14 Day Northern Lights Package | Complete Guided Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes and Reykjavik

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration
14 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Aug. - Apr.
Minimum age:
8 years old

Travel the complete circle of Iceland including the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and get to know the vibrant city of Reykjavík with this 14-day winter package. Those wanting to immerse themselves in both the Icelandic nature and culture during the Northern Lights season, should not let this fantastic opportunity pass them by.

Included are all accommodations, airport transfer, and a highly rated winter tour that will take you around the Ring Road where you’ll visit some of the country’s most iconic locations such as the ones on the Golden Circle and the South Coast, as well as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the remote Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn and, of course, Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Furthermore, you will have plenty of time to explore the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík, and if you wish to spice up your holiday with an adventure or two, you can add on discounted tours during the booking process like a snorkelling tour in Silfra fissure, a super jeep tours to the Highlands and an ice cave tour.

There are also plenty of options to soak in geothermal pools and spas such as the ones in the Mývatn region and West Iceland, but you will also have a full day at Iceland’s most popular travel destination, the Blue Lagoon.

Spend two weeks in Iceland and discover the winter paradise this island becomes as powdery snow covers the ground and dancing lights fill the sky. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavík International Airport
8 day small group guided minibus tour of the ring road of Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula
6 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
7 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Northern lights spotting
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Helicopter
Ice Caving

Attractions

Golden Circle
North Iceland
Highlands
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Landmannalaugar
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Silfra
Eyjafjörður
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reykholt
Langjökull
Vík í Mýrdal
Egilsstaðir
Kirkjufell
Reynisdrangar
Námaskarð
Lagarfljót
Djúpalónssandur
Hallormsstaðaskógur
South Coast
Diamond Beach
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The lights of Reykjavík city illuminating the winter sky.

Welcome to Iceland

You’ll land at Keflavík International Airport, located in the middle of a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula in south-west Iceland. After collecting your bags, you’ll board a bus that will take you through this barren lava field to Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today it can be added to another day, your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.

If you are not too tired, you can take a short walk around the city after settling into your accommodations. But remember, you will have plenty of time to explore the city in the coming days, so you can also just unwind after the long flight.

Day 2
Spend a day at the Blue Lagoon and get rid of any remaining jet lag.

Unwind at the Blue Lagoon

Today, you’ll get to relax in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, completely getting rid of any remaining jet-lag and preparing yourself for the days ahead.

During the booking process, you will have a choice of a morning or an afternoon departure to the lagoon. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular activities in Iceland, so there can be no guarantees regarding the time. However, your personal travel agent will do their very best to book a slot that best suits your holiday plans.

The mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon promise to keep you warm on this winter’s day. Soaking your muscles in warm, geothermal waters and breathing in the cold air is one of the most authentic Icelandic experiences you can get, and at the Blue Lagoon, you can also soothe your skin with a complimentary silica mud mask.

After your time at the lagoon, you can use the remainder of the day to stroll around the city. The downtown area offers a multitude of cafés, bars and restaurant. You could try a traditional Icelandic meat-soup or the country’s speciality; lamb hot dog.

Day 3
Visit the Golden Circle to see the magnificent geyser Strokkur erupt.

Exploring the Golden Circle

Now your adventure on the road begins. You will be picked up in the morning and driven out of the city to Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, the Golden Circle.

The first stop today is at Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of Iceland’s parliament. Over a thousand years ago, Viking settlers would gather at the plains of Þingvellir to decide on legislation and dispense justice. These meetings laid the foundation for Iceland’s current parliament, Alþingi, making it the oldest parliament in the world.

Þingvellir is not only historically significant, it is also a geological wonder. It is located on the boundaries of two tectonic plates that are slowly drifting apart. As these plates move, they tear up the landscape around, causing cracks and canyons throughout the region which give the area a stunning and dramatic look.

Make sure you have your camera ready for your next stop, the erupting geysers of Haukadalur valley. Here you are bound to capture the perfect profile picture for your social media accounts because every 5-10 minutes, the geyser Strokkur will erupt in a 15-20 metre high water column. A selfie in front of Strokkur is a must when visiting Iceland.

The last stop on your route is the stunning waterfall Gullfoss. This is where you can see both Mother Nature’s power and beauty rolled into one as you watch freezing glacial water from the river Hvítá plummet down 32 metres into a canyon created in the last ice age.

