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We are the only travel operator in Iceland focusing on travel services for the winter season only. Our mission is to create a nest of innovative & exclusive travel products you can only find at our website.

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Reykjavik
Tel: +354-7734444
Kt. 631014-0890
VAT nr. 122908
Support: info@northernlightsiceland.com
Billing: invoices@floatingtours.com


Private Tours

Our private tours are organised around your wants and needs.

If you wish to travel in a small group or just by yourself we can offer you private tours that are sure to meet your expectations.

If none of the above work for your itinerary, please contact our private tour specialists at: Northern Lights Iceland and they’ll be happy to assist.


2 Day Into the Glacier & Snaefellsnes Tour

About the tour


Day One

Start the day being picked up at your hotel/guesthouse (or specified location) in Reykjavik. From there we will make our way towards the beautiful landscape of the Snaelfellsnes Peninsula which boasts countless natural wonders, unique landscapes and a stunning coastline.

The first stop is the breathtaking Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, located a short walk away from the equally beautiful Kirkjufell mountain, Iceland’s most photographed mountain. You will recognise it by it’s unique cone-shape. Kirkjufell is known as ‘Church Mountain’ as it resembles a church steeple and has acted as a landmark for seafarers and travellers over the centuries. This area is very photogenic, you might also recognise this location from Game of Thrones.

Continuing along the coast, we pass Gufuskalar before stopping at Djupalonssandur Black Sand Beach. This location was once a bustling fishing village, when Snaefellsnes Peninsula functioned as one of Iceland’s most active trading ports.

Walking down towards Djúpalónssandura Black Sand Beach you will notice four large stones of varying sizes weighing between 23kg (50lbs) and 155kg (342lbs), used as lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen. The stones are named Amlodi (useless), Halfdreattingur (weakling), Halfsterkur (half-strong) and Fullsterkur (full-strong). If you walk around the beach you may discover rusty iron remnants of the 1948 shipwrecked scattered along the beach.

The journey continues towards Arnarstapi, a small fishing village on the southern coast of Snaelfellsnes. Once in Arnarstapi you will get to marvel at the authentic and charming Icelandic houses, ragged cliffs and ocean views. The beach area here is also home to large colonies of arctic tern.

Back in the jeep as we drive towards our hotel for a good nights rest. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.


Day Two

The next morning we head off on a truly unique experience as we venture into Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. The ice tunnels are carved into the glacier to create a safe and easily accessible experience.

We ride up to Langjokull glacier in a specially modified vehicle. On the ride up, you will get a chance to enjoy the magnificent environment with spectacular views across this icy barren terrain. As we approach the glacier, we stop to get crampons on so you can easily walk comfortably on the ice. Don’t worry about the difficulty of this tour as the tunnel is well lit and the ground is relatively even throughout.

Our experienced tour guide leads you into the heart of the ice capped glacier where you can see the beautiful blue and white ice, and wander around for a truly memorable hour – don’t forget your camera.

The guide will explain a little on the geography of the glacier, how they are changing and the incredible creation of the ice tunnels. Natural caves do form in other glaciers however these are often too difficult to access and can flood or be unstable.

This is a once in a lifetime experience as Iceland is the only country where these impressive tunnels have been created so we can easily, and safely gain access.

After our exploration we head off the glacier and get back in our jeep to return to Reykjavik. On our drive back, keep an eye out for the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky. This natural phenomenon is hard to predict but on a clear winters night, there’s always a chance of a magical display of Northern Lights.


Accomodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Fosshotel Stykkishholmur
  • Hotel Budir
  • Hotel Husafell


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

We offer pickup within Reykjavik: at hotels, guesthouses or alternative locations such as bus stations or car rental offices.

Please let us know of your pickup and drop off locations as soon as possible.

Accommodation depends on the time of the year and what is available.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. For you feet, make sure you are wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes/hiking boots/sneakers/trainers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof. Please dress according to the season.

The sun can be very bright on the glacier so we also advice bringing a pair of sunglasses.

As this tour is overnight, please bring your overnight clothes. The hotel/guesthouse will provide linens and a towel for showering.

This tour is a 2 day tour.

There is no guarantee for the Northern Lights, but if you are traveling during the winter months, and the sky is clear, there is of course a chance.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour. Please know there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue. Contact us for further information.

Please note that single occupancy hotel rooms are at an added cost, please see the booking calendar.

Yes, it is advised you bring along with you a camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature.

Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain by keeping it in a protective case.  We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

There is no food provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

You will be supplied with all the necessary equipment needed for the cave tour.

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We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund. Single occupancy charge.

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Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour

About the tour


Starting in Reykjavik, this once in a lifetime tour starts with all the iconic sights of the famous Golden Circle. You will travel in a luxury jeep (6 people max) to Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and home to the first parliament, mid-Atlantic crest and Silfra fissure. The name Thingvellir means “Parliament Fields” in Icelandic. The general assembly, the Althing, was established here in 930 AD making it one of the oldest parliaments in the world. Thingvellir is also known for its geology and has been a protected area since 1928. You can walk the paths along and between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates, exploring nature and take in the beautiful views.

Our next stop is the famous Geysir hot springs area. It is located in the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur. Today the most active Geysir is Strokkur, an energetic spouting hot spring which erupts every 6 to 9 minutes. The white column of boiling water forms a beautiful half bubble before spraying up super-heated steaming water. It can reach a height of 15-30m (60-90 feet). Strokkur (the churn) was formed in an earthquake in 1789. Excuse the smell, it’s the natural boiling sulfur!

After Geysir, we go to the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. This is one of the most popular sights in Iceland. It runs down the river Hvítá in a curved, three-stepped staircase form. It’s a very powerful experience to walk close to the waterfall on the west side as an average of 140 cubic meters of water falls per second (80 in winter). The falls send moisture into the air so be prepared to get a little wet. We recommend wearing waterproof clothing here.

After a full day of sightseeing we head to the famous Blue Lagoon to relax and unwind (ticket not included in tour, please pre-purchase you ticket). Here you will have ample time to enjoy this magical pool, swim and float around in the healing blue waters. Take your time to explore the lagoon, cave, waterfall shower, sauna, steam-room and much more. Why not also try the famous Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask or unique Algae Mask.

This is where the tour ends and you will be driven back to your accommodation in Reykjavik.


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

Pickup and drop off occurs within Reykjavik only. Please contact us with any questions about your hotel/guesthouse location and if it is included within our pickup/drop off area.

This tour is scheduled to be between 9-10 hours, depending on road conditions.

Time spent at each stop along the Golden Circle will be dependent on guests wishes and the driver’s recommendations. Weather and daylight hours may affect the time spent at each site.

Please bring with you a bathing suit and towel for the Blue Lagoon.

Warm layered clothing for the day tour and preferably a waterproof outer layer. We advice you wear good walking shoes or hiking boots, sneakers/trainers.

Optional: snacks, food, and/or beverages.

At this time, we are unable to accommodate solo-traveler.

Please contact us directly for guidance.

No, food is not included on this tour.

There is a cafe located at both stops on the Golden Circle, and snacks / beverages can be purchased at the Blue Lagoon.

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We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund.

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Classic Northern Lights Hunt from Reykjavik

About the tour


This tour will begin from Reykjavik and takes you on a hunt according to the nights aurora forecast. We leave the city lights behind and head out into the wilderness. The elusive Northern Lights are difficult to predict and not guaranteed so be patient and keep your fingers crossed for a phenomenal and memorable night.

It’s truly a magnificent experience and Iceland is one of the more popular and reliable places to see the Aurora. No sighting is ever the same as each time the lights are seen, they look and dance differently. The activity depends on many things from cloud condition and weather to atmosphere and strength of activity. The most common colour to see is green but if you are lucky you might spot a glimpse of purple, pink, red, white or blue. This means that everyones experience is unique and truly magical.

To help you get the most out of your magical lights experience, this tour also includes entrance to the Aurora Reykjavik Exhibition in the old harbour area of downtown Reykjavik. The exhibition is Iceland’s first Northern Lights centre and has educational and recreational displays on offer.

As the Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear winters night, you will need to wrap up warm in wind and waterproof clothing. Remember to bring your camera gear and tripod for that memorable shot.

The Northern Lights are not easily predicted therefore can not be guaranteed. If you do not see the lights on your tour then you are welcome to join us again, for free, subject to availability. Contact us for more details.


Disclaimer
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

We offer pickup within Reykjavik, Gardabaer, Hafnarfjordur and Mosfellsbaer.

Warm layered clothing and a good wind and waterproof coat. We recommend wearing hiking boots but you can wear sneakers/trainers too.

This tour is scheduled to be 3 to 4 hours. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

Yes, you may be a solo traveler, please see the booking calendar.

Yes, it is advised you bring with you a camera to take photos of the beautiful dancing lights. If you are bringing a DSLR then we can teach you how to alter your cameras settings to work best for night photography. You may be able to use your smartphone camera but your photographs will not be as good in quality.

Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage.

We do not offer any food or beverages on this tour.

No equipment is provided on this tour.

The Northern Lights are not easily predicted therefore can not be guaranteed. If you do not see the lights on the tour then you are welcome to join us again for free, subject to availability. Contact us for more details.

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South Coast & Thorsmork

About the tour


We begin this journey, starting in Reykjavik and travel towards the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Be sure to watch out the window at the beautiful landscape, seaside and hopefully get a glimpse of the Westman Islands.

At Seljalandsfoss, make your way up the steep staircase to catch a glimpse of what it looks like behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajokull.

From here the tour begins off-road towards Thorsmork Valley, one of Iceland’s most beautiful highlands. Crossing rivers and rough terrain we head to the Gigjokull Glacier, an outlet of the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Your experienced driver will take you as far as the weather conditions allow. After a short walk around the area, the tour continues its journey down the south coast towards Skogafoss Waterfall.

At Skogafoss be sure to catch this waterfall from two views, in front and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

The final stop of the day before returning to Reykjavik is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, located near Vik. Reynisfjara is home to the iconic basalt stacks. This black sand beach is widely popular for photographers and people who wish to enjoy a nice walk on the rocky sand. Please be aware that these are treacherous waters. High, powerful waves which sometimes flood the beach, can easily carry you out to sea.


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

Pickup and drop off occurs within Reykjavik only. Please contact us with any questions about your hotel/guesthouse location and if it is included within our pickup/drop off area.

This tour is scheduled to be 8 to 10 hours, depending on road conditions. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. We recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, sneakers/trainers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour. Please note that there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue. Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature. Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain/waterfalls by keeping it in a protective case. We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

No food is provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

Book Now!

We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund.

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2 Day South Coast & Jokulsarlon Tour

About the tour


Day One

We begin this journey, starting in Reykjavik, and travel towards the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Be sure to watch out the window at the beautiful landscape, seaside and hopefully get a glimpse of the Westman Islands.

At Seljalandsfoss, make your way up the steep staircase to catch a glimpse of what it looks like behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier: Eyjafjallajokull. Back in to the jeep for a short 10 minute drive to Skogafoss. Be sure to catch this waterfall from two views: besides it and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

At Skogafoss be sure to catch this waterfall from two views, in front and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

Onwards, as we journey to our next stop on this South Coast tour, we will make our way to Reykjavik is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, located nearby the small fishing village of Vik. Reynisfjara is home to the iconic basalt stacks. This black sand beach is widely popular for photographers and people who wish to enjoy a nice walk on the rocky sand. Please be aware that these are treacherous waters. High, powerful waves which sometimes flood the beach, can easily carry you out to sea.

Back in the jeep as we journey towards our hotel for a good nights rest. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.


Day Two

After a hotel breakfast we drive to Jokulsarlon, the Glacier Lagoon. Marvel at the beauty of the glaciers and “diamond” ice on Diamond Beach. This is a wonderful place to check for some of Iceland’s wildlife, many types of birds and seals.

Jokulsarlon, the Glacier Lagoon, is a truly magnificent sight and will leave you speechless. Imagine huge icebergs slowly breaking off the glacier and drifting out to sea, as you stand there surrounded by a dramatic landscape of mountains and snow. As the ice floats out to sea, larger pieces often split or break off making groaning noises. Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially seals playing amongst the ice. It’s such a very peaceful and tranquil place. You may also recognise this location from movies like James Bond: Die Another Day and Tomb Raider.

A short walk down the to the coastline and you will arrive at the Diamond Beach, a length of coastline covered in large and small pieces of beached ice. As the powerful waves come ashore, they start to corrode the diamond shapes and you can watch them slowly drift out to sea. A truly magical sight, they make for some great photo opportunities.

We will continue the journey back to where it first began, Reykjavik. This is your chance to take in all the sights one last time. Don’t miss the sprawling desert black sands of Skeidarasandur and to look out over the seaside to catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands (Vestmannaaeyjar), which are about 15 natural volcano islands and home to about 4,000 people.

You will also notice Eyjafjallajokull, which is a volcano completely covered by a glacier ice cap and the site of the 2010 volcanic eruption. While this glacier is one of the smaller one’s in Iceland, it’s summit still has an elevation of 1,651 meters. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky- here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

As we get closer to Reykjavik, you will feel the difference as the city comes back alive. The tour will drop you off at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik.


Accomodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Fosshotel, Glacier Lagoon
  • Fosshotel Vatnajokull
  • Gerdi Guesthouse


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

We offer pickup within Reykjavik: at hotels, guesthouses or alternative locations such as bus stations or car rental offices.

Please let us know of your pickup and drop off locations as soon as possible.

Accommodation depends on the time of the year and what is available. For this tour, we will stay at Hotel Gullfoss, or equivalent.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. For you feet, make sure you are wearing comfortable and sturdy walking/hiking shoes/boots/sneakers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof. Please dress according to the season.  For more information on this, please see our F.A.Q.

Bring with you overnight clothes since this is an overnight tour. The hotel/guesthouse will provide linens and a towel for showering.

This tour is scheduled to be 12 hours.   Please know this is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

There is no guarantee for the Northern Lights, but if you are traveling during the winter months, there is of course a chance.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour.  Please know there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue.  Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along with you a camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature.  Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain by keeping it in a protective case.  We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

There is no food provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

Book Now!

We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund. Single occupancy charge.

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South Coast & Glacier Hike

About the tour


We begin this journey, starting in Reykjavik and travel towards the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Be sure to watch out the window at the beautiful landscape, seaside and hopefully glimpse the Westman Islands.

At Seljalandsfoss, make your way up the steep staircase to catch a glimpse of what it looks like behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajokull.

Back in the jeep for the drive to Skogafoss. Be sure to catch this waterfall from two views, in front and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

After capturing some photographs at the waterfalls, we will make our way to the base of Europe’s second largest glacier, Solheimajokull.

This otherworldly landscape will take your breath away as we walk towards the base of the ice cap. We will discuss all safety rules and regulations, and you will be given all the necessary equipment for this thrilling hike.

The final stop of the day before returning to Reykjavik is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, located near Vik. Reynisfjara is home to the iconic basalt stacks. This black sand beach is widely popular for photographers and people who wish to enjoy a nice walk on the rocky sand. Please be aware that these are treacherous waters. High, powerful waves which sometimes flood the beach, can easily carry you out to sea.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, here’s a chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights as we drive back.


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

Pickup and drop off occurs within Reykjavik only. Please contact us with any questions about your hotel/guesthouse location and if it is included within our pickup/drop off area.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best.

We recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy hiking boots that reach over the ankle.

