Overview

Enjoy the lively capital city of Reykjavik before you hunt for the Northern Lights by land and sea

Highlights

  • Northern Lights
  • Small Tour Group
  • Active Geldingadalur volcano eruption
  • South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
  • Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike (April-October)
  • Crystal Ice Cave (November-March)
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Mývatn (Myvatn)
  • Whale Watching in Dalvík
  • The Diamond Beach

This 8-day tour is perfect for travelers who want to see all Iceland has to offer! Hit the famous highlights along the Golden Circle. Then head off the beaten path for exhilarating hikes across impressive glaciers and volcanoes. Top off your excursion with a hunt for aurora borealis!

  • Free Wifi
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability Sept - April
Duration 8 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Difficulty Easy
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

251 990
Per Adult

What's included

Included

  • Hotel room with private bathroom (7 nights)
  • Breakfast each morning at hotel
  • Guided minibus tour
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Whale Watching in Dalvík
  • Visit to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull
  • Free photos with the Northern Lights
  • Active volcano hike tour

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear, scarf, and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Good hiking boots (recommended)

Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Single room fee
  • Entrance fee to Mývatn Nature Baths

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Introduction

Set-out on an incredible 8-day excursion through the highlights of Iceland! On this multiday tour from Reykjavik, you’ll witness waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and more. Spend each night in a different country hotel, the perfect setting to catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights!  

During this unforgettable road trip, we stop at every region of the country as we make our way around the Ring Road. Relax in the steamy Mývatn Nature Baths, marvel at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and hike the East Fjords. 

Finally, we hit the high seas for whale watching, fishing, and a hunt for the aurora borealis!  Your trip begins and ends with two days in Reykjavik. Take time to wander Iceland’s lively capital city!

boat in the reykjavik docks at night

Home to two-thirds of the total Icelandic population, Reykjavik is a colorful city bursting with an eclectic variety of cultural events and places. No matter what you like to do, there’s something for everyone. Shop in a bustling shopping areas, visit a historic landmark or take a dip in a heated outdoor pool. Take a detour from the city scene to explore the wonders of Mother Nature. This day is on your own until the evening. Once night falls, a guided boat tour takes you out to chase the Northern Lights! Check in at your hotel is from 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

northern lights above harpa building
  • Northern Lights: The city center is not the ideal spot to see the Northern Lights. Luckily, you can catch a boat tour from the Old Harbor that  will take you out to clear dark skies. Your aurora expert will teach you all about this solar phenomenon while you witness its beauty. 
  • Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur Street: One of the oldest streets in the city, Laugavegur is Reykjavik’s main shopping street, find a multitude of cafes, bars, restaurants and, of course, shops dotted along the way. Running from the corner of this street is Skólavörðustígur, a street featuring Icelandic arts and crafts.
  • Laugardalslaug: Iceland’s largest outdoor pool, this swimming and sports complex has lovely naturally-heated pools and hottubs. 
  • Old Harbor: Built between 1913 and 1917, this booming area is where the vast ocean and bright city convene. Old Harbor is home to tons of businesses, museums, and the capital's award-winning Harpa concert hall. Tours for whale watching, puffin watching, and the Northern Lights depart from this spot. 
  • Hallgrímskirkja Church: Perched on top of Skólavörðuhæð hill in the center of Reykjavík, this church has the best panoramic view of the city. At 74.5 metres (245 feet) tall, Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland. The unconventional design is the work of prominent architect Guðjón Samúelsson, who is said to have been inspired by Svartifoss Waterfall at Skaftafell.
  • National Museum: This museum focuses on the history of Icelandic culture. The permanent exhibition, “The Making of a Nation,”showcases around 2000 artifacts that date from the time of first settlement up to the modern age. 
  • The Icelandic Phallological Museum: Commonly referred to as “Iceland’s Penis Museum”, this unique museum houses over 215 penile specimens from over 53 Icelandic mammals. While you’re there, head to their folklore area to see the members of mermen, Icelandic elves, ghosts, trolls, and sea monsters!
winter view of hallgrimskirkja chruch
Day Highlights
  • The cultural wonders of Reykjavík
  • Northern Lights boat tour
  • Today you choose your highlights!
Included
  • One night accommodation in Reykavík
  • Private bathroom
Accommodation
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
or similar
eruption of geysir strokkur in winter

