Slip on your favorite jacket and get ready for this fabulous, wholesome tour of the south coast where you will get to see every popular attraction ranging from glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls to black sand beaches and cute little villages. This south coast tour ends with an added silver (more like neon blue and green) lining known as the northern lights. So, pack your day pack and set out with us on one of the most incredible journeys of Iceland and come back with your cameras filled with incredible pictures of the glorious landscapes of Iceland and hearts filled with thrill, memories, and happiness.
Starting with the Waterfalls
The first stop on this journey will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall which is popular for an accessible hidden passage or cave behind it that offers a completely different view of the landscape. On the way to your first destination, if the day is clear, you will spot Eyjafjalljökull Volcano covered with glacial ice rising from behind the coastal mountains at the base, Hekla volcano and finally the group of islands known as the Westman Islands (a very popular place for puffin watching in the southern part of the country). After Seljalandsfoss, the tour will make a stop at Skógafoss waterfall where you will climb the staircase beside the waterfall and reach the top of it to enjoy the view from both the bottom and the top.
Off to the Glacier and the Beach
After spending some time with the waterfalls, you will head to Sólheimajökull glacier to admire the beauty and grace of that larger than life glacier. You will also make an additional stop at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. The beach looks like a beautiful monochrome-themed painting with the foamy white waves of the ocean crashing into the black sand beach. You will also be able to spot some beautiful basalt columns stacked on the beach and giant basalt column cave that accompanies them. The whole aura of the place is both calming and exciting at the same time.
Vibrant Vík – The Last Stop
Vík í Mýrdal will be your final stop in this tour of the south coast – the southernmost settlement of Iceland. Even though only 219 people inhabit the village, it is one of the largest settlements in the country spread across an area of about 70 kilometers. You find some beautiful little bakeries and restaurants in this village along with colorful houses, heartwarming locals, and a red-ceiling church. After the tour of the village, you will head back to the capital with your group and the guide.
Northern Lights – The Final Showdown
The search for the northern lights will begin at the fall of the night if the weather allows. Note that aurora can only be spotted in a clear winter sky which is sometimes not the case. Our special team of experts will analyze the weather conditions and make plans according to so, you have nothing to worry about. Once the tour start, we will find a suitable open area where northern lights are fully visible for your enjoyment. There will be enough time for you to take commemorative and social media-worthy snaps. Since, this whole expedition will take place on a winter night in an open field with a possibility of high-velocity winds, make sure that you are well-covered in plenty of warm layers.
About the South Coast & Northern Lights Tour
Your pick up point or boarding point will be Reykjavik Terminal at Skógarhlíð Terminal. Ensure that you reach the spot 15 minutes before your boarding time with a copy of your ticket – either printed or digital. If you have booked a hotel pickup then please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before your boarding time. Our experienced guides will keep you company during the whole journey – both parts – so that you can enjoy yourself without worrying about extra details. A Smart bus will be used as your travel arrangement which comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, a USB charging point, and a tablet guide with GPS and other instructions in 10 different languages – installed on every seat separately. All you need to do sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages
Professional Local Guide
Sightseeing and admission to the sights
Free use of camera tripod
Photo memory of you and the northern lights (when aurora can be seen)
Wi-Fi & USB-charger for ever seat
Free use of astronomical telescope, for moon and stargazing
Instructions about how to set up your camera to capture northern lights and the night sky
Photo memory of you and the northern lights (when aurora can be seen)
What to bring
Good outdoor shoes
Warm & waterproof clothes
Gloves & Hat
Tripod if you have one
Good to know
- This tour has in bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages – English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish.
- This tour is operated in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people. The coach is very spacious and comfortable. It is featured with lavatory facilities as standard. The bus offers free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.
- Lunch is not included in the tour. There are stops in Hvolsvöllur, Reynisfjara, and Vík where you can buy food and drinks. After the Golden Circle tour we recommend taking the time to grab dinner in Reykjavík before we pick you up for the Northern Lights Tour
- This tour is only available with a pick up from Reykjavik.
- You can bring snacks and beverages on the tour if you like.
- We only have a few tripods and many people come on the tours, if you own please bring it along.
- If you go on the tour and do not see the northern lights, you may re-book the tour and continue coming back on subsequent tours until you have a night of successful northern lights.
- If during your stay in Iceland the northern lights portion of the tour is cancelled due to bad weather and you have no subsequent chance to reschedule, then this portion the tour will be refunded.
- The Northern Lights are only visible over the winter months and departures are highly dependent on weather conditions. If you are traveling to Iceland during the summer time, you can join the South Coast part of the tour.
- The Northern light tour is available from the 1st of October to 31st of March, every day at 21:00. From approximately the 15th of August to 30th of September & 1st of April to the 25th of April at 22:00. Departures are highly dependent on weather.
- Total travelling time is around 13 hours in total including around 3 hours for northern lights part of the tour.
- You can grab a dinner in Reykjavik between the south coast part of the tour and the northern lights part.
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.
Please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.
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:
Please show up at Reykjavik Terminal – Skógarhlíð 10, 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
The tours stops a minimum 30 minutes at Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park.
Approximately 3 hours.
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
If you go on the tour and do not see the northern lights, you may re-book the tour and continue coming back on subsequent tours until you have a night of successful northern lights.
There are stops in Hvolsvöllur, Reynisfjara, and Vík where you can buy food and drinks.
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks on the tour.
There is a break of around 3 hours in Reykjavík between the Golden Circle Tour and the Northern Lights Tour.
We recommend that you grab a dinner between the tours.
Scheduled departures for the northern lights part of the tour is:
- From 24th of August to the 15th of October at 22:00
- From 15th of March until the 15th of April at 22:00
- From15 October to 14 March at 20:00 or 21:00
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish