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Northern Lights Trek - 4 day trek

See the sights and discover the mystery of the northern lights in Iceland, one of the most brilliant treasures in nature.

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Four days of incredible adventure exploring the Golden Circle, Solheimajökull, Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), Fimmvörduháls, and the world famous Laugavegur trail on a very special northern lights hunt. The amazing aurora borealis can be seen in few places in the world. This tour takes you to really iconic destinations and offers a great chance of seeing the lights!

  • Availability
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    15 years
  • Ratio
  • Price from
    119.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Golden Circle
Sólheimajokull Glacier
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
Fimmvörðuháls (Fimmvorduhals)
Laugavegur Trail
Northern Lights Hunting
Included
Transport in a 4 x 4 Jeep
Guiding service
Accommodation
Meals
Luggage transportation

This tour will take you on a totally unforgettable trekking trip to the most spectacular and stunningly breathtaking places in the southern highlands of Iceland. In a very sturdy 4×4 jeep and accompanied by a knowledgeable and friendly local guide you will embark on an absolutely unique journey deep into the wild places of Iceland.

If you want to return home with a whole backpack of incredible memories then this is the tour for you. The excitement of hunting for one of the most impressive jewels of nature, the magical and awe-inspiring aurora borealis, more often referred to simply as the northern lights. By day we hike Solheimajökull glacier, trek through Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) the valley of Þór, the Norse Thunder God, hiking part of the world famous Laugavegur trail and exploring the area around Fimmvörduháls, where the first eruption of 2010 created a new lava field, Goðahraun, close to Eyjafjallajökull. If the snow cover is good enough we will even enjoy the excitement of some snow-shoe trekking around Þórsmörk!

At night, in these places far from the city lights, there is the excitement of hunting for the northern lights. Will swirls of color dance across the sky? Your guide will follow the forecast and make sure you are placed in the best position to see them. Of course, no one knows for sure whether the aurora borealis will show up, that uncertainty is part of the magic and majesty of nature.

Your guide will tell you all about the northern lights, how they are formed when streams of particles from the sun hit the earth´s atmosphere. Green and yellow northern lights are the most common, however, the aurora borealis in Iceland have the highest occurrence in the world of shades from the red spectrum. So although they are still comparatively rare, blue, violet, rose and soft red auroras are more likely to be seen in Iceland!

Vouchers
Pick up and expected drop off times will be confirmed by our sales team after booking. When you arrange your trip you will initially be sent a voucher as proof of booking. This document will not contain your pick up and drop off details. Our sales team will send you a separate email containing your full itinerary, so please look out for this.

Remember to bring: Bring warm layers (wool, fleece or synthetic not cotton), waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves and good hiking shoes plus a sleeping bag.

What if I don´t own these items?

      • You can rent waterproof jacket, pants and hiking shoes from us when you book your tour. We do not rent any gear from the locations, items

    must

      be booked in advance.

Equipment list

    • Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots (free rental upon request)
    • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton). (It is good to have a warm middle and inner layer)
    • Warm jacket
    • Rain jacket with a hood
    • Rain pants
    • Gloves and mittens
    • Hiking socks (at least 2-3 pairs)
    • Warm hat, buff and/or balaclava
    • Day backpack, appr. 20-30 litres
    • Sleeping bag (free rental upon request)
    • Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
    • Travel pillow
    • Towel, wash cloth and baby wipes
    • Slippers for the lodge
    • Toothbrush and personal toiletries
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottle (1-2 L)
    • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters)
    • Don’t forget to bring health supplies such as painkillers and asthma inhalers (even if you seldom use them)
    • Prescription medicines (anything you might need)
    • Hiking poles (free rental upon request)
    • Gaiters
    • Slippers
    • Camera, batteries and memory card
    • Portable charger/power bank/plug adapter
    • Book (optional)
    • Headlamp
    • Earplugs

Day 1: GOLDEN CIRCLE - THORSMORK

Pick up is at 10:00 am from your accommodation or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. This process can take up to 30 minutes, so you may need to be patient, but you do need to be ready and waiting at 10:00 am.

We introduce ourselves then you are away on your trekking Iceland tour, off to explore the famous Golden Circle, usually we start with Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to the oldest continuous parliament in the world, the Alþing, founded by the Icelandic settlers in 930 AD/CE. Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is also one of the most geologically remarkable places in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Þingvellir, creating the dramatic cliff running through the site.

The powerful waterfall, Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), is next on the agenda. The Hvítá (the White River), which flows down from Langjökull glacier forces its way through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages. We will stop at Gullfoss Restaurant for a delicious Icelandic lamb soup lunch.

Onwards to the Geysir area to see Strokkur, the most active geyser nowadays. Stand in awe as superheated water is spouted high into the air every 5-10 minutes! We then head up into the Icelandic Highlands to the extraordinary valley of Þórsmörk (Thorsmork). On the way we cross unbridged glacial rivers which can only be crossed using 4×4 Super Jeeps or similar vehicles.

