Small-Group Northern Lights Expedition 6-Day Iceland Adventure From Reykjavik
Explore Iceland's ring road in winter, focusing on finding the northern lights, by booking this incredible six-day guided excursion. Those eager to see every region of Iceland, embark on various adventures, and marvel over the aurora borealis should book this small-group tour now.
Your journey begins with an exhilarating arrival in Reykjavik, Iceland's vibrant capital city.
Take in the iconic sights, such as the towering Hallgrimskirkja Church and the stunning Tjornin Pond. You'll also have the chance to explore Iceland's rich culture and history at the National Gallery and marvel at the artistic masterpiece, the Sun Voyager. In the evening, settle into your comfortable accommodations as you prepare for the exciting days ahead.
On day two, set out on the Golden Circle tour, where you'll witness the awe-inspiring power of nature.
Stand in awe of the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall as it roars into a rugged canyon. Experience the geothermal wonders of Geysir Hot Spring, where bubbling geysers punctuate the landscape. Finally, immerse yourself in the geological marvels of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
On this evening or the next, depending on conditions, you will be guided on a northern lights walking tour. Every other night, you still have a great chance to see the northern lights whenever the sky is dark and clear.
Day three takes you along Iceland's South Coast, where you'll encounter the famous Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, whose volcanic eruptions have captured the world's attention. Feel the mist on your face as you explore the enchanting Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls. Continue to the charming village of Vik i Myrdal and witness the dramatic Reynisdrangar Cliffs rising from the sea.
Prepare for day four's adventure in Vatnajokull National Park. Explore the enchanting Skaftafell National Park, home to striking glaciers and serene landscapes. The highlight of the day awaits at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you can watch massive icebergs drift gracefully on the calm waters.
Day five brings relaxation and rejuvenation as you soak in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon near Hveragerdi. Unwind in the geothermal paradise and pamper yourself with the healing properties of these unique mineral-rich waters. Then, return to Reykjavik to rest and reflect on your incredible journey.
As your adventure draws to a close on day six, explore more of Reykjavik, visiting the Reykjavik City Museums, Kjarvalsstadir Art Museum, and the National Museum of Iceland. Stroll through the tranquil Laugardalur Park, taking in the serenity of this picturesque city before bidding farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice.
Don't miss this immersive six-day experience encircling Iceland's ring road, setting out on thrilling tours and hunting for the aurora borealis each night. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
Your adventure in Iceland begins with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport, where you'll be greeted by the breathtaking landscapes and the promise of exciting exploration ahead.
Please be aware that transfers to Reykjavik are not included in this tour, but assistance is available in arranging either shared or private transfers, ensuring a seamless journey to the heart of Iceland's capital city.
Once you've settled into your accommodation, the vibrant city of Reykjavik awaits, and there are plenty of attractions to discover.
Visit the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, a masterpiece of modern architecture that towers over the cityscape. Its striking design and panoramic views from the tower make it a must-see landmark.
Take a leisurely stroll to Tjornin Pond, a serene oasis in the heart of Reykjavik. Here, you can observe graceful swans and ducks while enjoying the tranquil ambiance of this urban lake.
Art enthusiasts will find a visit to The National Gallery of Iceland to be a delightful experience. This cultural gem showcases a diverse collection of Icelandic art, from historical works to contemporary masterpieces, providing valuable insights into the nation's creative heritage.
Next is the Sun Voyager, an iconic sculpture by Jon Gunnar Arnason, resembling a Viking ship ready to set sail into the Atlantic Ocean. This striking sculpture serves as a symbol of adventure and exploration, a fitting representation of Iceland itself.
For a taste of modern elegance, venture to Perlan, a unique glass-domed structure offering panoramic views of Reykjavik and its surroundings. It houses a revolving restaurant, making it an ideal spot for a memorable meal with a view.
Last but not least, explore the historic Parliament House, which has played a significant role in Iceland's democratic history. It's a fine example of classic architecture and a testament to the nation's commitment to democratic principles.
As your day of exploration comes to a close, you have the freedom to choose from the many dining options Reykjavik has to offer. Whether you prefer a cozy restaurant or a charming coffee house, Reykjavik's culinary scene is sure to leave a lasting impression.
