The Secret Lagoon and The Northern Lights: A Perfect Combo
Iceland, which is located at the confluence of the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic, never fails to surprise travelers with the extreme geological contrasts, floating icebergs, diamond beach, black sand, the panoramic views of the waterfalls, geysers, and volcanoes. And if you think this all that Iceland has, then you are missing out on one more thing that has been nearly on every traveler’s bucket list and that is The Northern Lights and The Hot Springs! A relaxing trip to the Secret Lagoon followed by an unforgettable experience of the aurora borealis against the dark sky. When in Iceland, nothing seems better than visiting the hot springs and witnessing the most beautiful creation of nature. Let’s dive further and know about the destination and the natural phenomenon.
Relaxation and Open-Air Bathing Experience at The Secret Lagoon
The Secret Lagoon or Gamla Laugin, located nearby village of Flúðir in South Iceland, is fed by the nearby mineral-rich naturally occurring hot springs and has a temperature of 38° to 40°, which makes it perfect for bathing and relaxation. Drool over in the open-air bathing experience. You will see boardwalks and footpaths, surrounding the concrete enclosed pool to allow easy walking around the pool. This is indeed one of the most popular spots in Iceland for tourists. You will be provided with neat and clean changing facilities, locker rooms and showers too. Don’t forget to carry your swimsuit and towels for the hot spring.
Chasing The Northern Lights
A hot spring bath must have rejuvenated you enough to head towards a new adventure, which is the hunting of Aurora Borealis. Coming back to Reykjavik, to start with another exciting journey, the hunt for elusive Dancing Lights begins. Your guide will scout for the most appropriate viewing spots to enhance the experience and lets you see the amazing bands of green, blue, red, or sometimes pink too. Once you spot the Northern Lights, you will see numerous bands of neon green across the sky, fluttering over you with changing positions. This is a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t miss out on this!
Road trip transportation
Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
Buffet style dinner at Restaurant Grund in Flúðir Village
Hotel pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik
Northern Lights tour
Free WiFi on the bus
Northern Lights Expert
Hotel drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavik
What to bring
Good outdoor shoes
Gloves & Hat
Warm & waterproof clothes
Tripod if you have one
Good to know
- Towel and swimsuit are not included but can be rented at the Secret Lagoon.
- Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon – no one can guarantee sightings
- A complimentary return tour is NOT available for this tour if no Northern Lights are seen
- Restrooms available at most of the tour stops.
- Please present your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure.
- Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
- This tour is only available with a pick up from Reykjavik.
- You can bring snacks and beverages on the tour if you like.
- We are working with Iceland’s most talented Northern lights hunters to find the best places every night. It is never a guaranteed that we will see northern lights, however, we do our best to maximize our chances by picking the best locations. Since it is never guaranteed to see aurora, we will make sure you get the chance to see them.
Most frequent questions and answers
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour.
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:
Check in at Gray Line Bus Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon – no one can guarantee sightings
Since this tour includes a trip to the Secret Lagoon & dinner, a complimentary return tour is NOT available for this tour if no Northern Lights are seen
You need to have a clear night to see the aurora borealis, and so, it’s not guaranteed you will see them every night.
You can see the northern lights in Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Norway, and other places in the world. It is important to keep in mind that the polar latitudes have the best view of the northern lights. Anywhere above or north of the magnetic 55º with low light pollution is a good place to catch the lights. The 55th parallel north runs through northern parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.
Northern lights season (the time when they are most likely to be visible) lasts from late August to late April in Iceland. As for how long they last, when they appear in the night sky can vary significantly from just a few minutes up to hours at a time. During those few minutes to hours, the lights can also vary in intensity.
Outside of the city lights, with a bright dark sky.
You can easily book a Northern Lights tour with us, where we take you to the best spot out of Reykjavík to watch the aurora borealis.
Admission price includes access to the hot springs bathing area and changing facilities with lockers and showers.
The Secret Lagoon is located in the fertile countryside of South Iceland, while the Blue Lagoon is in the middle of a lava field. The Secret Lagoon has clear geothermally heated water. The Blue Lagoon, on the other side, has milky blue geothermally heated water that contains algae and silica and other minerals. The Secret Lagoon is simple and quiet and local, while the Blue Lagoon is much bigger and more elaborate and offers steam rooms and spa services
Yes, we recommend booking in advance, since the capacity at Secret Lagoon is limited.
The water has approximately 38-40°C.
Secret Lagoon is not very deep, it is approximately 1 meter (2-3 feet) deep.
No, Secret Lagoon closes at 20:00 during the wintertime and at 22:00 during summertime. After closing, there is no access.
Yes, you can rent swimsuits and towels at the Secret Lagoon.