Vatnajokull National Park | Iceland
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See the best of Iceland on our most inclusive Northern Lights tour. Start and end in Rekyjavik, explore rugged mountain, snow capped volcanoes, bubbling geysers and black lava beaches. Cruise along fjords and taste fermented shark all whilst looking out for the spectacular Northern Lights!

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Trip Highlights

Reykjavik: Capital of Iceland
Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Rugged mountains, charming fishing villages and fjords
Golden Circle: Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
Skógafoss waterfall, black lava beach & Reynisfjara beach
Vik: Lava fields, black lava beach and Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Icelandic Countryside for Northern Lights viewing
Borgarfjördur Valley: Home to volcanoes, waterfalls and Europe's most powerful hot springs
Borgarnes: Icelandic Settlement Centre and geothermal pools
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Home to the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week
Vatnajökull National Park region: Western Europe's largest national park and glacier
Blue Lagoon: Relaxing in a natural geothermal spa surrounded by a lava field

Included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. (traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn Hotel)
Arrival and Departure Transfer with FlyBus from Keflavik Airport
Visit to traditional shark curing farm, tasting of geothermally cooked bread and eggs
Visit to multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
Entrance with towel into the Blue Lagoon
Transportation in heated coaches with free Wi-Fi on board
Use of winter and Northern lights explorer equipment simple non-slip snow and ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating a photo camera at night
7 nights standard hotels and cottage accommodation
Fjord Cruise on Breidafjördur fjord including lunch
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Entrance into Skogar folk museum and turf houses
Services of an English Speaking Icelandic Guide
Northern Lights programme during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights and midnight refreshments
This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. The sightseeing group may vary in size from 10 - 45 persons.

Not Included

International Flights and Visas
Gratuity for your tour guide. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

Reykjavik. Welcome to Iceland and the start of your Northern Lights adventure! Your transfer to our accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 2

City Tour & Hot Springs

Reykjavik - Borgarfjorour Valley - Borgarnes. This morning we meet our tour guide and depart on a Reykjavik city tour exploring some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital.

The Borgarfjorour valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You get a chance to climb the Grabrok volcano crater and warm up at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, producing 180 litres of nearly boiling water (97°c) per second.

We continue to Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss - the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. We spend the next two nights at Borgarnes in West Iceland. This afternoon includes a lecture about the Northern Lights and after dinner we head into the garden to search for the Northern Lights, followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.
Overnight: Borganes  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Mountains & Lights

Borgarnes - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Breidafjordur fjord cruise - Borgarnes. Today we explore the Snaellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from Iceland’s west coast. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a lunchtime cruise on the Breidafjördur fjord.

Afterwards we can stroll around the sheltered harbour exploring this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat “awaits you at our next stop, Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - delicious fermented shark. Depending on the conditions, we may also visit the fishing village of Grundarfjorour to admire the beautiful coastline and Mt Kirkjufell which overlooks the bay.

Today our guide gives us some practical tips of how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Once darkness falls, we venture into the hotel garden and relax in the outdoor hot tubs to hopefully await an appearance from the breathtaking Northern Lights.
Overnight: Borganes  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Golden Circle & Horses

Borgarnes - Golden Circle - Selfoss. This morning we travel along the scenic shores of the Hvalfjörour fjord, stopping at an Icelandic wool outlet store before turning inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a stop at the park, we continue to the Geysir geothermal fields, where there's a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but Strokkur, "the Churn“ is very much still active and erupts every 5-10 minutes. When we get to Geysir, we visit the restaurant and taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with delicious Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and local herring. This is best served with a small glass of ice cold (nearly frozen) Geysir Schnapps. Leaving the geyser fields, we stop at the last site on Iceland's Golden Circle - Gullfoss “the golden falls“. This double waterfall tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River.

This afternoon, we learn about the history of the hardy Icelandic horse and the special qualities they possess. We also visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching our accommodation in South Iceland.

Tonight, we step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, which are best enjoyed from the comfort of the hot tub in the garden of the hotel amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.
Overnight: Selfoss  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Black Lava Beach

Hella - Eyjafjallajökull - Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Today we travel along the South coast. Our first stop is at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre where we learn about how people live next to a glacier and an active volcano and the famous eruption of 2010.

Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the waterfall of Skógafoss which stands 60 meters tall and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland.

This afternoon we take a stroll along black lava beach and the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We spend the next 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.
Overnight: Kirkjubajarklaustur  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Vatnajökull NP

Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Jökulsárlón - Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Today is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. This morning we travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon which is filled with floating icebergs. Exploring this extraordinary site we keep an eye out for seals swimming in the freezing Arctic waters. We then can walk along the black sandy beach where some large icebergs have gotten stranded.

This afternoon we visit the tiny turf church in the town of Hof before heading to the National Park. The Vatnajökull National Park covers about 12,000 square kilometres and is the largest National Park in Europe. Here we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier which the park is named after. Alternatively we can take an optional Ice Cave tour (between Nov 15th and March 15th only) - see Trip Notes for more details.

Tonight we enjoy a movie presentation about the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program before hopefully seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
Overnight: Kirkjubaejarklaustur  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Lava Fields & Lagoon

Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vik - Reykjavík. This morning we depart Kirkjubæjarklaustur and head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vik where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. Those wishing to get a bit closer can take a trail that goes behind the falling water but be prepared to get wet!

In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik where we have a couple of hours to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. This evening we head to the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and finishing off with one last nocturnal tour to seek the Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Reykjavik

Today our Northern Lights Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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Hotels

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.

Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Surrounded by an 18 hole golf course, Icelandair Hotel Hamar is one of Iceland's most picturesque locations. Guest rooms are all single-storey and open out directly onto the grounds - allowing fantastic access and views. Guests can take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas as well as outdoor hot tubs - perfect for relaxing in and spotting the Northern Lights! The onsite restaurant serves up a fantastic array of local and international cuisine - with a great influence on local produce. Well located just 5 minutes from the town of Borganes.

Fosshotel Hekla, Selfoss

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated close to Mount Hekla, Fosshotel Hekla offers comfortable accommodation in the south of Iceland. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and immaculate in design. Hard wood floors feature throughout and all guests can take advantage of the outdoor hot tubs for a classic Icelandic experience. The on site restaurant serves up a delicious array of locally sourced meals - most ingredients hand delivered by the local farmers each morning! Perfectly located close to Selfoss, Skogafoss and Eyjafjallajokull.

Hotel Eldhestar, Selfoss

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A cosy countryside hotel, Hotel Eldhestar is attached to the famous Eldhestar riding school and was the first hotel in Iceland to be given the Nordic Swan ecolabel. Guest rooms are decorated in calm tones with luxurious beds and private entrances onto the garden. The hotel also benefits from outdoor hot tubs, free Wi-Fi and an onsite restaurant.

Fosshotel Nupar, Kirkjubajarklaustur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Surrounded by lava fields and famous Vatnajokull, Fosshotel Nupar offers comfortable accommodation in a picturesque setting. Guest rooms are simply furnished with bright interiors and hardwood floors as well as excellent en-suite facilities that include heated floors! The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi as well as an onsite restaurant and bar with breakfast included with all stays. Well located a short distance from Lakagigar, Skaftfell National Park and unique Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Icelandair Hotel Klaustur , Kirkjubajarklaustur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in spectacular surroundings, Icelandair Hotel Klaustur is a comfortable country hotel. Guest rooms are smartly furnished with modern colours and excellent amenities. The hotel also boasts a first class restaurant serving up a variety of local and international cuisine. The restaurant is set in a beautiful terrace area which is lovely during summer days. Why not try the signature 'Fire and Ice' desert which is a hot fruit suit combined with ice cream - delicious! Well located in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, halfway between Myrdalsjokull and Vatnajokull.

Centrehotel Plaza, Reykjavik

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

In the main square of Reykjavik, the Centrehotel Plaza offers travellers a warm welcoming atmosphere. Guest rooms offer bright and modern decor with lots of contemporary oak furnishings. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in each room as well as flat screen tv, mini bar and excellent en suite facilities. The hotel also boasts the elegant Plaza Bar - the perfect place for a tipple before heading out for an unforgettable night in Reykjavik. Be sure to make it for happy hour! Located in the heart of the city - just a short walk to the harbour, shopping and restaurants.

