Northern Lights Classical Circle

Northern Lights Classical Circle

Discover the classic sights of Iceland and the enchanting Northern Lights

A comprehensive coach tour around the main sights of Iceland, escorted by a local guide. With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this tour highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of this incredible Arctic Island, all with the chance to see the mystical Northern Lights.

Duration: 8 nights, Winter

Price: from $3,817 per person. Group size 24 passengers

Highlights

  • Introduction to Iceland's natural wonders, perfect for first time visitors
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Lake Mývatn area, Golden Circle and more...
  • The perfect mix of culture, history, and nature
  • Possible sightings of the Northern Lights

Included:


Guided coach tour days 2-8 with expert English speaking local guide
Accommodation 2 nights with private facilities in Reykjavík
Accommodation 6 nights with private facilities in countryside, 6x three-course dinner in the countryside, 8x breakfast (not day 1)
Entrance fee to Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
Entrance to Herring Era Maritime Museum (day 6)
Horse show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
Use of crampons for walking on snow/ice if necessary
Northern Lights guided hunt one night
Northern Lights wake up calls: if Northern Lights are active, there is the option at hotels days 2-7 to be woken up to see them

Not included:

Beverages and lunches
Dinner not included in Reykjavik
Optional activities
Airport transfer
Flights to and from Iceland
Travel insurance
Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Hotels on this tour:

Berjaya Iceland Hotel Natura
Katla Hotel Kea
Hotel Hofn
Valaskjalf Hotel
Hotel Laxa / Fosshotel Myvatn
Hofstadir Country Hotel
Hotel Hamar
Berjaya Iceland Hotel Natura

Package Map

Note: route may change slightly due to road conditions

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Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive in Keflavík Airport, travel to Reykjavík where you will stay for the first night. Airport transfer is not included but can be arranged for you. Explore the capital of Iceland, including the many restaurants and cafés.

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Day 2 - Geysir, Gullfoss, Skógar, Dyrhólaey, Vík

Start the day off with breakfast at your hotel, before being led on a short city tour of Reykjavík. Afterwards you head to Hveragerði, famous for its hot springs, on the way to Gullfoss or 'Golden Falls', a double waterfall that cascades into the glacial river Hvítá. The next stop, Geysir, the site of the original geyser, who now lies dormant. However don't be disappointed, as Strokkur, the 'younger brother', is still very much active, and erupts magnificently every 5-10 minutes. The tour continues along the south shore to Seljalandsfoss, a particularly interesting waterfall, since there is a path you can take to walk behind it (be warned: you will get wet!). This is truly a day of waterfalls, as Skogafoss is next, a tall thundering waterfall on the south coast. Then on to Dyrholaey, a unique volcanic headland with an interesting arch, situated near the black sand beaches of Vik. Dinner and overnight stay in the south coast area.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 325km / 201 miles


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Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park, Jokulsarlón, Hofn

The journey continues along the ring road, crossing the Eldhraun lava field, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet. Kirkjubaejarklaustur,is  a charming town and the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. Carrying on, you travel over Skeiðarsandur plain to reach Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park, an area popular with hikers. Then you will go to Jokulsarlon, a very famous and picturesque glacier lagoon, with its blue waters and many floating icebergs that break off from the glacier Vatnajokull. The night is spent in Hofn, a fishing town known for its specialty: lobster.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 265km / 165 miles


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Day 4 - Höfn, East Fjords, Egilsstaðir

Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, with breaks to admire the beautiful coastline. The journey continues east through the mountains of the East Fjords, so enjoy the views as you pass through small villages and keep an eye out for reindeer and other wildlife that can sometimes be seen in the winter months. The final stop for the day is Egilsstaðir, a large rural settlement in the East, which is famous for the Lagafljotsormur, a giant mythical wyrm that inhabits the Lagarfljot river, and is considered the Loch Ness Monster's Icelandic sister. Egilsstaðir is also becoming popular in the East for its great locally sourced cuisine.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 259km / 161 miles


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Day 5 - Lake Myvatn

Enjoy views of the vast Modrudalsoræfi highland desert plateau, as you journey north towards the North; this landscape sometimes looks eerily like a space scene from a sci-fi film. Be amazed by the thundering Dettifoss, a stop along the way to Lake Myvatn, as Europe's most powerful waterfall plunges into Jokulsá river. From there you will drive to Namaskard, famous for its colorful springs and bubbling mud pools. The day continues on to Lake Myvatn, where there are many interesting sights, such as pseudo-craters at Skutustaðir and Laxa (literally: Salmon River). Dinner and the overnight location are in the local area.

Note: The visit to Dettifoss waterfall depends on weather and road conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 255km / 158 miles


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Day 6 - Akureyri and Troll Peninsula

Begin the day with an exploration of the strange and mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and then visit Godafoss, a powerful waterfall named after the Gods for its important role in religious change in Iceland, followed by Laufás, an old traditional turf farm. Continuing west to Akureyri, the capital of the North, you will see the charming town and beautiful views of Eyjafjorður fjord. Then you will drive through Trollaskagi, so keep an eye out for trolls, as this translates to Troll Peninsula! Despite its name, this drive is a beautiful one, with steep mountains and Arctic sea views.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 235km / 146 miles


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Day 7 - Skagafjordur, Borgarnes

Yet another beautiful drive through the mountains takes you to Skagafjordur, famous for its excellent Icelandic horse breeding. Enjoy a presentation of the unique abilities of the Icelandic horse, and its special fifth gait, 'tölt'. Afterwards you head to the village of Blonduós, with the river Blanda running through the middle of the village. A protected nature reserve, Hrutey Island, sits in the center of this river, which is a popular salmon fishing location. Finally, head to the overnight location in Borgarnes, crossing the Holtavorduheiði plateau through Borgarfjordur to get there.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 235km / 146 miles


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Day 8 - Borgarfjordur, Thingvellir, Reykjavík

First drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, providing 180 liters per second of hot water at 100°C. If you take a shower anywhere within 65km of the hot spring then you have showered in the spring water! The next stop is Hraunfossar waterfalls, the beautifully unique formation is thanks to the lava these falls were created from. Continue via the Hvalfjordur fjord, you will go to Thingvellir National Park, the UNESCO heritage site, where the world's oldest parliament was founded in the 10th century. This historic site is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, forming the North Atlantic Ridge, which shapes the landscape of this national park. The last night of the tour will be spent in Reykjavik, where you can choose from a multitude of restaurants for your dinner.

Driving distance: 205km / 127 miles


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Day 9 - Departure

It is time to say goodbye to the Land of Fire and Ice!

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!

Prices (per person): Max 24 passengers in a group.

Departure Winter 2024-2025, Oct 23, Nov 6, February 12, March 12, April 2, April 16.

      Sharing double room: $3,817
      Sharing triple room: $3,657
      Single room: $4,819

Please note: All bookings are subject to availability. Availability is NOT guaranteed until booking is confirmed by Nordika Travel.

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Views from Northern Lights Classical Circle

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Highlights

  • Introduction to Iceland's natural wonders, perfect for first time visitors
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Lake Mývatn area, Golden Circle and more...
  • The perfect mix of culture, history, and nature
  • Possible sightings of the Northern Lights

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