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8 Day - Iceland Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights, Golden Circle, Myvatn, Hot Springs, Waterfalls & Glacier Lagoon

Multi-day Tours

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  • What's included
  • Interactive map
  • South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
  • Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
  • Crystal Ice Cave
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Mývatn (Myvatn)
  • Whale Watching in Dalvík
  • The Diamond Beach

Enjoy the city lights of Reykjavik before you head out into the countryside to see the Northern Lights. This tour is ideal for travelers looking to see all the diverse landscapes the country has to offer!

Strap on your hiking boots as we travel the Golden Circle, hike impressive volcanoes, and trek across glaciers. We take you out to sea to hunt the aurora borealis, go whale watching and try your hand at sea angling.

Make the most of your time in Iceland with these bucket-list adventures!

Snæfellsnes – West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

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Excellent tours and the best guide Biggi!

I've joined the 8 Days tour to hunt Northern Lights that included the ring road around Iceland with the guide Biggi. Every thing was very well organized - small group of 18 beautiful people; the accomodation was very good and the stuff friendly; the bus comfortable with wi fi on board and plugs to charge the phones if needed; the itinerary was covering the main highlights and even though parts of the tours were cancelled because of bad weather we had the possibility to re-book for free; the best was Biggi - an experienced driver as we arrived always safety at each destination even in times of snow storm and an excellent guide who fulfilled our journey with great stories about his country and great music on board. He managed perfectly the time at each destination in order to enjoy every landscape and the amazing nature surrounding us...

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What's included

  • Hotel room with private bathroom (7 nights)
  • Breakfast each morning at hotel
  • Guided minibus tour
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park
  • Glacier Hike or visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • Free photos with the Northern Lights

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Good hiking boots are recommended

Not Included

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Embark on a memorable tour that will take you to the best of Iceland’s highlights. You’ll see waterfalls, hot springs, ancient volcanoes and more on this 8-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Each evening on the road, you’ll spend the night in a country hotel for a chance to glimpse the elusive Northern Lights!

Reykjavík  Reykjavík is a bustling metropolis where city life meets nature. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, this urban hub ranks as one of the cleanest, greenest and safest metropolitan areas on Earth. You’ll have a free day i...)

Reykjavík is a bustling metropolis where city life meets nature. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, this urban hub ranks as one of the cleanest, greenest and safest metropolitan areas on Earth.

You’ll have a free day in Reykjavik and in the evening, a boat tour to hunt the Northern Lights!

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a major highlight of this tour. Throughout the tour, you’ll have multiple chances to see the emerald lights. 

During your first and last night in  Reykjavik , we offer short Northern Lights excursions with expert aurora guides. Hop on a boat tour  from  Old Harbor  and sail under dark clear skies or bump along rugged terrain on a minibus tour  outside the city. Both tours take you far from the city lights, perfect conditions to witness this glowing solar display 

On our tour around  the Ring Road , each night we stay at a remote countryside hotel far from light pollution. Step outside your room on a clear evening and you might find the sky lit up with green auroras. 

Each day, our aurora experts scout out the best viewing spots and check the aurora forecasts to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.  

Even with ideal conditions sometimes the northern lights aren’t visible. If you won't be able to see the Aurora Borealis during this tour, we will provide the voucher which will give you the opportunity to join one of our Northern Lights evening tours (without any fees, the voucher is valid for one year).

Golden Circle 

The Golden Circle is the most popular route for tourists to Iceland.

We first stop at  Gullfoss   (“the golden falls”), where a narrow winding path leads you to the main stage of the two-tiered waterfall. Located in the mammoth Hvítá river canyon, the cascade begins at the Langjökull glacier and leads into dramatic cascades down Gullfoss. 

Then we’ll head to the world-famous vistas of  Thingvellir National Park . In 2004, Þingvellir National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geological, cultural, and historic significance. 

On this spot, the oldest surviving parliament in the world was founded in 930 CE. And history isn’t the only noteworthy feature in Þingvellir ! Here you can also stand between two continents at the point where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.

On the last leg, witness Iceland’s most active geysers at  Geysir Geothermal Area . Strokkur Geyser shoots water 40 meters in the air every 10 minutes.

South Coast 

Iceland’s South Coast is a shining example of the country’s contrasting landscapes. 

The  Reynisfjara black sand beach   is an unmissable attraction in the region. Covered in ink-black sand and lined with basalt sea stacks, this unusual beach was voted one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by National Geographic. 

Your next stop is  Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon  and its famous floating icebergs. A short walk from the lagoon takes you to the magnificent  Diamond Beach , where clusters of white and blue icebergs span across the black sand. 

East Fjords 

Bask in the warmth of Iceland’s sunniest region and glimpse spectacular wildlife in the East Fjords. Herds of wild reindeer graze along Iceland’s east coastline! 

