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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

From $101.44 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.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
• 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: • 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.


  • 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.
  • Knowledgeable local guide for Golden Circle
  • Specially-trained Northern Lights guide
  • Use of camera tripod (please note, the local partner only has a few and there are many tour participants, if you own please bring it along)
  • Instructions on how to set up your camera to capture the Northern Lights and the night sky
  • Use of astronomical telescope, for moon and stargazing
  • 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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Meeting point

Your tour starts from Reykjavík Terminal, centrally located at Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík. please be at the terminal 15 minutes before your departure time.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • 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

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4.1 /5

based on 36 reviews

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Good care. "Zapping" regarding the duration of visits: an additional 15 minutes per site would be an absolutely necessary minimum. We opted for an audio guide in French per person, but only had one tablet for 3, with very basic information. You might as well have the backpacker's guide with you. Due to a lack of organization, we could not organize ourselves to find where to dine in time. We therefore chose to cancel our participation too late in the excursion for the dawn ... A postponement of this visit was proposed to us.

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November 2, 2019

Was a very memorable trip. Unfortunately didn’t get to see the northern lights on the first day as Mother Nature doesn’t perform on demand but we got to rebook for the following day for free which was an amazing experience. Tour guides were helpful but I would recommend you take headphones even if you are English for the golden circle as the audio tour gives additional information on top of the tour guide. I would also recommend you keep an eye on your emails if you book online as our bus time was changed the day before and we were only informed by email. Most hotels do have free WiFi though so if you have a smartphone or tablet this is fairly doable. Bus drivers had interesting names such as Daddy, Santa and Magic. Was a fun experience.

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October 1, 2019

The excursion to the Golden Circle is essential to get to know Iceland.

The excursion is wonderful, the places visited are very well selected to approximate the wonders that Iceland offers, so full of contrasts and colors. The guide was exceptional, spoke beautiful English and some Spanish, loved the country, and transmitted it by telling him details and continuously recommending places to visit. The night out to "hunt" auroras did not go well, regardless of the fact that there were no good conditions, it was done, but the guide (spoke several languages, but their English is improvable) did not prepare the exit to replace the absence of the sighting of auroroas , could have been used to explain something of the southern sky, which was seen at times. It was the first seasonal outing to the Northern Lights and did not leave, the next day it was suspended and the next, when we returned, it could be seen in almost the whole country. We will be back. I would advise hiring the exit there if you see that there may be suitable conditions (see Auroras For

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September 9, 2019

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