4 Day Northern Lights Vacation to Iceland’s Vatnajokull Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon & the South Coast
Witness the marvels of Iceland in winter with this four-day package to the Vatnajökull ice-caves, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and South Coast; you will even have opportunities to behold the Northern Lights and visit the Blue Lagoon. This trip should not be missed by any who want to pack their time in Iceland with beautiful sightseeing and thrilling adventure.
The diverse, beautiful landscapes and features of Iceland draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and you will get to see a wealth of them. Visits to beautiful waterfalls, dramatic glaciers, black sand beaches, lava fields, and hot springs will all be included in this itinerary. You will also have the chance to visit the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the ‘crown jewel of Iceland’s nature’.
Other than a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of an ice cave, an opportunity that exists in very few places, this package comes with two added bonuses. Immediately after arrival, you will be able to wash away any stresses of your journey in the famous healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. The price of this packages includes standard entrance, but you can upgrade this for more luxury if you want. That night, you will also take a complimentary Northern Lights tour by boat or by bus.
However, the Northern Lights could show on any of the three nights you are staying in Iceland, so keep a constant eye out whenever it is dark.
Do not miss these incredible four days. Book now for your opportunity to see the ice cave, Northern Lights, and more. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival
On your first day, you will arrive at Keflavík International Airport, where you will start your adventure. The fun starts immediately when you are whisked straight over to the Blue Lagoon Spa. The healing, azure waters that fill these pools, as well as the Silica masks, saunas, and steam-rooms, will ease away the tensions of your journey and revitalize you for your adventures ahead.
Once you are fully recharged, you will continue to the capital city of Reykjavík. After settling into your hotel, you face a choice for your evening plan: to take a Northern Lights tour by bus or by boat.
By bus, you can more easily escape cloud cover and have a chance to see perhaps some locations you may otherwise miss out on, such as Þingvellir National Park, if the forecast is good there. However, by boat, you are sure to be immersed in darkness with an enormous open sky for optimal viewing conditions.
You will spend the night in Reykjavík.
Day 2 - The South Coast
On day two, you will travel across the length of the South Coast, taking in its diverse sites and landscapes and making many stops. The first of these will be at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss; this beautiful fall tumbles in a thin stream from a cliff over 197 feet (60 meters) tall, which arches inward for some unusual and unique perspectives.
Next along the route is Skógafoss waterfall; you pass the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier en route, which your guide will point out. Skógafoss is of a similar height to Seljalandsfoss but with a much wider, more powerful flow. If it is sunny when you visit, you will see many rainbows springing from its spray.
The next stop will be at Reynisfjara black sand beach. This is an incredible stretch of coastline, with some fascinating geology. The Dyrhólaey rock arch curves out into the ocean here; it is incredibly dramatic from a distance, but even more interesting up close, where you can see its hexagonal basalt columns. Rising from the tumultuous waters, you will also see the impressive Reynisdrangar sea-stacks.
After stopping for refreshments in the nearby Vík, you will continue to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This is without a doubt one of Iceland’s crowning features; it is an enormous lake littered with great icebergs that break off a nearby glacier tongue and slowly edge towards the sea. Watching them is a mesmerizing experience, made all the more charming by the seals which call the lagoon home.
Before heading to your accommodation, you will visit the Diamond Beach, where these bergs wash up when they finally escape to the ocean. The way they glitter against the black sands in the evening light will leave you in little wonder how the shoreline got its name.
You will spend the night in a country hotel nearby.
Day 3 - The Ice Cave
On day three, you will reach the highlight of your trip: the famous Ice Cave of Vatnajökull. You will head over to the edge of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, to wherever they have opened. Ice caves only occur under certain conditions in specific places and are not always reliable, so the chance to explore one is truly once-in-a-lifetime.
Once on-site, you will board a super jeep which will take you high onto the glacier to where the caves are hidden. There you will strap on crampons and helmets for safety and receive a briefing about how to conduct yourself when you are in the cave. With that complete, you will head inside this otherworldly place and begin your exploration.
The spectacular formations and vibrant colors of the ice will take your breath away. As you stroll through the halls and corridors, wondering how nature could create such a marvel, your guide will tell you all about how these caves form. You will have at least forty-five minutes inside to appreciate and photograph this incredible location.
Once you have enjoyed the Ice Cave, you will return to your van and begin the long but beautiful drive back to Reykjavík, where you will spend another night.
Day 4 - Departure
Day four is your departure day, so you can fill it doing what you like until it is time for you to return to the airport. If you have a late flight, this is a great opportunity to explore the capital’s diverse sites, visit the museums, or head up Hallgrímskirkja church for some great views.
You will return to Keflavík airport with a bus ticket provided when you are ready. You can head home marveling over the fact that you have seen some of nature’s most rare and incredible wonders.
What to bring
Good to know
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to better fit your arrival date and time.
Some optional activities might need a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you need to know how to swim and present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling or diving.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
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.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
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.
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.