Our journey kicks off with a bang as we hit the popular Golden Circle. We pick everyone up between 08:00 and 08:30 a.m. and then ride to Thingvellir National Park. From the Geysir Geothermal Area to Gullfoss Waterfall, we stop at South Iceland’s most famous nature sights along this passage. Witness the force of Mother Nature at the explosive Strokkur Geyser and the powerful Hvítá River. On our way to the hotel in Vík we stop to hike Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls. As we weave along this secret path, discover spectacular views only visible from the falls. Spend the night at a country hotel near Vik before we continue along the South Coast.

thingvellir national park walking path in autumn
  • Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this important natural landmark is full of history and unique geology. In 930 CE, the Icelandic Parliament, Alþing, was founded here, the oldest existing democratic parliament in the world. 
  • The Mid-Atlantic Ridge: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge marks the spot where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and pull away from each other. Formed about 24 million years ago by volcanic eruptions, the largest portion of the mid-Atlantic ridge above sea level rises up in the middle of the park. 
  • The Great Geysir: Once one of the most famous geysers in the world, this massive spring goes years between eruptions. Those lucky enough to witness this powerful water spectacle will see its spray shoot up as high as 70 meters (230 feet) in the air.
  • Strokkur: Strokkur is Iceland's most active hot spring, erupting every five to ten minutes. A truly entertaining display, boiling water shoots out up to 40 meters (130 feet) high. 
  • Gullfoss Waterfall: Icelandic for the “Golden Waterfall,” on sunny days the water takes on a golden color. The impressive falls have a total height of 32 meters (105 feet) –  which splits into two waterfalls. Gullfoss' upper waterfall drops 11 meters (36 feet), while the lower waterfall drops 21 meters (69 feet). These roaring waters are the largest-volume falls in Europe.
  • Hvítá River: The name of this  glacial riveraptly translates to 'White River.'  Hvítá's icy currents begin at Langjökull, the second-biggest glacier in Iceland, and flow for 40 kilometers before cascading down Gullfoss Waterfall.
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls: Both falls drop 196 ft (60 m), but each have features that make then breathtakingly unique. Skógafoss flows from former sea cliffs, a sight to behold. Hike behind Seljalandsfoss and you'll discover a view from behind the falls that isn’t accessible anywhere else!
seljalandsfoss and skogafoss waterfalls in iceland
Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
Included
  • Breakfast at your hotel in Reykjavík
  • Hotel with private bathroom near Vík
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
  • Visit the famous South Coast waterfalls
Accommodation
Adventure Hotel Geirland
Adventure Hotel Geirland outside
Double room at Adventure Hotel Geirland
Twin room at Geirland Hotel
Bathroom at Geirland Hotel
Bedroom at Geirland Hotel in Iceland
Cloakroom at Adventure Hotel Geirland
Mini office at Adventure Hotel Geirland
Bedroom interior at Geirland Hotel in Iceland
Bedroom interior at Geirland Hotel
Room interior at Geirland Hotel
Room at Geirland Hotel
Hotel Geirland
Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur Or similar
winter glacier view in skaftafell vatnajokull

Our South Coast route takes us to coal-colored beaches, glacier lagoons, lava fields, and more. Stroll along the world-renowned Reynisfjara black sand beach and witness dramatic views of Reynisdrangar basalt formation. Photographic the giant crystal icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as they wash up onto the black sand shore of Diamond Beach. Our journey then takes us over Eldhraun Lava Field to Skaftafell Nature Area, a spectacular oasis of flora and fauna. We’ll hike for three hours on a glacier at Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park. During winter months (Nov-Mar), we may do an ice cave at Vatnajokull instead of the glacier hike.

