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Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Northern Lights

Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir, Hot Spring bathing & the Aurora Borealis

Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon and Northern Lights | The Perfect Winter Tour in Iceland

Imagine a day filled with incredible sights, a soak in a natural hot spring and watching the Northern Lights dance in the Arctic Sky in the night time. This tour is hard to beat!

Geysir Hot-Spring Northern-Lights Sightseeing Tours
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Get a history lesson from your friendly guide at the geological wonder, Thingvellir National Park, walk in between the continental plates and get in touch with the Viking sagas. Next is the enchanting Geysir Hot Springs where the world-famous Geysir and fellow hot springs are based. His baby brother Strokkur puts up a magnificent show every 4-10 minutes forming an in sync awe-choir in the audience. The third stop on the Golden Circle is the incredible Gullfoss e. The Golden Waterfall, a true totem of Icelandic nature! The day is completed with a stop at the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, The Secret Lagoon, so bring your bathing suit and enjoy a soak in a natural hot pool in magnificent smokey surroundings.

The tour is then topped off with an evening Northern Lights experience, where a special Northern Lights guide will pick you up and take you to the ultimate best spot to views the lights and take complimentary photos of you to keep!

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    12 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19 (max)

  • Departs from

    Reykjavík

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    17.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
A Visit to the Secret Lagoon Iceland
The Northern Lights
Guided Tour in a Minibus
Northern Lights Photos
Included
Transfer to/from Reykjavik in a Minibus
A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle Sightseeing
Entrance Fee to the Secret Lagoon
An Expert Northern Lights Guide
Northern Lights Photos
Free WiFi on the Bus

Golden Circle

Þingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park a UNESCO world heritage site and a true geological wonder on an International scale. This is where one of the world’s first parliaments was founded in the year 930 and where the Vikings made decisions, rules, and laws in ancient times. Thingvellir is also one of the locations where the continental plates meet and place of true natural beauty!

Geysir

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Geysir, the name source for the noun geyser, has been a huge attraction in Iceland since day one! Today it sits quietly in Haukadalur but his baby brother Strokkur bursts up into the sky every 4-10 minutes creating the most spectacular scene! Here you will have the opportunity to walk among the bubbling hot springs and the smoke-filled air and take in the true power of Icelandic nature.

Gullfoss

Gullfoss Waterfall Golden Circle Iceland
Gullfoss waterfall was deservedly chosen as one of the top 10 best waterfalls in the world and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Gullfoss is fed by meltwater from the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull, making it even more unique. This great two story drop can be viewed from a few different angles and we recommend to walk around and explore them!

Secret Lagoon

soaking in the secret lagoon
The Secret Lagoon or Gamla Laugin is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland located in the geothermal town of Flúðir. Locals call the pool the “Secret lagoon” as it was known only to them for very a long time but now you can visit this paradise which is surrounded by small hot springs and pools which bubble all around you as you enjoy the soak! This is an experience you’ll never forget!

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
After the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon experience during the day you will be dropped off in Reykjavík, there you will have a chance to fill up your energy bar and put on more clothing as the night’s adventure might get a bit cold. You will be picked up again at 20:30, this time by a Northern Lights expert guide who will make sure to go to the best spot to see the Northern Lights for the night. We can not tell you exactly where this will be as the lights never play out the same but one thing is for sure, it will be far away from the city lights. Witnessing the Northern Lights, standing on a volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean is an experience you will never forget! And to make absolutely sure the guide will take complimentary photos for you to keep documenting the adventure and making sure it is unforgettable!


Pick-up Information for the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon

Pick-up: Pick up starts at 09:00 am from your accommodation or a nearby authorized meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.

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

Pick-up Information for the Northern Lights

Pick up is at 20:30 pm from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.

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

Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves and sturdy shoes. Bathing suit & towel are also essential. Packed lunch (we will also stop at a diner/restaurant).

There is no such thing as too many layers on a Northern Lights tour so keep that in mind when you get dressed for the second part of the tour.  A tripod for your camera is very useful too.

What if I don’t own all of these necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary items in the booking process.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos.  But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

What if the Northern Lights tour goes ahead and no Northern Lights are seen?

A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour is cancelled?

When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable 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.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354-562-7000.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

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 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, 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.

Will my guide take pictures for me?

Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.

What months can you see the northern lights?

The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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.

Disclaimer
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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