From $945 USD
October 3, 2017 - April 16, 2018
5 Days / 4 Nights
5-day Northern Lights tour to Reykjavik and Icelandic countryside. Explore the South Coast, visit hot springs, volcano, search for magical Aurora Borealis.
The Land of Northern Lights tour offers an insight to South Iceland's nature and cultural life. Stay 2 nights in Reykjavik, and 2 nights in country cottages along the Ranga River in South Iceland, an ideal spot for viewing Northern Lights. Explore the Golden Circle, Southern shore, swim in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit an Icelandic horse farm and travel close to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
October 3, 2017 - April 16, 2018
Maximum group size 40 persons Tuesday to Saturday October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 7, 14, 21, 28 December 5, 12, 29 January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10 Maximum group size 40 persons Thursday to Monday October 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7, 14 January 4, 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12
- Budget: Hotel Cabin & Arhus Cottages
- from $945 per person in double room
- from $1,275 single room
- from $945 per person in triple room
- Comfort: Center Hotel Plaza Reykjavik & Stracta Hotel, Hella
- from $1,245 per person in double room
- from $1,705 single room
- from $1,245 per person in triple room
- New Years, December 29, 2016 - January 2, 2017
- Budget, Guesthouse Borgartun & Cottages
- from $1,175 per person in double room
- from $1,275 single room
- from $1,175 per person in triple room
- Comfort, Center Hotel Plaza Reykjavik & Stracta Hotel, Hella
- from $1,395 per person in double room
- from $1,725 single room
- from $1,395 per person in triple room
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- 4 nights hotel/guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik,
- or hotel upgrade option
- Daily breakfast
- Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
- Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and turf houses
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Northern Lights program during 2 evenings
- Combination of lectures, presentations & film
- Guided searches for the Northern Lights
- Midnight refreshments
- Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment:
- simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night
- International airfare & Airport taxes
- Dinners in Reykjavik
- Meals other than breakfast
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
- Arrival in Iceland on Tuesdays or Thursdays and guided bus tour start on Wednesdays or Fridays at 09:00.
- The guided tour ends on Fridays or Sundays around 17:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavik. Departure from Iceland is on Saturdays or Mondays.
- Maximum group size is 40 persons
- Accommodation Budget category: Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik and Arhus Cottages in Hella
- Accommodation Upgrade category: Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavik and Stracta Hotel in Hella
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
- Additional optional excursions
- Tour is also available with airfare from NY. Please request.
Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND - REYKJAVIK
Tuesday or Thursday
The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavik International Airport to Hotel Cabin and Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavik where you spend one night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. (50 km/31 mi)
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJANES PENINSULA (B)
Wednesday or Friday
At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm mineral rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. We stay for two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. There is an option to upgrade to studio rooms at the Stracta Hotel in Hella. In the evening, we hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide at Arhus Cottages. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. (220 km / 137 mi)
Day 3 SOUTH ICELAND - OPTIONAL GLACIER HIKE (B)
Thursday or Saturday
Today we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. Next we visit Skogar Folk Museums, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Skogafoss waterfall. (200 km/124 mi)
In the afternoon we offer an optional glacier walk. The Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Solheimajokull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. Duration of this activity is about 3 hours in total, about 90 minutes on the ice and about 30-40 min walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself. Minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots.
The glacier hike can only be booked with the guide on day 2. The special price for the Land of Northern Lights group members is ISK 12.000 (about EUR 100 per person) instead of ISK 14.900 official rate; prices are subject to change. Payment is due with the glacier hike company on day 3 in Icelandic Krona - cash only!
If you booked the trip without the glacier hike, then the tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vik. In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of Árhús Cottages and the Stracta Hotel in Hella are very large and dark and offer you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there could be Northern Lights".
Day 4 HORSES - GOLDEN CIRLCE (B)
Friday or Sunday
In the morning you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Travel the Golden Circle route. See steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. Head inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjavik for your last night, either at Hotel Cabin or Centerhotel Plaza. (210 km / 130 mi)
An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked while in destination, if the weather conditions are ideal.
Day 5 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Saturday or Monday
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your guesthouse/hotel accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavik Airport. (50 km / 31 mi)
Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 630 km / 391 mi, which is an average of 210 km / 130 mi per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days. This tour is suitable for children that are used to bus tours.
Change of Program: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
Northern Lights: This program includes during 2 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided Northern Lights searches in the garden of Arhus Cottage in Hella, South Iceland, about 10 minute walk from Stracta Hotel. Arhus Cottages and Stracta Hotel in South Iceland offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral - they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.