About the tour


Day One

This tour begins in Reykjavik, heading to the gorgeous Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and home to the first parliament, mid-Atlantic crest and Silfra fissure. Here you can walk the paths along and between the tectonic plates, exploring the nature and taking in the beautiful views. Don’t miss Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake and where many dive to explore the Silfra fissure. You will then rejoin our tour at the Thingvellir Visitor’s Centre.

Next we head to the otherworldly geothermal area to see Geysir. It’s here that Strokkur, the geothermal fountain geysir, will erupt every 6 to 9 minutes. Excuse the smell, it’s the natural boiling sulfur!

After Geysir, we go to the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. This is one of the most popular sights in Iceland, located on the Hvita river. Once here you will understand why, the power that pumps over the falls sends moisture into the air so be prepared to get a little wet. We recommend wearing waterproof clothing here.

After exploring the highlights of the Golden Circle we drive to our accommodation and check in. Once it is dark enough, we all gather to go out and hunt for the Northern Lights.

We drive off the beaten path to find the best possible location for the lights. These locations are dictated by many conditions including weather, cloud coverage and light activity. We typically stop at one location and our expert guides will determine if its worth a wait or to move on according to the forecast.

As the Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear winters night, you will need to wrap up warm in wind and waterproof clothing. Remember to bring your camera gear and tripod for that memorable shot.


Day Two

After breakfast we will check out of the accommodation and start our journey along the South Coast. The first stop will be the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. At Seljalandsfoss you can make your way up the steep staircase to catch a glimpse of what it looks like behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajokull.

Back in the jeep for the drive to Skogafoss. Be sure to catch this waterfall from two views; in front and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

We then drive to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, located near the small fishing village of Vik. Reynisfjara is home to the iconic basalt stacks.

This black sand beach is widely popular for photographers and nice walks on the rocky sand. Please be aware that these are treacherous waters. High, powerful waves which sometimes flood the beach, can easily carry you out to sea.

Sadly, we board the jeep again to drive back to Reykjavik where the tour ends. We will drive past all the amazing sights so you can let the beauty of Iceland soak in once again.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky- here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!


Accomodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Hotel Gullfoss
  • Hotel Geysir
, 2 Day Golden Circle, Northern Lights Hunt & South Coast
, 2 Day Golden Circle, Northern Lights Hunt & South Coast
, 2 Day Golden Circle, Northern Lights Hunt & South Coast

Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

Pickup and drop off occurs within Reykjavik only. Please contact us with any questions about your hotel/guesthouse location and if it is included within our pickup/drop off area.

Accommodation depends on the time of the year and what is available. For this tour, we will stay at Hotel Gullfoss, or equivalent.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. For you feet, make sure you are wearing walking shoes or hiking boots, sneakers/trainers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof. Please dress according to the season.

As this is an overnight tour please bring your overnight clothes. The hotel/guesthouse will provide linens and a towel for showering.

This is a 2 day tour. Please note that this is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour. Please note that there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue. Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature. Always protect your camera in a protective case. We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

There is no food provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

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We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund. Single occupancy charge.

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