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5-Day South Coast & Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights Vacation Package with Sightseeing on the South Coast

Explore the South Coast and enjoy unforgettable Northern Lights on this 5-day tour. Visit the Golden Circle, glacier lagoon, waterfalls, hike on a glacier, and more!

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Our 5-day South Coast and Northern Lights tour encompasses the most famous sights in South Iceland and takes you to the best spots to watch the Northern Lights!

Throughout the five days, visit the highlights of the iconic Golden Circle, explore an ice cave, walk on the Diamond Beach, and hike on a glacier. After sightseeing, join exciting hunts for the Northern Lights and watch the natural light show at the most unexpected locations! 

Have you ever imagined enjoying the view of Auroras from a boat on the North Atlantic Ocean? This is your chance to do it!

  • Availability

    Oct. - Apr.

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    129.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Golden Circle
Vatnajökull Glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
A Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Northern Lights
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Krauma Nature Resort (optional)
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Tour in a Minibus
Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 4 Nights
Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
English Speaking Tour Guide
Amazing Stops
Ice Caving Tour
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Practical Information

We always recommend dressing in layers. Please bring warm outdoor clothes, including thermal underwear, waterproof jacket and pants, warm headwear, a scarf, and gloves. 

You’ll also need sturdy hiking boots for glacier hiking. These are the only shoes that fit ice crampons.

If you don’t have any of these clothing items, you can rent them out from us. For the glacier hike, you can rent hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants on location. 

If you wish to rent any of the items for the duration of the tour, then please add extras to your booking at least 48 hours before the start of the tour.

 

Pick-up Information

On Day 1 arrive at the hotel and then meet your guide on location at the Old Harbor in Reykjavik for the Northern Lights Boat Tour. 

On the rest of the days, you’ll be picked up from the hotels.

Day 1: Reykjavik and Northern Lights Boat Tour

Check in at your hotel around 2 PM and get settled before the tour. In the evening, make your way to the ticket office at the Old Harbor in Reykjavik and prepare to board the boat. Our guides monitor the aurora forecast and know the bay like the back of their hands, so finding the best spot to watch the Northern Lights is their specialty. 

The boat will take you away from the city lights to make sure you can get the best and unobstructed view of the Northern Lights. Sit back and relax as the boat sails across the North Atlantic waves and magical Aurora Borealis play in the sky above!

To make the trip even more entertaining, we’ll show you our video about the Northern Lights. The footage is packed with Icelandic folklore, photos, and fun facts. The boat has a cozy café and a bar, where you can keep yourself warm and busy while waiting for the lights to appear in the sky. We also offer overalls to those who wish to keep warm and comfortable on the deck.

After watching the natural show, we’ll take you back to the harbor and you can make your way to the hotel for the night.

Day Highlights
Small Group Boat Tour
The Old Harbor
Northern Lights
Included
Warm Overalls
Northern Lights Boat Tour
English Speaking Guide
Northern Lights Video

Day 2: Golden Circle and the Northern Lights in Vik

Today the tour brings you to Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle and its three highlights: Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss.

The first stop is Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a historic location where Iceland’s first Parliament, Althingi (Alþingi) was founded in 930 CE. 

Thingvellir is also unique in its geology. A rift valley stretches between two tectonic plates, the Eurasian and North American. The plates slowly drift apart from each other, making Thingvellir ever-growing! 

The next stop is Geysir Geothermal Area. Once an active geyser, Geysir now lays dormant. However, its neighbor Strokkur puts on a show like no other! Watch Strokkur explode with a tower of water up to 25 meters high! You won’t have to wait long to witness the natural spectacle, as Strokkur bursts out every 10 minutes or so.

The third stop is Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), Iceland’s most popular waterfall. The powerful white water Hvita River roars down in two stages before the water plunges down into the rugged canyon. The falling water creates a golden mist, and rainbows are a frequent sight right by the falls.

After visiting the Golden Circle, we make our way towards the South Coast. If the weather allows, enjoy the views of Mount Hekla on the way to Seljalandsfoss. We’ll visit this unusual waterfall that you can walk behind!

Skógafoss is our next stop. The water plunges down from 60 meters height, and if you’re up for a challenge, 527 steps lead to the top of the waterfall! 

Your hotel for the night is close to Vik, a charming coastal town in the South. Away from light pollution, we have good chances to see the Northern Lights. With a little luck and the right weather conditions, we can enjoy the auroras dancing in the sky!

Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Vik
Included
Breakfast at the Hotel
Guided Minibus Tour
The Golden Circle
Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls
Hunting for the Northern Lights (weather permitting)
Hotel Accommodation near Vik

Day 3: The South Coast, Ice Cave, and the Auroras

After breakfast at the hotel, we head off to visit Reynisfjara. This black sand beach has been rated as one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks tower right by the shore. Together with the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean, they create dramatic views.

We make our way towards the East, through lava fields, desert sands, and past glaciers resting on the horizon. One of them is Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in the country.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach are up next on our tour. The lagoon is dotted with floating icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Many of these sit on the black sand at the Diamond Beach. Blue icebergs look like diamonds on the black canvas! See if you can spot playful seals resting on the beach.

Our hotel tonight is in the Skaftafell area. Before heading for well-deserved rest, we’ll go on the Northern Light hunting adventure! Snowy peaks and glaciers make up a perfect background for watching auroras play in the sky.

Day Highlights
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar Basalt Pillars
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Diamond Beach
Ice Cave
Included
Breakfast at the Hotel
Guided Minibus Tour
Guided Ice Cave Tour
Hunting for the Northern Lights (weather permitting)
Hotel Accommodation near Skaftafell

Day 4: Glacier Hike and Magical Auroras

Make sure to get enough energy with your breakfast because you’ll need it for a glacier hike today! 

Your guide will provide everything you need for the hike, including ice crampons and safety equipment. After a briefing, you’ll explore Svínafellsjökull Glacier (or a nearby glacier outlet, depending on the weather). The guide will explain everything about crevasses, sinkholes, ridges, and ice falls. You’ll learn how climate change affects Icelandic glaciers, and you might even hear the ice creaking underneath your feet!

After a thrilling glacier exploration, let’s go on the Northern Lights hunt! If the weather is on our side, we’ll escape all the artificial lights and drive deep into the Icelandic countryside to get the best view of the natural light show. 

We’ll travel to the countryside on a minibus, which means we can reach places that larger buses wouldn’t get to. 

Don’t worry about taking pictures, we’ll do it for you! The guide will snap a picture of you and the auroras, so you can remember this magical moment for years to come!

After the Northern Lights tour, we’ll drop you off at the hotel in Reykjavik, where you can rest before the last day of the tour.

Day Highlights
Guided Glacier Hike
Northern Lights Photos
The Northern Lights
Included
Breakfast at the Hotel
Guided Minibus Tour
Guided Glacier Hike
Northern Lights Tour (weather permitting)
Hotel Accommodation

Day 5: Free Day in Reykjavik

Today is all about exploring Reykjavik! You have an entire day for yourself and this is your chance to get to know the city and get closer to the local culture. 

There’s a lot to do in the city. Start with visiting local boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and museums. Some of them even offer the Northern Lights experience so you can see auroras in Reykjavik!

If you prefer to stay in the fresh air, walk along the old harbor, or the shoreline by the Atlantic Ocean. 

Those who want the full Icelandic experience should bring their swimsuits! Relax in any of the many spas and swimming pools across the city. 

Last but not least, don’t miss a chance to try traditional Icelandic food and wash it down with local drinks!

Day Highlights
Explore Reykjavik
Included
Breakfast at the Hotel
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.

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