Become an explorer and search for the Iceland Northern Lights in our Iceland Explorer package. Over the last 5 years from 85% of guests on this tour have seen the Northern Lights (this can vary depending on time of year and how late guests stay up!) peaking at 98%!
The Iceland Northern Lights tour covers much of the West and South coasts of Iceland, keeping away from the light pollution of the city and 6 opportunities to search for the Aurora in the best possible locations. Included with the sightseeing is tips on seeing the aurora, how to take pictures, presentations and lectures.
- Group transfers
- First and last night in Reykjavik
- 2 nights in Borgarnes
- 1 night in Hekla region
- 2 nights in Vatnajokull
- Fully guided
- Blue Lagoon
- Golden Circle
- Skogarfoss waterfall
- Skogar folk museum
- Jokulsarlon Glacial lagoon
- Icelandic horse stables
- Fjord cruise on Breidafjordur
- Geothermal spring visitLarge group (45 pax in coach)
£2395pp based on 2 sharing
Small group (16 pax in minibus) £3295pp based on 2 sharing
Single supplement (any departure) £500pp
Day 1 – Arrival
- Flight to Reykjavik (Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, York or Bristol)
- Airport shuttle to hotel
- Check in and evening at leisure
Day 2 – Reykjavik and the Saga Valley
- Breakfast and check out
- Meet the rest of your group and board the bus for a tour or the highlights of Reykjavik. After our city tour we travel to the Saga valley – known for its involvement in the Viking Sagas.
- We visit a volcano crater and Barnafoss (children’s falls ) and Hraunfossar, the lava falls, as well as Europe’s most powerful hot spring; Deildartunguhver, which produces 180 litres of water per second at 97° Celsius.
- We check into our hotel for the next 2 nights and finish the evening with a lecture on the Northern Lights before heading outside to look for them.
Day 3 – Snaefellsness
- After breakfast we head further North to explore the Snaefellsness peninsular.
- We take a fjord cruise and visit a fishing village if the weather is kind. On our journey back our guide gives an informal talk on how best to photograph the Northern lights.
- Back at the hotel we head out side to the garden or hot tub to wait and see if the Northern Lights appear
Day 4 – Golden Circle
- Today we head back South as we cover some of Iceland’s most famous sights as part of the Golden Circle.
- We stop at an Icelandic wool factory before heading the Thingvellir National park – home to Alpingi. the World’s oldest parliament from 930 AD and the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia meet.
- See the geothermal spouting geyser of Strokkur which can spout boiling water up to 30 metres high at intervals of 5 – 8 minutes.
- We also visit Gullfoss – the Golden Falls which fall 34 metres in 2 drops. After our Golden Circle tour we head south seeing the geothermal greenhouses that allow Iceland to grow much of its vegetables and learn more about Icelandic horses with a farm visit.
- We spend the night in a guesthouse near the South Coast where we can relax in the hot tub and look for the Northern Lights.
Day 5 – South Coast
- Our goal for the day is East as we move along route 1 taking in sights from the South.
- We visit the Eyjafjallajokull visitor centre and learn more about the eruption that ground air traffic across Europe to a halt in 2010.
- From there we visit Skogafoss waterfall and the Skogar museum which features traditional turf houses and insights into Iceland’s rich past.
- In the afternoon we reach the Vatnajokul area and will walk on a black sand beach.
- The Vatnajokul area has minimal light pollution and is perfect to see the Northern Lights.
Day 6 – Vatnajokull
- Always a favourite, today we visit the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon where we can witness the icebergs as they make their way to sea. Under the bridge is a wonderful black sand beach which looks magnificent with icebergs of various sizes washed onto it.
- We visit the village of Hof and enjoy a film on the Northern Lights. In the evening we wait and see if the Aurora grace us with their presence.
- NB. 15 Nov – 15 Mar it is possible to add an Ice cave tour in addition to the Lagoon visit. Approx £200pp
Day 7 – Vik and the Blue lagoon
- Heading back along the South Coast today’s stops include the village of Vik with its dramatic black sand coastline and also the magnificent waterfall Seljalandsfoss.
- We check back into our Reykjavik hotel before an evening visit to the Blue Lagoon and a goodbye dinner before an evening Northern Lights tour before returning tour hotel around midnight
Day 8 – Depart
- Breakfast and morning in Reykjavik followed by a shuttle transfer to the airport based on your flight time.
Available selected dates October – early April (arrival Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays)
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