Northern Lights Exploration 2022 - 2023

Combine searching for the Northern Lights with a journey through some of the highlights of Icelandic nature. Discover the Golden Circle, the Snćfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Black lava beaches. Climb a volcano, stop at a shark farmer, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches. There is an optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March and an optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík. Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, as 6 out of 7 nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution.

Highlights and Experiences:

• Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
• See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences during the day
• Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
• Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
• Descend 35m underground into Vatnshellir cave situated under Snćfellsnesjökull glacier
• Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanos
• See Icelandic horses and taste freshly baked hot spring bread
• Five evenings Northern Lights Academy
• Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 35 persons
• Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between November 15th and March 15


Map for Northern Lights Exploration 2022 - 2023 tour
  • Duration:8 days, 7 nights
  • Season:September 18 to April 7
  • Tour ID:LB18


  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
  • 7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • Guided tour into Vatnshellir cave
  • Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit Lava Exhibition Center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Northern Lights Academy program

Not Included

  • Any private expenses
  • Any additional services
  • All meals not listed under "included"
  • Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)


Day 1. Arrival

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

Day 2. Reykjavík Sightseeing - Borgarfjörđur Saga Valley

Your winter journey through Iceland begins with the many attractions of the capital, before heading out into nature. The day runs as follows:

• First you will meet your guide and take a tour of some of Reykjavík's best attractions
• Then it is time to head out of town and into the incredible Icelandic landscape
• Next it is on to the Borgarfjörđur valley – you will learn why the valley is strongly connected to the Sagas and Icelandic history
• Climbing up the Grábrók volcano crater you will see the effect of volcanic activity on the landscape
• You will also visit Deildartunguhver – Europe's most powerful hot spring
• And you will get to see the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
• The day's journey ends with the first of two nights in Icelandair Hotel Hamar
• Along the way you will be given a lecture on Aurora Borealis – the incredible Northern Lights
• The day ends with a guided stroll where, if conditions are right, you may experience the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis in the night sky

Day 3. Snćfellsnes Peninsula - Lava Cave

A day exploring some of the stunning Snćfellsnes Peninsula – “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip:

• At Bjarnarhöfn, a classic taste of Iceland awaits the brave – it is your chance to try Iceland's notorious fermented shark
• Depending on road and weather conditions, you will visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörđur, 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
• Experience the area from below, inside Vatnshellir cave. We take you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the glacier Snćfellsjökull!
• On the way back the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program
• Again your day ends by heading out in search of the Northern Lights – or hoping they come to you as you relax in a hot tub under the stars

Day 4. The Golden Circle - Geothermal Taste - Icelandic Horses

Today is dedicated to the classic tour of Iceland's most famous destinations – the Golden Circle. You will get a special culinary treat using geothermal energy, as well as an insight into the unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. The schedule includes:

• A drive through the dramatic Hvalfjörđur fjord, with views across the water
• The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep!
Ţingvellir National Park – perhaps Iceland's most important historical area, it is full of geological and cultural interest – both as the site of the first parliament and the meeting point of two tectonic plates
Geysir - an otherworldly landscape of bubbling pools, hot springs and the geyser Strokkur, which erupts high into the air every few minutes
A special taste of geothermal cooking in a geothermal area – the chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring
Gullfoss – Iceland's most famous waterfall thunders into the Hvítá river with a deafening roar
• An insight into the Icelandic horse – you will learn about the history of these distinctive animals and the unique five gaits that makes them special
• A visit to a geothermal greenhouse – geothermal energy is great for horticulture and heated greenhouses make an unusual sight in the bare landscape

As usual, your day ends by looking up into the dark skies and hoping the Northern Lights will show themselves. And you can always spend the time in a hot tub just enjoying the view.

Day 5. Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

A packed day checking out the South coast's classic natural treasures: volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs. The highlights include:

• At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, we learn about geology and active volcanoes.
Skógafoss waterfall – at 60 metres high one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls
• A visit to a folk museum – offering an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses
• In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland.
• The next two nights near Kirkjubćjarklaustur in Vatnajökull National park region

As you head back to the hotel you have another chance to encounter the dramatic beauty of the Northern Lights.

Day 6. Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs:

• Your first stop is Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon – one of Iceland's most famous natural jewels, where icebergs of all sizes float in the freezing blue waters and sometimes seals appear
• You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded
• Next – a visit at Hof, where there is a tiny turf church – a glimpse into the rural past
• Spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier
• At the end of the day you can enjoy a further video presentation about the Northern Lights, as part of the Northern Lights Academy program

Before you go to sleep, you can step out into the peaceful darkness and search the heavens for the dancing colors of the Northern Lights.