We’ll also stop by the fairytale fishing village of Djúpivogur. 

Lake Mývatn & North Coast

The crowning glory of North Iceland is turquoise Lake Mývatn. Dip your toe in the geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. 

Swing by Dimmuborgir's curious rock formations and take in the cool volcanic scenery around Krafla Caldera and Víti Volcano. 

Ocean views and marine wildlife provide an idyllic setting for North Iceland’s fishing villages. Sail away on a whale-watching adventure to see humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and even blue whales. 

West Iceland

Lonely Planet voted West Iceland a top destination of 2016 for its stunning natural attractions. Look no further than Borgarfjörður Valley for a snapshot of what makes the region so popular. 

Borgarfjörður  is an agricultural haven brimming with horses, sheep, and geothermal greenhouses. 

Immerse yourself in the fuming waters of  Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe . The spring pumps out 180 liters (47 gallons)  per second and reaches 100°C (212 °F). 

As the final stop, you’ll get to visit West Iceland’s two most famous waterfalls: Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. After a day of sightseeing in this diverse region, we head back to Reykjavik for our final day. 

Day 1 — Free Day In Reykjavik - Northern Lights Boat Tour

Your journey begins in the lively capital of Reykjavík. Your hotel is centrally located, providing easy access to the best museums, galleries, shopping areas, restaurants, and historic landmarks.  Walk along the offbeat Laugavegur shopping street, on...)

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Your journey begins in the lively capital of Reykjavík. Your hotel is centrally located, providing easy access to the best museums, galleries, shopping areas, restaurants, and historic landmarks. 

Walk along the offbeat Laugavegur shopping street, one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik. Satisfy your culture craving at one of the city’s excellent museums, such as the National Museum, the Reyjavík Museum of Photography, or the Culture House. For a more eccentric cultural experience, check out the Phallological Museum, which began as one collector’s strange hobby and evolved into the world’s only museum on the subject. 

Catch a birds-eye view of Reykjavík from the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, inspired by Svartifoss Waterfall at Skaftafell. When the sun goes down, dive into the vibrant nightlife of the capital. 

Later you will get the opportunity to hunt for the magical Northern Lights of Iceland on a boat tour! Set course for pitch-black skies, the perfect setting for the emerald light show. An expert aurora guide tells you everything you could wish to know about the lights.

You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Reykjavik.

Day Highlights

  • The cultural wonders of Reykjavík
  • Northern Lights boat tour
  • Today you choose your highlights!
  • One night accommodation in Reykavík
  • Private bathroom

Accommodation

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Reykjavik Lights Hotel

Day 2 — golden circle and south coast.

On day 2, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head straight for Iceland’s most iconic attractions.  We start at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park and absorb its geological, historical and cultural impact. This is the site w...)

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On day 2, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head straight for Iceland’s most iconic attractions. 

We start at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park and absorb its geological, historical and cultural impact. This is the site where the historic Icelandic Parliament, Alþing, was founded in 930 CE. This governmental body is the oldest existing democratic parliament in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the spot where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. 

The adventure gains steam as we head to Geysir Geothermal Area. This is the home of the famous Great Geysir, the hot spring that gave us the English word “geyser.” Witness the spectacle of Strokkur, the area’s most active geyser. Scorching water bursts from Strokkur every 5 to 10 minutes.

The final stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss Waterfall, or “the golden falls.”’ Observe the golden mists that surrounds the waterfall and the chaotic Hvítá river that crashes below. 

On the way to your hotel in the area near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we’ll stop at two other stunning waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both falls stand 196 ft (60 m)  high but possess their own distinct features. Skógafoss cascades peacefully from former sea cliffs. Seljalandsfoss hides a secret pathway that leads behind the falls, offering adventurers a rare view of nature.

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Hotel with private bathroom near Vík
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
  • Visit the most famous South Coast waterfalls

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Hótel Geirland

Day 3 — vík - skaftafell - glacier lagoon - höfn.

We continue along the South Coast route to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Just offshore, catch a peek at the majestic Reynisdrangar peaks that shoot out of the sea.  We then leave the beach behind and head for icy glaciers. Embark on a thre...)

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon during Winter in Iceland

We continue along the South Coast route to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach . Just offshore, catch a peek at the majestic Reynisdrangar peaks that shoot out of the sea. 

We then leave the beach behind and head for icy glaciers. Embark on a three-hour hike glacier hike at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park . Discover Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, which covers 8% of Iceland’s landmass. We replace the glacier hike with a magical journey through the  Crystal Ice Cave from October 11 to April.

Along the way, witness the jaw-dropping Mýrdalsjökull Glacier , home to the infamous Katla Volcano. Mt. Katla isn’t the only fire spitfire in the region. You also will see her neighbor, the notorious Eyjafjalljökull. 

