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4-Day Northern Lights Long Weekend in Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja Church in downtown Reykjavik, covered in a blanket of winter snow.

4-Day Northern Lights Long Weekend in Reykjavik

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Fully customizable
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
4 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Sep. - Apr.
Minimum age
None

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland under the Northern Lights with this long weekend trip in Reykjavik. This vacation package is designed for those who wish to witness magnificent landscapes and the magic of the aurora borealis, while on a short getaway in one of the world’s quirkiest capitals.

This holiday will allow you to enjoy the beauty of Iceland’s spectacular nature with ease over four days while maximising your chance to catch sight of the elusive Northern Lights. You’ll spend a day basking in the Blue Lagoon and exploring famous sites of the Golden Circle, followed by another discovering the diverse attractions of Iceland’s breathtaking South Coast. 

On your first evening, however, you have the chance to hunt for the auroras in a unique way of your choosing. Firstly, you can combine aurora hunting with a thrilling ATV ride. 

Secondly, you could take your aurora hunting to Iceland’s waters with a boat trip from Reykjavik harbour, allowing you the chance of capturing the dances of colour from Faxafloi bay.

Alternatively, you can start your Northern Lights hunt with a visit to an aurora museum, learning all about the science and folklore of this ethereal natural wonder before journeying out of the city to spot it.

On top of this, you won’t have to organise hotels in different parts of the country, drive yourself, or coordinate tours. Instead, you’ll have the comfort of staying in Reykjavik accommodation throughout and all the details of your trip will be sorted prior to your arrival.

In terms of the excursions on offer, you’ll have the chance to opt into exciting activities such as glacier hiking, horseback riding and even winter snorkelling on top of the planned day trips.

Book now to explore otherworldly Icelandic landscapes and marvel over the aurora borealis with this vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer
Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
South Coast small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
Northern Lights hunting
Detailed Itinerary
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir
Strokkur
Reykjanes
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Silfra
Þingvallavatn
Langjökull
Keflavik International Airport
Öxarárfoss
Haukadalur
Capital Region
South Coast

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon's natural heat rising in a winter landscape.

Arrival

Your Northern Lights holiday begins as soon as you land at Keflavik International Airport. A convenient shuttle bus will be waiting to escort you to a hotel in the capital, from which you’ll enjoy this long weekend in Reykjavik.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-famous spa boasts healing therapies, azure water, and an ambience of total serenity. 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 arrive before evening time, you will have the chance to take one of the three aforementioned tours in hunt of winter’s greatest phenomenon, the aurora borealis.

You can head to the icy slopes of Mount Hafrafell, just outside the city, to race around the beautiful landscapes on an ATV. After an hour of adventure, you’ll be picked up by bus and escorted around into the dark surroundings in hunt of the lights.

On a cruise, you’ll set out from the city’s harbour into the still waters of Faxafloi bay, providing magnificent views of the Reykjavik skyline, and the fjords and volcanoes of the west. When the sky turns dark, there are few better places to admire the aurora.

Finally, you could instead elect to take a more personalised minibus tour, prior to which you will have admission to the Aurora Reykjavik Museum. Here, you can learn about the science and folklore surrounding the Northern Lights, and useful information on how to best spot and photograph them.

If you have time before your tour, be sure to explore Reykjavik, as it is a beautiful city with interesting architecture and many public artworks, like the Sun Voyager statue.

Day 2
Gullfoss Waterfall gushing water over a winter backdrop.

The Classic Golden Circle

After a fantastic start to your holiday, you will spend your second day getting further out of the city and exploring the Golden Circle on a guided tour. One of the most famous trails in the country, it has three iconic sites that exemplify the diversity of Iceland.

The first is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island, Thingvellir National Park. Not only is it a birthplace of modern democracy, but it boasts a landscape of beautiful waterways, forests and lava fields.

While here, you can opt into a snorkelling tour, in which you are equipped with a drysuit and guided through a crystal clear stream in the ravine of Silfra.

The second attraction of the Golden Circle is Strokkur, a geyser which ejects steaming water to great heights. It is located in the Geyser Geothermal Area, which is also home to many vibrantly coloured hot springs and fumaroles.

Finally, you’ll reach a powerful, two-tiered waterfall thundering in an ancient valley, Gullfoss. If you elect to do so when booking, you can choose to add a snowmobiling trip after your time here. You’ll set off to the nearby glacier of Langjokull and fly across its gleaming, beautiful surface.

The third choice of the tour is a ride on an Icelandic horse, where you’ll explore the serene countryside of south Iceland in the manner of the first settlers.

In the evening, if you didn't get a chance to see the northern lights the night before, you will have another chance tonight.

Day 3
A veiw from the inside of Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on Iceland's South Coast in winter.

The Diverse South Coast

On your third day, you will be whisked along the South Coast of Iceland, which is home to many of the country’s most diverse and stunning attractions.

For example, it boasts two incredible waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both face out to the ocean and stand at an impressive 60 metres tall, though are different in every other way.

Seljalandsfoss is narrow, with a massive cavern behind it, carved by the ocean centuries ago. Skogafoss is much more powerful and has fascinating folklores of hidden treasure.

Behind this waterfall are the glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, both of which conceal notorious volcanoes. If you elect to, when booking, you can choose to join a glacier hiking tour, and scale the magnificent outlet of Solheimajokull for some spectacular views.

Further along the South Coast, you’ll come to Reynisfjara, a beautiful black sand beach with dramatic, powerful waves, towering sea stacks and great views over the enormous rock arch of Dyrholaey.

Here, you’ll turn back and return along the South Coast route to the capital. If the sky starts to turn dark, keep a keen eye out for the auroras. Of course, you are welcome to add on another northern lights tour if you are eager for another hunt.

Day 4
An inner city public park in Reykjavik during winter.

Farewell to Iceland

Your fourth day is sadly the last of your long weekend in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight, you may only have time to say a quick goodbye to the capital city as you take your Flybus back to the airport.

If you have a late departure, however, you can fit in one more adventure.

If travelling before the end of October, you can take an excursion that is only offered in Iceland: descending into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano. Large enough to easily fit the Statue of Liberty and dyed vivid colours, it is an incredible place to marvel over the volcanic forces of the earth.

Those who would rather see Iceland’s landscapes from another angle can instead opt into one of two flightseeing tours, either in a helicopter or small plane. Such excursions, which leave from the domestic airport, provide spectacular views over the magnificent, mountainous landscapes surrounding the capital, and a unique way of admiring the city itself.

Of course, you are also welcome to spend the last day of your long weekend in Reykjavik walking its charming streets, shopping for souvenirs in its boutiques, admiring its public artworks, and exploring its museums and galleries.

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 hope you enjoyed your stay and have a safe flight home!

Map

What to bring

Camera
Swimsuit
Warm clothes
Winter hiking shoes
Good waterproof outer layers

Good to know

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if the weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, 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

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. 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 centre or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

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

Meals

Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

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. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at info@guidetoiceland.is with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at info@guidetoiceland.is with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. 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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