On this amazing one day adventure, you get to experience Icelandic nature at its best! Witness the main sights of Iceland on the Golden Circle Route, bathe in the magnificent natural geothermal pool at The Secret Lagoon AND take a northern lights minibus evening tour. This tour offers you the ultimate Iceland day trip.
Duration: 12 hours
Group maximum: 19
Age limit: 6 years
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- The Secret Lagoon
- Northern Lights
- Free Northern Lights photos of you/your group
- Small groups
- Free Wifi
Reykjavik pickup Pick up starts at 9am. Please see booking engine for exact availability.
Included Reykjavik pick up, English guided minibus tour, free WiFi and entrance to the lagoon.
Bring with you for Golden Circle and Lagoon: Warm clothes, good shoes, bathing suit & towel (you can also rent a towel when you book).
Bring with you for Northern Lights : Hiking boots or sturdy footwear, warm outdoor layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, and scarves. There is no such thing as too many layers on a northern lights tour! A tripod for your camera is very useful too.
Excluded: Meals. We will stop at a diner / restaurant, but you can also bring packed lunch.
If you’ve come to Iceland for the sights, the tranquility, the countryside and for relaxation, we’ve got the ultimate tour for you! If you want to chill out in a lagoon after a full day of sightseeing, and then head off on an adventure to search for the northern lights, this is the ‘Iceland in a nutshell’ tour.
This day encompasses the golden circle tour of Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss, as well as a Secret Lagoon swim and a northern lights tour in the evening.
Departing from Reykjavik, the minibus will head towards Thingvellir national park. Thingvellir remains an important place for Icelanders, both historically and geologically, while also providing opportunities for beautiful photos for tourists. Following on from this is Geysir, the mother of all geysers and the original. You will get a chance to see the geothermal area and we’ll give you some time to capture the perfect photo of Strokkur. This famous hot spring spouts hot water high up into the air - sometimes up to 30 meters. Next up, we have Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, which welcomes us with open arms. The Secret Lagoon is the perfect place to unwind in the naturally warm water, after a long but great scenic day of exploring the Golden Circle. While there, you can relax, enjoy beverages and re-energize for star gazing later in the evening, where we will pick you up once again, to track down the Northern lights. In the evening we will leave the city's light pollution behind us and head toward the magical ‘Auroras Borealis’ or northern lights.
Thingvellir National Park
Our guide will be ready to pick you up from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9am. We then start off on our Golden Circle tour by driving to UNESCO world heritage site; Thingvellir National Park. þingvellir national park is a landscape painting of outstanding beauty. It is also of historic significance, as the world's first parliament was established there in 930 AD. Once you get there you will also agree that Thingvellir is recognisable for its unique geology and landscape. Thingvellir is where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, and you can physically see where they are drifting apart. (Each year they drift around 2.5 cm away from each other.) Thingvellir is filled with beautiful landscapes including tectonics, waterfalls, a lake, and so much more to explore.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Next on the tour is the Geysir Geothermal Area. This stunning valley has a fascinating surface of approximately 3km₂ and it is extremely captivating. The geothermal field is named after Geysir, the oldest geyser in the area and the most well-known geyser in Iceland. While Geysir is dormant, you can also find the much more lively geyser ‘Strokkur’. Strokkur is the most energetic spring in Iceland, spouting water into the sky every few minutes, sometimes upward of 20 or 30 meters into the air. It’s truly a magnificent sight.
Next on the tour is the Gullfoss Waterfall, or ‘The Golden Waterfall.’ The iconic Gullfoss Waterfall flows from the glacier river ‘Hvita’, where the water plummets 32 meters down into a natural pool of a canyon. The massive volume of water crashing down the waterfall comes from Iceland’s second largest glacier, ‘Langjokull’. If you’ve timed it right and you’re there on a sunny day, a rainbow can be seen over the waterfall and if you stand close enough, you can feel the ground trembling beneath your feet.
After experiencing some of the most beautiful gems Iceland has to offer, we head to the ‘Gamla Laugin’ Secret Lagoon in the small village of Fludir. This lagoon is a natural hot spring pool, located in a geothermal area, known locally as ‘Leynilaugin’. The Secret Lagoon makes for a uniquely wonderful swimming experience. You can sometimes see geysers erupt in the distance, while you relax in the pool. Stunning!
After an action packed day exploring Iceland, your guide will drop you off in Reykjavik at your accommodation. You will have some time to prepare for the nights excursion to track down the northern lights. Pick up will be for either 8.30 pm or 9 pm.
Escape the city's light pollution and come with us to look for the magical ‘Aurora Borealis’ or northern lights. On the day of travel, our specialised guides will decide where to take us. The guides observe the light forecast as well and take the cloud coverage into account, to get the best chance of seeing the lights. We’ll head out of Reykjavik, into the dark outskirts of South West Iceland, or somewhere where conditions are optimal to find the bright auroras in the dark night sky.
You will get free photos included in this tour, so you can keep the memory of this natural wonder!
The minibus tour will depart at either 8.30pm or 9pm, to take you out to look for the northern lights. The advantages of taking a minibus, means small groups and therefore personal service from our guides.
The weather changes quickly at night and the destinations vary. We might head back to Thingvellir National park, we could possibly head toward Reykjanes (The Southern Peninsula) or perhaps we will go towards Borgarfjordur - a beautiful fjord in west Iceland.
What are the Northern Lights?
The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. The auroras appear in the sky because of chemical reactions in the Earth‘s atmosphere. Gaseous particles collide with electrically charged molecules and atoms released from the sun‘s atmosphere. These particulates from the sun are blown towards earth by the solar wind and can enter both the northern and southern hemisphere, because of weak magnetic field at the poles.That‘s the reason for why we only see those dancing lights close in the northern hemisphere, near to the Northern pole (Auroras Borealis) and south pole (Auroras Australis).
The different colours are due to the different molecules, but for the most part, oxygen forms yellow and green, while nitrogen produces blues or purples.
Please note: the success of the Magical Auroras tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions. As a result we reserve the right to cancel departures until 18:15 on the day of the tour. If the tour goes ahead and northern lights are not seen, we offer clients the chance to join another evening’s departure, free of charge upon availability. Note that you need to rebook the tour yourself through the booking portal mentioned on your voucher.