This tour is a day tour. Please know this is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour. Please note that there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue. Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature. Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain/waterfalls by keeping it in a protective case. We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

No food is provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

You will be given safety gear (Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons).

Book Now!

We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund.

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2 Day Golden Circle, Northern Lights Hunt & South Coast

About the tour


Day One

This tour begins in Reykjavik, heading to the gorgeous Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and home to the first parliament, mid-Atlantic crest and Silfra fissure. Here you can walk the paths along and between the tectonic plates, exploring the nature and taking in the beautiful views. Don’t miss Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake and where many dive to explore the Silfra fissure. You will then rejoin our tour at the Thingvellir Visitor’s Centre.

Next we head to the otherworldly geothermal area to see Geysir. It’s here that Strokkur, the geothermal fountain geysir, will erupt every 6 to 9 minutes. Excuse the smell, it’s the natural boiling sulfur!

After Geysir, we go to the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. This is one of the most popular sights in Iceland, located on the Hvita river. Once here you will understand why, the power that pumps over the falls sends moisture into the air so be prepared to get a little wet. We recommend wearing waterproof clothing here.

After exploring the highlights of the Golden Circle we drive to our accommodation and check in. Once it is dark enough, we all gather to go out and hunt for the Northern Lights.

We drive off the beaten path to find the best possible location for the lights. These locations are dictated by many conditions including weather, cloud coverage and light activity. We typically stop at one location and our expert guides will determine if its worth a wait or to move on according to the forecast.

As the Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear winters night, you will need to wrap up warm in wind and waterproof clothing. Remember to bring your camera gear and tripod for that memorable shot.


Day Two

After breakfast we will check out of the accommodation and start our journey along the South Coast. The first stop will be the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. At Seljalandsfoss you can make your way up the steep staircase to catch a glimpse of what it looks like behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajokull.

Back in the jeep for the drive to Skogafoss. Be sure to catch this waterfall from two views; in front and above. Do you have what it takes to walk the 60 meters of stairs?

We then drive to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, located near the small fishing village of Vik. Reynisfjara is home to the iconic basalt stacks.

This black sand beach is widely popular for photographers and nice walks on the rocky sand. Please be aware that these are treacherous waters. High, powerful waves which sometimes flood the beach, can easily carry you out to sea.

Sadly, we board the jeep again to drive back to Reykjavik where the tour ends. We will drive past all the amazing sights so you can let the beauty of Iceland soak in once again.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky- here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!


Accomodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Hotel Gullfoss
  • Hotel Geysir


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

Pickup and drop off occurs within Reykjavik only. Please contact us with any questions about your hotel/guesthouse location and if it is included within our pickup/drop off area.

Accommodation depends on the time of the year and what is available. For this tour, we will stay at Hotel Gullfoss, or equivalent.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. For you feet, make sure you are wearing walking shoes or hiking boots, sneakers/trainers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof. Please dress according to the season.

As this is an overnight tour please bring your overnight clothes. The hotel/guesthouse will provide linens and a towel for showering.

This is a 2 day tour. Please note that this is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour. Please note that there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue. Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature. Always protect your camera in a protective case. We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

There is no food provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

Book Now!

We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults. If this is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund. Single occupancy charge.

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2 Day Snaefellsnes, Northern Lights & Kirkjufell Tour

About the tour


Day One

Starting from Reykjavik, join us on this breathtaking tour through Iceland's western coastline. Start the day being picked up at your hotel/guesthouse (or specified location) in Reykjavik. From there we will make our way towards the beautiful landscape of the Snaelfellsnes Peninsula which boasts countless natural wonders, unique landscapes and beautiful coastlines.

The first stop is the breathtaking Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, located a short walk away from the equally beautiful Kirkjufell mountain, Iceland’s most photographed mountain. You will recognise it by it’s unique cone-shape. Kirkjufell is known as ‘Church Mountain’ as it resembles a church steeple and has acted as a landmark for seafarers and travellers over the centuries. This area is very photogenic, you might also recognise this location from Game of Thrones.

Continuing along the coast, we pass Gufuskalar before stopping at Djupalonssandur Black Sand Beach. This location was once a bustling fishing village, when Snaefellsnes Peninsula functioned as one of Iceland’s most active trading ports.

Walking down towards Djúpalónssandura Black Sand Beach you will notice four large stones of varying sizes weighing between 23kg (50lbs) and 155kg (342lbs), used as lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen. The stones are named Amlodi (useless), Halfdreattingur (weakling), Halfsterkur (half-strong) and Fullsterkur (full-strong). If you walk around the beach you may discover rusty iron remnants of the 1948 shipwrecked scattered along the beach.

Be sure to keep your eye out for the gigantic radio tower of Loranstodin, also known as Loren C.

Back in the jeep as we drive towards our hotel. When it starts to get dark we begin our hunt for the elusive Northern Lights which are difficult to predict and not guaranteed. Be patient and keep your fingers crossed for a phenomenal and memorable night. The Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear winters night, you will need to wrap up warm in wind and waterproof clothing. Remember to bring your camera gear and tripod for that memorable shot.


Day Two

The next morning, after breakfast, the journey continues towards Arnarstapi, a small fishing village on the southern coast of Sneafellsnes. Once in Arnarstapi you will get to marvel at the authentic and charming Icelandic houses, ragged cliffs and oceans views. The beach area here is also home to large colonies of arctic tern.

Next up we pass the Londrangar rock pinnacles at the base of Snaefellsjokull Glacier, otherwise referred to as the “journey to the centre of the Earth.” (Jules Verne).

From here we will start our drive back to Reykjavik passing through Borgarnes, another scenic town on the west coast with beautiful mountains and fjord, on the way. This might be a good opportunity to spot the Northern Lights so Keep an eye out for the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky. This natural phenomenon is hard to predict but on a clear winters night, there’s always a chance of a magical display of Northern Lights.


Accomodation

Our preferred accommodation partners for this tour are:

  • Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
  • Hotel Budir
  • Hotel Husafell


Disclaimer:
Northern Lights Iceland is not liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during it’s tours. This also applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, or any uncontrolled outside force. Northern Lights Iceland reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone any tour for any reason. Please see our full terms for more details.


FAQ

The most common questions for this tour.

We offer pickup within Reykjavik: at hotels, guesthouses or alternative locations such as bus stations or car rental offices.

Please let us know of your pickup and drop off locations as soon as possible.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing so you are able to remove or add clothing if the temperature changes. For your outer layer, please make sure it is both wind and water resistant, though waterproof is best. For you feet, make sure you are wearing comfortable and sturdy walking/hiking shoes/boots/sneakers. Depending on the season, these should also be water resistant or waterproof.
Please dress according to the season.  For more information on this, please see our F.A.Q.

This tour is scheduled to be 12 hours.   Please know this is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

The landowners do request a small donation if you would like to fill your water bottle up. This donation is used to help preserve the land around the mineral spring.

Yes, solo-travellers are able to book this tour.  Please know there is a minimum number of guests needed for this tour to continue.  Contact us for further information.

Yes, it is advised you bring along with you a camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature.  Always protect your camera to prevent any breakage due to rain by keeping it in a protective case.  We are not responsible for the breakage of any equipment.

There is no food provided on this tour. Guests are allowed to bring with them light snacks and beverages.

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Top Icelandic Design Shops

1. Spaksmannsspjarir – Bankastræti 11 – map

Spaksmannsspjarir means „Wise Man´s Clothing“ in Icelandic and they are truly dedicated in designing for the intellectual women from all over the world. They make unique clothes that can be worn for years. The clothes are not trend-based, rather sustainable fashion with high quality. The designer is inspired by the Icelandic nature and environment and the colours and textures are simply magical – just as the Icelandic landscape. The clothes are made to work well together, so it should be easy to mix, match and play with pieces from previous collections.

Click here for their homepage: Spaksmannsspjarir

2. Needs to be updated Kraum – Laugavegur 18b – map

Kraum is a gorgeous Icelandic design hub and retail outlet. It is located in the house of Skuli Magnusson, dated back to 1752 and is the oldest building still standing in the city centre. More than 200 designers are contributing to this leading Icelandic design hub in Reykjavik. You can find a must-see products you cant find anywhere else in the world – from woollen lamps, handbags, raincoats, knitwear, glass wear, children´s puzzles, ceramic pieces to exquisite jewellery. Skuli Magnusson – would be a happy man today if still alive.
Click here for their homepage: Kraum

3. Aurum – Bankastræti 4 – map

Aurum Concept Store is located at Bankastræti 4. The jewellery collection is designed by Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir. In 2011, Aurum Concept Store received the Njarðarskjöldur award for Best Tourist Shop of the Year. It is known for unusually high number of full jewellery collection by only one designer and its diverse windows design that has delighted many travelers over the years. Guðbjörg´s design is known for its irregular shapes, its inspiration by nature, finesses & balance and how light and feminine it is.

Click here for their homepage: Aurum


Top 5 restaurants in Reykjavik - Editor's choice

Top 5 restaurants in Reykjavik

Editor's choice - Our Recommendations

 

1. Steikhúsið - Tryggvagötu 34 - map

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The Steakhouse is known for – you guessed it – great steaks. There’s plenty on offer here for carnivores, including lamb, beef, and fish, all cooked to order on the open coal fire. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the Steak House also offers puffin and whale. Not only that, but there’s an extensive wine menu and delicious desserts and coffees to finish off your meal with – if your steak dinner wasn’t quite enough.
What we love: You’ll find the Steak House busy every day of the week with tourists and locals alike – in fact, we recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out on a delicious steak dinner. We think the Steak House is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of working or exploring Reykjavik, and where better to do it than right next to the harbour?
Click here for homepage/reservations: Steikhúsið

 

2. Kopar - Geirsgata 3 (Old Harbour) - map

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Kopar is the perfect destination for seafood. After all, there’s plenty of seafood to try here in Reykjavik, so why not try it at this charming restaurant down by the harbour? The cosy décor and view of the docks means that you’ll never want to leave. Good thing they have a well-stocked bar with plenty of wine and Icelandic beer to choose from, then.
What we love: Kopar also offers a special 9-course Icelandic tasting menu, which is exactly what you think it is! It’s extremely popular with tourists looking to sample a bit of everything – scallops, catfish, lamb, just to name a few. If that’s a bit too adventurous, you can opt for more traditional fish and meat dishes instead. You’ll need to find out what else is on the menu by making a reservation and checking it out for yourself.
Click here for homepage/reservations: Kopar

 

3. Tapas Barinn - Fishersund - map

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Tapas Barinn really is a must-try for visitors to Reykjavik. It has a great reputation and is known for their special tasting menu of “Icelandic Tapas” – it sounds crazy, and it is! Their Icelandic Tapas may seem intimidating, but the seven-course meal is brought out to you as and when it’s cooked. Don’t be surprised if Minke whale immediately follows your puffin course! It’s the perfect way to sample some of Iceland’s best dishes at a reasonable cost – and it’s even followed by a shot of special Icelandic vodka.
What we love:Of course, Tapas Barinn has more to offer than just their tapas menu, so if seven courses sounds like a little too much for you, there’s plenty more to choose from. Tapas Barinn is busy seven days of the week and is a local favourite; so don’t be surprised if the place really gets lively later in the evening. Stick around after your meal and try some of the popular cocktails as you soak up the atmosphere.
Click here for homepage/reservations: Tapas Barinn

 

4. Mar - Geirsgata 9 (Old Harbour) - map

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Looking for somewhere to grab a light seafood lunch? Mar is the place to be for a bowl of their popular seafood soup – it really hits the spot on a cold day. Even if it is a little cold outside, you’ll still want to sit outdoors and take in the view of the harbour and watch the world go by. Mar specialises in seafood but they also offer some amazing desserts and coffee, so try not to eat too much – you don’t want to miss out on those!
What we love: Did you know – Mar are whale and dolphin friendly and have signed up to the ethical treatment of these great animals. Isn’t that brilliant? Mar are just around the corner from the whale watching boats, so if you’ve just stepped back on shore, this is the perfect place to eat.
Click here for homepage/reservations: Mar Restaurant

 

5. Kol - Skólavörðustíg 40 - map

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Reykjavik has plenty of seafood restaurants to choose from, but Kol is a little bit different. Kol offer a small but perfectly formed menu of some great dishes, such as charred salmon, risotto, duck confit, and beef tenderloin. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, you might want to opt for the tasting menu instead, and then you can try the very best of what Kol has to offer. Follow it up with their traditional pancakes for dessert and you’ve got yourself an amazing dinner to remember!
What we love: Not only will you love the food, but the décor is something special too. The design is a mixture of classic Icelandic style with an international twist, but don’t take our word for it – go and see it for yourself! Stick around in this stylish bar after you’ve finished your meal and try a few of their cocktails and you’ll see why they’re so popular.
Click here for homepage/reservations: Kol Restaurant

The Best Time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland

The northern lights are one of the biggest draws to visiting Iceland

The northern lights are one of the biggest draws to visiting Iceland, however they are also one of the most elusive and unpredictable attractions this country has. Although it would be great to easily pinpoint a how to see them, there are a lot of variables to consider for seeing them: season, weather, length of stay, location and luck. Of course, there are lots of fantastic things to do in Iceland and it’s always best to think of seeing the northern lights as an added bonus. So e.g. plan your trip with unique experience like The Aurora Bubble You will come back happy even if you did not see any northern lights dance. Hopefully this article will answer all your questions about the best time to see the northern lights in Iceland!

What Are The Northern Lights?

First, a little bit of background on them. The northern lights are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere, causing displays of bright, colourful dancing lights. They are visible in the magnetic polar regions of the northern and southern hemispheres (they are known as Aurora australis in the south) and they can range in colour from white, green, pink and purple.

According to the Northern Lights Centre in Canada, scientific studies have found that the northern and southern Auroras often occur at the same time as mirror images. This of course means that the Auroras are often happening, even if they aren’t visible to us down on the ground. In the northern hemisphere, the lights are best seen from Iceland, Greenland, northern Norway, Siberia, the Canadian territories and Alaska. Thanks to the latitude of the North American continent in relation to the magnetic pole, the lights have been seen as far south as New Orleans! This is a rare and remarkable thing, though. Here in Iceland, seeing the northern lights is most certainly annual and regular, although still rather unpredictable.

The Best Time To See The Northern Lights In Iceland

Guaranteed darkness is the first important factor. The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April – these are the months where there are full dark nights. Some sources will recommend November to February, as they are the darkest months with the longest possible window to see the lights, however these sources often fail to take into account that these months can have the worst weather with lots of rain and snow. It is also not unheard of to see the lights as early as mid-August, once the final traces of the midnight sun summer are gone.

Second most important factor is the length of time you choose to stay in Iceland. To get the best odds of seeing the lights, it is recommended you stay a minimum of seven nights in the country. The northern lights usually tend to be very active for two to three nights, then low for four to five nights, in ongoing cycles. Naturally, not everyone can take long trips here and Iceland is a renowned stopover destination, but if the northern lights are on your bucket list we highly recommend you make sure you can take a good long trip here. Given that the factors for viewing them have to all be aligned, the longer time you spend in the country, the higher your chances are of seeing them.

Next important factor is the weather. Since Iceland is a small north Atlantic island, it is subject to fierce and rapidly changing weather. The old cliché “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” could not be truer of this country. In order to see the northern lights, the skies need to be very clear. This often coincides with some of our coldest nights, since clear dark weather in Iceland usually means temperatures below freezing. On warmer nights, there is usually precipitation or at least quite a bit of cloud coverage.

