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Iceland: Reykjavik & the Northern Lights

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

4.6 out of 5 stars

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aerial view over the city of reykjavik iceland during the winter
eruption of strokkur geyser in iceland at sunrise
blue and green northern lights floating over city of reykjavik in iceland
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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 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • 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 Reykjavik today.

Reykjavik4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik
Included meal: Welcome lunch

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome lunch. 

Then enjoy free time for the rest of the day in Reykjavik, or add an excursion.

Blue Lagoon Spa Visit

From $159 per person

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

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.

Spend a free afternoon in the city or add an excursion.

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.

The Lava Tunnel

From $155 per person

Day 4: The Golden Circle & northern lights search
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.
  • 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.

Then, head out of the city to “chase the lights” as you search the sky for the aurora borealis.

Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and seeing the aurora borealis is not guaranteed.

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

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

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
Just when you think things can’t get any more impressive, you can extend your stay alongside your Tour Director to see the wonder that is West Iceland. With its lava fields, cascading waterfalls, and abundant animal life, the region is an out-of-this-world gem worth writing home about.
West Iceland1 night
Day 6: West Iceland & Langjökull Glacier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to West Iceland today, stopping to admire the region’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 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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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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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/28/24

    Hi Sue, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed...

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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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