Golden Circle afternoon with Reykjavik whale watching

Come along on a relaxing, easy tour of some of the most famous locations in Iceland! This tour combines the wonders of the whales and seabirds with a tour of the Golden Circle.

You will be picked up from your hotel by the shuttle bus between 8:15 and 8:45 AM for the whale watching tour starting at 9:00 AM from Reykjavík's Old Harbour. After exploring the wonders of the whales and seabirds Faxaflói offers, you’ll return to the harbour around 12:00.

Spend a half an hour stretching your legs with a walk around the pier or a bite to eat. At 12:30, you'll be picked up by another shuttle bus in front of the Elding ticket office for an afternoon on the Golden Circle.

You will be visiting some of the very best known historical sites and natural phenomena in the country: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir geothermal area as well as the hot spring town Hveragerði.

Þingvellir National Park was created to preserve some of Iceland’s most precious history and geology, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site because the world’s first parliament was founded there in the 10th century. The valley is also split in two by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Take a stroll down the walking path and you’ll be wandering between North America and Eurasia! Sifta fissure is also here, on the edge of Lake Þingvallavatn, and is a popular place for snorkeling between the land masses!

Next is Gullfoss waterfall, one of the mightiest of Iceland’s natural wonders. Located in a canyon of the fast-moving Hvitá river, this place is all about power. Glacial meltwater fills the river, shooting across the two-tiered falls before crashing into a crevice. The canyon below is also a favorite spot for white water rafting, allowing sportsmen to pit themselves against the river. You can watch the waterfall from a viewing deck, or walk down a path right next to the tumbling waters.

Geysir geothermal area will take you to a fiendish landscape of rock and raging power. Pressure building beneath the earth has created great forces at work. Hot springs bubble, steam vents hiss and fumaroles release smoky pressure from down below. The geysers, of course, are the stars here, and though The Great Geysir has gone to sleep, his little brother Strokkur blasts off every 5-10 minutes, flinging water as high as 40 m (131 ft).

See below for alternate summer itinerary, which takes you to the Golden Circle in the evening. 

Don’t miss this fabulous tour of Reykjavik’s harbor and the beautiful south coast! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Nov.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Geysir, Þingvellir, Silfra, Hveragerði, Þingvallavatn, Reykjavík Harbour, Gullfoss Waterfall
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:15

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.
Included:
  • Free Wi-Fi 

  • Use of overalls on boat

  • English-speaking guide

  • Pick-up / Drop-off at your accommodation in Reykjavik


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking


Good to know:

The tour above is for the fall, winter and spring months. In the summer, the tour is arranged to take advantage of the Midnight Sun! You will go whale watching in the afternoon and spend the evening on the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from your hotel by the shuttle bus between 13:15 and 13:45 for the whale watching tour, starting at 14:00 from Reykjavík's Old Harbour. You'll return to dry land around 17:00. You can have dinner nearby before being picked up for the Golden Circle Evening tour by the shuttle bus at 17:30. Soak in the sunshine, all night long!



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CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations we ask you to send us a notification as soon as possible, and not later than 24 hours before departure in order to receive a full refund. In case of cancellation on our behalf we notify you with as much notice as possible using the contact details provided in the booking process and naturally refund the tour price.

VALIDITY OF PRICES: All rates quoted are based on current purchasing prices in Iceland. Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to increase prices already quoted or published in our price lists without notice in the event of currency fluctuation, government taxes, or any other cost increases that are outside our control. Any eventual changes in rates will not be made with less then 4 weeks’ notice before scheduled departure.

CHILDREN: Discounts for children are subject to the nature of the services and our service partners terms.

TOUR DEPARTURE: All our tours start from Reykjavík’s old harbour. The departure time is indicated on your confirmation/voucher. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in and to board the boat.

LIABILITY: Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables, change or cancel tour dates should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather. The tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. In the unlikely event that no whales or dolphins are spotted during the tour we do not refund the tour price but offer a complimentary whale watching tour valid for two years. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to sea conditions. All activities are undertaken entirely at clients own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Elding Whale Watching guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All tours and outdoor activities carry inherent risks and Elding Whale Watching does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions or are caused by factors outside of human control (Force majeure). Elding Whale watching, it’s managers and staff accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of passenger’s property on our boats. With the purchase of your trip you agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for your participation during your tour.

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