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About Tour

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 the Northern Lights category by TourRadar.

Highlights

  • Golden Circle
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Diamond Beach
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • A visit to a natural ice cave
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
  • Northern Lights
  • Krauma Nature Resort (optional)

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

Tour Snapshot

Availability Oct - April
Duration 5 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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Itinerary

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 the neighboring Seljalandsfoss waterfall. On the fourth day, we drive eastward to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and go spelunking in an ice cave. The last day is dedicated to South Coast and its highlights!

Hraunfossar waterfalls

You are picked up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík.

We introduce ourselves and head out of the city, along the way you will see Mount Esja, Reykjavík´s famous mountain. You will also see Borgarfjörður, a scenic fjord on your way to the first stopping point, Deildartunguhver hot spring. An astonishing 180 l/sec of hot water is pumped out at a temperature of 100°C. This vast quantity of hot water is very valuable in a cool climate, the Icelandic people use it to heat their homes and the buildings in the surrounding area.

Next, you will visit Reykholt, an important place in the history of Iceland, and the site of Snorralaug, a famous hot spring pool, where it is said Snorri Sturluson bathed. Dabble your fingers and feel the temperature of the water, and learn about Snorri, a very important saga writer, lawyer, and historian.

The two waterfalls we shall visit each offer something very different. Barnafoss waterfall is picturesque with a fascinating Icelandic legend attached to it. In English the name means ‘Children´s Falls, you will be told the story explaining how it acquired this name. Hraunfossar waterfall is totally unique, thousands of small streams flow out through the edge of the lava, creating the dramatic and very wide arc-shaped falls. The pure glacial water has traveled through the lava field from its source at Langjökull, Iceland´s second-largest glacier.

You are driven to Snæfellsnes peninsula, on the way to the country hotel where you will spend the night we make a stop to view the stunning basalt columns at Gerðuberg. Hopefully, the northern lights forecast will be favorable and a northern lights watch will be on. You get the chance to enjoy dinner (not included), and a little relaxation time. Your guide will go over the northern lights forecast with you.

You also have a chance of visiting the geothermal baths at Krauma. If you choose to skip taking a swim, we'll go visit a nearby horse farm and pet some Icelandic horses instead!

Kirkjufell high mountain

We enjoy breakfast at our hotel then head through absolutely epic coastal and mountain scenery to the far west of Snæfellsnes. We will visit the traditional fishing community in the charming village of Arnarstapi, we give you time to take a walk, so you will really be able to appreciate the fabulous scenery. Next up, is an optional tour (extra cost) with a qualified caving guide to explore the subterranean world within the Vatnshellir Cave, in the heart of Snæfellsnes National Park. You will learn how the cave was formed when molten magma flowed beneath lava which was already cooling, there are many incredible lava formations to be discovered. Maybe, you will feel like the character in the Jules Verne story, A Journey to the Center of Earth! You can book the caving tour as an extra when you book your tour.

We enjoy lunch at Hellnar, a really picturesque village surrounded by sensational scenery. Traveling a little more around the coast we will stop to explore the beautiful black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur. We take a short hike down to the beach to watch the white-tipped ocean waves flowing onto the black pebble beach. These smooth black pebbles are known as Djúpalóns Perlan (which means ‘Deep Pool Pearls’), the beach slopes steeply and the ocean becomes deep very quickly, so those black pearls really have emerged from the deep! The amazingly-shaped cliffs which frame the beach add to the beauty and drama of this place. In the olden days, the local fisherman would test their strength using the ‘lifting stones’. Those stones have been made famous by numerous World´s Strongest Man competitions, maybe, you would like to test your strength?

Next, you will visit the famous and much photographed, Mount Kirkjufell, which has featured in so many photos and paintings. On our journey back to the Reykjavík area, where you will be spending the night, we keep an eye out for the northern lights if the forecast is suitable.

Your day begins with the famous sights of the Golden Circle. Þingvellir (Thingvellir, also occasionally known as Þingvellir) is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, due to its unique history and amazing geology. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet right here in Þingvellir National Park. However, they have been slowly moving apart, creating the rugged cliff of the Almanngjá gorge, you actually walk through this rift valley when you explore Þingvellir. Alþingi, the historic Icelandic Parliament was founded here in the year 930, making it the oldest still operating parliament in the world.

