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Iceland Northern Lights

Iceland Northern Lights - Exodus Travels
Iceland Northern Lights - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Reykjavik
+11 Destinations
Iceland South Coast
Ends
Reykjavik
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Highlights

  • Visit the Harpa Concert Hall
  • See the Selijalandsfoss waterfall
  • Hike along impress glaciers
  • Bathe in natural hot springs
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Physical Rating
Easy
Start and end in Reykjavik! With the hiking & trekking tour Iceland Northern Lights, you have a 5 day tour package taking you through Reykjavik, Iceland and 11 other destinations in Iceland. Iceland Northern Lights is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • BA
    Written on December 7, 2016
    3.0 - Average

    I enjoyed my trip.
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  • BA
    Written on November 22, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    The experience was fantastic. It was a great way to get acquainted with Iceland. Our guide Petur is an expert on the country, its history and all of the sites that you are seeing. He genuinely enjoyed sharing his country with our tour group. The accommodations were nice, clean and comfortable. The trip exceeded my expectations!
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  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 3
    Written on April 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was probably one of the best holidays that i have been on and a great taster for seeing what Iceland has to offer.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Where do i begin? There were so many. Iceland is a fantastic place - stunning views of snow covered volcanoes; black sand beaches covered with 'diamonds' of  ice decorating the shore and waves crashing in over the Icebergs in the sea; lichen covered fields of lava that seem to go on forever; waterfalls that take your breath away; a truly stunning iceberg lagoon that i could have spent the whole day watching and a walk on a glacier - something i never thought i would experience.Of course the one big reason for going is to see the Northern Lights and i wasn't disappointed. To see them dancing across the sky is a view i will never forget - even if my own photos of the event didn't turn out too well.What did you think of your group leader?Petur was brilliant and really made us all feel so welcome to a country that he obviously loves. His ' No Stress Bus' was well stocked with great snacks to keep us going on our trip in the south of the island. He helped make the trip so special.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plenty of warm clothing and layer up to keep the chill out. Iceland can have all seasons in an hour let alone a day so be prepared. You'll need warm gloves for Northern Light watching unless you have ones that you can use your camera with. A good hat that will cover your ears is also very useful.I took both good walking boots for the day and insulated snow boots for the evening when you are standing around and not generating too much heat. One thing i would recommend is if you are a photographer make sure you know exactly how to set up your camera for taking photos at night. There are some good YouTube videos that might help. It's an experience that you won't want to miss and being prepared will make sure you see the lights with your own eyes and not just through the lense of a camera all the time. Is there anything else you would like to add?I have been way as a solo traveller for last few years but never on an organised trip. This was my first time and although i wasn't at all worried , there was an element of apprehension of how everyone would get on. Why did i worry ?? The 'Icelandic Crew' were brilliant and we all got on very well from day 1. That's what helped to make the trip so special.I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get a taste of the country. It's definitely a place that i would like to re-visit and see more of. 

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 4
    Written on April 26, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was probably one of the best holidays that i have been on and a great taster for seeing what Iceland has to offer.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Where do i begin? There were so many. Iceland is a fantastic place - stunning views of snow covered volcanoes; black sand beaches covered with 'diamonds' of  ice decorating the shore and waves crashing in over the Icebergs in the sea; lichen covered fields of lava that seem to go on forever; waterfalls that take your breath away; a truly stunning iceberg lagoon that i could have spent the whole day watching and a walk on a glacier - something i never thought i would experience.Of course the one big reason for going is to see the Northern Lights and i wasn't disappointed. To see them dancing across the sky is a view i will never forget - even if my own photos of the event didn't turn out too well.What did you think of your group leader?Petur was brilliant and really made us all feel so welcome to a country that he obviously loves. His ' No Stress Bus' was well stocked with great snacks to keep us going on our trip in the south of the island. He helped make the trip so special.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plenty of warm clothing and layer up to keep the chill out. Iceland can have all seasons in an hour let alone a day so be prepared. You'll need warm gloves for Northern Light watching unless you have ones that you can use your camera with. A good hat that will cover your ears is also very useful.I took both good walking boots for the day and insulated snow boots for the evening when you are standing around and not generating too much heat. One thing i would recommend is if you are a photographer make sure you know exactly how to set up your camera for taking photos at night. There are some good YouTube videos that might help. It's an experience that you won't want to miss and being prepared will make sure you see the lights with your own eyes and not just through the lense of a camera all the time. Is there anything else you would like to add?I have been way as a solo traveller for last few years but never on an organised trip. This was my first time and although i wasn't at all worried , there was an element of apprehension of how everyone would get on. Why did i worry ?? The 'Icelandic Crew' were brilliant and we all got on very well from day 1. That's what helped to make the trip so special.I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get a taste of the country. It's definitely a place that i would like to re-visit and see more of. 