Checking the weather forecast regularly in the days leading to your trip to Iceland will give you an idea of your chances for seeing the lights. Services like the Aurora forecast from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Aurora Prediction Page are very useful for hedging your bets. Look for the white parts on the forecast map which indicate the clarity of the sky, then compare whether there are low, moderate or high predictions in those regions. It is very important to check the conditions regularly, especially if you’re doing a self-drive.

As the old saying goes, location location location! Once in a while the northern lights will take Reykjavík by surprise and they are so strong that the city lights don’t matter, but most of the time, it’s best to get away from all the street lights and car brights. Taking your visit out of the capital and into the countryside further increases your chances of catching them. There are many great small towns to visit around the country with beautiful country hotels and guesthouses, just steps from pure un-modernized nature where there is no light pollution.

Our favorite countryside hotels are three. The first is Hotel Gullfoss, on the Golden Circle, not necessarily because it is on the popular circle, next to Gullfoss waterfall, but more because it gets so insanely pitch dark there. In one of the comments on Tripadvisor a client wrote: “I just walked outside of the hotel, just few meters and it was simply pitch dark. So pitch dark I could not find myself.” To be in a complete darkness is just an interesting experience by itself. The other two excellent options are Hotel Borealis (only a hour drive from Reykjavik – very quite and relaxing).

Some towns out in the countryside to consider (you need to rent a car then and maybe drive on icy roads) are Vík and Höfn in the south, Seyðisfjörður in the east, Dalvik Akureyri and Grímsey in the north, Ísafjörður in the westfjords, and Stykkishólmur in the west.

Guided Tours vs. Self-Driving

One big question many people have is whether to go on guided tours or to self-drive around to find the lights. Both of these options have their pros and cons and some people end up doing a combination of both. Guided tours have the advantage of being led by expert guides and drivers who closely follow the forecasts and have a keen knowledge of the road conditions and terrain. Of course, guided tours can place some constraints for certain travellers and can be subject to change based on unpredictable conditions.

A self-drive can be a really good option, but only if the driver(s) is very familiar with difficult winter roads. Our roads can be icy and snowy as soon as September hits, so it’s very important for drivers to be experienced and comfortable in all weather conditions. It is also very important to follow road regulations and safety precautions given by your rental company and the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. Provided you are comfortable with this, building your own driving itinerary to go hunt down the lights can be a very rich and rewarding adventure for your private memories. You will have a lot more freedom to hit the road on a whim if you see that the weather conditions are good near you and take on all the activities and sightseeing you want at your own leisure. Of course, you have to be willing to do a lot more research on your own and be diligent to watch the skies closely.

Hunting the lights, being it a guided tour or a self-drive is great, but recently the whale watching companies in Reykjavik have start offering a northern lights hunt on a boat. The advantages with this is that you don’t need to drive outside of Reykjavik, you can just walk down to the harbor and get on a boat. They will then sail outside of the light pollution. We recommend the northern lights tour from Reykjavik Sailors.

If you plan to spend a considerable length of time here, combining both guided tours and self-driving can be a really excellent option. You can stick to the easier routes on your own as you self-drive and have the same freedom to explore at your pace, but you can also treat yourself to a fun-filled adventure led by an expert guide. There are many tours that go to absolutely stunning locations to hunt for the lights, like the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon or snowmobiling onto a glacier. Lately sleeping in a view through bubble while seeing the aurora dance for you has become popular. You even listen to Sigur Ros in their underwater speakers! What is great with this type of a tour is that you come back happy and relaxed even if you don’t see the aurora that night. Now that’s really something to Tweet about!

One other important thing to consider when coming to see the lights is bringing the appropriate attire. Remember: it will be winter! The key to dressing warmly in Iceland is lots of layers of natural fibre clothing – long underwear, cotton and wool socks, form fitting shirts and pants, topped off with insulated wind-and-waterproof outerwear. If you plan on spending any amount of time outdoors, this will be crucial for keeping you heated inside and out. And don’t forget a good hat, scarf and pair of mits! If you forget anything though, don’t worry. Reykjavík’s main shopping street Laugavegur has many great stores you can buy locally designed outergear.

Other Things To Do In Iceland

All this being said, it’s really crucial to plan your trip around other activities and sights besides the northern lights. There are so many wonderful things to do in Iceland and with the Auroras being as fickle as they are, it would be a shame to not make the most of a visit here because the lights didn’t turn up. Take in some of the country’s most famous sights on the Golden Circle tour. Easily done by guided tour or self-drive at all times of the year, you’ll see the Gullfoss waterfall, the original and eponymous Geysir, and the continental rift at Þingvellir national park, site of Iceland’s original parliament. Another great and relaxed tour is the South Coast Adventure, comprising the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, the Reynisfjara black sand beach with its basalt column wall, and the magical town of Vík. For a longer drive along the south coast, continue on to see the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where icebergs that break off of the great Vatnajökull glacier float into the sea. One more thing to mention are the helicopter tours in Iceland and surprisingly they dont cost too much. You can do it for similar prices as the guided super jeep tours. We recommend Nordurflug.

There is also a lot to see and do in the capital city of Reykjavík. Make sure to visit the Reykjavík Art Museum, a network of three separate centres housing a vast array of styles and eras of classic and modern art, each one dedicated to a famous Icelandic artist. The National Museum of Iceland displays a fantastic permanent collection that beautifully transports you through the history of the country from the time of settlement until present day. It also holds many temporary exhibits ranging from textile art to archeological reconstructions. You can also indulge yourself with local cuisine, going to any number of marvelous restaurants specializing in our best produce – lamb, lobster and fish.

Then there is of course the city’s famous nightlife and bar scene that is not to be missed on weekends. The city goes from a quiet fishing town to an all-out rager on Friday and Saturday nights, and there are dozens of bars in the downtown area to suit every taste and fancy. Take in a bit of everything and you are sure to have a fabulous stay in this country, northern lights or no northern lights.

This about completes the guide to seeing the northern lights in Iceland. Remember the factors: darkness, a week-long stay, good clear weather, picking your location and planning your itinerary. With all these taken into account, hopefully you will look up and be dazzled by the beautiful dancing lights. And if they don’t show themselves, you will still have had a great adventure in Iceland!


An Amazing Northern Lights Video

Filmed 130 nights over 3 years to create one amazing northern lights video

Three independent film makers from Iceland have been at 50 different locations around Iceland & spend 130 nights last 3 years to create one amazing time lapse northern lights video. It is made out of 100.000 RAW high Res images that combined result in a 30 min long northern lights video. The above video is only the trailer for the video.

It was entirely self-funded northern lights video while the crew was in a full-time employment and the majority of the shots were done in the winter 2013/2014.


Most Picturesque Glaciers in Iceland

Iceland is widely known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice,’ because both volcanoes and glaciers are dotted around this region. Glaciers are huge, large and persistent ice blocks that only form on a piece of land where snow stays in one place long enough to turn into ice. This snow takes not years but centuries to transform into thick ice masses. Glaciers are unique because these can shift places by crawling forward, which happens due to their sheer mass. This characteristic is akin to slow rivers. Glaciers although are persistent but once these start flowing, their deformation also starts because flow creates cracks, crevasses and sometimes even caves. Many glaciers and volcanoes have formed atop active volcanoes in Iceland and after eruption of these volcanoes the ice above the glacier quickly melts. This creates destructive rivers known as “jökulhlaup”.

Vatnajökull glacier

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This is the largest glacier not only in Iceland but in entire Europe. The picture is from one of the icecaves in Vatnajökull glacier. It is located in the south-east area of Iceland. It is so huge that many glacial tongues have formed on all of its sides, just like almost all of the large glaciers found in Iceland. Each tongue has separate name as well and it is not possible to list all names here because these are so many. Most notable one is Öræfajökull glacier, which is a famous hiking point.

Vatnajökull is also popular because Iceland’s highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur and most active volcano system Grímsvötn are located here.

Svínafellsjökull glacier in Vatnajökull National Park

Located here is the gorgeous glacial lake Jökulsárlón, which can be found on the south-eastern end of the glacier. The entire glacier is covered by Vatnajökull National Park as it happens to be the largest national park in Europe with its area of 12,000Km2.

Langjökull glacier

This is ranked as the second largest glacier in the country. Langjökull means ‘Long Glacier,’ and the name has been derived from its shape. This glacier is located in the western side of the Icelandic highlands. The glacier is easily visible from Geysir. This glacier serves as a popular snowmobiling spot along with The Golden Circle. Two active volcanoes are also located in Langjökull glacier.

Hofsjökull glacier

Ranked as the third biggest glacier in this region, Hofsjökull glacier is located in the Mid-Highlands. It happens to be the largest active volcano in the country and serves as a shield with caldera. Hofsjökull glacier is the primary source of numerous rivers in Iceland including the country’s longest river Þjórsá. The south and north of the country are connected by the Kjölur road that runs between Hofsjökull and Langjökull.

Mýrdalsjökull glacier and Eyjafjallajökull glacier

This is Iceland’s fourth largest glacier and is located right next to the country’s sixth largest glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Both these glaciers are located in Iceland’s south side. It is true that Mýrdalsjökull bigger than Eyjafjallajökull and contains Iceland’s one of the largest and most active volcano, Katla. But, Eyjafjallajökull has become popular recently because of its eruption in a very small volcano back in 2010. There is a popular hiking spot that is located between these two volcanoes known as Fimmvörðuháls. People can easily get on top of the recently erupted volcano, where now a warm, newly formed mountain can be found.

Drangajökull glacier

Drangajokull glacier can be found in the Westfjords. It is Iceland’s fifth largest glacier and the only one that hasn’t decreased in size over the years. It also is the only glacier this is located below 1000m completely.

Snæfellsjökull glacier

Snaefellsjokull glacier is the 13th largest glacier in Iceland and unfortunately it is decreasing in size rapidly too. Nonetheless, it is still counted among the most famous glaciers in Iceland. This glacier is located at the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula and can be viewed like a crown alongside the Faxaflói bay on a clear day from Reykjavík. This glacier is termed as the jewel of one of the three national parks in Iceland, the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Similar to various other glaciers in Iceland, Snæfellsjökull also is a cone shaped volcano called stratovolcano. It became eternally popular when it featured in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth as the earth’s central entry point. For the very first time in recorded history the summit became ice free, which happened in August 2012.

Iceland is widely known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice,’ because both volcanoes and glaciers are dotted around this region. Glaciers are huge, large and persistent ice blocks that only form on a piece of land where snow stays in one place long enough to turn into ice. This snow takes not years but centuries to transform into thick ice masses. Glaciers are unique because these can shift places by crawling forward, which happens due to their sheer mass. This characteristic is akin to slow rivers. Glaciers although are persistent but once these start flowing, their deformation also starts because flow creates cracks, crevasses and sometimes even caves. Many glaciers and volcanoes have formed atop active volcanoes in Iceland and after eruption of these volcanoes the ice above the glacier quickly melts. This creates destructive rivers known as “jökulhlaup”.

Vatnajökull glacier

This is the largest glacier not only in Iceland but in entire Europe. The picture is from one of the icecaves in Vatnajökull glacier. It is located in the south-east area of Iceland. It is so huge that many glacial tongues have formed on all of its sides, just like almost all of the large glaciers found in Iceland. Each tongue has separate name as well and it is not possible to list all names here because these are so many. Most notable one is Öræfajökull glacier, which is a famous hiking point.

Vatnajökull is also popular because Iceland’s highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur and most active volcano system Grímsvötn are located here.

Svínafellsjökull glacier in Vatnajökull National Park

Located here is the gorgeous glacial lake Jökulsárlón, which can be found on the south-eastern end of the glacier. The entire glacier is covered by Vatnajökull National Park as it happens to be the largest national park in Europe with its area of 12,000Km2.

Langjökull glacier

This is ranked as the second largest glacier in the country. Langjökull means ‘Long Glacier,’ and the name has been derived from its shape. This glacier is located in the western side of the Icelandic highlands. The glacier is easily visible from Geysir. This glacier serves as a popular snowmobiling spot along with The Golden Circle. Two active volcanoes are also located in Langjökull glacier.

Hofsjökull glacier

Ranked as the third biggest glacier in this region, Hofsjökull glacier is located in the Mid-Highlands. It happens to be the largest active volcano in the country and serves as a shield with caldera. Hofsjökull glacier is the primary source of numerous rivers in Iceland including the country’s longest river Þjórsá. The south and north of the country are connected by the Kjölur road that runs between Hofsjökull and Langjökull.

Mýrdalsjökull glacier and Eyjafjallajökull glacier

This is Iceland’s fourth largest glacier and is located right next to the country’s sixth largest glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Both these glaciers are located in Iceland’s south side. It is true that Mýrdalsjökull bigger than Eyjafjallajökull and contains Iceland’s one of the largest and most active volcano, Katla. But, Eyjafjallajökull has become popular recently because of its eruption in a very small volcano back in 2010. There is a popular hiking spot that is located between these two volcanoes known as Fimmvörðuháls. People can easily get on top of the recently erupted volcano, where now a warm, newly formed mountain can be found.

Drangajökull glacier

Drangajokull glacier can be found in the Westfjords. It is Iceland’s fifth largest glacier and the only one that hasn’t decreased in size over the years. It also is the only glacier this is located below 1000m completely.

Snæfellsjökull glacier

Snaefellsjokull glacier is the 13th largest glacier in Iceland and unfortunately it is decreasing in size rapidly too. Nonetheless, it is still counted among the most famous glaciers in Iceland. This glacier is located at the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula and can be viewed like a crown alongside the Faxaflói bay on a clear day from Reykjavík. This glacier is termed as the jewel of one of the three national parks in Iceland, the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Similar to various other glaciers in Iceland, Snæfellsjökull also is a cone shaped volcano called stratovolcano. It became eternally popular when it featured in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth as the earth’s central entry point. For the very first time in recorded history the summit became ice free, which happened in August 2012.


Fosshotel Reykholt

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Fosshotel Reykholt

Romantic country hotel based in the historical place of Reykholt

Fosshotel Reykholt is a official 3 star tourist class hotel in a historical place of Reykholt. The place is known for being the home of Saga writer Snorri Sturlusson. You will find beautiful churches, Snorri´s natural hot pool, Snorrastofa, Heimskringla and so much more. A real cultural place. The hotel includes internet lounge, library, bar, restaurant, outdoor hot tubs, wellness center and free parking. The area of Reykholt is known for great northern lights show. You can relax in the hot tubs and wait for the romantic northern lights to start dancing for you.

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Breathtaking show at Hotel Ranga

Breathtaking show at Hotel Ranga

This great video shows us how the northern lights can been seen at the four star luxury resort Hotel Ranga in south Iceland. The amazing resort and dining hotel has been known for being the first hotel in Iceland offering a northern lights wake up service. It has become its trademark and of course for being a excellent location to actually see the northern lights.

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Why is Hotel Ranga such a great place to see the northern lights

For seeing the aurora borealis it is important to have no light pollution in the winter time. Hotel Ranga is located in a rural area in south Iceland. This means there is optimal conditions at the hotel to see the dancing lights at night. There is of course never any guarantee of seeing the northern lights, but if you stay couple of nights we have figured out there is fairly good change of experiencing this lovey phenomenon.

