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Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days - On The Go Tours
Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days - On The Go Tours
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Starts
Reykjavik
+8 Destinations
Iceland South Coast
Ends
Reykjavik
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Highlights

  • Visit Thingvellir and Vatnajökull National Parks
  • Climb a real volcano crater
  • Unforgettable Northern Lights
  • Learn about the turbulent Icelandic history
  • Relax in natural geothermal spa in Blue Lagoon
Age range
18 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
45
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start and end in Reykjavik! With the discovery tour Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Reykjavik, Iceland and 7 other destinations in Iceland. Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Northern Lights Exploration - 8 days reviewer 1
    Written on October 20, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Villi was superb. Loves his country and enjoys showing it off. The itinerary was very well paced and put together. I've traveled a lot but the glacier beach was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. The accomodation was generally great, though the hotel in Reykjavik could have been more central. Bring a good camera, a fast lens and a tripod for the lights.
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  • LW
    Written on December 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    It was just wonderful from the moment we met our guide and visited the magical land of Iceland, each day bought new and exciting adventures. The weather was cold but we were prepared. Crampons were a necessity and the tour provided them for our boots. Waterproof, windproof clothes (like skiware) was necessary and much appreciated. Getting to see the countryside was awe-inspring and the sunsets spectacular. What more can I say.
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  • AM
    Written on March 31, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Amazing! Fast-paced and definitely not as much time to really get to experience everything we saw, but you get to see so much stuff, and do things you wouldn't get to do on your own. We saw much more than we would have on our own, and didn't even have to do any of the driving! Everyone was wonderful, things couldn't have gone smoother. Experience of a lifetime! Thank you.
    On The Go Tours commented on this review
    Dear Alicia, Thank you for taking the time to write about your tour in Iceland. We are glad to hear it was an experience of a lifetime. The great thing about this tour is that'll definitely see more than you could've done on your own so we are really glad you found that. As you said, best bit - you don't have to do the driving! We look forward to welcoming you on a On The Go Tours trip in the future. Best regards, On The Go Tours
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  • MP
    Written on January 24, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    I wish that I could gush about this experience, but there were too many parts of it that were not to my liking. First of all, the travel agency was a mish mash of numerous people, none of whom knew what information the other had already obtained. Consequently I was emailed and called numerous times for the same info. Not professional. The guide on my trip had a wealth of information that was delivered in a bored, monotone fashion without the least amount of enthusiasm. Such a waste. The driver was excellent, the bus well taken care of. The hotels were a mixture of perfect (the Icelandic Air) and totally miserable...The Center Plaza ( shower not working properly etc). Our tour was quite good but I found that the company did not compensate us for those events that were cancelled because of the weather. We were supposed to go on a cruise but were offered instead a trip to a tiny museum. The museum entrance fee certainly did not equal what we paid for the cruise yet we were offered a drink to compensate. Rediculous and cheap! The truth is, I would not recommend you or travel with you again. I have travelled the world for thirty years and yours was probable one of the worst companies I dealt with. Sorry to have to say this, but perhaps it will encourage you to improve in the future.
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  • MS
    Written on November 15, 2016
    2.5 - Average

