Golden Circle Aurora Surprise - Minibus Tour
Golden Circle and Aurora Watching - winter combo tour
Explore the great sights of the Golden Circle - Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Þingvellir National Park - and an exciting hunt for the Northern Lights.
Minibus Golden Circle combo tour to see the most famous places in Iceland, powerful Gullfoss, the most popular waterfall in Iceland, incredible geology and history at Þingvellir and a stunning erupting Geysir. When darkness falls you hunt for the glittering swirls of the northern lights.
Mid sept to mid April
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir hot spring area
- Northern Lights hunt
- Small group experience
- Pick up and drop off
- Minibus transport
- Golden Circle tour
- Northern Lights tour
- Certified Guides
This minibus trip is a combination of our very popular afternoon Golden Circle tour and an evening Northern Lights tour.
You travel through beautiful countryside to Þingvellir National Park, the amazing site of Iceland´s historic parliament, Alþingi, the oldest still existing parliament in the world, founded in 930 AD. This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the great geological wonders of the world. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have slowly moved apart creating an incredible rift valley which runs right through Þingvellir.
Next on the agenda is the Geysir hot spring area. Great Geysir is no longer active, but Strokkur, a nearby erupting hot spring, spouts huge jets of superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes. These scalding expulsions often soar to 25 m and sometimes even 40 m skywards. Watching a geyser erupt is always a stunning and incredible moment.
You will visit the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls), the river flowing through the falls originates at Langjökull glacier. That river is called Hvítá, meaning ‘the White River’, and there is certainly plenty of white water. The roaring river thunders through the rugged canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages. You will see the golden-hued spray which gave this waterfall its name, and, maybe, a rainbow – remember to make a wish!
You are dropped off downtown in Reykjavík, close to cafés and restaurants where you have time to enjoy supper. You will be picked up outside the City Hall for your northern lights tour at 20:30 (8:30 pm).
We will take you to best places out in the country to see the aurora. The moment when you spot their shimmering, jewel bright colors is always awe-inspiring and magical. Green, yellow, white and sometimes blue auroras are usually seen. Violet, purple and rose northern lights happen less often. Really red auroras, from rose to stronger reds, are more common in Iceland than anywhere else in the world, although they are still quite rare. We can never promise that you will see the lights but we always do our very best.
The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight, you are dropped off at or very near your hotel.
Pick up is at 13:00 from your selected meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready at 13:00.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
What to bring: Warm layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking boots or sturdy shoes. Spikes which fit on your boots are useful in icy conditions if you have them. Please keep in mind that food and drinks are not included, however, we will stop at a café/restaurant where you can purchase snacks or drinks if you like.
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.
As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the northern lights part of the tour until 18:15 on the day of the tour if the aurora forecast is not looking good. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer clients the chance to join another evening’s departure free of charge upon availability. Note that you need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to re-book.
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
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. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
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:
When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable 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.
Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 the latest. If the tour is canceled, you will receive an email from us.
If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
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.
Price from 15.990 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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"A perfect night!"
Review of: Magical Aurora Borealis Adventure in a minibusWe were very fortunate to get an amazing show on our trip out to see the Northern Lights, and our guide Clemmy was fantastic! He gave us an overview of what actually causes the Northern Lights, which has come in handy when talking to others about our trip, and was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was clear how passionate he is about the Northern Lights (and Iceland in general), and his enthusiasm over the activity we saw only made our experience even more enjoyable! It was a great night, and I would happily recommend this tour to others.