When we get to the rustic mountain hut, we heat it up and go to fetch fresh water from the nearby river. This remote setting really captures the rural charm of the Icelandic highlands. The hut is cozy and the atmosphere is especially inviting on cold winter days. There is a spacious sleeping area with bunk beds (dormitory style), a sitting area, kitchen, boot and coat room, and an upstairs sleeping loft. Restroom facilities are situated in a separate building right next to the hut.

We settle in and cook supper, then we are off for a walk around the area. Hopefully, the northern lights will display their swirls of color. Far from city lights, on a clear night, we will certainly see the stars glittering unbelievably brightly in a black velvet sky.

Driving: 4.5 hrs total. Walking time: A little in the evening!

Day Highlights
Golden Circle: Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Traditional Icelandic lamb soup
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork Valley)
Northern lights hunting
Included
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Hut accomodation

Day 2: FIMMVORDUHALS - EYJAFJALLAJOKULL ERUPTION AREA FROM 2010

After breakfast, we will set off on the must-trek trail to Fimmvörðuháls. This trail is one of National Geographic´s top trails of the world – you are sure to see spellbinding sights which you will never to forget! We will hike between two great volcano mountain glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull to the new lava field, Goðahraun, formed in the first eruption of 2010. There are two new volcano craters, Magni and Móði, each named after a son of the Norse God, Þór (Thor), the lava from this eruption is actually still cooling down.

The scenery along this trail is stunningly spectacular. For millennia glaciers and the great glacial rivers flowing from them have carved out the valleys, creating incredible landscapes and sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. You will see snow-capped volcano mountains, great glaciers, new lava and totally amazing scenery of surreal beauty.

Late afternoon we return to our cozy mountain lodge at Þórsmörk to relax and enjoy a great supper before our evening northern lights hunt!

Distance: 16km (10 mi), hiking time: 7-8 hrs, elevation gain: 1000 m (3280 ft).

* In winter the Fimmvörðuháls trail can be impassable due to deep snow. When this happens we will hike an alternative passable trail in the area, we will always be surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

Day Highlights
Fimmvörðuháls
Glacier views
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Northern Lights Hunting
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Hut accomodation

Day 3: LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL

This day has a slightly flexible schedule which will always be determined somewhat by the local weather forecast – this is the exciting part of hiking in the Icelandic highlands!

One option is Stakkholtsgjá, a narrow 2 km long and 100 m deep canyon in Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, with scintillating waterfalls and small rivers. This really is one of the great beauty spots in Iceland, you will truly see why trekking in Thorsmork is such a mesmerizing experience!  Another possibility is Mount Réttarfell (530m) or the beautiful green hills of Votupallar which provide a totally breathtaking view over Hvannárgil, a stunning canyon. The famous elf church, a beautiful cliff with a cave opening towards Langidalur (the Long Valley) can be found close to Mount Réttarfell. Yet another possibility would be to hike to the gorgeous mountain, Valahnúkur, with stupendous 360-degree views of volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and Icelandic nature as far as the eye can see.

Any of these options will reveal more of Iceland´s great natural jewels to you and leave you with memories to treasure for a lifetime. We return to our comfortable mountain lodge in Þórsmörk to enjoy another relaxing dinner together.  In the evening we invite you to join us for our final exciting northern lights hunt.

(B, L, r, D). Distance: about 12 km (7,5 mi), hiking time: about 4-5 hrs.

Day Highlights
Stakkholtsgjá
Mount Réttarfell
Votupallar Hills
Langidalur (Valley)
Mount Valahnúkur
Northern Lights hunting
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Hut accomodation

Day 4: SELJALANDSFOSS - SOLHEIMAJOKULL GLACIER HIKE - REYKJAVIK

The final day of your Iceland trekking tour!

We will stop at Gígjökull, one of the glacier tongues which radiates out from the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Here you will witness some of the dramatic changes which the 2010 eruption of the famous (or infamous) volcano mountain glacier, Eyjafjallajokull wrought upon the landscape – the glacier lagoon which was formerly here has been completely destroyed!

Next, we will stop briefly at Seljalandsfoss, a really beautiful and extraordinary waterfall, it is actually possible to take a walk behind the cascade for an incredible vantage point. Continuing on our way we head towards Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull), a spectacular outlet glacier, radiating majestically down from Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Your experienced glacier guide will provide you with ice crampons and everything else you need for a stunning glacier hike. You will see fabulous ice formations, ridges and the crevasses which trace an intricate maze of jagged passageways through the glacier. Your guide will explain all about the vibrant, living and moving world of the glacier, how it was formed and the ways in which it is changing with global warming.

Your return to Reykjavík will be at around 18:00 o’clock – as always the weather will be somewhat in charge of the timescale!

Glacier hiking and walking time: 2.5 hrs in total, driving time: around 3.5 hrs or more in some weather conditions.

Day Highlights
Gígjökull Glacier
Glacier Hiking
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Hut accomodation
What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

Do you offer a tour this 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.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.

All year around options:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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