Special northern lights wake-up call service at Hotel Ranga

When you arrive at the hotel the staff asks you if you would like to have the special service of receiving a wake-up call if the northern lights appear. The staff is on the lookout for the lights in the evening and into the night. In addition the hotel supplies some helpful, guiding information about the Aurora for those interested in knowing more. Just dont forget warm clothes for your northern lights viewing as the winter nights can be cold in Iceland.


The Black Beach in Vik

The Black Sand Beach in Vik

You might have heard a thing or two about the black sand beach in Vik and most likely you have seen lovely photos of the basalt rock formation that stick out of the sea and are called Reynisdrangar. But did you know that Vik is also a black beach and is the wettest place in Iceland? The black beach in Vik also allures people by its hidden caves and folklore stories.
Along the south coast of Iceland, with only about 300 residents, Vik í Myrdal still holds the title to be the biggest village in the southernmost part of Iceland. Just about 180 km away from Reykjavik, you will get to feel the black sand and the warm welcome of the locals.

A fair warning to all tourists is that walking for the next 70 km will not take you anywhere but close to endless shores. Hvolsvollur is about 80 km going north from Vik so the only service center you can most likely find are the ones in Vik.

Black Beach in Vik

The black sand beach in Vik is called by its local Reynishverfi and since it is famous because of it’s black sand and basalt sea stack, tour guides are more willing to take you 10 km just before you reach Vík. That is where the black sand beach with 68 m high boulders can be found.

You can also locate Reynisdragar on the western side of the 340m high Reynisfjall. Vik proper is located on its eastern side. Here is a map to where you can locate the black beach in Vik (“A” – Þjóðvegur, “B”-Reynishverfisvegur, “C” – Vik)

The steepest road you could ever encounter in Iceland is on a loran station, the highest part of the mountain ruins. This was built during the World War II serving as their watchtower or something. The cliffs are the solace of the ever adorable Puffins. Being in top of the mountain will obviously view the whole of Vik as well as Myrdalsjokull, the Dyrholaey and the amazing Reynisdrangar. It would definitely be an spectacular view from up there.

The rock formations are formed at the bottom of the cliff, from the mountain standing proudly in front of Reynisdrangar. The black beach is a long beach with stones and rocks everywhere after the shore.

The folklore is made upon these columnar creations. The legend says that these are the remains of two night trolls who were petrified as they were trying to pull three-masted ship out of the sea. The dawn caught them and had them turned into stone. Well of course, we all know now that these are created by lava flows that cooled down. It created hexagonal forms due to the contraction of the lava as it slowly flows and cools down. In overall view they have formed more like of a staircase. Climbing on these rock formations is easier than it looks as long as you watch your step on each of the blocks. When you reach the top, which is where you can view on different directions the places that are also rewarding to continue your expedition with.

The caves

If you don’t really dig like climbing up the staircase-like formations and a bit afraid of heights, then you can go south western of the Reynis Mountain foot. But ofcourse visit the caves only during low tides as the waves could be quite nasty on high tides. They would be as big as you will expect them to be and it would be dangerous to continue to the caves. And yet another Folklore is known to have surfaced in this cave. It was said that there was once a monster that used to reside in one of those caves but due to unfortunate circumstances for that certain monster, landslides that occurred about 100 years ago killed it and was never ever known to have seen again. The wonders in this place always inherits several folklore, whether they are true or not, respect still would be your best key of survival in such places. So help the locals preserve the natural wonders you have seen and please refrain from doing any vandalism or loitering at the Black Beach in Vik.

The Black Sand Beach in Vik

You might have heard a thing or two about the black sand beach in Vik and most likely you have seen lovely photos of the basalt rock formation that stick out of the sea and are called Reynisdrangar. But did you know that Vik is also a black beach and is the wettest place in Iceland? The black beach in Vik also allures people by its hidden caves and folklore stories.
Along the south coast of Iceland, with only about 300 residents, Vik í Myrdal still holds the title to be the biggest village in the southernmost part of Iceland. Just about 180 km away from Reykjavik, you will get to feel the black sand and the warm welcome of the locals.

A fair warning to all tourists is that walking for the next 70 km will not take you anywhere but close to endless shores. Hvolsvollur is about 80 km going north from Vik so the only service center you can most likely find are the ones in Vik.

Black Beach in Vik

The black sand beach in Vik is called by its local Reynishverfi and since it is famous because of it’s black sand and basalt sea stack, tour guides are more willing to take you 10 km just before you reach Vík. That is where the black sand beach with 68 m high boulders can be found.

You can also locate Reynisdragar on the western side of the 340m high Reynisfjall. Vik proper is located on its eastern side. Here is a map to where you can locate the black beach in Vik (“A” – Þjóðvegur, “B”-Reynishverfisvegur, “C” – Vik)The steepest road you could ever encounter in Iceland is on a loran station, the highest part of the mountain ruins. This was built during the World War II serving as their watchtower or something. The cliffs are the solace of the ever adorable Puffins. Being in top of the mountain will obviously view the whole of Vik as well as Myrdalsjokull, the Dyrholaey and the amazing Reynisdrangar. It would definitely be an spectacular view from up there.

The rock formations are formed at the bottom of the cliff, from the mountain standing proudly in front of Reynisdrangar. The black beach is a long beach with stones and rocks everywhere after the shore.

The folklore is made upon these columnar creations. The legend says that these are the remains of two night trolls who were petrified as they were trying to pull three-masted ship out of the sea. The dawn caught them and had them turned into stone. Well of course, we all know now that these are created by lava flows that cooled down. It created hexagonal forms due to the contraction of the lava as it slowly flows and cools down. In overall view they have formed more like of a staircase. Climbing on these rock formations is easier than it looks as long as you watch your step on each of the blocks. When you reach the top, which is where you can view on different directions the places that are also rewarding to continue your expedition with.

The caves

If you don’t really dig like climbing up the staircase-like formations and a bit afraid of heights, then you can go south western of the Reynis Mountain foot. But ofcourse visit the caves only during low tides as the waves could be quite nasty on high tides. They would be as big as you will expect them to be and it would be dangerous to continue to the caves. And yet another Folklore is known to have surfaced in this cave. It was said that there was once a monster that used to reside in one of those caves but due to unfortunate circumstances for that certain monster, landslides that occurred about 100 years ago killed it and was never ever known to have seen again. The wonders in this place always inherits several folklore, whether they are true or not, respect still would be your best key of survival in such places. So help the locals preserve the natural wonders you have seen and please refrain from doing any vandalism or loitering at the Black Beach in Vik.


Festivals Made For Children

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Iceland is known to have wide range of cultural activities, there are numerous festivities that all-family can enjoy, but there are also lists of festivals made for children. These events take place to gather the youth beautiful youth in Iceland and visitors are also welcome to participate. Literature plays an important part in building youth’s minds into better citizens as well as future candidates for leadership in Iceland. Cultural arts keep the young minds to focus on what is good and not to the dangers of future. Icelander kids are well rooted in their culture, which is why Iceland never runs out with fun events and festivities that are culture themed. As a matter of fact, they have preserved their culture in the same way they did with their nature. Attending such events with your kids in Iceland will get your children value more what is right such as; literature, arts, music and religion. Many of these events participants are international young artists that can bring inspiration to everyone both young and old.

Children Culture Festival – There are three aspects of this event and they are; children’s culture, culture for children and culture with children. This festival is one of the festivals that are made and are focused to children and those becoming of age. It is a week long celebration of music, arts, and cultural activities. The children are the once being highlighted as artists and it is giving a huge impact to every growing kids in Iceland. The festival includes; activities for children like theater workshops, visual arts, puppetry, circus, dance activities, music, film and storytelling. The institutions such as schools, libraries, theaters, museum and those with cultural aspects are full forced to give the event life. There are almost 150 programs and special events that you and your kids will be an audience of. This festival is celebrated in Late April.

International Festival of Children’s Literature – Another addition to the festivals made for children is the International Festival of Children’s Literature which is held biennially in the Nordic House in Reykjavik. The festival is traditionally named after Moorland where the Nordic House Stands. There are special focus of each event and are pointing out to Moorland like; Cat in the Moorland (in 2001 when it started), Magic in the Moorland (2004), then came; Kids in Moorland (2006), Ghost in the Moorland (held in 2008), Pictures in the Moorland (2010) and the latest is Food in the Moorland (2012). In this festival, children from Iceland and abroad are participating to reading, panels and literary programs, author discussions, lectures by scholars, exhibitions and workshops as well as culture programs.

Young Art Festival – As this festival focuses on young people who acknowledge their talents, this can be a great inspiration for your kids even if they are still on the development in discovering their own talents. Commonly called as Unglist, this is a unique and awesome experience to any growing up kid because it can bring out the best in them. The program is packed with music, fashion, photography, design, paintings, theater, and all concepts that are art related. This is definitely one of the festivals that are made for children aspiring to step on music and arts. This is held annually in November.

When it comes to culture and arts, Iceland is never at the end of the list. This is how they build their character and how they keep on smiling from every challenge they face. Indeed a country with so much to treasure and one of what they value most are their children. The Icelander parents way in developing their kids to be a better person is through these festivals made for children.


Winter Wonderland

Up until quite recently, winter tourism in Iceland was almost unheard of. Most people thought the only time to pay us a visit was during the summer for the midnight sun. Now that some of the low cost airlines have started to fly in and out of Iceland, things have changed and more people are now discovering our magical winters too. Even though the winter is very dark and the weather can be wild, there is nothing quite like experiencing this country under the night sky, with northern lights dancing above you. It really is a winter wonderland.

There are dozens of fantastic things to do and places to see during winter. It’s important to plan ahead to make sure you can fit everything from your bucket list into your time in Iceland. We’ve put together some great lesser-known options for a winter trip that are sure to give you the best experience possible.

Multi-Day Super-Jeep Tour

For a truly unforgettable trip where you’ll be fully taken care of, a multi-day cross-country trip by 4×4 is a great adventure to take. You’ll experience every terrain Iceland has, from lunar lava fields to black sand beaches, cold glacial mountains to hot springs.

Typically lasting from 2 to 6 days (but can be longer upon request), this kind of tour is perfect for a small group of travellers who want to see as much as possible in an intimate time. Tour groups usually being 4 to 6 people and we use our own super jeeps and drivers.

Our expert tour guides have extensive knowledge and all the qualifications for your adventures in the country. These tours can also be arranged to take a variety of routes, depending on what sights you are interested in; Westfjords, south coast, highlands, etc. Private tours are great for flexibility. Contact us to find out more.

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon & South Coast

The glacial lagoon,Jokulsarlon, on Icelands south coast is a place that truly has to be seen to be believed. No matter how beautiful a photograph you take, nothing compares to standing on its shore and taking it all in.

The lagoon is where icebergs, broken off from the great Vatnajokull glacier, float out into the Atlantic ocean. There is no better time to see it than in the depths of winter, when the icebergs are at their biggest and more dramatic.

Jokulsarlon is about a 7 hours drive from Reykjavik and makes a great 2 day trip, either by guided tour or self-driven. On the way to the lagoon, you will pass Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk behind the waterfall, the beautiful Skogafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black sand beach with its great basalt columns, and the site of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

Time your arrival at Jokulsarlon right and you might get to see the northern lights reflect off the lagoon, surrounded by icebergs and seals playing. After you can stay in a number of lovely country hotels or guest houses in the region before returning to the capital the following day. We can help you book the perfect tour.

Lake Mývatn Winter Garden

Located in Icelands northeast highlands, this beautiful lake town is perfect to visit during the winter when its mild and peaceful.

The northern winters are lovely and scenic, Lake Mývatn in particular has some of the best natural sights and its remote location makes it perfect for looking for the northern lights. There is the great lava rock forest Dimmuborgir which was formed from an ancient volcanic eruption. Also make sure to check out the active hot spring field Hverir, the Lofthellir cave, Ludentarborgir crater rows, and of course, the lake itself!

Here you can also enjoy a soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths, the Blue Lagoon of the north, located up on a hill overlooking the lake. You can take a gourmet tour of the region trying all the local produce and visit the many farms of the area to taste real Icelandic country life.

Lake Mývatn is also known for being the mythical home of our thirteen Christmas elves, so it’s perfect for a great yuletide getaway.

Getting Up On A Glacier

What could be better on a visit to Iceland than getting up close and personal with the glaciers that give us our name?

Going for a snowmobile ride on the second largest glacier, Langjokull (“long glacier”) is a thrilling adventure that will leave you with lifelong memories. Langjokull is located just a few hours out of Reykjavík and so makes for a great day trip. You need no prior snowmobiling experience and it’s family friendly, those without drivers licenses can be passengers. Snowmobiling trips can be tied into many other adventure packages or spend the evening on a hunt for northern lights.

If you want to get up on a glacier but snowmobiling isn’t for you, go for a climb instead on the Solheimajokull glacier on the south coast of Iceland. The trained guides provide all the gear and advice for trekking on the glacier. You’ll get a hiking experience like no other.

Surrounded by beautiful blue coloured ice, you’ll really feel Icelands magic. This glacier is also just a few hours from Reykjavik so can be easily combined with many other activities and tours. It’s always an option for a day out in winter as we can build it into your upcoming vacation.

Going Down Into The Depths

While it’s really popular to climb to the highest peaks of the country to see Iceland from above, what lies below is not to be missed. The island is a geological marvel at every level and sometimes the best way to experience it is to go right inside it. There are several magnificent caves located right near Reykjavik that amateur speleologists can easily descend at any time of the year. Head to the Arnarker cave, Leidarendi cave or Thrihnukagigur crater to go down and experience the inside of this rocky island.

If you like water more than rocks, you’re in luck too. Head to the continental rift in the historic Thingvellir national park to go snorkelling in the Silfra river. This runs right between the North American and European tectonic plate divide. You’ll be provided with a dry suit and all the equipment by local guides who will take you on a gentle paddle through the place where the country splits into two continents. That is definitely something to check off your bucket list.

Welcome To Our Winter Wonderland!


What are the Northern Lights?

What are the Northern Lights?

Most of us know that awe-inspiring feeling standing watching a black night sky scattered with stars light up in rainbow colors during a fireworks display, yet this does not compare to Planet Earth’s rendition of magical light called Aurora. These unbelievably stunning displays can ordinarily be seen at the Northern and Southern Poles and are considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Over the Arctic they are called Aurora Borealis and over the Antarctic it is called Aurora Australis.

Contact encounters between gaseous particles in the atmosphere of the Earth and charged particles released from the atmosphere of the Sun result in the display of colors in the sky called the Northern Lights. The varying colors are as a result of specific types of gas particles that are bumping into each other. The scientific name for the Northern Lights are the Aurora Borealis.

The aurora effect starts on the surface of the sun with solar activity, injecting a cloud of gas, scientifically known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). This can take two to three days to reach Earth. When one of these ‘injections’ reaches earth, it collides with the magnetic field. The earth is surrounded by an invisible magnetic field, and were one to actually see what the shape is, the earth would appear as a comet with a magnetized extended ‘tail’ that stretches a million miles trailing behind the earth and in the opposite direction to the sun. As this coronal mass ejection collides with the magnetic field of the Earth, complex changes occur in the magnetic tail area generating currents of charged particles that flow along the lines of magnetic force directly into the Polar Areas. In the upper atmosphere of the Earth the particles are amplified and as they come into contact with oxygen and nitrogen atoms, they generate a radiant aurora panorama.

