Iceland

Golden Circle Classic and Northern Lights

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Duration 8 hours for golden circle and 3 to 5 hours for northern lights

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

It’s the classic Icelandic tour with a sparkling finish. To begin, we’ll head out to the Golden Circle. As its name implies, the Golden Circle encompasses sights that are the heart and soul of Iceland situated in a convenient loop. We’ll go for a walk through history in Þingvellir, marvel at Gullfoss, feel the heat at Geysir geothermal area, make a stop at Faxi falls and visit the cultural epicentre, Skálholt. After resting up back in Reykjavik, we’ll leave the city lights behind and with our guides’ knowledge and experience at our disposal, go in search of the ethereal aurora borealis

Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of the first settlers at Þingvellir
  • Feel the power and majesty of Gullfoss waterfall
  • Meet Geysir hot spring, the namesake of geysers worldwide
  • Be delighted by the fish ladder at Faxi waterfall
  • Experience history on the archeological exhibition at Skálholt church
  • Watch the Northern Lights rippling across the sky

Inclusions

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops
  • Round trip transportation
  • Professional tour guide

Please Note

  • Returning from the Golden Circle tour, we’ll drop you off at your hotel in Reykjavik where you'll have plenty of time to rest, recharge and prepare before we pick you up again for the second part of the tour,- pick up for the Northern Lights tour starts at 20:30.
  • Northern Lights are natural phenomena, and no one can guarantee sightings. If the Northern lights don’t make an appearance, we encourage you to join another Northern Lights Mystery tour free of charge

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Feb 11 2019
Excellent tour 🤗 pick up on time, and the guides are excellent
reviewed by Ms Paola Taboada Gallardo
Feb 05 2019
The guides were very knowledgable and kept us entertained.
reviewed by Mrs Elke Burden
Feb 05 2019
It's was a long day with with just a couple of hours break before we were back out on the night, but it was amazing. The guides were very knowledgeable and made the day interesting, and although we only saw a green tinted cloud on the night, our guides showed us how to get better pictures from our phones/cameras. Plus it was nice to get the option to rebook the northern lights trip. Although it's a big coach company, it felt personal and would definitely recommend to anyone going to Iceland.
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Feb 04 2019
Due to exchange rates this was a bit more pricey than I would have liked; but worth doing
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Feb 01 2019
Easy to understand and very reliable
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Jan 29 2019
Excellent value for money, amazing places to visit, plenty of free time to enjoy the sites.
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Taking the Golden Circle tour is an absolute must any visit to Iceland. You can’t say you’ve been to Iceland if you haven’t seen its natural and historic wonders. And you won’t want to pass up the chance to see the Northern Lights stretching across the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides are the key to unlocking these uniquely Icelandic experiences.

Roam the fields of Parliament
Our first stop in the Golden Circle will be Þingvellir. It was in this place, back in 930 AD, that the Althing, the world’s longest running democratic parliament, was formed. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can walk inside the rift between the North American and Eurasian plates.

Feast for your eyes
Gullfoss is one of the largest and most striking waterfalls in Iceland. It’s many tiers of rushing water make it both majestic and a challenge to photograph in its entirety. The tier formation also means that on sunny days you can find multiple rainbows in its mist. You simply have to see it with your own eyes.

A timely eruption
At the Geysir geothermal area, we’ll be treated to one of the most iconic sights in Iceland: an erupting geyser hurling boiling water up to 30 meters high every 3 to 7 minutes. After a short stop at Faxi waterfall and its fish ladder, which allows salmon to “climb” upstream, we reach the historical site of Skálholt church, our last stop on the Golden Circle.

Take a break
After touring the Golden Circle we’ll drop you off at your hotel in Reykjavik in time for dinner. You’ll have plenty of time to refresh yourself and pick up more warm clothes before we begin pick up for the Northern Lights tour at 20:30.

Dancing Lights
Viewing the Northern Lights by oneself can be tricky but our expert guides know how to find the best viewing locations. We’ll leave Reykjavik’s light pollution behind and head for destinations where you’ll have the best chance to see and photograph the lights.

From its splendid daytime vistas to the dancing lights of the night, experience the essence of Iceland. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to walk through Iceland’s history, awe-inspiring landscapes and go on a quest for the Northern Lights.

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Pickup Info

Please present your electronic travel voucher/ticket at the time of tour departure.

Tour departure point
The Gray Line Bus Terminal at Skarfabakki is the central departure point for our tours.

Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

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