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Northern Lights Explorer

Winter Escorted Tour

What's included: 7 nights, return flights and the northern lights

This 7 night offer allows you to explore Iceland and maximize your chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights dance across the Iceland sky.  In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy that is a combination of evening presentations, lectures, a movie and guided searches of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted bus tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic. Both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, you explore the regions from the Snæfellsnes peninsula to the Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

Whats included:

  • Return flights from UK airport to Iceland
  • Return airport transfers from Reykjavik airport to city centre hotel and back again on departure day
  • 7 nights hotel including breakfast
  • A week-long fully escorted bus tour 

Flight depart times:

For schedules see our main web site using a desktop device. (Subject to change and availability)

What you'll do

Day 1:

Fly in from your chosen UK airport and land safely at Keflavik.

Get collected from the airport and transferred to your Reykjavik hotel

Take the afternoon to explore the capital and enjoy some tasty Icelandic food for dinner

Stay overnight at your Reykjavik hotel

Day 2:

Meet your tour guide and start with a Reykjavík city tour where you’ll see some highlights of Iceland’s capital. Then you‘ll head west. Your first stop will be at an Icelandic wool outlet store (just to see what they do with all those sheep!). The Borgarfjörður valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You‘ll get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. You‘ll get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling -- 97°celsius. Nearby, Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a one kilometer wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby, with it‘s own tragic tale. The afternoon will include a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner there will be a guided walk in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Stay overnight at your Reykholt hotel

Day 3:

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula (the “peninsula of the snowy mountain“ in Icelandic) juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. You‘ll travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a lunch cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Afterwards you can stroll around the sheltered harbor which provides a good place for fishing vessels to anchor, and then explore this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits you at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. As you head back to Reykholt you‘ll travel through lava fields and along the ocean where you’ll have classic Icelandic photo ops. On the way there will be a stop in Borgarnes where you can either visit the Icelandic Settlement Center museum, or the local geothermal swimming pool. Naturally, once darkness falls, you’ll be out and about chasing the Northern Lights and soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Stay overnight at your Reykjavik hotel

Day 4:

Today you’ll travel along the scenic shores of Hvalfjörður fjord and turn inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a stop at the park, you‘ll continue to Gullfoss – “golden falls“ a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You‘ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including the original geyser, which is now dormant, but which has been replaced by Strokkur („the Churn“) which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir will take you to the geothermal areas were you can taste freshly baked hot spring bread, served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs, and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. In the afternoon, you‘ll learn about the Icelandic horse and it‘s history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching your accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Stay overnight in your South Iceland hotel.

Day 5:

Today will take you out along the south coast. You‘ll start at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! Further east you‘ll stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center to learn about living next to a glacier and active volcano. Skógafoss waterfall is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. It‘s near one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well turf-built houses. Spend 2 nights in Vatnajökull National Park, next to Europe’s largest glacier. Evening bus tour to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. If the Northern Lights are visible it will be picture perfect!

Stay overnight in Vatnajökull National Park

Day 6:

Today’s program is all glaciers, ice and icebergs. You‘ll visit the tiny turf church at Hof and continue to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Plenty of free time to enjoy and explore the extraordinary sights, perhaps see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. You‘ll have the afternoon at the park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers, and the largest National Park in Europe. Tonight enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quite location or you may miss out one more chance seeing the Northern Lights shimmer and dance across the night sky.

Stay overnight in Vatnajökull National Park

Day 7:

As you head back west, you‘ll stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur to see basalt columns known as the Kirkjugólf (church floor). These are the tops of basalt columns and it looks like a tiled floor- similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. Next stop is at the pretty Systrafoss waterfall, and then on to the black lava beaches near Vík, where even in winter birds nest in the high cliffs. You‘ll visit the coastal villages in South Iceland, many with old wooden houses and fascinating coastal scenery. You‘ll return to Reykjavik for one last night. In the evening you‘ll get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights.

Stay overnight at Reykjavik hotel

Day 8:

Get collected from your hotel and taken back to Keflavik airport

Fly back to the UK

It is possible to add a Blue Lagoon tour to the morning of Day 5 at an extra cost.

  • Adults in Double or Twin Rooms

    7 Nights
    Prices from£1599.00each
  • Adults in Single Occupancy Rooms

    7 Nights
    Prices from£1799.00each
  • Children Sharing with Parents

    7 Nights
    Prices from£799.00each
  • Infants Sharing with Parents

    7 Nights
    Prices from£50.00each


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