Knowing the resulting shape of a magnetic field in one of these coronal mass ejections stumps solar physics to this day as it is impossible to predict with any accuracy in which direction the CME field is pointing until the collision occurs, causing either an astonishing magnetic storm and stunning aurora or a fizzle. You may not always be able to see the Northern Lights, however, they are always there displaying their magnificence. Winter is the most favorable time to have a good sighting.

Aurora displays show up in a range of colors with pink and pale green as the most predominant colors. There have been reports of yellow, green, blue, shades of red and violet with the lights appearing in a multitude of forms such as patches, scattered clouds, arcs, shooting rays and pulsating curtains of light.

Although the Northern Lights may look like fire, if you were able to touch them, they would not feel like fire at all. It is true that the temperature in the upper atmosphere can reach thousands of degrees Fahrenheit, this heat is determined by the average speed of the molecules. The density of the air is extremely low at 96 Kilometers up, a thermometer would reveal temperatures way below zero in the location of an aurora display.

Auroras are sometimes difficult for the human eye to pick up however, with the use of a camera and a long-exposure setting plus a clear dark sky it is possible to obtain some remarkable and dazzling photographs. Sometimes an Aurora display can reach as high up as 1000 km although generally are between 80-120 km.

History indicates two people are credited with the naming of the Northern Lights. Pierre Gassendi named the Northern Lights between 1592 and 1655, after the Roman goddess of dawn; Aurora and the north wind; Boreas and Galileo Galilei between 1564 and 1642 with both of them bearing witness to a light display in September 1621. However, one of the oldest mentions of Aurora dates back to 2600 BC in China by the mother, of the Yellow Empire Shuan-Yuan, Fu-Pao who observed intense lightning making its way around a star called Su from the constellation of Bei-Dou, lighting up the entire area. Cro Magnon cave paintings have been discovered dating back to 30,000 BC and are considered to be one of the oldest depiction of aurora. A drawing of the Aurora with candles glowing above the clouds was discovered in 1570 AD. Another account of Northern Lights phenomena appears to have been found by the astronomers of King Nebuchadnezzar the second on a Babylonian clay tablet around 568/567 BC.

Aurora Mythology:

The closest space phenomena of the waxing and waning of aurora lights has enthralled humanity since prehistoric times and has resulted in the birth of mythological creatures, folklore as well as influencing religion, history and art.
Diverse cultures have their own explanations for this natural event, the Inuits of Alaska interpreted the lights as the souls of the animals they hunted. Menominee Indians from North America attributed the Aurora radiance belonging to the torches of the giants living in the North. The Europeans of the Middle Ages claimed the appearance of the glowing lights were a message from God. Others believed the lights to be those of opposing armies in heaven and perchance a sign of an imminent catastrophe. A singular appearance of the Aurora Borealis in the skies during the battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 convinced the rebel forces to believe that God was on their side.

For some cultures the appearance of the Aurora Borealis had more fearful and sinister connotations. Norse Mythology held the belief that the rays were the reflections of the Valkyries riding across the sky carrying slain warriors to a heroic resting place in Valhalla. The Inuit people held the belief that the Northern Lights were the souls of the dead involved in a disorderly game of primitive football. The Icelanders believed that a pregnant woman must avoid gazing at the Lights to prevent her child being born cross-eyed. The Northern Swedish Lapps feared the supernatural powers of the dazzling lights so either remained indoors chanting or if they were outside, they would cover themselves up to keep out of reach of the rays. The Alaskan Inuit kept their children hidden and even carried sharp knives for protection.

A little more about the Northern Lights

One of the most breathtaking recorded Aurora displays in recent history occurred in 28th August and the 2 September 1859 and is known as the “Great geomagnetic storm.”

There is a verb in the Icelandic language – “braga” – describing the movement of the Northern Lights.

A single medium sized sunspot coming from the plasma clouds would fit approximately 4 to 6 earths.

The Plasma speed collides with the stratosphere between 10.000 and 20.000 km per second.


Whale Watching Andrea

Whale Watching Andrea

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Come aboard and join the biggest whale watching boat in Iceland with Whale Watching Andrea Tour. Educational and fantastic inside and outside. With plenty of space for everyone, café and even a souvenir shop on board!

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We will begin our Whale Watching Andrea adventure at the Reykjavik Old Harbour. It can be reached just few minutes from the city center so you won't miss it. Whale Watching Andrea boat offers great comfort, a fantastic interior, large outside viewing decks and a safe family environment.

As the vessel departs Reykjavik Old harbor, one of our highly trained tour guide will give an "educational and interactive" focus about the whales we may see, their behavior and some of the other marine life common to the area. Posters, interactive tools and other materials are used to further illustrate the various whale species, behaviors and interesting facts on the biology and geology of the area. You can get to feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones. These bring a new level of understanding to many of our first time passengers of how these magnificent animals adapt and survive. The ocean will come to life in front of us as you will learn about each specimens that will be shown from our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides and these experience makes our Whale Watching Andrea tour a one of a kind tour.

The tour guide along with our friendly captain will point out where you will be able to spot the whales that are mentioned.

One of our favorite whales sighted throughout the year is the Mink Whale. Our tour guides conduct researches on the whales seen, photographing each whale to be identified and studied every now and then. Once the research is completed,it is being put into our database and openly shared with other interested scientists, as well as those naturalist including schools and organizations and of course to all of our interested passengers just like yourself. Mink whales are not the only species sighted. Some of the others are Harbor Porporise, White-beaked Dolphin and Humpback Whale. The fun thing is that we may even stop to see a fish or two. The Arctic ocean is a rich environment that attracts and supports both residents and transient marine life.

Unlike many other whale watching tours that are often offered here in Iceland, our trips offers a wide spectrum of educational tools that go beyond the "average whale watch". The tours offered are well designed to enhance our awareness of whales, as well as the other marine life and the marine habitat that surrounds Iceland. Our goal is for you to depart our boats with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Icelandic marine sanctuary and the abundance of life it supports. We make each trip fun and educational for everyone at all ages and excellent for bigger groups and families! So get aboard and let the fun begin. Join our Whale Watching Andrea.

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Last minute - Deal of the Day

Last minute - Deal of the Day

 

The last minute deal of the day (35% OFF) is for the Golden Circle Ultimate with Floating tour. It is departing 12:30 on the 17 October. It is only for this day and we have only 3 seats available.
See tour here

If you are interested please email to: robert@floatingtours.com


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Discover the magic of Christmas in Iceland

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Discover the magic of Christmas in Iceland

See with your own eyes why CNN travel voted Reykjavik as the Top Christmas Holiday Destination. A package provided by Iceland Travel

Discover the magic of Christmas in Iceland and learn about new and old Icelandic Christmas traditions with Iceland Travel. It is a season when short days are brightened by snow and every house is decorated by all types of Chistmas ornaments and lights. It is a traditions people decorate their homes and have some very nice garlands in windows. Your hotel Icelandair Hotel Natura will be beautifully decorated too. The hotel will be visited by the 13 Santa brothers, the Icelandic Yuletide Lads.

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Northern lights holidays in Iceland

The 5 days itinerary

Day 1 Arrival.

Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 2. Christmas in Iceland: "The Mass of St Þorlákur", Dec. 23rd

In Iceland Thorláksmessa is part of Christmas. Most people use the day to finish decorating the home and the Christmas tree. In the evening people go out to Laugavegur and finish buying Christmas presents. Another tradition is to eat the putrefied skate with potatoes, but for many foreigners it is a challenge!

Day 3. Christmas Eve Day, Dec 24th

You will do a escorted morning hike with myth and mysteries expert through the woods of Öskjuhlið. You will learn about the secrets of the Icelandic folklore with all its elves, monsters and trolls stories. When you walk through the little forest small surprises will await you here and there! You will receive a little Christmas gift as a remembrance of this little journey. In the evening you will be having a festive Icelandic style Christmas buffet a la Satt Restaurant

Day 4. Christmas Day, Dec 25th.

Today we suggest you see some of Iceland main attraction, such as going for the Golden Circle or bathing in the Blue Lagoon. In the evening you will enjoy a Christmas buffet a la Satt Restaurant.

Day 5. Departure.

Today you will be departing from Keflavik Airport after some great Christmas in Iceland.




Iceland or outer space?

Amazing video from Alex Cornell. It feels like the truth when you travel through Iceland highland and rough terrain. This is the real adventure country.

What Causes The Northern Lights

Great Institute of Physics video on what causes the Northern Lights

Quick summary on what causes the northern lights

What causes the northern lightsThe Northern lights happen after collisions between charged particles released from the sun and gaseous particles in the Earth´s atmosphere. The color variations are due to what type of particles are colliding. Most often it is yellowish green produced by oxygen molecules located around 55 miles above earth. However we can sometimes see redish lights that are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at the heights of up to 150 miles. We also have nitrogen that produces blue or purple-red northern lights.

Since 1880 scientists have been suspecting the connection between the northern lights and the solar activity. In 1950 a research was conducted showing how the electrons and protons from solar activities are blown towards the earth in something called “solar wind”. The surface of the sun is millions of degrees on Celsius. At this temperature, gas molecules collide frequently and explode. By the rotation of the sun these free electrons and protons are thrown from the sun towards the earth by the solar wind. Then they are largely deflected when they hit the earth´s magnetic field.

The earth´s magnetic field is weaker at either the southern or northern pole and hence the particles enter the earth´s atmosphere and collide with the particles at the north or south poles. These collisions emit the dancing lights we know as Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Most often the dancing happens at the height of 50-60 miles, but can go as high as 400-450 miles above the earth´s surface.

The best time to see the northern lights are normally in the winter time. The long periods of darkness and often the clear nights provide us with many opportunities to watching the northern lights dancing in the sky. Research has also shown that auroral activity is cyclic, and peaking every 11 years. Next peak is going to be around 2013. Hope this has helped you understand better what causes the northern lights and it will be a good start for your Iceland holidays.


6 days self drive idea to Myvatn Nature Baths

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6 days self drive idea to Myvatn

A 6 days self-drive idea including Hofsos, Myvatn and northern lights hunt close to the Arctic Circle

This idea is for people wanting to combine bathing in Myvatn Nature Baths in North Iceland and do some self driving close to the Arctic Circle, including the well known Hofsos swimmingpool.

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THE 6 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Keflavik, Iceland

Arrival at Keflavik airport. Pick up your rental car at Thrifty. The first stop is Blue Lagoon. It is refreshing to jump into the Blue Lagoon just after your flight. It takes some 15 min to drive to Blue Lagoon from Keflavik Airport. From Blue Lagoon it should take some 30 min to get to Reykjavik. We recommend Center hotel Thingholt - a great hotel to stay at in Reykjavik. Very central and close to everything - shopping streets, nightlife or restaurants. In the evening we recommend you to do a guided northern lights tour with e.g. Arctic Adventures.

Day 2 - Hvalfjörður, Ferstikla, Borgarnes, Snæfellsnes

You start your travel in Reykjavik, drive through the small town Mosfellsbær - just continue until you reach the fjord Hvalfjörður. When you reach Hvalfjörður turn righ onto road no. 47 because we are going to drive through the beautiful Hvalfjörður - not through the tunnel as most people do. It is a very picturesque fjord and the main beauty if how quite area it is. It is around 30 km long. You can see a former whale station in the fjord but it was closed around 1992 - it is however used couple of days each year for some research fishing of whales. Driving further you will soon find the service station Ferstikla and it has a great photo exhibition about a submarine station situation in Hvalfjördur during the World War II. After you have looked at the photo exhibition at Ferstikla you turn right onto road nr 520. You will now drive all the way to Hotel Budir located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A great location to see exceptional nature in Iceland - both great beaches, mountains and a glacier. We suggest you to stay at Hotel Budir overnight and go out in the evening for a hike and search for the northern lights.

Day 3 - Drive to Myvatn and enjoy its nature baths and surrounding

Today you will first drive to Hofsos swimming pool - a great location with view over Skagafjördur. A place not to miss. Then you will head all the way to Myvatn. We recommend you to stay at Sel-Hotel Myvatn. A nice hotel with good service. The rest of they day you will enjoy the great nature bath they have, have some dinner at the hotel and then go out in the night searching for the northern lights. It is best to wait until 10pm and then simply go out for a walk - however ask the people in the reception about the likelihood of seeing the northern lights before you head out for a search.

Day 4 - Akureyri - capital of the north and Dalvik

Today you will drive in the morning to Akureyri from Myvatn. We recommend Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. When you have checked in we suggest you drive out to Dalvik a small fishing village north of Akureyri. A small village in a beautiful fjord. It is a option but you could go for a whale watching with a local tour. Drive back to Akureyri and enjoy staying in Akureyri with some great restaurants. In the evening go for the northern light hunt, but drive out of the city so you dont have any light pollution.

Day 5 - Driving back to Reykjavik

It will take you some 6-8 hours to drive back to Reykjavik from Akureyri, so we recommend you to go early in the morning so you will have some time to spend in Reykjavik in the evening. We would recommend Sjavargrillid as nice fish restaurant in the evening. In case you have been very unlucky and never seen the northern lights in the last 4 days we recommend a guided northern lights tour with e.g. Arctic Adventures.

Day 6 - Departure

Head out to the Keflavik airport and if you have some extra time go for the Blue Lagoon again as it is very relaxing before going into a long flight.

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4 days self drive idea : Golden Circle & more

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Golden Circle & Snæfellsjökull glacier

4 days self-drive idea including Golden Circle, Snæfellsjökul glacier and northern lights hunt in the evening

This idea is for people wanting to combine a classic tour to Geysir and Gullfoss with a one day trip to Snaefellsjokull glacier - and a northern lights hunt in the evenings. You will need to rent a car in day two for driving the Golden Circle and then the day after to Snæfellsjökull glacier.

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THE 4 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Keflavik, Iceland

Arrival at Keflavik airport. Simply pick up the next Flybus and get over to Reykjavik. It is around 45 min ride on the bus and they normally drive you all the way to the hotel you stay at. We recommend Kex hostel if you want to stay cheap, but Hotel 101 if you want more class. In between Centrum Hotel might be a good choose. In the evening you could e.g. pick up this northern light tour in the evening with Arctic Adventure.

Day 2 - Golden Circle trip

Begin your day with picking up your car rental. You can do that at BSI. Today is a day for the Golden Circle tour. Visiting Thingvellir National Park and then head to Lyngdalsheidi on our way to Geyser hot spring area. See all the hot spring, photograph Strokkur and check out Fullsterkur - some interesting stones to lift close to Strokkur. Go to the Geysir shop and shop some Icelandic knit "lopapeysur". Drive to Haukadalur - a small forrest close by and check out the small country style church. Great area. Drive to Gullfoss waterfall now. Get close to the waterfall and experience the spray from the waterfall in your face. Shoot some photographs and head up to the restaurant next the waterfall. The Icelandic meatsoup is the best choice on the menu. Head back to Reykjavik now - but stop at Kerið on our way home. Kerið is a dormant volcano close to Selfoss. Arrive in Reykjavik close to 19:00 should be possible. Go for some nice restaurant in the evening e.g. Sjavargrillid before driving out of Reykjavik around 9pm to hunt for the northern lights. It depends on weather condition where to head and best to ask the hotel personnel for direction.

