Small Group 8-Day Northern Lights Exploration | Best of West & South Iceland From Keflavik Airport

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
8 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
8 years old


Embark on an unforgettable eight-day guided excursion, focused on the mesmerizing Northern Lights, by booking this incredible small-group tour. This tour is perfect for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts who want to experience the best of Iceland's diverse landscapes and have a chance to witness the elusive aurora borealis.

Your journey begins with a pick-up from Keflavik International Airport, followed by a thrilling exploration of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Discover the famous Golden Circle, where you can marvel at the spectacular sights of geysers, waterfalls, and historical landmarks. Immerse yourself in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with its stunning lava caves and breathtaking landscapes.

Behold the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the black lava beaches, where you can witness the mesmerizing dance of icebergs. Take leisurely strolls along the shores, soaking in the tranquil ambiance of these remarkable locations. 

Traverse the vast expanse of Vatnajokull National Park, where you can embark on an exploration of the mighty glacier, including the glacial lagoon and the Diamond Beach, where glistening ice fragments create a captivating spectacle in the sunlight.

Take a moment to relax in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon and learn about Iceland's fascinating volcanic activity. Along the way, you'll encounter Icelandic horses, visit turf farmsteads and churches, and even have the opportunity to climb a volcano crater.

Learn about the history of Iceland at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes and explore the mysterious Vatnshellir cave beneath the Snaefellsnesjokull glacier.

Throughout the tour, you'll have the chance to learn about Iceland's earliest days, witness its breathtaking landscapes, and participate in exciting cultural experiences. Most importantly, the tour maximizes your chances of witnessing the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Each night, you'll venture away from light pollution, increasing your chances of capturing this natural phenomenon in all its glory.

Don't miss out on this incredible eight-day adventure, where you'll encounter Iceland's wonders and chase the Northern Lights. Check availability now by choosing a date and secure your spot on this extraordinary journey.

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Arrival and departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide or driver/guide - max 16 person per group
7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels
7x breakfast
Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch (Day 3)
Visit to traditional shark curing farm
Hot spring tasting with geothermal-cooked bread and eggs
Visit to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
Visit Lava Exhibition Center
Skógar Folk Museum & Turf houses
Entrance to Blue Lagoon, towels included
Northern Lights program


Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Keflavik International Airport is a major port for most travelers to Iceland.

Day 1 - Arrival Day

On your arrival day, embark on a seamless and comfortable transfer from Keflavik Airport to your chosen accommodation in Reykjavik, courtesy of the reliable Flybus shuttle bus service. Sit back, relax, and take in the scenic surroundings as you make your way to the heart of the city.

Upon arriving at your hotel, take a moment to settle in and unwind. Feel the warmth and hospitality of your accommodation envelope you, providing a cozy retreat after your travels. Allow yourself to fully embrace the sense of anticipation for the incredible adventure that lies ahead in the Icelandic landscapes.

If time permits, take advantage of the opportunity to explore Reykjavik, Iceland's vibrant capital city. This charming blend of modernity and rich cultural heritage offers plenty of attractions and activities to cater to every interest. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you stroll through the colorful streets, discovering quaint shops, cozy cafés, and intriguing galleries at every turn.

Reykjavik boasts a variety of iconic landmarks that are well worth a visit. Marvel at the striking architectural masterpiece that is the Hallgrimskirkja Church, with its soaring tower offering panoramic views of the city. Immerse yourself in Icelandic history and culture at the National Museum of Iceland, where captivating exhibits bring the country's past to life.

As the day gently transitions into the evening, allow your taste buds to embark on their own adventure. Reykjavik's culinary scene is a treasure trove of delights, with a range of restaurants offering everything from traditional Icelandic cuisine to innovative international fare. Treat yourself to a memorable dining experience, savoring the unique flavors and fresh ingredients that define Icelandic gastronomy.

After a satisfying meal, take some time to unwind and prepare for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Find solace in the comfort of your hotel, knowing that your stay at Hotel Klettur or a similar establishment will provide a peaceful and rejuvenating night's sleep. Rest assured that you will wake up refreshed and ready to embrace the remarkable journey that awaits you in the coming days.

