4-Day Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes & Glacier Lagoon

From

kr.179990

Min Age

6 years

Duration

4 days

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary 4-day journey across Iceland, from the western reaches to the eastern landscapes, immersing yourself in the raw beauty of rural Iceland. Along the way, you’ll encounter vast lava deserts and remnants of ancient moraines, offering a glimpse into the island’s dramatic geological history.

One of the highlights of your adventure will be hiking on a glacier, an experience that promises awe-inspiring views and a deeper appreciation for Iceland’s icy wonders. And don’t miss the chance to marvel at Europe’s largest hot spring, a natural wonder that’s sure to leave you speechless.

As you traverse West Iceland, it’s easy to see why it has earned the prestigious title of Winter Destination of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide. With its rugged landscapes, captivating natural attractions, and warm hospitality, West Iceland offers an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.

Highlights Of The Tour

✓ Natural Ice Cave

✓ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

✓ Reynisfjara black sand beach

✓ Hraunfossar Waterfall

✓ Barnafoss Waterfall

✓ Mt. Kirkjufell

✓ Snæfellsnes Peninsula

✓ Northern Lights

✓ Vatnshellir Lava Cave (optional)

✓ Krauma Geothermal Baths (optional)

Included/Exclude

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 3 Nights
  • Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

WEST COAST OF ICELAND

 

Your 4-day journey kicks off in Reykjavik, where you’ll be picked up from your hotel or a nearby pickup point. As we venture westward, be prepared to be mesmerized by the enchanting rural landscapes of Iceland. Keep your camera handy, as surprises await around every corner.

Our first stop brings us to Borgarfjörður, a charming town known for the Deildartunguhver hot spring, which sprays groundwater with impressive force. Then, we’ll visit the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, each with its own intriguing story behind its name. Both waterfalls are a sight to behold, adding a touch of whimsy to our journey. And as night falls, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for the ethereal Northern Lights dancing across the dark sky.

On the second day, we’ll delve deeper into the wonders of West Iceland, exploring the radiant Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Our adventure begins at Djúpalónssandur beach, once a bustling fishing village and now known for its striking black sand and scattered ruins from the mid-20th century. Keep an eye out for the antique British trawler Epine resting on the shore, as well as the colossal lifting stones once used to test the strength of brave locals. After a full day of exploration, we’ll return to Reykjavik for a well-deserved rest.

SOUTH COAST OF ICELAND

 

 

On the third day of our journey, we’ll start by visiting the awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. Prepare for an up-close exploration of these natural wonders, offering incredible photo opportunities from unique angles. Be sure to dress in waterproof clothing to fully enjoy this experience.

Next on our itinerary is Reynisfjara, a globally renowned black sand beach adorned with striking basalt column formations just off the coastline. Here, you’ll also catch sight of the Reynisdrangar peaks, steeped in legend as petrified trolls from ancient tales. As the day draws to a close, we’ll embark on a thrilling Northern Lights chase, hoping to witness this celestial spectacle dancing across the night sky.

EAST COAST OF ICELAND

Get ready for an exhilarating start to our fourth and final day as we embark on an unforgettable hike in the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Before we begin, you’ll receive all the necessary equipment and safety instructions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Our knowledgeable tour guide will share insights about the lagoon, including its formation and highlight the most breathtaking icebergs along the way.

After the hike, we’ll take a short stroll to Diamond Beach, a mesmerizing landscape adorned with icebergs of varying sizes, creating a striking contrast against the black sand. The play of light and shadow on the crystal-clear ice against the dark backdrop creates a scene straight out of a dream. Be sure to have your camera ready, as there will be plenty of opportunities to capture the beauty of this otherworldly setting.

 West Iceland

 

 West Iceland

Get ready for an exciting tour that promises to leave you feeling inspired long after your time in Iceland. Our journey begins with a pickup at 9 am from the Reykjavík meeting point you’ve selected. Please note that while pickup can take up to 30 minutes, it’s important to be ready and waiting at 9 am sharp.

Our first destination is Borgarfjörður, home to Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver. This remarkable hot spring pumps out approximately 33 ounces (180 liters) of hot water per second, with temperatures reaching around 100°C. It’s used to provide heating and hot water to nearby areas. You’ll also have the option to visit the Krauma geothermal baths, or alternatively, we can visit a nearby horse farm where you can interact with Icelandic horses.

