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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Northern Lights and South Coast Exploration Tour

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Take part in a great trip that will take you to Iceland's most remarkable sights. For five days, visit the famed Golden Circle's features, an ice cave, Diamond Beach, and beautiful waterfalls. Then, join thrilling searches for the Northern Lights after sightseeing, and view the natural light display in the most unexpected places. Finally, admire the auroras while sailing across the North Atlantic Ocean.
Strokkur burstsFjaðrárgljúfur CanyonSkógafoss WaterfallGullfoss The Golden FallsThingvellir LandscapeIce CaveSeljalandsfossJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Highlights
  • Explore the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with strewn icebergs of diverse sizes and forms
  • Enjoy the Skogafoss Waterfall, where the water descends from 60 meters
  • Witness the Strokkur Geyser's natural spectacle bursts
  • Visit the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Reykjavik | Northern Lights Boat Tour

Get situated before the excursion by checking in to your hotel around 2:00 PM. Then, go to the ticket office at the Old Harbor in Reykjavik in the evening and get ready to board the boat. Our tour guides are experts at locating the ideal vantage point to view the Northern Lights since they keep an eye on the aurora prediction and are intimately familiar with the bay. The boat will take you away from city lights so that you may see the Northern Lights as sharply and as well as possible. Unwind as the ship cruises across the North Atlantic's waves and the alluring Aurora Borealis dances above. Playing a video of the Northern Lights will make the trip more enjoyable. The footage is full of photographs, intriguing facts, and Icelandic folklore. While you wait for the stars to come out, you may stay warm and occupied in the boat's lovely café and bar. Overall available for those who want to be warm and cozy on the deck. Return to the harbor once you've seen the natural spectacle so you can head to your hotel for the night.

Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar

Day 2: Golden Circle | The Northern Lights in Vik

Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss are the three attractions of Iceland's famous Golden Circle, which you will see today.

Thingvellir National Park will be the first destination. The first Icelandic Parliament, known as Althingi (Alingi), was established at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in 930 CE. Moreover, the geology of Thingvellir is unparalleled. A rift valley is formed by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. As the plates continue to move apart, Thingvellir continues to expand.

The Geysir Geothermal Area is up next. Unfortunately, the Geysir is no longer erupting as it once did. Strokkur, though, puts on a display like no other. See a water tower up to 25 meters high explode from Strokkur! Every 10 minutes or so, Strokkur will erupt, providing you with ample opportunity to view the natural phenomenon.

As a third stop, you must see Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), the most visited waterfall in Iceland. The Hvita River's raging white water thunders downhill in two distinct waves before plunging into the rocky canyon below. A golden mist is produced by the water falling, and rainbows are frequently seen close to the falls.

You are leaving the Golden Circle behind and heading south toward the coast. Take in the sights of Mount Hekla on the approach to Seljalandsfoss if the weather permits. You will go to a bizarre waterfall where you can stroll behind it!

Your overnight accommodation is located close to Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a lovely village in the south. There is a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights now that you are far from artificial light. You might be able to see the dancing auroras if the weather cooperates.

Hótel Geirland or similar

Day 3: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Ice Caving

You will leave the hotel in the early morning and travel across lava fields, arid sands, and distant glaciers on our route to the east. Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland, is one such feature.

The next stop on our 5-day trip will be in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you will also visit the nearby Diamond Beach. Floating icebergs of various shapes and sizes dot the lagoon, and many can be found on Diamond Beach's black sand. When viewed against the dark background of the canvas, the blue icebergs sparkle like diamonds. Attempt to discover playful seals lounging on the beach.

Our journey will take you from Jokulsarlon to Skaftafell. You will explore the Vatnajokull glacier with a qualified glacier guide throughout the winter months (October–April). In addition, you will get to explore a natural ice cave. Instead of hiking on a glacier this summer, you will visit the Katla Ice Cave, conveniently located near Vik.

Our accommodation for the night is once again located in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur district. But, before retiring for a well-earned rest, you will venture on a Northern Lights hunting trip! So, you may enjoy the dancing auroras above snowy peaks and glaciers.


Hótel Geirland or similar

Day 4: South Coast Sightseeing

The sights and sounds of the South Coast will fill your fourth day. If the roads are clear, you will take a brief side trip to "Bieber's Canyon," also known as Fjarrgljfur Canyon.

Then, you will go to the famous Eldhraun lava field, where your knowledgeable guide will explain what makes it unique. You will then travel to the Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beauty of this black sand beach has earned its recognition as one of the world's top non-tropical destinations. The basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar rise directly along the coast. Together with the Atlantic Ocean's ferocious waves, they produce breathtaking vistas.

Our next destination is Skógafoss. The waterfall drops 60 meters and has 527 steps to the top. Visibly, the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano looms over the waterfall. Our trip will conclude in the evening when you return to Reykjavik and check into a downtown hotel. If the opportunity arises, a detour on the way back to see the Northern Lights.

Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar

Day 5: Free Day in Reykjavik

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Today is dedicated to sightseeing in Reykjavik! You have a whole day to explore the city and immerse yourself in its culture. In the city, there is much to do. Visit small stores, quaint coffee shops, and museums to get started. You may even view the Northern Lights from Reykjavik on some of them. If you want to remain outdoors, you might stroll around the historic harbor or the Atlantic Ocean's shoreline. Bring your swimwear if you like to have the complete Icelandic experience! Unwind at one of the city's many spas or swimming pools. Lastly, don't pass up the opportunity to savor traditional Icelandic cuisine and local beverages!

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  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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