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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Overview

See Iceland’s Golden Circle and search for the Northern Lights on an afternoon and evening tour from Reykjavik. Board a rugged 4x4 Super Jeep tough enough to navigate the country’s challenging terrain and explore the Golden Circle. See the ancient geological formations and parliament site at Thingvellir National Park; watch the Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and admire the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. As darkness falls, seek out the Northern Lights, escaping light pollution to experience the incredible light show. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience.
  • Golden Circle and Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik by Super Jeep
  • Explore Iceland’s natural wonders in a 4x4 jeep, specially built to cope with rugged terrain
  • Roam Thingvellir National Park to see ancient geological formations and the old Althing parliament site
  • Visit the Gullfoss Waterfall and see the bubbling pools and Strokkur geyser at the Geysir geothermal field
  • Go in search of the spectacular Northern Lights as darkness falls
  • Tour the countryside away from light pollution and with luck, witness the magical lights
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and small-group atmosphere on a tour limited to six people
Start with a Reykjavik hotel pickup, and travel inland by Super Jeep, a comfortable 4x4 designed to negotiate rugged terrain.

As you travel, hear from your guide about Iceland’s volcanic geology and perhaps use the flexible itinerary to adjust the times you spend at each site, according to your group’s wishes.

Stop first at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Learn how the landscapes have been formed over millennia, and absorb the contrast between the lush green vegetation and rich, black ground. See Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake, and stop at Althing, where the world’s first parliament met in 930 AD.

Travel on to Geysir, a geothermal field of hot springs, steam vents and the remnants of an old volcano. Stroll around the boiling mud pools and view Strokkur; the geyser that shoots hot water high in the sky every few minutes.

Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose name means ‘Golden Falls,’ a reference to the shimmering, multi-colored mists that can sometimes appear above the waters. Admire the waterfall, whose waters plunge into a canyon, and if the weather permits, get close to the cascades.

As dusk falls, begin your quest for the Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the world’s best places to see them, and your all-terrain 4x4 and knowledgeable guide will allow you to identify and access the best potential viewing sites.

On your search, hear how the lights appear when cosmic rays, solar wind, and magnetospheric plasma interact with the upper atmosphere. Make stops to survey the dark skies, and with luck, enjoy a sighting. The pulsating colors of the lights, usually green and blue, split the darkness and sometimes shine brighter than the moon.

Your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.
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unique experience
amandawaitmailbox
, Dec 2019
Adam was a brilliant guide. He picked us up from our apartment and drove us to 3 sites along the Golden Circle which were so incredibly beautiful in the snow. He gave good advice for our safety and enjoyment of the sites, and was really knowledgable about the history and geology of the area, and answered all our questions. When darkness fell we drove to several locations to catch the lights, but the clouds covered the sky and the probability was low. He took us to an amazing natural spring while we waited, and we bathed under the stars and moon, with the snow twinkling around us - it really was an uforgettable experience. He really went the extra mile, and it made the most of our short tie in Iceland.
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Amazing Great guide and good fun
Hedgehog_irl
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide Adam was so so helpful and pleasent, As soon as it was booked he reached out suggesting a small alteration to times to help improve our chances of seeing the northern lights. It was a great experience, The tour was my wife & I and one other couple. This means that we could all chat and ask questions and most importantly have a laugh. At no point during the day were we rushed it was all very relaxed and comfortable. Because we had time he stopped at a few extra points where things like filming of some scenes of game of thrones had taken place. Unfortunately we didn't see the northern lights however this was due to nature. Adam truely made every effort and in my eyes went above and beyond to try and find somewhere we we might catch them however they just were not happening that night. We ended up having coffee at lands end admiring the sound of the ocean and light cast by a light house and honestly the scene was just as nice. Amazing day, I would suggest you bring snacks, as we did stop for lunch but it's always helpful to have something to nibble on while being driven around and listening to Adam tell you about the local forest or other local facts. All and all we were very happy with the tour and I would recommend to anyone.
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Fantastic tour and great guide.
thomassalisbury
, Nov 2019
We had a fantastic day with Adam who was friendly, super knowledgeable and eager to please. There was a genuine desire to ensure that we had an unforgettable experience and we did. We didn’t feel like he had done this 100 times before, he was so enthusiastic. All the main attractions were enjoyable and he took us to places not mentioned in the description like a hot spring (optional) where we saw the Northern Lights. Earlier Adam took us to a quiet and dark spot where we were completely alone and he took some amazing photos of us and the lights which we would never have got ourselves. If you are deliberating over which tour to pick (as I was) then look no further. It was a long day and we returned very late but it was worth it.
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highly recommended tour
josellemarie
, Oct 2019
We had an amazing time during this tour. The tour was well-paced and organized. Also, Adam is a fantastic guide; he was very informative, determined and passionate! He is very knowledgeable about northern lights sightings and with his help, we were able to witness an incredible display of the lights! On top of that, he takes amazing photos! Thank you Adam!
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Excellent tour!
stay12052019
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and on time. He took his time explaining each and every stop on the tour and visited two extra stops where Game of Thrones was filmed. We had plenty of time to walk around to take photos and he gave us history of each stop. We also had bathroom breaks and dinner before nightfall to seek out the Northern Lights. He was very enthused to find us the perfect northern lights spot and took pictures. This was a full day great adventure. I would definitely recommend and do this again. Thank you so much.
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roberttreed
, Sep 2019
We had the best day with Adam! He was so helpful and kind. We had a great day seeing all the sites but when it came to see the northern lights it was not a great night for it. Adam was smart and patient. He knew where to go and adjusted our location. We waited more than an hour but sure enough on a night that it was a very low possibility Adam made it possible!! It was breathtaking and something we will never forget!!
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Golden Circle tour with Adam
Ellen S
, Mar 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Adam was very personable and gave a great tour. He is very knowledgeable of Iceland and the attractions we visited. He went out of his way to accommodate us and our 5 year old grandson. We had a wonderful experience viewing the northern lights and Adam took us to some excellent viewing sites. We would highly recommend Adam to anyone coming to visit Iceland.
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Great Tour!
Shez H
, Dec 2018
We had an amazing time seeing the sights of the Golden Circle. The tour guide, Adam, was brilliant at finding the Northern Lights. He really persevered to find them. Amazing sights!
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Amazing night!!
dnappe84
, Oct 2018
Adam was incredible! You leave wanting to be his best friend. The tour was so much fun - I highly recommend this adventure to everyone!!
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Great day
Harriet E
, Oct 2018
Beautiful sites and exceptional information provided by our guide Andres. Well paced with lots of the area covered. Thanks

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