man walking around reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach:  Voted one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by National Geographic, this world-famous coastline is a glittering example of Iceland's popular black sand beaches. From Reynisfjara you can see the Reynisdrangar salt stacks. According to Icelandic folklore, these basalt columns are former trolls who tried to pull ships ashore.
  • Vatnajökull National Park: Only established in 2008, Vatnajökull National Park grew slowly but now covers 14,141 square kilometers (5,460 square miles) - 14% of Iceland. Vatnajökull is Europe's largest national park and houses several notable natural attractions.
  • Vatnajökull Glacier: Vatnajökull glacier is Europe's largest glacier. With a surface area of approximately 8,100 square kilometers (3127 square miles), it covers 8% of Iceland’s landmass. Vatnajökull is also home to Iceland's largest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, at 2,200 metres tall (7,218 feet), as well as notable active volcanoes Grímsvötn, Öræfajökull, and Bárðarbunga. 
  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier: The country's fourth-largest ice cap, covering nearly 600 square kilometers (232 square miles), it is famous for its explosive underbelly. Beneath this massive glittering glacier sits two notorious volcanoes, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. 
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve: This wilderness area is marked by woodlands, ice-capped mountains, and Svartifoss Waterfall. 
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: The world-famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a favorite tourist attraction in South Iceland. The glacier lagoon is dotted with icebergs that float gently out to sea. It’s an absolute must-see!
  • Diamond Beach: Sometimes, the icebergs floating from Jokulsarlon end up on the nearby black sand beach. This shore glitters with beached icebergs, leading to its name, Diamond Beach.
flying above jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Day Highlights
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
  • Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
Included
  • Breakfast at hotel near Vík
  • Visit to Reynisfjara
  • Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
  • One night accommodation in Höfn
  • Private bathroom
Accommodation
Hofn Hotel
or similar
eystrahorn mountain in eastfjords

The East Fjords of Iceland presents charming fishing villages and deep fjords. We’ll pass through the fjords of Álftafjörður, Hamarsfjörður, and Berufjörður, each more beautiful than the last. Wander along picturesque Hvalnes, or “whale peninsula,” a small peninsula with a pebble beach. We’ll stop at the charming, traditional fishing village of Djúpivogur for a look at the local culture, then go on an exciting 3-hour hike to Hengifoss. 

djupivogur town view in east iceland
  • Hvalnes Nature Reserve is a rocky headland with a lighthouse. The panoramic view offers visitors views of the craggy mountaintops across the horizon. 
  • Djúpivogur is a small town best known for its coastal scenery. It’s also quite close to the island of Papey, an abandoned island with the oldest wooden church in Iceland, dating back to 1807. 
  • Hengifoss is a majestic waterfall surrounded by red layers of clay and basalt layers.
  • Iceland Wilderness Center was opened in 2016 by Icelandic movie set designer Denni and historian, Arna. It offers accommodations, activities, hot springs, and local food.
  • Litlanesfoss is a towering waterfall not far from Hengifoss with pretty hexagonal basalt columns as a backdrop.
  • Egilsstadir is the largest town in East Iceland, with a population of around 2,700 inhabitants. Attractions of note include the biggest forest in Iceland, hiking trails, mini-golf course, and the Vok Baths at Lake Urridavatn.
colourful hengifoss waterfall in east iceland
Day Highlights
  • Djúpivogur Fishing Village
  • Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Litlanesfoss Waterfall
  • The town of Egilsstaðir
Included
  • Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
  • Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
  • Guided hike to Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Private bathroom
  • One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir
Accommodation
Hotel Valaskjalf
or similar
powerful dettifoss waterfall in winter

North Iceland is a treasure-trove of waterfalls and volcanic areas. The first stop is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Take in the roar of the water as it pours out at a rate of 3 million gallons per minute! Next up, we head to Lake Myvatn area. This turquoise lake is surrounded on all sides by steaming cracks, bubbling craters, curious rock formations. Swing by Grjotagja Cave, with its colorful thermal spring. Don’t miss the Dimmuborgir lava rocks, also called the Dark Castles. We’ll soak our muscles at the Myvatn Nature Baths, mineral-rich blue waters straight from the earth. You can add admission to the baths when booking the tour. The final stop is Godafoss, a beautiful waterfall on the side of the Ring Road.