If you wish to make this day even more memorable, you can add on a horse riding tour during the booking process. Icelandic horses are known for their small stature, unique gaits, and gentle nature, and a riding tour through the frozen countryside is the perfect way to top off this day.

You will then head to your accommodations in the area. As you are travelling in the wintertime, make sure you keep your eye on the sky. You never know when the Northern Lights might appear.

Day 4
The white ice of Mýrdalsjökull glacier on the South Coast is streaked with ribbons of black volcanic ash.

South Coast & Optional Glacier Hike

After breakfast it is time to hit the road again. Today, you’ll get to explore few of the wonders of Iceland’s South Coast with the added option of partaking in an icy adventure.

Your first stop today is at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. This is a tall, narrow, and beautiful cascade that in the winter day’s darkness is lit up by powerful spotlights, making it seem even more magical.

Next up is the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall. This majestic feature falls down 60 metres onto the land below which is very flat, allowing those who dare to walk right up to the wall of water. Be careful though, this will make you wet.

As you travel the South Coast, you’ll see two majestic glaciers in the north. The first one, Eyjafjallajökull, caused quite a stir in 2010 when the volcano underneath it erupted, halting all European air traffic for a few days. But it is the second one, Mýrdalsjökull, that will capture your attention today.

If you opt to join during the booking process, you will stop at one of Mýrdalsjökull’s outlet glacier, Sólheimajökull, for a hike across the vast ice cap. During this excursion, you will trek past deep crevasses and jagged ridges, but you will be rewarded with incredible views of white and blue ice streaked with black from past volcanic eruptions.

At the end of the day, you will head to the village of Vík which is located on the banks of Reynisfjara, a stunning black sand beach famous for the massive Reynisdrangar sea stacks that rise out of the ocean like petrified trolls.

Day 5
Explore an electric blue ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.

Vatnajokull National Park

Today you will travel across the black sand desert of Skeiðarársandur until you are greeted by the dramatic mountain ridges and white glaciers of Skaftafell Nature Reserve, found within Vatnajökull National Park.

The area is a hiker’s paradise as there are multiple trails and track leading to stunning locations such as waterfalls, glacier tongues and mountain peaks. You’ll spend some time discovering the hidden treasures of Skaftafell before you’ll be on your way in the search for ‘The Crown Jewel of Iceland’, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Enormous icebergs which have broken off a nearby glacier float in serenity on the pristine lagoon. Keep an eye out for resident seals as you watch the bergs on their journey towards the ocean. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon wash up on shore, glistening in the low sunlight like the precious stones.

You will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic ice cave today. If you are visiting between November and March, you will board a large super jeep at Jökulsárlón that will take you up Vatnajökull glacier where you can witness the vivid blue colours of the ancient ice inside the cave.

If, however, you are visiting outside these months, you will start your day with a visit to the Katla ice cave where you’ll step into the icy world of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. There you will witness the white ice, streaked with ribbons of black ash from past volcanic eruptions.

You’ll end the day at accommodations in the area. Remember to keep an eye out on the sky if it is clear of clouds. This a great place to spot the elusive Northern Lights.

Day 6
See jagged mountains and dramatic coastal views on your visit to East Iceland.

The Remote Eastfjords

You’ll be surrounded by nothing but beautiful nature today as you leave Höfn behind and enter the Eastfjords. To your west are jagged mountain ranges with the mighty Vatnajökull glacier watching over, and to your east are the eastern fjords with their black sand beaches and pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Aside from their spectacular beauty, the Eastfjords are also known for their diverse fauna; this is the only place in Iceland where you can see wild reindeer, seals are often seen on the beaches, and Arctic foxes are known to scutter about the area. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled today.

You’ll be making a number of stops today, visiting few of the quirky villages that dot the region, Iceland’s largest forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, and the lake Lagarfljót which is said to hold a terrible wyrm monster.

You will spend the night at accommodations in the area. As always, remember to check the sky for signs of the green, pink, and white Northern Lights before you go to bed.

Day 7
Steaming fumaroles at Námaskarð pass near Lake Mývatn.

Volcanic Wonders of Lake Myvatn

As you continue further north, the rugged mountain ranges will give way to shallow valleys and open plains. Your destination today is Akureyri via the area around Lake Mývatn, known for its diverse geothermal and volcanic scenery.

