South Coast and Northern Lights

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Duration13 hours
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DifficultyVery Easy

Savor the picturesque scenery of Iceland's south coast as you comfortably cruise from geographic wonder to local landmark, an informative outing that concludes with an epic night search for the mysterious Aurora Borealis.

What to expect?

Departing from Reykjavík, step on board our all new bus fleet, equipped with computer tablets in each seat. On the tablets you can use our GPS Sensitive In Bus Audio Guide, available in 10 languages. So, if you wish to know interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit on the tour in a language that you are likely to be comfortable with, that is very possible. Onboard you will also find a USB Charger and free WiFi. Should you have any questions during the tour or about our small country, you can ask the host who will happily assist you. The tour starts with a drive through lava fields , right by the actively volcanic Hengill mountain and then down to the rich coastline farmland.

On clear days you will see Hekla Volcano and in the distance the glacier- capped Eyjafjalljökull Volcano will rise majestically above the coastal mountains at its base. Just a few kilometres off the coastline you might be able to see the volcanic Westman Islands. Our first stop is at the 60-metre high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, famous for the hidden pathway behind it. We then stop at the powerful Skógafoss Waterfall where a short walk up a flight of steps will reveal one of Iceland´s most scenic view.

We will stop at Sólheimajökull Glacier , on our way to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. There the powerful Atlantic waves crash on the black sands. You will see the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave, who are a sight to simply take your breath away.

Our last stop will be Vík. The village of Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants) it is the largest settlement for 70 km. After that we head back to Reykjavík.

In the evening a search for the Northern Lights will be made, if weather allows. For many seeing the Northern Lights is the reason for coming to our northern island in winter. The Aurora is both wonderfully mysterious and magical, and once seen never forgotten. Simply put, nothing says “Icelandic Winter” like the idea of hunting for the Northern Lights. The result of powerful solar storms, the Northern Lights need clear winter skies to be visible. Rest assured, our expert operational team has decades of experience analysing weather patterns. We carefully review on a daily basis the cloud forecast and the Northern Lights forecast. We never set off unless we think we have a good chance of spotting them, meaning we have a high success rate.

Every one of our Northern Lights tours is guided by one of our specially trained Northern Lights guides, who are both knowledgeable and helpful and will even offer tips on how to take photos of this wonderful natural phenomenon. To look for the Auroras you need to be outdoors in the Icelandic winter and so you definitely need to dress warmly. However, if you didn't bring a warm coat, no worries since we are the only operator to offer ultra warm “Aurora Jackets” for rent on our tours.

What is included?

  • In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)

  • Free tour pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavík

  • Knowledgable local guide

  • Free Wi-fi and usb charger for each seat

  • Knowledgeable Northern Lights & Stars guide (For the Northern Lights tour)

  • Free use of astronomy binoculars on every tour (For the Northern Lights tour)

  • Free star map to learn about the sky above you, at that specific time in the year (For the Northern Lights tour)

  • Learn the basics of Northern Lights photography on our smart tablets (For the Northern Lights tour)

  • Free use of camera tripods, every tour has tripods that fit almost any camera or phone (For the Northern Lights tour)

What do I need to bring?

Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always smart to dress in warm and waterproof clothes, weather changes are swift so prepare expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.

In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.

Additional Information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: Fee of 100% if cancelled 24 hours before event or less.
  • Quality Assurance: Travelade only works with selected local partners we trust to provide high quality service.

Meeting Point

  • Pickup in Reykjavik

$119