10 Pools To Try In Iceland

A trip to Iceland isn’t complete without a trip or five to a hot pool, especially a natural geothermal one set in a beautiful landscape where you might be lucky enough to have it to yourself. There is a lot more to Iceland than the Blue Lagoon so today we are sharing ten pools to try in Iceland. 

1. BLUE LAGOON

It’s the most obvious one so let’s start here. The Blue Lagoon is everything you have imagined it will be. It’s a truly relaxing experience and can be a very romantic one too. Located near Keflavik International Airport, it’s an ideal stop on your way to or from the airport. Recently extended in size with a new swim up bar and in-water massage area, the Blue Lagoon is a great welcome to Iceland. The distinctive blue hue of the water comes from that sulphur, so it’s a good idea to remove copper or silver jewellery before bathing as it can cause discolouring. Swim around in the calming blue waters, try out the waterfall, steams rooms, cave, algae and silica mud masks. Enjoy a refreshing drink at the swim up bar whilst your mask works its magic. With a rather large price tag and appearing on almost everyones bucket list, keep in mind that there are other options.

2. REYKJADALUR

Located an hours hike from the town of Hveragerði (45min drive from Reykjavik) is a hot river that welcomes you after a pretty stunning hike. The landscape is beautiful and changes from bubbling brown mud to green moss, steam billowing from the ground and rising from the algae filled waterfalls. Reykjadalur, meaning steaming valley, is the first of our completely natural (and free) recommendations. Once you arrive at the section popular for bathing, you’ll notice there are no changing huts. Strip down to your swimming costume and brave the few steps into the water. Access has been made easy by a manmade boardwalk with steps into the river. There are some screens to shelter behind and change but this is a pretty wild experience, especially if the weather is wild too, though it’s an unforgettable one. Walk or paddle upstream for hotter water, lie by the small damns and take in the view.

3. GAMLA LAUGIN / SECRET LAGOON

This pool is visited on our Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Bubble Tour and is a great introductory pool with easy access, changing facilities and showers. The Secret Lagoon is a unique natural hot spring, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, built in 1891. It’s a large pool that was once used by local women to wash clothes in, and was the local swimming pool where children learnt to swim until 1947. The water holds at 38-40C (100-104 Fahrenheit) all year around. Here you can swim and float around, using the noodles provided, to find the hottest part of the lagoon. Once you are warm enough, take a short walk around the lagoon to see the beautiful landscape, original changing hut, natural geysirs heating the lagoon and the nearby greenhouse. There is a cafe here for a hot chocolate or snack afterwards.

4. SELJAVALLAUG

Seljavallalaug is an algae pool located in a very dramatic setting at the base of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. It’s relatively easy to find but is quickly changing from a local, secret pool to one being visited by tourists. Located on the south coast and just a short drive from Seljalansfoss waterfall. To access, drive up the farm road past Hotel Edinborg and park at the car park by the guest houses. Make your way up through the valley following the river path. It’s a short 15-20min walk on rocky terrain, crossing one waterfall, but is relatively easy and kids will manage. The pool is manmade and built into the rock face. There is a small but basic changing hut where you can change and leave your belongings. The pool is naturally heated but can be a little cooler if it has rained or snowed recently. The tap feeding the pool is located at the top of the pool, where everyone gathers but hot water also trickles down the rock face. The pool is an algae pool so can feel a little odd but is amazing for the skin. Lie back and enjoy the landscape, imagine the activity of the mighty Eyjafjallajökull and the history of this pool.

This pool is cleaned by volunteers annually and you can make a donation by the entrance to the changing hut. Please enjoy but be respectful of the pool and its landscape, leave no trace.

5. FONTANA

A manmade geothermal spa located near the Golden Circle. This is popular with tourists and can be a good alternative to the Blue Lagoon, though on a much smaller scale. Take in the healing powers of the geothermal springs with natural pools. If you are brave enough then take a dip in the refreshing lake. After you have enjoyed the spa, head to their geothermal bakery to try the Icelandic way of making pot-baked lava bread. 

6. MÝVATN NATURE BATHS

The Blue Lagoon of the North, though a lot smaller, Myvatn was developed in 2004. Located on the sloped of Dalfjall, the baths have a beautiful backdrop of ochre coloured hills. Dalfjall is home to Icelands first geothermal power station. The milky blue colour of the water comes from 25 metres below you. The perfect place to enjoy a long hot soak in the 38-40 ̊C water or a seat in a sauna after hiking and travelling. There’s a cafe here too.

7. STÓRAGJÁ

Located at the bottom of a steaming lava fissure is a fairy tale hot spring. This is a very secret pool where the waters temperature is safe to bathe in but it’s often not recommended due to the algae growth. Make sure to read the signs as information is updated regularly. This is one for the more adventurous, bathe at your own risk.

8. GRETTISLAUG

Known in the Icelandic Sagas, this pool feel like its on the edge of the world. Grettislaug is located in the north of Iceland, on the coast. It is said that the famous Icelandic outlaw Grettir Ásmundason once swam 7km to the Icelandic shore from Drangey Island and regained his strength by bathing in the 42°C waters of this steamy pool.

9. VITI

Viti, meaning hell in Icelandic, is a volcanic crater filled with milky blue water. Located in the eastern Icelandic highlands, this is a pretty wild place for a swim where the water fluctuates between 20-60°C. When the Askja volcano erupted it moulded the landscape, forming the carter and making it one of Icelands most dramatic landscapes. Only accessible by 4WD and so winter is out due to dangerous weather and road conditions. This is another one for the more adventurous but we do recommend taking a tour here or listening to an experienced local guide before accessing.

10. LANDMANNALAUR

Set in some of the most stunning and dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer, this geothermal bath is located in the highlands of Iceland. The landscape here changes with the movement of the sun, a truly unique place surrounded by over 500 year old lava fields and mountains of yellow, blue, white and orange. The water here is 36-40°C all year round. Stay in one of the local cabins or camp, and hike the many treks. You will need to join a tour or self drive a 4WD to get here, access in the winter can be very challenging.


A Night in the Bubble

Last week I had the chance to stay overnight in one of the Bubbles, so I took my Mum and we headed off for a night under the stars. A beautifully crisp winters day, we arrived into a winter wonderland, ready for the Aurora and to sleep under a blanket of stars. 

