderful tour, the waterfalls hot springs and mountains are so dramatic and stunning (when you can see them through the fog!) and out guide was great - friendly, funny and informative. Only two of us went to the canyon baths while the rest of the group toured the lava cave. Wow, what an experience. It was like a private tour. Soaking in the baths surrounded by snowy mountains was absolutely amazing, as was all the information about how they were built and how tourism is developing the region. A great day out - would recommend!

Driver guide at the Top, during all the stops, he accompanies us to comment and give us explanations. I went to Iceland with my grandparents, and he took great care of them and helped them climb. The experience of bathing in natural pools in the middle of the mountain is indescribable. It's a crazy experience!!!!!!! Thank you so much for this really great day

Excellent tour with so many beautiful stops! Our guide David is fantastic and he is truly in love with Iceland. Our Canyon bath guide was excellent too and so helpful!! Fabulous experience! Nicetravel is highly recommended!! Thank you so much!!

Excelente experiencia si quieren conocer pueblos típicos islandeses. También nos gusto que no va tanta gente entonces los lugares no están tan llenos. Los baños termales increíbles!

Great tour and guide. Thor was knowledgeable and I learned so much about Iceland and the culture from home. I highly recommend this trip!