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5 day south coast, snaefellsnes & northern lights | IS-AA0150

See the Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull Glacier and the Northern Lights on this remarkable 5-day tour

About Tour

Looking for the complete Icelandic experience? This five-day tour offers all the highlights you could ever want!


  • Golden Circle
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Northern Lights
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Krauma Nature Resort (optional)

This amazing multi-day tour combines some of Iceland’s best-known attractions, with some of its more off-the-beaten-track ones – making it the perfect way to explore the land of fire and ice. You’ll see majestic waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, mighty glaciers, imposing volcanoes and much, much more.

See the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull Glacier and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, among a host of other incredible sights. With the tantalizing prospect of the Northern Lights appearing at any moment. If you’re on the lookout for an unforgettable adventure in Iceland, then this is the perfect tour for you.

West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

Best tour of 2019 in Northern Lights category by TourRadar


Pickup information:

We’ll collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9:00 on the first day. Please note that this process can last up to thirty minutes.

Practical information:

  • The tour will take place in winter, meaning that warm clothing is absolutely essential. You’ll need warm upper and lower layers, waterproof top layers, a hat, a scarf and gloves.
  • Sturdy hiking boots are essential for the glacier hike. If you don't have proper footwear, then you can rent hiking boots during the booking process. 
  • You will also need a bathing suit and towel if you wish to bathe in the geothermal baths. You can rent bathing suits and towels on location. 
  • We can lend you some of these items, however, you must specify what you need during the booking process.
  • Breakfast is included in the tour, but you will need to take care of other meals, we will make regular stops at restaurants where you can purchase food.
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
Availability Oct - Apr
Duration 5 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 8
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes


149 990
Per Adult
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What's Included


  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in a Minibus
  • Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 4 Nights
  • Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Ice Caving Tour
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
  • Glacier Hike

What to bring

  • Hiking boots (you can rent from us at time of booking)
  • Outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear and gloves

Not Included

  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Krauma Nature Resort (optional)
  • Vatnshellir (optional)

Contact us for more Information about this tour

About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.


We’ll kick off the adventure from Reykjavik with a drive past fjords and bays on our way up North. We pay our respects to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Then it’s time to head back to the Golden Circle and neighbor waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. On the fourth day, we drive eastward to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and go spelunking in an ice cave. The whirlwind expedition wraps up with a glacier hike with a certified glacier guide!

hraunfossar waterfall in autumn in iceland

We’ll collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation at 9:00 am and make the picturesque drive to Iceland’s scenic West Coast.

Our first stop of the day will be Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot spring in Europe. It pumps a remarkable 47.5 gallons of superheated water every second – creating vast plumes of steam and an impressive thundering roar.

This spring provides hot water to several towns in the surrounding area, along with the Krauma Geothermal Baths, which can be added as an optional extra to the tour. If you don’t fancy a relaxing dip in one of the hot springs, then we will head to nearby stables and pet some traditional Icelandic horses.

From there we’ll head to the historic Reykholt – once home to Snorri Sturluson, a renowned poet and politician who played a massive role in the writing of the Icelandic sagas. Snorri’s importance to the preservation of Norse culture cannot be underestimated and he is without doubt the ‘Icelandic Homer’. We’ll also see his famous bathing pool - Snorralaug, where he went to relax and be inspired amidst stunning natural scenery.


Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls


From there we proceed on to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar (“the Lava Waterfalls”) is made up of a myriad of smaller cascades pouring through the cracks of a vast lava field. Whereas Barnafoss (the Children’s waterfall) is associated with a tragic urban legend, where two children unfortunately perished in its waters.

Both are set in a spectacular landscape, carrying waters that flow all the way from Langjokull Glacier. We’ll finish the day with a visit to Gerðuberg, a collection of basalt columns that were created by lava that was instantly cooled by seawater.

We’ll stay in a comfortable countryside hotel and venture out in search of the Northern Lights if the conditions are right.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change – we may sometimes begin with a South Coast Iceland Tour and then the West Coast Tour etc.

