Days
8
Price from
$5,495NZD

Experience Iceland's magical dancing lights in Hvolsvollur, Vik and Lake Myvatn

While the main focus of this eight-day tour is viewing the spectacular northern lights, there are plenty of sights to see throughout the day. Starting with a city tour of Reykjavik, drive inland to Gullfoss to see the spectacular Golden Waterfall before continuing on to Hvolsvollur for aurora spotting. Drive to Skaftafell National Park through fields of lava, visit the Glacier Lagoon, Reynisdrangar’s imposing basalt sea stacks, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, then fly to Lake Myvatn to view the majesty of the dancing aurora in all its glory.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Country
Iceland
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEII
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • This is your chance to marvel at the spectacular dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis in the northern sky

  • Witness not only the lights but the breadth of Iceland's incredible natural phenomena – bubbling volcanic solfataras, rootless craters, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons

  • Stunning no matter when you see it, Gullfoss is more than simply Iceland's largest waterfall. In the sun, it's graced by a dazzling rainbow; in the cold, its cascades shimmer with ice

  • On your journey to Skaftafell, you'll drive through fields of lava created by Laki's famous volcanic eruption of 1793

  • Stay on a working family farm in the Icelandic country side. The accommodation is among the leading hotels in Iceland regarding environmental issues and the proud owner will show you around the estate to reveal more

  • Your leader will give you an insight into the science behind the aurora borealis before you head out in search of the magical Northern Lights

Is this trip right for you?

  • Iceland can be very cold at this time of year, especially in the Northern part where temperatures can reach -25 degrees centigrade, and snow is very likely. It's important to bring appropriate clothing, such as a down jacket, many layers, hand warmers etc.

  • On the rare occasion that your leader has to alter the itinerary due to adverse weather, alternative activities will be offered.

  • Many locations on this itinerary are remote, which means a few long drives. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know your fellow travellers.

  • While there is a strong chance of seeing the Northern Lights in all their colourful glory (thanks to the high latitude), there are no guarantees. Natural phenomena like these are at the mercy of nature's whims. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies!

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single-room supplement is available at an additional cost. (Note that hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together or apart.)

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 25 February 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 October 2017 - 31 March 2018

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland's quirky capital, and settle into your hotel. There are no activities planned for today, but if you arrive early, take a stroll and acquaint yourself with the world's northernmost capital. Perhaps take a trip to the National Museum to see the permanent exhibition on the history of Iceland from the 9th century to the present. Meet your fellow travellers and trip leader at 6 pm for a welcome meeting.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Klettur or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, explore Reykjavik on a city tour, passing the old harbour, city centre, towering Hallgrimskirkja church and the dome-shaped Pearl. Continue to the geologically and historically important Thingvellir (Parliament Plains), the original site of Iceland’s old parliament. You will also visit the geothermal geysers and witness spouting hot springs before driving to Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). Here at Iceland’s largest waterfall, a rainbow is often visible on a sunny day. It's a beautiful sight amid the spray above the falls. After checking into tonight’s accommodation near the town of Hvolsvollur, enjoy dinner with your fellow group members. Far away from the lights of the city, your hotel is an ideal base from which to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Look to the skies tonight in search of them. While there is a good chance of seeing the lights of the aurora from this far north, there is no guarantee, as weather conditions can affect visibility. Remember to pack warm clothes, as temperatures can drop to below –5°C.

Notes: You will cover a distance of approximately 250 km today.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Fljotshlid or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Golden Circle (Þingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Begin the day by visiting Skogafoss, a waterfall on the Skoga River. At 60 metres high and 25 metres wide, it's one of the largest – and most impressive – waterfalls in Iceland. It has been used for several settings in popular film. After spending some time taking in the glory of this stream, drive to Skaftafell National Park. En route, you'll travel through the lava of 1783’s Laki volcanic eruption, and event that shaped Icelandic history and culture. From there, drive on to Jokulsarlon, also known as the Glacier Lagoon. Take a walk around this astounding glacial lake and learn a little more about its history, perhaps taking some photos along the way. Then continue to the small village of Vik on Iceland's south coast for your overnight stay.

Notes: You will cover a distance of approximately 500 km today.
Accommodation
  • Icelandair Hotel Vik (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Skogarfoss Waterfall
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive through the beautiful scenery of Iceland’s South Shore. Wander past the enormous basalt sea stacks at Reynisdrangar, marvel at the colours of Solheimajokull Glacier and admire the spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. You can walk right behind the stream of the latter to see it from another angle. Afterwards you will stop at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath in this geothermal spa. Next, return to Reykjavik and enjoy an evening of free time. Perhaps try the famous lobster soup or the infamous fermented shark washed down with a shot of Brennivin (Icelandic schnapps) in the Old Harbour, or enjoy a beer in a cosy city bar.

Notes: You will cover a distance of approximately 300 km today.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Klettur or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • South Shore, Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Blue Lagoon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After an early morning flight (approximately 45 minutes) to Akureyri, transfer to Lake Myvatn, one of the most interesting geological areas in the northern hemisphere and Iceland. Walk past solfataras – natural volcanic mud pits that bubble and boil, omitting a rather strong odour. You'll also pass the craggy lava fields of Dimmuborgir and the strange pseudo-craters at Skutustadir.

Notes: You will drive approximately 100 km today.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Solfatara Area, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a free day to explore Lake Myvatn and its surrounds. There are plenty of options to keep you occupied. Perhaps visit Husavik (Iceland's prime location for whale watching), relax in the Myvatn Nature Baths or head to Godafoss (if you haven’t had enough of stunning waterfalls). In the evenings, enjoy dinner at the hotel and look skyward for the incredible northern lights again.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Return to Reykjavik by plane (approximately 45 minutes). Spend the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace. Iceland's capital has an eclectic arts and music scene, an abundance of quirky cafes and a laid-back vibe. Perhaps window-shop in the central city, hire a bike and cycle around the harbour front, go on a self-guided tour through the cemetery or browse some of the city's excellent art galleries. If you feel like something more active, you can take a ride on an Icelandic horse, or see killer whales just offshore on a whale watching expedition. Alternatively, if you are after another look at the Northern Lights, you can head out of town to chase them again this evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Klettur or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Icelandic journey comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Those looking to extend their stay can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking the trip (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Golden Circle (Þingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Skogarfoss Waterfall
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)
  • South Shore, Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Solfatara Area, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group

Reviews

Our Icelandic Northern Lights trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Icelandic Northern Lights, November 2016

Rosemary Anne Bosley

Icelandic Northern Lights, November 2016

Kristina Czajkowskyj

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