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Breathtaking 6 Day Northern Lights Hunting Package of Iceland with Ice Caving

Skaftafell Nature Reserve in South Iceland is best known for its glacier outlets, such as Svínafellsjökull (pictured), and waterfalls such as Svartifoss.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
6 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Sep. - Mar.
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

Explore the wonders of Iceland in winter and hunt the Northern Lights with this 6-day package. Visit the most sought-after sites in Iceland: bathe in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, explore the world-famous Golden Circle, and journey through Iceland's stunning South Coast. Your trip will be enhanced even further by the once-in-a-lifetime experience of exploring the stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.

Traveling in the country couldn't be more comfortable with this winter package. All accommodations, transportation, and guided visits to some of Iceland's most beautiful attractions will be managed for you, allowing you to travel with ease and comfort. Let us take care of the details while you focus on making fantastic memories exploring Iceland's incredible landscapes and hunting the incredible Aurora Borealis. 

With this package, you'll get to explore the famed attractions of the Golden Circle, travel Iceland's famous South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and enter a winter wonderland inside an authentic ice cave. You will also get to hunt for the stunning Northern Lights every evening after dark, searching for this beautiful natural phenomenon. You'll visit the famous Blue Lagoon to soak in the geothermal waters amid a volcanic landscape. 

Why not embrace more adventure to your trip by adding a mixture of incredible experiences. You can take a ride on an Icelandic horse in the rugged terrains, snorkel in the rift between two continents at Þingvellir National Park, snowmobile through the white snowy expanse of Langjökull glacier, watch the whales breach off the shores of Reykjavík, or spend a day exploring the beautiful wild landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Discover the wonders of Iceland in the wintertime with this fantastic 6-day tour, taking every chance to stand in awe under the Northern Lights!

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
4 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 2-day small group minibus tour with ice caving
1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Northern Lights hunting
Detailed Itinerary
Personal travel agent
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Travelers who book with Guide to Iceland may have a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test prearranged prior to their departure from Iceland, if needed.

Activities

Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Northern Lights tours are conducted on land and on sea, and both options provide a great chance of spotting the incredible auroras.

Day 1 - Arrival and Northern Lights

Welcome to Iceland! As you exit the airport, you'll feel the brisk and refreshing Icelandic winter weather on your face. You'll take the swift airport transfer and be driven through the rocky landscape on your way to the capital city of Reykjavík.

On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. 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.

Your accommodation was chosen for its excellent location and comfort, bringing you to the heart of Reykjavík. You can spend the evening getting to know the city, walking the narrow and colorful streets, or sampling the cuisine found in the bars, coffee shops, and cafés around town.

If you like, you can take the complimentary Northern Lights boat tour today. Come aboard a lovely sightseeing ship from the Old Harbour by Harpa Concert Hall, and you'll be able to gaze up at the sky in hopes of seeing those fabulous sparkles of eerie color!

Alternately, you can take a Northern Lights minibus tour to head out into the countryside under cover of darkness and watch for glimmers of color against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.

You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.

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Day 2
Gullfoss thunders into an ancient canyon, which in winter, becomes cloaked in thick layers of snow and ice.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon

Today, you'll visit the popular locations of the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

If you choose to go horseback riding, that will be at the start of your day, before going to Þingvellir National Park.

Þingvellir National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its importance to world culture. The first parliament was founded in the valley in 930 AD. Viking chieftains and their retainers would make their way to this beautiful place to discuss the law each year. They stood on the shores of Lake Þingvellir, just as you can. They, too, admired the silvery waters of Silfra fissure, which is popular today for snorkeling and diving. You can choose to join a snorkeling tour here yourself.

The gorge which marks the division of tectonic plates gets a bit wider each year due to the furious pressure of the earth. It only moves at a rate of 2 mm each year, so even though it was slightly narrower 1,000 years ago, the famous Vikings of the past may have walked where you are walking today!

The second stop on the Golden Circle is Geysir geothermal area, made famous by the temperamental geysers blasting water high into the air. The furious pressure which drives them boils deep below the surface, making these explosions thrilling to behold. While Geysir itself is dormant after nearly 10,000 years of activity, Strokkur erupts every 10 minutes or so, shooting water as high as 40 m (131 ft).

Also, there are more than 30 other hot springs, bubbling mud pots, and steaming vents here. Stroll the entire area to see how the water streams over the rocks, and the minerals make beautiful colors!

At Gullfoss waterfall, you can view the power of the water from glacial runoff as it shoots down the river, tumbles over the two-tiered falls, and crashes into the canyon below. The river's energy has made it a popular spot for white water rafting a little further down from the waterfall. You can feel the thunder in your fingers and toes as you make your way along the walking path to the waterfall, where you can admire its power from up close.

If snowmobiling is what you'd like to do today, then your snowmobile tour will take place on Langjökull glacier after visiting 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, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled on your arrival or departure day instead. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.

You'll return to Reykjavík to relax from your busy day and enjoy another night in town before your next adventure.

You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.

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Day 3
A path fully surrounds the South Coast waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, which can be taken so long as the conditions are not too treacherous.

Day 3 - The South Coast

Today a two-day exploration of the beautiful yet wild south coast begins, the most popular area for sightseeing in Iceland.

First, you will enjoy a pair of enchanting waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is nestled in a cliff that rises out of the hillside. A path goes directly behind the falls so that you may look out at the landscape from under a veil of sparkling icicles and running water, but take care not to slip on the icy ground! Next, visit Skógafoss waterfall, a high waterfall rumored to hide buried treasure in its misty pool.