Day 3 - Snæfellsjokull glacier and Hotel Budir

Driving to Snæfellsjokull today with some stop-over at Landsnamssetrið (The Settlement Centre). It is in the village of Borgarnes just one hour drive from Reykjavik on road no 1 towards the north (and Snæfellsnesjokull). In the centre we recommend The Egils Saga Exhibition. We head now towards Snæfellsjokull with some stop at Lysuholl swimmingpool. After hiking a bit around Snæfellsjokull glacier we head to Hotel Budir that is a nice country style hotel at Snæfellsnes. We stay here for one night. Great place for hiking and seeing the nature in Iceland. Especially hunting for the northern lights in the evening.

Day 4 - Departure day

Today is your departure day so just wake up, pack your things and drive to Keflavik airport. This is of course only possible if your flight leaves late in the day - and if time allows, go to the Blue Lagoon and relax before you fly back home.

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What Are The Northern Lights?

Great video from NASA on the northern lights and what they are about

Before we dive into understanding “what are the northern lights” it is important to point out a couple of facts about the space surrounding our Earth. These are mainly things we can´t see with our eyes. One of these things are the air we breath. It is in fact a mixture of several gases – mainly nitrogen and oxygen, but with some traces of hydrogen, helium and some other minor compounds.

What are the northern lights?: The earth as a field of magnet

Another thing we can´t see is the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth. In similar manner as if you have played with a bar magnet and iron filing you have seen how it forms the curved patterns in the magnetic field. The magnet is actually deep in the core of the Earth. As we cant see the magnetic field we normally represent it by drawing lines. Lines that go into and out of the Earth where the poles are. When the lines area closer the field is stronger.

The particles

One more thing that is invisible is the charged particles called plasma. It is in fact a space around the Earth. These particles move in a special way – and are in fact guided by the field as if they were wires. They are the “ammunition” of an aurora.

Powered by the sun

The very quick answer to how the northern lights happen is that electrically charges particles move along the field lines, all the way up to the upper atmosphere, where they collide with gas atoms – and this causes them to give off some light. This all is powered by what is called solar wind, coming from the sun.


8 days self drive to the Highlands and Lowlands of Iceland

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8 days self drive to the Highlands and Lowlands of Iceland

If you really want to see the real beauty of Iceland through the highlands and lowlands, this 8 days self drive idea is perfect for you.

If you are not in a hurry to explore Iceland and want to see its real beauty, this 8 day self drive idea to the highlands and lowlands is perfect for you. Explore the beautiful natural wonders of the country using a 4x4 rental car from Thrifty and stay in relaxing accommodations. Exploring both the lowland and highland sights such as Jokulsarlon, The Golden Circle, Skaftafell, and Landmannalaugar combines relaxation and adventure, so you will have a wonderful and enjoyable Iceland vacation.

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THE 8 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive in Kelflavik International Airport and Reykjavik

Arrive in Iceland via Keflavik International Airport around lunchtime and get your 4x4 rental car from Thrifty as we will be going to unbarren and rocky roads/routes. Drive towards Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik to check in and drop your things and have lunch in one of the restaurants of Reykjavik. We recommend Restaurant Reykjavik, which serves various meals and has a great atmosphere.

 

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Once done eating, you can explore Reykjavik the whole afternoon which is relaxing and peaceful---perfect thing to do before the adventurous tours in the next days. There are a lot of places of interest to visit in this capital of Iceland and you will never get bored. For the whole afternoon, we recommend you to visit the following: Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Perlan, and The Culture House. The Hallgrimskirkja Church is Reykjaviks’s main tourist destination as it is the largest church in Iceland. You can have a breathtaking view of the city from their tower.

 

The Perlan is also a great place to visit because of its many amenities and facilities: it has a panoramic view of Reykjavik, the Viking Saga Museum, a cafeteria and a revolving restaurant that has a 360 degree view of the city that runs for two hours. It also has a viewing platform for more relaxation and peacefulness.

 

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The last place is The Cultural House, which is the National Centre for Cultural Heritage. This is where you will learn more about the national heritage of Iceland through the various exhibitions, tours, gathering, lectures, artistic events and public ceremonies.

 

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Once done, you can have dinner in Hotel Cabin and lounge a bit in their bar or prepare for your tours in the next days. Here is the map for Day 1:

 

 

 

Day 2 – Exploring West Iceland and Thingvellir National Park

Have breakfast and leave Hotel Cabin in the morning to drive towards Deildartunguhver, the largest and most powerful hot spring hot spring in Europe. It is also one of the hottest there as it has a very high flow rate and the water emerges at 97 degreees celcius---which is why most of it are used for heating in towns such as Borgarnes and Akranes. If given the chance, you might be able to see the bright green “skollakampi” or hard fern that can only be found in this area for the whole country.

 

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Afterwards, go inland to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls---some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. You will also pass by the Kaldidalur mountain, which is known as one of Iceland’s highest mountain roads. These are just some of the places that you will pass by on the way to Thingvellir National Park. Once you are in the park, have lunch in one of their restaurants before exploring the place.

 

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Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre because it is home of historial, cultural and geological importance. It is a natural wonder of Iceland as it has unique faults, fissures and stunning geological formations. This is also where the rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is located.

 

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You Some of the things you can do here are: visiting the Oxararfoss waterfalls, Peningagja where you can throw coins in, the Silfra where you can dive if you have diving equipment with you, the Þingvallavatn known as the largest natural lake in Iceland, a viewing area called Hakio and even do a hike in the are to further explore the park. You can do the exploring and adventures for the whole afternoon.

 

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Afterwards, go inland to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls---some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. You will also pass by the Kaldidalur mountain, which is known as one of Iceland’s highest mountain roads. These are just some of the places that you will pass by on the way to Thingvellir National Park. Once you are in the park, have lunch in one of their restaurants before exploring the place. Here is the map of Day 2

 

 

 

Day 3 – The Golden Circle and the Stunning South Coast

Check out of Gallerei Laugavartn early in the morning as we will have a long day. Drive towards The Golden Circle, with the Great Geysir as the first place to visit. Explore the hot springs and the geysirs nearby that sprouts hot water every few minutes as well as bubbles and gurgles. Take photo opportunities and explore the area.

 

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The Gulfoss waterfalls is the next place to visit, which is known as the queen of Icelandic watefalls because of its picturesque and stunning beauty. The water cascades down three levels of lava steps and “vanishes” into crevice, making it more beautiful than ever. Once done touring Gulfoss, proceed to the Gulfoss cafe where you can have lunch with their Icelandic meat soup and mouth-watering meals.

 

 

After lunch, drive towards the south coast where you will pass by the volcanic crater Kerid. You can stop by to look at this natural wonder of Iceland before proceeding to the town of Selfoss. Once you get there, visit two of the most wonderful waterfalls in Iceland: Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

 

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Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland and is filled with beauty due to its picturesque look that is great for taking photos. The waterfalls drops from 200 feet from the cliffs to a small river that is also nice to watch. But the best part about visiting Seljalandsfoss is you can hike to the other side and go behind the waterfall. With this, you can see this natural wonder up close and feel the spray of water.

 

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Skogafoss is the next waterfall to visit, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. If you are lucky, you can get a single or doubke rainbow that is visible on sunny days die to the amount of spray it produces.

 

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After exploring these waterfalls, drivfe towards to the Dyrhólaey natural reserve where you can see a nesting colony of numerous seabirds---such as the puffins. This tourist destination has a massive arch at the sea and is sometimes called “door-hole”. You can stop here and have a great view of the sea from above the Dyrhólaey. Afterwards, you can go down to the black beach to see unique stone fissures and relax in the waves.

 

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The last place to visit for the day is the town of Vik, the wettest place in Iceland and lies directly beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier (which is on top of the Katla volcano). You can visit 2-3 attractions here.

 

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There are also the Wool Factory and Nupsstadur Farm and Church where you can buy handcrafts and souvenirs made from the factory itself. The farm and church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has old buildings and a tiny chapel.

 

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Once done exploring some of the town, you can have your dinner in Vikurskali that offers delicious lamb soup, fish sandwiches and mouth-watering meals that will keep your stomach full. For accommodations, you can stay at the Nordur-Vik Youth Hostel that is situated at the top of the village and overlooks almost everything about the town. Here is the map for Day 3:

 

 

Day 4 – Exploring Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon

Have breakfast and check out of Nordur-Vik Youth Hostel to drive to the Eldhraun, the largest lavafield in the world. After wards, you can drive to the small town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur and take a look at the narrow and beautiful canyon called Fjaðrárgljúfur

 

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When you are in the town, the first place to visit is the Kirkjugólfið, which is also known as the Church Floor and is a protected monument. It is a tourist attraction that consists of columnar basalt that was eroded and shaped by wind and water. Don’t forget to also visit the vast black desert called Skeidarársandur.

 

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Once done, proceed to the Skaftafell National Park that is located between glacier and sand. It is considered the second national park of the country because of its vast and stunning beauty that was a result of combining fire and ice. It is surrounded by rugged landscapes, colorful mountains, and various flora and fauna. While you are here, you can visit some of its famous tourist attractions. Have lunch here as well.

 

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Then, visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls called the Svartifoss, also known as Black Falls. It flows at 20 meters and consist of black basalt columns behind the waterfalls. It is such a wonderful sight that you can take photo opportunities of it in any angle.

 

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The last place to go is Jokulsarlon, a large glacial lagoon and one of the beauties of the South Coast. You will find large icebergs and various shapes of glaciers floating in the deep blue waters of the lagoon. You can either have a quiet tour by walking or take an amphibian boat tour to explore the deeper part of the lagoon. If you have time, you can also go to the black sand beaches.

 

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Afterwards, have dinner and an overnight stay in one of the accommodations in Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Here is the map for Day 4:

 

 

Day 5 – Visiting the Lakagigar Craters

This will be a day of adventure and exploring as we go to the Lakagigar craters and spend most of the day there. In order not to be too tired since you had a long day yesterday, you can have breakfast and leave the hotel a bit later in the morning. And then drive to the Laki area to start your exploration.

 

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The Lakagigar craters are named after Mt. Laki, a volcano that had a long eruption and covered 25km around its whole area. Due to the five months of eruption a great volume of lava, a lot of craters were crated on the south-west to north-east trending line. In the west of Mt. Laki, there are more than a hundred craters, while the remainder of the craters is found in the south.

 

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The craters are covered with green moss, while the whole area has colorful craters and volcani debris that are wonderful and beautiful to take pictures despite the grim and where they came from. You can explore this whole are the whole day since it is huge. Here is the map of Day 5:

 

 

Day 6 – Exploring Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak

Check out of the hotel and leave for Landmannalaugar. On the way, we will be driving/passing by the Fjallabak mountain route that is great to explore. It is filled with colorful and diverse landscapes, interesting mountain tracks and rugged areas that are picturesque.

 

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The first area in the route is the Eldgja, where mountains and valleys are split to create a gigantic 30km gash into the earth. This place is so beautiful that you will never miss taking pictures of this place.

 

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Afterwards, you will reach Landmannalaugar located underneath the high edge of an obsidian lava flow. It is near Mt. Hekla and is very popular for hiking for tourists. You can have lunch first in the mountain hut found in the area. Landmannalaugar has various unusual geological formations, multicolored rhyolite mountain and huge lava fields. If you are up for a challenge and adventure, you can hike this area.

 

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Other areas that you can hike to are the Blahnjukur and Jokulgil. Blahnjukur is a volcano that has blue-black colors on its sides and has hiking trails going up. Once you are up there, you will have an unobstructed view of the surrounding countryside. Jokulgil is a rugged defile that has side canyons and various gullies.

 

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When leaving Landmannalaugar, you will pass by lake Frostastaðavatn, Landmannahellir, Landmannaleid and Mt. Hekla. You can explore these areas more before going to the town of Hella for your dinner and accommodations.

 

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Here is the map of Day 6:

 

 

Day 7 – Southwestern Iceland Areas

For this day, you visit the Southwestern highlights of Iceland that are filled with nature and beauty. Check out of your hotel and drive towards Heidmork, the largest forest and nature reserve in the southwestern area. This is one of the tourist destinations that you should not miss because it is very close to nature and you can relax here while appreciating nature. This is also one of the greatest recreational areas in Iceland, so you can have picnics or just lounge around. There are 4 million trees that have been taken care of ever since the whole place was fenced off.

 

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The second place to go is Raudholar, which consist of a cluster of red volcanic pseudocraters from an eruption. You can take photo opportunities and be at awe with its natural geological formations.

 

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One of the highlights of the day is visiting Hveragerdi, known to be the hot springs capital of the world. Every year, there are always pillars of steam coming out from the hot springs. Before going to the hot springs, you can have lunch here. We recommend Kjot and Kunst, which is known to be a buffet restaurant that serves various foods. It has wide choice of meals, soups, salads and homemade bread.

 

 

Once done eating lunch, go to the geothermal park and soak into the hot springs. This is a good way to relax after having doing some adventurous activities the past days. These hot springs also has various relaxing treatments to help you rejuvenate and re-energize. After bathing, you can explore Hveragerdi a bit more before proceeding to the next towns.

 

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The next town to go is Sandgerdi, a fishing town located in the Reykjanes peninsula. Walk around town to explore it more and one of the places to visit is the National Museum of Iceland. It displays the remains of the pre-Christian graves and some exhibitions on the history of the town. Also visit the Sandgerðistjörn pond for bird watching, where hundreds of migratory birds gathering every spring.

 

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Also visit the The Nature Center called Fraedasetur, a museum that consist of sea aquariums and birds. It also has art galleries and art factory that shows how candles are made.

 

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The last town to visit is Grindavik, which is a city along the coast. Exploring the town will lead you to tourist attractions that lead you to their source of income: fishing.

 

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Visit Thorbjorn Museum, Stakkavik or The Saltfish Museum to get information about the town’s fishing industry. Guides from these places will help you learn more about the marine life of the place and how it has helped in becoming a popular tourist destination. In Stakkavik, they show you how fishes are made and what makes them delicious. Explore 2-3 attractions more before heading to Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon will help you rejuvenate and re-energize before having dinner and turning in the night.

 

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You will most likely finish touring late at night so it is best to have dinner and have an overnight stay in Grindavik. We recommend you eat in Bryggjan and have an overnight stay in Youth Hostel Strond. Here is the map of Day 7:

 

 

Day 8 – Departure

Have breakfast and check out of Youth Hostel Strond late in the morning and return your 4x4 rental car in Thrifty. Depart Iceland via Keflavik International Airport.

 

 


Northern Lights Forecast for Iceland

One Stop Northern Lights Forecast

The Northern Lights season runs from 1st September, through winter, until 15th April, typically. 

To see the Northern Lights with your naked eye, you need: 

  1. Darkness (winter only)
  2. Clear skies (no clouds)
  3. Aurora activity (Northern Lights)

Todays Cloud Coverage and Satellite Images of the Aurora

Here’s How To Read The Map

The map is updated daily and gives you an indication of Northern Lights viewing. It’s a little confusing as the green colour is very similar to the colour of the actual Northern Lights but in fact the map shows green as cloud coverage and white as clear skies. The white areas are where you need to head for.

On the map you can see areas of white, light green and dark green. The white colour in the forecast means no clouds, so clear sky. This is ideal as you need to have a clear sky to see the Northern Lights. The light green means partly cloudy and dark green means very cloudy so a low chance for sightings as the visibility is low.

Basically if you can see the stars, then you have a chance of seeing the lights.

Why Does Cloud Coverage Matter?

The reason why we want to have the areas without clouds (or light clouds) is because it is impossible to see the lights when the sky is covered with clouds. When it is partly cloudy (light green areas) you still have a chance seeing the lights by finding a gap in the clouds.