Some childhood dreams stay with us our entire lives. Sleeping under the stars or watching the Aurora Borealis dance might be one of them. To fulfil these dreams, the Bubble concept was born. It’s the ultimate glamping experience and perfect for viewing the Northern Lights. 

What are the Bubbles?

The Bubbles are a fully transparent, inflatable structure made out of fire-retardant PVC tarpaulin. Nestled in a small Icelandic wood they make for ideal Northern Lights viewing. Somethings referred to as the Bubble Hotel, these structures sleep two adults in a comfortable double bed. The bubble structure is kept inflated by a slight over-pressure from a noiseless ventilation system. It permanently renews the air inside 2-7 times the volume per hour and this way it prevents humidity. The system has heating elements with thermostat so the Bubble stays warm all winter.

Are the Bubbles all transparent?

Yes, although some offer a little more privacy with a white panel wrapping around the bottom of the walls at bed height. This however does not interfere with your view of the sky and you still feel like you are sleeping right in the woods.

Where are the Bubbles?

The Bubbles are located in the countryside, near the Golden Circle, however the location is kept secret until you have booked. This secret location is around an hours drive from Reykjavik and two hours from Keflavik Airport. Set back from the road and surrounded by trees, the Bubbles are nestled in a beautiful spot where you can see volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajökull on the horizon. 

What is there to see?

The Bubbles are located in a very beautiful landscape which is picturesque, especially at sunrise. If the sky is clear of clouds then you will hopefully see a starry sky with some magical Northern Lights dancing above your head.

What is there to do?

Not a lot which is a good thing. This is an opportunity to truly chill out so lie back and take it all in. Nearby is the town of Fludir where you could take in the waters of the Secret Lagoon. This is a unique natural hot spring, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland (made in 1891). The water holds at 38-40 Celsius (100-104 Fahrenheit) all year around. Swim and float around, try to find the hottest part of the lagoon. You can also take a short walk around the lagoon to see the beautiful landscape, original changing hut, natural geysirs heating the lagoon and the nearby greenhouse.

Is food provided?

No, but you can store and prepare food and drinks in the service house. There is a fridge, kettle, coffee machine and a two-ring electric hob. There are plenty of dishes and a dish washer too.

Nearby is Minilik, an Ethiopian Restaurant which gets great reviews, and Mika, a family run restaurant specialising in handmade chocolates and langoustine dishes.

What should I bring?

Pack a small rucsac with you pyjamas, wash bag, camera (and tripod for Aurora shots), a good book and your swimming stuff for the Secret Lagoon. Wear good walking boots, a wind / waterproof coat, and layer up. You won’t need a towels or bedding, these are provided and the Bubble has extra blankets, electric blankets and a spare air heater so you will be cosy and warm. As the Bubbles are small, there isn’t enough room for a suitcase so leave that at your hotel or in a left luggage facility and just bring a small bag.

Where is the toilet?

The toilets are in the service house, a short walk from your Bubble. There are two shower rooms with sink and toilet. Towels are provided but bring your own for the Secret Lagoon.

Can I stay without the tour?

Unfortunately not, the Bubbles are part of the tour on offer by Northern Lights Iceland so you cannot stay without booking the tour. Northern Lights Iceland is a travel agent and not a Hotel. The tour is fabulous and takes you in a luxury suburban jeep to the Golden Circle stopping at Geysir, Gulfoss and the Secret Lagoon. The tour group is small, maximum six people, and there are only nine Bubbles on the site so it feels very private.

Can I self drive?

Yes, there is a small parking bay on site for self drivers but you still pay the full cost of the tour even if driving yourself.

How much does it cost?

59,900ISK per person (use a currency convertor for USD or other currencies)

Please note, the minimum age is six years old, for health and safety reasons.

Where do I book?

Book your Bubble Tour here

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3-4 Day Tour Idea

Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour: ISK 41,900

Details:


Operating: All year

Pick-up time: 9:45 – 9:00am from guesthouses/hotels in Reykjavik

Included: Luxury SUV or super jeep English guided tour of the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon transfer (tickets are not included to the Blue Lagoon, please prepurchase your tickets here: www.bluelagoon.com)

Guide to traveller ratio: 1:6

Returns: We return to Reykjavik around 17:00

Minimum Age: 6 years old

Difficulty: Easy

South Coast & Glacier Hike: ISK 64,900

Details:


  • Operating: All year
  • Pick-up time: 8:45 – 9:00 from guesthouses/hotels in Reykjavik
  • Included: Luxury SUV or super jeep, English guided tour of the South Coast, 1 hour glacier hike (includes all necessary equipment)
  • Guide to traveller ratio: 1:6
  • Returns: We return to Reykjavik around 20:00
  • Minimum Age: 8 years old
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Northern Lights & Stargazing: ISK 21.900

Details:


  • 1 September – 15 April
  • Pick-up time: from guesthouses/hotels in Reykjavik (1-30 Sept 9pm, 1-15 March 8pm, 16 March-15 April 9pm)
  • Included: English guided tour on super jeep to see the Northern Lights with stargazing, use of telescope, hot chocolate and kleina (Icelandic sweet treat), free photograph of you under the Icelandic nights sky
  • Guide to travellers ratio: 1:7
  • Returns: We return to Reykjavik around 1-2am
  • Minimum Age: no age limit
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

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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.


Top of the World Tour

About the tour


We begin this journey in the late afternoon, starting from Reykjavik and head towards the breathtaking glacier, Langjökull. After getting dressed in the proper clothing and equipment, we will drive to the base camp where your 2 hour snowmobile journey begins.

After a safety briefing and short training, you’re ready to go. It’s an exhilarating ride as we make our way along the top of the glacier, riding over glacial rifts and bumps.

On a clear winters night, if the sky is clear, you will hopefully see the wonderful performance of Northern Lights as you drive around on this glacier. Be sure to take it all in, it’s truly unforgettable.

The aim of this evening tour is to spot the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky so keep an eye out and remember your camera for that memorable shot.

After the ride, there will be light refreshments before heading back to Reykjavik.

