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4 Day Northern Lights, Snaefellsnes & Glacier Lagoon

South Coast, Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & West Iceland

Two exciting fun-filled days in the west and two on the south coast for a scenery-packed grand four-day tour in Iceland. If you want to make the most of your time in Iceland this is your tour!

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Prepare for 4 day packed with all the best Iceland has to offer. Explore the magic of the popular south coast with all its stunning waterfalls and glistening glaciers before stepping into the intriguing Snæfellsnes peninsula that has been nicknamed  “little Iceland”. The Snæfellsnes peninsula has been picked as the most scenic and the best winter destination in Europe and you will understand why in the first minutes of visiting.

This outstanding tour is a combination of our extremely popular 2 Day Snaefellsnes & Northern Lights tour and the 2 Day South Coast, Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon tour. For the best adventure vacation ever, see the most amazing glittering jewels Iceland can offer you!

  • Availability

    Oct. - Apr.

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    109.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Natural Ice Cave
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Hraunfossar Waterfall
Barnafoss Waterfall
Mt. Kirkjufell
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Northern Lights
Vatnshellir Lava Cave (EXTRA)
Krauma Geothermal Baths (optional)
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Minibus Tour
English Speaking Tour Guide
Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 3 Nights
Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

For full details of daily schedules and information about the places we visit on this northern lights tour Iceland please see the itinerary. This tour really is the cream of Iceland guided tours – a mesmerizing adventure all the way!

Day 1: We head out along the coastline to Borgarfjörður in West Iceland (Vesturland) to visit Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe, before continuing on our way to Reykholt, a very important place in the history of Iceland. We visit Hraunfossar, a totally unique wide arc-shaped waterfall, the multiple cascades actually stream out through the lava, stunning! You will also see the tumbling Barnafoss waterfall, and hear the story about it. Finally, you are driven to Snæfellsnes, a stunning peninsula, where you will be accommodated for the night.

Day 2: We visit the black beach at Djúpalónssandur, Vatnshellir Cave, Mount Kirkjufell, Hellnar and explore far more of the extremely varied and incredible scenery and places around Snæfellsnes. On a clear day there are spectacular views of Snæfellsjökull, the imposing glacier made famous by Jules Verne´s Journey to the Center of the Earth. If you choose to explore Vatnahellir Cave you will get a little closer! After a fascinating day, you are driven back to the Reykjavík area where you will be accommodated for the night.

Day 3: We head along the south coast, passing through farmlands, towns and villages including Vík. We visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two magnificent waterfalls and Reynisfjara to see the white-tipped Atlantic waves crashing onto the dramatic black sand beach. Your accommodation will be in the area around Skaftafell.

Day 4: Explore a magnificent, shimmering glacial ice cave accompanied by a qualified and informative guide. You even get to go on a glacier hike. Visit the world famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, see the huge and amazingly shaped icebergs filling the lagoon and floating in a mystical procession to the nearby Diamond Beach. We stop at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park before we return to Reykjavík.

On this Iceland northern lights tour we look out for lights each evening, hopefully, their glowing colors will paint the sky!


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 09:00 from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Return time

Arrival in Reykjavík is expected between 21:00 – 23:00 pm.


Practical Information

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

Please note

If you do not choose the single supplement you will be paired in a twin room with another participant of the same gender.

Map of Iceland -4 Day Northern Lights, Snaefellsnes & Glacier Lagoon

Day 1: West Iceland

Pick up will be at 9 am from the Reykjavík meeting point you have chosen. Please note that even though the pickup procedure up can take up to 30 minutes, you do have to be ready and waiting at 9 am.

West Iceland (I. Vesturland) is on our agenda today. The first stop of the day will be at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Icelanders make good use of the great amount of water it pumps out (180 liters per second of 100°C water / 47.5 gallons per second of 212ºF water). This water is used to heat the homes and buildings in many of the neighboring towns.

The next stop of the day is at the historic village of Reykholt where we will find a hot spring pool called Snorralaug. This unique pool can be dated back to the medieval period. Snorralaug is thought to have been used by locals since the 12th century, making it possibly the oldest human-used hot spring in the country.

This lovely little hot spring is mentioned in the medieval writings of Snorri Sturluson, a very famous Icelandic saga writer, historian, and law speaker. Today, the historic pool is a protected site, but you will get a chance to see it and to even feel the hot temperature of the water.

krauma-hot-tubs

You will have the option of visiting the Krauma geothermal baths on this day. For those that choose not to visit Krauma, we will go and visit a nearby horse farm and pet some Icelandic horses!