How Often in the Map Updated?

The forecast is updated around 6pm daily so it’s best to keep a close eye on the forecast before heading out on your hunt.

For more information on viewing the Northern Lights in winter time, please read this article.

How are the Lights Monitored and Expressed?

Satellites are the main tool for observing and monitoring the sun and particle fluxes heading for Earth. Without these it would be difficult to create a reliable Northern Lights forecast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin of the USA (NOAA) operates a couple of these, both covering the rear and the front of the Sun. The satellites both generate images and have sensors for observing particle fluxes from the sun. By using these observations we are able to create a Northern Lights forecasts based on numerical simulations and forecast models.


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2 days self-drive tour to Reykjavik and Hveragerdi

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2 days self-drive tour to Reykjavik and Hveragerdi

Explore some of the main wonders of Iceland by getting this 2 days self-drive idea to Reykjavik and Hveragerdi.

This self drive idea is perfect for those who want to have a relaxing time in their Iceland vacation yet want to explore a few wonders of the country. You will first go to the capital of Iceland called Reykjavik and explore the place that reflects what Iceland is all about. On the second day, you will head to Hveragerdi and explore its places of interest. With a rental car from Thrifty, you can truly explore the wonders of Iceland in just two days.

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THE 2 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival via Keflavik International Airport; Explore Reykjavik

Arrive in Iceland via Keflavik International Airport late in the morning, get your rental car in Thrifty and drive towards the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Once there, you can check in at Hotel Cabin and drop your things before exploring the city.
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You can relax a bit for awhile by going to The Culture House, National Centre for Cultural Heritage so you can explore the national heritage of Iceland. This establishment has various long term and short term exhibitions that are given by relevant institutions. You can also explore exhibitions on selected national treasures as well as attend tours, gatherings, lectures, artisitc events and public ceremonies.
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Next stop is the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which is Reykjavik’s main landmark and one of the best tourist attractions. This is known as the largest church in Iceland and the tall tower can be seen from anywhere in Reykjavik. The church tower is open to everyone from 9:00 to 20:00 so you can get a breathtaking view of the city from there. If you are into great architecture and stunning views, the Hallgrimskirkja Church is a great place to visit.

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Another great tourist attraction to go to is the Perlan, which is the a historic landmark building that lets you have a panoramic view of the entire Reykjavik. It is known to be a huge water storage facility that collects geothermal water in order to supply it to the city. You can visit the Viking Saga Museum for more local history. And when you get there by lunchtime, you have a the choice of either eating in the restaurant or at the revolving restaurant that has 360 degree view of the city over 2 hours. It also has a viewing platform that you can go to for relaxation and peacefulness.

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For getting more educated in this trip, go to Geothermal Energy Exhibition at the Hellisheiði Power Plant. Geothermal energy in Iceland is harnessed here in various ways to help the environment. The experienced guides will tell you how they are done and give you informative presentations with multimedia shows on how energy is used globally. The facility also provides a wide selection of educational materials on geothermal energy that you can buy and read.

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The last place to go is the Reykjavik Art Museum’s Ásmundarsafn sculpture collection that exhibits almost all of the works of Iceland sculptor, Asmundur Sveinsson. His works can also be seen in the garden outside of the museum and inside as well. The building was designed and constructed by the sculptor himself to make it his home and studio. View his amazing works and even buy casts of his selected works in the museum shop.
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Once done exploring, go back to Htoel Cabin and have dinner and lounge at their restaurant and bar. If given the chance, you can have a glimpse of the Northern Lights that can appear anytime. Here is the map of Day 1:


Day 2 - Visiting Hveragerdi and Departing Iceland

After having breakfast in Htoel Cabin, check out and drive towards the Heidmork, the largest forest and nature reserve in the area. It is one of the popular tourist destinations and recreational areas in Iceland because this is where Reykjavik's water reservoirs and drinking water wells are located. There are 4 million trees here and has been taken care off since the whole place is fenced off.
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Since you are already nearby, it is good to visit Raudholar. This tourist attraction consist of cluster of red volcanic pseudocraters in the Elliðaárhraun lava fields and is located on the south-eastern outskirts of Reykjavík, Iceland. You can take photo opportunities here and be at awe of its natural formations.
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The next place to go is the hot springs capital of the world: Hveragardi. For the whole year, there are pillar of steam from the numerous hot springs that are seen rising up out of the ground. You can go to the geothermal park and soak into the hot springs there after walking and touring outside the whole morning. There are also various relaxing treatments found here that you can avail so you can rejuvenate and re-energize before leaving Iceland. Afterwards, you can eat in any of the restaurants in Hveragardi and then explore the town a little more.
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After done exploring, you can drive back to Thrifty to bring back the rental car. And then proceed to Keflavik International Airport and depart from Iceland. Here is the map for Day 2:




7 days self-drive tour around Iceland

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7 days self-drive tour around Iceland

Explore the highlights of Iceland through this 7 days self drive idea that combines adventure and relaxation.

If you want to explore the highlights of Iceland that combines relaxation and adventure, then this 7 days self drive is the thing for you. You will visit unbarren yet interesting places such as Ódáðahraun lava fields, the Magnificient North East and Lake Myvatn Surroundings as well as the city of Akureyri and small towns. You will rent a 4x4 rental car from Thrifty and drive your way to the great surroundings of Iceland.

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THE 7 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive in Keflavik International Airport and visit Golden Circle

This day is all about visiting the Golden Circle and be at awe with its wonders. You arrive in Keflavik International Airport and get your 4x4 rental car from Thirfty. Then go straight to the Golden Circle and visit the Gulfoss (Golden Falls), which is known as the queen of Icelandic waterfalls because of it wonderful and breathtaking beauty. It is located in the canyon of the Hvita river. This amazing destination is the best place to visit because you will be at awe with the water rushing down the three steps of lava layers that gives off a breathtaking and splendid aura. Then the water flows and “vanishes” in the crevice that is not seen by most tourists which makes it more magnificent and will leave you more fascinated. After touring this, you can have a tasty and delicious lunch in the Gullfoss cafe where they serve the traditional Icelandic meat soup and various meals.


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Next, you go to the geothermal area of Geysir. This place sprouts boiling water of various formations and goes up to 70 meters in the air, plus the ground bubbles and gurgles. There also various hot springs in the areas, so you can try relaxing there before going for a snorkel in the Silfra fissure.
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Visit Thingvellir next, which is home to the largest natural lake in Iceland called the Pingvallavatn. It is a tourist attraction that combines relaxation and exotic. You have the option to dive in the Silfra fissure if you have diving equipment with you as it is one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. Due to its crystal clear waters and blissful shads of blue, tourists and visitors can relax and explore the lake without getting too stressed as you will feel weightless in the lazy and peaceful current.

You can end your day by going to Cabin Hotel Reykjavik and have your dinner in their restaurant and bar. You can either wait for the Northern Lights or prepare for your long drive the next day before going to sleep. Here is the map for Day 2:



Day 2 – Going to Kjölur Highland Trail and Akureyri

Have breakfast in Cabin Hotel Reykjavik and drive your 4x4 rental car from Thrifty to the interior highland track Kjolur, which is a big rocky lava located between the huge glaciers Hofsjokull and Langjokull. Passing by Kjolur is a great experience because it is an uninhabited highland surrounded by mountains with various sizes and shapes as well as the two glaciers thatgive Kjolur a picturesque look. There is also a black desert and a colorful range of Rhyloite Mountains


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The next place to go to is the geothermal area of Hveravellir that is also located in between two glaciers. It has hot springs and you can dip into the hot water to relax before continuing on your long drive.


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Another stopover place you can go to is the valleys of Skagafjordur, a place known for hoirse breeding. You can explore its places of interest sych as the old farm, a museum at Glaumbaer and the tiny old church on Viðimýri. You can also have snacks here and lounge around before driving to Akureyri.

You arrive in Akureyri and check in at Hotel Akureryi. Afterwards, explore 2-3 attractions of the town such as the Akureryri Botanical Garden, Gasir and the Akureyri Church. You can have dinner in Greifinn Restaurant and then lounge at Guesthouse Akureyri and bar before going to sleep.
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Below is the map of Day 2:


Day 3 – Lake Myvatn Surroundings and Small Villages

After having breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive to the Lake Myvatn area so you can have a closer look at one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland: Godafoss. Take photo opportunities and be at awe with its great beauty

Then you can spend the day exploring and touring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding areas. The lake is known as a great breeding place for ducks and other birdlife in the summer, while its surroundings offers a wide variety of unique landscapes and amazing geological formations.

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Some of the places you can visit are: Dimmuborgir lava formations, Krafla volcano, Námaskarð geothermal area, Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters, and the Nature Baths where you can take a bath for rejuvenation and re-energizing. Then you can have a late lunch nearby.

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Afterwards we go to Husavik town---which is also known as The Whale Watching Capital of the World. Obviously, you can take Whale Watching tours here and visit The Whale Museum so you can be educated on whales and the marine wildlife of the town. You can explore 2-3 tourist attractions of the town before checking in at Skulagar Country Hotel for dinner and some few days stay. Explore its surroundings more and, if you are lucky, catch the Northern Lights.

Here is the map for Day 3:

Day 4 – The Magnificient North East and Hiking

After having breakfast, take your 4x4 to Hljóðaklettar, also known as the the "Echo rocks". This is a magnificent canyon that is carved by the glacial river of Jökulsá á Fjöllum. You have the option to hike here so you can explore the many wonders of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. You will also visit the Asbyrgi canyon. The hike will almost take the whole day so make sure that you allot the whole day just for the beautiful North East. You can have lunch in the area.

You will also visit the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, which is the Dettifoss waterfalls. It is a wonderful sight and you can take photo opportunities here.

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Once done with the hiking and exploring, go back to Skulagar Country Hotel for another overnight stay and dinner. Here is the map for Day 4:

Day 5 - Ódáðahraun lava field & Egilsstaðir

Have breakfast and check out from Skulagar Country Hotel early in the morning as it will be a long day of uninhabited wilderness and deserted lava fields. The first stop would be the Herðubreiðarlindir springs located at the foot of Mt. Herðubreið. This springs has a green landscape despite being in a deserted place and has crystal clear springs that make it more beautiful and picturesque.

You can explore Mt. Herðubreið as it has a large lava field, campground and hiking trails. There is also a mountain hut and warden’s station if you need to rest or lounge a bit. Once done, you can have lunch here before proceeding to the next destination.

The next place to go is the great Dyngjufjöll mountain range and the Askja caldera, which are both located near each other. Passing through uneven lava fields and the edge of the Vatnajökull ice field, the Dyngjufjöll is located above the highland plateau while the Askja caldera is found in the center. From here, you can hike towards the Askja Lake and find the explosion crater called Viti, where you can take a short dip in the natural geothermal water of the crater lake.

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Afterwards, head towards the Egilsstaðir town and explore 2-3 attractions there before checking in at a hotel for an overnight stay. You can also have dinner here or prepare for the trip the next day.
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Here is the map of Day 5:

Day 6 – Jokulsarlon and Vik

Have breakfast and leave early as it will take you three hours to get to Jokulsarlon, a large glcaial lagoon located in the borders of Vatnajokull National Park. The lake has been growing through the years due to the receding glaciers of the Atlantic Ocean. If you are up for an adventure, you can go jeep or amphibian boat tours to further explore Jokulsarlon. But if you want a quiet tour, you can walk around the whole area and even go to the black sand beaches.

Afterwards, have lunch on the way before heading for the small little town of Vik. This is known as the wettest place in all of Iceland because of its location directly beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

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The first place to is the village church located at the highest point of the town. The story with this church is the town is in danger of being wiped out due to a massive flash flood that can happen from a glacial runoff in case the active volcano Katla erupts. The Reynisfjara Church is the only building that is said to survive the volcanic eruption and the flash flood. This is why residents have volcano drills where they are trained to evacuate their homes and rush to the church. Hike towards it to see the church up close.

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Next places of interest are the Wool Factory and Nupsstadur Farm and Church. These places are good to explore quietly before taking your lunch. Shop for handcrafts and souvenirs made from the factory itself. The Nupsstadur Farm and Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has old buildings. Afterwards, take your lunch and lounge a bit in one of the tasty restaurants. We recommend Vikurskali that serves delicious lamb soup, fish sandwiches, and meals. Lounge there first before taking a hike to Myrdalsjokull Glacier

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Once full and ready to go, hike to the Myrdalsjokull Glacier where visitors can easily walk on the ice when the weather is good. This is just one of the largest glaciers in the area and it is not difficult to hike as long as you have experts guiding you along the way. Ask the information center of Vik regarding Glacier walk tours that can take three hours or more.

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To end your visit in Vik, relax by going to the Dyrholaey and walk around the Black Sand Beaches. The Dyrholaey is a small peninsula to view the various parts of Vik from a high peak. You will also be able to see a gigantic black arch of lava standing tall in the sea, which is known as the “hill-island with the door-hole”.

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Afterwards, walk around the Black Sand Beach which consists of black sand and black pebbles. You can see the basalt rocks and caves that column the area and makes the beach even more unique---especially at sunset. You can stay here until you are relaxed and ready to drive back.

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You can take a dinner in Vik and check in at Hotel Ranga. Here is the map of Day 6:

Day 7 – Blue Lagoon and Depart From Iceland

Check out of Hotel Ranga and go straight to Blue Lagoon for rejuvenation and relaxation.

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Drop off your rental car in Thrifty and drive to Keflavik Airport for your departure. Here is the map of Day 5:




Whale watching in Reykjavik

Whale watching in Reykjavik

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SHORT TOUR - Enjoy the unspoiled nature and wildlife of Iceland on a brand new and fast whale watching boat, one of its kind in Iceland. See the whales in their natural environment. Over 90% viewing success!

Whale watching is a unique experience. To see the whales in their natural environment is simply wonderful and they usually get very close to the boat. During puffin season we make a stop by puffin island to admire these clever little birds. Puffin season is 1st May – 20th August and during that time, thousands of puffins are on the island. It only takes around 20-25 minutes from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík to get to where the whales are and the guides will tell you about the different kids of whales you can expect to see.

This whale watching tour is different from other whale watching tours offered in the sense that the boat used is new, fast and luxurious. On this tour, you get the same amount of time whale watching as on other whale watching tours, just less time waiting.

The viewing success rate is 90% but if you are one of the few unlucky ones, you will get another tour free of charge. If you are cold, we have warm overalls you can borrow and there is also a lovely heated seating area with large windows for viewing. Your guide and crew will be of assistance during the tour

HIGHLIGHTS:
- Whales in their natural environment
- Puffins (during puffin season, 1st May - 20th August)
- New, luxurious and fast whale watching boat
- 90% viewing success
- If no whales are seen on your tour, you get another tour for free
- Experienced guides and crew

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Tour to see the magic in Iceland


Northern Lights from John Welsh on Vimeo.

NORTHERN LIGHTS ICELAND TOUR

Northern Lights Iceland TourNorthern Lights Iceland Tour: To plan a trip to Iceland to see the Northern lights will probably be one of the best trips you have decided to go on.  Northern light evening tours in Iceland are one option in fullfilling your dream to experience the Northern lights.  If the sky is clear and the temperature is below zero, these wonderful lights will give you an amazing and colourful show.

