Golden Circle with Northern Lights, Fontana Spa & Traditional Cuisine

Golden Circle with Northern Lights, Fontana Spa & Traditional Cuisine
With its prime location on the Golden Circle route, Fontana is one of the country's most popular spas.
Over a tonne of tomatoes are produced by one farm, Friðheimar, in south Iceland every day.
In the skies just outside of Reykjavík in West Iceland, the northern lights dance.
In Iceland's winter months, features such as Gullfoss become even more dramatic, wrapped in a coat of snow.
Strokkur blasts off under high winds on a winter day.
A tasty, traditional Icelandic dessert, to be had at south Iceland's Friðheimar tomato farm.
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Combine the three famous sites of the Golden Circle with three classic Icelandic experiences: visiting a geothermal greenhouse, hot spring bathing, and northern lights hunting. You’ll also have a luxury dinner. This tour is perfect for those who want to transform a standard sightseeing tour into a day to remember.

This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík, and taken to Þingvelllir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the three places on the Golden Circle. This Park is located in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and is incredibly beautiful due to the tension between these plates; it is riddled with deep fissures filled with clear water, and covered in lava fields crowned by moss.

After enjoying the landscapes and history here, you will move onto Friðheimar Tomato Farm. This attraction is a fascinating place, where an oasis of produce is grown to be consumed across Iceland, thanks to greenhouses that harbour the earth’s geothermal energy. You’ll taste their famous tomato soup, and maybe have a moment to meet the horses.

You’ll then head to the two other sites of the Golden Circle, which are sat conveniently close to each other. The first of these will be the Geysir Geothermal Area. In the valley here, you will see many steam-vents, hot springs, and of course, an exploding geyser. While the area’s namesake, and the namesake of all other features like it, Geysir, is currently inactive, the nearby Strokkur erupts very regularly.

Finally, you will reach Gullfoss, a mighty two-tiered waterfall in the glacial river Hvíta. All in all, its over thirty metres tall, and incredibly powerful. It’s name translates to Golden Waterfall, and while no-one is certain as to why, the feature is so mesmerising it named the entire rest of the Golden Circle.

Having enjoyed these sites, you will head to the farm Efstidalur, where you can try some local dairy delicacies, such as a yoghurt-like cheese called Skyr as well as some of the country’s best ice cream. You’ll then head to the Fontana Spa, and head into the geothermal pools to ease off any stress built up over your busy day.

The day is not done yet, however, as next on the agenda, as soon as you have fully recharged, you will head to a nearby restaurant for a lovely dinner and dessert.

After you’ve eaten, it’s time for the final component of this tour: the Northern Lights hunt. Of course, as a natural phenomenon, sightings can’t be guaranteed, but your guide is an expert in finding them and you have all evening to seek out the best spots. Even if you don’t catch them this time, you can get another go at this part of the tour for free.

If you do see them, however, prepare for an incredible experience. The aurora borealis are as magical and beautiful as they appear on film and in photos.

Enjoy the Golden Circle with a load of added bonuses. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Laugarvatn, Efstidalur, Friðheimar
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 11:30.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. 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.

  • Transport to Laugarvatn Fontana

  • Guiding services

  • Local food at Friðheimar and Efstidalur

  • Restaurant meal and dessert

  • Towel at Laugarvatn Fontana

  • Fontana admission

  • Drinks are not included

What to bring:
  • Warm, waterproof clothing

  • Good shoes

  • Swimsuit

  • Camera

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Had an absolutely amazing day. The tour guide was really friendly and had a lot of knowledge. Im glad I booked onto this one instead of the other golden circle tours
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This was honestly one of the best tours I've ever been on. It's the perfect combination of sightseeing while trying the local foods. The tomato farm, and the second farm you stop at are awesome. It's nice to feel like you're getting off the beaten path a little. The hot springs was full of locals, and may have been the only time in Iceland that there were no other tourists in sight. You get to see incredible sights while taking in delicious food, and you don't feel rushed like with some other tour. The guide, Matteo, was the best. He was friendly, and knowledgeable. He also took the time to hunt down the northern lights, especially impressive when you start to hit the 12 hour mark of a tour. I was torn about this tour because it costs a little more than others, but seemed to cover a lot more with the local flavors thrown in. Hands down worth the extra cost for a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks, Guide to Iceland!
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