Winter wonderland: Northern Lights in Iceland

6-Day Northern Lights Holiday Itinerary - Iceland

Prices from £715 pp

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Duration6 days / 5 nights (flexible)

ItineraryReykjavik - Golden Circle - Vik - Keflavik

Suitable for families

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Overview

When you think of Iceland, the first thing you think of maybe the Northern Lights, but also frozen waterfalls, snowy roads, little daylight and maybe the chance to warm up in a geothermically warmed hot springs. Luckily this tour guarantees all of the above. Explore Iceland in winter, spot the Northern Lights from the water and take a real glacier walk. You’ll also get the chance to marvel at Vik’s black lava rocks or go ‘down under’ and snorkel between two continental plates.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described
  • Car hire
  • Excursions as described

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik!

Spot snow-capped peaks and volcanic craters from the plane window as you fly into Keflavik airport. Pick up your rental car from the airport and head into the city. Reykjavik is a compact and trendy city that is home to over half of the Icelandic population. The modern architecture, shops, young people and boutique restaurants give the city a quirky Nordic touch. You’ll stay in a hotel that is centrally located with authentic Scandinavian design.

A view of a city with the sea

Summer: Whale-watching boat trip

If you’re travelling in the summer months, then after breakfast today you will head out from the harbour on a traditional fishing boat for your whale-watching trip. You’ll spend around three hours on the boat, seeking out these gentle giants. Gaze in awe at the sight of powerful fins splashing in the sea and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a full breach!

A large whale tail coming out of the sea

Winter: Walking city tour and Northern Lights boat trip

In the winter months, you’ll head out to explore the city today. During breakfast you can already research the route you’ll be taking for your city tour. You’ll zigzag through streets full of brightly coloured houses to Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik’s famous church that rises 75 meters above the surrounding houses. Take the elevator to the viewpoint at the top of the tower and grab yourself a photo with the whole city as your background. Continue onwards to the old harbour, where you can learn about the first Viking settlers at the Vikin-Maritime museum.

lighthouse punctuating the night sky being adorned by the northern lights

Spouting Geysers & Crashing Falls

Today you’ll head off to the Golden Circle. We recommend a stop at Thingvellir en route, where you’ll find a gap between the European and American continental plates in a national park that’s well worth checking out. From Thingvellir, you’ll then continue to the Golden Circle, where you will find Iceland’s highest spouting geyser, Strokkur. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you can take spectacular pictures here. In the evening, check into your countryside hotel and after such an exciting day seeing the sights, it’s time to relax in the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest thermal baths in Iceland. We’ll reserve entrance tickets for you in advance, so all you have to do is get there. Between the different baths you walk through a world of moss and steam, giving you a magical feeling.

Geyser erupting with people watching

It’s worth getting up early today, so that you have enough time to visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall before all the day trippers arrive. This way you have all the peace and space to grab yourself some beautiful photos. The water begins at the glacial river Hvítá and plunges here like a perpendicular water curtain into a 70 meter deep gorge. There are also fantastic views over the Gullfoss from all sides and when the sun shines, you almost always see a rainbow here. After your visit to Gullfoss, you will leave the Golden Circle region and continue your journey through Iceland. Depending on your chosen route, you will now travel along Seljalandsfoss to Vík and the south coast or visit Pompeii in the Westman Islands.

People bathing in a lagoon

Vikings & Volcanoes

Leaving Reykjavik or the geyser area behind you, you’ll be on your way to the coastal village of Vik. On the way, stop off at Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla. Here you can view the ruins of an old Viking farm that was only excavated in 1900 and also see its replica. Make sure to also stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two incredibly photogenic waterfalls. Drive further down the ring road for a visit to the film exhibition of the mighty Eyjafjallajökul volcano, which shut down all European air traffic in 2010. In the evening you will arrive at the coastal village of Vík, where you will sleep in a cosy guesthouse.

View of black sanded beach

Get ready for an active day today as you venture to the Sólheimajökull glacier. At the meeting point you will meet your experienced guide and fellow adventurers for a good run through about how things work and then the irons go down. Hike along caverns meters deep and search for ice sculptures. You will see a thousand shades of grey, white, blue and of course transparent ice and if you look closely at the different layers in the ice, chances are you’re even looking at the ash from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökul volcanic eruption. Back in the car, turn on the heating and warm yourself up for your next Iceland experience. Make a final stop at the black lava beaches of Vik, where the basalt rocks protrude high into the sky from the sea and look almost handmade due to their symmetrical shapes.

People looking at a view of black sandy beach

Secrets of the Blue Lagoon

Drive over the Reykjanes peninsula towards Keflavík to end your trip completely zen at the Blue Lagoon. You can arrange an entrance ticket with specific access time in advance. On the way to the natural baths you will see lava fields and hot springs with large plumes of smoke in the background. The lagoons are artificially constructed but heated by natural sources. On the sides there are large containers with purified clay for you to rub over your body. This has been scientifically proven that the mineral salts and algae of this geothermal seawater have a healing effect on the skin. After a short drive the next day, you’ll return the rental car at the airport and check in for your flight back home with a head full of special memories that will last a lifetime.

a pool with steaming water and a small bridge
David on a rickshaw

Speak to our Iceland specialist, David

"Iceland offers so much variety. Whether it's bathing in one of many natural lagoons, heading out to see the wildlife or witnessing the amazing northern lights, you won't run out of things to do! I ticked off a lot of things from my bucket list here."


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