Day Highlights
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Reykholt
  • Hraunfossar
  • Barnafossar
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Northern Lights
  • Krauma Geothermal Baths (optional)
  • Guided Tour in Minibus
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Highlights of Borgarfjörður
  • Highlights of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • One Night in a Hotel
sunset at kirkjufell mountain in snaefellsnes

We’ll eat a delicious Icelandic breakfast and then continue on towards the western part of Snæfellsnes. Along the way alpine scenery will unfold before your eyes and mountains, glaciers and volcanoes will dominate the horizon. The fishing village of Arnarstapi is nestled amongst this magnificent landscape – an ideal spot to hop out of the tour bus and explore the surrounding area.

Our journey will continue on to the Vatnshellir Cave – a majestic subterranean wonder that is made of lava that is around eight-millennia old. Your expert guide will tell you all about how this amazing cave was formed and show you the incredible minerals that color its walls.


Hellnar + Djúpalónssandur


We’ll stop at the charming village of Hellnar for a bite to eat and then visit the beautiful black pebble beach. The beach is framed by tall, craggy cliffs that gaze across the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to take a photo of the white-tipped waves as they thunder against the coal black pebbles on the shore!

Keep an eye out for the wreck of the British trawler Epine that ran aground there in 1948. At the end of the beach, you’ll find the famous lifting stones, which were used to test the strength of potential fisherman in days gone by. Do you think you would be strong enough to lift them?




We’ll top the day off by seeing one of the most photogenic mountains in the world – Kirkjufell rises like an emerald pyramid over the surrounding area, a truly majestic scene that you will never forget. Your friendly guide will show you the best spot to snap a photo of it and if we’re really lucky, the Northern Lights might flicker above it!

We’ll spend the evening in a cozy countryside hotel and head out on a Northern Lights tour if the conditions are good.

Day Highlights
  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Vatnshellir Cave (optional/extra fee)
  • Djúpalónssandur Beach
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Mount Kirkjufell
  • Breakfast
  • One Night at Hotel in Reykjavík
  • Visit to Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Caving Guide & Caving Equipment
  • Hiking at Djúpalónssandur Beach
  • Photo Opportunities at Mount Kirkufell
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
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golden circle thingvellir national park in iceland

We’ll spend day three on the world-famous Golden Circle Route – the most popular tourist trail in Iceland.


Thingvellir National ParkWe’ll begin at Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that combines geology, history and nature into the perfect package. You’ll see Althingi – the founding site of the world’s first parliament in 930 c.e. The seismic rift valley, which marks the ever-expanding gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Be sure to check out Thingvallavatn – the largest natural lake in Iceland.


GeysirWe’ll continue on towards Haukadalur Valley – a geothermal wonderland filled with a host of hot springs and erupting geysers. We’ll see the famous Great Geysir that gives all geysers their names, along with Strokkur, which throws boiling water up to 25 meters into the air every few minutes. All of Geysir is truly incredible and the perfect place to see one of nature’s greatest shows.


GullfossOur final stop will be the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls), whose golden hued cascade originates at Langjokull Glacier and flows down the Hvita River all the way down to Gullfoss. It’s constantly rated as one of the best waterfalls in the world and a fabulous photo opportunity that you won’t want to miss!


Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss: We’ll continue along the Ring Road and pass the notorious Hekla Volcano on our way to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Famed for its breathtaking cylindrical cascade and the hidden cave that allows you to see it from a totally different angle. On a sunny day you might be able to snap a photo of one of the many magnificent rainbows that appear above it.

Another waterfall, Skogafoss, lies around thirty minutes up the road. It’s larger than Seljalandsfoss – dropping more than 60 meters down into a valley below. We’ll walk up the winding path that runs alongside it to see some fabulous views over the surrounding area. Keep an eye out for the hidden treasure that, Thrasi, one of the first Viking settlers is supposed to have been buried there.

Our final stop will be Reynisfjara – a magnificent black sand beach that is home to some of the most beautiful rock structures in Iceland. We’ll stroll along it and see the beauty of the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean thunder on the coal-black sands; appreciate the series of basalt columns that rise up the cliff near the beach; and see the Reynisdrangar basalt peaks, which are supposedly trolls who were petrified by the sun.

We’ll spend the evening at the charming coastal town of Vik and go on a Northern Lights hunt if the conditions are right.

Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach
  • Northern Lights
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • Visit to all Highlights of Golden Circle
  • Waterfalls of the South Coast
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach
  • Hotel Near Vík
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
a lot of icebergs at jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

We’ll kick things off with a hearty breakfast and then drive eastwards through a series of beautiful lava fields. Our destination will be the Vatnajökull National Park – which sits in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier and is home to a plethora of glacially formed natural wonders.


