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Iceland: Reykjavík & the Northern Lights

6 days |  8 days with West Iceland & Reykjavík extension
6 days |  8 days with West Iceland & Reykjavík extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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Watch the Land of Fire and Ice come to life in the winter light.

Is there anything like winter in Iceland? The sun creeps lower in the sky, occasional snowfall dusts Reykjavík, and the aurora borealis dances among the stars. This quick tour hits all the highlights, from the staggered columns of the Hallgrímskirkja church to the sparse expanse of West Iceland on the extension. And while we can’t guarantee you’ll see them, we’ll do everything we can to give you your moment with the northern lights.

Your tour package includes

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner with beer or wine
  • 4 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Reykjavík
  • The Golden Circle
  • Great Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss
  • Eyjafjallajökull volcano
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Reykjavík today.

Reykjavík4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavík
Included meal: Welcome lunch

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome lunch, then take the rest of the day to explore at your leisure. If you’re feeling peckish, check out Hlemmur Mathöll, a bus-station-turned-food-hall serving everything from Italian gelato to Danish smørrebrød, or open-faced sandwiches.

Alternatively, add an excursion—and what better way to decompress after an international flight than with a soak in the Blue Lagoon? The milky waters of this geothermal bath are prized for their restorative properties; go for a float and let them ease your post-travel tension.

Blue Lagoon Spa Visit

From $159 per person

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Reykjavík & northern lights excursion
Included meal: Breakfast

Clean, green Reykjavík is part cosmopolitan capital, part Scandinavian fishing port. Take to its streets with your Tour Director today and get to know this one-of-a-kind city on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Build your mental map of Reykjavík at the Perlan, a glass-domed museum with a 360-degree observation deck. From your perch atop the Öskjuhlíð hill, you can see the city’s compact downtown, Faxa Bay, and twin mountains emerging from the horizon.
  • See the stately Höfði—the house that hosted the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev—before continuing to Bessastaðir. Distinguished by its rich, clay-colored roofing and simple, yet dignified, exterior, this home serves as the official residence of Iceland’s president.
  • Head to Miðborg, the downtown neighborhood more simply known as the 101, to visit the Hallgrímskirkja. Reaching almost 245 feet into the sky at its peak, this church is one of the tallest buildings in the city—and with its breathtaking curved spire, it’s one of the most distinct, too.
  • Pass the Alþingishúsið, home of the national parliament, and the lakeside City Hall before stopping at the National Gallery of Iceland to view the work of renowned local artists like Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson.

Afterward, linger a while in the Hljómskálagarðurinn, Reykjavík’s principal green space, or add an afternoon excursion to explore one of Iceland’s fantastical lava tubes—caves formed over time by magma flowing beneath a hardened crust.

Once the evening rolls in, reconvene and set off as a group in search of the aurora borealis—the northern lights. Make the hour-long journey out of Reykjavík to the Icelandic countryside (less light pollution means clearer skies!), settle in, and keep watch for those ephemeral shimmers.

Please note: The evening northern lights excursion is weather-dependent and seeing them isn’t guaranteed.

The Lava Tunnel

From $155 per person

Day 4: The Golden Circle & northern lights search
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Running for 190 miles across pristine landscapes, the Golden Circle encompasses some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. Today, you’ll board your bus and drive some of this famous route.

  • Begin at the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, a 92-square-mile tract of volcanic rock and golden scrubland. You’ll see the original site of the Alþing—“Althing” in English—an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798.
  • Sit down for an included lunch at Friðheimar, a farm that grows tantalizingly fresh tomatoes and other produce in a greenhouse heated by geothermal energy.
  • Enter the Haukadalur, a valley teeming with geothermal activity, and explore the area surrounding the Great Geysir. You could say it’s the original Old Faithful: After all, the English word “geyser” is derived from its name. While it hasn’t erupted since 2016, its nearby cousin, Strokkur, hasn’t stopped, spouting into the air every five to 10 minutes.
  • Marvel at Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall that ranks as one of the most powerful in all of Europe. Some say its name comes from the legend of a Viking who dumped his treasure into its churning waters; others, the way the light catches the mist steaming off the cascade. Either way, it’s a sight to behold.

Don’t stop there. This evening, you’ll follow up natural beauty with a celestial show as you chase the northern lights outside of Reykjavík.

