3-Day Private Tour of Iceland | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and the South Coast

3-Day Private Tour of Iceland | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and the South Coast
Auroras swirl in Iceland's winter.
The aurora borealis reflect in Iceland's perfectly still water in winter.
The Northern Lights can be a great range of colours, but are usually green.
A stunning Icelandic landscape in winter, underneath the Northern Lights.
Iceland in winter is a gleaming white, but for the northern lights dancing above.
The Golden Circle has many dark places from which you can marvel over the auroras.
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Immerse yourself in Iceland’s most popular sites with this exciting three-day winter tour. This excursion should not be missed by those who want to do some essential sightseeing and hunt for the Northern Lights.

On this tour, you will explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, bathe in the Blue Lagoon, visit the many sites of the South Coast and complete the Golden Circle. You will spend two nights in private, rural accommodation, and whenever the sky is dark and clear, set out in search of the elusive auroras.

The excursion is private and can flex to your desires and needs, meaning it is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends. You will be led throughout by a friendly, knowledgeable guide, who will answer any questions you may have.

Don’t miss this immersive three-day tour of Iceland’s most beloved regions. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Reykjanes, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Gunnuhver, Laugarvatn, Northern Lights, Reynisdrangar, Friðheimar, Þorvaldseyri, Reykjanesviti Light House, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

We will pick you up at the airport or at your hotel/residence.
  • Pick up and drop off

  • Private transport and guide

  • Accommodation at a private residence

  • Traditional Icelandic snacks and beverages en route

  • Towels

  • Taxes & service fees

  • Gratuities

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Flights to and from Iceland

  • Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

  • Optional activities

  • Any service not listed above as included

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes & wind and water proof outer layer

  • Change of clothes

  • Swimsuit for the Blue Lagoon and/or the hot tub

  • Sturdy shoes

Good to know:

The accommodation on this trip is privately owned. You will not meet any tourists during your stay at this location.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjanes and the Blue Lagoon

Iceland's Blue Lagoon is one of its most renowned locations.

This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík, and whisked along to the Reykjanes Peninsula. This peninsula is best known for its many cone-shaped volcanoes, its lava landscapes, and its geothermal areas.

You’ll start off by seeing the country’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesvíti, before heading to the nearby hot-springs at Gunnuhver. Legend has it that in the smoke of the bubbling mud pots and fumaroles is a ghost, who was trapped there by a priest.

You will then pass one of Iceland’s great geothermal power stations, and reach the Blue Lagoon. Here, you’ll spend several hours bathing in the naturally heated, azure waters, relaxing in the saunas and steam rooms, and enjoying the treatments available, such as silica masks.

After that, you will have a delicious dinner, before making your way over to your private accommodation. Of course, if the weather allows, you will set out from here to look for the Northern Lights before resting.

Day 2 - The South Coast

Seljalandsfoss is a famous and beautiful South Coast waterfall.

On your second day of the tour, you’ll adventure along the South Coast. The first sites you will come to are two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

Seljalandsfoss is one of the country’s best known features. Falling from a height of 60 metres in a narrow cascade, it can be fully encircled due a great cavern behind it. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is better known for its scale; though the same height as Seljalandsfoss, it is much wider and more powerful.

You will then head to the Dyrhólaey rock arch. Curving into the ocean from a row of cliffs, it is large enough that ships can sail through it (and daring pilots have even flown through). From here, you’ll head to Reynisfjara, the country’s most famous black-sand-beach, where you can admire great waves crashing on the shore, and fascinating geology in the form of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

You will then return to your accommodation, hunting for the Northern Lights beforehand conditions allowing.

Day 3 - The Golden Circle

Strokkur is often mistaken for the Great Geysir, on the Golden Circle.

On your final day, you’ll explore the Golden Circle. This is, for very good reason, the most popular sightseeing route in the country.

You will start by heading to Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal hot-bed best known for its geysers. Strokkur is the most active, going off every five to ten minutes, to heights that often exceed 20 metres. 

Next, you will come to a beautiful, two-tiered waterfall named Gullfoss. There are several viewing platforms from which you can admire and photograph it, and plaques that commemorate the woman who saved it from damming in the 19th Century.

You’ll then divert off the Golden Circle for lunch at Friðheimar tomato farm. Here, you will dine in a warm greenhouse, surrounded by vegetation that grows all year, for a very unique culinary experience.

Finally, you’ll come to the third point of the sightseeing route, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park, Þingvellir. Þingvellir is in a beautiful valley, framed by the clearly visible edges of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It has great historic importance, being the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament, established in 930 AD.

At the end of the day, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in the capital, or at the airport if it is time for your departure.

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We traveled in Mid October with two senior citizens, two 30 year olds and one four year old. First, the planning process through this website and via our Guide Thor was awesome. The trip was fully customized to our preferences and the itinerary was perfect! I had millions of questions prior to the trip and Thor had incredible tips and was always quick to respond. From what to pack, to where to eat and what times to book entrances to blue lagoon etc. he was amazing. Once we arrived, his associate Harpa took amazing care of us for the first day. We stopped at amazing bakery, saw hot springs, light houses, beautiful lava fields and ventured into the Geysir area. Harpa took us to a fantastic place for Ice Cream and Fish & Chips. Thor & Harpa were very attentive to our needs and adjusted schedules based on weather and our 4 year old son. Their knowledge of the country was boundless and had amazing details and stories to add. The tour did not end when they dropped us in the city. Thor would send us tips each evening for Northern Lights hunting (we saw them 3/4 nights!) and places to eat, and other things to do in town. On the tour, they knew how to avoid the busy/crowded times and alerted us of tourist traps. Bravo and would 100% re-book with this team!
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After a short stay in Reykjavik, we booked this tour to get us out of the city, to see more of the natural wonders of Iceland. Being the middle of winter, we were grateful to have Thor’s expertise navigating the icy, narrow roads in the dark, as well as his insight for selecting the best activities based on the ever-changing weather conditions and our interests. Not only did he provide us a wonderful glimpse into the interior of this beautiful island—beyond just the typical tourist circuit—we also got private lessons in the ancient and recent history of the country, its religious traditions, politics, and agriculture. Long, snowy drives turned into unforgettable discussions on botany, geology, international relations, and economics. The cabin we stayed at was cosy and luxuriously remote. Unfortunately, it was cloudy all 3 nights we spent with Thor, so there was no chance of seeing the Northern Lights, but the hot tub provided a lovely alternative evening activity to soak any aching muscles with snowflakes falling all around. Our last night in Iceland, Thor also brought us a bag of Icelandic snacks, which became the perfect souvenirs to share with friends and family. Without Thor, we would undoubtedly have left Iceland with a far more superficial view of this amazing country, and missed out on its beautiful landscape and its warm, open-hearted people.
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