We depart from the fire and return to the ice at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon , the most famous ice lagoon in the world. Behold crystalline blue ice-floes as they meander through the lagoon. Then we’ll walk over to Diamond Beach. Another coastline with coal-black sands, this beach is dotted with glittering blue and white icebergs washed ashore by the tide. 

Your accommodation for the evening will be in the Höfn area, a quaint town known as the lobster capital of Iceland.

  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
  • Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
  • Breakfast at hotel near Vík
  • Visit to Reynisfjara
  • Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier (April - Oct)
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Visit to Crystal Ice Cave (Oct 11 - April)
  • Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
  • One night accommodation in Höfn

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Day 4 — East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir

Today’s journey takes us to the picturesque East Fjords. As we drive through the eastern countryside, we’ll pass the diverse scenery of Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides, and Álftafjarðar Fjord.  Our first stop is the charming fishing town of Djúpiv...)

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Today’s journey takes us to the picturesque East Fjords. As we drive through the eastern countryside, we’ll pass the diverse scenery of Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides, and Álftafjarðar Fjord. 

Our first stop is the charming fishing town of Djúpivogur. This traditional community has earned a reputation for its eco-conscious efforts and welcoming attitudes. Djúpivogur may be quaint, but it also has fascinating cultural spots. 

Explore museums, parks, and sculptures. Make sure to check out the famous Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a 34-piece outdoor sculpture dedicated to the area’s birdlife. 

We will finish the day by soaking in geothermal  Vök Baths surrounded by the amazing scenery of Lake Urriðavatn, they are distinguished by their modern design and the only floating infinity pools in Iceland. Enjoy hot baths there is an optional extra, which you can do at your own cost, please make sure to book it as an extra during the booking process.

Finally, we make our way to Egilsstaðir, where you’ll spend the night in a country hotel.

  • Djúpivogur Fishing Village
  • The town of Egilsstaðir
  • Vök Baths (optional)
  • Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
  • Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
  • One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir

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Hotel Valaskjalf

Day 5 — stuðlagil canyon - dettifoss - mývatn - godafoss - akureyri.

Day 5 is devoted to the serene vistas and iconic nature of North Iceland.   From Egilsstaðir we forge through the wilderness to reach Stuðlagil Canyon, one of the world’s most enchanting basalt rock formations and head over the wilderness around Möðr...)

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Day 5 is devoted to the serene vistas and iconic nature of North Iceland.  

From Egilsstaðir we forge through the wilderness to reach Stuðlagil Canyon, one of the world’s most enchanting basalt rock formations and head over the wilderness around  Möðrudalur , the highest farm in Iceland for generations and now the highest inhabited place and restaurant, at 469 m.

Our first nature stop is Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. You’ll be in awe of the intense roaring waters, another example of Iceland’s ferocious beauty. 

Next, we head to mystical Lake Mývatn. We’ll wander just outside the lake to Námaskarð, a wonderland of steaming oases and bubbling craters. For more fiery views we take you to the Dimmuborgir lava formations, also known as the Dark Castles.

Our last stop before we continue to Eyjafjörður is Goðafoss, a historic waterfall. You’ll spend the night at Berjaya Iceland Hotels.

  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Mývatn Lake
  • Námaskarð geothermal area
  • Dimmuborgir formations
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Stuðlagil Canyon
  • Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
  • Guided visit to all the highlights
  • Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
  • One night at a hotel close to Akureyri

Day 6 — Whale Watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Laugarbakki

Day 6 takes you to the traditional fishing village of Dalvík. The town has a bustling harbor and stunning views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island.  Your adventure highlight is a three-hour whale-watching tour from Dalvík harbor. Marvel at majestic h...)

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Day 6 takes you to the traditional fishing village of Dalvík. The town has a bustling harbor and stunning views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. 

Your adventure highlight is a three-hour whale-watching tour from Dalvík harbor. Marvel at majestic humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and, on occasion, blue whales. Dalvik whale-watching tours have a 98% success rate!

Next, we drive to Siglufjörður, a quaint fishing village with a rich history. In the early 20th century, life in the town exploded when the small, isolated community became known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. 

You'll ride along Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) and pass incredible ocean panoramas and mountains. Get an inside look at daily life in tight-knit, isolated Icelandic villages when you visit Siglufjörður.

Your accommodation for the night will be in Laugarbakki.

  • Akureyri - Capital of the North
  • Whale Watching from Dalvík
  • Siglufjörður Fishing Village
  • Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
  • Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
  • 3 hour Whale Watching sail tour
  • Opportunity to try out sea angling
  • Visit to Siglufjörður
  • One night at a hotel

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Hotel Laugarbakki

Day 7 — borgarfjörður - reykholt - hraunfossar - hvalfjörður - reykjavík - magical auroras.

