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Northern Lights Exploration Tour

Iceland in Winter

8 Days / 12 locations in Iceland

2023 Guaranteed Departures
November 10
December 01, 08, 15
Prices From$2030 per Person Double
$585 Single Supplement
2024 Guaranteed Departures
January 05, 12, 19, 26
February 02, 09, 16, 23
March 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
April 05
Prices From$2030 per Person Double
$585 Single Supplement
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Experience the best of Iceland‚Äôs winter! Our new Northern Lights Exploration tours are designed to include a lot of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy ‚Äď with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis ‚Äď the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted coach tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at it‚Äės most Icelandic ‚Äď both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, exploring the regions from Sn√¶fellsnes peninsula to Vatnaj√∂kull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.


‚ÄĘClimb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates

‚ÄĘVisit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches

‚ÄĘRelax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living next to Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano

‚ÄĘSee Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise

‚ÄĘSix evenings Northern Lights Academy

‚ÄĘProgram offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 45 persons


Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur


Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Overnight at Klettur or similar

Day 2     Reykjavik - Reykholt - Borgarfjordur
Accommodation: Hamar Icelandair Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland‚Äôs exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfj√∂r√įur is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Gr√°br√≥k volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe‚Äôs most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss ‚Äď the Children‚Äôs falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Day 3     Reykholt - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Accommodation: Hamar Icelandair Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


‚Äúthe peninsula of the snowy mountain‚Äú, juts out from Iceland‚Äôs 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. We enjoy a cruise in the Brei√įafj√∂r√įur fjord and later a uniquely Icelandic ‚Äútreat‚Äú awaits us at Bjarnarh√∂fn, where they make H√°karl ‚Äď the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfj√∂r√įur, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel‚Äôs outdoor hot tubs.

Day 4     Borgarnes - Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Hella
Accommodation: Land Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Today we travel along the Hvalfj√∂r√įur fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to √ěingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There 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. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to 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 ‚Äď nearly freezing. On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hv√≠t√° river and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach the 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.

Day 5     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vatnajokull Glacier
Accommodation: Fosshotel Nupar
Meals: Breakfast


Today we travel along the South coast. At the Lava Exhibition Center, we learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Day 6     Skaftafell National Park - Vatnajokull Glacier
Meals: Breakfast


Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.


New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th

Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnaj√∂kull. It is like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under Iceland's massive Vatnaj√∂kull glacier, beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of melt water during the summer time. Too dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible and safe to visit between November 15th and March 15th (subject to change). The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total - about 30-minute drive by 4x4 vehicle from the J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalised with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 210) per person; subject to change. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona ‚Äď cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n glacier lagoon are included for all group members.


Day 7     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Blue Lagoon - Grindavik - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur
Meals: Breakfast


From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. Return back to Reykjavik and your your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at Klettur Hotel or similar.

Day 8     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast


Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.



Price Includes
Northern Lights Program
Traditional Icelandic Dinner at Local Restaurant (day 7)
Entrance With Towel to Blue Lagoon
Skógar Folk Museum & Turf Houses
Visit Lava Exhibition Center
Visit Icelandic Horse Stables & a Geothermal Greenhouse
Hot Spring Tasting With Geothermally Cooked Bread and Eggs
Visit to Traditional Shark Curing Farm .
Fjord Cruise on Brei√įafj√∂r√įur Fjord Including Light Lunch (day 3)
Arrival & Departure Airport Transfer by Flybus Plus Shuttle (no Guide) ‚ÄĘ
3 Days Escorted Bus Tour With English-Speaking Guide/Driver-Guide
7 Nights Accommodation at Comfort Tourist-Class Hotels
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
 Transatlantic Air