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a short walk to the main shopping street of Laugavegur, Hotel Klettur is a modern hotel believed to be home to many elves! Guest rooms are clean and brightly furnished with comfortable beds and excellent ensuites. A typical Icelandic breakfast is served in the Breakfast Room and there is also a bar serving Iceland's best beers! Head outside to the local pizzeria for dinner and look out for the elves that live under the rocks in the corridor!

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.87 out of 5 based on 23 recent reviews

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Our guide was great. Excellent source of knowledge, friendly, great driver. Knew excellent places for lunch stops. Tour was a good pace, although difficult with staying up looking for the northern lights, although the hotels were so-so. The last hotel, in the south, was perfect for light hunting - no area lights, easy access to check outdoors from our rooms. Would have preferred a more remote location for the 2 nights in the west, since there were lights all over and it would have been difficult to see the northern lights if the weather was good. Excellent hot tubs ad breakfast, though.

• Submitted 03 Apr 2019
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Trip was really well organised. Quite long days, but loads of great activities organised.

• Submitted 27 Feb 2019
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Incredible tour, with the absolute best tour guide ever!

• Submitted 30 Nov 2018
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Johannes was excellent. He was entertaining and his knowledge of Iceland was exceptional.

• Submitted 09 Oct 2018
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Anna was an amazing tour guide - I really can’t speak highly enough. She had a deep knowledge and love of her country and it showed in every moment of the trip making it extra special.

• Submitted 17 Apr 2018
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Our Iceland holiday was amazing. We saw everything we wanted to see - the trip was well-paced, but we covered a lot of ground. We also saw the Northern lights - spectacular.

Anna-Lara was excellent - informative and great fun. She obviously enjoys her work, and we felt really well looked after.

• Submitted 30 Mar 2018
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We had an absolutely wonderful time on our tour in Iceland. Jonas was an exceptional guide. He was very personable and friendly, sharing personal connections with various places we drove by and visited. This provided a very human and individual perspective to our experience. Jonas knew the exact amount of time we needed at each place to thoroughly enjoy the site and still allow for plenty of time to see everything on the itinerary. We felt we were introduced to Iceland in all its beauty, culture, history, people and resourcefulness. Afterwards Jonas was very prompt in sending out our tour participants' emails (per our request), group photos (he took them at our request) and several of his own fabulous photos he took while with us on tour. Our age group diversity was excellent and everyone got along extremely well. All in all, we had a super fantastic time. Thank you!

• Submitted 27 Mar 2017
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Great tour guide--passionate, professional, funny and extremely knowledgeable. Great tour bus driver -- helpful, kind, friendly.

• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
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Overall the tour was fantastic and our tour guide was really knowedgable about the country and its history, but was also able to talk about modern life which was a great contrast.

Only criticism which comes down to On the Go is that it's advertised as an 8 day tour but in fact it's only 6 days. First and last day are just independant days. Either change it to a 6 day tour or rename it

• Submitted 06 Feb 2017
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Tour was excellent. The guide was very good. The only disappointment was that the northern lights were not active for us. I think the tour did give us a true feel for the country. It would be good to see more of Iceland as the scenery is magic.

• Submitted 18 Jan 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Reykjavik
Ends
Reykjavik
Departs
Sundays & Fridays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 45
Hotel Rating
3 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Reykjavik, Borgarnes, Selfoss, Kirkjubajarklaustur, Hella, Seljalandsfoss, The Blue Lagoon
Countries
The tiny town of Bourgarnes in the west of Iceland
The tiny town of Bourgarnes in the west of Iceland
Horses grazing in front of the Helka stratovolcano near Hella
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Southern Iceland
Blue Lagoon Iceland
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains

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18th January 2018

Our guide was great. Excellent source of knowledge, friendly, great driver. Knew excellent places for lunch stops. Tour was a good pace, although difficult with staying up looking for the northern lights, although the hotels were so-so. The last hotel, in the south, was perfect for light hunting - no area lights, easy access to check outdoors from our rooms. Would have preferred a more remote location for the 2 nights in the west, since there were lights all over and it would have been difficult to see the northern lights if the weather was good. Excellent hot tubs ad breakfast, though.

Joanne Brechlin
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