Let the anticipation and excitement guide you as you drift off to sleep, knowing that the wonders of Iceland await.

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Day 2
The Hraunfossar waterfalls are beautiful features in West Iceland.

Day 2 - Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley

At 9:00, gather with your fellow travelers and meet your knowledgeable tour guide, who will introduce you to the vibrant highlights of Iceland's exciting capital city, Reykjavik. Explore the charming streets adorned with unique architecture and a lively atmosphere. Discover iconic landmarks, such as the Hallgrimskirkja Church, with its distinctive design, and learn about the rich history and culture of this fascinating city.

After the city tour, embark on a westward journey, making your first stop in Borgarnes. Here, delve into Iceland's earliest days at the Settlement Center, learning about stories and historical events that shaped the country's foundation. Gain a deeper understanding of Iceland's past as you explore this cultural hub.

Continuing on, venture into Borgarfjordur, renowned as the Saga Valley due to its significant historical significance. Marvel at the impressive Grabrok volcano crater and take the opportunity to climb its slopes, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Witness the power of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.

Then, be enthralled by the natural wonders of Hraunfossar, a series of cascading waterfalls that flow from beneath a vast lava field, creating a mesmerizing sight. Nearby, visit the Barnafoss waterfall, also known as the Children's Falls, which has its own poignant tale to tell.

As the afternoon unfolds, indulge in a lecture about the Northern Lights, learning about the scientific phenomena and folklore surrounding this natural spectacle. After a delicious dinner, step into the hotel garden, gazing up at the darkened sky in search of the elusive aurora borealis. Sip on a warm cup of chocolate or tea, savoring the tranquility of the moment as you await a potential display of the dancing lights.

Rest and rejuvenate at Hotel Hamar or a similar comfortable accommodation, knowing that a hearty breakfast awaits you in the morning. 

As you retire for the night, reflect on the adventures of the day and anticipate the wonders that lie ahead on your journey through Iceland's landscapes.

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Day 3
Mount Kirkjufell is a breathtaking peak on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 3 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Lava Cave

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, aptly known as "the peninsula of the snowy mountain," stretches out from Iceland's west coast, resembling a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip. It encapsulates the essence of the entire island, offering a condensed version of its diverse landscapes and natural wonders.

A majestic mountain chain runs along its length, providing a rugged backdrop to your explorations.

Begin your day by visiting the picturesque fishing village of Grundarfjordur, nestled against an impressive coastline with towering mountains, serene lakes, and cascading waterfalls gracing the backdrop. It is here that you will encounter one of Iceland's most iconic and photographed mountains, Kirkjufell.

Marvel at its distinct shape as it juts out into the bay, creating a captivating scene that has enchanted photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Continue your journey to the coastal gems of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where dramatic cliffs and striking rock formations await. Delight in the wild beauty of the shoreline as crashing waves and seabirds accompany your explorations. 

Then, prepare for a unique adventure as you venture beneath the surface into the depths of Vatnshellir cave. Descend 35 meters underground and venture approximately 200 meters into the lava tube that lies beneath the Snaefellsjokull glacier. Feel the thrill of exploration as you witness the remarkable geological formations that have formed over centuries.

On the return journey to Borgarnes, your guide will provide practical tips on capturing the elusive Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. As darkness descends, immerse yourself in the enchanting quest to witness the dancing colors of the aurora borealis. 

Step into the hotel garden, where you can chase the Northern Lights and find solace in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs, offering a soothing retreat amidst the tranquil Icelandic surroundings.

Retire for the night at the same comfortable hotel, reflecting on the awe-inspiring sights and experiences of the day. As you drift into dreams, anticipation builds for the adventures that lie ahead in this captivating land of fire and ice.

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Day 4
Thingvellir National Park has a secret, hidden waterfall.

Day 4 - Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse

Embark on a scenic journey along the Hvalfjordur fjord, taking in the breathtaking coastal landscapes that unfold before you. Your first stop of the day is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its historical and geological significance. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park as you explore its stunning vistas and learn about its cultural heritage.

