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Golden Circle & Whale Watching tour

Reykjavik Pick-up Included

An exciting whale watching boat tour and the attractions of the Golden Circle. See Geysir, Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss waterfall - for a truly magical day trip from Reykjavík.

Boat Tours Geysir Sightseeing Tours Whale-Watching

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

  • Availability

    Mar. - Nov.

  • Duration

    11 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    17.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Guarantee for the Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir hot springs
Whale watching boat tour
Professional guiding throughout
Whale watching boat tour
Golden Circle tour
Warm overalls for whale watching

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

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

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 Faxaflói Bay. Weather and sea conditions play a big role in what you will see – 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 sighted on 90% of boat tours. The moment when you spot that whale is absolutely magical – you really do feel like the cat which got the cream! Minke and humpback whales are most often seen, 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 Keflavík, Hafnarfjörður, Sandgerðir or Grindavík – for us, it is really important to give you the best chance possible. Insulated suits are provided to keep you cozy, ample seating is provided, hot drinks and refreshments are available from the onboard café.

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 tour in Iceland, with three fabulous natural attractions. Geysir is home to Great Geysir, the erupting hot spring which gave us the English word ‘geyser’ to describe this activity. Great Geysir is not active nowadays, but a nearby erupting hot spring, Strokkur, can be relied upon to erupt great volumes 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 ‘Golden Falls’, and you will see the golden-hued spray as the roaring torrent crashes through the canyon. The cascade drops 32 m in two stages, pivoting dramatically as it does so, the glacial Hvítá (the White River), flows very powerfully through Gullfoss, you will feel the spray in the air quite some distance away.

Þingvellir National Park is a geological and historical wonder, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament was founded here in the year 930, making it the oldest still operating parliament in the world. It was here that the greatest decisions directing the fate of the Icelandic nation were made in the olden days. 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 Þingvellir, this was formed by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates slowly moving apart, something which is still happening. Where else can you stand between two continents?

The tour returns to Reykjavík around 19:00 in the evening – in Iceland the weather can influence schedules.

What to bring: Warm layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking shoes.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.

Please note

Food and beverages are not included on this tour. There is a café that sells drinks and light refreshments on the boat. During the Golden Circle tour a stop is made at a café/restaurant. Bringing packed lunch is however recommended.

We do our very best but sightings of whales cannot be guaranteed.

On very rare occasions the boat will depart from a different location. When that happens you will be transported to the necessary destination, either from your pick up point or the Old Harbor, Reykjavík. The time you spend in Reykjavík between tours can be reduced if this happens.

What kind of whales are found in Iceland?

There is a large range of sea life found in the oceans that surround Iceland. The most common species of whale found in Iceland are Orcas, Humpback, Fin and Blue. The Whale watching guide will tell you everything you need to know.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

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

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.


How does carbon offsetting work?

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 storage of carbon in the soil.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

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.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

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.

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Price from: 17.990 ISK


If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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