About the tour


Heading off from Reykjavik, this once in a lifetime tour starts with all the iconic sights of the famous Golden Circle. You will travel in a luxury jeep (6 people max) 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. The name Thingvellir means “Parliament Fields” in Icelandic. The general assembly, the Althing, was established here in 930 AD making it one of the oldest parliaments in the world. Thingvellir is also known for its geology and has been a protected area since 1928. You can walk the paths along and between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates, exploring nature and take in the beautiful views. Don’t miss Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake.

Next up we drive to the famous Geysir hot springs area. It is located in the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur. Today the most active Geysir is Strokkur, an energetic spouting hot spring which erupts every 6 to 9 minutes. The white column of boiling water forms a beautiful half bubble before spraying up super-heated steaming water.

It can reach a height of 15-30m (60-90 feet). Strokkur (the churn) was formed in an earthquake in 1789. Excuse the smell, it’s the natural boiling sulfur!

Onto the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, this is one of the most popular sights in Iceland. It runs down the river Hvítá in a curved, three-stepped staircase form. It’s a very powerful experience to walk close to the waterfall on the west side as an average of 140 cubic meters of water falls per second (80 in winter).

The falls send moisture up into the air so be prepared to get a little wet. We recommend wearing waterproof clothing here.

From here the tour will stop at a local restaurant where everyone can enjoy dinner before a nice soak in the Secret Lagoon.

Once at the Secret Lagoon (ticket included with tour) you will have ample time to enjoy this unique natural hot spring, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland (made in 1891). The water holds at 38-40 Celsius (100-104 Fahrenheit) all year around. Swim and float around, try to find the hottest part of the lagoon! You can also take a short walk around the lagoon to see the beautiful landscape, original changing hut, the natural geysirs heating the lagoon and the nearby greenhouse.

When you are done relaxing, you will be taken to the Bubble Hotel where you will spend the night in your own clear bubble (2 adults per bubble), surrounded by Icelandic nature, tucked away in a small woodland. Listen to the birds chirp and enjoy the long summer light or stargaze in winter. Lie back and keep an eye out for the magical Northern Lights dancing above your head.

The next morning we will make one stop at a restaurant for you to purchase breakfast on the way back to Reykjavik.


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.

This is an overnight tour. Pickup in Reykjavik at 12:00 – 12:30 on day one and drop off in Reykjavik the next morning between 11:00 -11:30.

Time spent at each stop along the Golden Circle will be dependent on guests wishes and the driver’s recommendations. Weather and daylight hours may also affect time spent at each site.

Please bring with you a bathing suit and towel for the Secret Lagoon (you can rent a towel from the lagoon for 500 ISK).

Warm layered clothing for the day tour and preferably a waterproof outer layer. We advice you wear good walking shoes or hiking boots, sneakers/trainers.

Remember your overnight clothes.

Optional: snacks, food, and/or beverages.

There is now a solo-traveler booking fee built in to the calendar.  This is required for all guests booking as 1 person.

Please contact us directly for guidance.

No food is included with this tour.

There is one stop in the evening for you to purchase dinner and a stop the next morning for you to purchase breakfast. You may choose to bring your own food/snacks and beverages, and store them in the self-service kitchen at the Bubble Hotel.

There is a cafe located at both stops on the Golden Circle, and snacks / beverages can be purchased at the Secret Lagoon.

Yes, it is advised you bring your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature and the sites we stop at. If you are lucky you may even be able to capture the Northern Lights from your bubble (winter only).

There is no guarantee you will see the Northern Lights. They are highly unpredictable and affected greatly by the weather, cloud coverage and light activity.

Please also know that the Northern Lights season runs from mid-September to mid-April. The sky must be dark to be in with a chance.

Here in Iceland, daylight hours are extremely long in summer with some days of no darkness at all. The wonderful news about staying at the bubbles in summer: more daylight for adventures!

In addition to longer daylight, there is also higher natural activity like birds, and more light means better photographs. If you are a bird enthusiast you will love our summertime in the bubble.

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We have a minimum number of 4 adults for the tour to go. You can book below for 2 adults but if the minimum number of 4 will not be reached one week before departure date, we will cancel the tour and refund the money 100% back to your credit card.
There is now a solo-traveler booking fee built in to the calendar. This is required for all guests booking as 1 person.

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