Explore some of Iceland's most popular sights, soak in a natural hot spring and hunt for the Northern Lights.
Travelers give this area full marks—it is close to Reykjavik (if you're short on time), but it packs a lot into a day—sprouting geysers, tectonic plates, a mighty waterfall, plus the essential soak in the Secret Lagoon, Iceland's oldest swimming pool (and yes, you can have a cold beer while you do it). You are on holiday, so don't forget treat yourself.
Golden Circle's greatest hits:
This is a packed tour, our guide Matt was great, loads of information and funny too. The Gullfoss waterfall is a must see. So happy I've ticked this off. - A 5-star review on Tripadvisor.
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After we pick you up, we're hitting the road straight out of the city. Soon enough, we'll breeze by Hellisheiðavirkjun—just the 8th largest geothermal power station globally, no big deal, only the largest one in Iceland.
Next on the adventure list is Þingvellir, the national park with a history dating back to 930 AD when the parliament made its debut. We won't spoil it too much, but get ready to get close and personal with some of Iceland's proudest moments in history and wander between the North American and European tectonic plates. Trust us, the experience is nothing short of thrilling.
Back on the road, our next pit stop is Geysir. While the big Geyser has been taking a nap for a bit, Strokkur, its lively sidekick, steals the show by erupting every 5-8 minutes. Word of advice: keep a respectable distance and have your camera at the ready—it's eruption o'clock!
We continue our journey and the next stop is the Golden Waterfall. Located in the canyon of Hvítá, the waterfall plummets down into a 32-meter (104.9 feet) deep crevice. From the parking area, it's also possible to walk all the way down to the falls. It’s about a 10-minute walk but please be aware the walkway might be closed off in poor weather conditions.
As we wrap up our tour, our final destination is the Secret Lagoon, Iceland's oldest natural swimming pool. Fuelled by geothermal energy and sourced from nearby hot springs, the pool, which maintains a constant temperature of 38/40°C (100.4/104°F), provides the perfect setting to unwind. Picture yourself soaking in the warm water, surrounded by nature views — a serene and natural conclusion to your adventure.
Our expert guides read the weather forecast to pinpoint the best spots for the Northern Lights spectacle. Decision time is 6pm, and if the stars are aligned, we'll pick you up at an agreed time for an out-of-town adventure.
Once your guide locks in the perfect spot, it's time for the northern lights – get your cameras ready! As you soak in the sights of the aurora, the experience you've travelled to Iceland for, we'll treat you to traditional pastries and Brennivín, our favorite local liquor. (Ask your guide why it's also known as Black Death). Plus, we'll keep you warm during the hunt with cozy blankets and yummy hot chocolate.
Your guide will tell you about the science behind the northern lights and keep you entertained with folk stories and old beliefs connected to them.
Our guide was absolutely amazing and his enthusiasm to share the lights with us was such a delight to see as his passion was lovely to see. He managed to give me the opportunity to propose under a star surrounded by the green glow of the lights, what more could we have asked for! - 5-star review on Tripadvisor
Even with our top-notch guides, northern lights sightings cannot be guaranteed. Not to worry, though! If the lights decide to play hide-and-seek and we don't see them during the tour, we'll invite you to a Small Group Northern Lights Tour on another day — no refunds in this case, but loads of cosmic fun. Just shoot us an email ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reschedule (subject to availability).
In case we can’t operate the tour at all during your stay in Iceland, we will fully refund you the tour price. And you'll have to come back!
Return to Reykjavik full of life-long memories, and why not choose another tour with us, such as the South Coast & Iconic Glacier Hike Full Day Tour?