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Golden Circle & Puffin Tour

Visit an island that is home to more than 30,000 puffins and explore the Golden Circle!

A wildlife and nature lover’s dream – the perfect way to make the most out of your time in Iceland!

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This day-tour is ideal for nature lovers. Set sail for a puffin-watching paradise, just 15-minutes off the Reykjavik coast. Then you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the legendary Golden Circle route, encompassing Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss. Enjoy an excursion full of natural wonders and friendly puffins!

  • Availability

    May. - Aug.

  • Duration

    ~9 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    12.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Puffin Watching
Guided Boat Tour
Thingvellir National Park
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Included
100% Puffin Sightings
Binoculars On Board Your Boat
Pick-up & Drop Off From Reykjavik
Minibus Transport
English Speaking Guide
Free Wifi On Board Your Minibus

Puffin Watching from Reykjavik

From the picturesque old harbor in downtown Reykjavik you will board a traditional Icelandic boat called Old Skúli. We’ll set sail and enjoy views of Reykjavik and Mount Esja as we make the 15-minute journey to the puffin watching area. Keep a lookout for whales, seals and other seabirds along the way.

The small islands around Reykjavik are a puffin paradise – hosting around 30,000 nesting puffins, who come back from their solitary lives at sea to raise their chicks. Their favorite place to nest is amongst the rugged cliffs of the island, meaning that most puffin tours have to keep their distance. However, Old Skúli has been specially designed to get us as close to these adorable little birds as possible – maximizing our puffin watching experience. We’ll also turn off the boat’s engine, so we don’t interfere with the birds.

One of our knowledgeable local guides will tell you all about the incredible lives that puffins live and point out any other species of birds that we see. Make sure that you bring a camera because the photos of the cute little puffins and their chicks are amazing!

Golden Circle Tour

Old Skúli will drop us back at Old Reykjavik Harbor at 10:30 am, giving you an hour-and-a-half of free time, before we collect you from the harbor at 12:00 pm for the Golden Circle tour.

We’ll begin at Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) – one of Iceland’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A group of Vikings met there in 930 – creating, Alþingi, that remains Iceland’s parliament to this day. All Icelandic men could attend the meetings, which were used to create new laws and settle disputes. Alþingi eventually moved to Reykjavik in 1844, however, the modern parliament still shares its name, making it one of the oldest parliaments in the world. The assemblies centered around the Lögberg (Law Rock) – a rugged cliff where the Lawspeaker would sit. There is now a flag marking that spot – an amazing photo opportunity!

Þingvellir is also a geological wonderland, thanks to its location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. A seismic rift valley runs through its heart – the ever-expanding gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. One of the few places in the world, where you can actually walk between two continents!

Our next stop is the famous Geysir geothermal area – renowned for the plumes of steam that rise from its bubbling hot springs. It hosts the legendary Great Geysir, a once powerful geyser that gives all geysers their name. We’ll also see Strokkur – a powerful geyser that fires scalding water and steam into the air every 8-10 minutes. This epic show is synonymous with Iceland and is a profound demonstration of the power of nature.

Our final treat is Gullfoss (Golden Falls) – a magnificent two-step lava fall, that more than merits its reputation as the most popular waterfall in Iceland. Its waters originate at Langjökull glacier, making the long journey down Hvítá (the White River) – until they crash into an emerald valley at Gullfoss. Its waters famously turn golden as they cascade into the abyss – creating amazing photos!


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 09:00 am 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.


Please note

Meet On Location
If you prefer to meet us at the old harbor, please arrive no later then 09:15 AM

Pickup Service
If you prefer to get picked up at one of the authorized pickup locations available, please note that the pickup service starts at 09:00 AM

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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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