Iceland: Self Drive Northern Lights Adventure in South Iceland
Explore Iceland’s highlights under an Aurora sky
The Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s most renowned locations and this self drive Northern Lights adventure provides the perfect opportunity to explore its many wonders. With a base at a superior South Iceland Country Hotel in the Selfoss region, you will be perfectly situated to tour the Golden Circle and have the best chance of catching sight of the elusive Aurora Borealis. The remote location of your hotel gets you away from the light pollution of Iceland’s towns to give you the clear skies that make for the best views of the Northern Lights.
When you’re not hunting for the Aurora, you can make the most of your hire car and explore the many attractions of South Iceland. See the incredible Geysir Springs and witness the geysers spouting water up to 30 metres into the air and when you're done, delve into the fascinating volcanic formations at Þingvellir national park on a tour of the Golden Circle. You can also take a drive down to the Reykjanes Peninsula and hike across some of the world’s most unusual landscapes or head to Reykjavik and experience some of the historical and cultural highlights of Iceland. A visit to Þjórsárdalur Valley is a thrilling trip for anyone visiting South Iceland. Home to the Viking ruins of Stong, this intriguing location is the ideal place to explore the history of the country on your self drive Northern Lights break.
For your final night you will stay at the Northern Lights Inn, just a short walk from the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most incredible attractions. This location lets you make the most of your Blue Lagoon visit so, after a day spent adventuring in the iconic landscapes, you can return to your luxurious accommodation and relax or head out again to search for the Northern Lights to complete your Icelandic getaway.
Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik you will pick up your hire car before journeying on to your country hotel and getting your self drive Northern Lights tour underway.
Days 2 to 4 - Optional Excursions
This trip gives your the freedom to explore your chosen attractions in South Iceland. Highlights include:
A Golden Circle Tour:
Your location in the Selfoss region is ideal for exploring the many wonders of the Golden Circle. A visit to Þingvellir National Park gives you the chance to venture into the volcanic formations that have fascinated so many, including the rift between two tectonic plates. You can also see the water columns at Geysir reaching heights of up to 30 metres and of course, you can capture pictures of the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall.
Your superior South Iceland Country Hotel offers an exceptional location for spotting the Northern Lights. Removed from the light pollution of towns and surrounded by incredible viewpoints, it provides the best opportunity of seeing the Aurora.
Try your hand at walking across these icy mountains and perhaps ice-climbing as you cross incredible formations and explore mysterious caves.
South Iceland Sightseeing:
This region is home to some of the most magnificent scenery in the country and a great way to spend a day on your self drive Northern Lights adventure is to explore it yourself. The area is a photographer’s dream as the landscape is sensational and offers the perfect chance to capture an unforgettable view.
Take to the saddle as you explore the unusual terrain of South Iceland on horseback. And while out on this expedition, don’t forget to have a break and enjoy a swim in the natural thermal river.
The Þjórsárdalur Valley is home to the ruins of Stong, an ancient Viking community. After being smothered in ash from Hekla volcano’s 1104 eruption, the settlement was remarkably well preserved and is now an ideal location for history-keen travellers on the self drive Northern Lights tour.
This area has some of the most other-worldly landscapes in Iceland and offers a fascinating hiking expedition if you’re looking to explore this incredible region.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 5 - Blue Lagoon and Departure
A visit to the Blue Lagoon couldn’t be easier thanks to your perfectly located accommodation at the Northern Lights Inn. This landmark has attracted visitors from across the world and now you can experience it for yourself. It’s the ideal way to complete your self drive Northern Lights adventure.
Sadly, after your trip to the Blue Lagoon, it is time for your journey home.Meals included:Breakfast
- Flights from London to Reykjavik. (Other airports on request)
- 5 Day 4WD hire car.
- 3 Nights at the Hotel Eldhestar on bed and breakfast. Upgrade to the Grimsborgir Hotel (Supplement applies)
- One night at the Northern Lights Inn with breakfast.
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
- Prices are per person