Captivating 6-Day Iceland Winter Adventure with Northern Lights Hunt Starting in Reykjavik
Explore Iceland's winter wonderland on this adventure tour with northern lights hunt, an immersive six-day/five-night journey that introduces you to the beauty of Iceland. This extraordinary adventure offers you a chance to witness Iceland's incredible natural forces up close and personal, making it the ideal expedition for those seeking a memorable exploration of this unique region.
Your Icelandic adventure begins with your arrival in Iceland on day one. Should time permit, this would be a good time to explore Reykjavik and discover the diverse attractions and activities in the vibrant capital.
From there, you'll be whisked away to embark on an unforgettable journey along the Golden Circle on Day two. Your day starts with a visit to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre, where you'll gain insight into the mesmerizing aurora borealis. Next, you'll explore the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dramatic landscapes and historical significance.
You'll then venture to the Haukdadalur geothermal area, where geysers erupt in spectacular displays of nature's power. Witness the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall before concluding your day at Laugarvatn, where you can relax and reflect on the day's wonders.
Day three takes you along the South Coast, where you'll visit the LAVA Centre, an interactive exhibition showcasing Iceland's volcanic activity and geological wonders. The journey continues to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two stunning waterfalls that showcase the South Coast's natural beauty. Finally, you'll explore the otherworldly Reynisfjara beach, famous for its black sand, basalt columns, and powerful Atlantic waves.
On Day four, you'll delve into Vatnajokull National Park, home to the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Europe's largest glacier. Marvel at the shimmering icebergs as they float in the lagoon and wash ashore on Diamond Beach, creating a surreal and captivating landscape. Your day concludes in the enchanting Skaftafell area, where you can immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings.
Day five brings you to Hveragerdi, known as the Greenhouse Village, where you'll explore geothermal wonders and meet Icelandic horses at a local farm. Your journey continues along the Reykjanes peninsula, known for its dramatic landscapes and thundering waves. Finally, unwind and rejuvenate in the iconic Blue Lagoon, a geothermal oasis renowned for its healing properties.
As your adventure on this escorted winter tour comes to an end on day six, bid farewell to the land of fire and ice, taking with you unforgettable memories of Iceland's natural wonders and the thrill of hunting the elusive northern lights.
Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience Iceland's incredible landscapes and seek out the northern lights. Embark on an unforgettable journey through Iceland's hidden powers and natural beauty. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
Your adventure in Iceland commences with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport, the primary entry point to this captivating island nation. Stepping off the plane, you'll immediately be enveloped by the invigorating Icelandic air, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey. While transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour, worry not; arrangements for shared or private transfers can be made upon your request at the time of booking.
As you exit the airport, you'll immediately notice the unique landscape that makes Iceland so captivating. The surroundings are a blend of rugged volcanic terrain, moss-covered lava fields, and a distant view of the North Atlantic Ocean. This stark and pristine landscape hints at the natural wonders awaiting you.
Should your arrival time permit, consider making the most of your first day by adding a day tour to your itinerary. Depending on your interests, a variety of options can be suggested. Whichever adventure you opt for, it's certain to be a memorable start to your Icelandic odyssey.
As the evening descends upon Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in its vibrant culture and culinary scene. Dinner tonight is at your leisure, and you'll quickly discover that Reykjavik offers a multitude of dining options, from cozy local eateries to upscale restaurants serving Icelandic delicacies. Dining in Reykjavik is not merely a meal, it's a chance to acquaint yourself with the heart and soul of Iceland.
Please bear in mind that Icelandic hotels typically commence check-in procedures around 14:00 (2:00 p.m.), and early check-in cannot be guaranteed. However, most accommodations are accommodating and willing to store your luggage if you arrive before your room is ready, enabling you to explore Reykjavik unburdened.
As you settle in for your first night in Iceland, a sense of anticipation and wonder will envelop you. Your journey is just beginning, and the magic of this extraordinary land is poised to unfold before your eyes. Tomorrow, you'll delve deeper into Iceland's natural wonders and cultural treasures, but for now, take a moment to savor the beginning of this incredible adventure.
