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Golden Circle and Whale Watching tour

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

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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
    June to September
  • Duration
    12 hours
  • Level
  • Pickup
  • Meet on location
  • Min. Age
    no age limit
  • Ratio
  • Price from
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
Warm overalls for whale watching

Pick up is at 08:15 from your hotel or the nearby Reykjavík meeting point you have chosen. Please note: picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready and waiting at 8:15.

If you prefer to meet us on location then you can meet us at the whale watching center at Ægisgarður, the Old Harbor, Reykjavík at 08:30. Just head for the quay! After your whale watching tour you will be picked up for the Golden Circle part of the tour between 13:00 and 13:30 from the harbor where your whale watching tour finishes.

We make a stop on the the Golden Circle route for you to get something to eat in the afternoon. You can also buy drinks and snacks onboard the boat during the morning.

Our specialist whale watching guides provide a lot of information so you can learn all about the 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. Insulated suits are provided, hot drinks and refreshments are available from the onboard café. Minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises are seen most often.

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 20:00 in the evening – as always 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 refreshments are NOT included.

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

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

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.

Do you offer a tour this 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.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

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:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

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.

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