Northern Lights Circle Tour

This guided small group tour offers a wonderful blend of Iceland’s culture, history, natural wonders and the extraordinary aurora borealis— better known as the northern lights. By day, your expert local guide will show you the top attractions in their beautiful winter coats around Iceland’s famed Ring Road. And by night, you can relax with your fellow explorers at cosy countryside hotels while waiting for auroras to dance in the sky.

  • Product: ISIGGG-09
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Season: Oct - Mar


  • Transfer from KEF airport to Reykjavik on arrival
  • Accommodation (comfort) for 7 nights, includes breakfast
  • Dinners, as per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide, as per itinerary
  • Transportation in a premium mini-coach, as per itinerary
  • Guided northern lights evening excursions, as per itinerary
  • Entrance to Friðheimar Farm
  • Entrance to the Skógar Folk Museum
  • Entrance to the Iceland Erupts Volcano Centre in Þorvaldseyri
  • Northern Lights Wake-up Call (optional in countryside)
  • Group information meeting with your tour guide
  • Transfer from Reykjavik to KEF airport on departure
  • Taxes & service fees

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals/drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Optional activities – can be added on request
  • Any services not listed above in “Included”
  • Personal travel insurance



  • Reykjavik
  • Þingvellir
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Vík
  • Skaftafell
  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Dyrhólaey
  • Skógafoss

Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.


  • Reykjavik


  • Blue Lagoon

Day 2: Exploring Hot Springs & Frozen Falls

This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of the journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Highlights include Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. We will also get to visit the geothermally-heated greenhouse at the Friðheimar tomato farm.

Later in the evening we will head out on an excursion to search for the northern lights (weather permitting), with blankets and flashlights to help us along.*

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night in Selfoss area.

Driving distance: 250 km / 155 mi.

*Please note the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.


  • Þingvellir
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir

Day 3: Volcanic Wonders of the South Coast

This is another day of winter wonder discovery! First we will start the day at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the icy cascade on a footpath. Then further along at the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, we will browse the exhibit about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on the local residents.

Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the nearby Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artefacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. The last stop today is at the black volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here we will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and steep cliffs of Dyrhólaey along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns off the shore.

Later in the evening we will head out on another northern lights excursion with blankets and flashlights in tow.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Driving distance approx. 200 km / 125 mi.  


  • Reynisdrangar
  • Skógafoss
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Vík

Day 4: Iceland’s Largest Glacier & Floating Icebergs

Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, starting with a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Here you will have the option to join a guided glacier hike and experience walking on ice with crampons!

After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs. You might recognize this place from postcards, online photos and maybe even some Hollywood film scenes. From there we’ll head to our final destination today, the seaside village of Höfn.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night in the Höfn area.

Driving distance approx. 200km / 125 mi


  • Skaftafell
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur


  • Guided glacier hike

Day 5: Fishing Villages & Rugged East Fjords

Today we get to experience a lesser-explored part of the island. Our drive takes us along majestic East Iceland, with gorgeous scenery that includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Among other highlights we will stop in the small villages of Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, the latter known for its French heritage. Our final destination of the day is Egilsstaðir, the largest town of the region with around 2,200 residents.           

Spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

Driving distance approx. 261 km / 162mi


  • Fjords
  • Fishing villages

Day 6: Winter Moonscapes & Geothermal Baths

Today our destination is North Iceland, where you will be amazed by the raw power of Icelandic nature. The first place to illustrate this is the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Standing right next to the thundering water is an experience you won’t soon forget! Next we will explore the unusual, moon-like landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area, including the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters—sights that are even more surreal in wintertime.

After our sightseeing you will have the option of relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. From there, we will head to the town of Akureyri, our next overnight destination.

Spend the night in Akureyri.

Driving distance approx. 267 km / 166 mi. 