Welcome to Iceland!
Day 2 - Golden Circle
Rise and shine to a new day of exploration in Iceland. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at your hotel, prepare for an unforgettable journey through the renowned Golden Circle. Your guide, a knowledgeable local expert, will greet you in the lobby.
Your first stop on this adventure is the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. This immersive experience will introduce you to the mesmerizing world of the northern lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Learn about the science behind these mystical lights and the folklore that surrounds them.
Next, venture into the heart of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site with historical and geological significance. Here, you'll walk in the footsteps of the Vikings, as this is where the world's first parliament was established in the 10th century.
The park also features a dramatic landscape created by the shifting tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia. Explore the Almannagja Gorge and Silfra Fissure, wherein the water is so remarkably clear that you can see for over 100 meters, offering a surreal and otherworldly underwater vista.
Continuing your journey, you'll visit Haukdalur, a geothermal area known for its bubbling mud pots and erupting geysers. Witness the awe-inspiring eruption of Strokkur, a geyser that shoots boiling water into the air at regular intervals, creating a natural spectacle.
Gullfoss, "The Golden Waterfall," is your next stop. This iconic waterfall is a breathtaking sight as it plunges into a deep canyon with incredible force. Stand at the viewpoint and feel the mist on your face as you admire this natural wonder.
As the day progresses, you'll reach the charming town of Laugarvatn. Nestled around three hot springs, the residents have ingeniously harnessed the power of these natural geothermal wonders for both warmth and hot water.
You'll have the unique opportunity to visit an outdoor geothermal bakery, where traditional Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands of the earth. Savor the flavors of freshly baked bread, served hot and delicious with Icelandic butter and smoked trout – a culinary delight like no other.
After a day filled with remarkable experiences, you'll enjoy a delightful dinner and spend the night in South Iceland.
Keep your fingers crossed for favorable weather conditions, as your guide might lead you on a thrilling northern lights hunt on foot in the vicinity of your hotel tonight or on the evenings of day three or four. This natural light show is a magical way to cap off your day of exploration in Iceland's Golden Circle.
Day 3 - South Coast
Welcome to day three of your Icelandic journey, where you'll explore the breathtaking South Coast. After indulging in a hearty breakfast at your hotel, embark on a picturesque drive along the South Shore, a region that transforms into a winter wonderland, offering an entirely different charm during the colder months.
Your first stop is the remarkable LAVA Centre, a captivating educational exhibition that delves into the fascinating world of volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the formation of Iceland itself. This interactive, high-tech experience provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the geological forces that have shaped this island nation. Make sure to catch the riveting film about Icelandic volcanoes, which adds an immersive layer to your exploration.
As you continue your journey, you'll encounter two of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss is famous for its unique feature that allows you to walk behind the cascading water curtain, providing a one-of-a-kind perspective and photo opportunity. Skogafoss, on the other hand, is a mighty waterfall with a striking presence.
Next on the itinerary is the otherworldly Reynisfjara beach, known for its dramatic black sand and awe-inspiring rock formations. Stroll along the shore, marveling at the hexagonal basalt columns and the relentless crashing of waves from the Atlantic Ocean. This beach is not only a visual spectacle but also steeped in Icelandic folklore, adding an extra layer of intrigue to your visit.
Continuing your journey, you'll cross Eldhraun, an extensive lava field formed by a catastrophic 18th-century volcanic eruption. The stark contrast between the dark, undulating lava landscape and the snowy surroundings is a stark reminder of Iceland's volatile nature.
Finally, reach the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for your overnight stay. This quaint village offers a serene escape surrounded by nature, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind after an eventful day of exploration. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a restful night's sleep, preparing for more adventures in the days to come.
Day Three on the South Coast promises a blend of natural wonders, geological insights, and cultural experiences, ensuring that your Icelandic adventure remains unforgettable.
Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, knowing that you won't need to pack as you'll be returning to this comfortable haven tonight. Today's adventure takes you to the awe-inspiring southern region of Vatnajokull National Park, a vast wilderness named after Europe's largest glacier. Get ready for an unforgettable day of natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes.
Your first stop is the renowned Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This ethereal lagoon is a mesmerizing sight, where massive icebergs break away from the glacier and drift serenely in the crystal-clear waters. The vivid blue of the ice contrasting with the dark volcanic sands is a photographer's dream.
Adjacent to the lagoon lies the enchanting Diamond Beach. It's named for the glistening ice chunks that wash ashore, resembling precious gems scattered on the black sands. Strolling along this beach, you'll feel like you've stepped into a fairytale world, with the sun's rays playing off the ice, creating a dazzling spectacle.
Continuing your journey, you'll explore the Skaftafell area within Vatnajokull National Park. Skaftafell is a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts, offering a network of hiking trails that lead to stunning viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and lush meadows.
As the day winds down, enjoy a delicious dinner in the charming Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. This picturesque village is nestled in a lush valley and is known for its natural beauty and warm hospitality. After a day filled with incredible sights, you'll return to your hotel for a well-deserved night's rest.
Don't forget to check if the northern lights are visible tonight, it could be a breathtaking end to your day.
Day 4 brings you face to face with the mesmerizing wonders of Vatnajokull National Park, from the ethereal Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach to the hiking paradise of Skaftafell. It's a day that promises to leave you with lasting memories of Iceland's unparalleled natural beauty.
Day 5 - Hveragerdi – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik
On day five, you will be treated to a diverse range of experiences, from a visit to a greenhouse village to soaking in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, concluding with a return to Reykjavik.
After breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic journey along the South Coast, which offers a completely different perspective of Iceland's winter landscapes compared to the previous days of your trip. The South Coast is renowned for its dramatic beauty, featuring glaciers, black sand beaches, and rugged cliffs.
Your first stop is the charming village of Hveragerdi, often referred to as the "Greenhouse Village." Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore geothermal wonders up close. Hveragerdi is known for its greenhouses, which are heated using natural hot water from the Earth's depths.
Take a leisurely stroll through these greenhouses and witness firsthand how Icelanders harness the power of geothermal energy to cultivate fruits and vegetables, even in the harsh Icelandic climate.
Next, as you continue your journey along a scenic coastal road, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the sea waves crashing against the shoreline. This part of the drive takes you through the otherworldly landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, which is known for its lunar-like terrain, volcanic craters, and geothermal activity.
One of the highlights of your day awaits as you arrive at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland's most famous geothermal spa. The Blue Lagoon is a surreal oasis of milky-blue waters surrounded by lava fields, and it offers visitors the chance to relax and unwind in the soothing warmth of the mineral-rich geothermal waters.
After luxuriating in the Blue Lagoon, you'll make your way back to Reykjavik, where your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Explore Reykjavik's vibrant nightlife, savor Icelandic cuisine at one of the city's excellent restaurants, or simply take a leisurely walk to soak in the city's unique atmosphere.
Your memorable day concludes with an overnight stay in Reykjavik, allowing you to reflect on the incredible experiences you've had during your Icelandic adventure. Dinner is on your own, giving you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of dining options in the capital city.
Day 6 - Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
As you bid farewell to Iceland on your final day, commence the day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. It's worth noting that for those with early morning departure flights, breakfast may be a lighter meal. Take a moment to savor the Icelandic flavors one last time as you prepare to depart from this stunning land.
Following breakfast, it's time to head to the international airport. Although the airport transfer is not included in the package, assistance in arranging either shared or private transfers is available. It is advisable to leave the hotel at least three hours prior to the departure time of your flight to ensure a stress-free experience at the airport.
For those with later departure times, consider making the most of the remaining time in Reykjavik. Explore the city's charming streets or perhaps indulge in some last-minute shopping to bring a piece of Iceland back with you.
As you board the flight back home, there is a sincere hope that the memories created during your Icelandic adventure will stay with you forever. The team looks forward to welcoming you back to Iceland in the future, and until then, have a safe and pleasant journey!