The final day before we return to Reykjavik features the phenomenal sites of West Iceland.  Lonely Planet voted this region one of their best destinations in 2016 and it remains a traveler favorite.  Your first stop is at Grábrók, an ancient volcanic...)

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The final day before we return to Reykjavik features the phenomenal sites of West Iceland.  Lonely Planet voted this region one of their best destinations in 2016 and it remains a traveler favorite. 

Your first stop is at Grábrók, an ancient volcanic crater formed by a fissure eruption and enveloped in lava. Your guide leads you on a hike to a birds-eye view of the crater and surrounding area. 

You’ll also see the fascinating Hraunfossar cascade, a wide curtain of water made up of tiny rivulets that careen out of a lava field. Then we’ll stop at  Barnafoss waterfall, or “the children’s falls,” named for a tragic folktale. The next point of interest is Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.  

History, literature, and nature meet in Reykholt, home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic saga writer and poet. Gaze into the natural pool of Snorralaug, where Snorri is said to have bathed. 

Our ride back to Reykjavík takes us through the scenic Hvalfjörður (“whale fjord”).  We arrive back in the city at approximately 5 – 6 pm and drop off you at a hotel in Reykjavik.

Once you’re back in the city, leave the bright lights behind on a hunt for the Northern Lights. Our minibus tour takes you deep into the wilderness for the best views of the aurora. Our expert guides check the aurora forecast to find the best place to marvel at this spectacular light phenomenon.

  • Borgarfjörður
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Barnafoss Waterfall
  • Hraunfossar Waterfall
  • Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
  • Northern Lights bus tour
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
  • Visit to the historic sight of Reykholt
  • Drop off in Reykjavík
  • One night at a hotel in Reykjavík

Day 8 — Final Day In Reykjavik

We return to Reykjavík for one last chance to explore the vibrant capital. Wander down new paths on foot or by bike. Haven’t had your fill of Iceland’s natural scenery? Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær are both mountain-view peninsulas easily reached by...)

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We return to Reykjavík for one last chance to explore the vibrant capital. Wander down new paths on foot or by bike. Haven’t had your fill of Iceland’s natural scenery? Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær are both mountain-view peninsulas easily reached by bus from Reykjavik.

Visit the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens for a snapshot of Iceland’s biodiversity. Discover the hot spring pools where women in Reykjavík used to do their laundry. These impressive gardens grow next to Laugardalslaug, Iceland’s largest swimming pool. 

Whether you want to take in more nature, shop, relax in coffee shops or restaurants, check out another museum, or embark on one final day trip – it’s up to you!

  • Reykjavík delights - your choice!
  • Breakfast at hotel/guest house in Reykjavík

Please note

Solo travelers are required to choose the single room supplement when booking if they want a guaranteed private room. If the single room fee is not paid, they might be roomed with another solo traveler of the same gender. Sometimes we may need to ch...)

  • Solo travelers are required to choose the single room supplement when booking if they want a guaranteed private room. If the single room fee is not paid, they might be roomed with another solo traveler of the same gender.
  • Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Glacier outlets used on this tour include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, all amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful. From October 11 to April, we replace the glacier hike with a journey through the Crystal Ice Cave.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal for spotting the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake-up call up on request if the lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon; therefore, we can unfortunately never promise they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!). For more information on the Northern Lights, please look at our blog about   Northern Lights .

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starting by using our customer portal - My Adventures , or contacting our customer care .

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs). If you have more or heavier luggage with you, you will need to book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive, there is a small fee for using this facility. Luggage storage in Reykjavík can be added during the booking process of your order in the extras section.

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multi-day tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

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One bus got stuck because a driver decided to try and drive over an icy bump. We are still here at 12:41 and there is no solution in sight. We are not the bus in trouble, but the tour guide and driver are trying to rally us to help and ignore the fact that we are currently waiting here on a bus in the middle of nowhere. This is not the experience we paid for. This is very unacceptable.

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Dear patbE7303RO, Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent Northern Lights tour. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and frustration caused by the unexpected situation during your tour. At this time of the year, with the winter conditions and heavy snowfall, our tours can sometimes encounter challenges such as icy roads and parking lots. We regret to hear that one of our buses got stuck due to an icy bump. Please rest assured that safety is our top priority, and our drivers are trained to navigate these conditions safely. We understand how disappointing it must have been to experience a delay while waiting for a solution. However, please know that as soon as the issue was identified, we promptly dispatched a spare bus to assist the affected customers. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time, especially considering the late hour. Your feedback is invaluable to us as we continually strive to improve our services and ensure that all our guests have a pleasant and memorable experience. If you have any further concerns or would like to discuss this matter further, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly at [email protected]. We are here to assist you in any way we can. Kind regards, Andrius

Wow This really was such a fantastic experience for me and my family. It was actually the second golden circle tour I took; the first was with a different operator. Matt, our tour guide, was exceptional - very informative and entertaining all along the way, with a natural affinity for people and a clear love of this beautiful country. He certainly took time to go the extra mile to research the sights and ensure we got the most from every stop. Not surprisingly, I learned far more from him than when I was on a similar tour from a different operator years ago. Due to his enthiusiasm and love for Iceland, I will rememeber this tour for years to come - my whole family agreed that along with the beauty of the scenic Golden Circle attractions, this tour was the highlight of our trip! Thanks Matt! Awesome tour!

