Whale Watching & Northern Lights Pick-up Information
South Coast & Northern Lights Tour Pick-up Information
Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Northern Lights Pick-up Information
Welcome! On today’s itinerary, the first activity is a long-awaited whale-watching cruise. We’ll pick you up at 12:00 a.m. from your selected pickup location in Reykjavik and head towards Reykjavik’s Old Harbor. There your guide will help you to get...)
Welcome! On today’s itinerary, the first activity is a long-awaited whale-watching cruise. We’ll pick you up at 12:00 a.m. from your selected pickup location in Reykjavik and head towards Reykjavik’s Old Harbor.
There your guide will help you to get on our boat. Next, sail into the blue waters of Faxaflói Bay. The bay is one of the best places in Iceland to spot minke whales. Other species you might see include humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises.
As our boat heads towards the horizon, keep your eyes peeled for magical wildlife. The sight of a giant creature breaking the surface in the distance is something you’ll never forget!
After the whale watching tour, you’ll have a few hours to grab refreshments and prepare for the Northern Lights part.
In the evening, we’ll pick you up from Reykjavik and drive into the countryside, far away from city lights. As the aurora lights up the sky with an incredible glow, lose yourself in the magical moment! Tonight, the dancing lights have prepared a special show for you — let’s enjoy it!
Today you get to explore the South Coast, home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in Iceland. Once your guide picks you up, we’ll head out of Reykjavik and drive across lava fields towards the south. Have you always wanted to see a glacier? You...)
Today you get to explore the South Coast, home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in Iceland. Once your guide picks you up, we’ll head out of Reykjavik and drive across lava fields towards the south.
Have you always wanted to see a glacier? Your wish is our command. Our first stop is Sólheimajökull Glacier, an icy outrunner of Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth largest glacier in the country. Take Instagram-worthy photos of the endless white kingdom in the distance.
Next, is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, rated as one of the best beaches in the world by Lonely Planet. One highlight is the Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks. These are natural rock formations that are said to be trolls caught out at sunrise. Embrace the ghostly atmosphere and gaze at North Atlantic waves crashing onshore.
After Reynisfjara, we’re off to see Vik, the southernmost town in Iceland. This adorable small town is best known for amazing panoramas and the beautiful white church up on the hill.
Next on our itinerary are two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. First, see Skogafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. The powerful cascade drops 200-ft (60-m) into a river. The final stop is at Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall that you can walk behind!
After the South Coast tour, we’ll drop you off in downtown Reykjavik, close to cafés and restaurants. You’ll have some free time to rest and prepare for the Northern Lights chase.
Begin your day with a stunning ride along the Golden Circle, the country’s most memorable sightseeing route. So, lace up your hiking shoes and let your adventure begin! First, wander around in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s most important histo...)
Begin your day with a stunning ride along the Golden Circle, the country’s most memorable sightseeing route. So, lace up your hiking shoes and let your adventure begin!
First, wander around in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s most important historical site, and a place of dramatic beauty. Here, in the year 930 c.e., the Vikings created Iceland’s first parliament, the Althing. The park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.
Thingvellir is also a geological wonder. Situated in a vast rift valley, the park marks the place where North America and Europe are moving away from each other. Walk between two tectonic plates and feast your eyes on dramatic rocks.
Next, visit Iceland’s geothermal paradise in Haukadalur Valley. The hissing valley is popularly known as the Geysir Geothermal Area. The site is home to the Great Geysir, now a dormant spout, after which all other geysers are named.
Walk among bubbling mud pools and discover Strokkur, the most active geyser in the area. Strokkur sends columns of water up to 100 ft about every 10 minutes before crashing back into the hole below. The spectacle is breathtaking!
The last stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland’s signature cascade. No trip to the country is complete without seeing this awesome torrent of water. Admire the waterfall from the main viewing area on the top of the canyon. On sunny days, you can see lovely rainbows forming at the falls. However, in winter, the waterfall is partly frozen with glittering ice.
After that, it’s time for a rejuvenating dip in the Secret Lagoon, a calm geothermal pool that is always about 100°F (38°C). A soak in the warm waters will ease your muscles and relieve tension. Come back from the soothing journey feeling renewed and refreshed.
Next, we’ll drop you off in Reykjavik. Enjoy some free time before your nocturnal adventure begins.
As night falls, your guide will pick you up from your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. Once everyone is on our minibus, we’ll leave the city lights behind and drive into the deep darkness of the countryside. This way you’ll get the best seats for the heavenly light show.
Surrounded by silent darkness, prepare to be wowed by the ghostly glow against the night sky. You’ll never forget your first sight of the mystical Northern Lights!
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
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.
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.
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.