Get off the beaten path to catch the Northern Lights! Explore Iceland in 8 days on this incredible road trip on the Ring Road.
Enjoy the city lights of Reykjavik before you head out into the countryside to see the Northern Lights. This tour is ideal for travelers looking to see all the diverse landscapes the country has to offer!
Strap on your hiking boots as we travel the Golden Circle, hike impressive volcanoes, and trek across glaciers. We take you out to sea to hunt the aurora borealis, go whale watching and try your hand at sea angling.
Make the most of your time in Iceland with these bucket-list adventures!
Sept. - Apr.
Meet on location
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- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Mývatn (Myvatn)
- Whale Watching in Dalvík
- The Diamond Beach
- Hotel room with private bathroom (7 nights)
- Breakfast each morning at hotel
- Guided minibus tour
- Free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
- Whale Watching in Dalvík
- Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park
- Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull
- Free photos with the Northern Lights
Embark on a memorable tour that will take you to the best of Iceland’s highlights. You’ll see waterfalls, hot springs, ancient volcanoes and more on this 8-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Each evening on the road, you’ll spend the night in a country hotel for a chance to glimpse the elusive Northern Lights!
Reykjavík is a bustling metropolis where city life meets nature. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, this urban hub ranks as one of the cleanest, greenest and safest metropolitan areas on Earth.
You’ll have a free day in Reykjavik and in the evening, a boat tour to hunt the Northern Lights!
The Golden Circle is the most popular route for tourists to Iceland.
We first stop at Gullfoss (“the golden falls”), where a narrow winding path leads you to the mainstage of the two-tiered waterfall. Located in the mammoth Hvítá river canyon, the cascade begins at the Langjökull glacier and leads into dramatic cascades down Gullfoss.
Then we’ll head to the world-famous vistas of Thingvellir National Park. In 2004, Þingvellir National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geological, cultural, and historic significance.
On this spot, the oldest surviving parliament in the world was founded in 930 CE. And history isn’t the only noteworthy feature in Þingvellir! Here you can also stand between two continents at the point where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.
On the last leg, witness Iceland’s most active geysers at Geysir Geothermal Area. Strokkur Geyser shoots water 40 meters in the air every 10 minutes.
Iceland’s South Coast is a shining example of the country’s contrasting landscapes.
The Reynisfjara black sand beach is an unmissable attraction in the region. Covered in ink-black sand and lined with basalt sea stacks, this unusual beach was voted one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by National Geographic.
Your next stop is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and its famous floating icebergs. A short walk from the lagoon takes you to the magnificent Diamond Beach, where clusters of white and blue icebergs span across the black sand.
Bask in the warmth of Iceland’s sunniest region and glimpse spectacular wildlife in the East Fjords. Herds of wild reindeer graze along Iceland’s east coastline!
Hike to the second-highest waterfall in Iceland, Hengifoss (128 m). We stop on the hiking trail to marvel at Litlanesfoss Waterfall, a stunning cascade positioned between large basalt columns.
We’ll also stop by the fairytale fishing village of Djúpivogur.
Lake Mývatn & North Coast
The crowning glory of North Iceland is turquoise Lake Mývatn. Dip your toe in the geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Swing by Dimmuborgir curious rock formations and take in the cool volcanic scenery around Krafla Caldera and Víti Volcano.
Ocean views and marine wildlife provide an idyllic setting for North Iceland’s fishing villages. Sail away on a whale watching adventure to see humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and even blue whales.
Lonely Planet voted West Iceland a top destination of 2016 for its stunning natural attractions. Look no further than Borgarfjörður Valley for a snapshot of what makes the region so popular.
Borgarfjörður’s capital, Borgarnes, is an agricultural haven brimming with horses, sheep, and geothermal greenhouses.
Immerse yourself in the fuming waters of Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The spring pumps out 180 liters (47 gallons) per second and reaches 100°C (212 °F).
As the final stop, you’ll get to visit West Iceland’s two most famous waterfalls: Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. After a day of sightseeing in this diverse region, we head back to Reykjavik for our final day.
Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.
Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Glacier outlets used on this tour include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, all amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful. From November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a journey through crystal ice caves.
Day 1 — Free Day In Reykjavik - Northern Lights Boat Tour
Your journey begins in the lively capital of Reykjavík. Your hotel is centrally located, providing easy access to the best museums, galleries, shopping areas, restaurants, and historic landmarks.