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Great tour guide and got us to each destination safely, as the weather was pretty bad, but great day out although a very long day

We joined the glacier lagoon and south coast tour and it was such an amazing experience! Not only did we see breathtaking sights but we also had a lot of fun and learned so much about Iceland. Matt is a great guide, so entertaining: 14 hours flew by! A big thanks to Paco too for driving us around safely.

We were able to see the Nothern Lights. Ritchie and Euge were very clear in the reason why selected the spot, explaining how to set up the camaras for the best photos, setting up a fire to keep us warm and taking us safely to the viewing spot and back to the picking point. The show of the lights was amazing and it was an unforgetable night.

We had the Golden circle,Fridheimar and sky lagoon tour.Our driver,Siggi was the absolute best.He took the time too learn the names of every person in our group.He is very knowledgeable about all the places we visited and told us some great tales about Icelandic legends and the country itself. He is such a funny guy,made us all laugh with his tales. I would highly recommend this company and definately Siggi.Top man

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David was awesome he explained the culture, kept us safe and we had fun. Definitely came back and told others about the tour.

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Totally worthy! Price and experience ratio is above my expectations. Erla, our guide, provided us a lot of historical info about Iceland and also load of good travel tips for our next days in Iceland. Totally recommend to travel with Troll and Guide to Iceland. Thanks for this great experience!

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Excellent tour. Joao was a fantastic tour guide. Saw lots of interesting sites. The hike up the glacier was tough but worth it.

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The trip of a lifetime! If I could give 1/2 stars, I’d actually give it 4.5 - because one of our tours got swapped and we weren’t told. But even so, every excursion we did was great, the guides were fantastic, and the accommodations were 5/5! All the itineraries were provided and easy to follow. Stress free, hassle free, and easy to accommodate changes that came up.

What are the Northern Lights?

The northern lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, are phenomena that occur at high latitudes when solar particles ionise as they enter the earth's atmosphere, appearing in the night sky in the form of waving ribbons of colour. These ‘ribbons’ have captivated their viewers for centuries, bringing about defying awe and unspeakable mystery.

The northern lights are, in fact, occurring throughout the year, yet it is only during the dark winter nights that they become visible to the human eye. This is, naturally, what makes northern light hunting one of the most popular winter activities in Iceland. You can partake in numerous tours that take you to the best northern lights spotting locations, such as an affordable Northern Lights Bus Tour that takes you far away from the city's light-pollution, or a Northern Lights Boat Cruise that allows you to witness the auroras out on the open sea. Outside of Scandinavia, it is only possible to go northern light hunting in such places as Alaska, northern Canada and Siberia. 

Modern scientific understanding of the northern lights did not mature until the 1880's when researchers discovered their connection to solar activity. Further study, seventy years later, would deepen this revelation, with new breakthroughs made in the knowledge that electrons and protons travel to earth on a ‘solar wind’. Today, research is ongoing into the northern lights as we further our understanding of deep space and our connection to it.

The northern lights have long been known to the Scandinavian people, inspiring some of the greatest and longstanding tales to have ever come out of Norse Mythology.

One of the most prominent of these relates to Ragnarök, a great future battle that, as foretold, will see the world submerged in water, and a significant number of the Gods dead, including the likes of Odin, Thor and Loki. After the events of Ragnarök, it is said that the world will be born anew, strengthening the ancient themes of birth, death and rebirth.

To prepare for this battle, Odin, the Chieftain of Asgard, would summon his most prized warriors, the Valkyries, female battle-maidens who rode on horseback carrying spears and shields. Ancient stories would surmise that the northern lights were a reflection of this Valkyrian armour.

Another widely spoken about interpretation is that the aurora was the ‘Bifrost Bridge’, a rainbow walkway that led deceased warriors into the glorious, glowing halls of Valhalla.

To the Icelandic Vikings, the aurora was a phenomenon to be celebrated, a popular trend that has continued to this day with countless Northern Lights tours taking place across the land of Ice and Fire. Neighbouring Scandinavians, however, were less than trustful.

Many Norse people, such as the indigenous Finno-Ugric people, the Sámi, felt that the lights were to be feared. Believing these dancing green, red and yellow light waves to be the souls of the dead, the Sámi were careful to never show any sign of disrespect towards the lights, be that whistling beneath them, singing, talking or even waving them to them.

