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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

    17.990 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.

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