Hraunfossar waterfall iceland

Leaving Reykholt behind, we will drive past beautiful landscapes and Hvalfjörður, the whale fjord. We will then head to Borgarfjörður, another stunning fjord. Our next stop of the day will be at two very unique waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls), which are located a few hundred meters apart on the same cyan-blue river.

Hraunfossar is one of the most special waterfalls in Iceland because the water appears from under the ground. More precisely, it cascades out of a lava field through thousands of little springs. The sight of this phenomenon is stunningly impressive.

Barnafoss looks rather like a violent rapid on the river. The site has a very sad story which you will learn from the guide.

We then leave Borgarfjörður behind and set course towards the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula. But, before reaching it, we will stop to see a giant wall called Gerðuberg made out of natural basalt columns. From there, we will drive to the hotel where we will spend the night.

After a delicious dinner, we will be ready to check out the Northern Lights! That is, if the cloud forecast and the Northern Lights forecast are favorable, of course.

*Please note that due to weather, we might have to change the itinerary and start with the South Coast instead of Snæfellsnes.

Day Highlights
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Reykholt
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Northern Lights Hunt (in the right conditions)
Included
Pick up from Reykjavik
Guided minibus tour to all highlights
One night at a hotel
Accommodation
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
  • Hotel Rjukandi, Iceland
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Day 2: Snæfellsnes peninsula

After a tasty breakfast at our hotel, we will continue our drive along the coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Dramatic rocky coasts will be the scenery on one side while stunning mountains and a glacier-capped volcano will look down on us from the other side.

Our first stop of the day is at a lovely fishing village called Arnarstapi. Here we will take a walk to explore the surrounding area. An idyllic setting with tiny houses, breathtaking coastal rock formations, and stone arches awaits us here.

Next, we will have the option of exploring beneath the ground at Vatnshellir Cave, located inside Snæfellsnes National Park. This is an optional activity which you can choose during the booking process for a small additional fee. The stunning lava tube tunnel under the Snæfellsnes Volcano is approximately 8,000 years old. A specialist caving guide will explain its history and will show you all of its fascinating features. Those who wish not to participate in the lava cave tour can take a walk in the national park instead.

Djupalonssandur Iceland

Our next stop will be at Hellnar, another charming fishing village. Here we will stop at a restaurant to have lunch. We then continue to the beautiful black beach of Djúpalónssandur where we will enjoy a short hike among the thrilling lava rock formations and glossy black pebbles. We will walk up to the remains of the British trawler Epine, which met its end here. At the end of the beach, you can test your strength on the famous lifting stones like the Icelandic fishermen did in the olden days, if you would like.

Kirkjufell mountain Iceland

Leaving Djúpalónssandur behind, we will continue our journey around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Our next stop will be at the most photographed mountain in Iceland: the famous Mount Kirkjufell. This was also a filming location for “Game of Thrones”. Kirkjufell was the “arrowhead mountain” where the children on the forest created the first White Walker. This spot is so picturesque that it is a favorite location for many photographers.

After visiting Kirkjufell, we will head back to the capital where you will spend the night. If the forecast is favorable, we will on the lookout for the Northern Lights.

Day Highlights
Arnarstapi Fishing Village
Snæefellsnes National Park
Vatnshellir Cave (optional extra)
Djúpalónssandur Beach
Mount Kirkjufell
Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided minibus tour to all highlights
All necessary caving equipment
Qualified Caving Guide (optional activity)
One night at a hotel in the Reykjavík area
Accommodation
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
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Day 3: The Grand South Coast

After breakfast at your hotel, we pick you up and take you on a spectacular two-day sightseeing tour around the most iconic natural attractions in Iceland.

We will drive towards the rising sun where our first stop will be at the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one which you can walk behind in summertime. Its gracefully falling cascade is an absolutely mind-blowing sight whether you look at it from behind or from the front.

Our next highlight will be Skógafoss, another epic waterfall. Both cascades are around 60 meters (196 feet) high and have their origin in the very famous volcano-glacier, Eyjafjallajökull. Skógafoss is greater in volume and wider than Seljalandsfoss, but both waterfalls are jaw-dropping, for sure!

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In nice weather, we will have a great view of another volcano mountain glacier, Mýrdalsjokull.