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.


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 9 to 10 hours. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

This tour is scheduled to be 9 to 10 hours. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing for under the overalls provided for snowmobiling. We recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.

optional: extra set of clothes in case they get wet, muddy or dirty

Please note: those looking to drive the snowmobile must bring a valid driver’s license and be at least 17 years old

Overalls, gloves, shoe covers and helmets.

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.

You can also drive solo on the snowmobile for an extra fee. Please refer to the information on the booking calendar.

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.

If you would like to drive, rather than be a passenger, you must bring a valid drivers license and be at least 17 years old.

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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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South Coast Tour

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 get a unique chance to walk behind a waterfall. Feel the power as the water drops from the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajokull.

Back in the jeep as we 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 will make our way to 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.

We will now continue the journey back to 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 make sure to look out over the sea to catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands (Vestmannaaeyjar), 15 natural volcano islands and home to about 4,000 people.

You will also notice the famous 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 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.

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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South Coast & Snowmobile Tour

About the tour


We begin this journey, starting in Reykjavik, and head towards the breathtaking glacier, Solheimajokull. After getting dressed in the proper clothing and equipment, we will drive to the base camp where your snowmobile journey begins.

After a safety briefing and short training, you’re ready to go. It’s an exhilarating ride as we make our way along the top of the glacier, riding over glacial rifts and bumps. Be sure to take a moment and snap some wonderful and unforgettable photos.

After the hours snowmobile journey we will make our way back to Reykjavik. On the way back we stop at the breathtaking waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Be sure to watch out the window at the beautiful landscape and seaside.

Our first stop is 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?

Back in the jeep we drive to Seljalandsfoss, the last stop before returning to Reykjavik. Here 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.


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. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

We recommend dressing in warm, layered clothing for under the overalls provided for snowmobiling. We recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.

optional: extra set of clothes in case they get wet, muddy or dirty

Please note: those looking to drive the snowmobile must bring a valid driver’s license and be at least 17 years old

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.

You can also drive solo on the snowmobile for an extra fee. Please refer to the information on the booking calendar.

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 supplied with water resistant overalls, helmets, gloves and balaclavas, or ski mask for the snowmobile trip.

If you would like to drive, rather than be a passenger, you must bring a valid drivers license and be at least 17 years old.

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Northern Lights & Stargazing

About the tour


For this Northern Lights tour, we will leave Reykjavik and drive to the best possible location for the lights. This will most likely be between 30 minutes to one hour outside of Reykjavik, away from the city 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. It’s truly a magnificent experience and Iceland is one of the more popular and reliable places to see the Aurora.

Leave the city lights behind in search of the multi-colored, magical lights in the sky! Watch the magical green whisks of light dance across the sky under a canopy of stars. If you are lucky you might spot a glimpse of purple, pink, red, white or blue. 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. This means that everyones experience is unique and truly magical.

Our tours are run in small groups so we can get off the beaten path and help you catch the lights by teaching you the best photography skills for your camera or phone.

You can also rent a tripod for that extra still shot! But don’t worry, our guide also takes a photo of you under the lights which you will receive, for free, the next day.

Whilst we wait for the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis, you can pass the time by gazing through our state of the art telescope. View millions of stars above your head, an experience on it’s own!

In the late evening, we will warm up with some homemade hot chocolate and a traditional Icelandic kleina. If no lights are seen by midnight then we may extend up to 60 minutes if our expert guides believe the chances are good.

After the viewing, we will load back into the jeep to make our way back to Reykjavik, normally a 30-45 minutes drive, arriving back between 1-2.00am.

Please note that the Northern Lights can only been seen on a clear winters night so wrap up warm. We recommend a wind and waterproof coat and hiking boots, sneakers/trainers.


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 your hotel/guesthouse.

Warm, layered winter clothing that is thick and preferably thermal. Wear a wind and waterproof coat and remember your hat, scarf and gloves.

This tour is scheduled to be 3 to 5 hours. This is dependent on weather and/or time spent at each stop.

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. Please note that tripods are available to hire. 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 will provide homemade hot chocolate and an Icelandic kleina (sweet treat) on the tour. You may also bring with you light refreshments to eat or drink.

You may rent, at an added cost, a tripod or warmer pads for your hands or feet (they’ll keep warm for 5 to 8 hours).

Tripod ISK 1,000

Warmer pads for hands ISK 500

Warmer pads for toes ISK 500

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.

A Go/NoGo decision is made by our meteorology expert at 6:30pm the night of your tour. You will receive an email letting you know if the tour is going ahead. In case of cancellation, please check your email at 6.30pm and if the tour has been cancelled then you will be given a re-schedule or refund option.

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2 Day Jokulsarlon & Ice Cave Tour

About the tour


Day One

We begin this journey, starting in Reykjavik and travel along the south coast of Iceland. Be sure to watch out the window at the sprawling desert black sands of Skeidarasandur. 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.

Our first stop, depending on weather conditions, will be Reynisfjara, the 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 into the jeep as we journey to our next stop on the South Coast Tour, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This 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 is such a 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 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 these diamond shapes and you can watch them slowly drift out to sea. A truly magical sight and they make for some great photo opportunities.

We then drive to our hotel for a good nights rest. Keep an eye on the sky for a glimpse of the Northern Lights!


Day Two

After a hotel breakfast, we will make our way towards Skaftafell Nature Preserve where we will explore the ice cave at Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier which covers nearly 8% of Iceland’s surface. This ice cave, formed by glacier floods centuries ago, will be an adventure you won’t forget.

After your ice cave exploration we will continue the journey back Reykjavik stopping off at the breathtaking waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. You will also notice Eyjafjallajokull, 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.

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?

Back in the jeep for the drive to 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.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, here’s another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! The tour will drop you off at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik.


Accommodation

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.

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. 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.

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

This tour is an overnight tour. 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, and there is a clear sky, there is of course a chance.

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.

Single occupancy hotel rooms are at an added cost, please see the booking calendar.

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.