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

The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – a 30-minute drive by 4×4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón 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 be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon 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 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.
Price per person ISK 23.000.-

Day 7. South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon

The last full day of your amazing journey reveals more natural treasures, ending in the world-famous geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. The day includes:

• 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 awe-inspiring
• Visit the picturesque waterfall Seljalandsfoss – there is a trail that takes you behind the waterfall if you don´t mind getting wet!
• In the afternoon you get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. We reach Reykjavík around dinner time for one last night.

Day 8. Departure

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

Tour Dates

October 07, 2022 English Sold out Standard Group
October 11, 2022 English Sold out Small Group
October 21, 2022 English Sold out Standard Group
October 25, 2022 English Sold out Small Group
November 04, 2022 English Standard Group
November 08, 2022 English Sold out Small Group
November 18, 2022 English Standard Group
November 22, 2022 English Small Group
December 02, 2022 English Standard Group
December 06, 2022 English Sold out Small Group
January 03, 2023 English Small Group
January 13, 2023 English Standard Group
January 17, 2023 English Small Group
January 27, 2023 English Standard Group
January 31, 2023 English Small Group
February 10, 2023 English Standard Group
February 14, 2023 English Small Group
February 24, 2023 English Standard Group
February 28, 2023 English Small Group
March 10, 2023 English Standard Group
March 14, 2023 English Small Group
March 24, 2023 English Standard Group
March 28, 2023 English Small Group
April 07, 2023 English Standard Group

Price Information

January 10, 2022 - April 01, 2022:
Per person in a twin/triple room (Larger Group max 35 persons) 211581 ISK (1457 USD)
Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 35 persons) 268380 ISK (1848 USD)
Per person in a twin/triple room (Small Group max 16 persons) 298199 ISK (2053 USD)
Per person in a single room (Small Group max 16 persons) 353579 ISK (2435 USD)
September 09, 2022 - December 06, 2022:
Per person in a twin/triple room (Larger Group max 35 persons) 225870 ISK (1555 USD)
Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 35 persons) 286869 ISK (1975 USD)
Per person in a twin/triple room (Small Group max 16 persons) 302473 ISK (2083 USD)
Per person in a single room (Small Group max 16 persons) 360634 ISK (2483 USD)
January 03, 2023 - April 07, 2023:
Per person in a twin/triple room (Larger Group max 35 persons) 225870 ISK (1555 USD)
Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 35 persons) 286869 ISK (1975 USD)
Per person in a twin/triple room (Small Group max 16 persons) 302473 ISK (2083 USD)
Per person in a single room (Small Group max 16 persons) 360634 ISK (2483 USD)

Optional Extra

EMPTY-SEAT supplement: Price: 22720 ISK

Payments & Terms

  • 20% Deposit
  • Cancellation:
  • A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before departure. From 28 days until 8 days before departure, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before departure, or for no shows, and a tour begun but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand.
  • Updated cancellation policy for bookings 01.02.2021-31.08.2021: No cancellation fees if a booking is cancelled latest 28 days prior to tour start after which normal cancellation fees apply
  • CHILDREN DISCOUNT: 20% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with parents. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

Other Information

DEPARTURES: From September to April

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights


- Standard group: maximum 35 people
- Small group: maximum 16 people
- Minimum group size: 5 people

Min Age: 8+
Minimum age for Ice Cave tour is 10+.

Entrance fees
Free Wi-Fi on the bus
Use of ice grippers spikes for shoes
Use of flashlight

Additional Services:
Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour - on request
Optional ice cave visit (mid-November to mid-March)

EMPTY-SEAT: Is an optional supplement for passengers that require social distancing on the bus and more space. Passengers get two seats per person, meaning an empty seat next to them on our multi-day coach

Dinner: Dinner is on your own.

ACCOMMODATION 2021-2022: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

Reykjavik: Hótel Klettur
West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Landhotel in Hella area (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Fosshótel Núpar (2 nights).
Note that the hotel list is subject to change.
Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms

NOTE: 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 is not suitable for young children.

A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach Iceland Road Trip within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, Iceland Road Trip will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for Iceland Road Trip to ensure efficiency, including the passengers´ name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Highlights of the tour:

Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Deildartunguhver Hot Sprig
Stykkishólmur Town
Hvalfjörđur Fjord
Ţingvellir National Park
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Skógafoss Waterfall
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Town
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík Town
The Blue Lagoon

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