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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

4.2 / 5

46 reviews

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

From US$ 108.95 per person

Explore the dramatic landscapes of Iceland's "Golden Circle" in the morning and see the Northern Lights in the evening on a 2-part tour from Reykjavik. Visit the Þingvellir National Park and admire the Arctic tundra, go to Gullfoss Waterfall and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Pickup included
• Pickup begins 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready and on the lookout for a green Smartbus. • As each driver sometimes has a few stops prior to yours, there is no need to worry if the bus is not there exactly on time. • Pickup is available from most hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. Please note that in the city center some areas are restricted for buses, and therefore pickup will only be available from certain bus stops. If you need directions to the nearest bus stop, visit the city's website: www.busstop.is. • Pickup is not available from Airbnbs or private residences; if this applies to you, it is recommended to select the hotel address or bus stop nearest to you and request pickup from there.

Experience

Highlights
  • See a hot spring erupt before your eyes
  • Admire the cascades of the Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Walk through history in Þingvellir National Park
  • Hunt for the elusive Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Full description
Experience the dramatic scenery and natural phenomena of Iceland on a 2-part combination tour, starting with a morning tour of the legendary "Golden Circle." Depart Reykjavik to visit Iceland's 3 iconic natural treasures, including the Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the earth's North American and Eurasian plates pulled apart at Geysir and watch the geothermal waters and steam spout skywards from the geyser. Admire the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, where a glacial river thunders 32 meters into a canyon. Then, take a 3 to 6-hour break and grab dinner before your evening Northern Lights tour. When night falls, search for the elusive Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Icelandic wilderness, depending on the weather forecast and visibility conditions. Only visible during the winter months, the spectacular phenomenon is one of Iceland's biggest and most magical draws.
Includes
  • Knowledgeable local guide for Golden Circle
  • Specially-trained Northern Lights guide
  • Instructions on how to set up your camera to capture the Northern Lights and the night sky
  • Photo of you and the Northern Lights (when aurora can be seen)
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charger for each seat
  • In-bus audio guide (available in 10 different languages)
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick-up from your accommodation (unless you have chosen the tour option with hotel pick-up)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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  • Please note that the Northern Lights are only visible during the winter months
  • Children aged 12-15 are entitled to a 50% discount. Children aged 0-11 can travel for free
  •  The Northern Lights part of the tour is at 10:00 PM from August 25-September 30 and April 1-April 25, and at 9:00 PM from October 1-March 31
  •  Departures are dependent on the weather
  • There is no minimum number for this activity and no age limit
  • Please wear warm and waterproof clothes as the weather can change suddenly. Expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, and headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended
  • The total travelling time is around 10 hours, including a minimum 30-minute stop at Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park and an approximate 3-hour Northern Lights tour
  • You are advised to bring your own headphones for the audio guide as they will fit you best and it's better for the environment
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 46 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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You see a lot in one day. The golden circle is a must see if you’re in Iceland and this tour combines golden circle with northern lights so you won’t feel like it was a waste of money if you don’t get to catch northern lights (they’re a hit or miss and seeing them is not always guaranteed). The golden circle tour showed most some of the most iconic sights of the country, which you would not be able to see unless you have your own means of transport. Unfortunately we did not see the northern lights in the tour - yet, ironically enough we saw them on our way back home from the tour! - but our guide was very knowledgeable about the local culture and customs, so during this visit he spoke mainly about the cultural aspect of Iceland which was also very interesting and engaging. Both tour guides were very knowledgeable and approachable. This tour was good value for what it offers.

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November 19, 2021

Spectacular tour at the golden circle, as regards the Northern Lights perfectly clear sky and we stayed almost three hours alternating moments outside and inside the bus because of the cold but unfortunately nature has not given us the most awaited gift ... it will be for next time… ❤️

September 23, 2021

The trip through the golden circle was excellent, the guide offered complementary information to what I heard on the tablet, magical places are known and everything is coldly calculated, you have to be prepared to get wet at any time, the recommendation to bring waterproof and thermal clothing to people who are not used to the cold that is seen in Iceland is not a joke. Unfortunately we could not see the northern lights but the night did not rain and the sky was clear which allowed us to see the polar star and several constellations, although the cold was very strong and it was frequently necessary to get on and off the bus when we were looking for shelter from the wind.

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September 19, 2021

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