NORTHERN LIGHTS ICELAND TOUR – BEST TIME

The best time to visit Iceland to see the Northern lights is from October to April.   Tours are offered during winter so it is easy to book one.   It is predicted that the lights will be at their brightest level in 2012 so do not miss out of the opportunity to see this wonder of nature at its best. Northern lights Iceland tour is something that can be a great experience.

NORTHERN LIGHTS ICELAND TOURS – WHEN AND HOW TO BOOK

The Northern lights in Iceland are magical and it is possible to see them in Reykjavík but they are even more clearer away from the city lights.  Therefore, Northern lights Iceland tours will help you experience this wonder of nature and give you the time of your life.  It is easy to book and if you need any help planning your Northern lights trip, we are happy to help you find the tour that suits your needs.  Just send us an email and we will reply as soon as possible so you will get a great Northern Lights Iceland tour.


Hotel Gullfoss

Hotel Gullfoss

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Located between Gullfoss and Geysir, Hotel Gullfoss is a perfect place to relax after a long day touring the Golden Circle.

Our rooms are small size and fairly prices, so nothing fancy, but they are well equipped with large beds, your own bathroom, tea/coffee facilities, wardrobe, TV and fluffy pillows. Outside we have two hot tubs waiting for you. The hotel is the only hotels located in walking distance from the world famous Gullfoss waterfall, so the location is great for travelers wanting to avoid the rush hours. Close by we have Geysir geothermal area - only 10 min drive away.

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LOCATION - BRATTHOLT, BLASKOGABYGGÐ


The New Year in Iceland seen from a Wi-Fi quadricopter

The New Year in Iceland

Bird-eye view from a Wi-Fi quadricopter

Great video from Andres Sighvatsson living in Iceland

This video is shot in Aslands area in Hafnarfjordur (Reykjavik area) in Iceland and is shot 3 minutes to midnight. He got the quadricopter in December and this was his third flight. He said he did not need any experience to start flying the quadricopter, just inserted the battery and start flying. The drone has a Go-Pro camera embedded.


Reykjavik & Akureyri in 5 days

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Reykjavík & Akureyri in 4 days

Explore and enjoy the two largest cities in Iceland: 4 day self drive

If you are planning a self drive in Iceland and need ideas for a route, then the northern coast is a lovely choice. You can either pick up your car at Keflavik airport or choose to fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri and pick up your rental car there. The northern coast has many gems so you could spend days there but here we suggest a 4 day self drive route of the area

THE 5 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive in Keflavik Airport, Overnight Stay in Reykjavik

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When you arrive at Keflavik international airport, either take a taxi or the Flybus to Reykjavik where you spend the night. The domestic airport is in the city center and easy to get to. Here we suggest you fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri where you pick up your rental car but of course you can opt to pick up your car in Keflavik and drive from there to Akureyri (takes around 6 hours when road conditions are optimal and with 1-2 stops on the way).

They day you spend in Reykjavik, make the most of it and get to know the city a bit. Here you can find a few ideas what to see and do. There are many lovely restaurants in the center that we advice you to check out. Here is a list of our favorite places.

Day 2 – Depart from Reykjavik. Local Flight to Akureyri

In the morning, take a taxi to the domestic airport and fly to Akureyri where you will pick up your rental car.

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When you arrive in Akureyri have have gotten the keys to your rental car, your adventure of the northern coast will begin. Akureyri itself has a lot to offer so we recommend you spend the day in the city, exploring and enjoying everything it has to offer.

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In summer the Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to visit. There you will find a unique collection of Icelandic flora and fauna along with imported flowers, trees and shrubs. In winter it is also worth visiting on a nice winter day.
In Akureyri you will find various museums, such as the Akureyri Museum and the Aviation Museum. The Akureyri Museum contains will give you a good overview of the life and history of the area. There you will also find a garden that is a popular picnic spot among the locals. The Aviation Museum is where you will find the history of aviation in Iceland.
Gasir, a medieval trading place, is an interesting site to visit. It is where you can find the remains of a trading post from the Middle Ages. It was the main trading post in Northern Iceland before so here you get a true taste of history!

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The church in Akureyri is a site worth visiting. It is symbolic for the town and is known for its many steps. It is a Lutheran church that has great architecture designed by Gudjon Samuelsoon. The stained glass in the center and the bas-reliefs on the nave balcony are just some of its great features that people look at.

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You spend the night in Akureyri at the end of day 2. You can find many nice hotels and guesthouses in and around the city. Just boo in advance as Akureyri is a popular vacation site among locals, both in winter and summer.

Day 3 - Skiing and relaxing

Akureyri is one of the most popular places for locals to go skiing. So if you visit in winter, the northern lights aren´t the only attraction. No need to mention but if you are in Akureyri during winter then you should for sure put aurora hunting on your list every night.

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Eyjafjordur Fjord is one of the best places in the country to do downhill skiing. You can go to the skiing area of Mt. Hlídarfjall or Mountain Kaldbakur, and you can also opt to drive out of Akureyri to Trollaskagi or Dalvik where you will find splendid skiing sites. If you aren´t into skiing then you should do a tour of the area with an experienced guide or in summer simply just drive around and enjoy the amazing views.

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To go swimming is a must. All pools are heated by natural geothermal water and has various playing and recreation areas for everyone. You will find great pools in the area and it doesn´t matter whether you go during winter or summer, the water is warm so you don´t need to worry that you´ll get cold even though the pools are outdoors!

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Day 4 - Sightseeing and Whale Watching

In the morning one option is to take the sightseeing tours, either by plane or helicopter, if you want to see Akureyri and surroundings from above. It is a nice option as you can see sites that aren´t always accessible on land, like Askja.

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In the afternoon you can join a whale watching tour either from Akureyri or from Dalvík. The northern coast is optimal for whale watching but please note that the whale watching tours don´t operate during the winter months. If you want to go whale watching in winter, then you must depart from the harbor in Reykjavik. In the evening, fly back to Reykjavik.

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Day 5 - Blue lagoon and departure day

If your flight leaves in the afternoon, it is ideal to enjoy the morning in Reykjavik and then head to the Blue lagoon where you can soak and relax before you go to the airport. The lagoon is close to Keflavik airport so it is an ideal last stop on your journey.

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This route is just an idea so you can enjoy in only a few days what those two cities have to offer. Of course you can expand the tour or make it shorter. Also add D-tours to the route, like Lake Mývatn, Ásbyrgi and Húsavík. What ever you decide to do, it is certain you will enjoy the wonderful two cities and their surroundings.




4 Days Self-Drive Idea to the Highlands, Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula

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4 Days Self-Drive Idea to the Highlands, Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula

Combine adventure and relaxation in this 4-day self drive trip to the Highlands, Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula.

If you are up for an adventure but don’t want to go extreme and still need room for relaxation, this 4-day self drive idea with a rental car from Thrifty is the right one for you. You not only stay in a luxurious hotel called the Hotel Highland, but you also get to explore the Gullfoss-Geysir area where you can do some snorkeling or other outdoor activities. For some relaxation, you can go to the Blue Lagoon that will leave you energized and educated. Plus, of course, you will have the chance to get a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights.

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THE 4 DAYS ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival in Keflavik, Iceland and Check-In in Hotel Highland

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Depending on your flight, you can arrive in Keflavik Airport at around late afternoon (4 or 5pm) to do the necessary things needed for your 4-day vacation. The first thing to do is get your rental car in Thrifty and do the drive to Hotel Highland in the interior of the Icelandic Highlands. Once checked in, you can unpack, eat dinner and lounge at the hotel restaurant that serves gourmet food made from the purest and finest local ingredients prepared by international chefs. Then, you can just relax for the rest of the night by exploring its surroundings or---given the chance---have a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Here is the map for Day 1.


Day 2 - Gullfoss – Geysir Tour and Snorkeling

You can leave the Hotel Highland early in the morning since it will take almost three hours to get to Gullfoss (Golden Falls), the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls located in the canyon of the Hvita river. Once there, you can ask Reykjavik Excursions to take you to the Gullfoss-Geysir tour. This amazing tourist destination is very famous because the water rushes down the three steps of lava layers with breathtaking power and splendor. The flow of the water and how it “vanishes” in the crevice that is obscured from view is one of the things that makes it magnificent and will leave you at awe. After touring this, you will have the opportunity to taste and feast in the traditional Icelandic meat soup and lunch of the Gullfoss café.

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The next part of the tour is the geothermal area of Geysir , which is known to be The Great Geysir. It is known to sprout boiling water of various formations that goes up to 70 meters in the air and the ground gurgles and bubbles. There are also various hot springs in the vicinity and you can try for relaxation before you snorkel in the Silfra fissure.
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Before the day ends, it is good to visit Thingvellir, which is home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. It is one of the best parts to do for this day because it is relaxing and exotic at the same time. Dividing is also an option here and if you have diving equipment, you can dive into The Silfra fissure---one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets because it combines crystal clear waters and blissful shades of blue. The best part here is you don’t have to be stressed while diving as you will feel weightless as you float your way into the lazy and peaceful current.

The day ends by going back to Hotel Highland and having your dinner in their restaurant and bar. Lounge a bit and prepare for the next day tour before going to sleep. Below is the map of Day 2:

Day 3 - Reykjanes and Blue Lagoon

This day is about touring simple yet interesting attractions. You can check out from Hotel Highland and start driving towards Reykjanes, a peninsula and volcanic system, and start explore at 2-3 attractions. We would suggest The Leif the Lucky Bridge near Grindavik that is known as the boundary mark of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates. You can also visit fishing towns such as Grindavik and eat at a great restaurant or just explore the town.

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After the touring and being out in the sun the past days, it is time to relax and be energized by going to the Blue Lagoon. You can get water massages and beauty treatments or have a day tour with the establishment. Either way, you can spend the rest of the remaining day here so you can feel energized and serene. There are various services to choose from in Blue Lagoon that will match your preferences and tastes.

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Once done rejuvenating, you can drive to Hotel Northernlights Inn and check in so you can double check your stuff before leaving Iceland the next day. Here is the map for Day 3:

Day 4 - Day 4 – Departure from Iceland

Once done with you last-minute preparations, you can drop off your rental car in Thrifty and go to the Keflavik Airport for your departure. Hope you had a wonderful vacation here in Iceland. Below is a map of Day 4:




1 day self-drive idea to Reykjanes

One day's self-drive idea for Reykjanes

Reykjanes is known for it volcanic landscape, Kleifarvatn area and Blue Lagoon. This is a tour to see it all.

This is a one day self drive idea to the Reykjanes peninsula that is known for its volcanic landscape, beautiful lakes and lagoons, fishing villages, churches and rough lava fields. We recommend you to rent a car from Thrifty and drive carefully the suggested itinerary. It should not be much longer than 7-9 hours, with plenty of time for e.g. bathing in Blue Lagoon and so forth.

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THE 1 DAY ITINERARY

In the morning - The church of Hallgrimur


We start in Reykjavik itself. Go and visit Hallgrimskirkja in the downtown. It is a beautiful church and go all the way up to the top. You will have a wonderful view over Reykjavik area. In front of the church we have the Ingolfur Arnarson the settler the found America.


The Pearl


The Pearl or Perlan (icelandic) is a historic landmark building in Iceland that offers a panoramic view of the entire sprawling city. Although the building dates from 1991, it is a huge water storage facility that collects geothermal water and supplies it to the city. The facility now has a viewing platform, a cafeteria, and a revolving restaurant on top. You can visit the Pearl and then take a look at the Viking Saga Museum to enjoy local history. The cafeteria is ideal for breakfasts and offers a range of family-friendly and budget-friendly meals. For a luxury breakfast, the revolving restaurant is perfect as it offers a 360 degree view of the city over 2 hours. Bessastaoir is the local residence of Iceland’s President. It is probably the only presidential residence that is without guards, fences or fearsome security.

Kleifarvatn lake


Having checked out the Pearl in Reykjavik, we head out to Reykjanes pensinula. It is some 45 min drive to Kleifarvatn that is situation in the middle of a old lava field. It is known to for its beautiful setting.

Reykjanes coast


The coast side next to the small fishing village Grindavik is known for its beauty. You can see all types of formations and natural wonders in the area. Simply drive around the area and enjoy various landscapes.

Blue Lagoon


The last stop before heading back to Reykjavik is the world famous Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa rich in minerals like silica and sulphur - and it is well known for being great for various types of skin diseases.




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Expert on the northern lights in Iceland

Expert on the northern lights in Iceland

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Robert S. Robertsson is our expert for the northern lights in Iceland. He is the owner of this northern lights website and has written most of the northern lights articles on the site. He is born in the southern part of Iceland and has lived in Iceland for over 27 years - and knows about all the local gems and has first hand experience of most of the tours and activities available.
He can help you with booking the right tour, finding the right hotel and simply give you answers on where it is best to see it and e.g. when in the year and all the questions that come up when planning at trip to Iceland to see them.

How can he help?

He can help you with booking activities in his area of expertise - anything in relation to northern lights viewing and planing your trip to Iceland. This can be e.g. when best to see the lights, where to stay, which tours to do and so forth. His local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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Northern lights photography expert

Northern lights photography expert

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Sigurður Jónsson is our expert for the northern lights photography in Iceland. He has been doing aurora shooting for long time and has both experience of the still images and video. He did his undergraduate study in USA and has been working as photographer in Iceland for over 20 years now. He should be able to help you in this regard and also help you find the right tour and hotels for this type of travel services.

How can he help?

He can help you with booking activities in his area of expertise - anything in relation to northern lights photography and related things. This could be where best locations are for shooting northern lights photos, when best to do it, what type of cameras and so forth. His local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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Expert on the East fjords in Iceland

Expert on the East fjords in Iceland

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Sigríður Jóna is our expert on the Eastfjords in Iceland. A area with amazing nature and has many gems of natural wonder. She is located in the area and runs her own travel agency, so she knows the area very well and can help you with various subjects related to the Eastfjords in Iceland.

How can she help?

She can help you with booking activities in her area of expertise - the Eastfjords in Icealnd. This could be where it is best to stay, when to go there or if it is safe to travel by rental car in the winter time. Her local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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Expert on Reykjavik

Expert on Reykjavik in Iceland

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Hilmar Jónsson is our travel expert on the Reykjavik area in Iceland. The capital of Iceland. He is located in the area and runs his own travel agency, so he knows Reykjavik very well and can help you with questions in regard to the nightlife, hotels to stay at and much more.

How can she help?

He can help you with booking activities in her area of expertise - Reykjavik in Iceland. This could be where it is best to stay, where to go for the nightlife or what restaurants are best. He runs his own travel agency and might help by suggesting trips they are doing but only if it fits the need of the traveler. His local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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Bus tour expert

Bus tour expert in Iceland

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Gunnar Valdimarsson is our travel expert in the area of how to travel with a bus in Iceland, both by doing half day or full day tours close to Reykjavik and how to get around Iceland with bus in general. We can say he is therefore a excellent source for inexpensive travelling within Iceland. He can also help you with getting charter service if you have a small or large group doing trips to Iceland.

How can he help?

He can help you with booking activities in his area of expertise - travelling with bus in Iceland. He is part of a local bus tour company and has gained his expertise from running this company and might suggest trips they are doing but only if it fits with what the travelers needs. So any questions in regard to day tours with bus in South Iceland and your itinerary to the area e.g. which hotel to stay in, what to do, where to go etc is his expertise and he can for sure help you with. He has also extensive experiencing driving in Iceland so feel free to ask him about driving conditions in the winter, weather etc. His local advises are free of charge for the traveler.

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