Iceland Northern Lights Trip Dates




Wed, October 23, 2024 – Mon, October 28, 2024



Fri, December 27, 2024 – Wed, January 1, 2025



Thu, January 16, 2025 – Tue, January 21, 2025



Wed, March 5, 2025 – Mon, March 10, 2025



Wed, October 22, 2025 – Mon, October 27, 2025



Sat, December 27, 2025 – Thu, January 1, 2026




Where We Go

Iceland group travel winter map

Golden Circle

South Coast


Blue Lagoon (Optional)


Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Places Visited

  • Reykjavik
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Strokkur Geyser
  • Reynsidranger Sea Stacks
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Volcanic Beach
  • Eldhraun Lava Field
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Blue Lagoon (Optional)


  • Witnessing (hopefully) the Aurora Borealis, one of nature’s most magical phenomena
  • Walking through the Mid Atlantic Ridge: from Europe to Asia in minutes
  • Watching the Strokkur Geyser erupt
  • Exploring some of Iceland’s finest natural wonders: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, and Reynisfjara (black sand beach)
  • Seeing some of the most magical and powerful waterfalls in all of Iceland: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss
  • Glacier hiking on Europe’s largest glacier (Optional)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Rankings

Physical Intensity
Free Time
Partying / Nightlife
Culture / History
Food / Cuisine

Flight Information

Airfare is not included in the price of our Iceland tour. When purchasing airfare please do so as follows:

  • Arrival: Fly into Keflavik (airport code: KEF) on the first day. If you are signed up for the Blue Lagoon excursion you must land by 8:30am. If you are not doing the Blue Lagoon excursion you may arrive at anytime though we recommend that you land by 4pm (if possible).
  • Departure: Fly from Keflavik (airport code: KEF) at anytime on the final day

Additional Notes

Looking for another trip to Iceland?  We also offer the following Iceland group tours:

Is This Iceland Trip Right for You?

  • The focus of this Iceland Northern Lights trip is site seeing with some physical activity. If you are interested in learning about the history of Iceland we recommend partaking in a historical tour in Reykjavik on your first day.
  • There are a few long drives on this trip due to the remote locations of some of the sites we visit. However, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking the entire time.
  • The weather in Iceland is notoriously unpredictable and is constantly changing. Proper clothing is required for this trip; you will be provided with a very detailed packing list if you join the trip. If you live in a climate with year round warm weather and do not currently own cold weather gear you will most likely need to purchase a good amount of clothing for this trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

The group leader on this Iceland Northern Lights trip will be either one of our U.S. or local Icelandic based group leaders. His/her job is to ensure the safety and well being of everyone on the trip and, of course, to show everyone the most amazing time ever! While he/she will have a basic knowledge of the history, culture and customs of Iceland he/she may not be an expert in the matter.

A passport is required for this Iceland trip. While your passport must have at least 3 months validity from the time you leave Iceland it is strongly recommended that your passport have at least 6 months validity to avoid any problems. If you hold a U.S. passport you will not need a visa for entry to Iceland as long as you are not staying more than 90 days (during a 180 day period starting from the day of first entry). Please note that Iceland is a member of the Schengen area and, therefore, the 90/180 rule applies if you’ve visited other Schengen countries, too.

You will stay in simple 3* hotels for the duration of this Iceland Northern Lights group trip. All the hotels are clean, safe, and in great locations. The hotel in Reykjavik is located in downtown Reykjavik – walking distance to the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church. The hotels in the countryside (nights 2 through 4) are in strategic locations with minimal light pollution to not only minimize the driving time between sites but also maximize the opportunity to (hopefully) witness the Northern Lights. Please note that the hotel rooms can be considered small when compared to equivalent U.S. hotel rooms of the same rankings.

In order to budget properly please consider the following items which are not included in this Iceland trip:

  • Meals: You are responsible for 4 lunches and 5 dinners. Budget around 30.000 ISK for meals not included.
  • Transportation: Airport transfers are not included. Please budget 4.299 ISK for each airport transfer. Note: airport pick up is included in the optional Blue Lagoon excursion.
  • Travel insurance: Travel insurance covering our minimum requirements ($100k+ in medical coverage including emergency evacuation) is compulsory for all participants. Budget anywhere from $50 to $130 for travel insurance (from a 3rd party) depending on your specific coverage inclusions.

