Thrilling 11-Hour Golden Circle & Whale-Watching Tour with Transfer from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
11 hours
Mar. - Nov.
Minimum age
6 years old


Book this incredible combination tour to explore the attractions of Iceland's famous Golden Circle sightseeing route and take a fantastic whale-watching boat trip. Those eager to see whales in their natural habitat and discover waterfalls, geothermal areas, and national parks should book this tour now.

Your day starts with pick-up at the agreed-upon meeting point in Reykjavik. You'll greet the expert, English-speaking guide leading the tour and the other guests there.

The first activity is a whale-watching boat trip from Reykjavik Harbor. As you climb aboard, you'll receive an insulated suit to keep you warm at sea. You'll head out across Faxafloi Bay with the hope of seeing whales.

As they are wild animals, it is not always possible to see them, but your guide knows where to go to get the best chance. During the excursion, your guide will tell you more about whales and the other marine-life in Iceland. It's common to observe minke and humpback whales. Dolphins and porpoises also swim in these waters.

After your whale-watching trip, you'll visit the sights of the Golden Circle route. The first stop is the Geysir geothermal area in the Haukadalur valley, known for its spouting geysers. 

The most famous is Geysir, which gave the world the term "geyser." While Geysir is now mostly dormant, the nearby Strokkur geyser erupts reliably every 5–10 minutes, shooting hot water high into the sky.

The whole area has colorful mineral deposits, bubbling mud pots, and steam vents formed by the Earth's geothermal activity. You can explore wooden pathways around the geysers at the nearby visitor center and learn about Iceland's unique geology and renewable energy sources.

Next, it's on to Gullfoss waterfall. Cascading down two tiers into a rugged canyon, it's one of Iceland's most iconic attractions. The Hvita river, fed by Iceland's glaciers, thunders over the falls, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

Visitors can feel the spray and witness rainbows arching over the mist. Gullfoss means "Golden Falls," which gives the Golden Circle its name. Bring your camera and capture the beauty of this gorgeous cascade.

The last sight on the Golden Circle tour is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet — you'll walk between the continental plates as you explore.

Thingvellir National Park is also significant culturally, being the site of Iceland's first parliament, the Althing, established in 930 AD.

The park's natural beauty includes stunning landscapes, clear lakes, and hiking trails.

After a busy day of exploring, you'll return to the meeting point in Reykjavik ready to relax.

Don't miss this unforgettable experience of watching whales and visiting the attractions of Iceland's renowned Golden Circle sightseeing route. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Transfer from Reykjavik
Expert, English-speaking guide
Warm overalls for whale watching


Whale Watching

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Good hiking shoes
Reusable water bottle

Good to know

This tour combines two excursions. You'll start by enjoying a whale-watching tour (pick-up starts at 8:00). Once you've disembarked the boat, look out for the Arctic Adventures minibus at bus stop n. 4, Midbaki. Pick-up for the Golden Circle bus tour starts at this location at noon.

Please note that whale sightings are not guaranteed.

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