Explore some of the most iconic and popular sites in Iceland on this special tour package. The tour starts with a stroll through best locations where the northern lights can be viewed. Northern lights are a fascinating phenomenon in Iceland. On day two, you will experience the golden circle from Reykjavik which involves a tour through powerful geothermal wonders. On the last day, you will explore the south coast for a view of scenic landscapes and black sandy beaches.
Essential Iceland & Northern Lights is a tour package designed for those that want to book accommodation on their own. Included are our three top seller tours from Reykjavik on the best price possible on small group day tours in Iceland.. All three tours are operated in comfortable minibusses with a maximum of 19 passengers per departure, and all operated by our sister companies GeoIceland and Iceland Horizon.
Day: 1 Northern Lights Horizon Small Group Tour
We begin our Northern Lights hunt with a tour through the Aurora Reykjavik museum and give you an introduction on the physics behind the Northern Lights and how it is best to photograph them. After the tour of the museum, we drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky in the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather.
The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, are a natural phenomenon visible in the Northern Hemisphere. A unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar cap.
You will find detailed information on how to use cameras in the Aurora exhibition and have the chance to test your settings in the northern lights photo simulator. Ask the staff for assistance in case of doubts on how to use your device at its full potential.
Day 2: Golden Circle from Reyjavík
The Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik combines fragile nature, saga, powerful geothermal wonders. The tour is simply for everyone, whether you are young or elderly, active or easy going, nature or history lover. On the trip, you experience some of the highlights in Iceland when we drive along glacial rivers and beautiful landscapes. Your trip to Iceland won’t be completed without a visit to those sites. But we also take our time to observe the lesser mention but still beautiful places and nature and cultural treasures. Conditions allowing it, we’ll try to stop on the way to admire some of the famously friendly Icelandic horses.
The tour guides are local experts that know the area like the back of their hands and are storytellers at heart. Being a small group guarantee tour we can assure you that the tour guide has time for all the questions from each participant.
Day 3: South Coast from Reykjavík
The tour starts with a pickup at port in a small group minibus. The guide will then start the tour and drive towards the south coast of Iceland. The guide will inform you of the geology, history, and nature of the area on the way, and answer all your questions, to his best knowledge. The first stop is at Hveragerði Village where you will have a chance to get some snacks for the road.
After about 2-hour drive we stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a picturesque waterfall with a path behind it. The path is usually open in summer but often closed in winter due to icing. A short distance from Seljalandsfoss we will find Skógafoss Waterfall, a very popular destination in the south. Among other attractions visited in the day is Vík Village and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. We will enjoy a lunch break in either of these locations. The Glaciers and mountains surrounding the black beaches in the Vik area provide stunning views and unforgettable photo opportunities. The tour ends with a relaxing drive back to Reykjavik.