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Northern Lights in Iceland

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Find the Northern Lights in Iceland

5 day tour in winter wonderland Iceland where, in addition to visiting the most famous places of the country, we will also hunt for the magnificent Northern Lights. This is a real adventure of a tour including such highlights as the famous Geysir hot spring area, the Glacier lagoon, beautiful waterfalls and much more.

The tour is designed to maximise your chances of witnessing the amazing Northern Lights. We will stay in a hotel located in the countryside and the itinerary may be adjusted when an opportunity to witness the wonders of the Northern Lights arises. However, despite our long experience in leading groups, please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.

 

Northern Lights in Iceland

Itinerary

The set up of this trip aims to maximize your chances to see the magical northern lights in Iceland. Above that, you can learn about the unique nature in Iceland - via the English speaking tour guide accompanying the tour, by exciting presentations, a visit to Eyjafjallajökul Visitor Center and the trip ‘The Golden Circle’.

  • Day 1 Welcome to Reykjavík

    Arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to Centerhotel Plaza (transfer optional) that is located in the heart of the old city center of Reykjavik. Despite its location and the city lights, Northern Lights can often been seen there. The hotel offers wake-up service if the Northern Lights appear. 

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    info Despite its location and the city lights, Northern Lights can often been seen in Reykjavik.
  • Day 2 Full-day excursion: Golden Circle

    We tour the renowned Golden Circle including a visit to the famous Geysir hot spring area, where Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes. We also visit the Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall and Thingvellir national park, where the forces of the Great Atlantic Rift are clearly visible. This is where the North American and European tectonic plates drift apart at a rate of 2-6 cm per year. Thingvellir is also the place where the ancient Icelandic parliament was established in 930. It is an area of truly outstanding beauty as well as geological and historical significance.

    After visiting these world famous sights and a visit to local horse stable and a greenhouse, we drive through the landscapes of South Iceland to our accommodation near the town of Vik, where we will stay for 2 nights.

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    info The Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air, every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces.
  • Day 3 Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon

    We head east, along the southern shore to the unique Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon. The lagoon developed around 60 years ago with continuing process of calving and falling of icebergs from the glacier tongue Brei›amerkurjökull. These icebergs are seen in two shades, one type in milky white, while the other type is in bright blue colour, which is interplay of light and ice crystals. The lagoon is filled with fishes that drift in from the sea along with the tides. Seals gather in large numbers at the mouth of the lagoon to catch the fish during the winter, which is a sight to watch.

    On the way back to Vik we also visit Skaftafell national park that is part of Vatnajökull national park and contains some of the most prized natural sights of the country.

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    info The Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon developed around 60 years ago with continuing process of calving and falling of icebergs from the glacier tongue Breiamerkurjökull.
  • Day 4 Volcanoes, waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon

    Driving along the southern coast we encounter highlights such as the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss as well as the glaciers and volcanos of Myrdalsjökull/Katla and Eyjafjallajökull.

    In the afternoon we stop at the new Lava Centre in Hvolsvollur, the largest Volcano and Earthquake exhibition in Iceland where you get introduced to the highlights of volcanic activities in Iceland.

    The final highlight before getting back to Reykjavik is the spectacular Blue Lagoon. You have a choice of viewing the lagoon or enjoy soaking in the mineral rich water with its fine silica mud, while you look for the Northern Lights overhead. In the late afternoon we arrive in Reykjavik, where we will stay in Centerhotel Plaza.

     

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    info We will visit the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center at the foot of the volcano.
  • Day 5 Departure

    Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport (optional) or prolong your stay and stay longer to enjoy the northernmost capital of the world.

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    info The beautiful concert hall Harpa in Reykjavik is definitely worth a visit.

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Included in tour

Included

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    2 nights in superior room at Centerhotel Plaza
    2 nights in standard room at Hotel Katla near Vik

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  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast all days

  • andet
    Other

    Fully escorted 3 day tour with English speaking local guide
    Visit to Icelandic farm with horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
    Visit to the Lava Centre in Hvolsvollor
    Evening lecture and hunt for the Northern Light while staying in Vik (weather dependent)
    All taxes and fees

Not included

Flight to/from Iceland
Lunches and dinners
Travel Insurance

Airport transfer shared EUR 25 (one way)
Airport transfer private 1-4 persons EUR 124 (one way)
Airport transfer private 1-4 persons EUR 223 (return)
Entrance to bathing in the Blue Lagoon incl. towel EUR 80
Extend your stay in Reykjavik for EUR 90 per person per night in double room in 3-star hotel including breakfast. For a single room, the price is EUR 180.

 

Practical information

Northern light:
Northern Light is a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.

  • Contact your Travel Specialist

    Karin Jensen

    Karin has worked with tours to Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Island for more than 30 years. Karin is responsible for groups, both holiday-, study- and business groups. Karin is well known for her great travel advice and counselling - and always with a smile.

  • Packing list for this tour

    The right clothing is essential when travelling in the Arctic. Before you pack your bags, take a look at our packing list. Please do not hesitate to ask us for advice.