This private Golden Circle: Platinum tour is a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure featuring all of our handpicked sites within the famous Golden Circle region of Iceland, with hopefully the added bonus of seeing the Northern Lights in all their glory! The Golden Circle with the inclusion of the Secret Lagoon and a Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse lunch has all that Iceland has to offer. This must visit region is rich with history and boasts powerful waterfalls, geothermal hot pools, erupting geysers, separating continental plates, as well as delicious food production, all on Reykjavik’s doorstep.
By adding a Northern Lights extension to a Golden Circle tour you gain some free time in the morning, either to have a tranquil morning and rest for the exciting day ahead or to see a bit of the capital before heading out. Another advantage is that you get to have a lovely dinner in a rural setting before the Northern Lights hunt.
For this customised version of our Golden Circle: Platinum tour we change the order slightly and start just before lunch. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavík at 10:45 am.
The first stop is the UNESCO Heritage Site Þingvellir National Park where you will hear a bit about the settlement of Iceland and see the effects of separating tectonic plates. This National Park holds historical and geological significance as Þingvellir is the site of the first known parliament in the world, while it is also a place of incredible beauty, sitting in the rift valley of the separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Then we head to Friðheimar Tomato Farm for lunch where we eat from their delicious tomato inspired menu right inside the greenhouse amongst all the plants. It’s a truly unique and amazing experience. We will be able to try their famous tomato soup, homemade bread, ravioli pasta or grilled tortilla.
From here it’s on to the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls, whose glacial waters come from the nearby Langjökull glacier. Just a short drive away we’ll fine the bubbling hot springs and erupting geysers at the geothermal area of Geysir.
After seeing all the main sights it’s time to warm up and relax in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon geothermal hot pool, Iceland’s oldest natural swimming pool. By that time it would already be starting to get dark. After the pool we’ll visit a nearby local restaurant for dinner. Having dinner outside of the city allows the night sky to darken further and after dinner, whilst we make our way back to Reykjavík, we go on the hunt for Northern Lights stopping as we go, looking for the lights.
Operates: October to Mid March
Duration: 12 hours
Level of difficulty: Easy
Included: Lunch at Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse (all inclusive aside from alcoholic drinks) and entrance to the Secret Lagoon geothermal pool with towel. Private transportation in a comfortable vehicle (type of vehicle is dependant on group size) and our wonderful English speaking driver guide for the day. Pick up and drop offs in Reykjavík, airport pickup and/or drop off can be requested.
Exclusions: Accommodation, meals unless otherwise specified.
Good to know
We would only extend into the Northern Lights component if there was a reasonable chance of seeing the lights. If the forecast is to be cloudy/raining for instance, we would just return to Reykjavik after the Secret Lagoon. In this case we would refund you the Northern Lights component of the tour.
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