From  £2910
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Chase the northern lights
  • Climb the Grabrok volcano crater
  • Visit an Icelandic wool outlet store
  • Soak in outdoor hot tubs
  • Taste freshly baked hot spring bread
  • Discover Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon
  • Sip ice cold Geysir schnapps
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Northern Lights Explorer Small Group Tour

8 Day Tour, from £2910 per person

Dive head first into a journey that tackles Iceland’s greatest winter wonders on a group tour specially designed to uncover the highlights of the South West, whilst also maximising the chances of witnessing the aurora borealis. Once you’ve toured Reykjavik, set off to discover the volcanic craters, hot springs and waterfalls of Borgarfjordur Valley and visit the charming fishing villages that speckle the Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s craggy landscape. See the famed trio of geothermal sites that make up the Golden Circle before exploring the lava fields of Skaftafell National Park and walk behind a natural waterfall. And that’s just during the days! Evenings are packed with adventure too on this trip, spent embarking on nocturnal excursions in search of the northern lights.

Following the same itinerary as our very popular Northern Lights Explorer Group Tour but in a much smaller group, this fully escorted small group tour has departures from October to March. Travel to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, exploring the regions from Snaefellsnes peninsula to Vatnajokull glacier and search for the northern lights away from the big city lights. 

For your comfort and convenience this is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 persons.

Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities and day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO REYKJAVIK
FLY TO REYKJAVIK
Fly to Iceland. Transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from the airport to Reykjavik and check in to Centerhotel Plaza for an overnight stay.
DAY 2
REYKJAVIK TO REYKHOLT
REYKJAVIK TO REYKHOLT
Enjoy a city tour of Reykjavik and discover some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital before heading west to Borgarfjordur Valley, also known as the Saga Valley of West Iceland. Climb Grabrok volcano crater and feel the heat at Deildartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring. Discover the Hraunfossar series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field and visit Barnafoss known as the Children’s falls. Check into Icelandair Hotel Hamar in Borgarnes for two nights and in the evening listen to a short lecture about the northern lights. After dinner take a guided walk outside to search for the flickering neon lights in the sky and warm up with a hot chocolate or tea. (B)
DAY 3
SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
Travel to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and discover the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur before a cruise in Breiðafjörður fjord. Sample freshly caught scallops whilst sailing around this unique archipelago and visit Bjarnarhöfn, the regions leading producer of hakarl (shark meat). In the afternoon stop (weather conditions permitting) at the fishing village of Grundarfjordur with its impressive coastline and mountains. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland Mt Kirkjufell. En route back to Borgarnes learn some tips of how photograph the Northern Lights from your guide. Once darkness falls head outside to search for nature's light show whilst soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. (B,L)
DAY 4
REYKHOLT TO HEKLA
REYKHOLT TO HEKLA
Today visit the many and varies sights that make up Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Travel along the scenic shores of Hvalfjörður and onwards to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route stop at an Icelandic wool outlet store, where those who wish can buy a traditional woollen jumper. At the Geysir geothermal fields discover hot springs, bubbling pools and the erupting Strokkur geyser. Meet the chef of the Geysir Restaurant and taste freshly baked hot spring bread, geothermally boiled eggs, herring and enjoy a small glass of exceptionally cold Geysir Schnapps. Continue on to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and in the afternoon, visit a geothermal greenhouse and taste local tomatoes, before meeting some Icelandic horses and learning about their history. Spend the night at Foss Hotel Hekla and keep a look out for the elusive northern lights from the comfort of a hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland. (B)
DAY 5
HEKLA TO SKAFTAFELL
HEKLA TO SKAFTAFELL
Travel along the south coast and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre. See Skógafoss waterfall and visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums to discover an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past. In the afternoon take a stroll on the black lava beach and discover amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. Check in to Hotel Laki near Kirkjubaejarklaustur in Vatnajökull National Park for two nights. (B)
DAY 6
SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK
SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK
Explore Skaftafell National Park, the largest National Park in Europe and home to Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe’s largest glacier. Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is one of the many highlights of visiting Iceland - see huge icebergs of various hues floating on the ice-cold waters and search for seals playfully swimming. Take a walk on the black sand beach among different sized glaciers flung onto the land by the power of the sea. In the afternoon visit the tiny tuft church of Hof. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about the northern lights before heading outside where if the skies are clear in this remote and quiet location the northern lights may be visible dancing across the night sky. (B)
DAY 7
SKAFTAFELL TO REYKJAVIK
SKAFTAFELL TO REYKJAVIK
Discover the impressive Eldhraun lava field near the village of Vík and visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where those who wish can walk the trail that goes behind the fall. In the afternoon return to Reykjavik for some free time before an evening visit to the Blue Lagoon to relax in its mineral-rich waters. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Northern Light Inn, followed by one last nocturnal tour in search of the Aurora Borealis. (B,D)

DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £2910 per person
(Single person supplement + £335)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Icelandair direct from London Heathrow
  • Airport taxes
  • Accommodation in three-star/four-star hotels
  • Meals as specified (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation*
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Price Notes

Single room supplement £335

*Arrival and departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus Shuttle

Please note that fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting from ISK6,000 (£34-35) per person per night. Generally the guide on this group tour will arrange this with you locally and the choice of various meals and the quality is very good. Country hotels do not generally offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby.


Itinerary Dates  
28 Feb 2017
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07 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017
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14 Mar 2017
14 Mar 2017
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21 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017
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28 Mar 2017
28 Mar 2017
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04 Apr 2017
04 Apr 2017
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11 Apr 2017

Tour Route Map


  1. Iceland, Reykjavik
  2. Iceland, Reykholt
  3. Iceland, Snaefellsjokull National Park
  4. Iceland, Siglufjordur
  5. Iceland, Hekla
  6. Iceland, Kirkjubaejarklaustur
  7. Iceland, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  8. Iceland, Vik
  9. Iceland, Blue Lagoon
  10. Iceland, Reykjavik

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