Continue your adventure along the renowned Golden Circle route, where you will witness the steam rising from the mesmerizing Geysir geothermal fields. Marvel at the raw power and natural phenomena as geysers erupt and hot springs bubble. 

Indulge your taste buds with a unique experience as the chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to savor the flavors of freshly baked hot spring bread, served alongside Icelandic butter, boiled eggs, and herring. Delight in this culinary delight, infused with the unique essence of Iceland.

Journey onward to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, a double cascade that thunders into a dramatic canyon. Stand in awe of the sheer power and beauty of this natural wonder as you witness the rushing waters cascading down.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the world of the Icelandic horse. Learn about its unique qualities, rich history, and the deep connection it holds with the Icelandic people. Gain insights into the cultural significance of this remarkable breed as you interact with these gentle creatures.

Continue your exploration with a visit to a geothermal greenhouse, where you can discover the innovative techniques used to harness the power of geothermal energy for agriculture. Learn about sustainable practices and witness firsthand how Iceland's natural resources are utilized in harmony with the environment.

As the day draws to a close, reach your accommodation in the serene surroundings of South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and embrace the tranquility of rural Iceland as you search for the elusive Northern Lights. Venture outside and gaze up at the starry sky, hoping for a mesmerizing display of dancing colors to grace the heavens.

Rest and recharge at Landhotel in Hella or a similar comfortable accommodation, knowing that a peaceful night's sleep awaits you. Tomorrow holds new adventures and wonders to discover in this captivating land of contrasts.

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Day 5
The northern lights shimmer over the South Coast of Iceland.

Day 5 - Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Today, embark on a journey along the picturesque South Coast as you traverse a landscape brimming with natural wonders and geological marvels. Begin your day by exploring the fascinating world of geology and active volcanoes at the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center.

Gain a deeper understanding of the powerful forces that shape Iceland's dynamic landscape as you explore interactive exhibits and learn about the region's volcanic history.

Continuing eastward, discover one of Iceland's finest folk museums. Delve into the rich cultural heritage of Iceland as you peruse an outstanding collection of farm and domestic items, offering insights into the daily lives of past generations. Marvel at the preserved turf-built houses, an architectural style deeply rooted in Icelandic tradition.

Next, prepare to be awestruck by the majestic Skogafoss waterfall, standing tall at an impressive height of 197 feet (60 meters). Feel the mist on your face as the powerful cascade plunges into a pool below, creating a spectacle of nature's might. Take a moment to absorb the grandeur of this iconic waterfall.

In the afternoon, venture to Reynisfjara in South Iceland, where a striking black lava beach awaits. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore, relishing the rugged beauty of the volcanic sand and the dramatic bird cliffs that grace the horizon. Allow the serenity of this coastal landscape to envelop you as you soak in the awe-inspiring surroundings.

As the day unfolds, find yourself immersed in the tranquility of the Vatnajökull National Park region, near Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Surrounded by darkness, this secluded location offers an ideal setting for searching for the mesmerizing Northern Lights. 

Spend two nights at Fosshótel Núpar or a similar comfortable accommodation nestled in the heart of this region. With minimal light pollution, your chances of witnessing the captivating dance of the aurora borealis are maximized, creating a magical atmosphere in which to chase the lights.

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Day 6
The Diamond Beach is spectacular over sunset in winter.

Day 6 - Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier, Glacial Lagoon, and Diamond Beach

Prepare for a day filled with glaciers, ice, and icebergs as you explore the wonders of Vatnajokull National Park. Your adventure begins as you journey to Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon adorned with floating icebergs. 

Savor the breathtaking sight before you and keep an eye out for seals gracefully swimming in the arctic waters. Take a leisurely walk along the black sandy beach known as Diamond Beach, where magnificent icebergs have become stranded, creating a striking contrast against the dark sand.

In the afternoon, visit the charming turf church at Hof, a tiny yet significant historical site that holds a special place in Icelandic culture. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this unique location, surrounded by the rugged beauty of nature.

Continue your exploration within Europe's largest national park, home to Iceland's highest mountains and an alpine environment that will leave you in awe. As you navigate this vast wilderness, marvel at the grandeur of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. The sheer magnitude of this icy expanse is a humbling sight to behold.

