Golden Circle and Whale Watching tour
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.
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.
March to October
Meet on location
- 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.
If you prefer to meet us on location then you can meet us at the Special Tours Ticket Office, Ægisgarður 13, Reykjavík Old Harbor at 08:30. Very occasionally, due to weather conditions/the location of whales, the boat will depart from a different location. If that happens we simply transport you to the new departure point.
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 between 13:00 and 13:30 from the Special Tours Ticket Office. You get around an hour to spend in Reykjavík in between tours.
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.
Food and beverages are NOT included. A café sells drinks and light refreshments on the boat. In between tours you spend around 60 minutes in Reykjavík close to cafés, restaurants, and hot dog stands. During the Golden Circle tour a stop is made at a café/restaurant.
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.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
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.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.
All year around options:
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.