As we continue on, we will come to the famous black sand beach area called Reynisfjara. With its jointed columnar basalt formations and thrilling sea stacks, Reynisfjara was voted to be one of the ten best non-tropical beaches in the world.

Then we will then drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodation in the Skaftafell area.

Throughout the entire day, we will see sights and landscapes that will definitely take our breath away. Prepare for the most dramatic panoramas you have ever seen: rugged lava fields covered by thick moss, enormous waterfalls, dramatic coastal cliffs, and thrilling glacier tongues!

If the conditions allow, we will hunt for the Northern Lights next to our perfectly positioned country hotel! There is no light pollution in the area, so the place is just perfect for spotting this fantastic natural phenomenon.

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Coastal village of Vik
Reynisfjara Black Beach
Northern Lights Hunt (if conditions are right)
Included
Hotel breakfast
Pick up from your hotel
Guided minibus tour to all highlights
One night at a hotel
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
  • Hotel Geirland in South Iceland
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Day 4: Ice cave and Glacier lagoon

Today, we will explore the land of ice. We will really get to know glaciers by visiting a glacier lagoon and venturing into a real glacier with a qualified glacier guide. There is no better way than this to get up close and personal with the largest ice cap in Europe!

The renowned Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon become famous after hosting several blockbuster movies including “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, “The Fast and the Furious”, and “Batman Begins” – just to name a few. It is a lagoon filled with splendid blue icebergs which calved off of the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Some are incredibly large and some contain stripes of volcanic ash. As the lagoon is connected with the sea which almost never freezes so the icebergs slowly float towards the Atlantic Ocean.Jokullsarlon-glacier-lagoon-Iceland

Many of these natural ice sculptures are washed onto the beach and broken into a million pieces that then decorate the black sand like sparkling diamonds. This is how the site earned the name of “Diamond Beach”.

Next, we will literally enter the body of a glacier and visit a spectacular ice cave, accompanied by a qualified guide, of course. Ice caves are fascinating natural wonders that are always changing, winter after winter. Due to the melt and freeze cycle of the glaciers, new caves are born each year and will later refill with ice and disappear.

Inside a glacier, you will find ice of a surprisingly deep jewel blue. This color is caused by both the compression of the ice under its own weight and the way that our eyes perceive light and color. For any photographer, the journey into an ice cave will give them the superb opportunity to capture the shimmering blue light that filters through the glacial ice into the ice cave.

Crystal Ice cave

After our visit to the ice cave has ended, we begin our return trip to Reykjavík. On the way, we have a scheduled stop at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajokull National Park. This nature reserve is a green oasis in the middle of a collection of amazingly jagged mountains and glacier-capped peaks. Skaftafell and the splendid scenery it has to offer will definitely be one of the most memorable sights of this tour. As darkness falls on our trip back, we will keep our eyes open for any Northern Lights that may appear.

northern lights iceland

Due to traffic, weather, and the possibility of Northern Lights, we can expect to return to Reykjavík from around 9 pm to 11 pm.

Please note that as the ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon, it is, therefore, not possible to say that we will visit any specific cave. The choice of ice cave will always be based on the conditions and safety considerations at the time of the trip.

Day Highlights
Vatnajokull Glacier
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
Natural Ice Cave
Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided Ice cave tour
Certified Glacier Guide
All glacier and ice cave equipment
Guided minibus tour to all highlights
Drop off in Reykavík
What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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4 Day Northern Lights, Snaefellsnes & Glacier Lagoon | Average rating: 3.5/5 based on 2 customer reviews


"Some amazing sights, lucky enough to see Northern Lights" | 4 stars By Sandy 04/02/2018
The two day trip to South Coast turned out to be a wonderful trip thanks to our fabulous guide Micah. He really looked after us, very knowledgable and had a great sense of humour which made even the long drives passing stunning landscapes listening to cool music a lovely experience. Some amazing sights, lucky enough to see Northern Lights. The hotels were nice and comfortable. As a group we enjoyed a fun, entertaining evening too - thanks Micah;). Awesome guide - highly recommended! Only regret is I didnt have time to see and do more of Iceland - Guess I'll be back!!
"Great tour guides and amazing scenery" | 3 stars By Andrew OWEN-GRIFFITHS
Great tour guides and amazing scenery. Hotel in Reykjavík was poor and booking not done properly, but we didn’t let that spoil the whole experiences
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