Adventure-Packed 5-Day Iceland Exploration Tour With Northern Lights From Reykjavik
Explore Iceland's diverse landscapes and natural wonders on this thrilling five-day adventure tour that kicks off in Reykjavik. If you're eager to experience the best of Western and Southern Iceland, then this tour is tailor-made for you.
Get ready for an unforgettable journey that will immerse you in the captivating beauty and unique experiences of this enchanting country, including the mesmerizing opportunity to witness the ethereal northern lights dancing across the Arctic sky.
Your adventure begins as you are picked up in Reykjavik, ensuring a hassle-free start to your exploration. From there, you'll set out to discover the hidden gems of Borgarfjordur, a region known for its stunning landscapes and historical significance.
You’ll then traverse the rugged terrain of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a microcosm of Iceland's natural wonders featuring glaciers, black beaches, and volcanic craters.
Next, the tour takes you to the famous Golden Circle, where you'll encounter geothermal wonders and historical sites. Here, you’ll find Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Iceland known for its stunning rift valley, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.
You'll encounter Haukadalur geothermal valley, known for its stunning geysers, including the famous Strokkur geyser, which erupts regularly, shooting hot water and steam into the air. The grand finale of this part of your tour is the iconic Gullfoss waterfall. Here, the Hvita river plunges into a dramatic gorge, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that will leave you in awe.
As your journey continues, you'll explore the enchanting South Coast of Iceland, a region renowned for its dramatic landscapes. Venture into an ice cave, a surreal and breathtaking experience as you step into a frozen world of stunning ice formations. Stroll along the mesmerizing Reynisfjara black sand beach, where the contrast of dark sands against the roaring waves creates a mesmerizing sight.
The pinnacle of your adventure awaits at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where massive icebergs gracefully drift in the serene waters. It's a sight that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty of Iceland.
On this tour, you'll have the opportunity to opt for boat tours that offer an up-close and intimate glacier experience, allowing you to get even closer to the icebergs and glaciers.
In the span of just five days, you'll uncover the captivating beauty of Iceland's West and South Coasts, from hidden treasures to world-famous attractions. Don't miss this immersive five-day experience offering a perfect blend of adventure and natural beauty.
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Day 1 - Borgarfjordur Valley, Waterfalls, and Viking Heritage
The journey commences in the captivating landscapes of West Iceland.
As the morning sun kisses the horizon, you will be greeted by an experienced guide and a skilled driver, ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure. You will be whisked away towards the towering beauty of Mount Esja, which majestically surveys Reykjavik from above.
Your path unfurls along the sides of this natural giant, leading you to the Hvalfjordur fjords, aptly named the "whale fjord." This picturesque location boasts a rich maritime history and breathtaking coastal views.
Continuing your expedition, you will venture into the heart of Borgarfjordur, a region steeped in historical significance. It was here that Viking sailors, driven by their adventurous spirit, first set foot and forged their homes on new shores, leaving behind a legacy that still echoes in the land.
Your next destination is the enchanting Reykholtsdalur valley, a place where nature's forces are on full display. Here, you'll witness the might of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most potent hot spring. The bubbling, steaming waters remind us of the earth's inner workings and its untamed energy.
Your journey takes you to the quaint village of Reykholt, once the residence of Snorri Sturluson, a multifaceted figure from the Middle Ages. Snorri's abode was not just a house; it was a sanctuary of knowledge and creativity. In these hallowed halls, he penned invaluable codices that are now cherished records of mythology and the ancient Norse language, preserving the rich tapestry of our cultural heritage.
A short distance away, the landscape transforms dramatically as you encounter two striking waterfalls, Hraunsfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar, a series of rivulets cascading through dark lava fields, presents a stark and haunting beauty. In stark contrast, Barnafoss is a dazzling blue stream that rushes through a narrow ravine, a vision of serenity amidst the rugged terrain.
As the day unfolds, you'll make your way to your accommodation, offering a well-deserved respite for the night. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive northern lights, known as the Aurora, especially on crisp, star-studded nights when the sky itself seems to dance in ethereal hues.
Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Get ready for an extraordinary day filled with diverse natural wonders on the enchanting Snaefellsnes Peninsula. From captivating lava fields to dreamy waterfalls, mysterious caves, contrasting black and white beaches, historic landmarks, and the majestic Snaefellsjokull Glacier of the western region, your adventure is set to amaze.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast, as you head out for an adventure with underground exploration. This glacier, Snaefellsjokull, holds a special place in literary history, having featured prominently in Jules Verne's novel, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth," serving as the gateway to a thrilling subterranean journey.
As you reach the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, your first stop is the awe-inspiring Gerduberg Cliff, a massive wall of basalt columns. The unique geological formations make for a remarkable sight, showcasing the natural wonders of Iceland.
Continuing your journey, you'll discover the stunning Ytri-Tunga white sand beach, a rarity among Iceland's mostly black sand beaches. Its golden sands and serene atmosphere create the perfect environment for spotting seals in their natural habitat.
The picturesque village of Arnarstapi awaits you next, a charming fishing village surrounded by dramatic basalt ravines and lava pillars. Here, you can explore the historic fisherman landing spots and stroll along the coastline, where the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean provide a mesmerizing backdrop, especially against the Gatklettur arch rock.
Your adventure leads you to Djupalonssandur, a black pebble beach accessed through a captivating field of lava pillars and rocks. This unique location offers an otherworldly experience, unlike any other, where you can walk along the pebble shoreline and soak in the breathtaking natural features.
Further along your journey, the iconic Kirkjufell mountain beckons with its distinctive features. Known for its appearance in the popular series "Game of Thrones," Kirkjufell has become one of Iceland's most sought-after landmarks, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
As you make your way back to Reykjavik, you'll pass by Hraunsfjordur, a beautiful fjord framed by snow-covered mountains, and catch a glimpse of the dark lava field known as Berserkjahraun. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the construction of the road, enhancing your appreciation of the area's natural beauty and history.
Don't forget to keep an eye on the evening sky for a magical spectacle—the northern lights. Their mesmerizing colors are sure to put on a show, providing a captivating conclusion to your unforgettable journey through West Iceland.
In the evening, you'll return to your accommodations in Reykjavik, where you can unwind and reflect on the day's remarkable experiences. This marks the end of your memorable exploration of West Iceland's captivating landscapes and enchanting wonders.
Day 3 - The Golden Circle
On the third day of your Icelandic adventure, you will embark on a journey to explore the iconic Golden Circle, a route renowned for its spectacular natural attractions.
Your first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park is a place of great historical and geological significance, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, forming a striking rift valley.
Here, Iceland's ancient Althingi, the world's oldest parliament, used to convene. As you wander through this remarkable site, you will be struck by the clarity of Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest natural lake, and the impressive Almannagja gorge.
Next, you will venture to the Haukadalur geothermal area, which is home to the geothermal wonders of Strokkur and Geysir. Strokkur is the star attraction, erupting with scalding hot water at regular intervals.
While Geysir may no longer be active, it remains historically significant as the namesake of all geysers. These geothermal features are a testament to the incredible natural forces that have shaped Iceland's landscapes, and you will be in awe of their raw power and beauty.
Your final destination for the day is the awe-inspiring Gullfoss Waterfall, often referred to as the "Golden Falls." Even before you lay eyes on it, you will hear the thunderous roar of the cascading waters. Gullfoss is a two-tiered waterfall that plunges into a rugged canyon, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.
Its name, "Golden Falls," comes from the way the glacial water sparkles in the sunlight, casting a golden hue. As you stand on the viewing platforms, you will feel the mist on your face and witness the sheer force and grandeur of this natural wonder.
Day 3 of your Icelandic journey promises an unforgettable adventure. You will explore the historical and geological wonders of Thingvellir National Park, witness the dramatic eruptions of Strokkur and Geysir at the Haukadalur geothermal area, and be mesmerized by the powerful beauty of Gullfoss Waterfall.
