Journey north to Iceland's fabulous landscape of volcanoes and ice in search of the Northern Lights.

Devoid of light pollution and rendered all the more surreal against a backdrop shaped by seismic geological forces, the rugged landscape of Northern Iceland makes for one incredible setting from which to witness the Aurora Borealis. Indulge your passion for astronomy – and hope to witness one of Mother Nature's most dazzling displays – on a journey both educational and spectacular. By day explore a terrain of snow-covered volcanoes, ice-encrusted waterfalls and astonishingly warm thermal springs, then settle in for long evenings of astronomy lectures and star-gazing in the company of a Northern Lights expert.

Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 6 Max 30
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Discover the ins and outs of Reykjavik on a guided city tour
  • Peer down into the thundering chutes of the Godafoss Waterfall
  • Enjoy a dip in the naturally heated waters of a geothermal pool
  • Learn about the science behind the Aurora Borealis
  • Enhance your understanding of astronomy through lectures delivered by an expert in the field
  • Be awed by the otherworldly natural features of Lake Myvatn


You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until the welcome meeting at 7pm. Please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards.
The group leader will recommend and organise an optional group meal in the evening.
Reykjavik Sightseeing - Reykjavík is a modern city with an excellent variety of restaurants, museums, galleries, cozy bars and coffee shops and a wonderful new concert hall on the Habour side, the Harpa. As the world's most northerly capital and the only city of any size in Iceland, Reykjavik is home to more than one third of Iceland's population but small enough to get to know well in just a few days.
This morning we will take the short flight to Akureyri where you will be met by our local guide. On the way to the hotel, you will have a guided tour that will introduce you to the North of Iceland, only a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle. On the way you will stop at the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers.

Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains, with weird volcanic formations in Dimmuborgir (Dark Citadels), pseudocraters and underground caves with geothermal water (Grjótagjá). After lunch at your hotel at Lake Mývatn you will visit Hverarönd mud pools with its steam jets and boiling sulphur pits, Dimmuborgir lava field.

Finishing back at your hotel which will be your base for the next 4 days. The hotel is in a remote region far away from street lights making it ideal for watching the skies for aurora.
You are free to enjoy a range of optional activities available in the area or simply enjoy this beautiful region.
The optional activities include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, super jeep tours and horse riding.
There are a number of walks that can be made from the hotel around the southern shores of the lake on which you can take in the pseudocraters and volcanic cones in the area.

Dinner will be available at the hotel at an additional cost, after which your astronomy guide will host a number of lectures and discussions related to the Aurora discussing both the science and mythology attached to them. He will also be keeping an eye on the sky and if the Northern Lights appear will ensure we all head out to view their beauty.

For those who want to finish the evening with some relaxation there is an outdoor hot tub from which you can also view the night sky.
You will be taken on a tour that introduces you to the locals. You look at hydro-electric power station, see time past at the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjadarstadur. The drive to Husavik, a small fishing village, and pay a visit to the Exploration Museum. The tour gives you a great view on the Icelandic way of life, past and present. On the return you will stop off at the Mývatn nature bath for a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 meters. Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms, the waters are beneficial to skin and spirit alike. Aurora watching in the evening.
You are free to enjoy a range of optional activities available in the area or simply enjoy this beautiful region.

There are a number of walks that can be made from the hotel around the southern shores of the lake on which you can take in the pseudocraters and volcanic cones in the area. There are some interesting birds to see in the region including the Barrow’s Goldeneye which are present around the lake all year and Ptarmigan and Gyrfalcon which are often seen near the hotel.
This morning we transfer back to Akureyri where the local guide will take you on a short city tour before taking you to the airport for your flight to Reykjavík where you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Your tour will end at the hotel.
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7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Light plane, Private Bus
Included activities
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Astronomy Lectures
  • Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Husavik Day Tour


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