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South Coast & Northern Lights tour

South Shore Adventure & 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

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    17.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík í Mýrdal
Small Group Experience
Northern Lights Hunting Tour
Included
Reykjavik Pick-up & 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 21:30.

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.


Pick-up Information

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.

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.


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 at info@adventures.is 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 gets cancelled?

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.

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 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.

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.

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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