8 Day Iceland Northern Lights Tour Package

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Duration

8 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Sep-Apr

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator

Arctic Adventure

Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

8 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Sep-Apr

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

8 Days

Departures

Reykjavik

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See the Northern Lights During the Night and Explore all the magical places in Iceland during the day!

Highlights

About Tour

Enjoy the magical Northern Lights when in Iceland! Explore the best of Iceland in 8 days on this magnificent Ring Road Trip. This tour will make sure that you see the Northern Lights in Iceland!

On this 8 Day Northern Lights Tour Package we will go off the beaten path to catch the Northern lights. This tour is the best Iceland tour if your main reason for visiting Iceland is to see the Northern Lights! You will also see the diverse landscapes that the country has to offer!

This tour is planned to make sure that you have the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights on your trip to Iceland. Since the northern lights are only visible during the evenings, we will have full days planned of sightseeing the magnificent landscapes of Iceland as well as some great activities. On this tour you will travel the Golden Circle and the Ring Road of Iceland to see all the top attractions in the country. We will hike impressive volcanoes and trek across glaciers, wail out to see to hunt the aurora borealis, go whale watching and try sea angling to mention a few. We will see the best waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, rivers, mountains and so much more on this Northern Lights Adventure in Iceland.

On this tour you will be making the most of your time in our beautiful country with so many bucket-list adventures!

Accommodation for 7 nights is included in this tour.

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk in the highlands of Iceland

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Day 1 - Day in Reykjavik – Northern Lights Boat Tour

Your first day starts in Reykjavik. This is a day where you can explore the capital city of Iceland and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

You will be spending the night at Reykjavik Lights Hotel. Your hotel is in a great location for you to explore all the best that the city has to offer. You will have easy access to the best museums, shopping areas, restaurants, galleries, and historic landmarks.

We recommend that you walk around the city to explore some of the best attractions. Visit Hallgrimskirkja church, which is inspired by Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell. Walk along one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik, Laugavegur shopping street and visit one of Rekjavik’s best museums, such as the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, the Culture House or the National Museum.

On this day you are booked for the Northern Lights boat tour from the Reykjavik Old Harbor. Since the Northern Lights are only visible during the evenings, the skies will be dark and you will have the perfect setting to catch the Northern Lights! A Northern Lights Expert will take you on the tour and tell you everything you would like to know about the lights.

Accommodation of the nights: Reykjavik Lights Hotel (or similar)

Highlights of the day: Northern Lights boat tour, the wonders of Reykjavik, Sightseeing around Reykjavik

Included: One night accommodation in Reykjavik with private bathroom.

Honeymoon in Iceland, two people watching the northern lights in Iceland

Day 2 – Golden Circle & South Coast

We start day 2 with picking you up from your hotel in Reykjavik. This day will include some of Iceland’s best attractions. You will definitely not want to miss out on any of the sightings that you will see on this day.

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park - Golden Circle Travel Guide

We will start with driving to Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iceland. It’s geological, historical and cultural impact is something that you don’t want to miss when in Iceland. Þingvellir is where the historic Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was founded in 930. It is the oldest existing democratic parliament in the world.

Another interesting fact about Þingvellir is that the Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through it. Here you can see where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. So, you can basically say that you have been in Europe and North America when visiting Þingvellir.

Geysir Geothermal Area

Golden Circle Tours, Geysir geothermal area in the Golden Circle

The next stop of the day will be at the infamous Geysir geothermal area. Did you know that all geysers in the world are named after the Great Geysir that is located here in Iceland? Unfortunately, the Great Geyser ins not active at the moment but it’s little sister, Strokkur, is very active and bursts water up in the air every 5 to 10 minutes.

Gullfoss waterfall

Golden Circle Tours, Gullfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland Tour Booking

The last stop of the Golden Circle will be the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and you will not be disappointed with this visit. Gullfoss looks great in pictures, but it is a lot more beautiful in real life!

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the south coast of Iceland

On this day we will also visit one of the top attractions in Iceland – Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in the world because of the fact that you can walk behind it to a cave. When you stand in the cave behind the waterfall you can see the water fall from the cliffs from a totally different angle. The waterfall is around 196ft (60m) and falls beautifully from the.