We pay a visit to the Geysir area in the scenic valley of Haukadalur. Great Geysir, the hot spring which gave us the English word ‘geyser’, is not active now, Strokkur, a nearby geyser erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, sending superheated water around 25 m high - a moment not to be missed. Next on the agenda, and completing the sights of the Golden Circle, we will stop at Gullfoss Waterfall. You will feel the power at the roaring Hvítá river (‘the White River) thunders through the majestic canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages.

If visibility is good, you will see views of Hekla, a notorious volcano mountain. Next up is an opportunity to walk behind the cascade of the unique Seljalandsfoss waterfall, giving really unusual photo possibilities. We recommend you put on rainwear for this activity! 

Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel near Vík, a little coastal town. We hope the northern lights forecast will be good!

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We’ll start our day with the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You will see incredibly shaped icebergs, some larger than houses, floating on the glacier lagoon, sometimes seals can also be seen. The icebergs calve off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, they then float slowly across the lagoon to the nearby ocean. Some come to rest on the black sands of the nearby Diamond Beach, where they glitter like diamonds.

After Jokulsarlon, we continue our journey through glacial desert scenery, the like of which you have probably never seen, as we head towards the first glacier adventure - exploring a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. Your certified glacier guide will issue your ice-caving equipment and take you through the safety information before escorting you into the magic blue/white world of a natural ice cave. Every winter fresh ice caves are formed by the forces of nature, but this is an evolving world with new ice features appearing. Your guide will explain how the cave and its features were formed, and why blue ice is blue! Sometimes your guide will pick an ice cave that combines glacier hiking and ice-caving activities, depending.

man looking at Crystal Ice cave

The Icelandic weather is unpredictable and we want you to have the best possible experience traveling in Iceland. Therefore, your guide will decide the best way to organize the tour, so it is possible that you might visit an ice cave on day three if your guide feels conditions would be better then. We have a little leeway which allows us to make the best of things. You need to make sure you are dressed warmly for your ice cave visit, the temperature inside is always below freezing.

Important: during the summer months (up to Sept 30rd), we visit Katla Ice Cave instead of the glacier hike and ice cave. 

Your hotel will be in the Skaftafell area, hopefully, the conditions will be good for a northern lights watch, we have to wait and see but fingers crossed!

Please note: ice caves are natural wonders which are constantly changing and are, thus, unpredictable. We will visit an ice cave on the tour and the choice of a cave is based purely on the conditions and safety considerations.

reinisdrangar cliffs at sunset in reynisfjara

In the morning, we’ll start our South Coast tour with a small detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, if the weather allows it. After that, we’ll make a stop at the iconic Eldraun lava field, where your guide will tell you what exactly makes this lava field so special. 

Next on our agenda is the notorious Reynisfjara, one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in Iceland, with great basalt columns and a basalt column cave. Off-shore you will see the towering Reynisdrangar basalt peaks out in the oceans like the Atlantic waves power onto the soft sand. Crafty ‘sneaker’ waves appear from nowhere, so stand well back from the tide line!

Watching Skogafoss Waterfall

We will also stop at Skógafoss waterfall. These voluminous but graceful falls descend 60 m into the calm Skógará (river) below. Here you can climb 527 steps leading to the panoramic platform above the falls. If the visibility is good, you can get a view of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano! 

We get back to Reykjavík in the evening between 16:00 and 19:00. The timing depends upon the conditions of the day.

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.
  • 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.

Reviews

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Based on 20 reviews

5 Day South Coast, Northern Lights and Snæfellsnes Peninsula Tour

1- of 20 reviews

Reviewed on March 20, 2020 by Greg Deaver From our post-trip system

Our tour guide was Biggie. He was excellent. We had weather challenges one day and he did a great job adjusting the schedule. Very knowledgeable and a safe driver.

