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Golden Circle, Snorkeling & Northern Lights

Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir, Snorkeling In Silfra & The Aurora Borealis

Full day of adventures! Explore the Golden Circle attractions, go Snorkeling in the crystal clear Silfra fissure and hunt for the magical Northern Lights

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This incredible tour will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes that Iceland has to offer. It begins with the famous Golden Circle Route – encompassing the UNESCO-rated Thingvellir National Park, the awesome Geysir area and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. From there we will head to the mesmerizing Silfra Fissure a sapphire streak of glacial water that bisects Europe and North America. The day ends in search of the ethereal Northern Lights, whose heavenly colors have enamored sky-gazers over the millennia. This tour has it all and is perfect for anyone who really wants to get the most out of their time in Iceland.

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    Full Day

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 Years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    29.490 ISK

Tour highlights
Golden Circle
Gullfoss Waterfall
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Dry Suit Snorkeling
Silfra Fissure
Guided Northern Lights Tour
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Minibus Transport
Expert Guide
Northern Lights Photos
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Thingvellir National Park

Our adventure begins when we collect you from one of our designated collection points in Reykjavik and make the scenic 40-minute drive to Thingvellir National Park – the first stop on the iconic Golden Circle Route.  Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is steeped in both historical and geological significance. It is home to Althingi a sparsely populated icy plain where a group of Viking nobles gathered in 930 AD for the original Icelandic Parliament. Parliaments were convened there on an annual basis from that day onwards and the current Icelandic Parliament is still called Althingi, making it one of the oldest continuously running parliaments in the world. Iconic figures such as the great Snorri Sturluson were elected speaker there and the entire area is fascinating. Thingvellir National Park also hosts the rocky seismic fissure that marks the gap between the European and North American continents – allowing visitors the unique opportunity to gaze across no man’s land between Europe and North America. Thingvellir is a landscape without compare, featuring – amazing lava sculptures, glacial waterfalls and much, much more, making it an absolute must-see for any visitor to Iceland.

Geysir Hot Spring

From there we will make the short journey to the iconic Geysir Geothermal area – renowned for the bubbling geysers that have become synonymous with Iceland. The most famous of these is the, now dormant, Great Geysir, which gives all geysers their name. Its ‘younger brother’ Strokkur is still very much active – propelling molten streams of water up to 25 meters into the air every few minutes. Seeing these incredible geothermal wonders in the flesh is a magical experience and will give you an insight into the violent power of mother nature.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Our final stop on the Golden Circle tour is Gullfoss (the golden falls) – so named due to the golden hue that its roaring cascade takes as it travels over the brown lava rock. There is an emerald valley beneath this majestic torrent and rainbows regularly form above it on sunny days – making for a truly photogenic place that you will definitely want to immortalize in film. Once we have enjoyed all the magic that Gullfoss has to offer – we will return to Thingvellir for an underwater adventure in the famous Silfra Fissure.

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure

The Silfra Fissure is one of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the entire world – a meandering stream of vividly blue glacial water that weaves its way through one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. It is filled with glacial meltwater, meaning it has the best underwater visibility of any place in the world and allowing you to see up to 100 meters in each direction. Silfra is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – offering the unique opportunity to swim between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We provide a warm, insulated drysuit for this awe-inspiring adventure – allowing you to gaze into this magical world of sapphire and emerald in total comfort. Silfra is an otherworldly place that will provide unforgettable memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life. After Silfra we will head back to Reykjavik, where you can have a quick dinner before we head out in search of the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights Hunt

Our night-time adventure begins, when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation in one of our custom Super Jeeps and leave the bright lights of the city behind as we travel in search of the heavenly light show that illuminates the arctic night sky. Our specialized super jeeps allow us to escape the traditional routes and find a really isolated place that is away from the noisy crowds. Part of the magic of the Northern Lights is their elusiveness and it is impossible for us to guarantee that we will see them on any given night, however, our expert guides will use all available resources to maximize our chances of seeing them. If we do see them, then we are in for a treat – as the pitch-black night sky is illuminated by flickering shades of red, purple, green, and pink. It is an awe-inspiring experience that is as close to the divine or supernatural as it is possible to get to and words do not do it justice – the perfect end to a day filled with adventure and mesmerizing beauty.


Return time

You will return to Reykjavík around 01:00 am approximately.


How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, has been a favourite 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. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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 depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

Yes, you can bring a camera, but we recommend to have a waterproof one if you want to have it in the water with you.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.

We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually, take photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go into the water.

You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos cannot be guaranteed. Our customer’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore the guide will focus on snorkelers as a priority when in the water and will be taking photos when everyone is comfortable.

Can I wear glasses during the snorkeling?

No. Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.

Do I need to be able to understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour?

Yes, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

Some snorkelling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will, however, be in separate groups with separate guides, and won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.

What are the requirements for snorkeling in Silfra?

You need to be more than 12 years old ( guardian’s approval needed for minors under 18) and you need to know how to swim independently. Because of the dry suit sizes, there are height-weight limitations. The minimum height is 150 cm, and the minimum weight is 45 kg. The maximum height is 200 cm, and the maximum weight is 120 kg.

The minimum height is:
  • 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
  • 45 kg (99 lbs)

The maximum height is:
  • 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
  • 120 kg (265 lbs)
Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a lifejacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?

When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.

Do I need previous experience to snorkel?

No, you don’t need any previous experience to snorkel, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear or bring some long underwear and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.

Will I stay dry in the water?

We provide dry suits so that your body stays dry, and you will also wear undergarments to keep you warm. We use high-quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three. But it is good to know that there is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous but can feel a little cold, so we recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.

What equipment do you provide?

We provide an undergarment and neoprene dry suit from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide a neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

What is the temperature in Silfra Fissure?

The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!

What kind of dry suits do you provide?

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

Are there toilet facilities in Silfra?

Yes, there are 2 toilet facilities at Silfra. However, we don’t recommend that you use them for changing, as it can result in long queues.

Is there any life in Silfra?

Sometimes fish venture into Silfra from Þingvallavatn lake, but they will quickly swim back, as they don’t like chilly glacier waters. However, there is plenty of colorful seaweed, including a bright green variety known as “troll hair”, which makes the fissure unlike anything on the surface.

How deep is Silfra fissure?

The cave systems in Silfra can be up to 60 m deep. However, your dive in Silfra will be from about 7 to 12 m, and the maximum diving depth that is permitted is 18 m.

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.

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