Northern Lights & Golden Circle Tour with Audio Guide & Transfer from Reykjavik
Join two essential Icelandic experiences: sightseeing around the Golden Circle and hunting for the northern lights. This tour should appeal to all who seek to immerse themselves in Icelandic nature and witness one of the world's greatest wonders.
Your tour starts at Reykjavik Terminal, where you'll meet up with your guide. Alternatively, pick-up from outside your accommodation is available for an extra cost. You'll board a bus that's part of a brand-new fleet with Wi-Fi, a tablet for each guest, and an audio guide providing commentary in 10 languages. Of course, an expert guide will also be on board to help you with any queries.
The first stop is Thingvellir National Park. This is Iceland's most important historical site, where early settlers founded their first parliament in 930 AD. To this day, the parliament continues in Reykjavik, making it the longest-running, ongoing institution of its kind.
Thingvellir 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, notably its two geysers. Geysir no longer erupts regularly, but its neighbor Strokkur blasts water up to 65 feet (20 meters) high every 5-10 minutes.
Once you've seen it erupt several times, you'll move to the third and final stop of the Golden Circle sightseeing route, Gullfoss waterfall. This is a magnificent cascade falling in two tiers from a height of 105 feet (32 meters) into an ancient canyon. You can witness the majesty of these falls at a viewing platform beside where the water is dropping.
With the three sights of the Golden Circle complete, you'll return to Reykjavik, where you'll have a few hours to unwind before you are picked up again for the northern lights hunt.
There are no set destinations once you set off on your northern lights hunt. 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 your camera's settings. There will also be tripods, which you can use to get the best results.
After a 3-hour hunt, you'll return to Reykjavík. If you're not lucky enough to catch the lights, you'll get another try for free.
Don't hesitate to join this fantastic tour combining two essential Icelandic experiences, the Golden Circle sightseeing route and northern lights hunting. Check availability now by choosing a date.
What to bring
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Weather changes in Iceland are swift, so it's 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 - 21:30
16th of April - 25th of April - 22:30
23rd of August - 15th of October - 21:30
16th of October - 14th of March - 20:30
Pick-up for all these tours starts 30 minutes before departure.
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