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Golden Circle & Northern Lights by Boat

22,840 ISK

Children (7-15 yrs): 11,185 ISK

Children (6 yrs): 5.250 ISK. Children 0-5 yrs (Free)

10-11 hours

After a full-day tour of the famous Golden Circle, join us in search of the Northern Lights at sea!

Tour description

Begin your day with a Golden Circle tour, operated by Reykjavík Excursions. The tour departs at 9:00 from the BSÍ Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik. Hotel transfers can be purchased for an additional fee if desired. On this tour you will visit the geothermal Geysir area, the famous Gullfoss waterfall and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park. You will also make a stop at Friðheimar greenhouse to learn more about how we grow vegetables in our harsh climate thanks to geothermal heat, bumblebees and an advanced irrigation and lighting system.

Geysir is located in the south of Iceland, near an area called Laugarvatn. The most popular feature of Geysir is called Strokkur, which is a very active geysir that shoots water into the air for up to 30 meters (98 feet) every few minutes.

Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular and famous waterfalls. It lies in the glacial river Hvítá and drops into a 62-metre (105 feet) canyon, giving you amazing views and great photography opportunities.

Finally, Þingvellir National Park is famous both for historic and geologic reasons. It is the site of the oldest parliament in the world, the Alþingi. You can also see the Mid-Atlantic ridge above the ground, where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates are pulling the land apart by a few centimeters each year.

Your Golden Circle tour ends with a drop off to your hotel back in Reykjavík. You will then have 3-4 hours before your Northern Lights by Boat tour departs. The Northern Lights tour departs at 21:00 from October 1st – March 14th, and at 22:00 from March 15th – April 15th & September 1st – September 30th. If you have selected hotel pick-up for this tour it will begin 60 minutes prior to departure.

Our tour sets sail from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík’s city center, and in just 15-20 minutes you will be in a prime location away from the pollution from the city lights – perfect for viewing auroras! Your guide will share facts on the science science behind the magical phenomenon of the Northern Lights, and tell you stories & myths about the lights from different cultures around the world. The tour takes roughly 2-3 hours depending on how early/late the lights might appear.

We recommend putting on our free overalls on-board (overalls also available in children’s sizes!) that will keep you nice and warm out on the deck, listening to what the guide has to say about the lovely colours dancing in the sky.

Throughout the tour we show our very own original Northern Lights video, full of interesting facts and folklore! If you are cold you can grab a drink at the bar and cozy up inside watching the video or just simply enjoy the view of the city lights in the distance with your friends/family.

Useful tip: We always have a crew member taking pictures throughout the night so instead of taking a long time figuring out the right settings for your camera, enjoy the moment and email us for the pictures the next day! (If you are eager to learn we can also assist you in getting the settings right)

What's included

Golden Circle Tour:

  • Bus transportation around the Golden Circle
  • Guided tour
  • Admission to Friðheimar cultivation centre

Northern Lights by Boat Tour:

  • Guided boat tour
  • Warm overalls (overalls also available in children’s sizes!)
  • Wireless internet on board
  • Café/Bar & Souvenir shop
  • Our very own Northern Lights video
  • WCs on board!

Tour details


10-11 hours


English (German available on Golden Circle tour Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)

Additional information

These tours are subject to correct weather conditions and sightings of the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to cancel the tour due to unfavourable weather conditions if need be. Take a look at our terms & conditions for further information.

If the northern lights boat tour is cancelled, but aurora conditions are favourable, we offer a replacement northern lights tour by bus, plus a chance to join the boat tour the next available day (even if you see the lights on the bus).

If the tour does not operate at all (boat or bus) during your stay due to unfavourable weather conditions, you can exchange your ticket/voucher with one of the following options*:

  • A Whale Watching Tour
  • An evening of adventure at the Whales of Iceland museum – ask our reception for more details!
  • Or a full refund. (*All options cost the same amount or more as your northern lights by boat ticket).

If you join the tour (boat or bus) and there are no sightings you will get another ticket to join us on the next available day. This ticket is valid indefinitely – so if you don’t have another chance this time around we welcome you back when you visit Iceland again!

Please note that the starting point for the Northern Lights tour is the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík.

You will be asked to show a valid form of ID upon arrival for check-in.

Important information

We always try our best to give our passengers the best possible chance to see the Northern Lights – however it is important to know that we can never guarantee sightings as this is a hunt for a natural phenomenon.

We use the weather forecast to find out the cloud cover on the night & the strength of the lights. We will always sail out when there is a chance of visibility as we do not want our passengers missing out on a chance to see the auroras.

We kindly ask you to be positive, embrace your patience and keep your fingers crossed!

Dress tip: Dress according to Icelandic weather and don’t forget your hats & gloves. Our staff always does their best to keep the boat decks clear of ice/snow – but we do recommend wearing good shoes on the tour as the weather can change quickly.

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