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 5
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fairly intense itinerary that enables you to see stunning scenery and magnificent waterfalls and if you are lucky, some fantastic northern lights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the immense and beautiful Skogarfoss waterfall. The dramatic landscape is amazing. Just watching the amount of water pouring over the edge was so incredible. Hearing the noise and standing in the spray from the water was awesome.We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on two nights. Worth going just to see the thousands of stars as well. So pretty.A trip to the blue lagoon was a relaxing end to the holiday.What did you think of your group leader?Petur was well organised and was able to tell us a lot about the geography, geology and cultural history of Iceland.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you take enough warm clothing as night viewing was extremely cold. We wore ski gear and thermals at night.Practice your night photography before the journey as trying to familiarise yourself with manual settings is not ideal in the dark whilst trying to watch the Northern Lights.

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 6
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wow, what can I say, it was brilliant!!! My first group holiday and I definately chose well.  Glacier trekking was awesome, we were lucky to have fantastic weather on this day, we also saw the iceberg lagoon and yes, later that evening we saw the Northern Lights too.  While in the East we stayed on a farm which was located in front of mountains and just in front of the ocean, a beautiful setting!  Petur the guide was great, incredibly knowledgeable about Iceland - past and present, we had all sorts of stories from him about the Vikings, he was a good laugh, oh and he has a very large box full of nibbles on the mini bus, this went down very well! :)  .  Caving was great too, but I was very nervous as I'm not good with small spaces, you didnt have to do the caving, but Petur reassured me and looked after me the whole time, definately worth doing! All together an excellent holiday, there's some travelling but lots of stops to see waterfalls and sites, oh and the food was good too, especially the trout at the farm, yummy.  The whole experience was that good that I'm planning my next holiday with Exodus already. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Glacier trekking, absolutely loved this, it was difficult to take in the views around you, it was like you were in a picture postcard, so peaceful and beautiful and very breathtaking.  Everytime you looked up (you had to concentrate where you were walking) you just simply said to yourself.....WOWWW!!!What did you think of your group leader?Brilliant!  Looked after everyone, was fun and interesting too.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take salopettes, it's not on the list of items to take, but you do need them, most people had them and were greatful for taking them.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't hesitate, book it!

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 7
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Iceland is an amazing country with some very dramatic scenery.  Although a short trip, we packed a lot into the time available.  Seeing the Northern Lights (as we did) is undoubtedly a bonus - but even if you don't get an Aurora sighting, the trip is still very worthwhile.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Without doubt the glacier day.  We awoke to bright blue skies and sunshine.  The walk over the glacier was amazing.  Because of the excellent weather conditions, we were able to spend longer on the glacier than usual and also got a lot closer to the glacial lagoon.  Next stop was the glacial lagoon from "the tourist side", and then down to the beach to see the icebergs.  After an action-packed day, there was just time to pop into the small museum before a sustaining meal.  It was then off again in search of the Northern Lights, which we were fortunate to see.  A perfect end to a perfect day.What did you think of your group leader?Petur was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour.  He was willing "to go the extra mile" to ensure that we got the most out of our relatively short trip.  He was full of interesting information and told us lots of tales - we even watched "The Deep" on the Iceland Air flight on the way home, after hearing his story about "a troll".Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take LOTS of warm clothing.  Practise with the manual settings on your camera before you go.Is there anything else you would like to add?Four nights is quite a short time to spend in Iceland, although we packed an awful lot in - we were just beginning to get to know each other when it was time to go home!  If possible, try and tag some extra days on to the trip, either at the beginning or the end.  We spent three nights in Reykjavik at the beginning of the holiday (stayed in the Reykjavik Residence Hotel, which we can thoroughly recommend).  We were fortunate to see the Northern Lights on our very first night (on an organised tour from Reykjavik).  Unfortunately, we didn't get any photos as we were still getting to grips with the manual settings on the camera.  However, it meant that by the time we saw the Northern Lights with the Exodus group, we were much better prepared and got some good photos.

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 8
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fairly intense itinerary that enables you to see stunning scenery and magnificent waterfalls and if you are lucky, some fantastic northern lights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the immense and beautiful Skogarfoss waterfall. The dramatic landscape is amazing. Just watching the amount of water pouring over the edge was so incredible. Hearing the noise and standing in the spray from the water was awesome.We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on two nights. Worth going just to see the thousands of stars as well. So pretty.A trip to the blue lagoon was a relaxing end to the holiday.What did you think of your group leader?Petur was well organised and was able to tell us a lot about the geography, geology and cultural history of Iceland.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you take enough warm clothing as night viewing was extremely cold. We wore ski gear and thermals at night.Practice your night photography before the journey as trying to familiarise yourself with manual settings is not ideal in the dark whilst trying to watch the Northern Lights.

