8-Day Iceland Northern Lights Adventure

From

kr.379990

Min Age

8 years

Duration

8 days

Overview

Escape the crowds and chase the Northern Lights on an unforgettable 8-day road trip adventure around Iceland’s scenic Ring Road.

Highlights Of The Tour

South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)

✓ Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)

✓ Skaftafell National Park

✓ Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

✓ Crystal Ice Cave

✓ Northern Lights

✓ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

✓ Wilderness Center

✓ Deildartunguhver Hot Spring

✓ Lake Mývatn

✓ Whale Watching in Dalvík

✓ The Diamond Beach

✓ Myvatn Nature Baths

Included/Exclude

  • Hotel room with private bathroom (7 nights)
  • Breakfast each morning at hotel
  • Guided minibus tour
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Whale Watching in Dalvík
  • Glacier Hike or visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • Free photos with the Northern Lights
  • In case of unsuccessful Northern Lights viewing, unlimited re-tries valid for 3 years

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

Discover Iceland’s wonders on an unforgettable 8-day guided tour from Reykjavik. This memorable journey takes you to the country’s most captivating highlights, including cascading waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, and ancient volcanoes.

Each night, you’ll rest at charming country hotels, offering the perfect opportunity to witness the elusive and enchanting Northern Lights dancing across the night sky.

About tour

This memorable tour encompasses the best of Iceland’s highlights. The tour begins in Reykjavík, a vibrant city where urban life meets nature. Participants will have a free day to explore the city before embarking on a boat tour to hunt for the Northern Lights.

The tour offers multiple opportunities to witness the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis. In Reykjavík, expert aurora guides lead excursions by boat or minibus, away from city lights, to enhance the viewing experience. Additionally, the remote countryside hotels provide ideal conditions for observing the Northern Lights.

The Golden Circle route is another highlight, encompassing Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Geysir Geothermal Area. Thingvellir boasts both historical significance as the site of the world’s oldest parliament and geological wonders like the tectonic plate boundary.

Iceland’s South Coast offers a diverse landscape, including the unique Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with its floating icebergs, and Diamond Beach, where icebergs scatter across the black sand.

The East Fjords showcase Iceland’s sunniest region and its diverse wildlife, including wild reindeer herds. The tour also includes a stop at the charming fishing village of Djúpivogur.

In North Iceland, travelers can explore the turquoise Lake Mývatn, enjoy the geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, and witness the intriguing rock formations of Dimmuborgir. The volcanic landscapes around Krafla Caldera and Víti Volcano are also noteworthy. The region’s fishing villages offer ocean views and opportunities for whale watching.

West Iceland, recognized as a Winter Destination of the Year, boasts the picturesque Borgarfjörður Valley, an agricultural haven with horses, sheep, and geothermal greenhouses. Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, is a must-see. The tour concludes with visits to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls before returning to Reykjavík.

 Free Day In Reykjavik – Northern Lights Boat Tour

Your adventure starts in the heart of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Your centrally located hotel puts you within easy reach of the city’s finest attractions, including museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks.

Stroll along the charming Laugavegur shopping street, one of the oldest in Reykjavík, or immerse yourself in the city’s rich culture at museums like the National Museum, the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, or the unique Phallological Museum. For breathtaking views of the city, ascend the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church. When evening falls, explore Reykjavík’s vibrant nightlife.

Later, embark on a boat tour to seek out the mesmerizing Northern Lights. An expert guide will lead you through the darkness, sharing fascinating insights about this natural phenomenon as you marvel at the dancing emerald lights.

 Golden Circle and South Coast

Day 2 starts with a pick-up from your hotel, heading directly towards Iceland’s iconic attractions. The first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, renowned for its geological, historical, and cultural significance. This is where the world’s oldest existing democratic parliament, Alþing, was established in 930 CE. The park also features the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.

The journey continues to the Geysir Geothermal Area, home to the Great Geysir and the active Strokkur geyser, which erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. The Golden Circle concludes with a visit to the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, known for its golden mists and the powerful Hvítá river flowing below.

On the way to the hotel near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the tour makes stops at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, each with its unique charm. Skógafoss falls gently from former sea cliffs, while Seljalandsfoss offers a hidden pathway behind the cascading water.

