Full-day Golden Circle & Northern Lights Adventure, from Reykjavik
Duration: 10.5 hours Easy Our Pick
Why we love this tour
Tour through Iceland's incredible Golden Circle full of can't-miss sites. Visit waterfalls and geysers, soak in hot springs, taste Iceland's best treats, and search for the incredible Northern Lights.
- Travel the famous Golden Circle route of Icelandic highlights
- Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Walk through the Geysir geothermal area
- See the Strokkur geyser shoot water out of the ground
- Taste authentic Skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and homemade ice cream
- Soak in the hot springs at the Fontana pools
- Enjoy a traditional dinner in a local restaurant
- Search for the breathtaking Northern Lights
The Golden Circle route is called "golden" for a reason. The 300 km (186 mi) loop starts in Reykjavik and loops through the southern uplands. Visit some of the top natural attractions in Iceland and indulge your taste buds along the way.
Your fun-filled winter adventure begins with your guide picking you up in Reykjavik. The first stop along the Golden Circle is the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thingvellir holds both scientific and historic significance for Icelanders. This park is where the parliament was established in the 10th century. It's also the site of a fissure in the Earth's crust where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are moving away from each other!For lunchtime, you stop at the Fridheimar greenhouse and restaurant for a delicious meal of fresh tomato soup and homemade bread. With full and happy bellies, you head off to visit the beautiful (and incredibly powerful) Gullfoss waterfall and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area. Watch the Stokkur geyser spout water 30 m (100 ft) into the air.
A visit to a local farm gives you the chance to sample skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and homemade ice cream. To warm up after these chilly snacks, take a dip in the geothermal pools of the Fontana spa before heading to a local restaurant for a traditional, savory meal. The remainder of the evening is dedicated to searching for the captivating Northern Lights.Fill your day with natural wonders from the land to the sky. Exploring the Golden Circle brings gorgeous sites at every turn. Luckily, it also brings incredible tastes at every turn too.
Need to know before you go
This tour runs every day from September 1st to April 15th.
Pickup time is 11:30 a.m.
Please enter your hotel or hostel name in the booking form and the designated pickup spot in Reykjavik will be sent to you.
Groups are limited to 15 people per guide.
Minimum age is 10 years old.
No previous experience is necessary, but a decent level of fitness is required.
Please wear warm clothing, athletic shoes, rain gear, a bathing suit, change of clothes, sunscreen, and bring water.
Will we see the Northern Lights? To see the Northern Lights you need solar activity, clear skies, and darkness. The first two we cannot control, but the darkest months are September to March and therefore your best chance to see them.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
Cancellations can be done up to 24 hours before the trip with 100% reimbursement.
For later cancellations, there is no compensation. On rare occasions, the tour may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances, we will offer you alternative dates or we will refund you 100% of the paid amount.
Designated Pickup Spot in Reykjavik
Please enter your hotel or hostel name in the booking form, and the exact address will be sent to you.
Provided byIcelandic Mountain Guides
Reviews for this provider
23 Sep 2023
It was a Really nice adventure. We thought that we will reach the glacier cave more but anyway it is worth to visit this amazing place! Also our guide Andrea was really good! He shared with us a lot of facts and was all the time helpful and we felt with him really comfortable.
15 Jun 2022
Just kept getting better as it went on…
15 Apr 2022
Great fun angriest scenery. A spectacular experience overall.
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