As this tour occurs in winter, you can also look out for the northern lights as soon as the sky turns dark. Find a spot away from the city lights for the best chances of a great show.
Enjoy your stay in Reykjavik, and get ready for more Icelandic adventures in the days to come.
Day 2 - Golden Circle
Day two of your Icelandic adventure kicks off with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. As the morning sun begins to illuminate the Icelandic landscape, you'll have the opportunity to meet your guide in the hotel lobby, setting the stage for an exciting day exploring the Golden Circle.
Your first stop is the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. Here, you'll delve into the captivating world of the northern lights, learning about the science behind this breathtaking natural phenomenon and its significance in Icelandic culture.
Next, you'll venture to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historical and geological wonderland offers a glimpse into Iceland's past, as it was the site of the world's first parliamentary assembly, the Althingi, in 930 AD. The park also showcases the dramatic Silfra Fissure, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, creating a snorkeler's paradise.
Your journey continues to Geysir and Strokkur, where you'll witness the raw power of Iceland's geothermal activity. Geysir, the original geyser, has lent its name to all others around the world. Strokkur, on the other hand, is a more reliable spectacle, erupting every few minutes and shooting scalding water into the air, making for a mesmerizing sight.
Gullfoss waterfall is your next destination, a cascading marvel that seems almost otherworldly. Be prepared to be awed as you witness the immense volume of water thundering down a two-tiered, rugged canyon. The sound of the roaring waterfall and the mist in the air create a truly immersive experience.
As the day progresses, you'll head to the charming town of Laugarvatn. Nestled amidst natural hot springs, this town has ingeniously harnessed the Earth's geothermal energy for power and hot water.
Here, you'll visit an exceptional outdoor geothermal bakery, where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in the steaming hot sands. The bread's aroma fills the air, and you'll have the chance to savor some freshly baked slices, best enjoyed with rich Icelandic butter and delicate smoked trout.
With your senses satisfied, you'll conclude your day with a delectable dinner and a restful overnight stay in the picturesque surroundings of South Iceland.
Weather permitting, your guide may lead you on a captivating northern lights hunt on foot in the vicinity of your hotel tonight or during the evenings of day three or four. Keep your eyes on the sky for a chance to witness the ethereal dance of the northern lights, a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of Iceland's natural wonders.
Day 3 - South Coast
On day three, fuel up with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation, setting the stage for an unforgettable day ahead.
Your adventure begins as you traverse the enchanting South Coast, a region that truly shines during the winter season. The South Coast is known for its stunning black sand beaches, dramatic basalt columns, and powerful waterfalls, making it a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
Along the way, you'll encounter the remarkable LAVA Centre, a cutting-edge educational facility that delves into the fascinating world of volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the formation of Iceland itself. Here, you can engage with interactive exhibits and delve into the world of Icelandic volcanoes through a captivating film presentation.
Continuing your South Coast journey, you'll be treated to the mesmerizing spectacle of two iconic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.
Seljalandsfoss is a unique waterfall that cascades gracefully over a cliff, allowing visitors to walk behind its shimmering curtain of water for a truly immersive experience. Skogafoss is a majestic waterfall known for its powerful cascade of pristine glacial water, framed by a lush green canyon and misty, ethereal surroundings.
As your journey unfolds, your next stop is Reynisfjara Beach, renowned for its striking black sand, towering basalt columns, and powerful ocean waves, creating an otherworldly landscape. Stroll along the shore, breathing in the invigorating sea breeze, and witness the relentless crashing of waves from the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
On your way to your overnight destination, you'll traverse Eldhraun, an extensive lava field born from a tumultuous eruption in the 18th century. The vastness of this volcanic landscape serves as a testament to the immense geological forces at play in Iceland's history.
Conclude this day of exploration and discovery with a delectable dinner and a well-deserved rest in the serene surroundings of the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area in South Iceland.
Here, amidst the tranquil Icelandic wilderness, you can reflect on the marvels you've witnessed and anticipate the adventures that lie ahead on your Icelandic adventure. If you are lucky, you may also see the northern lights here.
Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
On day four, you do not have to pack your things as you will be returning to the same accommodation where you stayed the previous night.
