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Iceland Northern Lights Tour for 5 Days

Is it your dream to see colorful northern lights and how they seem to dance in the sky? Then this special winter break for 5 days is the best way to catch them and experience this amazing natural phenomenon. This Iceland northern lights self-drive tour gives you the opportunity to visit Iceland in winter colors.

You will also explore the highlights of the south coast and go hunting for the aurora in the evenings. Also, you will visit Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and the famous Þingvellir national park and Geysir spouting spring. Along the way, you will see charming villages and picturesque waterfalls in a stunning landscape. Don’t let this unique opportunity pass, book your Iceland northern lights tour today!

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

NL-11

Season

Oct - Apr

Travel Style

Self-Drive

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Location

South Iceland

Accessibility

Not Recommended

Included

  • 4 nights accommodation (Budget, Comfort or Quality) with breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • Car airport pick up fee
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
  • Transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival To Iceland and Northern Lights

Welcome to your Iceland Northern Lights self-drive holiday! After landing at Keflavík International Airport you will collect your rental vehicle. You are now ready to begin your Iceland adventure! If your flight arrives in the morning, you can make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon and relax in the milky blue waters (optional, needs to be booked in advance). Afterwards, drive towards Reykjavík and from there you will make your way to your cosy accommodation near the Golden Circle. Here you will stay for the next three nights.

On the way, you can stop at Hellisheiðarvirkjun Geothermal Plant and enjoy their Geothermal Energy Exhibition. Here you can learn more about how Iceland harnesses reusable energy. In the evening, if conditions are good, we recommend going out to look for the northern lights. Since your accommodation is located away from any major light pollution, you may not need to go far to witness this natural phenomenon.

 

Day starts in

Upon landing

Day ends in

The Golden Circle area

Driving distance

~ 135 km / 84 miles

Day 2 | The Highlights of the Golden Circle

Today you will explore the famous Golden Circle. First up is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site. Enjoy exploring this historic area and we recommend a short walk up to Öxarárfoss waterfall which is particularly beautiful during winter. Those who are looking for something a bit more adventurous can add a snorkeling tour in the crystal clear Lake Silfra on this day (optional). Afterwards, drive to Geysir sprouting spring where you will witness the eruption of Strokkur geyser. To complete the Golden Circle, drive to Gullfoss waterfall. Here you can enjoy a traditional Icelandic meat soup to warm up while enjoying the beautiful landscape that surrounds you.

Spend the afternoon exploring the areas surrounding the Golden Circle. Other highlights in this area include Flúðir, a village known for its geothermal greenhouses, and Kerið, a volcanic crater. You’ll stay the night at the same accommodation as the night before. In the evening, if conditions are good, we recommend going on a hunt for the Northern Lights.

Day starts in

The Golden Circle area

Day ends in

The Golden Circle area

Driving distance

~ 279 km / 174 miles

Day 3 | Sensational South Coast with (Frozen) Waterfalls

Another day, another adventure! Today you will explore the South coast of Iceland. Start by driving to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, known for being the waterfall you can walk behind. Next up is another beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss. In this area, you can add a snowmobile tour on a glacier or a horseback riding tour on the friendly Icelandic horse (optional). Continue on to the town of Vík. Nearby you will find the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the Dyrhólaey stone arch that stretches into the sea.

After exploring these famous sights it’s time to head back. Return to your Golden Circle accommodation for another overnight stay.

Day starts in

The Golden Circle area

Day ends in

The Golden Circle area

Driving distance

~ 186 km / 115 miles

Day 4 | Exploration of Reykjavik

When you are ready to say goodbye to your beautiful Golden Circle accommodation, head back to Reykjavík where you will return your rental car. Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the highlights of the city. These include the Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa music & conference center, the Sun Voyager sculpture and the National Museum of Reykjavík. You can also visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition and the Aurora Reykjavík Northern Lights Center, where you can learn more about the Northern Lights.

Alternatively, you can enjoy an activity from Reykjavík, such as a helicopter tour or a walking tour (not included).  In the evening, you can have dinner in one of the gourmet restaurants in Reykjavik. Stay for your last night in Reykjavik before departure.

Day starts in

The Golden Circle area

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Driving distance

~ 95 km / 59 miles

Day 5 | Departure Iceland Northern Lights Tour

It’s sad to admit but your Iceland Northern Lights tour is coming to an end. If your flight leaves in the afternoon you still have time to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping on the Laugavegur shopping street. If you could not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day we can arrange that visit today.

Finally, you will be picked up at your accommodation and transferred to Keflavík International Airport in time for your flight. We wish you safe travels back home and hope to see you again in Iceland. Thank you for travelling with Iceland Unlimited!

Budget

Budget accommodations include shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some cases, the rooms might be equipped with a TV and a washbasin. The in-room amenities are limited and basic but they all adhere to a high standard of cleanliness.
Breakfast is included.

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

Kia Ceed Wagon


or similiar

Type: Intermediate Wagon
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Hyundai Kona


or similiar

Type: SUV Economy
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 3
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Kia Sportage


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Intermediate
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Land Rover Discovery


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Luxury
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

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