ICELAND – Golden Circle South Coast with Northern Lights

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Keflavík International Airport
Bucket List Group Travel > Global Bucket List > ICELAND – Golden Circle South Coast with Northern Lights
Overview

Behold the magical display of lights in the sky on the Iceland Fall and Aurora Tour. Let the colours of Aurora Borealis mesmerize your senses and reignite your belief in magic and mysteries. Begin with a brief sightseeing tour in Reykjavik and head over to the South Coast to soak in the views of the thunderous waterfalls, the ice caves, and volcanic arch. Go hiking in the glacier tongues and relax at the black sand beach where baby seals come to sunbathe. Explore the polar wildlife of Iceland in the beautiful National Park, which offers hiking opportunities too and return home with happy memories and photos.

Highlights
Visited Places:

• Reykjavik

• South Coast

• Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

• Diamond Beach

• Vik

• The Golden Circle

• Thingvellir National Park

• The Blue Lagoon

Travel Experience:

• Reykjavik City

• Hunt for the Northern Lights

• Hiking and waterfalls

• Spot the cute seals

• Icelandic cuisine and culture

• Petting the exotic Icelandic horses

• Relax at the geothermal spa

Notes
Tour Start

Reykjavík

Tour End

Reykjavik

Destination

Iceland

Flights
  • Arrival: Day01 before  11am 
  • Return: Day07 anytime after 3pm 
Airport:Keflavík International Airport
Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
Availability
  • Seat available till the booking is open!
  • Balance due 2 months before the tour departure date!
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
Itinerary
Day01

Reykjavik

Description:

Description:

Welcomwe to Iceland, on arrival get transfer to the Reykjavik, this is a freed to explore the city on your own pace.

Some of the Reykjavik highlights:

Hallgrimskirkja Church

Perlan Glass Dome 

Sun Voyager

Harbour side

Activities Included:
  • N/A – Free time
Accommodation:
  • 22hill hotel or similar
Day02

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

Description:

We’ll pick you up at 9:00 A.M. at your hotel or your chosen pickup point in Reykjavik. Please be aware that the entire pick-up process might take up to 30 minutes.

Your first stop of the day will be at Borgarnes, a village that’s famous for its rich Viking history. Before making your way to the golden-sand beach in Ytri Tunga, you’ll also visit the majestic basalt columns of Gerðuberg.

Your day will continue with a stop at Búðir – a hamlet with breathtaking landscapes of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Next on the agenda is Arnarstapi, the small and charming fishing village where you’ll be having lunch.

After lunch, you’ll have a chance to wander through Vatnshellir Cave (an optional activity with extra cost), which lies under the ground in Snæfellsnes National Park. The cave is a lava tube tunnel around 8,000 years old. Your certified caving guide will explain its formation and the fascinating features that lie in hidden spots. This experience takes you about as close as you can get to the story of Jules Verne’s book A Journey to the Centre of Earth.

A free alternative to Vatnshellir Cave is the Malarrif visitor center and its lighthouse which is free of charge.

The last attraction of the day is the black sand beach – Djúpalónssandur, where you can see the remains of the shipwreck that dates back to 1948. After adventures here, you’ll be taken to the Hellissandur Adventure Hótel (or a similar hotel).

If you’re traveling from late September to early April, you’ll get a chance to look for the Northern Lights if the conditions are suitable.

Activities Included:
  • Guided Sightseeing 
  • Northern Lights (only if weather conditions are good)
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Hotel Hellissandur or similar

Day03

BORGARFJÖRÐUR AREA

Description:

After breakfast, you’ll start your day with a bang by visiting probably the most “photogenic” mountain – Mount Kirkjufell. The fans of the TV show “Game of Thrones” will recognize this place as it was one of the locations where the show was filmed.

Next will be a short stop at Grundarfjörður, a town in Iceland, where you’ll have a break and a possibility to buy some snacks or other necessities. 

The agenda follows a stop at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar (“the Lava Waterfalls”) is a vast collection of smaller waterfalls cascading through the cracks of lava formations. Barnafoss (“Children’s waterfall”) is known for a folk legend as the site where two children tragically drowned once upon a time.

After this, you’ll head out to the historic site of Reykholt, where you will find a hot spring pool, Snorralaug, treasured as the bathing spot of Iceland’s most famous poet and politician, Snorri Sturluson.

You’ll also get a unique opportunity to relax at Krauma Geothermal Baths for an additional fee. But if you much rather continue exploring the area, you’ll be taken to Sturlureykir horse farm, where you’ll be met by its Icelandic horses and learn all about the farm’s geothermal heating system.

After, you’ll visit Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot spring in Europe.The hot spring keeps at a constant 206 degrees Fahrenheit (97 degrees Celsius) and pumps out a whopping 47.5 gallons (180 liters) of water every second. The hot spring is used to provide heating and hot water to neighboring areas. 

Your day will end with a trip back to the capital at around 6 P.M.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar

Day04

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Description:

First on our agenda for today is the Golden Circle. We’ll start with Thingvellir National Park, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its complex geological nature and history. The unique landscape of the rift valley was created over time by continual turbulent interactions between the two tectonic plates underneath: the North American and the Eurasian plates.

