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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

Explore breathtaking sights, soak in a natural hot spring and watch the Northern Lights dance in the Arctic Sky!

Geysir Hot-Spring Northern-Lights Sightseeing Tours
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Embark on the Golden Circle journey that will take you to some of the most picture-postcard hotspots in Iceland. Take in the magnificent sights of Thingvellir National Park, the dazzling hot springs at Geysir, and thunderous Gullfoss.

We wrap up the day with a soak in the magical Secret Lagoon. As night falls, we’ll hit the road on an unforgettable hunt for the Northern Lights. Your guide will take you to the perfect spot to gaze at the glimmering aurora and take free photos of you to make this adventure truly memorable!

  • 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

Wander in Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a world-famous cultural wonder. Here Vikings founded one of the world’s first parliaments, the Althingi, in 930 c.e. Thingvellir famously lies in a rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which are constantly moving apart from each other at the rate of 2cm (0.8 in) annually!

Marvel at Geysir

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Geysir, the source of the English word geyser, has always been a huge attraction in Iceland! Even though today it sits dormant in Haukadalur Valley, neighboring Strokkur never fails to disappoint, bursting up into the sky every 4-10 minutes in a spectacular show! In the Geysir Geothermal Area, you’ll have the opportunity to walk among the bubbling hot springs in the steam-filled air and take in the true power of untouched Icelandic nature.

Feast your Eyes on Gullfoss

Gullfoss Waterfall Golden Circle Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls), which drops into Hvítá River Canyon, is the signature card of waterfalls in Iceland. Listed as one of the top 10 waterfalls in the world, this destination draws thousands of guests every year. The source of the falls, Hvita River, flows from Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland after Vatnajökull. This iconic, two-tiered cascade has spectacular views from many different angles, so we recommend to walk around within the trail for that perfect photo!

Discover the Secret Lagoon

soaking in the secret lagoon
The Blue Lagoon might be one of the most famous attractions in Iceland, but this geothermal pool claims its rightful place as the oldest. The Secret Lagoon or Gamla Laugin was first dug out in 1891 and is located in the small geothermal village of Flúðir, approximately 1 hour’s drive from Reykjavik. An absolute must-see on the Golden Circle route, this lovely pool is quite picturesque with its calming steam and vibrant green hillocks. On top of that, the little geyser nearby puts up an act every couple of minutes. Don’t miss your chance to visit this little paradise and soak in its mineral-rich warm water!

Catch Sight of the Northern Lights

Northern Lights Tour in Iceland

After the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon, you’ll be dropped off in Reykjavík for a few hours to refill your energy bar and put on more clothing, as the night’s adventure might get a bit cold.

Once night falls, we’ll embark on our Northern Lights hunt. You’ll be picked up again at 20:30 (8:30 p.m.), this time by your expert aurora guide, who will drive you out to secret viewpoints. The guides know the locations with as little light pollution as possible for the best viewing of the Northern Lights playing in the dark skies.

We’ll drive out to the best point in the auroral zone, which varies depending on solar activity. When the stream of charged particles from the Sun, i.e. the solar wind, enters Earth’s magnetic field, the resulting light emissions appear in the atmosphere as the Northern Lights.

All in all, we can’t tell you exactly where we’ll go, as the aurora borealis tends to be unpredictable, but our guides do their utmost to carefully monitor the weather and aurora forecasts so you have the best chance of glimpsing this light show. Witnessing the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky above Iceland’s wild and untamed landscape is an experience you’ll not soon forget!

During the celestial light show, the guide will take complimentary photos of you and the Aurora, so you can take souvenirs of your adventure home!


Pickup Information for the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon

Pickup: 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 21:30 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.

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