Walk along the offbeat Laugavegur shopping street, one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik. Satisfy your culture craving at one of the city’s excellent museums, such as the National Museum, the Reyjavík Museum of Photography, or the Culture House. For a more eccentric cultural experience, check out the Phallological Museum, which began as one collector’s strange hobby and evolved into the world’s only museum on the subject.
Catch a birds-eye view of Reykjavík from the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church, inspired by Svartifoss Waterfall at Skaftafell. When the sun goes down, dive into the vibrant nightlife of the capital.
But before that, be sure to hunt for the magical Northern Lights Iceland on an optional boat tour! Set course for pitch-black skies, the perfect setting for the emerald light show. An expert aurora guide tell you everything you could wish to know about the lights.
- The cultural wonders of Reykjavík
- Northern Lights boat tour
- Today you choose your highlights!
- One night accommodation in Reykavík
- Private bathroom
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
Day 2 — Golden Circle and South Coast
On day 2, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head straight for Iceland’s most iconic attractions.
We start at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park and absorb its geological, historical and cultural impact. This is the site where the historic Icelandic Parliament, Alþing, was founded in 930 CE. This governmental body is the oldest existing democratic parliament in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the spot where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.
The adventure gains steam as we head to Geysir Geothermal Area. This is the home of the famous Great Geysir, the hot spring that gave us the English word “geyser.” Witness the spectacle of Strokkur, the area’s most active geyser. Scorching water bursts from Strokkur every 5 to 10 minutes.
The final stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss Waterfall, or “the golden falls.”’ Observe the golden mists that surrounds the waterfall and the chaotic Hvítá river that crashes below.
On the way to your hotel in Vík, we’ll stop at two other stunning waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both falls stand 196 ft (60 m) high but possess their own distinct features. Skógafoss cascades peacefully from former sea cliffs. Seljalandsfoss hides a secret pathway that leads behind the falls, offering adventurers a rare view of nature.
- Þingvellir National Park
- Geysir Hot springs
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Hotel with private bathroom near Vík
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
- Visit the most famous South Coast waterfalls
Day 3 — Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn
We continue along the South Coast route to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Just offshore, catch a peek of the majestic Reynisdrangar peaks that shoot out of the sea.
We then leave the beach behind and head for icy glaciers. Embark on a three-hour hike glacier hike at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Discover Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, which covers 8% of Iceland’s landmass.
Along the way, witness the jaw-dropping Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, home to the infamous Katla Volcano. Mt. Katla isn’t the only fire spitfire in the region. We also visit her neighbor, the notorious Eyjafjalljökull.
We depart from fire and return to ice at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the most famous ice lagoon in the world. Behold crystalline blue ice-floes as they meander through the lagoon. Then we’ll walk over to Diamond Beach. Another coastline with coal-black sands, this beach is dotted with glittering blue and white icebergs washed ashore by the tide.
Your accommodation for the evening will be in Höfn, a quaint town known as the lobster capital of Iceland.
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
- The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
- Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
- Breakfast at hotel near Vík
- Visit to Reynisfjara
- Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
- Certified glacier guide
- Glacier gear
- Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
- One night accommodation in Höfn
- Private bathroom
Day 4 — East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir
Today’s journey takes us to the picturesque East Fjords. As we drive through the eastern countryside, we’ll pass the diverse scenery of Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides, and Álftafjarðar Fjord.
Our first stop is the charming fishing town of Djúpivogur. This traditional community has earned a reputation for its eco-conscious efforts and welcoming attitudes. Djúpivogur may be quaint, but it also has fascinating culture spots.
Explore museums, parks, and sculptures. Make sure to check out the famous Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a 34-piece outdoor sculpture dedicated to the area’s birdlife.
Then put on your hiking shoes for a three-hour trek to Hengifoss, the second-highest waterfall in Iceland (128 m). On the trail we’ll pass Litlanesfoss Waterfall, a hidden gem tucked between basalt columns. We’ll also come across a vibrant gorge. Ash layers from an ancient volcanic eruption are still visible, making these rock formations even more unique.
After our hike we travel to Egilsstaðir, where you’ll spend the night in a country hotel.
- Djúpivogur Fishing Village
- Hengifoss Waterfall
- Litlanesfoss Waterfall
- The town of Egilsstaðir
- Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
- Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
- Guided hike to Hengifoss Waterfall
- One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir
- Private bathroom
Day 5 — Dettifoss - Mývatn - Godafoss - Akureyri
Day 5 is devoted to the serene vistas and iconic nature of North Iceland.
From Egilsstaðir we forge through the wilderness to reach Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited farm in Iceland at 469 meters (1,539 ft) above sea level. The farm is also home to the highest coffee house in the country!
