Overview

Explore the Golden Circle in a minibus.

Highlights

  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Northern lights tour

We will visit a national park (Thingvellir), a geothermal area, and Gullfoss Falls. We will also search for the northern lights in the evening. This combo minibus tour gives you the chance to make the most of your day.

  • Free Wifi
  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability Sept - April
Duration ~11 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 8 YEARS
Difficulty Easy
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

15 990
Per Adult

What's included

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik
  • Tour in a minibus
  • All entrance fees
  • English guidance
  • Northern lights watching

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy shoes
  • You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine

Not Included

  • Meals or refreshments. But you will have time in between tours to grab dinner.

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Introduction

The popular route called the Golden Circle has been a classic tour in Iceland for many decades. It depicts the traditional 3 main attractions of the island, and they can easily be visited in one day.

 

river flowing from Oxararfoss waterfall in Thingvellir

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is where the Althing - an open-air assembly that represented the whole of Iceland - was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. The present Thingvellir Church, a protected building, dates from the 1850s, but it is on the site of a much larger church dating from the early 11th century. 

At Thingvellir the Eurasian and North American plate boundaries which run through Iceland are clearly visible - the plates are moving apart here and the land between them is subsiding. 

aerial view of geysir area in winter

From Thingvellir we head along the mountains to Laugarvatn village, Icelanders' summer residence for decades, and further on towards the world renowned geothermal hot spring area around Geysir, the hot spring that all other spouting hot springs on earth are named after. 

Although the original Great Geysir is not active at the moment, its neighbour, Strokkur, will erupt every 5-7 minutes - so have your camera ready. 

gullfoss waterfall in winter with bright green northern lights

From here we drive to Gullfoss (the Golden waterfall). You can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face and on a sunny day a rainbow will be likely to show up and listen to all your wishes. 

colourful and bright northern lights in Iceland

Understandably, there is no promise of viewing the auroras. We will hope for the best and be prepared if luck smiles on us. We will drive to beautiful locations not far from Reykjavik, we will get out of the minibus and check for the northern lights. We will go to locations where there is no light-pollution, so that we can get a good view of the Auroras. 

If we still don't find the magical green lights, we look at the cloud cover and the aurora forecast and the guide will decide whether to go next. And on the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery (if its not too dark). 

The Aurora Borealis are usually neon green, though white, red and purple colors may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations. 

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we, unfortunately, cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

We, unfortunately, do not have one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. However, if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2 8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Reimbursement is not given if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no lights are seen but we do offer you the change to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354 562 7000

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. We recommend you to check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going ahead. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If your tour is canceled then you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance of the lights to be seen.

Yes, the guide on your tour will take a photo of you with the northern lights in the background.
These can be single or group photo’s and are free of charge.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your changes of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

The northern lights depend on luck and weather if that is in your favor than you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavík. Whether you see the lights or not they depend on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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