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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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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.
  • 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
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Hotel pick up and drop-off
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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.
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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What is the policy on sanitization during Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
A: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
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
A: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
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  • "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
  • "The tour was so much fun - I highly recommend this adventure to everyone!" See review

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star-5
Amazing northern lights!
Antony_H
, Mar 2022
What an amazing experience we had on this tour, we saw all we wanted and most importantly the northern lights. For anyone wanting to see the northern lights this is the tour to do. Our guide Adam picked us up at 2:30pm, originally it was scheduled for 12pm but Adam pushed it back 2 hours to give use the best chance of seeing the northern lights as evenings were getting lighter. So once we got going we were only with one other couple so just the 4 of us, felt very personalised and Adam was the perfect host, excellent English and knowledge as we went round. First stop was a waterfall from game of thrones, then on to another. Strokker geyser was next and that was great to see, huge bursts into the sky! We then went to gullfoss waterfall and this was the main one to see for us and again was excellent, as we went in winter we couldn’t walk close to the fall, if done in summer you can walk very close, though in winter the whole of Iceland is covered in snow and great to see as well. Into the evening by now we went for dinner, so no need to take too much with you just snacks are enough, we had pizza at the Mika restaurant, very nice and waited for the night time to come. This is where Adam truely stands out, he goes above and beyond to be sure you have the best chance of seeing the aurora, with his 3 different apps, for cloud cover, aurora meter and something else I can’t remember he scans the weather and decides then where best to go, clear skies of course are the best, we soon set off and got to our designated area around 9pm, no one else around just us, this was our first time yet the couple we were with was their 4th, as soon as we landed bang the start of the light show began, already he found a great spot, they come and go but got stronger as the night went on, I added a pic so you can see. And just so you know this was taken by Adam himself, with his tripod, camera and torch to get the full illumination of us and the northern lights, we spent 2 hours there and got loads of snaps, Adam took about 6 of use so we had some really good shots, this made this experience for us and thanks to Adam we got to see a lot of the northern lights, Adam thank you! I could go on, but if you want one of the best tours and chances to see the lights this is definitely the tour to do, I plan to come back and do this again, oh and did I say Adam is pretty much a pro photographer, really a true gent. It’s a long day but so worth it , you won’t be disappointed, definitely worth every penny for us and will for you too. Top tip, iPhone 11 and above or any phone with night mode will get great pics, I didn’t have this but if I had known, you can download a night mode all for iPhone 6s like mine so do this just in case! Adam, thanks and see you again soon! Tony and Laura
star-5
The complete tour guide
Michael_G
, Mar 2022
Adam (the guide) was just top class from start to finish. Nothing was too much. We started the tour at 230pm and we got back to the hotel at 1230am. Adam ensured that ourselves and another couple on the tour (who are deserving of a mention as they also made the tour a memorable day) had a complete full of chasing and experiencing the northern lights. Adam is a great guy a great guide and will make sure you are catered for. All I can say is enjoy the tour.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Melissa_M
, Feb 2022
Adam is a fantastic guide! He knows the area so well and joins you when visiting each location to tell you the history and also guide you to off the beaten track spots. We knew the forecast for the lights wasn’t looking good but Adam had a bunch of suggestions on other things we could do if the lights didn’t behave! We’re already planning on coming back in summer and doing another tour with him!
star-5
Awesome Adam!
Rhiannon_E
, Feb 2022
The whole experience of visiting the Golden Circle and the national park was incredible. The part that was truly memorable and what made the trip incredible was the tour guide Adam, who went above and beyond, despite not being optimistic for seeing the Northern Lights. We ventured for a long time and eventually found them. Adam made this experience particularly special as he captured some amazing photos of us both in front of the Northern Lights. He told us all about his hobbies as a photographer and about his adventures to the volcano eruptions. He is an extremely knowledgable local and this is shown in his enthusiasm of what he does as a tour guide. We would definitely recommend this experience to everyone.
star-5
A beautiful moment
RuthFlore_R
, Jan 2022
Very flexible and informative guide We had moderate success With sighting of whirly Green Lights but it worth the try. The service is highly recommended if You have not seen the nothern Lights before i would highly recommend this tour.they provide the transportation and also Know the most likely locations that the lights can be seen. The Weather was not that good still had a good time,been Lucky to witness discreet nothern Lights though, can't do anything about the weather. We Will try again on our next trip to iceland Thank you very much,Adam !you are a good person
star-5
Brilliant day!
Sarah_T
, Jan 2022
We both had a great time. Throughly enjoyed the whole trip. Luxurious vehicle made the journeys very comfortable and Adam was a brilliant guide. He was very personable and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side during the evening so we didn’t get to see the northern lights, but Adam tried his best so give is best opportunity to see them. All the more reasons to come back and do it again. Would highly recommend.
star-5
The best day of our trip to Iceland!
Jordan_O
, Nov 2021
Cannot thank Adam enough for our tour! He was amazing and went above and beyond to make sure we had the most out of our day! He even offered to take us places not included in the tour! The weather forecast for our trip was not looking great, especially for seeing the Northern Lights, he said for us to take our swim wear so he could take us to the hot springs as the chance of seeing the lights was minimal. Once it got to the evening he said there is a small chance of seeing them but he was optimistic, however it was a 2 hour drive away! He didn’t have to do this drive but he was determined for us to see them! After many stops and it still looking cloudy we thought that was it… but then we got to the furthest point we could go and we saw them!!! Couldn’t believe our luck! Could not recommend Adam enough!
star-5
Great Experience!
Kathryn_G
, Oct 2021
Wonderful views-warm, comfortable SUV - great tour guide, Adam! He went above and beyond to accommodate my mobility issues. He was knowledgeable and friendly and the tour was the highlight of our trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Adam was a great guide....
Lisa_W
, Oct 2021
Adam was a great guide. We got to see Game of Throne sights, waterfalls, and the Northern Lights! Our guide wasn't sure we would see the lights but we tried anyway and thank goodness we did! We have the most memorable pictures thanks to Adams lovely photography! He's also so passionate about the lights. This is a must do experience and I would totally book again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Adam helped us get some fantastic photos of the Northern lights
Trevor_P
, 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.
star-5
An unforgettable day
Eve_N
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful overview of Iceland’s main spots and Northern Lights in 10 hours!
Sonia_T
, 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!
star-5
Outstanding Experience!
Vicki_M
, 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!
star-5
Amazing Northern Lights
toby_m
, Feb 2020
Adam was a fantastic guide who found the northern lights when many other tours had cancelled for the day! Great fun thanks
star-5
Golden Circle and Northern Lights
mandimstone
, 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!
star-5
unique experience
Amanda_W
, 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.
star-5
Amazing Great guide and good fun
Mark_M
, 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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Stacey_N
, 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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