The single room supplement on this Iceland Northern Lights trip is $599. You will be able to select your preference for a single room supplement when filling out the application. If you are applying for this trip within 3 months of the departure please contact us for single room availability before applying.

If you are opting in to the Blue Lagoon excursion you will meet your group leader (and other Blue Lagoon participants) at the airport on the morning of the first day. If you are not opting in to the Blue Lagoon excursion you will take the bus directly to the hotel (after landing in Keflavik airport) where you will check-in to the hotel and then have free time until around 7pm upon which you will meet the group in the hotel lobby. While you will not physically meet your group mates until arrival in Iceland you will be in contact with everyone well ahead of time in the group WhatsApp chat and, in addition, we will provide you with everyone’s traveler bios so you’ll already know each other a little before physically meeting!

On day 1 and day 4 you will have the opportunity to tailor the trip to your style by selecting optional excursions. You will be able to select the optional excursions during the application process and, after, you’ll be sent an invoice to pay.


Day 1:

  • Blue Lagoon: 22.900 ISK


Day 4:

  • Glacier Hike: 22.900 ISK


You can read more about the optional excursions here.

If you have a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) without foreign transaction fees just bring that as it will be accepted everywhere and there will be no need to bring or use cash. American Express cards are accepted at the majority of places but you might run into a few smaller vendors in Iceland that do not accept AMEX. If you do not have a credit card without foreign transaction fees you will need to obtain Icelandic Krona (symbol: ISK) for this trip.

You may bring any size luggage that you wish though we strongly recommend a carry-on size bag. Please keep in mind that you will be staying in 3 different hotels during the trip. Further, please note that there are only 2 possible ‘going out’ nights (while the other nights you’ll be in the countryside) so packing lite is very doable.

Yes, you will have WiFi access at all the hotels and most restaurants.

On the first and last night you will be staying in Reykjavik which has a fun, vibrant nightlife with a range of options from clubs to lounges to dive bars. On the other nights you will be staying in the Icelandic countryside where there is no nightlife at all; we recommend bringing fun games to play with fellow group mates on these nights in the hotels! The decision to go out or not (in Reykjavik) is completely up to you.

If you are opting in to the Blue Lagoon excursion you will be picked up at the airport in the morning on your first day and, after the Blue Lagoon, you will be dropped off at the hotel.

If you are not opting in to the Blue Lagoon excursion we recommend taking the FlyBus to the hotel. The FlyBus ticket does not need to be booked in advance; you can purchase a ticket upon arrival at the airport (in Keflavik).

This is not a very physically intense trip. Aside from the (optional) glacier hike you will not be hiking but rather walking around and exploring various (beautiful) sites throughout the trip. The weather conditions in Iceland (during the winter) are not conducive to hiking. The optional glacier hike is somewhat strenuous normally covering around 4 to 5 miles in a 2 to 3 hour span but if you are physically active in your daily life you will not have a problem with this glacier hike (and might even find it easy). If you are looking for a physically active trip to Iceland please consider our summer Iceland trip.

You will need to dress in layers for this Iceland Northern Lights trip. You’ll need warm and breathable base and mid layers and waterproof outer layers. Hiking shoes should be both insulated and water resistant / proof. We will provide you with a detailed list of everything you need to bring once you join the trip which is very similar to the one featured in this Iceland packing list article.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and, therefore, we cannot guarantee you will see them. We certainly hope you will but you will still love this Iceland trip regardless!

Iceland Northern Lights Itinerary

  • Welcome to Reykjavík, the charming capital of Iceland filled with colorful houses, quaint streets, and European inspired cafes. Today is a free day: arrive early and explore the charming downtown of Reykjavík or you could opt into the optional Blue Lagoon excursion this morning.


  • Tonight, we’ll meet up at a local Icelandic restaurant for a welcoming dinner as we get to know each other. Perhaps we’ll run into “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones – fingers crossed!


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Reykjavík (double occupancy)


Optional Excursions:

  • Blue Lagoon: 22.900 ISK


You can read more about the optional excursions here.

