Northern Lights Special - South Iceland
Tour ID: ISW 07
Tour duration /basic package: 4 days /3 nights
Aurora Borealis (or The Northern Lights) is one of the most spectacular phenomena on earth – and Iceland offers perfect landscapes to enjoy the winter night scenery. Our Northern Lights Special offers an incredible opportunity to combine hunting for the Northern Lights with a range of fantastic winter activities and excursions into the Icelandic nature.
- Northern Lights evening tour
- Reykjavík in winter
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Lake Þingvallavatn and the Thingvellir national park
- Geyser Strokkur
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Views of glaciers
Departures: October - mid April
Price per person (October 2017 - April 2018) from: ISK 82.000
Single supplement: ISK 17.000
Price per person (October - December 2018) from: ISK 87.000
Single supplement: ISK 19.000
* Flybus transfers from/to Keflavik airport
* 3 nights accommodation in Reykjavik, sharing double/twin room with private facilities, including breakfast
* 1 Northern Lights evening guided tour from Reykjavik
* The Golden Circle day tour (with small groups)
* South Shore Adventure day tour (with small groups)
Upon arrival to Keflavik international airport transfer to Reykjavik city by flybus shuttle. Check-in at the hotel where you stay for 3 nights. Free time until the evening.
At 21:00 be ready for your evening adventure: the Northern Lights tour! We drive out into the countryside to escape the city lights. The guides will decide the tour destination on the travel day, taking into account the aurora forecast as well as cloud cover to maximize the chances of spotting the magical northern lights. Depending on best option our destination may be Þingvellir national park at Lake Þingvallavatn, Reykjanes peninsula with its lava fields or Borgarfjörður area.
We recommend that you bring along warm clothes and sturdy shoes. A camera on tripod is also a good idea for this tour.
South Shore Adventure day tour.
We drive along the south coast of Iceland which has much to offer. The diverse landscapes range from vast farmlands, active volcanoes, glaciers and glacial rivers, waterfalls, black sandy beaches and bazalt rock rock formations. We stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, both of them are amazingly beautiful and receive their water directly from Eyjafjallajökull glacier that covers the top of the infamous volcano of the same name which disrupted the air traffic in Europe in 2010. We visiti the Reynisfjara black sandy beach where you will also discover impressive basalt rock formations (columnar basalt).
Vik village is a good place to enjoy lunch break. There, you can also visit the local wool factory before starting our drive back to Reykjavik. On the way we stop at Sólheimajökull glacier, an outlet originating from Mýrdalsjokull, Iceland's fourth largest glacier. There we take a short walk towards the glacier. This is one of the best examples about how fast glaciers melt due to the global warming (climate change). There is possibility to add a glacier hike or snowmobile ride to the tour (surcharge, needs to be pre-booked).
The Golden Circle day tour.
On this full day tour we visit the sights of great historical and geological interest:
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park - the site of the first parliament where many important events took place, among them are introduction of Christianity in year 1000 and declaration of Iceland's independence from the Danish kingdom in 1944.
At Þingvellir is also one of the best places where we can observe the plate tectonics at work and learn about the continental drift at the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
The tour continues to the geysers where we take time to see the geyser Strokkur spout a coloum of superheated water high into the air (every 5-10 min.).
After lunch break we continue to another highlight of the day before we return to Reykjavik: Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden Waterfall) which drops in two cacades deep into the narrow gorge on the glacial Hvitá river.
Flybus transfer to Keflavik airport in time for your flight departure. If you flight is late afternoon it is possible to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon as part of your airport transfer (surcharge, needs to be pre-booked).
The tour can be combined with the North Iceland programme. Extra nights in Reykjavik can easily be added to the itinerary.
The itinerary may need to be adapted or changed depending upon prevailing weather/road conditions.
For the Northern lights forecast, please check this site for daily reports: http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora.
Please note: Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon dependent on weather and sightings cannot be guaranteed every night. Complimentary retry another evening if the northern lights are not seen on the tour on day 1.