Each of these attractions offers a unique perspective on Iceland's natural and cultural heritage.
Day 4 - South Coast & Glacier Hike
Your fourth day of exploration takes you to the mesmerizing South Coast of Iceland, where nature's wonders await.
Begin your journey with a visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning cascade of water that plummets gracefully from a cliff's edge. What makes this waterfall truly unique is the walking path that allows you to venture behind the falling water, immersing yourself in its misty embrace and capturing unforgettable views.
Just a short stroll from Seljalandsfoss, you'll discover Gljufrabui, a hidden gem nestled within a narrow canyon. This enchanting waterfall is partially concealed behind imposing rocks, offering an element of mystery and surprise as you explore its ethereal surroundings.
Continuing along the South Coast, your next stop is Skogafoss waterfall. This towering natural wonder is a sight to behold, with its powerful cascade of water plunging dramatically into a tranquil pool below. The sound of the crashing water and the misty atmosphere create an awe-inspiring experience that will leave you in wonder.
Your adventure then leads you to Reynisfjara, the renowned Black Sand Beach. Here, you'll be captivated by the contrast of the jet-black sands against the powerful waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. Towering basalt columns, known as Reynisdrangar, rise majestically from the sea, adding to the otherworldly ambiance of this place.
To complete your perfect adventure-filled day, you'll embark on a glacier hike. This extraordinary experience takes you onto an outlet glacier stemming from one of Iceland's largest ice formations.
Meeting highly trained glacier guides, you'll gear up with safety equipment, including helmets, harnesses, crampons, and ice axes. Your journey onto the glacier spans an hour and a half, providing a unique opportunity to witness this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomenon up close.
As you traverse the icy expanse, your guides will share their expertise, shedding light on the glacier's formation, movement, and the impact of climate change on these frozen giants. It's a spectacular experience that not only connects you with the raw beauty of Iceland's landscapes but also deepens your understanding of the delicate balance of nature.
Day 5 - Jokulsarlon & Blue Ice Cave
On your fifth day of adventure, you'll discover the mesmerizing beauty of Jokulsarlon and the enchanting wonder of the Blue Ice Cave.
Jokulsarlon is a breathtaking glacial lagoon nestled along Iceland's southeastern coast. As you visit this natural marvel, you'll witness a mesmerizing display of glistening icebergs as they gracefully float on the serene waters. These icebergs, calved from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, gleam like diamonds in the sunlight, creating a truly magical spectacle.
Strolling along Diamond Beach, you'll find ice sculptures washed ashore by the tides, creating a surreal landscape where the elements of fire and ice harmoniously converge. The contrast between the crystal-clear ice and the volcanic black sands is a photographer's dream, offering unparalleled opportunities for capturing the beauty of nature.
To elevate your experience further, your journey continues with an ice cave tour departing from Jokulsarlon. Expert guides will accompany you on this adventure as you embark on an exhilarating ride in a super jeep. This rugged vehicle is designed to conquer the glacier's challenging terrain, ensuring a safe and thrilling journey.
As you ascend the glacier, you'll approach the Blue Ice Cave, a natural wonder that seems plucked from a fairy tale. The unique phenomenon of the blue ice cave is a sight to behold.
Inside, you'll be immersed in a world of translucent blue ice sculpted by the glacier's ever-changing dynamics. The play of light within the cave creates an ethereal ambiance, making it a photographer's paradise and a remarkable experience for all.
In summary, on your fifth day of adventure, you'll explore Jokulsarlon and Diamond Beach, where you'll witness the captivating dance of ice and water. Your day will culminate with an unforgettable journey into the Blue Ice Cave, where the glacier's secrets are revealed in the most enchanting way possible.
Prepare to be spellbound by the natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
Good to know
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions, and timings may be adjusted to the short daylight of winter days.
• The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in the office for 3,000 ISK per item. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
• Pick-up is from designated locations in Reykjavik on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick-up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.