8-Days Northern Lights Exploration Tour from Reykjavík

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Explore the best of West and South Iceland. A bestseller with up to 98% Northern Light sightings! Discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Black lava beaches. Climb a volcano, embark on a whale watching tour, stop at a shark farmer, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches. Our Northern Lights Exploration series is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, most nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution. Our first class experienced tour guides guide you throughout the tour and keep you informed and entertained during the included Northern Lights Academy. There is an optional ice cave tour from mid-November to mid-March and an optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: GJ Travel

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Welcome to Iceland. Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

Stop At: Reykjavik

Relax at your hotel or explore Iceland’s capital city on your own if time allows. The hotel is ideally located to explore the city on foot with the main shopping street, Laugavegur, just around the corner.

Duration: 4 hour

Day 2 Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley.

Stop At: Reykjavik

At 09:00 meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby. Enjoy the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Grabrok Crater

Get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. This 3000 years old crater is surrounded by a nicely moss covered lava field – possible to walk up to the rim of the crater (20 min) for a splendid view over the lava field and its region.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring

Visit Deildartunguhver. Europe’s most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hraunfossar

Explore a multitude of natural springs under a birch covered lava field, which creates a waterfall of hundreds of meters wide, the magnificent Hraunfossar (Lava Falls), seemingly appearing out of nowhere across the bank.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Barnafoss

A few minutes’ walk up the river from Hraunfossar is the Barnafoss (Children’s Fall). It has carved out strange figures from the rock and also has it's own tragic tale.

Duration: 20 minutes

Day 3 Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Lava Cave

Stop At: Kirkjufell Mountain

Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. A photo stop is of course included!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

A uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl – the fermented shark.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Cave Vatnshellir

We take you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the glacier Snæfellsjökull!

Duration: 1 hour

Day 4 Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse

Stop At: Thingvellir National Park

UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. Stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Geysir

There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10-minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Gullfoss

The mighty waterfall of Gullfoss - the Golden falls - perhaps the most beautiful in the country. The glacial river of Hvítá (white river) tumbles 32 meters (105 ft.) in a double cascade. On a sunny day a rainbow is very likely in the massive spray.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Fridheimar

Learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 5 Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Stop At: Lava Centre

Lava & Volcano Exhibition Centre, a interactive high-tech exhibition where you learn about geology and active volcanoes in a very entertaining way.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Skogar Museum

Visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Volcano Eyjafjallajokull

Under Eyjafjallajökull glacier is the famous volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010. Although a relatively small eruption, it cased a huge disruption to air traffic across Europe for a week.

Stop At: Reynisfjara Beach

Take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Interesting caves and impressive rock formations can be seen, including columnar basalt.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Skogafoss

In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country

Duration: 30 minutes

Day 6 Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Stop At: Jokulsarlon

Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Explore the amazing site and you might see seals swimming in arctic waters.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Diamond Beach

Black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, across the road from Jökulsárlón. Here large icebergs from Jökulsárlón get stranded.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hof

Photo stop by this tiny turf church at Hof. Built in 1883 and is the youngest turf church in Iceland.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Vatnajokull National Park

Europe’s largest national park. Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 7 South Shore & Blue Lagoon

Stop At: Vik

Visit the village of Vík where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe-inspiring

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Seljalandsfoss

A graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff. It is possible to walk behind it, but do not expect to stay dry!

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. Admission and towel included.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 8 Departure Day - Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport

Stop At: Reykjavik

Relax at your hotel or explore Iceland’s capital city on your own if time allows. The hotel is ideally located to explore the city on foot with the main shopping street, Laugavegur, just around the corner.

Duration: 4 hour
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