Map of Premium Iceland in Winter including Iceland

Hunt aurora and discover Iceland’s natural wonders

Search the sky for dancing lights by night and discover natural wonders by day on this eight-day Premium adventure. Travel with a local leader who brings the landscape to life as you view the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, drive through hardened lava fields in Skaftafell National Park, see the eerily calm waters of the Glacier Lagoon and wander among Reynisdrangar’s imposing basalt sea stacks. Take in dramatic views from your feature stay hotel and journey from Hvolsvollur to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in pursuit of mother nature’s most spectacular show.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Destination
Iceland
Style
Premium
Theme
Explorer
Code
BIPI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

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Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

  • Experience the breadth of Iceland's incredible natural phenomena - ancient volcanic rock formations, black pebble beaches, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons.

  • Travel with an experienced local leader who will explain geographic features, share stories of Iceland’s history and folklore and narrate your nightly sky watching with the science behind aurora borealis.

  • Stay in the stylish Fosshotel which offers up priceless views of the surrounding landscape, modern comforts and an excellent restaurant that uses the freshest Icelandic produce.

  • Discover the secrets of Icelandic cuisine during a home cooked dinner on a local farm and unleash your appetite on Reykjavik’s exciting food scene.

  • This trip is designed to give you the best chance at seeing the spectacular dancing lights of the aurora borealis in the northern sky.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The northern lights are most visible during the colder months, when temperatures can reach -15 °C or below and snow is very likely. It's important to bring appropriate clothing such as a down jacket, thermals layers, gloves and suitable footwear.

  • Many locations on this itinerary are remote, which means a few long drives. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know your fellow travellers.

  • While there is a strong chance of seeing the northern lights in all their colourful glory (thanks to the high latitude, time of year and itinerary), nature makes no guarantees. On the rare occasion that your leader must alter the itinerary due to adverse weather, alternative activities will be offered.

Itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital and the starting point of your Icelandic adventure. Enjoy a complimentary shared airport shuttle to your hotel and settle in before meeting your tour leader and fellow travellers for a 6pm welcome meeting. If you arrive early, this little city punches above its weight when it comes to things to see and do. Perhaps take a trip to the National Museum, where you can see its permanent exhibition depicting the history of Iceland, or hit the city’s brightly coloured streets to explore an exciting display of shops and cafes. After the welcome meeting, celebrate the start of a new adventure with an included dinner with your group, where your tour leader will introduce you to the best of Icelandic cuisine.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Reykjavik Centrum or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

