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South Coast and Northern Lights tour

South Shore Adventure and Aurora tour

This combo tour will show you the famous waterfalls and sights along the south coast and take you into the countryside to hunt for the dancing swirls of the northern lights.

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Minibus combo South Shore Adventure and evening Magical Aurora tour. See Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, Reynisfjara Black Beach and more south coast highlights. In the evening you are off on an exciting hunt for the jewel colors of the northern lights.

  • Availability

    September - April

  • Duration

    16-17 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    17.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík í Mýrdal
Small group experience
Northern Lights hunting tour
Included
Reykjavik pick-up and drop off
Guided minibus tour to the south shore
Visits to all south shore highlights
Guided Northern Lights minibus tour

 

We pick everyone up and head out of Reykjavík, journeying across Hellisheiði, a picturesque heath where clouds of geothermal steam rise from many hot springs. Our first stop is at Sólheimajökull Glacier, a tongue of Mýrdalsjökull, the 4th largest glacier in Iceland and home to the Katla Volcano. After taking in the Sólheimajökull views we are off to Reynisfjara, the most famous black beach in Iceland. You will see the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks standing majestically just off the coast, there is also a magnificent basalt column cave to be explored. One word of caution, stand well back from the fierce Atlantic waves, every so often a ‘sneaker’ wave will roar higher up the beach. Next on the agenda is the southernmost town in Iceland, Vík í Mýrdal. You will see the lovely church on the hill, there is time to take a look around before we begin our journey back to the city. Now for the waterfalls! We visit Skógafoss, the 65m high cascade drops from the old sea cliffs. Our last south coast stop is at the very unusual Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, here a pathway will take you behind the tumbling cascade, we recommend you put on your rainwear otherwise you can get fairly wet! You get time to explore and to photograph all of the attractions, we want you to go home with fabulous photos and memories.

You are dropped off downtown in Reykjavík, close to cafés and restaurants where you have time to enjoy supper. You will be picked up outside the City Hall for your northern lights tour at 20:30.

We take you away from the city and into the darkness of the countryside to hunt for the northern lights. Spotting the aurora is always awe-inspiring and special, sometimes their jewel colors show up as soft glowing ripples, other times they are really majestic swirls opening out kaleidoscopes of radiant color. Green northern lights appear most frequently but yellow, white, blue, purple and pink auroras are also often seen. Really red northern lights are quite rare but they occur more often in Iceland than anywhere else. We can never guarantee you will see the lights but try really hard! Our guides are always very willing to photograph you with the northern lights.

The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight, you are then dropped off where we picked you up in the morning.

The tour begins with pick up at 08:00 most of the year. However, during the high winter season (16th of November – 31st of January) it begins at 07:00 to make the most of the daylight.

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

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

The aurora borealis are natural phenomena, we always do our best but we cannot guarantee you will see them, this always depends upon atmospheric and cloud conditions.

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 at info@adventures.is to re-book.

Where do you offer pick up’s from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

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

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.

Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

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 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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

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.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

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 the latest. If the canceled you will receive an email telling you so.

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 light

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.

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

If we cancel the tour it’s because in our opinion there is no chance of seeing the lights and we don’t want to bring you out for nothing.

Then your options are:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

In all cases you will need to contact our sales desk via email (info@adventures.is) or phone +354-562-7000.

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

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

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  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.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , 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 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

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Disclaimer
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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