aerial myvatn lake view in summer
  • Dettifoss Waterfall. As the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss is 100 meters wide and drops 45 meters down the majestic Jokulsargljufur Canyon!
  • Myvatn Lake. Myvatn is both a lake and the name of the area. Don’t miss the lava mud pools, rock formations and bubbling craters. 
  • Namaskard geothermal area. This geothermal area is just east of Lake Myvatn. Look for hot springs, sulfur sites, and clay deposits.
  • Godafoss Waterfall. This historic waterfall is famous for its local legend. According to the story, in 1000 c.e., a chief in Iceland renounced his pagan gods and threw their idols in the falls. From then on, Iceland was officially a Christian country.
Landscape Of Godafoss Waterfall In Northern Iceland
Day Highlights
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Mývatn Lake
  • Námaskarð geothermal area
  • Hverfjall Crater
  • Dimmuborgir formations
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
Included
  • Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
  • Guided visit to all the highlights
  • Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
  • One night at a hotel close to Akureyri
  • Private bathroom
Accommodation
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
or similar
town of akureyri view

On Day 6, drive around Akureyri to the small harbor of Dalvik for a whale-watching adventure. The waters of the North Coast have become known for their active and thriving marine life, especially the humpbacks and minke whales. Our tours have a 98% success rate! As you sail back to shore, you’ll get the chance to try sea angling. On Tröllaskagi Peninsula, visit the towns of Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður, quiet fishing communities. Visit Siglufjörður’s Herring Era Museum and the setting for Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series. Stay overnight at your hotel in Laugarbakki.

whale side breaching near a boat in akureyri
  • Whale Watching from Dalvik. Join this optional 3-hour whale watching tour from Dalvik harbor. Sail around the longest fjord in Iceland for a glimpse of these majestic creatures. You can book this extra activity when booking  your tour.
  • Siglufjörður. Learn why this town is called the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic!

Note: For a small fee, upgrade your whaling adventure to a 1.5 hour RIB boat tour! This special boat tour is available from April to October and lets you get closer to the whales. The RIB boat upgrade does not include sea angling.

small fishing boat in siglufjordur harbor
Day Highlights
  • Akureyri - Capital of the North
  • Whale Watching from Dalvík
  • Siglufjörður Fishing Village
Included
  • Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
  • Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
  • 3-hour Whale Watching sail tour
  • Opportunity to try out sea angling
  • Visit to Siglufjörður
  • One night at a hotel in Laugarbakki
  • Private bathroom
Accommodation
Hotel Borgarnes
or similar

On the last day of your adventure around Iceland, hike to see the Geldingadalur eruption

This is an adventure like no other, where you get to explore an active volcano, learn about this fascinating geological form and traverse Iceland’s otherworldly terrain. You get to observe new land formation, streams of lava flow from a fissure and right into the valley. You will witness steam and gases rise from the increasing lava field as well as the newly-appeared crater.

Thousands of earthquakes took place in the weeks before the eruption, after which the lava finally found its way and cracked through the surface of the earth. The eruption occurred on the evening of March 19th 2021, close to Mount Fagradalsfjall, in a valley named Geldingadalur. Fortunately, the valley confined the eruptive event preventing the lava from flowing towards civilian infrastructure.

The closest inhabited settlement to the site is Grindavík village, located only 9 kilometers away. Geldingadalir valley is not a secluded valley by any measures with such a short distance from a populated area. Yet, this presents a convenient way to access the eruption site for people who are willing to hike a pretty challenging terrain but for the chance to witness this magnificent spectacle of nature.

We expect to back in Reykjavik around 4:30 - 5 pm.

Once you’ve had a chance to rest up, embark on our Northern Lights tour. This minibus tour takes you deep into the Icelandic countryside for a chance to glimpse the elusive aurora.

Day Highlights
  • Active Geldingadalur volcano eruption
  • Northern Lights
Included
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • A guided hike to the volcanic eruption
  • Northern lights tour
  • Accommodation
Accommodation
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
or similar
Reykjavik Ingolfur Square In Iceland

Look at your Reykjavík bucket list again and take the opportunity to do some things you didn't get to the first time around! We return back to Reykjavik for one last chance to explore the capital.

Wander the streets on foot or by bike. Walk up to Perlan Museum for a panorama of the city or soak in a local swimming pool.

Relax in a coffee shop, try Nordic cuisine, or learn about Icelandic myths at the local museums. The choice is yours!

Day Highlights
  • Reykjavík delights - your choice!
Included
  • Breakfast at hotel/guest house in Reykjavík

Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call upon request if they lights are spotted. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

When booking with Adventures.com, you are guaranteed accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standards and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

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