Ice Cave: You’ll meet up with your friendly glacier guide, who’ll make sure that you are aware of any relevant safety information. Then we’ll head straight in to the ice cave for a memorable experience in the heart of an icy natural wonder. We’ll wander through the ice cave and see the incredible shades of blue and wonderful ice patterns. Your expert guide will tell you all about how these ever-changing beauties are formed and take you to the best places to snap some photos.


Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon: Our final stop of the day will be the world-famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. They sit in the shadow of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, which crafts their mesmeric landscape. Icebergs snap away from the main body of the glacier and glide across Jökulsárlón on their way to the open ocean.

The magnificent colours of the icebergs and the friendly seals bobbing in and out of them make for a truly stunning photo opportunity. Many of the icebergs wash ashore on the Diamond Beach – resting like glistening jewels amidst the coal-black sand. If we’re really lucky then the Northern Lights might dance above our heads – capping off an incredible day.

Day Highlights
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Natural Ice Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Northern Lights
  • Breakfast at a Hotel in Vík
  • Guided Ice Cave tour
  • Certified Glacier guide
  • Specialized Ice Caving Gear
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Hotel in Skaftafell
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
small group glacier hiking solheimajokull in iceland

We’ll eat a hearty breakfast and head to Skaftafell or Solheimajokull (depending on the season) to meet our certified glacier guide. It's time for an unforgettable glacier hike! 

We can’t tell you exactly which glacier we will visit, because it depends on the time and the season, but we guarantee that it will be an incredible experience. Your guide will provide all the equipment that you need and ensure your safety throughout. Hiking on a glacier is truly incredible and we guarantee that you’ll be impressed by its size and many wonderful features. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience!

After our glacier hiking adventure, we’ll head back to Reykjavik and stop off at some more incredible attractions along the way. We’ll arrive back at Reykjavik between 20:00 and 23:00, depending on the weather conditions and mood of the group. We hope you enjoy your adventure in Iceland and can’t wait to be a part of the next one!

Day Highlights
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Glacier Hike on Falljökull Glacier Tongue
  • South Coast
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Breakfast at Hotel in Skaftafell
  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • Specialized Glacier Gear
  • More South Coast Highlights
  • Drop off in Reykjavík
  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee that you will see them during the tour. However, the tour takes place during the winter months, giving you an excellent chance of seeing them.
  • We cannot tell you which glacier we will hike on and which ice cave you will visit, your expert guide will make a determination on the day, taking season and weather conditions into account.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or alter parts of the tour for safety reasons.
  • We may switch the itinerary of the tour – doing day 1 on day 4 and day 4 on day 1 etc.

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, 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.


Based on 12 reviews

5 day south coast, snaefellsnes & northern lights

1- of 12 reviews

Shortened Tour due to Weather

Reviewed on April 28, 2019 by Susie Piggott From our post-trip system

Unfortunately our flight got cancelled & rescheduled twice, so we missed the first 2 days of our tour. However, I was able to coordinate over the phone and via e-mail so that we could meet up at the start of the 3 day part of the tour in Reykjavik. We arrived extremely early that morning & Hotel Cabin had an open room, so we were able to check in around 6 am for the following night. We did join up with our tour group for the Southern Coast, Ice Cave, Glacier Hike part of the tour and loved it despite a lot of rainy weather. Our tour guide was great - fun, knowledgeable and always joking. He also gave us choices during some of our flex time in what we wanted to see. We even got to check out a "secret" ice lagoon after Jokulasaron did not have many icebergs. Although we are still sorting out our refund (hopefully) with the airline, we really enjoyed our Arctic Adventures tour and would recommend and/or do another one ourselves.

Beautiful memories

Reviewed on April 18, 2019 by shalaka desai From our post-trip system

I would highly recommend this tour. You get to see the best of Iceland in these 5 days. The trip is not fast paced and gave us ample of time to explore the place. This trip was split into 2 tours - one was a 2 day trip to the Snaefellsnes plateau and the other one was the 3 day tour to the South of Iceland with the northern lights. Both the tours were very organized and the stay at the designated hotels was very comfortable too. Our guides, Pascal and Aaron, were very knowledgeable, patient and made everything very easy and simple. They made a big effort to show us around even when the weather was little unstable, on a few occasions. We had an amazing time. A big thank you to Artic adventures team for these beautiful memories !

