Iceland & the Northern Lights

This winter journey takes you to one of the most visually breathtaking countries in Europe to see the Northern Lights.

Journey Overview

This winter journey takes you to one of the most visually breathtaking countries in Europe to see the Northern Lights. Best seen during the winter months, when the temperatures are low and the night sky is clear and black, the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky in varying shades of green, pink and blue, sending out an eerie, otherworldly glow. You’ll visit locations outside of Reykjavik where, subject to weather conditions, the raw landscapes provide the best opportunity of viewing.

Journey Highlights

  • Seek out the Northern Lights in the Icelandic night sky
  • Discover the underground treasures of Iceland's volcanoes when you descend into a lava tube
  • Get up close to the thundering waterfalls of the Golden Circle
  • Walk along a black sand beach on the North Atlantic
  • Bathe in the mineral-rich geothermal Blue Lagoon

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive into the Icelandic capital where you are met and transferred to the hotel.

Hotel Borg

Day 2: Reykjavik

Compact and stylish, Reykjavik is easy to navigate. A private city walking tour includes the 19th century Parliament House, Reykjavik Cathedral, the impressive steel and glass-framed Harpa concert hall, and the whimsical Hallgrímskirkja church which towers over the city. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore, shop, visit a local coffee house or relax at the hotel.

Hotel Borg | Meals: B

Day 3: Reykjavik – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Borgarfjörður

An adventure today to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, famous for the glacier and volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s fictional Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The peninsula is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with sandy beaches on one side, mountains on the other and the towering glacier above. Explore the 8,000-year-old Vatnshellir lava tube, the Gerduberg wall of basalt columns, and the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, once one of the most prolific fishing villages on the peninsula and now deserted. Continue to Borgarfjörður and your accommodation.

Hotel Husafell | Meals: BL

Day 4: Borgarfjörður – Golden Circle – Hella

Discover the Golden Circle region, one of Iceland’s major attractions and a showcase of the very best the country has to offer – beautiful landscapes, powerful geysers and a most magnificent waterfall. Start off at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Thingvellir National Park, an area of incredible scenery and geological formations, and the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. Then visit the Geysir area, home to several hot spouting geysers. The most famous is Great Geysir, but the most energetic is Strokkur which spouts every few minutes to a height of 40-metres. Finally, head to Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland’s most famous, which plummets 32-metres down to a canyon below. The water in Gullfoss comes from the second biggest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull.

Torfhús Retreat | Meals: BL

Day 5: South Shore

A day spent exploring the South Shore, well known for its scenic beauty, waterfalls and endless black sandy beaches. First stop is the 60-metre high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, whose water flows from the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Continue to the extraordinary basalt sea stacks at Reynisdrangar and a walk along the black sand beach on the North Atlantic. Finish the day at Skógafoss waterfall, considered one of Iceland’s most beautiful.

Torfhús Retreat | Meals: BL

Day 6: Hella – Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

Today starts off by visiting Reykjanesskagi, a small headland in the country’s far southwest. A region of intense geothermal activity, the dramatic, rugged landscape here features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields and hot springs. Highlights include Kleifarvatn Lake, the colourful sulphuric deposits of the Seltún geothermal area, the Krýsuvíkurbjarg cliffs and their abundant birdlife, as well as the mineral-rich geothermal Blue Lagoon, whose waters are said to have wonderful healing qualities. Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating dip in the warm milky-white waters, before returning to the Blue Lagoon for overnight.

The Retreat Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 7: Depart Reykjavik

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Iceland & the Northern Lights

Hotel Borg is a 4* boutique hotel in the heart of Reykjavík. It overlooks the central square of Austurvollur, with a variety of cafes, re... Read more

Torfhús Retreat, Iceland

Iceland & the Northern Lights

Inspired by an Icelandic Viking farm at Stöng, Torfhús Retreat represents the classic Icelandic torfhouse style, made of stones, turf and... Read more

The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Iceland & the Northern Lights

The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon has been built into an 800-year-old lava flow in the heart of an astonishing volcanic frontier. Surrounded... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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