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We run tours on a minimum number of 4 adults (regular tours). 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 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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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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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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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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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How to spend a period of 24 hours in North Iceland

How to Spend 24 Hours in North Iceland

Iceland has been known to capture the imagination of many people and yet, nobody can explain why it does so. Maybe it is due to the beautiful landscapes or the fun activities that can be done there or it could be a mixture of both. But whatever the reason may be, every year, more and more people are coming to this northern island just to get away from all the noise and stress of the big city. They just want some peace and quiet during the long weekend that they are having. Iceland is not that far away from. If a person is traveling from the East coast of the USA, they can just ride a five-hour flight and land in Iceland in the same day of departure. It is even shorter from London – a person can reach Iceland within 3 hours of departure. This whole trip has been made easy with the help of Iceland Air. While booking for their flights to Iceland, guest can also make the addition of trips and tours to their flight ticket and pay for a whole package. So, as it can be seen, Iceland is quite an interesting location, especially for the people who want to make a quick weekend getaway.

So, let’s say you have one whole day in your hand and you want to explore Iceland. Well, the first thing that you should do is head up to the northern region of Iceland and spend your day there because the northern region is perhaps the most beautiful and interesting region in Iceland. When you reach Iceland, rent a cottage in the Kjarnaskógur woods in Iceland. This place is simply pleasant to be in. This is actually Iceland’s most traversed forest. Here, there is a 2KM long athletic course, tracks for walking, picnic tables, campsite and a children’s park nearby which the adults can also find to be quite enjoyable. The cottages here are something out of a dream – there is a big porch, soft beds, pure ice water flowing from the taps, spectacular views, barbeques, hot tubs and clean fresh highland air.

Husavik

After you have rested in to the cottage, head up to the small town of Húsavík which is on the north coast of Iceland. The main source of income for the town is done by tourism and fishing and the town is heaven for nature lovers. Unfortunately, since you are short on time, you can’t actually experience the beauty of the town to the fullest extent. What you can do is head the timber-framed restaurant called Café Skuld and order some delicious fish soup, coffee and muffins. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed by their taste.

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Asbyrgi Canyon

Then,the head to the horseshoe shaped depression part of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park called Ásbyrgi canyon. It is around 3.5KM in length and 1.1KM wide. The steep side of the canyon is formed by 100mts. High cliffs. It is breathtakingly beautiful and tranquil. You can walk through a woodland of willow and birch trees and come across the small lake of Botnstjorn where you will find ducks swimming across.

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Dettifoss Waterfall

The final stop of your trip should be the waterfall, located in Vatnajökull National Park called the Dettifoss. It is considered to be one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. An interesting fact about this waterfall is that it was featured in the Hollywood science fiction movie Prometheus, which was released in 2012. It can be seen at the beginning of the movie as the landscape on a primeval Earth-like planet. Here’s the thing – when you reach there, you might feel a bit disappointed as it might be a bit too foggy and you might feel that you may not be able to experience this waterfall in all of its glory. From the place where you start, it is around a five minute walk to the waterfall. If it is foggy when you visit, you will experience that it is quite magical to walk the rocky regions in the fog. It is a whole new experience as you jump from one wet rock to another and you can get to hear the sound of water that is coming down 45mts. from the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. When you stand next to the waterfall, you will actually experience the fact that nature is truly powerful, even if you can’t see the actual waterfall due to the fog.

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In the Evening

After all this is done, if you are up for it, then take an evening tour to the northern locales and experience the beauty of the Northern Lights and the northern tour that might accompany it. But, if the weather does not allow you to see the Northern Lights, then, during your return journey back from the Dettifoss waterfall, have an evening tour of the Reykjavik region. Trust me, it is well worth your time and energy. If you are lucky enough, then you might also get to see the Midnight Sun in Iceland during your two-day trip.

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After experiencing the true beauty of Iceland, you might feel sad that your weekend and trip has come to an end and you have to return back to the loud and noisy city and your stressful work. You just want to stay back in Iceland and forget all about your responsibilities that you have in your city life. Well, don’t worry about it. Due to Iceland being in close proximity of the US and London, you can always choose to come back to Iceland when you have a long weekend or when you want to take a vacation and if you plan your vacation period to Iceland correctly, then you might be able to enjoy cool and endless summer days and do summertime activities, in the night, in Iceland due to the Midnight Sun that can be seen during the period of May to August. There are a lot more things to do in Iceland, which are exciting and fun in their own unique ways. It does not matter what you choose to do in Iceland. It is a guarantee that you will enjoy, your choice. Iceland is truly a place of beauty and tranquility.


Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon & Bubble

About the tour


Heading off from 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 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. 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. Don’t miss Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake.

Next up we drive to 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!

Onto 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 up into the air so be prepared to get a little wet. We recommend wearing waterproof clothing here.

From here the tour will stop at a local restaurant where everyone can enjoy dinner before a nice soak in the Secret Lagoon.

Once at the Secret Lagoon (ticket included with tour) you will have ample time to enjoy this unique natural hot spring, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland (made in 1891). The water holds at 38-40 Celsius (100-104 Fahrenheit) all year around. Swim and float around, try to find the hottest part of the lagoon! You can also take a short walk around the lagoon to see the beautiful landscape, original changing hut, the natural geysirs heating the lagoon and the nearby greenhouse.

When you are done relaxing, you will be taken to the Bubble Hotel where you will spend the night in your own clear bubble (2 adults per bubble), surrounded by Icelandic nature, tucked away in a small woodland. Listen to the birds chirp and enjoy the long summer light or stargaze in winter. Lie back and keep an eye out for the magical Northern Lights dancing above your head.

The next morning we will make one stop at a restaurant for you to purchase breakfast on the way back to 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 is an overnight tour. Pickup in Reykjavik at 12:00 – 12:30 on day one and drop off in Reykjavik the next morning between 11:00 -11:30.

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 also affect time spent at each site.

Please bring with you a bathing suit and towel for the Secret Lagoon (you can rent a towel from the lagoon for 500 ISK).

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.

Remember your overnight clothes.

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 included with this tour.

There is one stop in the evening for you to purchase dinner and a stop the next morning for you to purchase breakfast. You may choose to bring your own food/snacks and beverages, and store them in the self-service kitchen at the Bubble Hotel.

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

Yes, it is advised you bring your camera to take photos of the beautiful Icelandic nature and the sites we stop at. If you are lucky you may even be able to capture the Northern Lights from your bubble (winter only).

