Magnificent 5-Day Northern Lights Tour of the Golden Circle and South Coast from Reykjavik

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Starting time
5 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
8 years old


Experience the best of Iceland in the cloak of winter by joining this five-day northern lights tour departing from Reykjavik. Travelers keen on exploring top destinations such as the Golden Circle, South Coast, and the Blue Lagoon with a chance to see the breathtaking aurora borealis should book this guided tour today.

For your convenience, your journey in the land of fire and ice begins with a bus transfer from the Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavik. If you arrive early, you can start exploring this city renowned for its vibrant art scene, eclectic architecture, and friendly locals. 

The real adventure begins on day two as you meet your friendly tour guide from your hotel or at a designated bus stop in the city center. This English-speaking guide will be your primary source of information and assistance for the next three days. 

On this day, you'll have time to see the iconic landmarks of Reykjavik, such as the Hallgrimskirkja church and its colorful streets. Afterward, you'll journey to the Reykjanes Peninsula to enjoy a relaxing geothermal bath in the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa.

On days three and four, the bus will take you to the countryside to witness the spectacular attractions of the South Coast and the Golden Circle.

The journey to the South Coast brings you to diverse natural landscapes framed by the North Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, cascading waters glimmering with ice in winter. Nearby is the striking black sand beach of Reynisfjara, famous for its volcanic sands and dramatic basalt columns.

Moving on, the Golden Circle awaits you with its trio of natural wonders. Witness the mighty and majestic Gullfoss waterfall, cascading dramatically into a deep canyon. Contrasting the cold waterfalls of Gullfoss is the geothermal valley of Geysir, where the geyser Strokkur shoots boiling water high into the air every few minutes. 

Finally, to cap off your sightseeing in the Golden Circle is the Thingvellir National Park, Iceland's first UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The true highlight of the tour lies in the countryside's dark, clear nights, where you'll have the best chance to see the magical northern lights. While gazing at this celestial spectacle, your expert guide will regale you with fascinating trivia and captivating stories about this natural wonder.

Throughout the tour, you'll stay in comfortable city and country accommodations for four nights. Other tour inclusions are complimentary hotel breakfast, airport transfers, Blue Lagoon and Skogar Museum entrance fees, and free Wi-Fi on the tour bus.

In addition, you can elevate your trip by adding optional activities for an extra cost. Some of your options include glacier hiking and a northern lights cruise. 

Your winter tour in Iceland ends as you take the bus transfer from Reykjavik to the airport on day five.

Pack your warmest clothes and embark on an adventure you'll never forget in the land of ice and fire. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Three-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
Airport transfers (arrival and departure)
Four-night accommodation with upgrade options
Complimentary hotel breakfast for four days
Northern Lights program during two evenings 
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon (with towel use)
Entrance to the Skogar Folk Museum with turf houses
Visit to a geothermal greenhouse with a horse stable


Glacier Hiking
Northern lights hunting
Cultural Activity

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Reykjavik transforms into a snowy wonderland during winter.

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland

Your winter adventure begins as soon as you step foot on the land of fire and ice. Upon arrival at the airport, you can step out of the arrivals hall and find the complimentary bus ride that will take you on an hour's drive to Reykjavik.

On your way to the Icelandic capital, you'll be captivated by the rugged landscapes, volcanic terrain, and breathtaking vistas of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Be sure to keep your camera ready, as the peninsula offers numerous photo opportunities that will leave you in awe. The bus has large windows so you can freely enjoy these scenic views.

On the other side, you'll enjoy a panoramic view of the breathtaking coastline, surrounded by the deep-blue waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Once you arrive in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city of Iceland, you'll have the opportunity to explore its charm and allure under the wintry skies. Stroll through the quaint streets, discover local boutiques, and immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene.

Alternatively, you can head downtown to indulge in Icelandic cuisine from various cafes and restaurants. While in the area, don't miss your chance to sample traditional dishes like hearty lamb stew or delicious seafood caught fresh from the surrounding cold waters. Along this area are also charming shops where you can buy local items and souvenirs.

If you're feeling adventurous, you might want to experience the magical dance of the northern lights. On clear winter nights, the elusive auroras light up the dark sky with mesmerizing colors, creating an unforgettable spectacle. However, please note that you have a better chance of seeing this natural phenomenon in the countryside with less light pollution.

On the other hand, if you want an early rest to prepare for the next day's adventure, you can immediately check in at your accommodation in the city.

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Day 2
Steam rises from the Blue Lagoon's milky-blue waters.

Day 2 - Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon

Day two of your winter tour in Iceland is the beginning of your three-day guided tour. The excursion will be conducted on a spacious bus with comfortable seats and free Wi-Fi. In addition, a knowledgeable tour guide will lead your group to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

After a delightful breakfast at your accommodation, you'll venture into the heart of Reykjavik, where your guide will lead you through the city's cultural gems. One of the most visited landmarks is the Hallgrimskirkja Church, a towering architectural marvel that resembles basalt columns.

Besides historical landmarks, you may also explore the charming streets of the city lined with quaint shops, specialty stores, galleries, and cafes. While digging around, don't miss your chance to buy some local items and trinkets to take home as souvenirs of your Nordic holiday.

After an excellent morning in Reykjavik, the bus will take you southward to traverse the otherworldly beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The peninsula boasts lunar-like landscapes, from volcanoes to lava fields and geothermal valleys. During winter, the area transforms into a snowy wonderland.

The highlight of the day is your visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon. This geothermal spa is known for its mineral-rich, milky-blue geothermal waters, ideal for a soothing dip or thermal bath. Included in your entrance package here are the use of a towel and a silica mud mask.

You can also enjoy saunas, steam baths, and plenty of relaxation spaces in the lagoon. Just remember to bring your swimwear if you don't want to rent on-site.

