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5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights

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14 reviews
Starts
Reykjavik
+19 Destinations
The Ring Road
Ends
Reykjavik
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Highlights

  • Capture the incredible Northern Lights on camera
  • Stop at Deildartunguhver, a hot spring in Reykholtsdalur
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle in Southern Iceland
  • Hike one of the largest glaciers in Europe, the Vatnajokull
Age range
10 to 85 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Easy
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start and end in Reykjavik! With the in-depth cultural tour 5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights, you have a 5 day tour package taking you through Reykjavik, Iceland and 18 other destinations in Iceland. 5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.

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  • G
    Written on May 17, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    It was awesome all the places we saw there, the only inconvenience is that, as this is a separate tour divided between 2+3 days, some of the people I got to know in the first tour were located in a different group for the second tour and that was very sad, I think we should have stayed together, and also in the night 3 (the one in Reikiavik) every person was staying in a different hotel and that was sad as well. But the guides were awesome and they were telling stories about everything all the time and also the accommodation was really nice! specially the hotel for the first day “Hotel Rjukandi” the food there was awesome as well as the people working there!
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  • JG
    Written on April 23, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    First of all our guides “Hawk” for two days and Oliver for three days were excellent. Both speak good and understandable English. Very helpful and mostly knowledgeable. They took us to some interesting points not included in the tour when time permits. Oliver is funny and also dine with us and continue sharing facts, history, and folklore about Iceland. Easily answers your questions. Both guides are satisfactory and polite. Me and my sister are happy tourist and would definitely recommends this tour. BTW our guide also for glacier hikes and the superjeep ice cave tour were excellent and very very funny especially the cave tour. We never stopped laughing. He made the super bumpy tour along the lava fields laughable and enjoyable. Thank you very much. From Jane and Daisy from the USA.
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  • NF
    Written on April 12, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The tour was great. We saw a lot of amazing places and met interesting people.
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  • JC
    Written on April 5, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    enthusiasm of the quides
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  • 5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights reviewer 5
    Written on March 27, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Everything was just fantastic! Key of which was the great guides we had from Arctic Adventures who provided an excellent tour and even gave us more great scenic quick stops to visit that are not included in the itinerary! Additionally, Oliver was very helpful in getting us awesome photographs of the Northern Lights as our mobile apps were not able to capture them. They made our first impression of travelling to Iceland an unforgettable experience!
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  • 5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights reviewer 6
    Written on March 12, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    The trip was fantastic but disappointed that we couldn’t do the glacier hike as had to be canceled at last minute due to gale force winds ..
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  • HS
    Written on February 4, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Two different tours with seperate guides. Both tours were well organised and the guides did everything possible to make the trip great. The accommodation was better than expected. Definently worth the price paid for the tour.
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  • SS
    Written on January 18, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was beyond expectation. Iceland is a very beautifull country. Our guides were superb as well as the accommodation. The bus was a little bit small. We are tall and didn't have much legspace.
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  • 5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights reviewer 9
    Written on January 8, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    An amazing tour from start to finish. Both guides were utterly amazing and their driving skills despite difficult and sometimes blizzard conditions (literally a wall of white on the road in front of us) was second-to-none. Also, their quirky and funny stories between each location and historical information was superb. Especially the one story by Aron about him and his friend (very funny but can't mention it here!). We even got to see the Northern Lights twice and Aron came up with Fantastic tips on taking pics with selfies etc. Whilst our first guide had some trouble with luggage which forced him to get a trailer and then get an adapter which wasted valuable time and forced us to miss 1 stop on the tour (we had forewarned the operations team about the luggage we had so we are not sure why they did not plan for this for 18 people in a minivan!), Aron made up for this by giving us quite a few bonus stops on our 3 day tour. Seriously, Arctic Adventure you need to give him a raise for this, he was amazing. Again, the only other issue we had was due to operations again booking us into the Hotel Dyrholaey near Vik. A truly horrible hotel experience and by far the most expensive and ridiculously priced buffet 5000ISK for the worst meal we had in Iceland. There breakfast was worst with my wife vomiting afterwards from it. The hotel was also very old, dilapidated with the shower falling apart and beds were soft and sunken in. The manager/owner was also very, very rude and did not care about the feedback responding "you already paid so there is nothing I can do"! Every other hotel was amazing and especially Hotel Rjukandi.com, who had the cutest family who hosted us for Christmas eve (Iceland celebrates the eve like Xmas day!). They presented us with cute Xmas gifts and were by far much cheaper for food and drink and the hotel rooms immaculate with over head heating in a recently refurbished hotel which looked brand new. Please Arctic Adventures always use this family as they clearly pour their heart and soul into the hotel and value guests. And the location for Northern Lights was amazing too with no mountains or lights to block the views (though it was cloudy at the time). All in all, it was an amazing and unforgettable trip, except for the issues we had on the Hotel Dyrholaey (please never use them again!).
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  • LC
    Written on December 18, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The first part of this tour was incredibly underwhelming. We spent an hour of daylight eating at expensive buffet as well as an hour looking at horses. I would rather have spent an extra day in Reykjavik exploring with a guide. The second part of this tour which included the Golden Circle was incredible we saw the Northern Lights, went caving, hiked on a glacier, saw a diamond and a lava beach and our guide Saga was amazing. I would only book the second part of this tour if doing it again. My fault though I should have research the tour more thoroughly.
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Djupalonssandur
  2. Day 2: West Iceland - Deildartunguhver, Reykholt, Hraunfossar
  3. Day 3: The Golden Circle & South Coast - Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara
  4. Day 4: Ice Caving and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Vatnajokull, Skaftafell
  5. Day 5: Glacier Walk and the South Shore - Fjadrargljufur

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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 any time of the year that this tour runs offers 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!

    • Am I guaranteed to see the Northern Lights?

      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 the perfect weather conditions while on the tour. Every endeavour will be made to ensure that travellers stand the best chance of a Northern Lights viewing.

      That being said, Arctic Adventures have ensured that this tour is packed with plenty of other once in a lifetime experiences. You will have the opportunity to visit the Deildartunguhver hot spring, explore the Golden Circle, see the mighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take on a glacier hike.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      All accommodations used on this tour will be 3-star hotels with private bathrooms. We are unable to provide a set hotel list for this tour as all accommodations are subject to change.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,053 km.
    • Reykjavik (Iceland)
    • 63 km
    • Deildartunguhver (Iceland)
    • 6 km
    • Reykholt (Iceland)
    • 15 km
    • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls (Iceland)
    • 126 km
    • Arnarstapi (Iceland)
    • 14 km
    • Djupalonssandur (Iceland)
    • 36 km
    • Kirkjufell Mountain (Iceland)
    • 112 km
    • Reykjavik (Iceland)
    • 40 km
    • Thingvellir (Iceland)
    • 37 km
    • Geysir (Iceland)
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