There is no guarantee you will see the Northern Lights. They are highly unpredictable and affected greatly by the weather, cloud coverage and light activity.

Please also know that the Northern Lights season runs from mid-September to mid-April. The sky must be dark to be in with a chance.

Here in Iceland, daylight hours are extremely long in summer with some days of no darkness at all. The wonderful news about staying at the bubbles in summer: more daylight for adventures!

In addition to longer daylight, there is also higher natural activity like birds, and more light means better photographs. If you are a bird enthusiast you will love our summertime in the bubble.

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No solo booking, you can book for 2 adults but if the minimum number of 4 is not reached a week prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and you'll receive a full refund.

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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!


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Magical Northern Lights Videos

The northern lights in Iceland are truly magical. It should be on everyone´s bucket list to visit Iceland, hunt for the northern lights and also explore all the other wonderful things the island in the north has to offer. Many visitors enjoy taking pictures of the aurora and some even add a northern lights video to their collection. We have gathered a few great videos for you to enjoy and hopefully inspire you to do make your own.

Time Laps Northern Lights and Landscape

This time laps northern lights video shows you more than just the aurora. You see the incredible landscape and scenery the island has to offer. The dancing northern lights look amazing and magical.

Northern Lights In Iceland V3 from O Z Z O Photography on Vimeo.

Aurora Borealis and City Sites

This time laps northern lights video doesn´t only show the magical northern lights, it also shows the light show at Harpan Concert Hall. The lights symbolize the aurora and when you visit Reykjavík city center, don´t forget to pass Harpan!

Dramatic Aurora Borealis. Iceland – Time-Lapse of a Winter Fairytale from Anneliese Possberg on Vimeo.

Incredible Iceland – In Winter and Summer

This video shows Iceland mainly during summer. The northern lights aren´t visible in summer as Iceland has 24 hour daylight then. In the middle of the video you can however see lovely shots of the aurora. Enjoy!

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Elemental Iceland Time Laps

From the middle of this northern lights video you see fantastic time laps shots of the lights. The first minutes you enjoy the pure Icelandic nature so it is easy to recommend you watch it from beginning to end.

Elemental Iceland from Stian Rekdal on Vimeo.

Breathtake Minutes

This time laps video shows the Northern Lights at the beginning then many beautiful sites throughout Iceland.

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Aurora in Stykkisholmur, Snaelfesness Peninsula, Iceland

Though fleeting, this quick Northern Lights show in Stykkisholmur, part of Snaelfesness Peninsula, is a beautiful display of what the phenomenon can do.

Northern Lights from John Welsh on Vimeo.

Northern Lights Tours

Remember: choose the winter months and stay for at least a week, keep a close eye on the forecast, choose the hunt that suits you best, whether it a self drive or professionally guided tour, and plan your holiday around what Iceland has to offer and look at the northern lights as a bonus. It is a common misunderstanding that the northern lights appear every night throughout the year, but we have years of experience on giving visitors advice on how it is best to plan a northern lights vacation and we would like to share that experience with you!

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Some of the best things you can do in Iceland

Best Things in Reykjavik

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when the name of Iceland is mentioned? The cold temperatures, northern lights and volcanic mountains. Very few people know these three facts about Iceland – it is the home of Bjork, the famous songwriter-singer, the country was financially broke in the year 2008 and in the year 2010, the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic mountain’s eruption disrupted air travel in North America and Europe for nearly 6 days. Iceland was the off the radar of amateur travelers until very recently. Iceland has recently started to showcase its beauty and culture to attract more visitors because of the recently ramped up tourism promotion that the country is doing. This has led to prospective travelers and tourists to discover the fact Iceland, a remote iota of land in the North Atlantic Ocean, is much more exciting and amazing than it was originally thought to be.

Iceland is one of the most assorted countries on Earth and the small iota of land shows just how diversified the country actually is. If you drive for an hour in the country, you will be able to travel and see glaciers, go across lava fields and beaches of black sand, trek up mountains and over rivers, voyage through lush green meadows and plains, through volcanoes and caves and even tour through two tectonic plates. Literally and metaphorically, Iceland is between two worlds, Europe and North America. However, the two plates are slowly drifting apart a few centimeters every year, making Iceland wider every year. The country has a footing in two worlds, traditional and virtually too. The country is one of the most technologically, modern countries in the world while traditionally, the country still arranges its phone records by the first name of the residents. It was one of the first countries to legalize gay marriages and yet, when a baby is born, the parents have to choose his/her name from a list of pre-approved Icelandic names. It is known as the land of fire and ice and a land of contrast at that. It is both physically and culturally diverse and it is perhaps, one of the most beautiful, enchanting, surprising, pleasant and eccentric countries of the world. So, when you visit Iceland and you want to discover and travel the country all by yourself, here are a list of fun things that you can do there.

Shop for drinks at the airport, duty free

This is the first thing that you should do when you visit Iceland. It may not be as incredible as the other things in the list, but if you plan to have a few drinks in Iceland, then you should do this thing first. Once you have got off the plane, make way for the duty free shop at the airport. It is a fact that drinks in Icelandic bars and restaurants are a bit on the expensive. Not only that, alcohol is only available in the licensed stores of Vínbúðin and for extremely short periods of time in some small villages in the country. So, stock up on provisions at the duty free shops at the airport as the price and rate of taxation is based on the amount of alcohol present in the drink and thus, can be quite cheap.

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Get wet over and over and over again

After a few hours of being trapped inside a plane, the milk, blue waters of the Blue Lagoon are extraordinarily therapeutic and healing. It may be a bit crowded during the touristy times and will be packed during the months from May to September. It is located close the airport and it is a great stop while you are on your way to the hotel or are going back to the airport. There is also another place where you can get the same experience and that is the Myvatn Nature Baths and it is much less crowded. Once you are done with the hot springs of Iceland, get wet again in the cool waters of the public pools in the country and also in the hot springs. When these two natural baths are not enough and you are staying in Reykjavik, we recommend Laugarspa as the best total health & body experience.

