Northern Lights Express

DAY 1 :The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere.

Northern Lights Express

DAY 3 : Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres (49 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).

Northern Lights Express

DAY 2 : Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland.

Northern Lights Express

If you come for the northern lights and want to experience a good mixture of Iceland‘s top tourist attractions along the way, this is the tour for you. From icy waterfalls to warm geothermal baths, from black sand beaches to glacier covered mountains, this winter wonderland is at your feet. On the way get the chance for the elusive Northern Lights in starlit nights,  away from city lights.


Highlights and recommended activities

  • National Park Þingvell, Hot Spring area Geysir, Waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Reynisfjara, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell and Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður National Park, black beach Reynisfjara and basalt columns, Reykjanes peninsula and Reykjavík. 
  • Horse Riding, Glacier Walk, Geothermal Baths, Whale Watching. 
  • The Northern Lights season is from September to April.




  • 5 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
  • 5 days rental car of your choice. - Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
  • Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík.
  • Road Map 1:500 000.
  • Detailed itinerary.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland.
  • VAT and lodging tax.



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Day 1: Arrival. A day in Reykjavík

Picking up your rental car upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you start your journey by driving to the capital, Reykjavík where you stay for the night. Explore the most northernly located capital of the world.

What to do in Reykjavík

Take a stroll around the city centre, stopping by the Church Hallgrímskirkja (you may find the architecture familiar if you hiked to the Waterfall Svartifoss in Skaftafell). From there stroll down the Skólavörðustígur street down to Bankastræti and from there to the Parliament, the City hall on the city’s Lake Tjörnin and from there towards the old harbour. You can hop on board a whale watching boat from the harbour or visit one of the many restaurants there.
If you like to add a museum visit to today’s agenda, you could stop by the “Harbour House” Hafnarhús at the Reykjavík Art Museum, or at the National Gallery near the Lake Tjörnin. The National Museum is also worth a visit if you are still curious about Icelandic heritage as well as the Maritime Museum Víkin. If you are curious about the Northern lights you’ll find the Aurora Borealis Exhibition around the corner from the old harbour.
If you are interested in architecture you should not miss a visit to the recently built music and congress hall, Harpa. Concerts with Icelandic music are often held during lunch time and in the evening plays for tourists are shown. Visit the homepage www.harpa for further information and program.

Day 2: Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall

Visit today the highlights of the so called Golden Circle.
Start the day by exploring the national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir. Take a walk through the Almannagjá rift valley to the historical parliament site and onwards to Öxaráfoss waterfall.

From here the journey takes you geysers in Haukadalur. The „old“ Geysir, from which the name geyser derives, is rather quiet nowadays, but the very active hot spring Strokkur erupts spectacularly with spouting the water up to 25 metres high into the air; and that every five to seven minutes! The impressive waterfall Gullfoss, the Golden Falls, is only a short drive away. The glacier river cascades in two stages into the 32 metre deep gorge, and when the sun shines, a rainbow can be seen in the spray.

On your way to your accommodation in the Hella area, stop at the greenhouses at Friðheimar and taste some tomato icecream, relax in the geothermal pool Secret Lagoon, or visit the former episcopal seat Skálholt, once the main educational centre of Iceland.

Day 3: Waterfalls, activities on a Glacier & the Black South Coast

Today head on to the sights of the South Coast. The beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss invites to a walk behind its veil. Further along the rock wall you reach the waterfall Gjlúfrabúi, who hides in a narrow gorge.

According to legend, a treasure chest is hidden behind the impressive 60 metre/200 ft drop off   Skógafoss waterfall. If you like, hike along the river upstream to find smaller waterfalls.

The local folk- and transport museum with its icelandic turf farm, gable style woodbuilt farm and the countless items of daily icelandic life from the past, is a top tipp to visit.

If you are in search of an adventure, participate in glacier hike or snowmobile tour on the glacier Sólheimajökull. Head on to the coast and the birdcliff Dyrhólaey with natural rock arch, created by the  Atlantic ocean, and its grand view from the lighthouse along the endless beach. The fascinating black sand beach of Reynisfjara with its basalt columns is close by, before heading to the village of Vík for your accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Drive to Skaftafell, located in Europe‘s largest national park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, named after the ice cap Vatnajökull, covering with its 9.200 km2/3.550 mi2 only a part of the national park. Skaftafell offers various hikes and points of interests, such as mountains, waterfalls and of course glaciers.
Picturesque Svartifoss waterfall can be reached by an easy 1,5 hour hike from the information centre, with having a walk through an icelandic birch forest! Icelands highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur with 2.110 m/6.920 ft can be seen on a clear day during the hike. Glaciercovered, it is a part of the volcano Öræfajökull, that destroyed in an eruption in the year 1362 many farms. The area was covered in volcanic ash and tephra, and glacial floods laid the fertile meadows to waste.
The viewing point of the outlet glacier Svínafellsjökull with its deep crevasses can be easily reached, and the outlet glacier Skaftafellsjökull requires only an easy 1 hour walk.

Driving along the mountains with its outlet glaciers deriving from the main ice cap, you reach the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon. The calving outlet glacier produces large icebergs that are floating on the lagoon. Take a walk to the beach, where iceblocks are often washed ashore, and seals can be spotted sometimes.

From November to March, guided tours to the natural ice caves of the area are offered, giving you a glimpse of the deep blue of the glacier ice.

After this day of exploring, head back through vast sand deserts and moss covered lavafields to Vík for your second night, stopping along the way at the basalt columns at Dverghamrar.

Day 5: Reykjanes Peninsula

Today you have the opportunity to visit places you have missed out on day 3, or add activities on the glacier.

The route takes you to the former fishing villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki with their colourful wooden houses. The ghost museum in Stokkseyri tells stories about the believe in ghosts, some apparently still linger around!
Continue to the Reykjanes peninsula with its rough black lava landscape. The small wooden church of Selvógur was built by a crew of merchants who got shipwrecked. Fearing for the worst, they promised that they would build a church where they would come ashore, and soon an angel guided their way to the now called Englarvík, the Angel Cove at Selvógur.

The fumaroles and mud hot springs in Krísúvík show the geothermal activity of the area, while heading on to the fishing village of Grindavík. Round up your stay with a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal milky-blue water, known for its healing effect on skin and joints.

Your accommodation is located in the vicinity of the town Keflavík, close to the airport.

Day 6: Departure

The time of departure will determine your plans for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon, you have time to explore more of the Reykjanes peninsula, its lunar landscape, geothermal activity, and remote cliffs.
For your departure in the early morning, drive directly the short way to the airport and give back your rental car before check in.

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Sept - April

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6 days / 5 nights