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 9
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wow, what can I say, it was brilliant!!! My first group holiday and I definately chose well.  Glacier trekking was awesome, we were lucky to have fantastic weather on this day, we also saw the iceberg lagoon and yes, later that evening we saw the Northern Lights too.  While in the East we stayed on a farm which was located in front of mountains and just in front of the ocean, a beautiful setting!  Petur the guide was great, incredibly knowledgeable about Iceland - past and present, we had all sorts of stories from him about the Vikings, he was a good laugh, oh and he has a very large box full of nibbles on the mini bus, this went down very well! :)  .  Caving was great too, but I was very nervous as I'm not good with small spaces, you didnt have to do the caving, but Petur reassured me and looked after me the whole time, definately worth doing! All together an excellent holiday, there's some travelling but lots of stops to see waterfalls and sites, oh and the food was good too, especially the trout at the farm, yummy.  The whole experience was that good that I'm planning my next holiday with Exodus already. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Glacier trekking, absolutely loved this, it was difficult to take in the views around you, it was like you were in a picture postcard, so peaceful and beautiful and very breathtaking.  Everytime you looked up (you had to concentrate where you were walking) you just simply said to yourself.....WOWWW!!!What did you think of your group leader?Brilliant!  Looked after everyone, was fun and interesting too.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take salopettes, it's not on the list of items to take, but you do need them, most people had them and were greatful for taking them.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't hesitate, book it!

  • Iceland Northern Lights reviewer 10
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Iceland is an amazing country with some very dramatic scenery.  Although a short trip, we packed a lot into the time available.  Seeing the Northern Lights (as we did) is undoubtedly a bonus - but even if you don't get an Aurora sighting, the trip is still very worthwhile.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Without doubt the glacier day.  We awoke to bright blue skies and sunshine.  The walk over the glacier was amazing.  Because of the excellent weather conditions, we were able to spend longer on the glacier than usual and also got a lot closer to the glacial lagoon.  Next stop was the glacial lagoon from "the tourist side", and then down to the beach to see the icebergs.  After an action-packed day, there was just time to pop into the small museum before a sustaining meal.  It was then off again in search of the Northern Lights, which we were fortunate to see.  A perfect end to a perfect day.What did you think of your group leader?Petur was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour.  He was willing "to go the extra mile" to ensure that we got the most out of our relatively short trip.  He was full of interesting information and told us lots of tales - we even watched "The Deep" on the Iceland Air flight on the way home, after hearing his story about "a troll".Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take LOTS of warm clothing.  Practise with the manual settings on your camera before you go.Is there anything else you would like to add?Four nights is quite a short time to spend in Iceland, although we packed an awful lot in - we were just beginning to get to know each other when it was time to go home!  If possible, try and tag some extra days on to the trip, either at the beginning or the end.  We spent three nights in Reykjavik at the beginning of the holiday (stayed in the Reykjavik Residence Hotel, which we can thoroughly recommend).  We were fortunate to see the Northern Lights on our very first night (on an organised tour from Reykjavik).  Unfortunately, we didn't get any photos as we were still getting to grips with the manual settings on the camera.  However, it meant that by the time we saw the Northern Lights with the Exodus group, we were much better prepared and got some good photos.

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  • Day 1: Start Reyjavik.
  • Day 2: Drive along the south coast stopping at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and Reynisfjara volcanic beach; evening Northern Lights excursion (available on two nights).
  • Day 3: Drive across Skeidararsandur floodplains to Skaftafell for stop and visit; on to Svinafellsjokull outlet glacier for easy glacier walk. Drive to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.
  • Day 4: Drive along the south coast passing Eyjafjallajokull Volcano; visit Gullfoss Waterfall, spouts at Geysir and explore the rift valley at Thingvellir N.P.; on to Reykjavik.
  • Day 5: Morning visit to Leidarendi lava tube cave and the Blue Lagoon; afternoon fly to London.

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • October 5, 2016

      Are the Northern Lights guaranteed on this trip?

      The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis as they are also referred to are one of the many natural wonders of the world and are a natural phenomenon

      As a naturally occurring phenomenon, the appearance of the Northern Lights is notoriously difficult to predict any further in advance than about two hours before it happens. So much is dependent on solar activity, we can accurately predict neither when they will occur nor how frequently.

      Every endeavour will be made on this trip to see the Northern Lights however this is not guaranteed.

    • October 1, 2016

      What's the weather like in Iceland?

      The country has a notoriously fickle climate, and on any day of the winter you may experience periods of sunshine alternating with short or long showers of snow, sleet or even rain.

    • October 1, 2016

      When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

      The best chance of seeing Northern Lights is September through April depending on the weather.

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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 808 km.
      • Reykjavik (Iceland)
      • 110 km
      • Seljalandsfoss (Iceland)
      • 26 km
      • Skogafoss (Iceland)
      • 26 km
      • Reynisfjara (Iceland)
      • 67 km
      • Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Iceland)
      • 61 km
      • Skaftafell (Iceland)
      • 37 km
      • Jokulsarlon (Iceland)
      • 234 km
      • Selfoss (Iceland)
      • 37 km
      • Thingvellir (Iceland)
      • 37 km
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