Olli Rocks

Reviewed on April 07, 2019 by Jon From our post-trip system

Our guide Olli was amazing, and managed to mix up the activities across the days to ensure the weather was a minimal factor. This was the first time for me to be in Iceland in the winter and it did not disappoint! Of course there were some sketchy days of cold, wind, snow, rain, and sun. If you don't like the weather right now, just wait 15 minutes! Would definitely be interested in going back after these amazing five days.

Great Adventure

Reviewed on April 05, 2019 by Edward and Ellen Nadeau From our post-trip system

My husband and I toured Iceland in March 2019. I recently read the United Nation’s World Happiness list and Iceland was number 4. Not a surprise. Where do I begin? The incredible beauty and natural wonders, the food and native people. We were so delighted with the staff members of Artic Tours who were so well informed about the history, geology and the culture of the Icelandic people. Your group size limit of 18 is a winning strategy and the Mercedes Touring van is a good vehicle choice. Not only did that make for a manageable group of people to be “guided” through our adventures but, but our travel mates were from all the parts of the world and we immediately bonded with many of them and enjoyed the beautiful journey along the way. While Artic Adventures could not promise us that we would see the Northern lights – we did! We would like to return someday to Iceland and bring along our friends and family and we know they will be just as impressed as we were. Give our best to our guide THOR! He made our journey most memorable. Ellen & Ed

Amazing Experience

Reviewed on March 10, 2019 by Nicole Miranda From our post-trip system

The 5th day tour was a great experience, it is super complete, allows you to go to different places in Island. Each place has a magic combination, all of them are worth it. And Artic Tours make everything perfect!!

Fantastic Tour- beautiful country!

Reviewed on February 27, 2019 by Lesley From our post-trip system

We had a brilliant 5 day tour around this beautiful country. Our guides were friendly, efficient and very knowledgable. They were also very good drivers and we felt very safe even in some very harsh weather. The hotels outside Rejkavic were lovely and we saw so much. Thoroughly recommend this company- booking and communications were excellent.

Reviewed on February 24, 2019 by Morgan Leger From our post-trip system

Palmi, our tour guide, was absolutely wonderful! All the sites we stopped to visit were beautiful, and well chosen. My only complaint is that I wish I could have spent even longer at each site (this is not meant as true criticism - given how much we saw each day, I don't think we could've stayed longer and had time for everything else). Getting a more exact itinerary of our trip once the tour had started would have been welcome.

Wonderful Excursion

Reviewed on February 08, 2019 by Jessica From our post-trip system

This is an amazing trip. We had the best tour guide, Siggi, who knows so much and made this a very pleasant experience. We were lucky and got to see the Northern Lights, while they are not a guarantee, we had the perfect combination and we saw the most beautiful show. Every place we went was magnificent and the activities are definitely worth it.

awesome experience!!!

Reviewed on February 01, 2019 by Lisa From our post-trip system

This was an incredible experience! Our guide, Hilmar, was amazing. By the end of the tour we all felt like family. I would definitely recommend this tour. So if you're thinking about it - do it!! And ask for Hilmar. He's great!!

Reviewed on January 16, 2019 by Janet innamorato From our post-trip system

Our guide was warm charming and friendly he added significantly to our enjoyment of the trip. Loved the stories the geysers the glaciers the ocean the lagoon and the waterfalls. Thank you Palli.

A great trip and a great guide

Reviewed on January 08, 2019 by Stacy Wallace From our post-trip system

My husband and I had a fantastic time on our 5 day tour. Biggie kept us entertained during the drive with interesting Icelandic stories, facts, and traditions. Even with the minimal daylight hours, Biggie ensured that we made it to all of the attractions and even some nice little out of the way places. Thank you for a great vacation!

5 Day Tour - Highly Recommended

Reviewed on December 30, 2018 by Andrew G From our post-trip system

I highly recommend this tour and this company to anyone. We opted for the 5 day tour and it was absolutely amazing. The driver, the vehicle used, and the hotels we stayed at were great and I have no complaints. When we return to Iceland we will definitely be using Arctic Adventure again.

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