Golden Circle & Magical Nights
The famous Golden Circle, a refreshing bath in a geothermal spa, delicious food and a hunt for the Northern Lights.
Tour code: IMG09
A Golden Circle & Northern Lights Combo Tour That Delights All of Your Senses
On our popular carbon neutral day tour from Reykjavík, we combine the famous Golden Circle route with stops at local farms for some traditional tastes, a visit to a local spa, and a chance to see the Northern Lights.
Heading out of Reykjavík, we set our course through Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the local greenhouse, Friðheimar. There, we get a taste of their delicious and home grown tomato soup and freshly baked bread for lunch. Next, we visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall and the great Geysir geothermal area, where the reliable Strokkur geyser spouts hot water up to 30 m. After enjoying these jewels of Icelandic nature, we turn our attention back to the taste buds with a visit to the farm Efstidalur. There, we get a few samples of their local products, such as farm-produced Skyr and delicious ice cream. Next up, it’s time for some relaxation at the geothermal spa Fontana, followed by a 2-course dinner at the local restaurant Lindin. After a nice meal, we head out to explore the mysterious nights of Iceland while we search for the magical Northern Lights.
Accessible to all people in good health.
Sept - Apr
10 - 11 hrs
30 min before departure
Up to 15 per guide
6 - 7 hrs
Lots of companies offer tours of the GoldenCircle and you could drive through on your own, but you would be missing a lot. The "MagicalNights" tour from Icelandic Mountain Guides takes you to all of the GoldenCircle sites and enough less well known stops that the Golden Circle seems almost secondary. You'll see a centuries-old farm where you try authentic skyr (not like the stuff in grocery stores) and homemade ice cream. You'll stop at an amazing geothermal greenhouse with fantastic tomato soup. And you get dinner at a terrific restaurant at Laugarvartn (other tours take you to the cafeteria adjoining the hot springs at Laugarvartn which isn't bad but it has nothing on this restaurant).
- Experienced and qualified guide
- Transport in minibus
- Local tastes at Friðheimar (lunch)
- Local tastes at Efstidalur dairy farm
- Today’s special (dinner) and chocolate mousse dessert at Lindin Restaurant
- Entrance and towel at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa
- Rain gear
- Good shoes
- Warm clothing
- Bathing suit
- Rain gear (jacket or pants)
- Hiking boots