  • Today we embark on an amazing journey by way of the famous ‘Golden Circle’ where we’ll see so many unique and interesting sites in one day you’ll be amazed this was even possible. Our day starts by getting picked up in Reykjavík then heading to Thingvellir National Park for our first stop. Thingvellir, home to Iceland’s first parliament in 930 AD, is located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are splitting, causing massive fissures deep in the ground. After some serious photo ops (and potentially Icelandic horse petting) we’ll get back in the bus and drive to our next stop: Geysers at Haukadalur. This geothermal area is home to two famous geysers: strokkur and geysir (“geyser” was named after this one). After catching an eruption from the strokkur geyser (it erupts every 10 minutes with 100 foot high scalding water blasts) we’ll head to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. If you haven’t been impressed up to this point you surely will now: the mighty Hvitá river abruptly falls 100 feet into a ravine causing the formation of the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Fill up whatever memory is left on your camera with additional pictures before we make one final stop: the Secret Lagoon. The Secret Lagoon is a natural hot spring in the Icelandic countryside which makes for the perfect relaxing way to end your epic day.


  • Phew, what a day! Our hotel is in the Icelandic countryside with minimal light pollution which makes for the perfect Northern Lights viewing location. After dinner tonight we’ll hangout in the hotel and hope for some beautiful green lights!


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel near Selfoss (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Private Golden Circle tour
  • Transportation: Private transportation all day


Note: The cost to bathe in the Secret Lagoon is 3.000 ISK and is not included in the tour price. Bathing in the Secret Lagoon is completely optional.

  • We start our day bright and early to capture the most of Iceland’s gorgeous Southern coast! We’ll be visiting a beautiful volcanic ash beach, the Skogafoss waterfall, sea stacks of Reynsidranger, and the stunning Seljalandsfoss where you’ll be able to walk behind the waterfall! We’ll also make a stop to visit a beautiful volcanic ash beach and Dyrhólaey – a volcanic island.


  • After the drive along the Southern coast we’ll arrive at the hotel and relax for a bit before dinner tonight then, hopefully, some lights in the sky. We’re in a rather remote area of Iceland so fingers crossed the stars align for beautiful aurora views!


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel near Kirkjubæjarklaustur / Höfn (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Private South Coast tour
  • Transportation: Private transportation all day
  • Today you’ll have the option to go on an unbelievable glacier hike! We’ll make our way to the Skaftafell Glacier and meet our local guides for the day where we’ll gear up and prepare for our glacier hike. It’s going to be a day to remember! For those opting out of the hike you’ll relax in a lobby area or can explore a glacier tongue (without going on the ice).
    After the hike we’ll all meet up, grab some lunch, then head to the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon! This lagoon is filled with large icebergs that have broken off (from the Vatnajökull glacier) which calmly float through the blue water and onto the surrounding black sand beach. It’s truly a stunning site to behold! After exploring the lagoon for a bit we’ll head back to our hotel and relax before dinner.


  • Tonight we hope to see the lights yet again! If we’ve seen the Northern Lights already, you’ll (hopefully) have to stare upon the aurora yet again, which we know you will surely regret. Sigh.


Daily Inclusions:

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging: 3* hotel near Kirkjubæjarklaustur / Höfn (double occupancy)
  • Activities: Jökulsárlón Lagoon exploration
  • Private transportation all day


Optional Excursions:

  • Glacier Hike: 22.900 ISK


You can read more about the optional excursions here.

  • Today we’ll head back towards Reykjavik (along the Southern Coast) for our final night together. But, of course, we’ll make some strategic stops along the way to take in (even more) of Iceland’s natural beauty. We’ll visit the magnificent Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and the massive Eldhraun lava field which is over 500 square kilometers large making it Iceland’s second largest lava field! Perhaps we’ll even stop for some Icelandic horse petting along the way (should the opportunity present itself).


  • Tonight, back in Reykjavik, we’ll enjoy a final group dinner together. You’re more than welcomed to end your Iceland trip in style by taking in the infamous nightlife Reykjavik has to offer.


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Reykjavik (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Private South Coast sightseeing
  • Transportation: Private transportation all day
  • Today, sadly, is our last on our Iceland Northern Lights group trip for young professionals. While you will be going home today the experience on the trip and friendships made will last a lifetime! You’re free to depart from Reykjavík at any time today.


Daily Inclusions:

  • Meals: Breakfast
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