Our first nature stop is Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. You’ll be in awe of the intense roaring waters, another example of Iceland’s ferocious beauty.
Next we head to mystical Lake Mývatn. We’ll wander just outside the lake to Námaskarð, a wonderland of steaming oases and bubbling craters. For more fiery views we take you to Hverfjall Crater and the Dimmuborgir lava formations, also known as the Dark Castles.
Then we’ll blow off some steam at the Mývatn Nature Baths, or Jarðbóðin in Icelandic. The mineral-rich blue waters shoot right out of the earth. Soak in the hot alkaline water (36 – 40 C) for a moment of true tranquility.
Bathing in the Nature Baths is an optional activity that you can add when booking your tour.
Our last stop before we continue to Eyjafjörður is Goðafoss, a historic waterfall. You’ll spend the night at a country hotel.
- Dettifoss Waterfall
- Mývatn Lake
- Námaskarð geothermal area
- Hverfjall Crater
- Dimmuborgir formations
- Goðafoss Waterfall
- Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
- Guided visit to all the highlights
- Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
- One night at a hotel close to Akureyri
- Private bathroom
Day 6 — Whale Watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst
Day 6 takes you to the traditional fishing village of Dalvík. The town has a bustling harbor and stunning views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island.
Your adventure highlight is an optional three-hour whale watching tour from Dalvík harbor. Marvel at majestic humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and, on occasion, blue whales. Dalvik whale watching tours have a 98% success rate!
As you sail around Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, you will get the opportunity to try your hand at sea angling. When we come back ashore, we’ll cook up your catch of the day and taste quality fresh fish.
Next we drive to Siglufjörður, a quaint fishing village with a rich history. In the early 20th century, life in the town exploded when the small, isolated community became known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic.
Riding along Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula), you’ll pass incredible ocean panoramas and mountains. Get an inside look at daily life in tight-knit, isolated Icelandic villages when you visit Siglufjörður.
- Akureyri - Capital of the North
- Whale Watching from Dalvík
- Siglufjörður Fishing Village
- Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
- Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
- 3 hour Whale Watching sail tour
- Opportunity to try out sea angling
- Visit to Siglufjörður
- One night at a hotel in Bifröst
- Private bathroom
Day 7 — Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík - Magical Auroras
The final day before we return to Reykjavik features the phenomenal sites of West Iceland. Lonely Planet voted this region one of their best destinations in 2016 and it remains a traveler favorite.
Your first stop is at Grábrók, an ancient volcanic crater formed by a fissure eruption and enveloped in lava. Your guide leads you on a hike to a birds-eye view of the crater and surrounding area.
You’ll also see the fascinating Hraunfossar cascade, a wide curtain of water made up of tiny rivulets that careen out of a lava field. Then we’ll stop at Barnafoss waterfall, or “the children’s falls,” named for a tragic folktale. The next point of interest is Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.
History, literature, and nature meet in Reykholt, home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic saga writer and poet. Gaze into the natural pool of Snorralaug, where Snorri is said to have bathed.
Our ride back to Reykjavík take us through the scenic Hvalfjörður (“whale fjord”). We arrive back in the city at approximately 5 – 6 pm. Drop off is at your hotel or close to it.
Once you’re back in the city, leave the bright lights behind on a hunt for the Northern Lights. Our optional minibus tour takes you deep into the wilderness for the best views of the aurora. Our expert guides check the aurora forecast to find the best place to marvel at this spectacular light phenomenon.
- Deildartunguhver hot spring
- Barnafoss Waterfall
- Hraunfossar Waterfall
- Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
- Northern Lights bus tour
- Breakfast at hotel in Bifröst
- Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
- Visit to the historic sight of Reykholt
- Drop off in Reykjavík
- One night at a hotel in Reykjavík
- Private bathroom
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
Day 8 — Final Day In Reykjavik
We return to Reykjavík for one last chance to explore the vibrant capital. Wander down new paths on foot or by bike. Haven’t had your fill of Iceland’s natural scenery? Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær are both mountain-view peninsulas easily reached by bus from Reykjavik.
Visit the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens for a snapshot of Iceland’s biodiversity. Discover the hot spring pools where women in Reykjavík used to do their laundry. These impressive gardens grow next to Laugardalslaug, Iceland’s largest swimming pool.
Whether you want to take in more nature, shop, relax in coffee shops or restaurants, check out another museum, or embark on one final day trip – it’s up to you!
- Reykjavík delights - your choice!
- Breakfast at hotel/guest house in Reykjavík
Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.
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Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.