Breathtaking 11-Hour Combo Tour of the Golden Circle and Northern Lights Cruise
Experience two of the best activities in Iceland with this 11-hour combo tour of Golden Circle sightseeing and a northern lights cruise. Those who'd like to see essential sites in Iceland and end their day by hunting for the northern lights on board a boat should take advantage of this tour.
The tour begins in the morning at downtown Reykjavik's BSI Bus Terminal. A vehicle will pick you up before bringing you to your breathtaking destinations. You'll also meet your experienced guide, who'll answer all your questions and assist you when needed.
As part of your preparation, and for a better experience, wear nice walking shoes and warm clothes appropriate for the weather. Also, remember to bring a hat, gloves, and a camera to take amazing pictures.
During the first part of the tour, you'll ride a comfortable bus for your Golden Circle sightseeing activity. After that, you'll ride a boat equipped with a cafe and bar for your northern lights hunting tour. Both modes of transportation are equipped with Wi-Fi.
Once ready, your rider will bring you to your first stop at the Thingvellir National Park.
The Thingvellir National Park is one of the three national parks in Iceland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the birthplace of one of the oldest parliamentary in the world, the Althingi. Moreover, there's a visible continental rift showing the edges of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates at the park.
From the national park, you'll next visit the Geysir geothermal area. It is home to two famous geysers, Geysir and Strokkur. While Geysir is mostly quiet these days, Strokkur remains active and erupts every five to ten minutes. Strokkur's predictability allows travelers to time its eruption and take amazing pictures.
You'll also visit the Fridheimar greenhouse and learn new information about growing vegetables through geothermal heat.
The last stop for your Golden Circle tour is the Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most iconic and majestic in Iceland. The waters of Gullfoss waterfall come from the Langjokull glacier, which flows through the Hvita river before cascading in Gullfoss waterfalls' two-level cascade.
After staying at the Gullfoss waterfall, you'll return to Reykjavik and wait three to four hours on your next activity, riding a boat while hunting for the northern lights. During your hours of waiting, you'll have plenty of time to rest or explore other parts of Reykjavik.
Your northern lights tour will begin in the evening at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where your guide will supply you with warm overalls. Once ready, you'll sail to the sea, away from the city lights, for a higher chance of seeing the northern lights.
While waiting for the lights, you can grab a drink at the bar while watching a video about the northern lights.
Your northern lights tour will end once you return to the harbor after seeing the aurora borealis.
Create unforgettable memories by seeing the best of Iceland through the Golden Circle and the northern lights. Check availability now by choosing a date.
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Good to know
- Northern light sighting is subject to weather conditions and is not guaranteed.
- If the operator cancels the northern lights tour due to unfavorable weather conditions, you can choose among different backups:
- Exchange your ticket for another tour (whale-watching tour, Whales of Iceland museum)
- Get a full refund
- The tour begins at Reykjavik's BSI Bus Terminal. An additional fee is needed for hotel transport.