Skógafoss waterfall

South Iceland Must See - Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss waterfall is another very popular waterfall in South Iceland. The waterfall is very powerful, but you can walk almost all the way up to it. It is very empowering to stand so close to a waterfall and feel the water in your face. You can also hike up the stairs that lay next to the waterfall to see the waterfall from above. You will also get great views of the South Coast of Iceland when you come to the top of the stairs.

Reynisfjara black sand beach

Black Sand Beach Tour, Reynisfjall and Reynisfjara - black sand beach in south Iceland Tours

The last stop of the day will be Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Reynisfjara is one of the top attractions in South Iceland and the most popular black sand beach in Iceland. Here you can see the massive waves, Reynisdrangar cliffs, and a basalt column cave. Reynisdrangar are two cliffs standing out from the sea. It is said that the two peaks are figures of two trolls caught in the sun and turned to stone.

We will end the day around Vík – one of the charming villages on the South Coast of Iceland

Accommodation of the nights: Hotel Geirland, Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vík village, Northern Lights hunting

Included: Breakfast at accommodation in Reykjavik, One night accommodation in Kirkjubæjarklaustur with private bathroom, Guided tour in a minibus, visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle, visit the most beautiful waterfalls on the South Coast

Day 3 – South Coast, Skaftafell National Park & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

On Day 3 we will continue along the South Coast of Iceland and into the glacial world of the country. We will drive towards Vatnajokull National Park where we will see a landscape that you have probably never seen before. Mountains covered with glaciers, glacier lagoons and black sand beaches and so much more will wait you on this day.

Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park - Glacier Hiking

Vatnajokull National Park - Svínafellsjokull glacier in Skaftafell Nature Reserve

We will start the day with driving towards Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park. On the way you will see Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, which is home to the infamous Katla Volcano. When we arrive at Skaftafell, you will discover Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. The glacier covers 8% of Iceland’s landmass. We will go on a 3-hour glacier hike on Vatnajokull glacier. A professional glacier guide will take you on the tour and tell you everything you might want to know about the glaciers of Iceland. The view from the glacier is magnificent.

Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Diamond Beach

Midnight sun and sunset at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

After the glacier hike in Skaftafell we will continue to some of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland. We will be visiting Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This is the most famous ice lagoon in the world, and it is breathtaking! The icebergs drop from Vatnajokull glacier into the lagoon and float around the lagoon. Many of the icebergs are huge but note that you can only see around 10% off them, so just imagine how deep the lagoon is. We will also walk over to the Diamond Beach. This is another famous black sand beach in Iceland, but this one is popular because of the crystal ice bergs that lay on the beach that look like diamonds. The beach is dotted with glittering blue and white icebergs that has washed ashore from the glacier lagoon.

We will continue on to Höfn village for the night. Höfn is known as the lobster capital of Iceland and is a small but charming village.

Accommodation of the nights: Hotel Höfn or similar

Highlights of the day: Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell, Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, The Diamond Beach, Höfn village, Svínafellsjökull glacier

Included: Breakfast at accommodation near Vík, One night accommodation in Höfn with private bathroom, Guided tour in a minibus, visit to the highlights of the South Coast, Glacier Hike on Vatnajokull Glacier, All glacier equipment for the glacier hike, certified glacier guide.

Day 4 – Eastfjords of Iceland

This day will take you to the East Fjords of Iceland. The East fjords are a less visited part of Iceland but still very beautiful. The nature is very untouched here and you will see some of the most beautiful mountains in the country.

Djúpivogur village

Djupivogur fishing village in east Iceland

We will drive towards Djúpivogur village. On the way we will see Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn Mountains as well as we will drive past Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides and Álftafjarðar Fjord.

We will make as top in Djúpivogur. Djúpivogur is a charming fishing town that has earned a reputation for its eco-conscious efforts and welcoming attitudes. Visit Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a 34-piece outdoor sculpture dedicated to the birdlife in the area. You can also visit the black beach or a museum when in Djúpivogur.

Hengifoss & Litlanesfoss Hike

Hengifoss waterfall in East Iceland

We will then continue our journey in direction of Egillstaðir. We will stop at Hengifoss waterfall. Hengifoss is the second highest waterfall in Iceland at 128 meters. We will be hiking up to Hengifoss so put on your hiking shoes and enjoy the magnificent views that will be on your way. On the trail we will also pass Litlanesfoss waterfall, a hidden gem that is probably one of the most unique waterfalls in the country. The waterfall is tucked between large basalt columns making it look very beautiful. Hengifoss is a very unique looking waterfall. You can se ash layers from an ancient volcanic eruption that make the rocks around the waterfall even more unique.

Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir town in East Iceland

We will end the day in Egilsstaðir, the capital of East Iceland, where we will spend the night in a country hotel in a great location to see the Northern Lights.

Accommodation of the nights: Hotel Valaskjálf or similar

Highlights of the day: Djúpivogur fishing village, Hengifoss waterfall, Litlanesfoss waterfall, Egilsstaðir

Included: Breakfast at hotel in Höfn, Exploring Djúpivogur village, Guided hike to Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfall, One night accommodation in Egilsstaðir with private bathroom.

Day 5 – Dettifoss, Mývatn, Goðafoss, Akureyri

Day 5 will be packed with magnificent sights and adventures. On this day you will see some of the most magnificent attractions in Iceland.

When we drive from Egilsstaðir in East Iceland we will head on to the wilderness of Iceland to reach Möðrudalur. Möðrudalur is the highest inhabited farm in Iceland at 469 meters above sea level. Here you can also find the highest coffee house in Iceland. We will drive through the “desert” of north Iceland and our first stop will be at Dettifoss waterfall.

Dettifoss

man standing in front of Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and it is a magnificent sight to see. You can walk very close to the waterfall, but always remember to be careful!

Myvatn - Námaskarð - Dimmuborgir

Mývatn Dimmuborgir lava field in north Iceland

Next, we will head on to Myvatn area. This day is devoted to exploring the serene vistas and iconic nature of the Myvatn area. There are so many beautiful attractions to explore in this area of Northern Iceland. We will wander around Námaskarð, a wonderland of steaming hot springs and bubbling craters. We will also take you to Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir lava fields. Dimmuborgir looks like a home to thousands of elves that live in the lava cliffs. Dimmuborgir is also known as the Dark Castles.

Myvatn Nature Baths

Myvatn Nature baths in north Iceland

After exploring Myvatn area we will head on to Myvatn Nature Baths, a mineral rich blue water that looks similar to the infamous Blue Lagoon. Bathing in the Nature Baths is an optional activity that you can add to your booking when booking the tour. If you choose to book this activity, you will be soaking in the hot alkaline water for some time. Relax and take in the beautiful and unique views from this location.

Goðafoss waterfall

Goðafoss Waterfall - North Iceland Travel Guide

We will be leaving Myvatn in the afternoon and head on to Akureyri for the night, but first we will visit Goðafoss waterfall. Goðafoss is a historic waterfall and one of the top attractions in North Iceland.

We will be spending the night in a hotel in Akureyri and hopefully we will be able to see the Northern Lights on that evening in North Iceland.

Highlights of the day: Dettifoss waterfall, Myvatn Lake, Námaskarð geothermal area, Hverfjall Crater, Dimmuborigr lava fields, Myvatn Nature Baths, Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri

Included: Breakfast at hotel in Egilsstaðir, Guided visit to all the highlights of North Iceland, One night in a hotel close to Akureyri with private bathroom.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar

Day 6 – Whale Watching, Siglufjörður, Tröllaskagi

Whale Watching

Dalvík whale watching

Day 6 is full of adventures. We will start the day with Whale Watching in the small fishing village of Dalvík. The views from the village and from the whale watching boat are beautiful over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. We will be joining a 3-hour whale watching tour to see humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and, on occasion, blue whales. This whale watching tour has a 98% chance of success rate so be prepared to see the whales swim around sea!

Siglufjörður

Siglufjordur village in North Iceland

After the whale watching tour, we will drive to Siglufjörður, one of the most charming towns in North Iceland. Siglufjörður is a small fishing village with a rich history. We will stroll around the small town and get to know the history and see the beautiful surroundings.

Tröllaskagi

We will drive along Tröllaksagi and see incredible ocean panoramas and magnificent mountains on the way. We will end the day in a country hotel in Laugarbakki – an ideal place to see the Northern Lights in the evening.