It’s also home to the world’s longest-running parliament, the Althingi, established in 930 c.e. Don’t forget to look out for the largest natural lake in Iceland, Thingvallavatn.

geothermal area of Strokkur geyser

After exploring this marvelous rift valley, we’ll continue southwest toward Haukadalur Valley and the geothermal area of Geysir. We’ll spot Strokkur, a still-active geyser, which still erupts up to 25 meters every few minutes without fail.

Next, we’ll visit the majestic waterfall, Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall). At the beginning of the 20th century, a few Englishmen sought to acquire the waterfall and build a hydroelectric plant, taming the power of the Hvita River. Fortunately for everyone, due to lack of funding their plan fell through and to this day the waterfall remains untouched and in all of its natural glory.

Seljalandsfoss

As we continue along the Ring Road, a view of the infamous volcano Hekla opens up as we drive to our next stop, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. The path leading up to the waterfall is brief and it takes us right behind it. There, breathtaking views of the surrounding areas are exposed and on a sunny day, a rainbow can be seen encircling the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss drops for about 196 feet (60 meters), so waterproof clothing is recommended.

We’ll finish the day off with a hunt for the Northern Lights and continue to our hotel close to a small town, Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing 
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Hótel Geirland or similar

Day05

JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON AND GLACIER HIKE

Description:

We continue through the rural landscapes, passing farms here and there, onward and eastward. On the drive, we’ll pass magical, moss-covered lava fields.

Today we’ll embark upon glacier adventures, hiking on Vatnajokull Glacier, exploring a natural ice cave and visiting the magical Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Glacier hiking adventures are always somewhat flexible and very dependent on the local weather conditions, which can be unpredictable.

We’ll visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. There, you’ll encounter icebergs of many shapes and sizes floating in the lagoon or resting on the black sand beach in the elusive fading late afternoon shadow. If you’re lucky, you might spy a seal bathing among the gilded grains of black sand.

After that, we’ll go to Skaftafell and hike to Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. We want to make sure you have the best time exploring the glacier, so your certified glacier guide will decide when it’s best to embark on your adventure. Also, keep in mind that the temperature inside the ice cave is well below the freezing point, so please have warm clothes with you.

Vatnajokull Glacier Hike and Ice Cave Visit

We strap on our ice crampons and get ready for the magic moment – setting foot on the glacier! Your experienced guide will explain this unbelievably vibrant, moving, and living world. You will see incredible crevasses which wend their way, twisting and turning through the glacier. These labyrinths are constantly forming in tune with the dance of nature. See the great moulins, which descend deep into the glacier, and the stunning naturally formed ice cave.  Make sure you have your camera with you’re sure to catch some truly inspiring photo opportunities throughout your hike.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The accommodation for the night will be in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. If the forecast is favorable, we’ll keep our eyes out for the Aurora Borealis.

Please note: the glacier hike is a very weather-dependent activity, so if the accessibility and weather conditions would be inappropriate, the glacier hike will be replaced with similar activity.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing

  • Glacier Hike tour

  • Natural Ice Cave

Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Hótel Geirland or similar

Day06

SOUTH COAST SIGHTSEEING

Description:

After nourishing breakfast, we’ll slowly make our way back to Reykjavik by visiting the main highlights on the south shore of Iceland. If the road conditions allow it, we’ll make a small detour to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon first. After that, we’ll stop at the iconic Elhraun lava field before heading to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.

Here at Reynisfjara, you’ll be able to witness the immense power of the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also be able to visit a black basalt cave and admire Reynisdrangar basalt stacks rising from the sea. According to the legend, it’s nothing else than trolls who were turned into rock by the rising sun.

After that, our tour takes us to Skógafoss, an amazing 60-meter tall waterfall falling into the pool below. It is believed that deep into this pool, below the waterfall, lies the Viking treasure. You’ll also be able to take 527 steps leading to a panoramic view above the falls. 

After the South Coast tour, we’ll begin the journey back to Reykjavík. We’ll have a chance to visit more sites as we travel through the south back to the city. We’ll get back to Reykjavík between 16:00 (4:00 p.m.) and 19:00 (7:00 p.m.).

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing
  • South Coast Highlights
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • 22hill hotel or similar
Day07

The Blue Lagoon

Description:

Crush the bitterness of cold with a warm soak in the geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. Spend a couple of hours soaking yourself in the hot spring, later by noon drive to the airport to catch your return flight back home. It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers. Hoping that you have captured the best moments on camera and packed in a host of travel memories to carry back home with you.

Activities Included:
  • Blue Lagoon spa (approx.3 hrs)
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Inclusions

Price Includes

  • 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
  • All transportation by SUV / VAN
  • Blue Lagoon Hot Springs (One Day Pass)
  • Guided Glacier Hike tour
  • Caving Guide & Caving Equipment
  • Guided activities
  • Airport transfer

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Any meals unless specified above
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
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FAQ

I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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