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Unveil Iceland's wonders: Golden Circle and northern lights Tour. Witness natural beauty by day, aurora magic by night.

Want to see the sites of the Golden Circle and hunt for the northern lights but have a limited amount of time? Consider this express Golden Circle/Northern Lights tour! Experience the landmarks of the classic Golden Circle in South Iceland on this unforgettable day tour. The Golden Circle encompasses the must-see sights of Thingvellir National Park, the golden Gullfoss waterfall, and the bubbling geothermal region of Geysir. After your return to Reykjavík, a guide will lead you on a search for the elusive northern lights!

If you ask a local which tour you should take if you want a taste of Iceland near Reykjavík, they will most likely recommend the Golden Circle. Comprising the three most visited sights in South Iceland, the Golden Circle gives you a slice of Icelandic history at Thingvellir National Park, a view of Iceland’s geothermal activity at Geysir, and a peek at a roaring, powerful waterfall at Gullfoss. This tour is tailored for those that want to see the landmarks but are short on time, as this leg of the tour is just 6 hours long. 

 

Departing from Reykjavík, guests will visit the geothermal region of Geysir, a powerful reminder that Iceland is very much alive, with steam and water erupting meters into the air from the Strokkur geyser every few minutes. This is where the word geyser comes from! The tour continues to Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall, where two tiers of water crash and tumble meters below. Be sure to walk down the ladder to see a different view of the waterfall! 

The final Golden Circle stop is at Thingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty, geological significance, and historical relevance. Þingvellier is where Icelandic democracy was born, as it’s the site of the island’s first parliament. Additionally, guests can visit where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet in Thingvellir, a unique Iceland experience. 

You will return to Reykjavík around 19:00 and will have a few hours to spend in the city before the northern lights tour starts.

In Iceland, the aurora borealis attracts everyone from professional photographers to travellers with the phenomenon on their list of things they must experience. You’ll have the best chance of seeing the night lights when it’s cold and dark outside, and the aurora activity is high. The cold isn’t a factor, but the sky has to be clear, which is usually on extremely cold nights.

The phenomenon is caused by solar winds, which push electronic particles to collide with molecules of atmospheric gases that cause the emission of bright light. The best time to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to March.

The 3-hour northern lights tour will take you out of the city for the best possible view of the lights. 

The locations visited during the northern lights tour vary from day to day, depending on weather conditions and solar activity. Because this tour is weather-dependent, sightings are not guaranteed. However, if you do not see any northern lights during this tour, you are welcome to join the tour again, free of charge. Indicated return times may vary if the activity is good.

Availability
Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
9 hours
Meeting Point
BSÍ Bus Terminal - City center

TourID: CRE10

Activity provider: Reykjavik Excursions by Icelandia

Meeting point

BSÍ Bus Terminal - City center

The meeting point is the location from where the tour begins.

Need to know

The Northern Lights Tour depends on weather and sightings are not guaranteed. Indicated return times can vary.

From €109/person
  • Flexible Cancellation
  • No Booking Fees

Tour itinerary

The Golden Circle & Northern Lights - Combo Deal

What’s included and what to bring on this tour

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Included

  • Bus fare
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Professional local tour guide

Not included

  • Food and drinks

Tour highlights

Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir
Þingvellir National Park
The Northern Lights
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