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Northern Lights Iceland Vacation Itinerary - 2024

|January 19, 2023
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Why not spend your hard-earned vacation in Iceland chasing the Northern Lights? The Aurora Borealis is one of the rare phenomena that, with some good planning, can be within reach.

Don’t miss an opportunity to celebrate a momentous occasion or a milestone by watching these beautiful lights surrounded by true nature at the right time.

Day 1: Northern Lights holidays from the boat

Start your trip by settling in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Here you’ll have a great time wandering through the city, visiting a museum or a gallery, or buying souvenirs from local shops. After you get familiar with the surroundings, get your tickets at the Old Harbor and hop on a boat that’ll take you to your first Northern Lights experience.

Northern Lights Above Reykjavik in Iceland

Northern lights above the Reykjavik, capital city of Iceland

While the boat’s sailing through the North Atlantic, you’ll have a relaxing time watching the lights dancing in the night sky. A bar and a café will offer you warm and delicious drinks. While you wait for the lights to emerge, you’ll have the opportunity to see some fun and educational videos on the Northern Lights.

People Watching Aurora from Boat in Iceland

Northern lights boat tour in Reykjavik

Day 2: Golden Circle and the Northern Lights

Golden Circle is one of the must-see attractions in Iceland. On your second day, this popular site will reveal its three gems: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Sunset at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Sunset at Thingvellir National Park, the famous attraction of Golden Circle in Iceland

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its natural beauty and uniqueness as it’s the only place in the world where you can find yourself standing between two continental plates. Your day will continue with going to Geysir geothermal area, where you’ll have the luck to see Strokkur – a geyser bursting with water up to 25 meters high. You’ll finish the tour through Golden Circle with a visit to the famous “Golden Falls,” or Gullfoss waterfall.

Northern Lights at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Northern lights at the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach in South of Iceland

You’ll end your night by going to one of the finest places to see the Northern Lights – Vik, a small fishing village in the South part of Iceland. Surrounded by nature and the right weather conditions, you’ll have another chance to see these mystical lights.

Day 3: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Northern Lights

You’ll start your day by going to one of many spectacular places in Iceland – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Here you’ll see many floating icebergs that will remind you of diamonds on black sand. Did you know that for this reason, the nearby beach is called Diamond Beach?

Northern Lights Above Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Northern lights over the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in South Iceland

While you visit Iceland, you can’t simply miss stepping on the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. When embarking on this adventure, don’t forget about your safety; only go with an experienced guide.

People Exploring Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland

Largest glacier in Iceland - Vatnajokull glacier in South Iceland

When the night comes, it’s time for another Northern Lights show. Did you know that you can watch it at Diamond Beach? Here is the list of hotels where you can stay to watch the Aurora Borealis. Watching the Northern Lights in these icy and clear surroundings is another type of experience that you won’t forget.

Iceland Northern Lights vacation that you'll never forget

Friends Watching Northern Lights in Iceland

This is just a quick glimpse into what kind of vacation awaits you in Iceland. If you want to get the most out of what this country has to offer and enjoy multiple evenings chasing the Northern Lights, check out this 8-day Iceland Northern Lights tour. During this multi-day trip, you’ll have a week full of exciting adventures: visiting the Golden Circle, doing some whale-watching, looking out for the Northern Lights at sea, and hiking through Icelandic wilderness. Iceland Northern Lights holiday can be an unforgettable experience with its beautiful scenery, unseen nature, and soothing surroundings. And if you're stuck for time, our day tours still pack a punch!

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