The shared airport shuttle is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.
This morning head to the geologically and historically important Thingvellir National Park. To those not in the know, the national park may seem to simply be a stunning natural wonder, but your leader will be on hand to provide historical context and explain that this was the original site of Iceland’s old parliament from AD 930. Visit the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur before driving to the spectacular Gullfoss, Iceland’s largest waterfall. After your visit, head to your base for the evening in Fludir. This afternoon you may like to pay a visit to the Secret Lagoon, a natural geothermal pool warmed by the nearby hot springs – this is a classic Icelandic experience. This evening will be a good opportunity to turn your head to the skies in search of the Northern Lights.
Accommodation
  • Icelandair Hotel Fludir or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir & Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
Optional Activities
  • Fludir - Secret Lagoon - ISK3000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You will cover a distance of approximately 150 km today / 2.5 hours. Please note that while there is a good chance of seeing the lights of the aurora this far north, there is no guarantee, as they are a natural phenomenon and weather conditions can affect visibility. There are a number of apps you can download that show current and forecast activity of the aurora around the world. Some of these apps have a function that allow you to be alerted at night when the aurora becomes visible in your current location. Remember to pack warm clothes, as temperatures can drop to below –5°C.
Begin the day by travelling through the lava fields of the Laki volcanic eruption in 1783, as your leader explains how this devasting event shaped not only Iceland’s landscape, but also its culture. Next is Skaftafell National Park where you’ll come face-to-face with Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. Carry on to some of the country’s most impressive, uninterrupted scenery and wander past the enormous basalt sea stacks at Reynisdrangar. Later discover the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, your feature stay for this evening. This modern and contemporary hotel carefully considers its surroundings as spacious rooms with huge windows show off views of the mountains and sea, while stylish interiors reflect the colours of the world outside. This evening you’ll enjoy an included dinner at the excellent on-site restaurant serving up a creative list of dishes made with local Icelandic produce.
Accommodation
  • Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (feature stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • South Coast - Laki Lava Fields
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
You will cover a distance of approximately 350 km today / 4.5 hours
Start the day with a short drive on to Jokulsarlon, also known as the Glacier Lagoon. Take a walk around this astounding glacial lake and learn a little more about its history. Continue through the beautiful scenery of Iceland’s South Shore, marvel at the colours of the glaciers spilling down the mountains in the distance and admire the spectacular Skogafoss, a waterfall on the Skoga River. At 60 metres high and 25 metres wide, it's one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. The otherworldly topography you see today is bound to inspire questions, and your leader will be on hand to explain how these geographical wonders came to be. Continue to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the stream of rushing water to see it from another angle. Next, return to Reykjavik and enjoy a free evening. Perhaps head to the Old Harbour to try the famous lobster soup, or if you’re feeling brave, the infamous fermented shark washed down with a shot of Brennivin (Icelandic Schnapps).
Accommodation
  • Skuggi Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • South Coast - Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • South Coast - Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You will cover a distance of approximately 450 km today / 5.5 hours
After breakfast, see Reykjavik’s through the eyes of a local on a tour of the city with your leader. Learn the history of the Old Harbour and pass through the city centre. Reykjavik celebrates its uniqueness with stand-out pieces of architecture, which you’ll witness first-hand during visits to the Hallgrimskirkja church and the dome-shaped Pearl. Then head to the remote and geographically fascinating Snaefellsnes Peninsula, your home for the next two nights. On your way visit the Borgarfjordur area and be amazed by the stunning waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, then continue to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Reap the benefits of your surroundings during a relaxing dip in the Krauma thermal pools, where waters from the hot spring mix with glacial waters to create the perfect bathing temperature. This evening you’ll enjoy a comforting dinner at your accommodation before looking to the skies in search of dancing lights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Rjukandi Snaefellsbaer or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Krauma - Geothermal Baths Visit
  • Borgarfjordur - Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Borgarfjordur - Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Reykjavik - Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
You will drive approximately 300 km today / 4 hours. Please don't forget to have your swimwear and towel handy today for your visit to the geothermal pools of Krauma. Swimwear, towels and bathrobes are also available for hire at an additional cost on site.
Today you will explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning with the Snaefellsjokull glacier, an icecap that covers a dormant volcano. Travel to the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs will reveal rich birdlife. Stop by Djupalonssandur, a basaltic pebble beach framed by strange lava formations, then visit the charming village of Grundarfjordur, famous for its million-dollar views of Mt Kirkjufell. Travel to the horse farm of Lysuholl where a local will welcome you in for a delicious home-made dinner. Head back to your accommodation, and depending on the weather, rug up in warm clothing and head out in search of the northern lights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Rjukandi Snaefellsbaer or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Liston's Stone Carving Workshop
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today you will return to Reykjavik. On the drive, your leader may share some stories of Norse mythology, so keep an eye out for elves and fairies along the way. Iceland's capital has an eclectic art and music scene, and this afternoon you may like to browse some of the city's excellent art galleries and museums. If you feel like something more active, you can take a ride on an Icelandic horse, or see killer whales just offshore on a whale watching expedition. Alternatively, if you are after another look at the Northern Lights, you can head out of town to chase them again this evening. Ask your leader for more information on these activities. Tonight you may wish to join your group for a final dinner at one of the city’s great restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Reykjavik Centrum or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK1800
  • Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK2500
  • Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK2900
  • Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK1800
  • Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Reykjavik - Volcano House - ISK1790
  • Reykjavik - Perlan Museum - ISK4490
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You will drive approximately 200 km today / 3 hours.
Your Icelandic journey comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Those looking to extend their stay can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking the trip (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - ISK11000
  • Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
  • Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400
  • Laugarvatn - Fontana Geothermal Baths - ISK3950
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you are interested in visiting the Blue Lagoon please keep in mind that it has limited availability, and during peak times tickets sell out far in advance. We recommend you book your time slot online in advance if you would like to be sure of a certain time/date for your visit: bluelagoon.com.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Private minibus with free Wi-Fi

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights), Feature stay (1 night)

Included activities

  • Reykjavik - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir & Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • South Coast - Laki Lava Fields
  • South Coast - Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • South Coast - Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon
  • Krauma - Geothermal Baths Visit
  • Borgarfjordur - Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Borgarfjordur - Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Reykjavik - Walking Tour
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Liston's Stone Carving Workshop

Premium Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 

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