Highlights of the day: Akureyri, Whale Watching, Sea Angling, Dalvík, Siglufjörður,

Included: Breakfast at hotel in Akureyri, 3-hour whale watching tour, Sea Angling, Visit to Siglufjörður, One night in a hotel in Laugarbakki with private bathroom.

Accommodation: Hotel Laugarbakki or similar

Hraunfossar waterfalls in west Iceland, waterfall in the silver circle in Iceland

Day 7 – West Iceland – Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hraunfossar – Hvalfjörður – Northern Lights

Day 7 is the final day before we head back to Reykjavik. We will be exploring the West side of Iceland on this day. The West Iceland is not as much traveled as the South part of Iceland but it was recently voted as one of Lonely Planets best destination to visit.

Grábrók Crater

Grábrók volcano in west Iceland

The first stop of the day will be Grábrók Crater, an ancient volcanic crater formed by a fissure eruption and enveloped in lava. You will have a guided hike that leads you to a birds-eye view of the crater and surrounding area.

Hraunfossar & Barnafossar

Hraunfossar waterfalls in west Iceland, waterfall in the silver circle in Iceland

After our visit to Grábrók Crater we will keep on going to Hraunfossar waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a wide curatin of water made up of tiny rivulets that careen out of a lava field. It is one of the most popular attractions in West Iceland. Next to Hraunfossar we will see Barnafossar waterfalls, or the children’s falls. The waterfall is named for a tragic folktale.

Reykholt & Deildartunguhver

Snorralaug hot spring in west Iceland

Next on we will visit Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Reykholt is located nearby and there we will get to know some history, literature and see the home of Snorri Sturluson – a famous Icelandic saga writer and poet. We will see the natural pool of Snorralaug where Snorri is said to have bathed.

Hvalfjörður

Hvalfjörður fjord in west Iceland

We will drive back to Reykjavik, but we will take the longer route, through the scenic Hvalfjörður. Hvalfjörður is a fjord that is located close to Reykjavik, but not many travelers go there. The sights from the fjord are very beautiful!

Northern Lights Minibus Tour

northern lights in IcelandNorthern Lights Iceland | Iceland Travel Guide,

We will be back in Reykjavik around 5-6 pm. You will get a drop off at Reykjavik Lights Hotel but the day will not be over yet. In the evening we will pick you up again and take you on a minibus tour to hunt for the Northern Lights. Our Northern Lights expert guides will have checked the aurora forecast for the night and they will know exactly where the best place to marvel the spectacular northern lights will be! We will follow the forecast and take you to see the Northern Lights dance around the skies!

Highlights of the day: Borgarfjörður, Grábrók Crater, Hike up to Grábrók Volcanic Crater, Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall, Hraunfoss waterfall,

Reykholt

Northern Lights Bus Tour

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Guided visit to all the highlights of West Iceland, One night in a hotel in Reykjavik with private bathroom, Northern Lights Bus Tour

Accommodation: Reykjavik Lights or similar

Day 8 – Final Day in Reykjavik

On your final day you can stroll around the city to see all the beautiful attractions. Wander down new paths on foot or rent a bike. If you would like to see more of nature than the city life, you can easily reach some beautiful parts of Iceland from Reykjavik city. Take a bus to Mosfellsbær, Seltjarnarnes or Elliðarárdalur for waterfalls and mountain views. You can also visit the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens to see Iceland’s biodiversity. Next to the garden you can see the hot spring pools where women in Reykjavik used to do their laundry. Close by you can also find Iceland’s largest swimming pool, Laugardalslaug.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavik

Included: Breakfast at hotel in Reykjavik

northern lights above Reykjavik and Hallgrimskirkja church

Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area.
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable country hotels with breakfast and private bathroom.
  • 8 Days Guided sightseeing to all the best locations around the Ring Road of Iceland & Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons and ice axe.
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Small groups
  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus

Highlights

Hraunfossar waterfalls in west Iceland, waterfall in the silver circle in Iceland

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather
  • Waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Warm clothes
  • Warm socks
  • Gloves & Headwear
  • Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks on the way.
  • Age limit for Glacier Hike is 8 years old.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The Ice cave that will be visited on this tour is 100% natural and always changing. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent them at the time of booking. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 
  • The minimum age bar to join the tour is 8 years for the hiking and ice caving part. If children below 8 years are on the trip then one adult will have to stay with them while the group completes these activities.

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