It is said, that those who fail to heed these warnings will be pulled up into the sky, forever trapped among these nocturnal spirits. Due to this slumbering myth, it is thought that some Sámi people, even today, will not go outside when the northern lights dance above.

It is perhaps the Finnish who have the most beautiful allegory for the auroras, believing them to be created by the arctic fox, an animal that just so happens to be Iceland’s only native mammal. The Finnish name for the aurora translates to “Fire Fox”, a direct reference to the ethereal fox that would dash so quickly across the night sky that his tail would brush against the mountains, thus causing a vast and colourful outburst of sparks.

Still, another interpretation of the Arctic fox story differs somewhat, and provides some justification on the part of an ancient people as to why the lights only appeared in winter; instead of sparks, the fox’ tail was thought to have kicked up snowflakes into the air which then caught the light of the moon.

When it comes down to the folklore of Iceland particularly, it was believed that the northern lights helped to soothe the pain of childbirth, though women who had yet to give birth were warned not to look at them directly, in fear that the child would be born cross-eyed.

During your visit in Iceland, you have the option of seeing the northern lights on your own. But should you want to view them from the best spots, far away from the light-pollution of human settlements, you would be well advised to take a northern lights tour, in which a knowledgeable guide tells you all there is to know about this fantastic phenomenon.

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We’d highly recommend using Heimir at Aurora Experts – Iceland. He had a small group guarantee, is so knowledgeable on the island, the lights and so much more. He had some Icelandic treats for us to sample while we were waiting for activity including some much needed hot chocolate. We could tell it was as fun for him as it was us. So happy we booked with him instead of one of the big tour groups. The personal service was unforgettable!

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Unreal experience Aurora Experts in Iceland, the enthusiasm of the tour guide on was amazing, they really want us to had the best experience ever, they had jumpsuits to keep us warm which was a lifesaver and they had traditional Icelandic food. They also took amazing photos of us all, and the overall experience was incredible. Cannot recommend it enough. They let us stay for as long as we wanted, and that also made the experience even more enjoyable. it was AMAZING, lifetime experience.

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This tour was absolutely incredible! Heimir stayed in constant contact with us throughout the week on weather conditions and the best day/time to see the lights. We were able to see the lights and had amazing pictures of us taken. Despite it being cold, they provided extremely warm overalls that kept us comfortable and even brought traditional Icelandic foods for us to try which were amazing! They let us stay as long as we wanted so we could really enjoy the moment. This experience was top of my bucket list, and I highly recommend Heimer and Aurora Experts – Iceland for all future Northern Lights Tours!

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These guys are amazing!! Heimir had excellent communication with our group to make sure we had the best chance of seeing the lights. The whole experience was perfect. We saw the lights and got wonderful professional photos! They also make sure everyone is warm with the provided jumpsuits. We will definitely book with Heimir the next time we’re in Iceland.

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Our group of 7 had the absolute best time!! We were thrilled to find a personalized experience and were blown away with the communication with Heimir prior to our tour and our overall tour! I felt like I couldn’t have trusted a better person to give us the best opportunity to see the northern lights on our trip of a lifetime! We saw them, have wonderful pictures to remember them by and also got to experience local eats and drinks during the tour! It truly couldn’t have been better. We have already told others planning their trips about this tour and we plan to come back!!

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Just got home from our week long trip where the weather was cold, cloudy and not the best for viewing the lights. We had a KP2 on our last night so we went for it with help from a private guide that was bound and determined to make sure we didn’t leave the island without a show. We’d highly recommend using Heimir at Aurora Experts – Iceland. He had a small group guarantee, is so knowledgeable on the island, the lights and so much more. He had some Icelandic treats for us to sample while we were waiting for activity including some much needed hot chocolate. We could tell it was as fun for him as it was us. So happy we booked with him instead of one of the big tour groups. The personal service was unforgettable!

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We had read all the other rave reviews about Gateway to Iceland and, even though our hotel was keen to direct us elsewhere, we insisted and I am so glad we did. Like many other reviewers, our tour guide was the CEO of the company, Gudmundur Sigmurdsson (or "Gummi") and his knowledge and enthusiasm is inspiring. On the first night we went out, Gummi managed to find the Lights for us, but they were quite weak and indistinct. Added to that, I had been unable to set up my camera properly, so I did not have any photographic evidence of the experience. Gummi showed me the photos he had taken (which were amazing!) and then proceeded to show me how to change the settings on my camera to make it suitable to photograph the Northern Lights. Gummi encouraged us to go again the next night and, because he thoroughly researches the solar activity, he assured us that the activity level would be high...and boy was he right! We witnessed the most spectacular display and, because of his help, took some fantastic photos of the event. This was the most amazing experience for my family and me and I would wholeheartedly recommend Gateway to Iceland to anyone planning to visit Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Just make sure that you dress up warmly!