You will stop at Námaskarð pass with its scenery reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic film. The vast, barren land is filled with hissing steam vents, bubbling mud pots, and strange rock formations of gorgeous, otherworldly colours. Towering over the landscape is the tall, treeless mountain Námafjall.

Next up is the lava field of Dimmuborgir where 2,000-year-old rock sculptures will greet you. In the low sunlight, these eerie, ice-covered shapes will create different shadows and silhouettes, leaving no question as to why this area is believed to be the home of trolls, elves and other mythical creatures.

The Mývatn lake itself is a stunning sight. In the winter it is mostly frozen over, but the scenery is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents.

Today, you can opt for a dip in the warm, geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. Often nicknamed ‘The Blue Lagoon of the North’, the Nature Baths are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the view of the surrounding lava landscapes.

Before you reach Akureyri, you will stop at one of the country's most stunning waterfalls, Goðafoss or the 'Waterfall of the Gods'. Not only is its beauty fitting for celestial beings, but it is also a symbol for the Christianity of Iceland. It was here in the year 1000 AD a pagan priest threw idols of his old gods into the waterfall, in a tribute to Iceland's new religion.

You'll retire to Akureyri for the evening. Make sure to kook for the dancing Northern Lights in the evening.

Day 8
You can join a whale watching tour from the northern town of Akureyri.

Akureyri, Hauganes and Hvitserkur

Today you'll start your journey from Akureyri, also known as the 'Capital of the North', as this is the largest urban area outside of the Capital Region and a bustling town filled with a robust cultural scene.

Your first stop of the day will be at the picturesque village of Hauganes, home to approximately 140 people. While here, you have the chance to opt-in for a couple of tours, the first of which is whale watching.

Whale watching is one of the island's most popular tour activities, providing you up-close access to such creatures as humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises—you will also get to see the surrounding, breathtaking mountain scenery and coastal landscapes. Another tour option is visiting the Beer Spa, the perfect place to relax, have a drink and dine on some delicious local cuisine. 

After your time in Hauganes is over, you will pay a visit to the fifteen-metre high basalt rock stack, Hvítserkur. This wonder of nature towers over the shoreline and is said to resemble an elephant or dragon bending down to drink. 

You will then spend the night in Borganes. 

Day 9
Icelandic horses in the winter.

West Iceland

Now it is time to explore all the wonderful sights in West Iceland. The region is steeped in both history and folklore. Today you will first be visiting the waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, both considered jewels in the west Iceland landscape. You'll be amazed by the trickling rivulets that stream from an ancient lava field, as well as by the aquamarine shade of Barnafoss' water. 

En route, however, you will make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's largest hot spring. The minerals in the water have coloured the surrounding rocks and ground bright red and the steam coming from this mighty spring will surely keep you warm on a cold winter's day.

Then it is off to the village of Reykholt which is the perfect place for history buffs and those who want to know more about Norse Mythology and early Vikings. It is the home of Snorrastofa where the poet, lawmaker and historian Snorri Sturluson lived during the Middle Ages. He was one of the most influential writers of his time, and without him, we would know much less about medieval northern European history than we do today.

Once again, you will spend your night near the village of Borganes. 

Day 10
Icelandic horses in front of the picturesque mountain Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

The Stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On your last day on the road, you will explore the diverse sites on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This 90 km stretch of land is filled with black pebble beaches, dramatic cliffs, silvery waterfalls, charming villages, and, at the edge, a majestic glacier.

You will stop at the stunning pyramid-shaped mountain Kirkjufell, by the town of Grundarfjörður. The nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall only adds to the beauty of this location, and you will have your chance to capture ‘Iceland’s most photographed mountain’ on film yourself.

At Djúpalónssandur beach, you will have to make your way through a maze of free-standing lava pillars and formations before you reach the smooth black pebbles that make up the shoreline. Scattered around the beach are the remains of a trawler that perished some 50 years ago just offshore, a stark reminder of how brutal the Icelandic nature can be.

Watching over your journey today is the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier which served as the entry to the underground adventure in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If you wish to have your own subterranean journey, you're in luck as you will visit Vatnshellir lava cave and walk the path molten lava created thousands of years ago.

At the end of the day, you will return to Reykjavík after having completed the circle of Iceland. You will spend the next three nights at accommodations in the city.

