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Full-Day Golden Circle and Northern Lights Tour

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The Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist circuits, with opportunities to see where continental plates converge, a 2-tiered canyon waterfall, and the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Visit the Golden Circle with a guide who knows the best ways to get around while keeping you free to focus on the scenery. Afterward, spend the evening hunting for the northern lights.
  • See two of Iceland’s greatest attractions: Golden Circle and northern lights
  • Enjoy a day planned to see as many attractions as possible
  • Focus on the scenery: Your guide and driver take care of navigation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
What to Expect
Your morning begins with a pickup from your hotel or one of the city pickup bus zones. Hop aboard the minivan and head toward Hveragero, often called the “flower village” because of the many greenhouses there. Learn about the town’s interesting energy usage and make a quick stop at the local bakery (own expense). Next is Gullfoss waterfall, which you see from above and up close. Then, make the trip to the Geysir geothermal area, where you explore on your own and have lunch (own expense). Next, spend some time at Thingvellir National Park. Learn about the founding of Iceland’s Parliament, and see the geological rifts caused by the separation of tectonic plates. Rest in Reykjavik in the afternoon and head out for a northern lights tour in the evening. Your guide drives you out of the city to find the best spots to see the lights. Afterward, head back to the capital and finish with a drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Reykjavik hotels - please note that some city center hotels and guesthouses are in a bus restricted zone that requires guests to wait at certain bus stops
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Tour ends with drop-off at your hotel
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Dress code is smart casual: Warm waterproof clothes and comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We did a tour with Ian today. We had a lovely time! It felt more like a private tour as it was only a small group of us and we didn't feel rushed to see the sights. Didn't see much of Northern lights last night but Ian still made it a fun and engaging trip. Thanks!
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Amazing experience. The driver and guide were awesome! A bit disappointed with the Northern Lights but did get a showing
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Spent the day touring with Ian in a mini van to the golden circle from Reykjavík. Wonderful driver, full of interesting information and personalised stories of the area. Comfortable seating and good itinerary. Such a relaxing way to see this beautiful part of Iceland
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This is a fabulous day tour. The scenery is beautiful. The tour guides are knowledgeable. The bus rides very comfortable. It takes about 7 hours but it is a great day with some great hikes and sight seeing. Great falls and geysers to be seen as well as beautiful countryside!
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I am very pleased to write this review about IG Tours. I booked mostly with Halldor + Melanie who took incredible detailed care of my Iceland trip plans which included work and personal adventures. I did a company retreat in Reyjavik with 20 colleagues and we did both the day
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