  • Lake Mývatn
  • Dettifoss
  • Námaskarð
  • Skútustaðagígar


  • Entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths

Day 7: From the Capital of North Iceland to Reykjavik

In the morning you will have free time to explore Akureyri on your own. As the largest town outside Greater Reykjavik, Akureyri offers a variety of cosy cafés, small shops and interesting places for a walk such as the historical town centre. One suggestion here is to walk along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

In the afternoon your guide will take you back on the road to Reykjavík to close the circle. After being dropped off at your accommodation, you can spend the evening at your leisure in the city.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Driving distance approx. 386 km / 242 mi. 


  • Akureyri
  • Reykjavík


  • Extended stay in Akureyri, flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík

Day 8: Departure from Reykjavik

When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by coach bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to the airport.

Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in Akureyri og Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or other Nordic destinations. 


  • Reykjavik


The accommodations for this tour include well-appointed three-star hotels that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location.
The hotels mentioned below are our first priority for this tour.*

Fosshotel Lind

Fosshotel Lind is centrally located in Reykjavík, near Laugavegur, the city’s main shopping street. The neighbourhood has numerous restaurants, cafés, shops and interesting museums, and art galleries can be found just around the corner. Fosshotel Lind was renovated in 2014 and now features special design rooms.

Hótel Selfoss

Hotel Selfoss is a quality four star hotel overlooking the Ölfus River, offering tranquility with a modern touch. With 99 well-appointed rooms and suites with satellite TV and internet connection, this hotel in central Selfoss also features the elegant Riverside Restaurant, a cozy lounge by the fireplace and the Riverside Spa.

Hótel Laki

Hotel Laki has 64 rooms, all with ensuite WC, free Wi-Fi, phone and TV, as well as separate cottages for 2 - 3 people with cooking facilities and private bathrooms. There is also a dining hall, bar and golf course onsite. Set in the beautiful countryside of South Iceland, the hotel is near Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón, Ingólfshöfði and other natural attractions.

Hótel Höfn

Situated in south-eastern Iceland, in the coastal town of Höfn, this hotel offers local cuisine and modern en-suite rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-fi. All of Hotel Höfn’s guest rooms feature a work desk and cable TV access, and some also include a tea/coffee maker. Guests can enjoy glacier and sea views from most rooms. Höfn Hotel’s restaurant serves specialities from the surrounding area.

Icelandair Hótel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Herad offers sixty beautifully designed and stylish guest rooms with all the amenities you expect, from comfy beds, warm and cozy comforters, to satellite television for your entertainment. Additional amenities include: parquet floors, wireless Internet access (minimal fee), telephone, double or twin beds, shower and hairdryer.

Icelandair Hótel Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is a friendly hotel, with tastefully decorated, bright and sunny rooms and inviting facilities. The standard rooms are bright and comfortable with Icelandic design in the forefront. Therea are many room options including 12 wheelchair accessible rooms, over 30 rooms with a studio couch ideal for a child, as well as the possibility of connecting rooms. Accommodations perfect for families.

*Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.


  • Keep in mind that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • The flashlights provided at the northern lights hut is for navigating in the dark. Blankets will also be offered to help you keep warm.
  • Included in your package are 3 evening dinners when staying outside Reykjavik. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. Lunches are not included but you will be stopping at locations where you can buy your own lunches.
  • You should bring windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers for the outdoor activities. The winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, but the temperatures drop below freezing at times.
  • Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change due to weather and road conditions.
  • This tour is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Note: Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.

Booking and confirmation

After booking a holiday package with, you will be contacted by email within two working days by your designated travel consultant, who will assist with your booking and serve as your point of contact for any travel needs during your stay. The email will include the full name and direct contact information for your travel consultant along with information about your booking, payment and what to expect during your holiday.

Booking of at least four weeks prior to departure is recommended.

Travel Documents

For all bookings, we provide the following travel documents:
  • Pro-forma and confirmation invoices
  • Booking overview with information about all your services in Iceland
  • Electronic vouchers for each of your services
  • Full itinerary

Delivery of travel documents

Travel documents will be delivered as follows:
  • At time of deposit payment: You will receive the pro-forma invoice by email
  • Within 30 days of deposit payment: You will receive the full itinerary by email
  • At time of full payment: You will receive the confirmation invoice and all vouchers by email