Whale Watching & The Golden Circle - EI81

The ultimate combo - Whales and Iceland's most popular sights

Fully licensed travel agency & tour operator

Make the most of your day. This full day sightseeing tour gives you all the highlights. First we go whale watching from Reykjavik, and then we do the famous Golden Circle in a minibus. We will visit Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area.

Operated in a minibus
Small groups & personal service

Duration: ~11 hours

Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30

Departure time: 09:00

Available: Feb-Nov

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing

Tour Highlights:
  • Whale watching tour
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Small group experience
  • Bird watching

Pick up:

08:00 - 08:30 from your selected pickup point in Reykjavik* Whale watching tour departs at 09:00. For pickup price, see booking engine.

No pickup:

The meeting location for the Whale watching tour is at the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Ægisgarður 13, 101 Reykjavík


Whale watching tour, Golden Circle tour in a minibus, all entrance fees, English guidance. Drop-off is included.

Not included:

Lunch (We stop at a local restaurant/diner). Pickup is optional (see booking engine for price).

Bring with you:

Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.

Golden Circle image gallery

17 990 per adult

Children (6-15): 25% off

Review on TripAdvisor

"A great combination tour to see much of Iceland in one day. Whale watching in the morning and golden circle in afternoon. This tour added a few stops to a standard golden circle, which were worth it. You visit - Hellisheidavirkjun Power Plant,Thingvellir National Park ,The famous Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Faxi Waterfall, Efstidalur - Icelandic farm, Kerið Volcanic Crater, Laugarvatn Geothermal Area. Both guides were excellent and well informed."

*Important note regarding pickup:

This tour is a combination of two tours. Pickup for the whale watching tour is from 08:00 - 08:30 at your selected pickup location (for an additional fee). Please be ready at the pickup point at 08:00.

After the whale watching tour, you can walk around downtown and buy something to eat.
You have around 60 minutes until you are picked up for the Golden Circle tour. You will be picked up for the Golden Circle tour between 13:00 - 13:30 at the harbour next to the whale watching ticket office. We will also stop at a location where you can buy food on the Golden Circle since this is a long tour.

You will see more detailed instructions on your voucher.

Whale Watching

Whales are beautiful animals and one of nature’s most extraordinary sights. This cruise will take about 3 hours. The abundant marine life and the crew's expertise has ensured we have sightings on over 90% of our tours.

Our whale watching tours are focused mainly on the southern part of Faxaflói, just off Reykjavík. Each day we scan the area for signs of whales as we never know for sure where we might find them. Sometimes we have to go far while at other times the whales are quite close to shore.

The whale watching boat

The whale watching boat

The back of a humpback whale

The back of a humpback whale

The Golden Circle in a minibus

This classic tour will take you to three of Iceland’s most popular attractions: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and the National Park Thingvellir.

Thingvellir National Park

We start our tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Thingvellir National Park. The area is famous for its great historical importance and has many awe-inspiring geological features. The Eurasian and American tectonic plates dring apart here, resulting in a thrilling rift in the middle of the park, where we can walk in between the tectonic plates. Althingi (the Icelandic parliament) was formed on these rocks in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliamentary site in the world. 

Geysir Geothermal Area

Our next stop will be the geothermally active valley where we will experience the power of Earth on forms of erupting geysers, bubbling mud pots and will walk in the steaming ground. We will also see Strokkur geyser, which spouts every five minutes or so and projects steaming water to a height of about 60-100 feet.

Gullfoss Waterfall - The Golden Waterfall

Next, we head over to Gullfoss "the Golden Fall", the most famous waterfall in Iceland. Its power is inspirational and we can stand so close to it that we feel the mist of glacial water on our faces.

At Extreme Iceland we prefer to operate tours by minibus in smaller groups. This gives us the opportunity to deliver the personal service we feel you deserve.

Gulfoss, the Golden Waterfall

Gulfoss, the Golden Waterfall

Thingvellir National Park - walking between the tectonic plates

Thingvellir National Park - walking between the tectonic plates