    I loved the tour but was disappointed it wasn't all I expected. It was a northern lights exploration tour and I thought and( so did everyone else on the tour) that we would go out at night to where we could see the lights not from the hotel. We didn't see the lights because of that. We could have gone distances not too far away and in the dark and seen them. Our guide was passionate about the culture but not the lights unfortunately. The evenings were not what was advertised. There was never hot chocolate at midnight. There were too many lights around the hotels as well for good viewing, too much light from nearby towns. We spent to much time in museums and the tomato place and enogh time exploring outdoors like the black beach and along the waterfalls. I would have enjoyed more time watching the horses run, the short time there and short illustration was disappointing. We asked to be able to take photos of the horses and sheep in e paddocks or hills. Eventually the guide did a stop on the last day when it was raining and there were only a couple in the paddock at a stables. We wanted to see them in nature. I found the tour interesting and learnt a lot about Iceland but disappointed as a northern lights tour. The dinners at the hotels were exorbitant and no other choices. Meals in Reykjavik were great. The meal was so tiny th first night my son was starving and had to eat nibbles from the room. That meals was $68 AU!! We had a great group and mix of people of all ages. The blue lagoon was at night so we couldn't take good photos. It was just being in an ordinary pool. It would have been better to have gone in the afternoon. The bus windows were not cleaned until he last couple of days when I made a special request. I was disappointed we couldn't take photos or hardly see out the windows a lot of the time as they were so dirty. I would have thought the driver would clean the, every night but no. I would recommend a shorter tour next time and hire a car to go and see the lights on your own in future. It was an expensive tour for what we did. The skies were clear enough and activity good enough to have seen the lights many times. It is understandable if he weather wasn't favourable but it was if we had gone out searching for lights as the brochure led me to believe. We chose his tour to see the lights, not spend all our time learning about Iceland. It was very interesting and I loved that but that was not our main focus. Unfortunately I did not realise we linked in with GJ travel, we did their tour. You are better to save your money and go out with tours like super jeep where they will take you again and again until you see he lights and the voucher lasts for years. I was disappointed as well there were no hot tubs at the last place we stayed and we were there 2 nights. I wouldn't recommend this tour for northern lights I'm sorry.
    On The Go Tours commented on this review
    Dear Ms Stewart, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that elements of your tour of Iceland did not live up to your expectations and On the Go Tours would like to assure you that we take all feedback seriously. As such your comments have been passed back to our product team and we thank you for taking the time to write. Best regards, On The Go Tours
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Reykjavik
  2. Day 2: City Tour & Hot Springs
  3. Day 3: Mountains & Lights
  4. Day 4: Golden Circle & Horses
  5. Day 5: Black Lava Beach
  6. Day 6: Vatnajökull NP
  7. Day 7: Lava Fields & Lagoon
  8. Day 8: Reykjavik

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Questions & Answers

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

    • When is the best time of the year to take this tour?

      This tour only runs at optimal times during the year to ensure that the skies are dark enough to see the lights to their full effect. The sighting is heavily dependent on the cloud cover and the activity of the Aurora. This is often down to chance, and all of the tour dates offer an equal chance of a sighting.

      September and October are the months we would recommend to anybody who prefers to avoid the extreme cold of an Arctic winter. November and December are very much a time of change in the Arctic and heralds the arrival of the first major snows of the winter. The snow does bring quite a bit of cloud cover but the shorter days also bring darker skies which increases the amount of time during which the Aurora might be visible. January to March are probably the three most popular months for Aurora hunting because they bring long dark nights and plenty of snow to play in during the daylight hours while you wait for darkness to fall!

    • What hotels do you use for the "Northern Lights Exploration" Tour?

      The hotels listed below are ones which On The Go frequently use on this tour. Please note that On The Go reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

      - Centrehotel Plaza, Reykjavik
      - Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes
      - Fosshotel Hekla, Selfoss
      - Fosshotel Nupar, Kirkjubajarklaustur

    • Are the Northern Lights guaranteed on this trip?

      Northern Lights (called the Aurora Borealis) is 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. Therefore, it is important to understand that the tour operator won’t be able to guarantee perfect weather conditions while on the tour. That being said, the length of this tour means there will be numerous opportunities to see the Northern Lights and a sighting is likely!

      Aside from the Northern Lights, this tour includes many other unforgettable once in a lifetime experiences. You will have the chance to explore Icelandic capital Reykjavik, stand by the mighty Skogafoss waterfall, bathe in the famous geothermal Blue Lagoon and drive through the beautiful scenery of Iceland’s South Shore. It's sure to be an amazing trip!

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 867 km.
    • Reykjavik (Iceland)
    • 122 km
    • Snaefellsjokull National Park (Iceland)
    • 98 km
    • Borgarnes (Iceland)
    • 108 km
    • Hella (Iceland)
    • 45 km
    • Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland)
    • 79 km
    • Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Iceland)
    • 95 km
    • Jokulsarlon (Iceland)
    • 95 km
    • Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Iceland)
    • 63 km
    • Vik (Iceland)
    • 163 km
    • Reykjavik (Iceland)

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