Day 11
Snow-covered mountains of the Landmannalaugar area in the Highlands.

Relaxation in the City or Adventures in Nature

Spend the day discovering Reykjavík city. You can walk around the place, visiting iconic landmarks such as Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall or the Parliament building.

If you are tired after your adventures on the road, then a visit to one of the city’s many geothermal swimming pools is highly recommended. And no, you don’t have to do any swimming. The main draw of the pools are the outside hot tubs where locals and visitors alike will soak aching muscles and talk about everything from the weather to politics.

If, however, you are in an adventurous mood, there are a few excursion you can take to satisfy this need.

First, you can take to the skies on a helicopter tour. There is really no feeling like the one you get when the helicopter takes off, and you see the colourful houses of Reykjavík get smaller and smaller. You will fly over the city and land at a geothermal area nearby where you are bound to capture another fantastic selfie for your social media pages.

If you’d rather stay on land, then you can opt for a super jeep tour to the Landmannalaugar area in the Highlands. Make sure you bring a bathing suit for this one as you will be able to relax in a natural hot spring surrounded by nothing but the barren wastelands of the Highlands.

Day 12
Swim between continents with a snorkelling tour in Þingvellir National Park.

Explore and Discover

Start your second day in the city like a local and visit one of Reykjavík’s many bakeries and try Iceland’s speciality, snúður, a cinnamon filled roll slathered in chocolate, caramel or sugar glaze.

You could spend the day, for example, by immersing yourself in Icelandic history with a visit to some of Reykjavík's history museums such as the Árbær Open Air Museum, the Settlement Exhibition, and the National Museum of Iceland.

However, if you are the adventurous type, there are also a few options available to you such as revisiting Þingvellir National Park, this time for a swim between the two continents.

Silfra is one of the fissures created when the two tectonic plates drifted apart. Throughout the centuries it got filled with melted glacial water, and it is not one of the most unique places in the world for a snorkelling tour. The glacial water provides unparalleled views and the vivid colours found within Silfra area sure to mesmerise you.

You could also have some glacial adventures today at Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Inside the glacier, an intricate tunnel system has been created which provides you with a unique and fascinating opportunity to learn about glaciers as you travel through the bright blue hallways.

If, however, you feel the need for speed, you could also stay above ground and race across the white expanse of Langjökull on a snowmobile. This exciting activity is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and heart racing.

Day 13
Snow-covered Reykjavík city in the winter.

Reykjavik City

Have an adventure in the city today. You can start the day like a local and head to the swimming pools, before exploring memorial sites and museums, utilising the city buses. The city buses allow you to not only explore Reykjavík itself but the greater capital area as well.

If you wish to learn more about Iceland’s geology and zoology (including the many aquatic animals found in the ocean around the island), a visit to the Natural History Museum in the nearby Kópavogur town is a must. Entry to the museum is free with the city card, and so is the bus ride there.

You could also opt for a ferry ride to Viðey, an island just off the shores of Reykjavík. There you will get a combination of spectacular views, historic ruins and beautiful art pieces such as Yoko Ono's famous 'Imagine Peace Tower' and Richard Serra's 'Milestones'.

In the evening, why not check out the city’s famous nightlife or take a walk to the Grótta lighthouse in search for the Northern Lights?

Day 14
A snowy path in Reykjavík city.

See You Soon

This is the last day in the land of fire and ice. If your flight leaves late, you could explore the city a little more, perhaps visit a shop or two for some fantastic souvenirs to bring back home. An excellent gift to bring to friends back home is Icelandic music which you can buy at record shops such as Lucky Records, 12 Tónar or Smekkleysa, all found in the downtown area.

You could also buy Icelander’s favourite candy, liquorice. Visitors to the country either love it or hate it, so why not try for yourself?

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

When it is time to leave, you’ll board a bus that will take you again through the dark lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula where you’ll find Keflavík International Airport.

Have a great flight and come back soon.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Your camera
Winter hiking shoes
Swimsuit & towel

Good to know

Some optional activities might be subject to a minimum age requirement or require a valid driver's license or additional information.

Please note that Iceland is a country of oppositions. The weather might be fickle and change rapidly and can get quite cold even in summer. Wearing proper shoes and overcoats will certainly make your travels more enjoyable.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik. An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately. If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak. The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes. For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes. Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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