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Northern Lights - 3 Day Tour

Whale Watching, South Coast, Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon

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

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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!

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    49.473 ISK

Tour 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
Included
English speaking guides
Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
Minibus transport
Free WiFi on board
Entrance to the Secret Lagoon
Northern Lights Photos

Whale Watching & Northern Lights 

Your 3-day Northern Lights break in Iceland starts with an entertaining whale-watching cruise. Our departure point is Reykjavik’s Old Harbor, located close to the city center. We’ll sail into the blue waters of Faxaflói Bay, known as one of the best places in the country for whale watching.  

After your marine trip, you’ll have some free time before the aurora borealis chase begins. Our expert Northern Lights guides will take you deep into the countryside, far away from the city lights. Enjoy the best seats in the house for the spectacular light show!

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

The next day you’ll be exploring the South Coast, one of Iceland’s most famous sightseeing routes. Expect to see the majestic Sólheimajökull Glacier, the world-famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, otherworldly rock formations, and astonishing cascades of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. 

We’ll also visit Iceland’s southernmost village, Vik. Experience the subtle charms of the adorable small town, miles away from the modern world. 

End your day with a fascinating journey into the countryside and grab the best seats for the Northern Lights show. 

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

On the final day, we’ll take you to the Golden Circle, the most popular route in the Land of Fire and Ice. See the birthplace of the world’s oldest parliament and walk between two tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park. 

Travel to the Geysir Hot Spring Area and watch mighty eruptions from Strokkur Geyser. On the last stop of the Golden Circle, witness the crushing power of the Gullfoss Waterfall. 

After that, it’s time for the Secret Lagoon, located in a small village called Fluðir. De-stress and relax in the warm waters surrounded by geothermal landscapes. 

In the evening, wrap up your Icelandic adventure with another thrilling Northern Lights hunt.

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).

Practical Information

  • We suggest bringing a packed lunch each day. Alternatively, we’ll stop at cafés or restaurants. 
  • Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit & towels for your swim in the Secret Lagoon!
  • If you have a tripod for your camera, don’t forget to pack it! A tripod will help you capture the perfect photo of the aurora borealis. 
  • We also suggest bringing warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, scarves, and gloves. Sturdy hiking shoes are highly recommended. 

What if I don’t have the necessary clothing? 

You can rent hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process or on location. We recommend booking these items in advance.

 

Day 1: Whale Watching Tour & Aurora Chase

Humpback Whale

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

Day 2: South Coast & Northern Lights Hunt

The black sand beach of Reynisfjara

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

Day 3: Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Aurora Hunt

Secret Lagoon

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
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.

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.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos.  But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

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 is cancelled?

When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable 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 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, 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 my guide take pictures for me?

Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.

What months can you see the northern lights?

The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

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!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, 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.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

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.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

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.

Does this tour suit me?

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.

What will the average driving per day be?

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.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

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.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

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 the 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.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

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.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refund procedure work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with your card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

Where do you offer pick-up from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

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