2-Day Tour to North Iceland | Horses, Turf Houses & Northern Lights

2-Day Tour to North Iceland | Horses, Turf Houses & Northern Lights
The Icelandic horse might be small but it is sturdy and long-lived.
The green and yellow Northern Lights over a small farm in Iceland.
The Northern Lights dancing over a small town in Iceland.
A renovated turf house at Glaumbær heritage museum in North Iceland.
The Icelandic horse is small but long-lived and hardy
The Northern Lights are an amazing display of nature as they move like dancers in the evening sky.

Immerse yourself in nature, culture, and history on this two-day tour to North Iceland. Visit both ancient farmhouses as well as a modern working farm and spend the nights hunting for the Northern Lights. Those wanting to capture the true spirit of Iceland should not let this opportunity pass them by. 

On this tour, you’ll travel through the beautiful countryside to the small fishing town of Sauðárkrókur in northern Iceland where you will spend a night in a comfortable guesthouse, equipped with all modern facilities. 

You’ll visit a working horse farm where you will meet the friendly Icelandic horse, and get to know the daily lives of Icelandic farmers. You’ll then see how working life was in the 18th and 19th centuries as you walk past turf houses and renovated timber buildings at Glaumbær heritage museum. 

At night, you’ll gaze up at the sky and search for the green, pink and white lights of the Aurora Borealis, surrounded by nothing but the untamed Icelandic nature. 

Get to know the country and inhabitants with this fascinated guided tour of northern Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Dec.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Skagafjörður, Sauðárkrókur, Glaumbær
Pickup information:

    Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

    • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik

    • 1 night in a guesthouse in Sauðárkrókur, shared bath

    • Professional English speaking driver/guide

    • Meals

    • Admission to the horse farm and heritage museum

    What to bring:
    • Warm waterproof clothes

    • Good shoes

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Driving North

    This 2-Day Tour to North Iceland allows you to hunt for the Northern Lights.

    Your adventure starts in the afternoon when you are picked up in Reykjavík and driven out of the city. You’ll be heading north, making your way through western Iceland, past mighty mountains, valleys, and meadows. Your destination today is the small fishing town of Sauðárkrókur in the Skagafjörður region.

    The area is one of the country’s most prosperous agricultural region and has a rich history.  It is known for its many dairy and sheep farms, but the district is mostly famed for horse farming. In fact, Skagafjörður is the only county in Iceland where horses outnumber people!

    You’ll be travelling in the winter when the sun sets early, so as you drive through the wilderness, make sure to keep your eye on the sky for a chance to catch a glimpse of the dancing Northern Lights. Don’t worry if you don’t see any; you’ll have an opportunity to try again tomorrow.

    You’ll arrive at your accommodations in Sauðárkrókur late in the evening. Settle in and get ready for an active day tomorrow.

    Day 2 - Horses and Turf Houses

    North Iceland has so many horses that the farmers have lost count.

    Today, you’ll visit an authentic horse farm to meet the animals and see the work that goes into breeding and owning horses in Iceland. 

    The Icelandic horse arrived with the settlers over a thousand years ago and has since developed in isolation on this island, unaffected by other breeds. This makes it one of the purest horse breeds in the world. 

    From there, you’ll visit Glaumbær, the heritage museum in Skagafjörður. You’ll see how Icelanders used to live as you walk through the museum that showcases renovated turf farm and timber buildings that represent 18th and 19th Century life in Iceland.

    On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll hunt for the elusive Northern Lights. Your driver and guide will try and find a spot where the sky is clear of clouds so you can watch this amazing display of nature. 

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