The Perfect Northern Lights 6 Day Vacation in Iceland
Book the perfect Iceland vacation beneath the Northern Lights with this six-day winter package. This holiday appeals to any who wants to explore the most spectacular attractions in the country and maximize their chances of witnessing a magical display of the aurora borealis.
This package includes a unique and exciting tour to allow you to marvel over the Northern Lights in an unconventional way, such as after an ATV ride, by boat, or combined with an aurora museum trip. You will also have two nights in countryside hotels on the magnificent South Coast, where you have a great shot at spotting them.
On holiday packages such as this one, all your trip details are organized before your arrival, so you don’t have to worry about hotels, tours, transfers, and driving Iceland’s winter roads. This means you can focus solely on searching for the lights and admiring the diverse sites of the south and west, such as the Strokkur geyser, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
To make your vacation even more relaxing, admission into the magical Blue Lagoon Spa is included. Fully unwind and bathe in the tranquil blue waters in a spa of the volcanic earth in the middle of a lava field on the dramatic Reykjanes peninsula.
If you are traveling between November and March, you can add an excursion into the otherworldly ice caves hidden within the most breathtaking of glaciers. Other tours on offer include snorkeling between two tectonic plates at Silfra, snowmobiling on top of one of Iceland’s magnificent glaciers, and lava caving.
Make the most of this perfect six-day vacation amongst Iceland’s spectacular winter landscapes, complete with a unique Iceland Northern Lights tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival and Northern Lights
You’ll be welcomed to Iceland as soon as you land at Keflavik International Airport. The package includes airport transfer tickets. You will board the pre-booked shuttle bus to get to your hotel in Reykjavik.
If you arrive in good time, you can explore the city’s shopping streets, admire artworks such as the Sun Voyager, and visit the city’s architectural marvels.
Be sure you are in time for your exciting evening tour. You will get to seek out the Northern Lights in one of three unique ways.
Firstly, you could take a boat out to Faxaflói bay and marvel at the Northern Lights dancing in the sky over the beautiful waters. Secondly, you could join a personalized minibus tour after a visit to the Reykjavik Aurora Museum, where you can learn all about the folklore and physics of the auroras and how to best photograph them.
After a hopefully incredible example of an Iceland Northern Lights tour, you’ll retire for the night.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon
The second day of your perfect Iceland vacation will take you on a guided tour along the Golden Circle, the country's most famous sightseeing route.
The first site you will come to is Thingvellir National Park. This beautiful valley is located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, both of which can be seen as you walk through the forests and lava landscapes and along the waterways.
If you want to swim between the continents, you can book a Silfra snorkeling tour here and witness an incredible underwater world.
Secondly, you will come to Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal area that boasts the geyser of Strokkur. In the minutes between its dramatic eruptions, there are plenty of bubbling hot springs to marvel over.
The third attraction is Gullfoss waterfall; though beautiful throughout the year, it is particularly stunning in the winter months when icicles cling to the rocks that surround it.
If you wish, you can add one of two alternative excursions to snorkeling, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. The former will allow you to explore Iceland's countryside as the country's forefathers did, through some spectacular landscapes.
If snowmobiling is what you'd like to do today, then your snowmobile tour will take place on Langjokull glacier after you visit Gullfoss waterfall.
On the way back to the city after the Golden Circle tour, you'll make a stop at the Blue Lagoon for a sensory experience unique to Iceland. Release all your tension, letting the azure water soothe tired muscles and joints.
Please note that if you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, such as snorkeling, horseback riding, or snowmobiling, the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled on your arrival or departure day instead so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers.
The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters. You'll want to relax here and take your time bathing in the steamy blue waters.
Day 3 - The South Coast
On day three of your Northern Lights holiday, you will begin a two-day trip along the incredible South Coast, a stretch of the country packed with amazing features.
You can expect to see waterfalls, such as the magnificent Seljalandsfoss, which pours in front of a vast cavern, and the mighty Skogafoss, which boasts incredible power. The coastline itself is stunning, particularly along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, which is home to the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
You will see the glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull in the mountains early in your journey, then the countless tongues of Vatnajokull creeping towards the sea as you near its end. Vatnajokull is the largest ice cap in Europe and can be explored up close in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, alongside lagoons, lava landscapes, beautiful rock formations, and the waterfall of Svartifoss.
The final destination for today is often nicknamed the crown jewel of Iceland’s nature because of its otherworldly presence. The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is filled with enormous icebergs, colored vivid blue and gleaming white, with streaks of black ash from past eruptions. They clutter in the vast lake, which is also home to numerous seals.
The icebergs wash up on the shoreline adjacent to the lagoon when they finally cruise out to the ocean. Because they contrast beautifully with the black sands, this ethereal area is named the Diamond Beach.
As this destination takes a while to reach, you may be lucky enough to see it glistening beneath the Northern Lights. Otherwise, as you are staying in a countryside hotel in the area, you may be able to marvel over them before you retire.
Day 4 - The Blue Ice Cave
The highlight of your fourth day is a trip into the crystal blue ice caves under Vatnajokull glacier.
These spectacular formations form under very specific conditions in very few places on earth, making a trip into one a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Their vivid colors, unusual textures, and how light permeates them make the ice caves almost as otherworldly and ethereal as the Northern Lights.
Back at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, you will witness the mighty glacier tongue that created and continues to form the lagoon and hopefully see some seals.
After some time at the lagoon and Diamond Beach, you will get back on the road and start returning west. You will stop for the night halfway back to the capital, at the village of Vik. As this is by Reynisfjara beach, you can again set out in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights dance over a beautiful location.
Day 5 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula or a free day in Reykjavík
On this perfect Iceland vacation, you can add one more day of exploration of Iceland's nature. This will take place on the magnificent Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a region of west Iceland.
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula has a wealth of natural and cultural sites that beg to be explored. You'll visit the stunning beach of Djupalonssandur, home to the historic lifting stones, the 'arrowhead' mountain from Game of Thrones, Kirkjufell, and the subglacial volcano that is so beautiful that it and its surroundings have become a National Park, Snaefellsjokull.
This feature will be visible throughout much of your travels, and its dramatic presence will leave you in no doubt as to why it has inspired so many artists. These include Jules Verne, who used it as his primary setting in 'A Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.
You'll also see a wealth of cultural fishing villages, such as Budir, Arnarstapi, and Hellnar.
If you want to include an adventure into your day, you can opt into an exploration of an 8,000-year-old lava cave, Vatnshellir, which is located in Snaefellsjokull National Park. This tour will provide a unique impression of how volcanic activity has shaped 'the Land of Ice and Fire', and is fun for the whole family.
After making the most of the diverse sites that have provided the peninsula with its nickname 'Iceland in Miniature', you'll return to the capital for the night. If you want to seek out the auroras one last time, you can take yourself on a Reykjavik Northern Lights hunt by finding the darkest corners of the city.
Day 6 - Farewell to Iceland
Sadly, this is the last day of your Iceland Northern Lights holiday. If you have an early departure, you’ll have to catch the Flybus and take your return journey back to the airport. If, however, you leave late, then you can make the most of Reykjavik, visiting its boutiques, restaurants, museums and artworks.
Alternatively, you could take a final tour to finish off your perfect Iceland vacation. From the city’s domestic airport, you can take a helicopter or small plane to soar over the unbelievable landscapes around the city, combining exhilaration with incredible sightseeing.
This is a perfect way to say goodbye to Iceland’s winter landscapes and to make a lasting final memory of your trip.
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.