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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland
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10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


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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Excellent tour!
, 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.
Golden Circle Tour
, 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!!
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.
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!
Amazing night!!
, 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!!
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
An amazing day!
, Sep 2018
We had a wonderful day and evening with our tour guide Adam. I would definitely pick this tour over a big bus or minivan tour because were able to go where the other vehicles cannot go. It was limited to 6 people but we were the only 2 that day so we had a private tour! Adam was very friendly and went out of his way to make sure we had a wonderful experience. We felt like old friends by the time the tour was over. He is very knowledgeable about the history and all the sites we visited. We saw where the tectonic plates meet (and a scene from Game of Thrones), a geyser & a magnificent waterfall. Based on the interests of the passengers, he is able to add stops that would interest the group. Adam was persistent in finding the Northern Lights. We started off-road on a mountain top where he used to his camera to check for any activity. Then as we travelled the roads with Adam constantly checking the skies, he found them! What a magnificent sight as the lights danced for us. An amazing day! Take any of his tours and you will not be disappointed.
What an experience! Adam our guide...
Gloria M
, Mar 2018
What an experience! Adam our guide was fabulous and the sights just fabulous. Adam was so good at finding the Northern Lights. He knew just what to look for and where the viewing was the best. As we viewed the sights of the Golden Circle he was so helpful in making sure our trekking was safe and as comfortable as possible.
Amazing tour! We are not much of...
Michael C
, Feb 2018
Amazing tour! We are not much of tour taken people but since my wife and I were going to stay only few days in Iceland and She really wanted to see the Northern Light on her search founded the great reviews that Adam had as a truly good guide and she booked the tour with him. We were not disappointed at all. Ended by being a private tour since it was only my wife and I. Adam is a very nice and friendly young man, knowledgeable, adventurous and he really wants his costumers to leave the tour happy. You arrive as a costumer and you leave as a friend. He came very well equipped for our needs, we had no idea about what to expect but he provide the crampons to be able to walk on the icy terrain in some of the places we visit of the golden circle. After that we had a break to have a great Lamb soup. Every stop was great. The possibility of seen the Northern Lights the day of our tour were not the best and at the end of the tour we hadn't seen them, Adam took the extra time and effort to make my wife's dream come true and when we though it was not going to happened. Voila! Adam found them! At the beginning they were very dimmed and only able to see them through the pictures but then an amazing dance of lights started to happen and we were able to see them without the need of the camera. It was show we will never forget! He also took great pictures of us with the Northern Lights and e-mailed them to us. We highly recommend it. Thank you Adam for making a dream come true!
Adam was an awesome tour guide. Due...
michael g
, Dec 2017
Adam was an awesome tour guide. Due to the weather we switched up our plans and he was just fine with the change. We ended up walking into a waterfall and even got him to stop at the Icewear factory outlet for the girls to shop! Great experience!

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