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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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.
  • 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
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Professional guide
WiFi connection
Hot drinks on board
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

12:00 PM
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 AD 930.

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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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Try Iceland Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.
What is the maximum group size during Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It was a long day and we returned very late but it was worth it." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "If you can make a trip to Iceland, take one of Adam's tours, you will not be disappointed."


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Adam helped us get some fantastic photos of the Northern lights
, Mar 2020
My wife and I had the most memorable tour that we have ever experienced before. Adam was a fantastic guide, he was just so knowledgeable and informative. He filled the day with some really interesting facts for our information and he showed genuine care for us to get some snacks, drinks and dinner after completing the Golden Circle and prior to hunting the Northern Lights. His explanation of the geology and history of the country was fantastic. Adam's exceptional knowledge and help of photography was a valuable addition, and he was very happy to assist us with our shots. The fact that Adam is the sole owner/operator is a real bonus and his passion, made the tour a real highlight of our trip. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough and you get the added satisfaction of supporting a small business operator. Thanks heaps Adam.
An unforgettable day
, Mar 2020
We spent a week in Iceland and this tour was by far the best thing we did during our time there. Our tour guide Adam took us and a family of four in his jeep into the Icelandic countryside and we had a fantastic day of sightseeing and exploring. The tour is set up in a way that really makes you feel like you’re exploring and walking around Iceland rather than just being driven from place to place. Adam took us to the Tingvellir National Park where we walked around with snowshoes (he provided the kramp-ons for us) and he showed us beautiful places where most tourists didn’t go. At times it felt like we were the only people in the area and it was fantastic. We saw beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and a location from Game of Thrones. Then we went to the Geysir geothermal park and then to the Gullfoss waterfall (amazing place and one of our favourite parts of the tour). He then took us to a nice restaurant where we could have a relaxing meal while we waited for the night to settle and could start hunting the northern lights. It took us about 3 hours and we were beginning to give up hope when we got to experience one of the most fantastic sights of my life - a geomagnetic storm. We saw the aurora dancing and swirling across the sky in dazzling shades of green and purple.. it was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. Luckily for us Adam is also a professional photographer and he had his own camera with which he took wonderful photos of all of us. It really felt like he went the extra mile to make sure that we had a great experience and to make the most of the day. All in all this tour gives you a real flavour of Iceland and it’s dramatic beauty and Adam is a great guide who will do his best to make sure you have a very memorable day. Don’t think about booking this tour, just do it.
Wonderful overview of Iceland’s main spots and Northern Lights in 10 hours!
, Mar 2020
A wonderful overview of Iceland’s main spots and attractions in 1 day, thanks to an amazing guide! We were 6 people in a big 4x4, all very sympathetic. Our guide gave us recommendations at each step of the journey, and did his best to find some northern lights, and we did. Tour Highly recommended!
Outstanding Experience!
, Feb 2020
Outstanding! Our tour guide was a wealth of information and went out of his way to accommodate each person in our group. On the day we toured, all indications were that the Northern Lights were not going to be seen. The forecast was for less than 10% chance for us to see them, so our guide offered many suggestions for us as alternatives. As two of our group wanted an activity different than the other four, he found a way to accommodate all of us. Four of us enjoyed a beautiful hike to frozen waterfalls and one of the sites where Game of Thrones was filmed, while the other two enjoyed the Secret Lagoon. He drove back and forth for several hours to ensure each of our needs were met. All day he had been in contact with weather reports and other people regarding the Northern Lights, and before our tour ended, he made the decision to drive north, despite the forecast, in an attempt to find them. Much to our delight, he was successful in his hunt and the six of us enjoyed more than an hour of watching and photographing a beautiful display of the Aurora Borealis! I highly recommend this tour operator! He went out of his way to ensure we had an amazing day!
Amazing Northern Lights
, Feb 2020
Adam was a fantastic guide who found the northern lights when many other tours had cancelled for the day! Great fun thanks
Golden Circle and Northern Lights
, Feb 2020
Adam was an amazing tour guide! Despite it being a cloudy and snowy night he found us the Northern Lights after an amazing day of sightseeing. A day that won’t be forgotten!
unique experience
, 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.
Amazing Great guide and good fun
, 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.
Fantastic tour and great guide.
, 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.
highly recommended tour
, 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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