Golden Circle Surprise - Minibus Tour with Aurora Watching - EI29

Iceland's most popular attractions in winter - Combo tour

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Explore the Golden Circle in a minibus. We will visit a national park (Thingvellir), a geothermal area and Gullfoss Falls. We will also search for the northern lights in the evening. This combo minibus tour gives you the chance to make the most of your day.

Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal service

Duration: ~11 hours

Pick-up: 12:00-12:30

Group maximum: 18 persons

Available: Sept - Apr

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing

Tour Highlights:
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Northern lights tour


Pick up and drop off at hotels or guesthouses in Reykjavik, tour in a minibus, all entrance fees, English guidance, northern lights watching.

Not included:

Meals or refreshments. But you will have time in between tours to grab dinner.

Bring with you:

Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.

Combo tour:

This tour is a combination of two tours. First we do the Golden Circle Afternoon tour and then do the Magical Auroras tour. We will drop you off at your Reykjavik accommodation, after the Golden Circle tour and we pick you up again *8:30 p.m. for the northern lights tour.

*From September 1st until the 30th and March 1st until 20th of April, the Northern Lights tour starts at 9:30 p.m. due to daylight.

Amazing Northern Lights over Iceland - footage

Golden Circle image gallery

Northern Lights image gallery

15 990 per adult

Children (8-15): 25% off


Worried that your travel plans might change? Book your tour more than 21 days in advance with a 10% deposit & pay the rest 14 days before departure. Alternatively, you can pay full price and get a 5% early bird discount! Choose the deposit or full payment option in the third step of your checkout.

Review on TripAdvisor

"We took the tour "golden circle surprise" yesterday, and it was amazing! We were able to see the beautiful sights of the golden circle, as well as the Aurora Borealis-truly an amazing sight.
On top of the beautiful scenery, we had a great tour guide (David Kelly) and we were lucky enough to have a great group on the tour. David was very knowledgeable, and friendly.
All in all, a great tour. Highly recommended!"

Tour Description

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Strokkur, the geyser erupts every 5-7 minutes

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.

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We will search for the northern lights

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.

Thingvellir tectonic plates

At Thingvellir, where the tectonic plates split

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.

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Small groups in a minibus for a more enjoyable experience

Gullfoss Falls

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.

Aurora Bonus: If the Northern Lights don't show up on your tour you can contact our sales team here and we will book you on the Magical Auroras tour, free of charge upon availability. Please remember to mention your booking number in the email.

Map - (click to enlarge)

golden circle surprise route

Note: The best location to view Northern Lights may vary. The driver will search for the best spot based on the conditions on the day.

Disclaimer: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee a sighting. But you will get to try again for free.