Wonderful tour

Reviewed on March 15, 2020 by Michelle De Aizpurua From our post-trip system

A great tour. It is a combination of a two day and three day tour, so you return to Reykjavík in the middle (which means one less night looking for the lights!) but otherwise was great. The guide Biggi was amazing, and put in so much effort to make our tour perfect. Even when the weather was bad he managed to ensure we had a fun day. We saw such amazing sights, really a once in a lifetime experience. Would highly recommend this tour company.

Fantastic, well organised tour

Reviewed on March 07, 2020 by Darren Cummings From our post-trip system

A well organised tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We saw lots of spectacular places along the way, and were given reasonable amounts of time to see each. Our guide, Þröstur, was very professional and friendly, telling us about Iceland and the sights as we were travelling. The hotel rooms booked for us were all very pleasant and larger than I expected. However, the buses were almost full to capacity, and a little cramped, but this is no different to other, similar tours I've been on. The highlight was the combined glacier hike and ice caving tour on day four: the guides there were great and it was a very unique experience. We even got snowed in on the last day, when the ring road 1 was closed until 3pm, but we still got to see our last couple of stops and our guide got us back into Reykjavik soon after 7pm. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the Northern lights as such, other than some faint green streaks on a couple of photos. The itinerary suggests you go out hunting for them, like some tours from Reykjavik, when actually you just stay at the hotels, which isn't ideal when one has lots of outdoor lighting and the other has a mountain immediately to the north! It is a natural phenomenon, so entirely down to chance, but I feel we would have had a better chance if we had been able to travel around for an hour or two after dark.

Arni was amazing!

Reviewed on February 01, 2020 by Sharon From our post-trip system

We had Arni as our tour guide for our 5 day tour in Iceland. He was so great! At first, I thought he was a little quiet but he was very straight to the point. He didn't speak too much or too little and his jokes were hilarious! You can definitely tell that he loves his job. When we would stop at specific sights, he would always come and walk with us and he would read all of the signs to learn more about his country. He even strayed from the itinerary sometimes and even took us to random, local spots.

5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights

Reviewed on January 13, 2020 by Michael Kasimatis From our post-trip system

Everything was well organized and our guide was explaining in detail about all the places we were visiting and also he was trying to show us as much spots as possible due to the limited daylight we got. Overall that 5 day trip we got, took us in the most beautiful spots of south and west of Iceland and it is highly recommended if you want the real Iceland outside of the capital city!

Reviewed on January 05, 2020 by Chenyi From our post-trip system

Siggi is the best guide I’ve ever had. We spent great time and visited all places. Tour is well organized!

5 day Northern lights tour

Reviewed on December 20, 2019 by Jane From our post-trip system

We really enjoyed our 5-day Northern Lights tour. Biggi was a fantastic guide - swimming in local knowledge and with a great sense of humour. Iceland is a spectacular place, and this tour was wonderful for seeing many of the highlights. We would normally self-drive on holidays but driving conditions in Iceland’s winter are challenging, and we were grateful to have an experienced local driving us. We also enjoyed hearing about the sagas and about local phrases, history etc.

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

Reviewed on March 19, 2019 by Ron Settle From our post-trip system

Great tour guide. Appropriate amount of time spent at the sites we visited. Nice accommodations. Delicious food at the 2 hotels we stayed at outside of Reykjavik. Saw the northern lights on our first night (the main reason for the trip) Overall a very, very good trip.

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.

FAQ

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all the necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we, unfortunately, cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

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

We, unfortunately, do not have one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. However, if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2 8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Reimbursement is not given if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no lights are seen but we do offer you the change to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354 562 7000

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. We recommend you to check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going ahead. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If your tour is canceled then you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance of the lights to be seen.

Yes, the guide on your tour will take a photo of you with the northern lights in the background.
These can be single or group photo’s and are free of charge.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your changes of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

The northern lights depend on luck and weather if that is in your favor than you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavík. Whether you see the lights or not they depend on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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.

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). If you have more or heavier luggage with you, you will need to book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive, there is a small fee for using this facility. Luggage storage in Reykjavík can be added during the booking process of your order in the extras section.

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

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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