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Drive on and off the Ring Road

Hire a car and just drive around the country. What makes Iceland unique are its rugged land that has molded the country’s history, people, culture and food. The vehicle that you use for touring the city doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to hire a four wheeler. Just get a two wheeler and drive around the 832 mile stretch of road that circles the island, known as the Ring Road.

Discover the Golden Circe

The Golden Circle is one of the famous drives of the country. It loops about 150 miles around Reykjavik and covers three of Iceland’s top tourist and natural attractions. The first point of interest is the Thingvellir National Park, which was Iceland’s and probably the world’s first site of Parliament. It is also the place where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet. You can walk and snorkel in the rift which is clearly visible. The second stop that you should make is the Geysir, the origin of the name of geysers. It does not erupt anymore, but the Strokkur geyser nearby erupts. The last point of interest is the beautiful, monumental and amazing Gullfoss waterfall.

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Have some Icelandic hot dogs and delicacies

Visit the post-bar crowd of Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur which is a hot dog stand which is near the harbor and the hot dogs sold there are not ordinary hot dogs. They are topped with fried and raw onions, brown mustard and remoulade. The meat is either lamb or pork or a mixture of it and they taste incredibly delicious. Also try out some of the traditional Icelandic delicacies like puffins, skier, whale and plokkfiskur which is a dish made of boiled cod and potatoes which are mashed together. To sample every item of food, visit Tapas Barrinn and if you want a causal and quick meal, try out the Icelandic Fish and Chips.

Go horse riding

Ride on the cutest and perhaps the most adorable horses that can be found. The Icelandic horse may look like a pony but it is actually a short, squat and adorable horse that is also strong and smart.

Roam around the Reykjavík Harbor

Just roam around the Reykjavik harbor where you will find the whaling ships and take a whaling trip to watch the whales in the country. Also, try out the delicacies at the harbor, which have a seafood specialty.

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The views and shopping

Check out the view from the big white church called the Hallgrímskirkja which is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Iceland and you will get the see the brightly colored houses, the grey bay and the snowcapped peaks of Mount Esja. Check out the skies of the country which fascinate people from all over the world. Check out the Midnight Sun which dominates the night sky in June and July. Also, see the beautiful Northern Lights which shine in the sky from the months of September to March. They are unusually bright, beautiful and spectacular. If you want to really view it every day in your trip, then pay attention to the Aurora forecasts of the rural areas.

Choose the region and just go there

Iceland is a country full of spectacular places and sights. So, when you visit the country, just pick a place and visit. The first choice of yours should be the whole of Ring Road, which you can see in a whole day if the stops you make are minimal, but if you can, make a lot of stops because the region is filled with beautiful sights and places that you will love to see.

Iceland is actually quite a beautiful place and it is quite warmer and closer than you think. The winters of Iceland are quite warmer than most countries and you can reach the country in a span of just a few hours. You can book round-trip flights for $600 and when you reach Iceland, you will find that you have a sense of peace and refreshment that emanates from the country.

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Try floating in the Secret Lagoon

Floating is truly a unique experience that you should try! In summer you float and relax in the midnight sun, in winter you float and hunt for the northern lights. The underwater speakers will let you enjoy the music of the Icelandic group SigurRós and with the floating kit you can relax every muscle in your body. Add massage and eggs & bread cooked in geothermal hot springs and you will have the perfect evening in the nature.

Try The South Coast

The South Coast is a wonderful route for one or two days. Whether you want to walk behind a waterfall, take a stroll on the black sand beaches, enjoy the amazing scenery or even go for a glacier hike, this route is perfect. You can even go all the way to the Glacial lagoon to get the most of the tour but then you need to do it in two days.

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Northern lights hunt tours

Northern Lights Tours

The selection for northern lights hunt tours is massive and might be difficult to choose the right one. Therefore we have put together a list of various tours to give you an idea what might be best suited for you.

Northern Lights shot with a Drone from O Z Z O Photography on Vimeo.

It is a common misunderstanding that the northern lights appear every night throughout the year. We have years of experience on giving visitors advice on how it is best to plan a northern lights vacation and we would like to share that experience with you!

Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon Floating and Bubble Tour

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This adventure combination tour will bring you to the most famous sights of the Golden Circle- Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, to the Secret Lagoon to float in the natural bath, and to the bubbles where you will spend the night under the stars.

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Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon Floating and Bubble Tour

Super Jeep Tours

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The super jeep tours are usually combination tours, i.e. a combination of Northern Lights hunt and some other activity. Some tours are day tours, others are afternoon or evening tours. You can also always have a customized tour that suits your needs.

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Bus Tours

Northern lights bus tours are the cheapest ones but also the most crowded ones. Many companies offer a free tour if the lights don´t show up on your first tour, but you need to check the company you book with whether they have such service.

Boat Tours

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You can also opt to hunt for the lights by jumping on a boat and have the city lights and mountains as a background. The boats have a lower deck where you can have a seat and get warm if you think it is too cold out on the upper deck. If you plan on taking professional pictures it is better to have a steady ground but it is a unique experience to hunt for the lights out on the open sea.

Self-Drive Tours

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Yet another option is to rent a car and hunt for the lights on your own. It is important to keep a good track on the northern lights forecast and also on the weather forecast as the weather in Iceland is unpredictable. Also keep in mind that in winter the roads are slippery so it is important that you are used to driving in winter conditions (icy roads, snow, even blizzards).

Book now to spend the night sleeping under the stars in the 5 Million Star Hotel

 

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Some opt for a self drive to hunt for the northern lights. That is all good, just keep in mind that the road conditions in Iceland during winter can be difficult and dangerous, especially out in the country. Slippery roads, snow and even blizzards. Other opt for tours – either bus tours, super jeep tours or private tours. Combo tours are often popular, like for instance Golden Circle and Floating. Other options include for instance on a glacier just to name one.

Choose the winter months and stay for at least a week. Keep a close eye on the forecast. Choose the hunt that suits you best, whether it a self drive or tours. Plan your holiday around what Iceland has to offer and look at the northern lights as a bonus.

Northern Lights Tours

The selection for northern lights hunt tours is massive and might be difficult to choose the right one. Therefore we have put together a list of various tours to give you an idea what might be best suited for you.

