5-Days Land of Northern Lights Guided Tour

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A short winter trip to Reykjavik and the Icelandic countryside with an optional glacier hike - 5 days / 4 nights. This budget holiday offers great value for money! During the day we explore Southwest Iceland, known for its natural wonders and cultural sights. Spend two nights in Iceland's capital and two nights in South Iceland, an ideal location for the search for the Northern Lights.

What´s Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • 4-nights budget accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc or hotel upgrade option
  • 4x breakfast
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Northern Lights program during two evenings 
  • Blue Lagoon, including use of towel
  • Skógar Folk Museum on early Modern Iceland with its turf houses
  • Visit Icelandic horse stables & a geothermal greenhouse

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This program includes during two evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided Northern Lights searches in the garden of Árhús Cabins in Hella, South Iceland, about 10-minute walk from Stracta Hotel. The tour is dependent on weather, and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded, but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Complimentary: Free Wi-Fi on the bus, entrance fees, Use of flashlight, Use of ice grippers spikes for shoes.

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Itinerary

DAY 1
Welcome to Iceland.
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Welcome to Iceland.

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night. 

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²), or Hótel Klettur (upgrade version). Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own. (50km / 31mls) 

DAY 2
Reykjavik City Tour, Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula
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Reykjavik City Tour, Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then we head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, moon-like landscape, bird cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages. In the afternoon we bathe in the Blue Lagoon. Drive along the south coast to arrive in the village of Hella where we stay for two nights in simple cottages. There is an option to upgrade to studio rooms at the Stracta Hotel in Hella. In the evening, we hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide at Árhús Cabins. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.

Overnight location:
Arhus Cottages or Hotel Stracta (upgrade version), Hella. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own. (220km / 137mls) 

DAY 3
South Iceland with Optional Glacier Hike
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South Iceland with Optional Glacier Hike

Today we travel along the south coast. We reach the area beneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier. We stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall and visit Skógar folk museum of early Modern Iceland with its turf houses. At lunch, we visit the Skógarfoss waterfall. In the afternoon you can book a optional glacier walk on Sólheimarjökull’s glacier tongue (booked online, our guide assists if needed. Price with GJ Travel discount: ISK 14.310). If you book a trip without the glacier hike, the tour continues further south where you walk on the famous Black Lava Beach at Reynisfjara, observe the Cap of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs before visiting the charming village of Vík.

In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes.

Overnight location:
Arhus Cottages or Hotel Stracta (upgrade version), Hella. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own. (200km / 124mls)

DAY 4
Golden Circle & Visit Icelandic Horses
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Golden Circle & Visit Icelandic Horses

In the morning we learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Then we travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields and admire the double waterfall of Gullfoss. We end the afternoon at Þingvellir National Park, the location of the ancient Viking Parliament and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked for this day if the weather conditions are right.

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²) or Hotel Klettur (upgrade version), Reykjavík. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own. (210km / 130mls)

DAY 5
Departure Home
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Departure Home

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Overnight location:

Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own. (50km / 31mls) Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls) 

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