Iceland Northern Lights Express - 5 Days
NEW TOUR: Explore Reykjavik and southern Iceland on this guided Northern Lights tour. Spend your days discovering remote beaches, thunderous waterfalls, explosive geysirs and stunning scenery. By night go in search of the beautiful Northern Lights in the countryside and end your tour bathing in the beautiful Blue Lagoon!
*Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights are not guaranteed to appear as they are a natural phenomenon - but we are very hopeful.
Welcome to Reykjavik and the start of your Icelandic adventure! Take the included FLYBUS transfer from the airport to our hotel in Reykjavik. The remainder if the day is at leisure so why not go for a walk around the city – the beauty of Reykjavik is you can see many of the top sights in a very short space of time.
Reykjavik, Arbaer & Reykjanes
Reykjavik - Reykjanes Peninsula - Selfoss. At 9 am this morning meet your tour leader in reception and depart on a Reykjavik city tour on our bus. We’ll drive past the impressive Harpa building, famous sun voyager statue and Hodi House on the sea front. From here we will visit the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church and take a look inside before our last point of the tour – the famous Perlan building where we will walk around the viewing platform for superb views across the city.
We also visit the Arbaer open-air museum where more than 20 buildings including an original turf-roof farmhouse and church that give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavík. This afternoon we visit the Reykjanes peninsula famous for hot springs, picturesque mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and quaint fishing villages.
The next two nights are spent at Hotel Borealis, located in the countryside of South Iceland, away from light pollution, and set in a peaceful surrounding ideal for searching for the Northern Lights. This evening we all settle down to watch the fascinating documentary Ash all about the famous volcanic eruption of 2010 which caused flight chaos worldwide. Later on we enjoy a short Northern Lights photography lecture and showing us the best spots around the hotel where you might see the mystical Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis before heading out side to hopefully see them in all their glory.
Overnight: Selfoss | Breakfast
Southern Waterfalls & Beaches
This morning we have the option to walk over to the nearby Ljosafoss Power Station which is home to an educational museum where you can learn about the evolution of electricity. The on site interactive exhibition has a heavy emphasis on play and experience where the nature and characteristics of electricity are shown in multiple forms and visitors are led through the world of electricity in new and creative ways.
Later on we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. Next we visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Skógafoss waterfall. The tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík.
For dinner this evening we have our delicious 'BBQ under Borealis*' cooked outside for everyone to enjoy. This evening we learn more about the Northern Lights and hopefully get to spot them outside whilst relaxing in the outdoor hot tubs. We'll also sample the local schnapps - Brennivin commonly known as 'Black Death' - a great way to warm up on the cold evenings.
*Please note the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and not guaranteed to appear but we really hope that we will be able to see them whilst enjoying our dinner.
Overnight: Selfoss | Breakfast, Dinner
Kerid & Golden Circle and optional Blue Lagoon
Selfoss - Kerid - Golden Circle - Reykjavik. In the morning we visit the explosion crater called Kerid which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. We continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. At the Geysir geothermal fields is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We end the day at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a place where you move between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Afterwards we return to Reykjavik in the early evening for a quick hotel check in before we head out for the optional Blue Lagoon excursions - book in advance pay on arrival in Iceland. Please see Trip Notes for more information.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast
Arrangements end after breakfast and hotel check out.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Fosshotel Raudara, Reykjavik
Formerly the Best Western, Fosshotel Raudara is the newest in the Fosshotel chain and recently renovated. Guest rooms are simple yet comfortable with en suite facilities. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast every day. The hotel is well located just a short (200 metre) walk to the main shopping street of Laugavegur. The famous Hallgrimskirkja church is also nearby.
Hotel Borealis, Selfoss
Just a short drive from the famous Thingvellir National Park in Iceland's Golden Circle, Hotel Borealis is a welcoming family run hotel. Guest rooms are comfortable and well maintained with en suite facilities. Some rooms have a terrace or balcony as well. The grounds of the hotel are impressive and there is a hot tub to sit in and enjoy the beautiful scenery and hopefully in winter time some Northern Lights.
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