Overview

Join us on this 3 day Northern Lights Tour in Iceland, full of adventure and stunning natural beauty!

Highlights

  • Small-Group Experience
  • The Northern Lights
  • The Golden Circle
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skogafoss & Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • A visit to the Secret Lagoon

On this unforgettable Northern Lights 3 day trip, see Iceland’s main landmarks, soak in hot springs, and tick the aurora off your bucket list. Visit a new place every day and go for an absolutely thrilling Northern Lights hunt every night — it’s an adventure you can’t miss! 

We’ll go whale watching from Reykjavik’s charming Old Harbor and sightseeing along the renowned Golden Circle and the dramatic South Coast. To top it off, unwind in the mineral-rich waters of the Secret Lagoon. 

Your guide will take free photographs of you and the aurora, so you’ll have a memory to take home!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability Sept-April
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Accommodation Not Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Small-Group Experience
  • The Northern Lights
  • The Golden Circle
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skogafoss & Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • A visit to the Secret Lagoon

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants)
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Packed lunch
  • Water-bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Food
  • Accommodation

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Itinerary

Practical Information

Whale Watching & Northern Lights Pick-up Information

  • For the whale watching tour, pick up starts at 12:00 p.m. from your hotel or nearby meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. 
  • Depending on the season, the pick up for the Northern Lights part starts at 9:30 p.m. (March 1 to September 30) or 8:30 p.m. (October 1 to end of February).

South Coast & Northern Lights Tour Pick-up Information

  • The pick up for the South Coast tour starts at 8:00 a.m. However, during the Icelandic winter season (November 1st – Feb 15th ) it begins at 9:00 a.m. to make the most of the daylight.
  • The pick up for the Northern Lights part starts at 9:30 p.m. (March 1 to September 30) or  8:30 p.m. (October 1 to end of February).

Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Northern Lights Pick-up Information

  • Pick up for the Golden Circle tour starts at 9:00 a.m. from your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. 
  • Depending on the season, the pick up for the Northern Lights part starts at 9:30 p.m. (March 1 to September 30) or 8:30 p.m. (October 1 to end of February).

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! 

Day Highlights
  • Minke Whales
  • Humpback Whales
  • White-beaked dolphins
  • Harbor Porpoises
  • The Northern Lights
Included
  • Pick up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Whale watching in Faxaflói Bay
  • Warm floatable overalls to keep your warm and safe
  • Northern Lights hunting tour
  • Northern Lights photos

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. 

Day Highlights
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Vík í Mýrdal
  • The Northern Lights
Included
  • Pick up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided South Coast tour
  • Northern Lights hunting tour
  • Northern Lights photos

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! 

Day Highlights
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • A visit to the Secret Lagoon
  • The Northern Lights
Included
  • Pick up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Golden Circle tour
  • Northern Lights Hunting Tour
  • Northern Lights photos

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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