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Iceland: Reykjavik & the Northern Lights

with West Iceland & Reykjavik extension
  • Duration: 6 or 8 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 50
Discover a whole new side of “The Land of Fire and Ice.”

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.

Your tour package includes
  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Reykjavik
  • the Golden Circle
  • Great Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss
  • Eyjafjallajökull volcano
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Reykjavik today.

Reykjavik4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Lunch

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. Then, get a feel for Reykjavik, often called "the greenest city on Earth," with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Soak in views of the city from the Perlan Observation Deck

• See the iconic Höfði House 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 artists

Day 3: The Golden Circle & northern lights excursion
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel along 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

• Sit down for an included lunch at Fridheimar Farm, where fresh produce is grown in a greenhouse heated by geothermal energy, and visit the horse stables

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

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

Tonight, set off in search of the famous northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. 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 5.

Day 4: The South Coast & northern lights cruise
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

• View the South Coast’s black sand beaches

• Stand behind the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall

• Learn about Icelandic culture at the Skogar museum

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

Then, sail away from the coastline on an evening cruise while searching the sky for the aurora borealis.

Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and seeing the aurora borealis is not guaranteed. In the case of inclement weather, the cruise will be moved to the evening of day 5. In the case of inclement weather on days 4 and 5, the cruise will be replaced with a drive outside the city to try and see the aurora borealis.

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)

Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

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

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

Extension to West Iceland & Reykjavik

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 Iceland1 night
Day 6: West Iceland & Langjökull Glacier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• 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

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

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Reykjavik1 night
Day 7: Reykjavik via Borgarnes
Included meal: Breakfast

On your way back to Reykjavik, stop in the town of Borgarnes to visit an Icelandic settlement exhibition and learn more about Viking history.

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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4.6 average
by 3rd time traveler 

Loved the his tour Iceland is phenomenal Go Ahead Tour is excellent

by 13th time traveler 

This was a great trip. We were fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights twice, quite a thing to see. The scenery is unbelievable, geisers, waterfalls, volcanoes, the ocean, and the history of this very interesting country.

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by 6th time traveler 

An amazing tour! I know it is not guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights, but we saw them 5/5 times that we went out hunting for them. I think it was luck, but the itinerary overall was excellent. Delicious meals, beautiful scenery, and cozy accommodations. Worth the value! I've actual...

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by 9th time traveler 

I truly enjoyed this tour! I highly recommend it. My only concern was that we did not have enough time at our stops when doing the Golden Circle. I feel just 15 more minutes would have been enough, time was wasted parking the bus, so we were rushed a little trying to take it all in. Other than that...

Amazing trip!
by 4th time traveler 

We took this trip hoping to see the Northern Lights. We were not disappointed! We were able to see the Lights on two separate nights and they were truly beautiful. Our delightful tour guide Havar and wonderful driver Ivar worked hard to show us all the sights through every kind of imaginable weath...

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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.

Hotel Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was buil...

Fosshotel Reykjavík

This modern hotel is located in the business district. Guests enjoy a beer garden, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find downtown’s shop...


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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 at least 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • 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 Tours arrive in and depart from Reykjavik. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Depending on the time of year, some travelers may be required to spend an extra night in the U.S. before boarding their connecting flight home. In these cases, Go Ahead Tours will reserve your hotel and you'll arrive home one day after the last day of the tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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. Avoid wearing cotton whenever possible, as it is an ineffective insulator.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or winter boots is strongly recommended for sightseeing. You may also want to consider bringing ice cleats for better traction.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • 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
  • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • 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.
  • Iceland operates on 230 volts and uses 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.
  • 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 Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 4pm on tour
  • The amount of daylight in Iceland greatly varies based on the season. Expect as much as ten hours of daylight in the summer and as little as 4.5 hours of daylight in the winter.
  • 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.
  • 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour 
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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