From there, we’ll make our way to Reykholt, a small yet culturally significant town in Iceland, known as the former residence of medieval poet and politician Snorri Sturluson. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a hot spring pool where Snorri is said to have bathed. Close to Reykholt, we’ll visit two unique waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, before attempting to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights if the weather permits.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where tomorrow’s adventures await. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with natural wonders and cultural treasures.

 Snæfellsnes peninsula

After a satisfying breakfast, we’ll set out for Djúpalónssandur Beach, soaking in the stunning alpine and coastal scenery along the way. Once a bustling fishing village with dozens of boats, Djúpalónssandur now offers a glimpse into its maritime past with scattered remnants along the shoreline. You’ll have the chance to take a short hike along the coast, feeling the Atlantic waves wash over the glossy black pebbles of the beach.

Keep an eye out for the remains of an old British trawler, visible from the shore since its shipwreck in 1948. At the top of the beach, we’ll be treated to a picturesque view of Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most iconic mountains. Snæfellsnes is renowned for its diverse and captivating landscapes, often described as a microcosm of Iceland itself.

To conclude our day of exploration, we’ll marvel at the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier, immortalized in Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” After a day filled with adventures and scenic wonders, we’ll return to Reykjavík for a well-deserved overnight stay.

The Grand South Coast

 

 

During the second half of your trip, get ready to be swept away by the breathtaking landscapes of southern and eastern Iceland. From vast moss-covered lava fields to majestic waterfalls, volcanic black sands, and glacier tongues, every moment promises to be awe-inspiring.

After a hearty breakfast in Reykjavik, we’ll journey along the South Coast, passing through picturesque farmlands, towns, and villages on our way to Seljandsfoss waterfall. This stunning waterfall offers a unique experience as you can hike up behind it, feeling the mist on your face and enjoying the view through the cascading water curtain. Next, we’ll visit the nearby Skógafoss waterfall, nestled at the base of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Hiking up to the crest of Skógafoss rewards you with panoramic views of the surrounding lowlands, with the possibility of spotting Mýrdalsjökull glacier on a clear day.

Our journey continues to Reynisfjara, a captivating black sand beach adorned with wind-carved basalt cliffs and sea stacks. En route to our accommodation in Hof, we’ll pass through the charming town of Vík. Upon reaching our hotel, we’ll unwind and enjoy a peaceful evening, with the chance to embark on another Northern Lights hunt if weather conditions permit.

Ice cave and Glacier lagoon

 

 Ice cave and Glacier lagoon

As we embark on our final day of the trip, we’ll kick things off with a visit to the world-renowned Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. Take your time to explore the mesmerizing ice lagoon and take an unforgettable hike in a Vatnajokull ice cave. Witness the shimmering ice sculptures washed ashore on Diamond Beach, earning it the nickname “Diamond Beach,” and keep an eye out for floating icebergs and perhaps even a seal or two.

Next, we’ll venture inside a glacier to explore a spectacular ice cave, led by a qualified guide. Ice caves are captivating natural wonders that constantly change with each winter’s freeze and melt cycle, offering a unique experience every time. Inside the glacier, you’ll be awestruck by the deep jewel-blue hues of the ice, created by the compression of the ice and the way light interacts with it. Photographers will especially appreciate the opportunity to capture the ethereal blue light filtering through the glacial ice.

On our journey back to Reykjavik, we’ll make a stop at Vatnajökull National Park for a brief visit. Skaftafell Nature Reserve, nestled amidst rugged mountains and snow-capped peaks, offers stunning scenery that’s sure to be a highlight of the day. As night falls, we’ll set out on one last Northern Lights hunt before returning to Reykjavik, with an estimated arrival time between 9 pm to 11 pm.

Please note that the specific ice cave we visit will depend on current conditions and safety considerations, as ice caves are ever-changing natural phenomena.

What To Bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations for all-day excursions can be made by email up to 24 hours before departure, and the entire money will be returned. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time are not subject to refund.
  • If the operator cancels the trip due to severe weather, hazardous driving conditions, or other reasons, we will help you rebook a different day or book alternate activities if feasible, or we’ll give you a full refund.
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