Northern Lights Explorer – 5-day Winter Vacation

5 days
 / 4 nights
Tour code:  AI403

Enjoy the majestic winter landscapes and get the chance to see the magical Northern Lights when exploring south Iceland with this self-drive journey from Reykjavik.

Visit Iceland’s most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon, Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss waterfalls, the famous black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, the Golden Circle.

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Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs and travel preferences. This travel package can also be offered as a privately guided trip.

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5 days
 / 4 nights

Estimated price per person from:

280,000 ISK
Estimated price per person based on bookings for 2 people in a standard double room with private facilities and breakfast.

We will tailor this vacation package to you. Change anything – from activities to accommodation to places visited.

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What's Included


Accommodation for 4 nights w. breakfast
Rental car - SUV Economy – 5 days
Blue Lagoon – Comfort entrance
Admission to Fontana Geothermal Baths
Guided glacier hike group tour
Detailed personal itinerary
Expert trip manager and local guides
Customer care service and 0-24h emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Taxes and service fees

Not included

Flights and connections to and from Iceland
Personal travel insurance
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in your itinerary
Any service, admission or activity not specifically listed under “Included”
Road tolls and tunnel fees


Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for Northern Lights
Relax and bathe in the mineral rich waters of Blue Lagoon
Visit the magical Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Be amazed by the incredible power of Skógafoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top
Take a scenic walk on the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara and take some cool photos when climbing on the basalt columns
Experience the spouting geyser of Strokkur at Geysir Geothermal Area
Take a walk at Thingvellir National Park where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet
Visit the majestic Gullfoss waterfall
Unwind and revitalise in the warm natural geothermal baths and steam rooms at Laugarvatn Fontana
Go on an exciting glacier hike adventure
Discover the highlights of Reykjavík


Welcome to Iceland

Welcome to your Northern Lights Explorer holiday! 

Once you arrive at Keflavik International Airport and clear customs, you’ll pick up your car at the rental service area. You only need a short ride with a shuttle bus located outside the arrival hall to get to your preferred rental vehicle. The shuttle bus departs every 10-15 minutes, so you won't be wasting your time waiting for the transfer.

Your first stop is at the Blue Lagoon. Included in the Comfort Package are the entrance to the Blue Lagoon, use of towel, silica mud mask, and a choice of one drink.

*You can also visit the Blue Lagoon as part of your transfer back to the airport on your departure day if it fits better with your flights. 

Afterwards, drive towards Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital.

In the evening, if the weather conditions allow, we recommend going out to look for the magical Aurora Borealis.

Day 1
The South Coast of Iceland

After a good breakfast at your hotel, hit the road and spend today enjoying the popular highlights of the beautiful South Coast.
Make your way to the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk behind. Not far from Seljalandsfoss, locate a small but stunning Gljúfrabúi waterfall hidden in a narrow canyon.

Next up is a visit to the powerful Skógafoss waterfall. In this area, you will go on an exciting glacier hike.

Continue on to the charming village of Vík. Nearby you will find the famous black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the Dyrhólaey stone arch that stretches into the sea.

After exploring these beautiful sights, enjoy the scenic drive back to your hotel in the South. If conditions are right, you may even see the Northern Lights from your accommodation tonight!

Day 2
The Golden Circle Route

Today you will explore the famous and popular Golden circle route starting with Thingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Drive to Haukadalur valley, the home of Geysir Geothermal Area with bubbling mud pools and an active geyser called Strokkur which spouts water every few minutes.

Don’t miss the majestic Gulfoss waterfall and complete the Golden circle route by visiting Kerid, an eye-popping volcanic crater lake surrounded by red volcanic rock.

After exploring so much of the Golden Circle, it’s time to head down to the lakeside to enjoy the natural steam baths. Laugarvatn Fontana Spa is the perfect way to relax and revitalize your body and mind.

Afterwards, drive back to the capital area and spend the remaining 2 nights in a cozy accommodation in Reykjavík.

Day 3
A Day in Reykjavík

You have the whole day to explore and enjoy the world’s northernmost capital.

Reykjavik city center offers many great sights, and the city is unique in so many ways. You will not find the towering skyscrapers of America or the age-old narrow streets, which time has seemingly forgotten and seemingly unchanged since Roman times, as in Europe. Reykjavik is somewhere in between and yet miles away. With its small quirky houses and both tiny and open spaces, it’s colorful, modern, charming, and old all the same time. So, don’t forget to bring your camera along, and get ready for photo ops at every turn.

For a truly unique Aurora Borealis experience, you can take part in an optional Northern Lights Super Jeep or boat tour.

Day 4

Sadly, your Iceland vacation has come to an end.

If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula to explore Seltún, an interesting geothermal area with bubbling mud pots, steam vents, and colorful mountains.

Return your rental car in good time to check-in for your flight at the same location as you picked it up from. It is recommended that passengers check-in for their flights 2,5 hours prior to departure time.

Day 5

Rental Car Type Examples

When we design our travel packages we include the most reliable rental cars available, in order to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Below you’ll find some examples of the type of rental cars we recommend for this trip.


KIA Ceed or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 2
Doors: 5
Transmission: Manual

Standard 4x4 SUV

KIA Sportage AWD or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

Premium 4x4 SUV

ToyotaLand Cruiser or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

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Northern Lights Explorer - 5-day Winter Vacation
5 days
 / 4 nights

Estimated price per person from:

280,000 ISK
Estimated price per person based on bookings for 2 people in a standard double room with private facilities and breakfast.

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