 Vík – Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon

The journey continues along the South Coast, reaching the renowned Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the impressive Reynisdrangar peaks rising from the sea just offshore. Leaving the beach behind, the focus shifts to the icy glaciers, with a three-hour glacier hike at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Participants will explore Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, which covers a significant portion of Iceland. From October to April, the glacier hike is replaced with a magical journey through the Crystal Ice Cave.

The route also passes by the awe-inspiring Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, home to the active Katla Volcano, and its neighbor, the notorious Eyjafjalljökull. The day concludes at the world-famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where crystalline blue ice floes drift serenely. A short walk leads to Diamond Beach, where icebergs washed ashore sparkle against the black sand.

 East Fjords – Djúpivogur – Wilderness Center

Today’s adventure takes us to the enchanting East Fjords, traversing through the diverse landscapes of Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides, and Álftafjarðar Fjord. Our first stop is the charming fishing town of Djúpivogur, known for its eco-conscious initiatives and friendly atmosphere. This quaint town offers cultural attractions like museums, parks, and sculptures, including the renowned Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a tribute to the region’s avian diversity.

The journey culminates at the Wilderness Center, a hub for history and adventure nestled within Northern Europe’s largest wilderness. Here, you can engage in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and horse riding, and experience the authentic Icelandic way of life. Explore the museum’s exhibits on highland living and Icelandic history, enjoy cozy accommodations, savor local cuisine, and relax in the warm pool at the bathing house.

 Stuðlagil Canyon – Mývatn – Godafoss – Akureyri

Day 5 immerses you in the tranquil beauty and natural wonders of North Iceland. The journey begins in Egilsstaðir and leads you through the wilderness to Stuðlagil Canyon, a captivating spectacle of basalt rock formations.

Next, you’ll discover the mystical Lake Mývatn, followed by a visit to the nearby Námaskarð, a geothermal wonderland of steaming oases and bubbling craters. The adventure continues with the Dimmuborgir lava formations, aptly named the Dark Castles for their imposing appearance.

The day concludes at the renowned Mývatn Nature Baths, also known as the “Blue Lagoon of the North.” Here, you can unwind and rejuvenate in the warm geothermal waters, surrounded by the serene beauty of Iceland’s northern wilderness.

 Whale Watching in Dalvík – Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi – Laugarbakki

Day 6 brings you to the traditional fishing village of Dalvík, boasting a lively harbor and breathtaking views of Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. The highlight is a three-hour whale-watching tour, offering the chance to encounter majestic humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and even blue whales.

Next, the journey continues to Siglufjörður, a picturesque fishing village steeped in history. Learn about its fascinating past as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic in the early 20th century. The route to Siglufjörður leads through the stunning landscapes of Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula), providing panoramic ocean and mountain vistas. Explore the village and gain insight into the daily life of its close-knit community.

 Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hraunfossar – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík – Magical Auroras

The last day before returning to Reykjavík showcases the remarkable landscapes of West Iceland, a region praised by Lonely Planet as one of their top destinations. The first stop is Grábrók, an ancient volcanic crater enveloped in lava. A guided hike offers a panoramic view of the crater and its surroundings.

The journey continues to the captivating Hraunfossar cascade, a wide curtain of water formed by countless rivulets flowing from a lava field. Nearby, Barnafoss waterfall, named after a tragic folktale, adds to the allure of the region. Next, witness the impressive power of Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, Europe’s most powerful hot spring.

History, literature, and nature converge in Reykholt, the former home of Snorri Sturluson, a celebrated Icelandic saga writer and poet. Here, you can see Snorralaug, the natural pool where Snorri is said to have bathed.

The return trip to Reykjavík winds through the scenic Hvalfjörður, offering picturesque views as the adventure concludes.

 Final Day In Reykjavik

The journey returns to Reykjavík for a final exploration of this vibrant capital. Whether on foot or by bike, discover new paths and hidden gems. For those seeking more of Iceland’s natural beauty, the nearby mountain-view peninsulas of Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær are easily accessible by bus.

Delve into Iceland’s biodiversity at the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens, and learn about the unique history of the hot spring pools where women once did their laundry. These gardens are located next to Laugardalslaug, Iceland’s largest swimming pool.

The day is yours to customize, whether it involves further exploration of nature, shopping sprees, relaxing in cafes or restaurants, museum visits, or embarking on one last day trip.

What To Bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking boots are recommended

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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