In the evening, enjoy a captivating film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Delve into the science and legends behind this natural phenomenon, deepening your understanding of the enchanting aurora borealis. 

Be sure not to retire to bed too soon in this remote and tranquil location, as you wouldn't want to miss another opportunity to witness the shimmering dance of the Northern Lights illuminating the night sky.

For those seeking even more adventure, an optional ice cave tour is available between October and April, should the weather permit. This unique experience takes you on a 30-minute drive by a 4x4 vehicle from the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, followed by a 5 to 15 minute hike (one-way) to reach the ice cave. Spend approximately one hour inside the captivating ice cave, marveling at its ethereal beauty. 

Please note that good hiking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are necessary for this optional tour, as the ice caves can be damp. The minimum age requirement for the ice cave tour is ten years old. While participants of the ice cave tour will miss out on some of the official tour programs, such as the film presentation, they will still have the opportunity to visit the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, as it is included for all group members.

Spend the night at the same hotel, immersing yourself in the peaceful surroundings of this remote location. 

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Day 7
Iceland's Blue Lagoon is a breathtaking location for hot spring bathing.

Day 7 - South Shore & Blue Lagoon

On the seventh day of your extraordinary journey, venture along Iceland's captivating South Shore, where breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders await. Departing from Kirkjubaejarklaustur, you will traverse the vast Eldhraun lava field, an awe-inspiring expanse formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.

As you travel across this unique terrain, take a moment to marvel at the stark beauty of the blackened lava fields stretching as far as the eye can see, creating a dramatic contrast against the surrounding landscapes.

Next on your itinerary is the charming village of Vik, where you will have the opportunity to make a memorable photo stop. Capture the essence of this coastal gem as you behold the beauty of the black lava beach.

Adorned with towering bird cliffs and the relentless crash of ocean waves, this striking panorama offers a remarkable sight that exemplifies the untamed coastal beauty of Iceland. 

Continuing your journey westward, you will soon reach the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Admire its impressive height as it plunges from the mountain, creating a mesmerizing cascade of water. Delight in the opportunity to walk behind the waterfall, experiencing its power and majesty up close.

In the afternoon, get ready for a truly indulgent experience as you make your way to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Surrender to relaxation as you soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters, surrounded by the ethereal beauty of the volcanic surroundings.

Let the soothing properties of the Blue Lagoon's geothermal waters rejuvenate your body and mind, creating a sense of tranquility and well-being.

As the day draws to a close, you will reach the vibrant city of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Arriving around dinner time, savor your last evening in this enchanting country, reflecting on the incredible memories and experiences of your journey. 

Your accommodation at Hotel Klettur or a similar establishment provides a comfortable and convenient base for your final night in Iceland.

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Day 8
The FlyBus service in Iceland is a convenient way to get to and from the airport.

Day 8 - Departure Day

On the final day of your Icelandic adventure, bid farewell to the enchanting land of fire and ice. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavik, prepare for your departure from this captivating country.

Individually transfer to Keflavik International Airport via the convenient Flybus shuttle bus. The departure time will be determined based on the time of your flight, ensuring a seamless and timely journey to the airport.

As you travel from Reykjavik to Keflavik, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and cherished memories that have filled your eight-day exploration of Iceland. Relive the breathtaking landscapes, the powerful waterfalls, the soothing geothermal springs, and the mesmerizing dance of the Northern Lights. Carry the spirit of Iceland with you as you embark on your journey home, knowing that the wonders of this remarkable country will forever hold a special place in your heart.

As you board your flight and bid farewell to Iceland, take one last glance at the captivating landscapes that have left an indelible mark on your soul. Cherish the memories of your adventure and the connections made with this land of natural wonders and warm hospitality.

Although your Icelandic journey has come to an end, the experiences and the magic of this extraordinary land will remain with you forever. As you soar through the skies, carry the spirit of Iceland within you, knowing that you have been touched by its beauty and inspired by its grandeur.

Depart with a sense of fulfillment and a longing to return, knowing that Iceland's wonders will always be waiting to welcome you back.

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