Welcome to a land of untamed natural beauty and wild abandon. Our five-day Northern Lights adventure includes two nights in Reykjavik and two nights in the countryside where conditions for viewing the Aurora are optimal. The best time to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September through March. They can be seen anywhere in Iceland and are most like to appear on cold, calm and clear evenings. Travelling in the comfort of our own 4X4 with a personal guide, we set off for a real winter wonderland adventure!
Day 1: Welcome to Iceland, land of fire and ice!
Your driver will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall and we’ll take you into Reykjavik for a hearty welcome breakfast; your room will be ready upon your arrival. We find that on this arrival day, it’s best to enjoy the charming capital at your own pace...we’ll give you a self-guided walking tour of the city and be sure to take in a museum, do a little shopping and check out the coffee culture and hip galleries. You may even want to take a trip to the local geothermal swimming pool and its steam baths and hot pots—the centre of every town’s social life.
Day 2: The Golden Circle with a Snowmobile Adventure
Start the day with a drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland ́s Parliament between the years 930 and 1798. Thingvellir is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart, clearly visible in Almannagja or Everyman's Gorge. At noon, go for a private, one-hour guided snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier. After a late lunch, we explore the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfalls. We overnight at a hotel in the countryside, where conditions for viewing the Northern Lights are optimal.
Day 3: Of Waterfalls and Ice Walks
After breakfast, we start our adventure along the south coast of Iceland. First we stop at beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Then it’s on to Sólheimajökull glacier, where you’ll don crampons and other glacier gear, and go for a one hour walk on the ice in the company of expert guides. We’ll have lunch in the small village of Vik, where we will visit a woolen goods store and explore the beach. On our way back to your hotel, we will stop at Skógafoss waterfall and Dyrhólaey promontory. In the evening, we will again marvel at the Northern Lights.
Day 4: The Natural Beauty of Thorsmork
Today, we head into the dramatic wilderness area called Thorsmork (Thor’s forest) on the north side of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010. Here we will take an easy hike to the run-off glacier Gigjokull, where torrents of glacial melt water radically transformed the surrounding landscape during the eruption. After a picnic lunch, hike up to one of many view points in the area, or explore one of the ravines that dissect the north face of the volcano. We’ll return to Reykjavik by late afternoon.
Day 5: Blue Lagoon and Fond Farewell
On this last day of your visit, our car service will pick you up at 10:00 AM and take you to the famous Blue Lagoon Spa, where you get access to the Exclusive Lounge. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm aqua-blue waters renowned for their healing powers. The spa features a restaurant and gift shop offering skin products and other Icelandic designs. Keflavik International Airport is only 15 minutes away from the Blue Lagoon and we will drive you there in time for your afternoon flight.