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!
Sept. - Apr.
~ 16 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- 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
- All Required Safety Equipment
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Evening Northern Lights Tour
- Northern Lights Photos
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
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 your hotel in Reykjavík at around 19:00 pm, really close to the restaurants so you can get something to eat.
We pick you up for your northern lights minibus tour at your hotel at 20:30 pm. 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 that you need to contact us to re-book.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
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.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
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 favourite 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. 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.
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.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
Iceland is known for colourful 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 dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.
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 reflecting 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 and some extra clothing.
You can bring your 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 every glacier tour that we offer.
When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.
When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland, it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.
Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.
This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.
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.
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!