Two great waterfalls, the best south coast sights, a fabulous glacier hike and the magic of the northern lights.
Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, views of iconic volcanoes, the black sand beach at Reynisfjara the stunning Reynisdrangar peaks and an easy hike on a glistening glacier. When darkness falls you will see the glorious northern lights if conditions allow. You get time in Reykjavík to have supper before the northern lights tour. Your guide will also take free photographs so you can keep the memory!
See photos from previous tours here.
September 15th - April 15th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Glacier hike on Solheimajokull
- Black sand beach at Reynisfjara
- Reynisdrangar peaks and cliffs
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier/volcano*
- Views of Hekla volcano*
- Northern Lights hunting*
- Gljúfrabúi (The Hidden Waterfall)
- Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls tour
- Visit to all highlights
- Guidance throughout
- Glacier walk on Sólheimajökull
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Glacier Hiking Equipment
- Evening Northern Lights Tour
- Northern Lights Photos
You are driven through the scenic countryside to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. A pathway leads behind the falls, from this angle you can feel the full force of the cascade and get a unique photo opportunity – rainwear is recommended! There is a short hike between Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi, “The hidden waterfall”, where you can go and feast your eyes on this hidden gem. This spectacular waterfall is hidden inside a small gorge and is definitely worth a visit.
Traveling onwards through stunning scenery you will arrive at Sólheimajökull glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier walk. Your certified glacier guide will issue you with crampons and other glacier equipment. You will even hear the ancient ice cracking when it moves, as you explore you will learn about the glacier, its movement, crevasses, and formation. Next up is the black sand beach at Reynisfjara to see the dramatic basalt columns and cave, the Reynisdrangar cliffs and the basalt rock stacks that rise above the Atlantic waves. An Icelandic legend says these were trolls which were turned into rock when they faced the rising sun. Finally, you will come to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall, a pathway with 527 steps leads up the side of the waterfall, giving a grandstand view of the falls and the rainbows which appear on sunny days. This waterfall is also the location of a famous Icelandic legend. It is said that Þrasi Þórólfsson, the first Viking settler in the area, buried a treasure chest in a cave behind Skógafoss.
This is volcano country, on a clear day, you will get views of Eyjafjallajökull, Hekla and even the volcanoes around the Westman Islands, just off the coast. This trip has an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Our guides always welcome your questions! You are dropped off at the City Hall in Reykjavík at around 19:00, really close to the restaurants so you can get something to eat.
We pick you up for your northern lights minibus tour at the City Hall at 21:30. You will be taken to the best places in the countryside to see the aurora. The moment when you spot the first whisper of their glimmering colors is always spellbinding. Green, yellow, white and sometimes blue or purple northern lights are usually seen. Red auroras, from deep red to rose and vivid violet are more common in Iceland than elsewhere in the world, but still quite rare. We can never promise you will see the lights but we do our very best.
The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight / 01:00 – as always the weather can influence schedules. You are dropped off where we picked you up in the morning.
Pick up is at 08:00 am 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.
What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, scarves, water bottle, snacks and a small backpack is always useful. Strong hiking boots are absolutely essential, ice crampons are provided for your glacier walk, it is not possible to fit them to any other kind of footwear.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or on location. Booking these items in advance is recommended.
This is a combination tour which blends together two immensely popular tours, Magical Auroras Northern Lights and Glacier Hiking, Volcanoes and Waterfalls tours.
You have time to get supper from a café/restaurant in Reykjavík, meals and beverages are not included on this tour.
As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel this part of the tour until 18:15 on the day of departure. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer you the chance to join another evening´s departure free of charge upon availability. Note: you must contact us at email@example.com to re-book.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.
You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.
A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.
When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.
In that case, your options will be to:
1. Reschedule for another day.
2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
3. Get fully refunded.
Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 the latest. If the tour is canceled, you will receive an email from us.
If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
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We have just returned from Iceland and by far the best trip we did was the combo day excursion followed by the northern lights. The hike on the glacier was amazing the staff were friendly, great knowledge and made the day really enjoyable. Our glacier guide Pepe deserves a special thank you as does our driver for the lights tour Klembie. He was wonderful, humerous and entertaining and really explained the lights, how to take the best pictures and was so excited with us when we saw them. Cant recommend enough the trip or the company – excellent!