South Coast and Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages

South Coast and Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages
The audio guided South Coast and Northern Lights tour takes you to the mighty Skógafoss waterfall.
If you are lucky, you will see the Northern Lights appear in numerous colours.
Typically, the northern lights are green, but they can appear in various shades of pink and purple as well.
Vík í Mýrdal town during winter time.
Your guide will be happy to answer any question you may have.
A traditional Icelandic church under a lonely mountain.
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Jump aboard this modern and exciting bus tour, to see the incredible South Coast of Iceland and have your shot at finding the Northern Lights. 

This tour comes with a ‘Smart in-Bus Audio Guide’, so you can enjoy the sights while learning about them in one of ten different languages. You will also have a tablet on your seat and free wifi. Of course, you will still have an expert guide on board to answer any queries you may have.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation from 08:30 am or meet your guide at Reykjavík Terminal at 08:45 , then head straight on your sightseeing adventure. The first site you will come to is the Hengill volcanic area, known for its otherworldly lava fields, craters, and hot springs. 

If the weather is clear, you will be able to see Hekla volcano and the notorious Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010. Offshore, you may even be able to see the Westman Islands rising dramatically from the ocean.

The next stops will be at two iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former is surrounded by verdant fields, making for a very pleasant stroll, and has a walkway that goes all the way around it, giving you a unique perspective of the water. The latter is powerful and dramatic and has a staircase that allows you marvel over the falls from multiple platforms.

You will next head to Sólheimajökull glacier and walk right up to its edge. The glaciers of Iceland are incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring, and their colouration is fascinating. The white snow contrasts beautifully with the striations of black ash and blue ice.

Following this, you will reach the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, considered one of Iceland’s most beautiful coastlines. There are some incredible geological features here, such as the massive rock arch Dyrhólaey and the towering basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. The area is home to many birds, most notably puffins, throughout the summer.

You will head back towards Reykjavík as the sky darkens, allowing you to begin your hunt for the Northern Lights. Your guide is an expert on the auroras, knowing all the darkest, most remote viewing areas, and the best way to capture them on camera. They will be following the forecast and cloud cover as you search so that you have the best chances of spotting them.

If you underestimate the weather, this tour also has ‘Aurora Jackets’ available for rent. You are also welcome to use one of the tripods on board to get the best photo.

The Northern Lights are dependent on solar activity, cloud cover and atmospheric conditions, so there is a chance that you will not get to see them on this tour. If that is the case, however, you will have the opportunity to see them another evening, without charge.

The South Coast and Northern Lights are iconic Icelandic attractions. Hop on board, plug in your audio guide, and get ready to enjoy them. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
  • Highlights: Vestmannaeyjar, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hekla, Hengill, Eyjafjallajökull, Sólheimajökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure and look out for our green SmartBus™. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Expert English Speaking Guides

  • Admission to all the sites

  • Audio guide on bus with a variety of available languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish)

  • Free star map with constellations, camera settings and information about the northern lights.

  • Use of astronomy binocular.

  • Souvenir photos, posted online.

  • Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Hat & Gloves

  • Clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (Waterproof clothing and non-denim pants are recommended)

Good to know:

The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm. (Jeans are not recommended because denim, once wet, will spread moisture and take a long time to dry, leaving the wearer extremely cold!)

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wonderful experience! Guide was great and loved the entire tour! Waterfalls were awesome and I felt like we were given a good amount of time for each site. Bring snacks/lunch because this is a long tour!
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Loved the tour and the guide! I was a bit disappointed that the waterfalls were saved for the last part of the trip, as it was totally dark by the time we got to see Seljalandsfoss. Thankfully there are lights shining onto the water, and it was not difficult to go behind it. If you can go in the summer, of course, this is not an issue :) Our northern lights trip was cancelled sadly, but we were able to re-book and view them the next night! They were as beautiful as I'd imagined! Even though it is an audio guided tour, our tour guide was still quite personable and fun to listen to. The bus is also very comfortable. Overall, it was so much fun!
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Absolutely loved this tour! The bus ride was really great and we got to see so much! The amount of time at each location was perfect and even the weather played in our favor that day with some amazing light, we didn't get to see a great aurora display but they made sure we enjoyed every moment of it and of course they gave us the option of rescheduling it.
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Unfortunately, the Northern Lights part of this tour was canceled because of weather but the South Coast portion was amazing!! The sights were unbelievable! And our tour guide, Ólafur Ólafsson was so much fun! He was sweet and made sure we were well taken care of. Love the freedom we got at each location to do what we'd like. Was a wonderful tour and I would love to do another tour with this company the next time I'm back in this country!
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Awesome tour ! Siggy our guide was awesome and made sure everyone had a great time. Northern lights tour was cancelled due to weather, but worth the experience to do it! A+ tour!
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Absolutely loved this tour! The tour guide was super friendly and made sure everyone learned something about Iceland, by sharing cool facts. The bus ride was really comfy and we got to see so much in one day! The amount of time at each location was perfect. This is only about the south coast tour though, because the northern lights had to be rescheduled due to weather and we have not gone yet. But overall, the trip has been pretty mind blowing and beautiful!
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This was a good tour and really good value for money considering it includes both south coast and northern lights. A lot of northern lights tours alone are around £60-70 (often not refundable if you don’t see the lights). We unfortunately did not see the northern lights as this part was cancelled due to weather. However, we still had a fantastic day seeing some truly beautiful sites. We had enough time at each location and learned a lot of interesting Icelandic traditions from our local guide. Please take note that this tour is a big coach and therefore a less personal experience than if the tour was in a small/minibus group. If you prefer more intimate tours then this probably isn’t for you. It also meant hotel drop off at the end of the tour took a while (we were one of the last and this took at least an hour). The audio guide was really informative and you could read about other tours too so we learned loads about Iceland! The glacier was first stop and probably the highlight. It is a long day with a lot of driving between sites but completely worth it!
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This day tour is fantastic, bringing my family and me to all the must-see sites! The time allocated for each location was perfect and we have a friendly tour guide. The only downside is that the bus was late in our pickup and we waited for an hour. Other than that, we really enjoyed the trip and would recommend that you try it too!
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