Please note: The evening northern lights search is weather-dependent and seeing them isn’t guaranteed.

Day 5: The South Coast
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Ready for more sensational sights? Embark on a journey to the South Coast, a lush lowland region filled to the brim with glimmering glaciers, black-sand beaches, and cozy villages.

  • Eye the Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap sitting atop an active volcano, then continue to the area’s famous beaches. Colored a deep, metallic black, their sands are the byproduct of centuries of eruptions and erosion. (And they make for stellar photos.)
  • Park at the Seljalandsfoss, skirt the waterfall, and walk into a small cave behind it for a misty view of the surrounding plains.
  • Marvel at the mighty Sólheimajökull. Spanning the gap between two volcanoes, this glacier’s moody blue ice makes it a popular hiking destination.

Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening, served with beer or wine, and recount all your epic memories before turning in for the night.

Please note: The visit to Sólheimajökull is weather-dependent.

Flight Home
Day 6: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. If you booked this trip’s extension, sleep in a little—there’s more exploring to do in the wondrous wilds of West Iceland.

Extension to West Iceland & Reykjavík
Sprawling lava fields. Roiling waterfalls. Abundant animal life. Just when you think you’ve seen the country’s best, West Iceland beckons to be explored. Take a quick survey of the region on this tour’s extension to see what we mean.
West Iceland1 night
Day 6: West Iceland & Langjökull glacier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

While some of your companions will be making their way home today, you’ll be rolling out to West Iceland, a geographically diverse wonderland that inspired Viking writers and continues to captivate travelers like yourself.

  • Walk a one-mile loop and watch as Deildartunguhver—Europe’s most powerful hot spring—bubbles and flows without end. Water gushes out of the ground at a piping-hot 207 degrees and is used for heating in nearby towns.
  • Behold two waterfalls, different in scale: the Hraunfossar, with its kilometer-long series of gentle rivulets, and the Barnafoss, a rapid cascade that lies at the heart of a dark local legend.
  • Visit Reykholt, a historic village that was home to Snorri Sturluson, a 13th-century author and two-time leader of the Althing. Then, make your way to the Langjökull—Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Drive along the ice cap in a specially modified truck, then walk through its interior ice tunnels.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine, and prepare for tomorrow’s return trip to Reykjavik.

Please note: Langjökull’s ice tunnels are tight, enclosed spaces. We recommend that travelers with claustrophobia refrain from entering them.

Reykjavík1 night
Day 7: Reykjavík via Borgarnes
Included meal: Breakfast

On your way back to Reykjavík, stop in the town of Borgarnes, set on a peninsula jutting into the Borgarfjörður fjord. There, you’ll visit The Settlement Center: Built in two of Borgarnes’ oldest buildings, it shines a light on Iceland’s early history and one of its most famous figures—the Viking poet, warrior, and (supposed) sorcerer Egil Skallagrímsson.

Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Safety First
    3/9/24 by 2nd-time traveler Sue

    My favorite part of the tour was the event that was not listed on the itinerary. We were scheduled to go to the spa called Blue Lagoon, but concern for our safety and its proximity to the recently erupted volcano, we went to Sky Lagoon. This was the best part of the tour. I loved the size of Sky, a...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    3/20/24 by 1st-time traveler Pilsieditas Judal

    My daughter and I had a great time in Iceland. The tour director was excellent and knowledgeable and our bus driver was very accommodating and was an expert driver. The tour director ( Daniele) and bus Driver (George) went out of their way to keep us entertained and took us to extra places to make u...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Wild and wonderful, Iceland
    3/30/24 by 3rd-time traveler Kelly

    Best vacation experience ever! The Icelandic people are wonderful and friendly. The scenery is amazing and other worldly. No place like it anywhere. Truly a land of contradictions. Fire and ice have shaped the landscape here, providing dramatic scenery. This will not be my last visit to Iceland. H...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Center Hotels Midgardur Reykjavik
    Center Hotels Midgardur Reykjavik

    This modern hotel is located in the Hlemmur neighborhood. Guests enjoy a spa, bar, and restaurant. Nearby you’ll find the Sun Voyager sculpture, Hallg...

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    Hotel Húsafell
    Hotel Húsafell

    This modern luxury hotel is located in Húsafell in Iceland’s central highlands. Guests enjoy a pool, restaurant, and bar and lounge. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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