I was very excited to see that Gateway to Iceland had a tripadvisor certificate however I was disappointed with our tour. We went out in a minibus and travelled about 45min out of Reykjavik. It was useful to hear about the science behind the lights, get an introduction to it all and hear that another trip was promised if we did not see the lights. I was aware of the risk of not seeing them and we stayed until 12.15ish having just seen a dim line in the sky. On our return journey, we stopped as the lights looked a little brighter however clouds obscured the view and it was merely a greenish patch. Our guide said he was disappointed several times and that this was not a good sighting and suggested on the phone to (in front of the group) that we would need to return the next night. When we were dropped off at our hotel after 1am, there was no mention of another trip. I can only assume that this was their sighting of the lights. I would not have been as disappointed if the guide has not stated numerous times that this was not a good sighted and had suggested to us that we would return the following night.

Our 3 generations of family (ages 8 - 84) spent several days in Iceland in January, 2012. The Hilton Nordica's fine Travel Desk recommended GTI for a day tour when our other tour was cancelled due to inclement weather. We were very fortunate to that GTI gave us our own minibus that could seat 17 for just the 11 of us, giving our family a private tour. Our guide, Endre', spoke excellent English and had worked as a teacher for many years. He was generous in sharing many aspects of Iceland's interesting culture and history, and made sure our Golden Circle Tour experience included all the highlights - delivering us to sites safely despite post-blizzard driving conditions. I would happily travel with GTI on other tours in the future.

We went on three trips with GTI - northern lights twice and then the golden circle and each one was great. All tours are in small minibuses with a maximum of 14 people so they can get to the locations other coaches fail to reach and also means less waiting for loading and unloading of people. I enjoyed the northern lights so much I immediately booked again for a couple of nights on when the forecast was favourable and were taken to a totally different location so had varied scenery. Both were perfect for photography and our guide was happy to chat and share his knowledge of the area and the lights. With the northern lights tours we left the hotel at 8pm and didn't return until after 1.30am, definitely getting money's worth! They're also brilliant at cancelling the tour if conditions aren't favourable rather than wasting your time and being a disapointment. The golden circle was also great, we did it in a different route to the usual to maximse the daylight hours, stopping off a kerith crater, faxi waterfall, feeding some horses and detouring via the lake when I asked to see it. Again, brilliant guide who filled us in on all the info of the area and then left us our own time to explore when we got to the main stops. With both, despite the horrific road conditions I felt perfectly safe at all times and never once worried about poor driving although I will say that the minibus we were in was definitely getting on in years! Highly reccomend them if you like the personal touch.

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The weather was awful, with rain, ice & snow & most tours were turning back, but GTI carried on & it was so worth it! They provided shoe spikes & waterproofs at no extra cost & had a fab day, just a shame we didnt have a clear day, definately recommend this company, they were on time, it was a small tour which made it better & for the price it was excellent!!

We did our homework about the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights & booked a city break to Reykjavik over the New Year. I wanted to do our trips in minibuses in small groups & not be herded about with 50+ people in large coaches, so I booked all our tours with Gateway to Iceland.We could not have been more pleased with the three trips we did which were Northern Lights, Golden Circle and The Ice & Fire New Years Eve Special. The first two nights the Hunt for the Northern Lights was cancelled as the weather was not favourable, GTI do not take you out & take your money if they are not sure that there is a good chane of a sighting. On the way to the sighting venue our guide Bob explain all about the science of the Northern Lights & even how to take better photographs and just as he predicted they came out and danced for us for 40 minutes. The Golden Circle Tour is a must and we were fortunate enough to have a private tour for four ( at no extra cost ) with Gummi one of the company owners and his love of his native country was evident as he explained the history and geology of this beautiful country.In fact we were not able to finish the Golden Circle tour as the roads were shut off due to the snow but Gummi took us out again a couple of days later to finish the tour of Thingvellir National Park at no extra cost! The New Years Eve Ice & Fire Special was absolutely amazing, the bonfire and firework are like nothing we have ever seen before and the campagne flowed. So if you are going to Iceland do yourselves a big favour and book your tours through GTI as they are in my opinion the best tour company in Iceland.

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What are your all recommendations for the best Northern Light night tours in October/November? We will be only in the south region and Golden Circle. Looking for suggestions!

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Well, the adjective "best" is one of those superlatives that's quite difficult to measure, isn't it. But let's say you're an average traveler who considers "best" and "cheapest" to be synonyms, as it turns out to be the reality for the majority of people.

Then this is the "best" - https://www.re.is/day-tours/northern-lights-tour/

You'll be going in a large bus with some 50 other passengers, good guides, and it is a mature, well reputed company. Their terms and conditions are good.

It requires that you stay overnight in Reykjavík all the time, since NL tours always depart from the capital.

