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Scenic South & Northern Lights

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Discover what makes autumn in Iceland so special

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this guided small group tour along the scenic south coast. Enjoy the warm Fall hues before winter sets in at attractions like the glorious glacier lagoon, sparkling Diamond Beach, and the classic Golden Circle. You will also have a chance to see the majestic northern lights. Enjoy the knowledge and personal interaction with a local guide while visiting renowned natural attractions, and hidden gems, in the tranquility of the autumn season.

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Why book a small group tour with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Hassle-free travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Iceland
  • 100% guaranteed departures

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Watch the northern lights dance and flicker in the sky
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Stay at one of the 10 best-rated hotels in Iceland, Magma Hotel
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Taste Icelandic cuisine with local, fresh ingredients and some traditional surprises

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Classic i, Northern Lights i

Pace level

Level 2 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i

Season

Sep - Oct

Max group size

16

Driving distance

1029/639 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the city centre of Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant capital city with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina or similar.

    For those arriving early today you have the option to upgrade your journey from the airport with a visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before heading to the city. It´s the perfect way to start your Iceland adventure!

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival 

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Attractions Accommodation details Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Waterfalls, Glaciers & Black Sand Beaches

    Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before being picked up by your guide. The first leg of our journey is travelling along the south coast toward Kirkjubæjarklaustur. We will visit sights including the Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the roaring cascade on a footpath, followed by the magnificent 60-metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfall.

    From there, the journey takes you past the Eyjafjöll mountain range, including Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano completely covered by an ice cap, towards the volcanic black sand beaches near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. 

    Today, you will have the chance to be driven up to the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue and join an optional 2-hour glacier walk. This can be added to today‘s itinerary during the online booking steps.

    Next, you will travel to your carefully selected charming boutique hotel, situated far away from the city lights to give you the best chance of seeing the northern lights, during the autumn season. 

    Spend the night at the Magma Hotel

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Magma Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 294 km / 183 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9 - 10 Hours

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon. If weather conditions and visability are not favourable, the guide will inform you about the matter.  

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details Optional Activity
  • Day 3: The Skaftafell, the Glacier Lagoon & Northern lights

    Today, you and fellow travellers will be driven to Skaftafell, a national park and nature-lover’s paradise. The variety of landscapes is astounding in Skaftafell and is particularly special during Iceland’s autumn, with warm muted hues scattered around the vegetation in the park. 

    Also on the agenda, is heading to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs in shades of milky white and bright blue. Next to the glacier lagoon we will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon. 

    After our exploration we will be heading back to our accommodation for the night. Local dinner will be served and afterwards you can end the evening by putting on some warm clothes for going out to gaze at the sky waiting for the northern lights to appear. 

    Spend the night at the Magma Hotel. 

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Magma Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 259 km / 161 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9 - 10 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 4: The Classic Golden Circle

    Today the group will explore the world famous Golden Circle, a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural sites in Iceland.  Your first stop is the picture perfect two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, where you can see the water thrash and tumble before falling metres below. Next, you will be driven to the Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser, which erupts steam and boiling water metres into the air every few minutes. Our guide will be sharing stories of this beautiful sight and why it is a favourite among locals and travellers!

    We end the day with a visit to Þingvellir National Park before heading back to Reykjavik. Þingvellir was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being historically significant to the founding of Icelandic democracy and a place of immense natural beauty. The park is also home to the north Atlantic ridge, where visitors can dive the fissure, between continental plates.

    Spend the night at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina or similar. 

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 378km / 234 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 - 10 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 5: Departure from Iceland

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to one of our other Nordic destinations.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Attractions Optional Activity

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

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

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouses that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location. The rooms all have private WC and shower or bath. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Tour Information

IMPORTANT & USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR
We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour. 

OUR NORDIC VISITOR GUIDES
Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travelers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some trick up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Icelandic adventure. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour.

For winter tours, our guide will provide you with blankets and crampons to borrow at any time. 

Please be advised that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. The hotels that we use are based on our top favourites in Reykjavik and in the countryside, with an emphasis on quality, excellent ratings and comfort. As one of our main aims for our winter tours is to increase your chance of seeing the northern lights, we have selected a hotel located in rural areas, far from city lights.

Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms.

FOOD & DRINK 
A daily breakfast buffet is included at the hotels during your stay. You will also enjoy two included dinners at Magma Hotel. They will include either a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients.  You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietery restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city centre.

The average cost of meals depend on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2500 ISK to 3500 ISK. The average cost of dinner can range from 3000 ISK up to 6500 ISK for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7000 ISK to 11000 ISK.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS & OPTIONAL GLACIER WALK
Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. You will stay in a rural hotel to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights.

The optional glacier walk (not included) starts from the base by the glacier and it can take about 15-20 minutes to get to the glacier.  After safety briefing and a lesson in ice walking we start our walk.  We will walk in amazing terrain, over crevasses, sink holes and ice ridges, experiencing the unique glacier environment.  

The glacier walk is weather dependent. Sometimes the tour has to be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or other safety concerns. The glacier walk  is suited for people in  generally good health.  

WHAT TO PACK

  • A small backpack to store your items on the bus
  • Warm outdoor clothing. including a thermal base layer
  • Warm socks
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hats and gloves
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Lip balm & moisturiser
  • Swimsuit & towel are recommended
  • Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.


LUGGAGE
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks. If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.

For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide.

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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