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About Tour

This wonderful adventure combines an exciting whale-watching boat tour and the attractions of the Golden Circle. Start your day with a thrilling whale-watching boat trip, followed by the Geysir, √ěingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall - for a truly magical day trip from Reykjav√≠k.

Highlights

  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Whale Watching Boat Tour

Adding an exciting whale-watching tour to the famous Golden Circle will give you quintessential Iceland in a day. This combo day tour has it all - great history and amazing geology at √ěingvellir, a spouting geyser, the thundering Gullfoss waterfall, and an exhilarating boat tour in search of majestic whales.

Availability Mar - Nov
Duration 11 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Transport
  • Professional guiding throughout
  • Whale watching boat tour
  • Golden Circle tour
  • Warm overalls for whale watching
  • Drop-off

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Weatherproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hiking shoes

Not Included

  • Meals

Itinerary

Whale watching

tour of whale watching in Iceland

Our specialist whale-watching guides provide a lot of information so you can learn all about whales and other abundant marine wildlife as you travel across Faxafl√≥i Bay. Weather and sea conditions play a significant role in what you will see ‚Äď you will always go to the best place to see whales. Usually, this will be within 15 km of the harbor. The friendly and knowledgeable crew do their very best, and whales are spotted on at least 90% of boat tours. The moment you spot that whale is absolutely magical ‚Äď you feel like the cat which got the cream! Minke and humpback whales are most often seen, and sightings of dolphins, porpoises, and other sea life are also very common.

On very rare occasions, when the weather or our quest for whales demands it, the boat may even depart from another harbor such as Keflav√≠k, Hafnarfj√∂r√įur, Sandger√įir, or Grindav√≠k. It is important for us to give you the best chance possible. Insulated suits and ample seating are provided, along with hot drinks and refreshments available from the onboard caf√©.

tourists around geyser eruption in Iceland

After your whale watching trip, you will be picked up for the Golden Circle part of the tour from the Special Tours Ticket Office.

The Golden Circle is the most famous route in Iceland, with three fabulous natural attractions. Geysir is home to Great Geysir, the erupting hot spring, which gave us the English word ‚Äėgeyser‚Äô to describe this natural phenomenon. Great Geysir is not active nowadays, but a nearby erupting hot spring, Strokkur, is erupting a great volume of hot water and steam up to 25 m high every 5 to 10 minutes. Gullfoss is the most often visited waterfall in Iceland. The name means ‚ÄėGolden Falls,‚Äô and you will see the golden-hued spray as the roaring torrent crashes through the canyon. The cascade drops 32 m in two stages, dramatically pivoting as it does so. The glacial Hv√≠t√° (the White River) flows very powerfully through Gullfoss. You will feel the spray in the air quite some distance away.

√ěingvellir National Park is a geological and historical wonder, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Al√ĺingi, the Icelandic Parliament was founded here in 930, making it the oldest still operating parliament in the world. It was where the greatest decisions directing the fate of the Icelandic nation were made. You can stand in the spot where the Law Speaker, the supreme Chieftain of Iceland, recited the law and delivered dramatic verdicts. A rugged rift valley runs through √ěingvellir. This was formed by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates slowly moving apart, which is still happening. Where else in the world can you stand between two continents?

Pick-up is at 08:00 AM from our available Reykjavik pick-up points. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, but you must be ready at 08:00.

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

Return time: The tour returns to Reykjav√≠k around 7:00 p.m. ‚Äď in Iceland, the weather can influence schedules.

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Reviews

5
Based on 3 reviews

Golden Circle & Whale Watching Tour

1- of 3 reviews

Excellent Day!

Reviewed on February 11, 2020 by Melanie Bunney From our post-trip system

Thank you to Arctic Adventures for making our trip to Iceland memorable. We highly recommend these guys! We did several trips with them including scuba diving in Silfra, whale watching, the northern lights and the Golden Circle tour. Every one of the guides/drivers were very informative throughout. Pick up and drop off was on time at the correct places. We will be back next year to continue our adventures with you ūüíē

Was awesome

Reviewed on August 02, 2019 by Aischal From our post-trip system

First part of the tour we did whale watching unafortunately did not see any that day and spend 3 hrs on the boat. The snorkeling which my sister did was amazing and tour guide was best from what I could see. Would recommend anyone to try but handbook should be on the site before booking and water temperature. I had asked around to get this information before arriving as it was not stated on the site. In all the tour company was great and tour guide for Golden Circle was very patient.

One day tour of Iceland

Reviewed on July 21, 2017 by Pamela Review from TripAdvisor

A great combination tour to see much of Iceland in one day. Whale watching in the morning and golden circle in afternoon. This tour added a few stops to a standard golden circle, which were worth it. You visit - Hellisheidavirkjun Power Plant,Thingvellir National Park ,The famous Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Faxi Waterfall, Efstidalur - Icelandic farm, Keri√į Volcanic Crater, Laugarvatn Geothermal Area. Both guides were excellent and well informed.

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We‚Äôve partnered with the Kolvi√įur Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

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

Kolvi√įur 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 storage of carbon in the soil.

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, √ěingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Sk√°lholt cathedral.¬†View Golden Circle Tours.

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