Golden Circle Surprise - Winter Minibus
Explore the Golden Circle in a minibus. We will visit a national park (Thingvellir), a geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. We will also search for the northern lights.
The popular route called the Golden Circle has been a classic tour in Iceland for many decades. It depicts the traditional 3 main attractions of the island, and they can easily be visited in one day.
Thingvellir National Park
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is where the Althing - an open-air assembly that represented the whole of Iceland - was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. The present Thingvellir Church, a protected building, dates from the 1850s, but it is on the site of a much larger church dating from the early 11th century.
At Thingvellir the Eurasian and North American plate boundaries which run through Iceland are clearly visible - the plates are moving apart here and the land between them is subsiding.
Geysir Geothermal Area
From Thingvellir we head along the mountains to Laugarvatn village, Icelanders' summer residence for decades, and further on towards the world renowned geothermal hot spring area around Geysir, the hot spring that all other spouting hot springs on earth are named after.
Although the original Great Geysir is not active at the moment, its neighbour, Strokkur, will erupt every 5-7 minutes - so have your camera ready.
From here we drive to Gullfoss (the Golden waterfall). You can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face and on a sunny day a rainbow will be likely to show up and listen to all your wishes.
Searching for the northern lights
Understandably, there is no promise of viewing the auroras. We will hope for the best and be prepared if luck smiles on us. We will drive to beautiful locations not far from Reykjavik, we will get out of the minibus and check for the northern lights. We will go to locations where there is no light-pollution, so that we can get a good view of the Auroras.
If we still don't find the magical green lights, we look at the cloud cover and the aurora forecast and the guide will decide whether to go next. And on the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery (if its not too dark).
The Aurora Borealis are usually neon green, though white, red and purple colors may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations.
- Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik
- Tour in a minibus
- All entrance fees
- English guidance
- Northern lights watching
- Warm clothes
- Sturdy shoes
- Spikes that fit over shoes to give extra grip on ice
How do we get there?
Pick ups are available from Hotels in Reykjavík.