This was the one I enjoyed the most:

https://adventures.is/iceland/day-tours/combo-tours/sensational-iceland-waterfalls-glacier-hike-and-northern-lights/

It combines a South Coast tour, a glacier hike and a NL hunt, so even if the NL don't show up you're still guaranteed to have a great day.

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I looked at the map. It looks like there are 2 ways to go from Egilsstadir to Hofn: Route 1 to 939( interior of the island) or route 1 along the coast ( passing through towns like Breidalsvik, Streitishvarf, Nupur, etc). Which one would you recommend? I have one day to get to Hofn and so far I only have Vestrahorn Mountain on my list. Do I miss anything on this stretch? Greatly appreciated all feedback.

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Thanks Northern_Traveller 00. I just watched a few short videos. I think they also call this 939 Rd as Oxi Pass. The road is unpaved , narrow, and winding. It looked scary when it was foggy. I think I will stick with the long road along the coast line.

It looks like more people drive the Ring Rd counterclockwise- based on the many videos on YouTube:)

I have found a few places to stop for this stretch: a World War II museum in Reydarfjodur, Sveinstekksfoss waterfall near the town of Djupivogur, Streitisviti lighthouse, Havari Cafe, Hvalness lighthouse, & Vestrahorn. I know most people make stop at Vestrahorn. Have you ever visited other places on my list? Thx

Just checked out the Wartime Museum website. It only opens from 1 pm to 5 pm. Bummer!

When you stop at Djupivogur check out the interesting bird egg sculptures "Eggin í Gleðivík".

Cybertrav: Thank you. I will add that to my list.

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First and foremost - Iceland is very expensive, from food in supermarkets, to eating out, to the many tours and excursions that operate year round. That, I am guessing, is not news to most people, but I have to say the worse case of exploiting us the tourist are the many Northern Lights tours.

These tours are run by the big tour companies and also some smaller independent companies. They last about 3-4 hours and cost around 7000 - 9000ISK. And, in my opinion, that is an absolute rip-off. If there are 2 or 3 of you the best option to choose is to hire your own car (approx 8000 to 10000ISK) and then just go out to a quiet area with as little lights as possible. There are a number of areas between the main airport and Reykjavik on the peninsular. As long as the night is clear, you have a great chance to see them. There is a website that shows you whether you how much cloud cover is forecast.

That is a seriously cheaper and better option than going with the tour companies - who pretty much do the same, but charge you far more. Sometimes you even get lucky (as we did) and see it from the City itself.

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I've never been on a Northern Lights tour (I'm lucky enough to have seen them a few times anyway), but I suspect you're paying for local knowledge and understanding of the environment. It's possible that they're visible in one place but not 10 miles away.

Why, if you have never been on a Northern Lights tour, do you claim that paying for local knowledge and understanding of the environment, as well as knowing where to go, as well as taking care of driving is a "Rip off" ??

This is a very serious accusation, and someone might find it necessary to consult legal assistance and make you proof that !

Be very careful who you call crooks here on public Forum !

I am quite happy to pay for local knowledge and did a few other tours in which I was lucky enough to get some really good local knowledge. These tours lasted the majority of the day, and the guide was great and they were only slightly more expensive for a full days tour compared to just 2 or 3 hours in the evening for the Northern lights.

If you want to pay more, crack on, but I really question the value for the huge expense paid - far more (per hour) than any other tour.

What are you on about - i have been on the tour, and actually i made sure not to name any names. Fool

Sorry, is that aimed at me? If it is, maybe you should re-read what I said a little more carefully. I think the OP is wrong, but he's entitled to think what he wants. I do not agree with him it's a "rip off". I was pointing out that, even though I haven't been on a NL tour, you should expect to pay for local knowledge and understanding of the environment.

That was for Icelandicguide, by the way

Yes, i actually used the same terms ilas used, but my comment was meant for that arrogant kevin, who called these tours Rip off, not ilas.

Even if Kevin was not lucky or happy with his tour, he can´t call all N.L. tours "rip off" That´s just plain slander !

OK, apologies, I thought it was aimed at me. I must be getting sensitive in middle age.

If it's written down, it's libel (it's only slander if it's spoken). I'm obviously also getting pedantic in middle age. Although, in this case, it was neither, just opinion.

Yes, you´re right, it´s just an opinion. Me to, I´m acting to fast for my good sometimes.

My opinion of this Kevin guy is still that I think he is an idiot that does not know what he is talking about !

IG, as you are entitled to voice your opinion (and of me that is arrogant), I am also entitled to express my opinion. Yes, I saw the lights, but there was very little local knowledge needed and it was definitely not worth the price that I paid. If you read my OP carefully - you will see that I did not call all NL tours a rip off - just those in a certain price range. I stick by what i say, and I hope others out there, will learn from my experience

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