As the day transitions into the evening, you'll travel to the small town of Hella, where a charming country accommodation awaits you.

Keep your eyes peeled for the northern lights as darkness envelops the landscape. If weather permits, step outside to witness this natural wonder firsthand as the lights paint the night sky with mesmerizing colors.

Your knowledgeable tour guide will share fascinating information about the science and folklore surrounding the northern lights. Learn about the mythological tales and cultural significance attached to these dancing lights in the Arctic sky.

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Day 3
Icy plains add allure to the beauty of the Skogafoss waterfall in the South Coast.

Day 3 - South Coast of Iceland

Day three of your winter tour in Iceland takes you to the natural wonders and cultural delights of the South Coast.

After a hearty breakfast, you'll set off to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss waterfall, known for its unique feature that allows you to walk behind the cascading water curtain. Feel the power of nature as you get up close and personal with this majestic 200-foot (60-meter) tall waterfall.

Next on your itinerary is the Skogar Folk Museum, where you'll be transported back in time to experience the traditional Icelandic way of life. The museum boasts well-preserved turf houses, which were once the typical dwellings of Icelandic farmers.

For thrill-seekers, an optional glacier hike in Solheimajokull outlet glacier awaits. Led by experienced guides, this exhilarating hike takes you on a journey through icy landscapes, crevasses, and stunning blue ice formations.

You're welcome to join the activity even if you don't have prior glacier hiking experience. However, please note that this hike requires a prior request and comes with an additional cost.

If you don't opt for the glacier hiking tour, the bus will take you directly to the Reynisfjara beach, famous for its striking black volcanic sands. You can marvel at the dramatic basalt columns, sea stacks, and powerful Atlantic waves surrounding the Icelandic beach.

As the day draws to a close, your group will return to the cozy country accommodation in the small town of Hella. Just like the previous night, you'll get a chance to witness the enchanting dance of the northern lights if the weather is clear. If the conditions align, step outside to see this celestial spectacle and be amazed by the luminous colors painting the skies.

After a day filled with extraordinary sights, cultural discoveries, and the possibility of witnessing the northern lights, it's time to retire for the night at your comfortable country accommodation.

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Day 4
Strokkur geyser shoots boiling water in the Geysir geothermal area.

Day 4 - The Golden Circle of Iceland

Day four of your winter tour in Iceland promises to be a day of wonder as you explore the iconic attractions of the Golden Circle. This must-see route features three attractions that showcase the country's natural and historical marvels.

Before setting off on the Golden Circle adventure, you'll start the day with a visit to the Fridheimar farm, where you'll be introduced to Iceland's unique agricultural practices. Inside the farm, you'll step into an incredible tomato greenhouse, where farmers use geothermal energy to grow delicious, juicy tomatoes all year round.

Another interesting place to see on the farm is the horse stable, where you'll meet friendly and sturdy Icelandic horses. These charming creatures are an integral part of Icelandic culture, and you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.

Your Golden Circle adventure starts with the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss is undoubtedly one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, with a roaring two-tiered glacial waters cascading down a rugged canyon. During winter, certain parts of the waterfall freeze for the most beautiful sight.

Next on the itinerary is the Geysir geothermal area, where the original "geyser" got its name. The star of this geothermal valley is the Strokkur geyser erupting in a spectacular display, shooting boiling water high into the air every five to 10 minutes.

Your final stop is the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of Iceland's first parliament, Althingi. Besides its historical significance, Thingvellir is notable for its geological wonders, particularly the rift valley created by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

After a satisfying time in the Golden Circle, you'll drive back to Reykjavik, where you can check into your city accommodation. It's your last night in Iceland, so take the opportunity to experience Reykjavik's vibrant nightlife.

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Day 5
The Hallgrimskirkja church surrounded by snowy streets and landscapes in Reykjavik.

Day 5 - Departure Day

As your winter tour in Iceland comes to an end, you'll embark on a complimentary bus transfer that will take you on a final journey through the captivating Reykjanes Peninsula.

If you have a late flight, you'll have the morning to savor the cultural delights of Reykjavik. Just remember that all activities you'll do today are not part of your itinerary package.

You can begin with the modern architectural marvel of Harpa Concert Hall, a stunning glass building that hosts a variety of performances and events throughout the year.

Alternatively, you can make your way to the charming Old Harbor, where you can take in the serene views of the sea and mountains. This historic area is home to colorful boats and offers a glimpse into Reykjavik's fishing heritage. Stroll along the waterfront, breathe in the fresh sea air, and perhaps sample some freshly caught seafood in one of the local restaurants.

For those interested in delving deeper into Iceland's rich history and culture, the National Museum of Iceland is a must-visit. Through the museum's exhibits and artifacts, you can gain insight into the events that shaped Iceland into what it is today.

Meanwhile, if you want to do some last-minute shopping, you can head over the Laugavegur street. Laugavegur is Iceland's main shopping street, lined with top-rated souvenir shops and specialty stores.

After your morning exploration, you can head to the Keflavik International Airport on the complimentary bus transfer. As you traverse the Reykjanes Peninsula one last time, take in the breathtaking landscapes and reflect on the incredible journey you've experienced in this land of unparalleled beauty.

From witnessing the dancing northern lights to exploring majestic waterfalls and captivating cultural sites, Iceland has offered a unique and enchanting adventure.

Until then, safe travels and farewell from the breathtaking beauty of Iceland.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing with layers
Winter gloves, hat, and scarf
Sturdy hiking shoes

Good to know

- A single supplement is mandatory for this trip if you want to have your own room.

- Seeing the northern lights is not guaranteed as it remains a natural phenomenon that requires favorable sky and weather conditions.

- Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions.

- Optional activities are available upon request for an extra cost.

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