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Iceland: Iceland Northern Lights Holidays

Witness the ghostly radiance of the Aurora Borealis

5 Days From £1260

This short trip to Iceland’s vibrant capital, Reykjavík, lets you explore so much of the country in just a few days, however if you are looking for a longer holiday, you can extend your stay. An Iceland Northern Lights holiday takes you out by boat in search of the breathtaking displays of the Aurora Borealis. While sightings cannot be guaranteed, these tours take you away from competing light sources to give you the best possible chance. If weather conditions prevent the boat tour from taking place, a replacement bus tour will take you to some of the best spots on land to witness this phenomenon so that you don't miss out on your chance to see the Aurora!

Reykjavík is an ideal location to stay when visiting Iceland on a Northern Lights holiday. Take a fascinating city tour of some of the most illustrious sites such as the architecturally inspired Hallgrímskirkja and Lake Tjornin which lies in the centre of the city and attracts a wide variety of water birds and wildlife. Another highlight of Iceland Northern Lights trips is a tour of the remarkable Golden Circle which consists of Gullfoss Waterfall, the great Geysir and finally, Þingvellir National Park. You will be amazed at all the spectacles that this wonderful country boasts so if you want an exceptional holiday to an exceptional destination, travel to Iceland for a Northern Lights break. Why not make this adventure even more remarkable with an optional (chargeable) whale watching safari? Take to the water in search of these magnificent creatures and make your Icelandic discovery complete!

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Iceland

    Witness the ghostly radiance of the Aurora Borealis - Arrive in Iceland

    On arrival in Iceland, make your way to your hotel in Reykjavík for your first night’s stay in Iceland. Alternatively, subject to the time of your arrival, we can organise your first evening meal in Iceland to start your Northern Lights adventure in style (a supplement will apply). The chefs at the remarkable Kopar Restaurant offer you an unforgettable discovery of Iceland’s culinary delights.

  • Day 2 - The Golden Circle and Hunting the Aurorae

    The Golden Circle and Hunting the Aurorae

    Continue your Northern Lights break today as you're collected from your hotel in the morning for a tour of the Golden Circle and some if Iceland’s scenic highlights. You’ll be travelling south with your guide towards Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls. As the day continues, you’ll journey past the magnificent Geysir Hot Springs and onwards to the amazing þingvellir National Park home to the world’s oldest parliament, founded in 930 AD.

    On arrival in the quiet town of Hella, your guide will give you a presentation on the Aurora Borealis this evening. Afterwards, don’t head to bed too early as your accommodation is well placed for viewing the Northern Lights. After your presentation on the Aurora Borealis, we recommend waiting outside for an appearance by this magical natural phenomenon (weather permitting).

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - The Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park and Hunting the Northern Lights

    The Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park and Hunting the Northern Lights

    It’s an early start today to reach the glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón while the light is at its best. This is an incredible natural feature, which is a relatively recent geological addition to the abundance of Iceland’s beautiful natural attractions. The icebergs in the lake were formed around 100 years ago and are kept company by a small number of seals. Both the playful seals and the beautifully formed icebergs usually end up on the fine black sand of the lagoons beach. Located 400 kilometres away from Reykjavík, the glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón is rarely visited by tourists on short breaks from Reykjavík; however those who do manage to make the journey consider it a firm favourite.

    The icebergs in the glacier lagoon come from the largest glacier in Europe – the Vatnajökull glacier- located in Europe’s largest National Park. The 12,000 square kilometre Vatnajökull National Park has an alpine environment with some of Iceland’s highest peaks. Your next stop after visiting Jökulsárlón is the Vatnajökull National Park before your onward journey to your accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    There will be a final presentation about the Northern Lights is given after dinner.  As you remain in a quiet and remote location for sightings of the Aurora Borealis tonight, you may see the magical phenomenon shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - The South Cost of Iceland

    From your hotel this morning you’ll take part in a guided exploration of Iceland's southern coast. Your southbound journey will take you through the charming village of Vík í Mýrdal and visit the surrounding cliffs, which some of Iceland's most impressive bird colonies call home. You’ll see the stunning glaciers, the vast black lava fields and impressive rock formations before stopping to visit the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Are you brave – or perhaps foolhardy – enough to venture behind the latter? You’’ continue onwards to Reykjavík, where you have the opportunity to explore the city or book extra excursions this evening, including a boat tour in search of the magical Northern Lights.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Return to the UK or Extend Your Stay in Iceland

    Return to the UK or Extend Your Stay in Iceland

    You’ll travel to Keflavik airport today for your return flight. Not quite ready to leave? Your Northern Lights break can be extended, affording you the opportunity to see more of the rugged landscape hat Iceland has to offer. Other opportunities include increasing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, bathing in the world famous Blue Lagoon or taking part in a thrilling whale watching safari! Speak to one of our friendly advisers about staying longer in Iceland.

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • Return international flights from London Gatwick (details of regional departures on request)
  • Return unescorted flybus transfers
  • Fully escorted three day bus tour with an English speaking guide
  • Four nights’ accommodation in hotels and cottages
  • Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
  • Visit to a multimedia presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
  • Northern Lights program on two evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of winter and Northern Lights explorer equipment:
    • Non-slip snow & ice grippers
    • Spikes for shoes
    • A flash light that (helpful when walking in the dark and operating your camera at night)
  • Meals as per the itinerary

Not Included...

  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
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  • Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
  • Supplements will apply over the Christmas and the New Year period
  • Prices include flights from London Gatwick
  • Other departure airports are available and a supplement may apply
  • This holiday runs from Sunday to Thursday
Prices for single travellers:
DatesPrices From
  • Prices are per person
  • Supplements will apply over the Christmas and the New Year period
  • Prices include flights from London Gatwick
  • Other departure airports are available and a supplement may apply
  • Scheduled departures

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