Northern Lights shot with a Drone from O Z Z O Photography on Vimeo.

It is a common misunderstanding that the northern lights appear every night throughout the year. We have years of experience on giving visitors advice on how it is best to plan a northern lights vacation and we would like to share that experience with you!

Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon Floating and Bubble Tour

This adventure combination tour will bring you to the most famous sights of the Golden Circle- Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, to the Secret Lagoon to float in the natural bath, and to the bubbles where you will spend the night under the stars.

Book Here:

Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon Floating and Bubble Tour

Super Jeep Tours

The super jeep tours are usually combination tours, i.e. a combination of Northern Lights hunt and some other activity. Some tours are day tours, others are afternoon or evening tours. You can also always have a customized tour that suits your needs.

Book Here:

Bus Tours

Northern lights bus tours are the cheapest ones but also the most crowded ones. Many companies offer a free tour if the lights don´t show up on your first tour, but you need to check the company you book with whether they have such service.

Boat Tours

You can also opt to hunt for the lights by jumping on a boat and have the city lights and mountains as a background. The boats have a lower deck where you can have a seat and get warm if you think it is too cold out on the upper deck. If you plan on taking professional pictures it is better to have a steady ground but it is a unique experience to hunt for the lights out on the open sea.

Self-Drive Tours

Yet another option is to rent a car and hunt for the lights on your own. It is important to keep a good track on the northern lights forecast and also on the weather forecast as the weather in Iceland is unpredictable. Also keep in mind that in winter the roads are slippery so it is important that you are used to driving in winter conditions (icy roads, snow, even blizzards).

Book now to spend the night sleeping under the stars in the 5 Million Star Hotel

Some opt for a self drive to hunt for the northern lights. That is all good, just keep in mind that the road conditions in Iceland during winter can be difficult and dangerous, especially out in the country. Slippery roads, snow and even blizzards. Other opt for tours – either bus tours, super jeep tours or private tours. Combo tours are often popular, like for instance Golden Circle and Floating. Other options include for instance on a glacier just to name one.

Choose the winter months and stay for at least a week. Keep a close eye on the forecast. Choose the hunt that suits you best, whether it a self drive or tours. Plan your holiday around what Iceland has to offer and look at the northern lights as a bonus.


Famous filming locations in Iceland

Famous Film Locations in Iceland

Iceland is becoming more and more popular in Hollywood. The dramatic landscape and the 24 hour daylight in summer is ideal for shooting films. You can almost find any sort of landscape in Iceland – lava fields, mountains, hot springs, snow, beaches and the list goes on. To name a few movies that have been filmed in Iceland:

1. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The Nordic god, Thor (or Þór as it is in Icelandic), is well known in Iceland and there are many names, both male and female, that are derived from his name. The movie Thor is a classic story of boy meets girl and boy saves girl. A part of the story takes places in outer space but it was shot by Skógafoss in southern Iceland. Skógafoss is one of many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and if you feel athletic, you can walk up many steps to get to the top of the waterfall and look down.
Tours that include a visit to Skógafoss are a two day tour of the south coast and the Glacial lagoon , a day tour of the south coast that also includes a visit to Eyjafjallajokull volcano, a day out of the south coast and glacier walk, or a day tour with a volcano show.

2. Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, starring Tom Cruise. It is shot in the north of Iceland and in the highlands. Another major location was on Langjökull glacier. For the northern coast, you can for instance do a self-drive from Akureyri and drive to Hrossaborg. Drive east from Myvatn as the crater is right by the main road. For Langjökull glacier, we recommend a super jeep tour and a snowmobile ride on the glacier. The Pearl tour would be ideal for that.

3. Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

In the movie, the Icelandic landscapes plays a significant role. It takes place in outer space and Iceland has often been used for movies that take place in space because of the amazing landscape. It is worth mentioning that this marks the first time any Star Trek movie is filmed outside the US. It was shot on the south coast at Reynisfjara beach. Tours ideal to check out the Star Trek location include a two day tour of the south coast and the Glacial lagoon , a day tour of the south coast that also includes a visit to Eyjafjallajokull volcano, a day out of the south coast and glacier walk, or a day tour with a volcano show.

4. Noah (2014)

Noah is a liberal interpretation of the old Biblical fable set in a Land Before Time. The movie was filmed in various locations, for instance Hálsanefshellir cave in the south of Iceland. The whole film is shot in Iceland so the landscape plays a large role in the film. The cave is by Reynisfjara beach, where the Star Trek movie was filmed, so you should be able to visit it on one of the south coast tours.

5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Unlike all the other films, here Iceland is actually Iceland, not outer space or some other location. In the movie, Ben Stiller plays the character of Walter Mitty who visits Iceland to do exciting things instead of just fantasizing about them. It is filmed in Snæfellsnes and on the south coast. The movie also features Icelandic actors and the band behind the sound track is Icelandic as well (Of Monsters and Men).

Snæfellsnes peninsula is a wonderful place to visit. It is also worth mentioning that in 2008 the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth was filmed at Snæfellsjökull glacier and also the movie Interstellar (2014). We recommend a two day tour to explore the area.

6. Game of Thrones

The famous TV show Game of Thrones was filmed in Iceland. The locations are both on the south-west corner – sites like Thingvellir national park and Hvalfjordur – and on the north coast. The frozen and wintry climates characterizes parts of the series´ mythical lands. The land and scenery was perfect for the filming.

7. James Bond (1985, 2002)

The famous James Bond movie, A View To a Kill (1985), was partly shot in Iceland. The location was The Glacial Lagoon (Jökulsárlón), a wonderful place with floating icebergs. In 2002, the shot a science again at the location and it was for the Bond movie Die Another Day. It is also worth mentioning that Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was also partly shot by the lagoon (2001). As it is far away from Reykjavik, a two day tour is highly recommended.

8. Star Wars – The Force Awakens (2015) and Rogue One (2016)

It is no secret that the landscapes of Iceland are perfect for the landscapes of sci-fi worlds. This is why the directors chose multiple locations in Iceland. In The Force Awakens, scenes were filmed in the geothermal areas nearby Lake Viti in North Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull in South Iceland, and on the black volcanic sands of the Myrdalssandur beach. In the second newest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, scenes were filmed at Reynisfjara black sand beach and Krafla volcanic crater near Lake Myvatn.


