Golden Circle and Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages

Golden Circle and Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages
The Geysir Geothermal Area in the Haukadalur Valley is famous for its two geysers, Strokkur and Geysir.
This tour offers an in-bus audio guide in 10 languages!
Strokkur blasts boiling water up to 40 metres into the air every five to ten minutes.
Gullfoss falls in two great tiers into an ancient canyon below.
Þingvellir National Park includes a valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
On this bus tour, each seat is fitted with a hand held tablet device which guides you along the way.
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Come along for two essential Icelandic experiences: sightseeing around the Golden Circle, and hunting for the Northern Lights. This tour should appeal to all those who seek to immerse themselves in Icelandic nature and witness one of the world’s greatest wonders.

Your tour starts at Reykjavík Terminal where you will meet up with your guide or you will be picked up (available at extra cost) from outside your accommodation to board a bus that is part of a brand new fleet and has Wi-Fi, a tablet for each guest, and an audio guide which provides commentary in 10 different languages. Of course, there will also be an expert guide on board to help you with any queries.

The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. This is the most important historical site in Iceland, where early settlers founded their first parliament in 930 AD. This parliament continues to this day in Reykjavík, making it the longest-running, ongoing institution of its kind.

Þingvellir is located in the valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is the only place this rift comes above sea level, and nowhere is it more apparent than here.

The next stop will be the Geysir Geothermal Area in the Haukadalur Valley. This area is renowned for its hot-springs, most notably its two geysers. Geysir itself no longer erupts regularly, but its neighbour Strokkur blasts water up to 20-metres (65 feet) high every five to ten minutes.

Once you have seen it erupt several times, you will move onto the third and final stop of Golden Circle, Gullfoss. This is a magnificent waterfall, falling in two tiers from a height of 32 metres (105 feet) into an ancient canyon. You can witness the majesty of these falls at a viewing platform right beside where the water is dropping.

With the three sights of the Golden Circle complete, you will return to Reykjavík where you'll have a few hours to unwind before you are picked up again for the Northern Lights hunt. 

Once you set off on your Northern Lights hunt, there are no set destinations; your guide will follow the weather online and direct your driver to the spots with the least cloud cover. They are experts at finding the Northern Lights and know all the darkest, most secluded viewing locations.

Watching the auroras descend from the stars is a magical experience. If you want to take some photographs, your guide can help you with the settings of your camera. There will also be tripods on board which you can use to get the best results.

After a three-hour hunt, you will return to Reykjavík. If you are not lucky enough to catch the lights, you will get another try for free.

So do not hesitate. Jump aboard for a tour that combines two incredible, essential Icelandic experiences. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 10,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Hvítá River, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Þingvallavatn, Laugarvatn, Northern Lights, Haukadalur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:30. 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure and look out for our green SmartBus™. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly. Note: This is two tours in one day, meaning that there is a time between arrival of the Golden Circle tour in Reykjavík and departure for the Northern Lights tour. After returning to Reykjavik from the Golden Circle you will be brought back to your pick-up location. This will be the same pick-up location for the Northern Lights portion of the tour later in the evening, again be sure to be at the pick-up location 30 minutes prior to the Northern Lights Tour departure.  Northern Lights tour starts at the following times: 15th of March - 15th of April - 22:00  16th of April - 25th of April - 22:30 23rd of August - 15th of October - 22:00 16th of October - 14th of March - 21:00
  • Expert guides

  • Free Wi-Fi & USB access for each seat

  • Audio guide on bus with a variety of available languages (French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish)

  • Tripods for photography

  • Northern Lights souvenir photos (posted online)

  • Free star map and use of astronomy binocular.

  • Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.

  • Headphones for audio guide (can be bought on board)

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing including hat and gloves

  • Camera

Good to know:

Weather changes in Iceland are swift, so it is best to be prepared for wind, rain or cold weather no matter how sunny it may be at the start of your tour. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, hat and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.

Northern Lights tour:

15th of March - 15th of April - 22:00

16th of April - 25th of April - 22:30

23rd of August - 15th of October - 22:00

16th of October - 14th of March - 21:00

Pick up for all these tours start 30 minutes before departure.

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As a geology nerd, :Thingvellir and Geysir were utterly fascinating. (Gullfoss was nice too.) The guide and driver were kind and helpful. They shared other facts about the area and nearby points of interest, despite English being possibly their 5th language. The audio guide was a nice touch, but I wanted to hear it all faster so I could spend more time talking to other passengers and planning my next stop. The day was warm and windy, but it turned cloudy and wet by evening, and the Aurora tour was cancelled. Rescheduling was easy, but it was cloudy every night of our trip. Still, we tried!
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The guide with a beard is very nice and funny during our golden circle tour;);) the weather was nice in April and we had lovely pictures in every tour and so with the northern lights tour the lady and the Filipino driver are fantastic we were able to catch the northern lights;) thanks for the lovely tour!
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The weather was quite windy at Golden Circle. Although the northern light tour was cancelled on that day, I got to see northern lights on the following day! The tour also offers taking pictures for every single of us with the northern lights!
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The Golden Circle tour is a natural must see of Iceland. What made it a different experience was the interactive tablets available in 10 languages, which I would imagine would be ideal for APAC residents with limited English skill-set, the great organisation and the elf-like personality of our bubbly tour-guide Etta! 10/10
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It was great to see all the main stops on the Golden Circle tour and the audio guides were a great addition!
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Good price for the combo. We are able to fit this into our day of arrival. Our day tour guide Alex was helpful to point us to where the nice picture spots throughout the day. We saw the northern lights at night with a big tour group x 4-5 buses. Before the light appears, we also learn some stars viewing as well. I will recommend this tour for those who would like to get through the list of attractions in a short period of time.
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It was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed the guide, the tour and we were truly lucky Mother Nature gave us bright skies both day and night! All the places visited were spectacular, and the Northern Lights put on a great show as well. Couldn't be happier! Guide to Iceland people were excellent with answering questions before the trip and even accommodated a last minute pick up spot due as we needed. Great service!
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The trip was okay, though I didn't have much luck with the weather. My guide didn't speak English very well, but it was adequate. I saw the Northern Lights only as grey smudges in the sky. My main regret was that I did not get a picture with the Lights taken. I did not know they came at no extra charge (in Australia they charged me for everything so I did not expect anything for free). And thus I missed my chance to get a wonderful souvenir from my trip, as Aurora looked beautiful on the pictures.
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Amazing combo tour! perfect amount of time at each spot and the northern lights were a definite bucket list attraction!
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The Golden Circle tour is a must when Iceland. The guide is extremely knowledgeable and nice. Every location was beautiful and definitely worth seeing. The history and story of the country just add to the overall experience. The only downside was we didn’t have enough time at all locations.
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