Overview

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

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

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!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability Sept - Apr
Duration ~ 17 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

138
Per Adult(16+)
  • Flexible cancellation up to 24 hours
  • Fast & secure payment
  • Best Price Guarantee

BOOK WITH 10% DEPOSIT
Worried that your travel plans might change? Book your tour more than 21 days in advance with a 10% deposit & pay the rest 14 days before departure. Alternatively, you can pay full price and get a 5% early bird discount! Choose the deposit or full payment option in the third step of your checkout.

What's included

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

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hiking boots

Not Included

  • Meals and beverages

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

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. 

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.

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.

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.

FAQ

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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