What if...... in Iceland?

What if?

When planning an holiday, we often need answers to “what if” questions. Here is a fun read about “What if….” questions in relation to Iceland and might even answer a few of your speculations if you are thinking about visiting Iceland! What if…..

…. I would book a trip to Iceland. When should I visit?

That first and foremost depends on what you are after. The midnight sun, the magical northern lights, the crazy nightlife, the unspoiled nature, the geothermal spas or something else? If you are eager to hunt for the northern lights, then you should visit in winter as the aurora aren´t visible in summer! The northern lights season is from September – mid April so anytime during that period is good. Just stay as long as you can as each day increases your chances of seeing the lights. If you are however more into the midnight sun and bright summer nights, May – July is the time for you! You really loose track of time when you are out in the nature on a bright summer night. No need to worry about rushing back to town before dark as it just doesn´t get dark! If you are planning on visit to enjoy the nature, then you can choose the month that suits you to travel. Same goes for the geothermal bathing as the pools are open all year round.

….. I go to Iceland as a solo traveler. Is it safe?

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world so yes, it is safe. That goes both for men and women as long as you use common sense, like don´t go alone up on a glacier or into an ice cave without a guide! It is always wise to let someone know where you are going and when you will be expected back when you head out to the countryside. Iceland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and everything is very relaxed. For solo travelers, it is a good opportunity to get to know locals. We recommend a private tour or a super jeep tour but if that is off budget, then join one of many bus tours and get to know other travelers.

…. I decide to go there with kids.

Iceland is very child friendly. Both in winter and summer you can find various activities and tours that are family friendly and suitable for children of all ages. It is also easy to find accommodation for families with children and the same goes for restaurants. Kids are always welcome!

…. I won´t find food that fits my special diet

In Reykjavík you can find something for everyone. It doesn´t matter whether you have allergies, are on a special diet or would like to try something special, you will find it in Reykjavik. Most supermarkets have a special section with organic and gluten free products and you can even find other special products like egg-free, soya-free and dairy-free. Most restaurants are flexible when it comes to allergies and special needs and have for instance a vegetarian dish(es) on their menus.

…. no one will understand me as I don´t know a word in Icelandic?

Everyone in Iceland speaks English so no need to worry. Some speak better English than others but you can always manage. Icelanders learn English in school from early age and most movies and TV shows are in English with subtitles. Icelanders are good with languages and many people study other languages in school besides English, like Spanish, Danish, French and German. If you are interested to learn Icelandic, you can look for teaching materials online. Icelandic isn´t as hard as many people think and we are happy to give you your first Icelandic lesson now! Hello (EN), halló (ICE). The word “bye” is pronounced the same in English and Icelandic (Bæ). Milk (EN), mjólk (ICE). Banana (EN), banani (ICE).

….I go on a boat ride and get sea sick?

Whale watching and sea angling is among popular tours in Iceland. Some might tend to get sea sick, especially if the sea is rough. Then the best option is to stay outside in the fresh air, not to sit inside!

….I would like to try be like a local for one day?

Many visitors want to try to have a day or two like a local and get our of the touristic environment. Locals love to go swimming throughout the year and then chat in the hot tubs. They for bike rides and walks, the golf clubs are crowded in summer and many enjoy hiking. For hiking you don´t have to go far away from Reykjavik. Mountain Esja and Úlfarsfell are ideal places for a nice hike. Ice cream is always popular among locals and go to a supermarket after work hours if you want to join the locals in their grocery shopping. On weekends many locals love to go out of the city for a day or two, especially during summer. All the small villages on the south coast are worth visiting. In winter you will find many locals at the mall, Icelanders love shopping!


Best Place to See Northern Lights

Best Places to View Northern Lights

Below you will find information on some great places in Iceland for viewing the northern lights. These are not only great places to see the lights but also feature many activities and natural sights. When planning a trip to Iceland it’s important to research what kind of things you would like to do and the places to see. The northern lights can only be seen in the winter, when it’s completely dark with clear skies. There are many nights where visibility is low so make sure you have other items on your bucket list and take in as much of the country as you can. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so a bonus to your trip.

Hotel Rangá – the best place to see Northern Lights

Hotel Rangá is one of the most renowned hotels in Iceland for seeing the northern lights. It was the first hotel in the country to offer a northern lights wakeup call service to its guests so they could pull their parkas over their pyjamas if the Aurora made an appearance. In addition to their comfortable and luxurious rooms, the location on the south coast is in close proximity to natural wonders like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt columns, and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Hotel Rangá makes for a great place to see the beautiful dancing northern lights.

Hotel Glymur with its amazing village suites

Hotel Glymur is a friendly hotel with a beautiful village suites. It’s located in majestic Hvalfjörður (“Whale Fjord”) just north-west of Reykjavík, and has breathtaking scenery. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and a great restaurant that offers everything a hungry stomach needs. The six village suites are uniquely designed villas, each with an open-concept kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, leather sofas, large screen TV, dining table, amazing art pieces and can cater for 4-6 people. With its remote natural location, it’s a fantastic place to see the northern lights without going too far from the city.

Hotel Gullfoss – next to the famous waterfall

Hotel Gullfoss is located right in the heart of the Golden Circle, next to the amazing and famous Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”) waterfall. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland—and even the whole world!—it is stunning to see all year round. When the sun is shining on it, there is often a golden rainbow over it that gives the falls their name. During the winter a stay at the hotel is truly magical, with no urban lights around one can walk out into the darkness, or lounge in a hot tub, and gaze at the starry sky and watch the northern lights dance totally undisturbed. You can even get great photos of the lights dancing over the waterfall, capturing two of Iceland’s most famous sights together.

Great hot tubs for Northern Lights viewing

With less than 100 inhabitants, Drangsnes is the ultimate spot for seclusion and solitude for viewing the lights. You can lay in the seaside hot tubs waiting for the auroras to show up over the tiny fishing village, indulge your inner nature-lover by exploring the surrounding area, and go mingle with the locals at the Malarhorn café. When the northern lights do come out here, there isn’t anything or anyone to disturb your enjoyment.