Then, the infamous Reynisfjara beach is a place of pearly frost and black sand, surrounded by black basalt that forms the cliffs and stands out in the sea in majestic columns while the waves crash on the shore. This location is dramatically beautiful but dangerous in return. Visitors should always keep a distance of about 66-98 feet (20-30 meters) from the unpredictable waves.

After that, you'll visit Skaftafell National Park, a popular hiking and camping area that lies right beside the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull. Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (or Hvannadalshnjúkur), is visible from the hiking trails, rising to 6,992 ft (2,110 m).

Finally, you'll make your way to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where chunks of ice break off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in the distance, washed away by meltwater to this lagoon before finally floating out to sea.

The ice is untouched by the UV rays, which turn the surfaces blinding white, leaving a pure, blue color on the underside. Seals play on the ice, and gulls wheel overhead, creating a lovely display. On the nearby Diamond Beach, chunks of ice wash up on the black sand and lie sparkling in the sun.

You'll spend the night in a cozy country hotel near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Both areas are spectacular locations to hunt for the Northern Lights.

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Day 4
Helmets and crampons are required for ice caving, so wear thin hats and decent hiking shoes.

Day 4 - Deep Inside the Ice Cave

Today, you'll hop into a specially modified Superjeep, which will take you to your next unique experience: a natural blue ice cave beneath Vatnajökull glacier. There is a short hike through the winter air, so be sure to wear good hiking boots which cover your ankles. No one wants to go caving with damp socks!

These caves are discovered by specialists each autumn, who search the countryside for caves that are safe to traverse and as beautiful as can be - sheets of transparent blue ice form the walls, while lacy frost and ice sculptures decorate the inside.

These caves change every day, shifting, melting, and refreezing with the weather, so no two caves are alike. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, even if you have been ice caving before.

You'll spend around 45 minutes within the ice cave, so make sure that you dress warmly! You'll get a helmet, so you should bring a winter hat that is not too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.

After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, you'll return to Reykjavík for the evening. You'll make a second stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to see how it looks in the midday light. You might also be able to see more seals sunbathing on the icebergs.

On our way back to Reykjavík, your guide will keep his eyes open for the glimmer of Northern Lights and make a stop if they appear.

You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.

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Day 5
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, or 'Iceland in Miniature' as it is otherwise known, is beautiful throughout the year, but somewhat more mystical in midwinter.

Day 5 - Your Choice: Reykjavik vs Snaefellsnes Peninsula

You have two options for spending your day.

Option 1 - Quirky and Stylish Reykjavik

Make the most of your time in the capital by spending the day sightseeing in Reykjavik, from the beautiful Sólfarið ("Sun Voyager") sculpture of a Viking ship that sits on the harbor to the historic parliament buildings just off the main shopping street.

Speaking of shopping, you can stroll the avenue while looking at the wares of the funky shops you find there or stop at one of our local coffee shops with a special weekly roast. The shops offer everything from Icelandic handicrafts and souvenirs to books, volcanic jewelry, and more.

Down by the Old Harbour, you can stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants and then take a whale watching tour around the harbor area. Watch the waves for the telltale swish of a fin. Keep your eyes on the rocks of the tiny islands just a short distance from the shore, and you'll see many birds nesting.

From Reykjavik, you could also choose to take an ATV adventure. In this experience, you will be picked up from your accommodation in the city. You will then be taken to the ATV base camp. Here you will be introduced to the ATV vehicles, which are perfectly suited for the challenging terrain of the Icelandic countryside. Once you have been geared up and given a safety briefing, you will enjoy the exhilaration of zipping through the landscapes of the surrounding area. When you have finished your adventure, you will be returned to your accommodation in Reykjavik, where you can soak up more of the sights of the city.

Option 2 - The Photographer's Paradise

If you can't get enough of the beautiful Icelandic coast, you may tour the Snæfellsnes peninsula instead. This impressive assemblage of natural landmarks contains so many features common in Iceland that it is sometimes called "Iceland in Miniature," because you can see it all in one place!

The impressive Snæfellsjökull glacier/volcano was described as the entryway to the center of the Earth in Jules Verne's famous novel Journey. The glacier is at the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which you'll explore today. You'll make your way along the north side of the peninsula, along the coastline, past the glacier, and then tour the southern rim before returning to Reykjavík.

The iconic mountain Kirkjufell rises before you on your way to Ólafsvík village. Shortly after, you'll admire other quaint fishing villages, such as Rif and Hellissandur.

You'll visit not one but two black sand beaches, at Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, both important fishing centers in Iceland in previous centuries.

You will continue to Hellnar, another cute little village where you'll enjoy a hike to explore the nearby cliffs, watching seabirds and admiring the beautiful views of the sea and to the glacier of Snæfellsjökull.

If you wish, you can add yet another Northern Lights tour on this evening as well and spend your night breathing clouds of crisp air into the darkness as you gaze at the skies above. Hopefully, the Aurora forecast will be on your side!

Your arrival time back in Reykjavík is dependent on Northern Lights conditions, but you will return sometime between 9 PM and 1 AM.

You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.

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Day 6
Across the solidly frozen lake of Tjörnin, visitors can admire the snowy skyline of Reykjavík city.

Day 6 - Farewell to Iceland

Take the convenient airport shuttle from your hotel to Keflavík International Airport on your final day in Iceland.

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 wish you a pleasant journey.

Have a wonderful flight and come back soon!

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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 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.

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 center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

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.

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