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This unique tour offers a rare glimpse into Iceland’s sustainable energy, a visit to the famous Golden Circle route, and a chance to see the magical auroras!

Highlights

  • The Geothermal Energy Exhibition
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Sólheimar Eco Village
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Ljósafossvirkjun Power Station
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Northern Lights Hunt
  • Free Northern Lights Photos
  • Guided Tour in a Minibus
  • Iceland Countryside

During this tour, you’ll get the most diverse experience possible. First of all, you’ll get to learn more about Iceland’s sustainable way of living by visiting the Geothermal Energy Exhibition, Sólheimar Eco Village, and Ljósafossvirkjun Power Station. Then, you’ll travel along the famous Golden Circle route and get to know its attractions – Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and the waterfall of Gulfoss. Last but not least, you’ll end your day with a thrilling hunt for magical auroras. You’ll get all this and more during this guided tour, led by experienced guides!

Availability Sept - April
Duration ~12 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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Adult
  • Educational Tour
  • Sustainable Tour
  • Expert Guides
  • Small Group Experience
  • Free Wifi
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Fast & Secure Payment

What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Visit to Geothermal Energy Exhibition
  • Visit to Sólheimar Eco Village
  • Northern Lights Tour
  • Northern Lights Photos
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hiking or sturdy shoes
  • Camera

Not Included

  • Meals

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Map

Itinerary

Information

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Infrastructure in Iceland

This tour offers a full day of activities, starting with geothermal energy hotspots, continuing to the Golden Circle route, and ending with amazing Northern Lights. 

Geothermal Energy and Sustainable Living

Iceland is a country that produces almost 100% of its electricity from sustainable energy. Around 30% of this energy comprises of geothermal energy, and the remaining 70% is constructed from hydropower. During this tour, we’ll be able to learn more about both of these sources of power. 

After the pick-up from Reykjavik, we’ll drive towards the Hellisheiðarvirkjun for Geothermal Energy Exhibition. Located at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant, this exhibition showcases how Icelanders have been using geothermal energy for hundreds of years and how the latest developments have transformed Hellisheiði into one of the greenest energy sources in the world. 

Our next stop is at Ljósafossvirkjun, a hydro-based power plant. Here, you’ll be able to see how water running down with tremendous force creates energy and take fascinating photos of the hydro plant, as efficient as it is stunning.

Our next stop is at Sólheimar Eco Village, where the most friendly staff will tell you about Iceland’s sustainable development. Sólheimar is an interesting place as all the work is done by the community living there. You’ll be able to catch a unique glimpse at the extraordinary life within the greenhouse.

Snowy Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

After spending the first part of the day learning about sustainability in Iceland, it’s time for the Golden Circle and its famous attractions.

Gullfoss, or “the Golden Falls”, is probably the most iconic waterfall in Iceland. Cascading down from approximately 32 meters in two stages, this waterfall is part of the mighty Hvítá river, originating from the Langjökull glacier. This majestic waterfall is a majestic sight to see at any time of year.

People Enjoying Geyser Eruption in Winter

Next is the famous Geysir – nature’s creation, after which all the other geysers in the world gained their name. Located within Haukadalur Valley, known for geothermal activity, Geysir is now dormant, but its little brother, Strokkur, shoots up the boiling water approximately 35 meters to the sky every 5-10 minutes.

Thingvellir National Park during Winter in Iceland

Last but not least, we’ll visit Thingvellir national park, a historical and geological site. It is where the first Icelandic parliament was held back in 930 AD, making it the oldest still existing parliament in the world. Thingvellir sits in a unique location between two tectonic plates, North American and Eurasian, drifting apart. Your guide will tell share the fascinating history and show the shooting places of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones

Bright Green Aurora Borealis

The Magical Auroras with a minibus is among our most popular Northern Lights tours. Once you've picked up from Reykjavik, you’ll drive towards the location, carefully picked by your professional guide. Depending on the forecast for the night, we might go to Hvalfjörður, Þingvellir, Reykjanes, or to some other rural area in South Iceland to escape light pollution. During the tour, you will be provided with guidance and free photos of you and your loved ones with the Northern Lights dancing in the background.

Pick-up for Golden Circle & Geothermal Energy tour from Reykjavik is at 08:00 a.m. We will come back to Reykjavik around 18:00 (6:00 p.m.). Then, you will be picked up for the Northern Light tour at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), depending on the season, and come back to Reykjavik around midnight.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

FAQ

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National ParkGullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain the storage of carbon in the soil.

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.

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos.  But 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

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

Please contact our Customer care to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable 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 contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.

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

If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant 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.

The first step is to make sure your credit card provider allows you to make payments in Canadian Dollars (CAD) or American Dollars (USD) if you have selected.

In some cases, your credit card company would need to pre-authorize the transaction for you before you can process the transaction online.

If you are still having problems booking through Arctic Adventures website www.adventures.is then please contact our Customer Care Team