Iceland: Reykjavik & The Northern Lights

6 days Nature & Wildlife
Iceland develops a completely different appeal during the winter months. Occasional snowfalls make the landscape even more otherworldly, roaring waterfalls freeze into icicles and the night sky often lights up with one of nature’s most staggering phenomena: the northern lights. Discover the sites of Reykjavik’s city center before setting off to admire glaciers, geothermal marvels and the ethereal beauty of the aurora borealis.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel and paved paths with some uphill climbs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Iceland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board you overnight flight to Reykjavik today.

Reykjavik 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik & northern lights cruise

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Iceland! Get a feel for Reykjavik, often called the greenest city on Earth, with your Tour Director leading the way.

• See the iconic Höfði House, Perlan Restaurant and the presidential residence at Bessastadir

• Visit Hallgrim’s Church and the University District

• Pass the Old Town Center, Parliament House and modern City Hall

• Glimpse the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, both famous Icelandic sculptors

Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner this evening. 

Then, sail away from Reykjavik’s coastline on an evening cruise while searching the sky for the famous northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. (Please note: This excursion is weather dependent and seeing the aurora borealis is not guaranteed.)

Day 3: The Golden Circle & northern lights excursion

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. 

• Stop at Thingvellir National Park to see the Althing, an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798

• Explore the Great Geysir geothermal area, located in the Haukadalur Valley 

• Discover Gullfoss, or “the Golden Waterfall,” a natural wonder and the most powerful waterfall in Europe 

Tonight, set off on another excursion in search of the northern lights. You’ll transfer one hour outside of Reykjavik, where less artificial light pollution makes for clearer night skies. (Please note: This excursion is weather dependent and seeing the aurora borealis is not guaranteed. In the event of bad weather, this excursion will be moved to the evening of day 4.)

Day 4: The South Coast

  Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on an excursion to the South Coast, a lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers and picturesque villages. 

• Stand behind the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall

• View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

• Marvel at the beauty of the Sólheimajökull glacier (weather permitting)

• Walk on the South Coast’s black sands

Day 5: The Blue Lagoon

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Blue Lagoon, a famed geothermal spa known for its restorative properties and ethereal water.

• Float weightlessly in the lagoon’s light blue water, which is a mix of freshwater and seawater that’s warmed deep in the Earth 

• Relax with therapeutic spa treatments and massages (at additional cost)

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 6: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Iceland.

Add West Iceland & Reykjavik Starting from $699 pp

From its striking lava fields and cascading waterfalls to an impressive variety of animal life, West Iceland is truly a sight to behold. Take in the region's awe-inspiring terrain, a noteworthy gem in a country filled with otherworldly beauty. Then, continue on to cosmopolitan Reykjavik, where architecturally interesting buildings push the boundaries of design and fascinating museums, an impressive culinary scene and vibrant nightlife are at your fingertips.

West Iceland 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: West Iceland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Husafell this morning, stopping en route to admire West Iceland’s dramatically varied landscapes.

• Visit Troll Falls along the Grimsa River, where you may spot a troll face carved into the nearby cliff

• Marvel at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring

• Admire Hraunfossar, clear falls that stream over a lava field, and see the nearby cascades of Barnafoss

• Visit Reykholt, a historic village that was home to medieval writer and chieftain Snorri Sturluson

Reykjavik 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Reykjavik via Langjökull Glacier & Bogarnes

  Included meals: Breakfast

On your way back to Reykjavik, stop to discover more of West Iceland’s iconic sites.

• Drive in a specially modified snow truck on the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest, and walk through the glacier’s interior ice tunnels

• Stop in the town of Borgarnes to visit an Icelandic settlement exhibition and learn more about Viking history

Day 8: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Iceland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. 
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel and paved paths with some uphill climbs. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. 
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Reykjavik. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches. 
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • Winters in Iceland are generally cold. To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and evening Northern Lights excursions, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat and gloves, as well as rainwear.
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be layered. 
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes, sneakers or winter boots is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Iceland. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Icelandic cuisine relies on traditional, locally sourced ingredients from the Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains. Both fresh and dried fish, including  herring, cod and shark, are important culinary staples. Other must-tries include Icelandic lamb, which is considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as pylsa (hot dogs) and skyr cheese. 

Electricity

  • Iceland operates on 230 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.  
  • Your hotels may provide irons, hairdryers and other appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Iceland is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and four hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 4pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the Icelandic Krona on tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

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