Golden Circle and Northern Lights
The Golden Circle is the most popular tour route in Iceland. We offer several types of Golden Circle tours. This longer version allows you to see the three main sights Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir as well as a Northern Lights sighting after it turns dark.
Thingvellir national park and historic site
The first stop is at Thingvellir national park where you see the tectonic plates moving apart. The name Thingvellir translates to “Parliament plains” and refers to the historic viking parliament Althing founded in the year 930AD. We drop you off at the scenic point Haki where you get a fabulous view over the national park and the great lake Thingvallavatn. You walk down a path in the gorge Almannagja to Althing.
Geysir geothermal area
The second stop is at Geysir where you can see with your own eyes erupting geysers. The great Geysir stopped erupting in the early 2000’s but his “baby brother” Strokkur goes off every few minutes reaching an average of 15-20 meters into the air. At Geysir there is a small multimedia Geo-center exhibition teaching the science behind the geysers.
Gullfoss the beautiful waterfall
The next stop on the Golden circle is the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss (Golden falls). The waterfall drops down in two stages 11m and 21m before falling into a crevice making it look as if it disappears into the earth. You can enjoy Gullfoss from different scenic points each giving you distinct view and photo opportunities of the waterfall.
Dinner at Fjorubordid
Northern Lights sightings require total darkness. While the evening turns dark we dine at Fjorubordid (Dinner not included) or other better located restaurant given where our best chances to see the northern lights are. Fjorubordid is a restaurant by the sea shore focusing mainly on Langoustine dishes. This is one of Iceland’s best restaurants.
Northern Lights sightings
After enjoying dinner we head out into the darkness to find Northern Lights. Your driver will have details on where your best chances of sighting are. The Northern Lightsare bright dancing lights most commonly with a shade of green, pink and blue. The northern lights flow through the darkness like a blanket on the cold winter sky. They are caused by charged particles colliding in the atmosphere. This natural phenomena is beautiful in it’s simplicity.