Why we love this tour
Tour to Golden Circle Visit Crater Kerið as well Northern lights hunt! English-speaking tour guide Pick up from Reykjavik
The popular route called the Golden Circle has been a classic tour in Iceland for many decades. It depicts the traditional 3 main attractions of the island, and they can easily be visited in one day.
Thingvellir National Park
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is where the Althing – an open-air assembly that represented the whole of Iceland – was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. The present Thingvellir Church, a protected building, dates from the 1850s, but it is on the site of a much larger church dating from the early 11th century.
At Thingvellir the Eurasian and North American plate boundaries which run through Iceland are clearly visible – the plates are moving apart here and the land between them is subsiding.
Geysir Geothermal Area
From Thingvellir we head along the mountains to Laugarvatn village, Icelanders’ summer residence for decades, and further on towards the world renowned geothermal hot spring area around Geysir, the hot spring that all other spouting hot springs on earth are named after.
Although the original Great Geysir is not active at the moment, its neighbour, Strokkur, will erupt every 5-7 minutes – so have your camera ready.
From here we drive to Gullfoss (the Golden waterfall). You can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face and on a sunny day a rainbow will be likely to show up and listen to all your wishes.
It’s a nicely shaped pseudo crater formed some 5,000 years ago, with a rather deep lake in the bottom. During the winter, it is usually frozen. Walking along the crater’s rim is very nice and the views are beautiful in all directions. The famous Icelandic singer Björk had a concert there on a platform floating on the lake itself back in 1987, and the audience sat on the inner slopes of the crater.
Searching for the northern lights
Understandably, there is no promise of viewing the auroras. We will hope for the best and be prepared if luck smiles on us. We will drive to beautiful locations not far from Reykjavik, we will get out of the minibus and check for the northern lights. We will go to locations where there is no light-pollution, so that we can get a good view of the Auroras.
If we still don’t find the magical green lights, we look at the cloud cover and the aurora forecast and the guide will decide whether to go next. And on the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery (if its not too dark).
The Aurora Borealis are usually neon green, though white, red and purple colors may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations.
- Pick up from Reykjavik at 13:00
New regulations have been implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik. We have therefore offered 12 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.
- 11 hours with transport
- Pick-up from Reykjavík
- A guided tour
- All entrance fees
- English-speaking tour guide
What you need to know
- What to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear