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South Coast & Northern Lights Tour

ONE-DAY SOUTH SHORE & AURORA ADVENTURE

Visit the most stunning Iceland landmarks along the South Coast and see the marvels of the Aurora!

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Fuel your wanderlust on this minibus tour to the South Coast, Iceland’s natural crown jewel. We’ll visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and other South Coast highlights. After a quick rest back in Reykjavik, we’ll head out on a search for the mystical Aurora Borealis. Be prepared to be awestruck by the beauty of these ethereal lights in the dark sky!

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    ~ 17 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    18.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík í Mýrdal
Northern Lights Hunting Tour
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Minibus Tour to the South Shore
Visits to all South Shore Highlights
Guided Northern Lights Minibus Tour
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Explore the South Shore

Once we pick everyone up in our minibus, we’ll head out from Reykjavik and drive across Hellisheiði Heath, where clouds of geothermal steam rise from hot springs. Our first stop is Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland and home to the notorious volcano Katla. After soaking in the beauty of the Sólheimajökull, we’re off to see Reynisfjara, the world-famous black sand beach. The jagged Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks, otherworldly basalt rock formations and a majestic cave called Hálsanefshellir await you there. Just a word of caution, be sure to stay well back from the fierce Atlantic waves. The beach is welcoming, but every so often a sneaker wave roars up and can take you by surprise.

Next on the agenda is Vik, the southernmost town in Iceland. We’ll have a look around at this lovely harbor town and a local church before our return journey. Now for the waterfalls! We’ll visit iconic Skogafoss, the infamous cascade that drops 65 m (200 ft) from the old sea cliffs. Our last stop is at iconic Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall you can walk behind if conditions are right! You’ll have enough time to explore and photograph each attraction. We want you to go home with fabulous photos and memories!

You’ll be dropped off in downtown Reykjavík, close to cafés and restaurants, for a rest and dinner if you so like. 

Aurora Hunt

We’ll drive you far away from the city lights and deep into the darkness of the countryside, on a hunt for the perfect base to admire the Northern Lights. The aurora borealis is quite the breathtaking sight, all the more compelling because of its ephemeral quality. The Aurora emerges because of the interaction between the Sun’s solar wind and Earth’s magnetic field. It might show up as soft glowing ripples or as majestic swirls encompassing the north magnetic pole. Typically the lights are green in color, but may also appear in violet, rose, white, or the rarest of the rare, bright red. Iceland is one of the best places to observe the red aurora. The light show can last from 10 minutes up to all night long.

Since the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, we can’t guarantee that you’ll definitely see the lights during the tour, but we’ll do our best to make it happen! Our guides are always very willing to photograph you with the Northern Lights.

The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight. We’ll drop you off where we picked you up in the morning.


Pick-up Information

The tour begins at 8:00 a.m. most of the year. However, during the high winter season (November 1st – Feb 15th ) it begins at 9:00 a.m. to make the most of the daylight. After the South Coast tour, you will be picked up for your Northern Lights tour at 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) (March 1 to September 30) or 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) (October 1 to end of February)

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking shoes.

Please note

As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the northern lights part of the tour until 18:15 on the day of the tour. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer clients the chance to join another evening’s departure free of charge upon availability. Note that you need to contact us to re-book.

Meals and beverages are not included in the tour. However, there will be time to get dinner at a café/restaurant in Reykjavík.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Elding 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 summertime).

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

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

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos.  But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

What if the Northern Lights tour goes ahead and no Northern Lights are seen?

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.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour is cancelled?

When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable 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.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354-562-7000.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

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 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, 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.

Will my guide take pictures for me?

Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.

What months can you see the northern lights?

The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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