After having your breakfast, prepare for an exciting exploration of the southern part of Vatnajokull National Park, a breathtaking expanse of glaciers, ice caps, rugged mountains, and pristine wilderness.
First on the agenda is a visit to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a breathtaking spectacle that ranks as Europe's largest glacier lagoon. As you approach, you'll witness an otherworldly scene – massive icebergs gracefully floating in the tranquil waters, having broken away from the glacier's edge.
The lagoon is an ever-changing landscape, with icebergs of varying sizes and shapes offering a mesmerizing sight. Don't forget your camera, as this is a photographer's paradise.
Next, you'll explore the nearby Diamond Beach, named for the glistening icebergs that wash ashore on the black volcanic sands. These ice sculptures, resembling diamonds, create a stark and beautiful contrast against the dark sand, providing a unique and almost surreal photo opportunity.
Continuing your journey, you'll venture into the national park's famous Skaftafell area. Here, you'll find a diverse landscape, from lush greenery to rugged glaciers. Skaftafell is a hiker's paradise, with a variety of trails catering to different skill levels.
As the day draws to a close, you'll head back to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for a well-deserved dinner and overnight stay. This charming village is nestled amidst stunning landscapes and provides a cozy and peaceful atmosphere to relax and reflect on the incredible sights you've experienced throughout the day.
It's also a great place to look out for the northern lights.
Day four promises to be a day filled with wonder, from the ethereal beauty of the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach to the captivating trails of Skaftafell. Your journey through Iceland's natural wonders continues, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 5 - Hveragerdi & Blue Lagoon
On the penultimate day of your trip, make sure not to skip breakfast at your hotel.
You'll start by journeying back along the stunning South Coast, offering a fresh perspective of Iceland's mesmerizing winter landscapes.
Your first stop is the charming village of Hveragerdi, a truly unique place in the heart of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its remarkable geothermal greenhouses. These greenhouses harness the Earth's natural heat to cultivate various plants and flowers, creating a lush oasis amid Iceland's rugged terrain.
Following your visit to Hveragerdi, you'll have the opportunity to connect with some of Iceland's beloved locals: Icelandic horses. These remarkable Viking horses hold a special place in Icelandic history and culture. Take a moment to bond with these friendly equines and capture the memories with a few selfies.
As a delightful bonus, you'll be treated to some traditional Icelandic farm refreshments, giving you a taste of the country's rich culinary heritage.
Continuing your journey, you'll embark on a picturesque drive along the southern coastal road, offering breathtaking views of the majestic sea waves crashing against the shoreline. The road will lead you through the otherworldly landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, a geological wonderland characterized by its rugged lava fields and dramatic coastal cliffs.
Your day culminates with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, a natural wonder that defies imagination. Nestled within a vast expanse of black lava fields, this geothermal spa boasts pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters known for their therapeutic properties. A dip in the Blue Lagoon promises relaxation and rejuvenation, making it the perfect finale for your Icelandic adventure.
After your soothing soak, you'll return to Reykjavik, where your knowledgeable guide will bid you farewell at your hotel. The evening allows you to indulge in your chosen activities, including exploring the vibrant city of Reykjavik or savoring a delicious dinner at one of the city's many culinary gems.
With your senses awakened and memories made, you'll spend the night in Reykjavik, reflecting on the incredible experiences of your Icelandic journey.
Day 6 - Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
Bid farewell to the captivating Land of Fire and Ice with a nourishing breakfast at your hotel, although it may be a lighter meal if you're catching an early morning flight.
When it's time to head to the international airport, please note that transportation to the airport is not included in your package, but you can easily arrange for shared or private transfers when booking.
To ensure a stress-free departure, leaving the hotel no less than three hours before the scheduled flight is suggested. This ample time allows for any potential airport queues and ensures you won't feel rushed on your way home.
However, should the flight depart later in the day, consider exploring Reykjavik more. Delve into some last-minute wandering through the city's charming streets or indulge in some shopping to take home a piece of Iceland with you.
As you depart from Iceland, may your travels be filled with fond memories of this enchanting land. May your journey home be safe and comfortable, and may the beauty and wonder of Iceland stay with you, inspiring dreams of return.
Farewell, and may the spirit of adventure continue to guide your path wherever it may lead.