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Northern Lights Circle Tour

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Experience Iceland’s culture and Mother Nature’s delights

This guided small group tour offers a wonderful blend of Iceland’s culture, history, natural wonders and the extraordinary aurora borealis. By day, your expert local guide will show you the top attractions around Iceland’s famed Ring Road, all dressed in their beautiful winter coats. And by night, you can relax with your fellow explorers at cosy countryside hotels, perhaps catching a glimpse of the amazing northern lights dancing overhead. 100% Guaranteed Departures.

Type

Guided Small Groups

Interest

Culinary Experience, Northern Lights

Season

Oct - Mar

Details

Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date. 100% Guaranteed Departures.
 
Booking Notes:
  • This tour is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Note: Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.
  • Included in your package are 3 evening dinners when staying outside Reykjavik. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. Lunches are not included but you will be stopping at locations where you can buy your own lunches.

Weather & Northern Lights:

  • The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • The flashlights provided at the northern lights hunt is for navigating in the dark. Blankets will also be offered to help you keep warm.
  • You should bring windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers for the outdoor activities. The winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, but the temperatures drop below freezing at times.

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants

Note: The professional local guides are very experienced with Iceland's climate and natural environment. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unforeseeable events, our guides reserve the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best and safest experience for our travellers.

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Departures Mark your calendar for an unforgettable adventure!

  • 04.10.2016 - SOLD OUT
  • 11.10.2016 - SOLD OUT
  • 18.10.2016 - SOLD OUT
  • 25.10.2016 - Contact us
  • 01.11.2016 - SOLD OUT
  • 15.11.2016 - SOLD OUT
  • 22.11.2016
  • 07.02.2017
  • 14.02.2017 - 4 seats left
  • 21.02.2017 - 5 seats left
  • 07.03.2017
  • 21.03.2017

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Exploring Hot Springs & Frozen Falls

    This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of the journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Highlights include Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. We will also get to visit the geothermally-heated greenhouse at the Friðheimar tomato farm.

    Later in the evening we will head out on an excursion to search for the northern lights (weather permitting), with blankets and flashlights to help us along.*

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Driving distance: 250 km / 155 mi.

    *Please note the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 3: Volcanic Wonders of the South Coast

    This is another day of winter wonder discovery! First we will start the day at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the icy cascade on a footpath. Then further along at the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, we will browse the exhibit about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on the local residents.

    Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the nearby Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artefacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. The last stop today is at the black volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here we will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and steep cliffs of Dyrhólaey along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns off the shore.

    Later in the evening we will head out on another northern lights excursion with blankets and flashlights in tow.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 125 mi.  

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  • Day 4: Iceland’s Largest Glacier & Floating Icebergs

    Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, starting with a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Here you will have the option to join a guided glacier hike and experience walking on ice with crampons!

    After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs. You might recognize this place from postcards, online photos and maybe even some Hollywood film scenes. From there we’ll head to our final destination today, the seaside village of Höfn.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 200km / 125 mi

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  • Day 5: Fishing Villages & Rugged East Fjords

    Today we get to experience a lesser-explored part of the island. Our drive takes us along majestic East Iceland, with gorgeous scenery that includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Among other highlights we will stop in the small villages of Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, the latter known for its French heritage. Our final destination of the day is Egilsstaðir, the largest town of the region with around 2,200 residents.           

    Spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

    Driving distance approx. 261 km / 162mi

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  • Day 6: Winter Moonscapes & Geothermal Baths

    Today our destination is North Iceland, where you will be amazed by the raw power of Icelandic nature. The first place to illustrate this is the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Standing right next to the thundering water is an experience you won’t soon forget! Next we will explore the unusual, moon-like landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area, including the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters—sights that are even more surreal in wintertime.

    After our sightseeing you will have the option of relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. From there, we will head to the town of Akureyri, our next overnight destination.

    Spend the night in Akureyri.

    Driving distance approx. 267 km / 166 mi. 

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  • Day 7: From the Capital of North Iceland to Reykjavik

    In the morning you will have free time to explore Akureyri on your own. As the largest town outside Greater Reykjavik, Akureyri offers a variety of cosy cafés, small shops and interesting places for a walk such as the historical town centre. One suggestion here is to walk along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

    In the afternoon your guide will take you back on the road to Reykjavík to close the circle. After being dropped off at your accommodation, you can spend the evening at your leisure in the city.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 386 km / 242 mi. 

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  • Day 8: Departure from Reykjavik

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by coach bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to the airport.

    Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in Akureyri og Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or other Nordic destinations.   

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Mahira and Zakir, United States

Northern Lights Circle Tour, March 2015

Professional, Knowledgeable, Friendly and Accomodating

We are very pleased with our tour guide, Trausti. He is very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and accomodating.  We are also, very happy that we were able to take this tour and thank Nordic Visitor for being accomodating as well. My sister and her husband are planning to visit Iceland next year and they will be booking with you.

Deirdre, Australia

Northern Lights Circle Tour, March 2015

A most enjoyable trip

Hinrik was exceptional in his quality of service.  Very knowledgeable and helpful, and always cheerful, despite a family bereavement, which he didn't disclose until after the tour, obviously as it might have affected our enjoyment of the trip. An outstanding person.
A most enjoyable trip.
 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

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Meals during the tour
Included in this package are 3 evening dinners with the group, as listed on the detailed itinerary. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. The dates of the dinners included are subject to change, but the number of dinners included is set. 
 
Lunches are not included in this tour but the group will be stopping at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day. 
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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