Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt – Winter Escorted Tour
Discover the very best of Iceland’s South Coast region. See Iceland’s amazing natural forces first-hand with this great introduction to Iceland.
This extraordinary journey allows you to witness Iceland’s amazing natural forces first-hand and experience the powers of Iceland’s world-famous southern coast. We’ll show you beloved places such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting.
You’ll travel at a comfortable pace. Your tour coach will depart from the hotel after breakfast, and you will generally arrive at your next night’s accommodation in the late afternoon. Each day there generally will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour coach driving between each tour stop.
Activity/Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 (Very Easy)
Christmas Version – Celebrate Christmas in the land of fire, ice, and northern lights. Discover beautiful holiday lights, enchanting local traditions, and delicious Christmas food. You’ll also enjoy all the sights and experiences of our best-selling Hidden Powers tour.
New for Winter 2021 – 2022
- The tour includes a visit and introduction to one of Iceland’s unique ICE-SAR Search and Rescue bases. Meet some of these amazing Icelanders, many who are volunteers, dedicated to saving lives and preventing accidents
- As part of our pledge to preserve Iceland’s fragile nature, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through Kolvidur, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF)
- Even more seat space – you have the option to purchase the seat next to you as an open seat for the duration of the tour (Not available for small group version of the tour)
Maximum size: Classical Motorcoach version: 36 participants
Small Group version: 16 participants
Dates of Operation: 7 Oct 2021-5Apr 2022 (please request list of currently available departure dates from our sales team)
- Let us provide you with a great introduction to Iceland and its unique wonders
- We’ll take you to many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
- Enjoy a glimpse into Icelandic life with activities like meeting Search and Rescue team members and a visit to a geothermal bakery
- Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
Max group size:
- Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
- Expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 5
- Free Wi-Fi on board the motor coach
- Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
- Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
- Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
- 3 Two-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside (main course and dessert) with coffee/tea (Day 2, 3, 4)
- Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
- Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
- Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
- Visit and introduction to an Icelandic Search Rescue Team Base on one of the days during your trip
- Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
- Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
- Great photo stops
- Seat rotation during the tour
- Northern lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
- Northern lights hunting kit (use of blanket and headlight)
- Customer care service during office hours
- 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
- Northern lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2 – 4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)
- Breakfast on arrival day
- International airfare
- Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
- Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
- Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in the itinerary
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Any service not specifically listed under “Included”
AccommodationQuality category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses, and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included. In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel. In the Countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change. Day 1 – Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura Day 2 – Icelandair Hotel Fludir Day 3 – Hotel Klaustur Day 4 – Hotel Klaustur Day 5 – Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura Comfort category: These are pleasant and economical standard hotels, guesthouses, and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included. Generally, 3-star or equivalent both in Reykjavik and the countryside. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change. Day 1 – Fosshotel Raudara Day 2- Hotel Selfoss
- A minimum of 3 passengers is required to guarantee each departure
- Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed
- We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
- Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Highlights: Reykjavik Hallgrimskirkja Tjornin National Gallery The Sun Voyager Perlan Parliament House
Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, our guide will meet you and the group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Hidden Powers and Northern Lights” itinerary.
Arrival at Keflavik International airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.
If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a wonderful way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.
Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a wonderful way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.
Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.
- Airport Direct – Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
- Private airport transfer
- Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon
- FlyOver Iceland
- Perlan – Wonders of Iceland Interactive Experience
Day 2: Thingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss
Highlights: Gullfoss Geysir Thingvellir National Park
Northern Lights Centre – National Park with Geological Wonders – Lively Geysers – The Famous Golden Falls
Approximate Driving Distance: 185 km / 115 miles
Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Start your adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You’ll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film. You can also get assistance from the staff in adjusting your camera’s settings for northern lights photos.
Depart Reykjavik and head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This place makes us Icelanders enormously proud of our heritage, and your guide will show you some of the amazing sites here. You might even have a rare chance to walk between two continents!
Continue on to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, you’ll visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital “city” during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church.
During the day you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in hot sands. You’ll have the chance to taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s especially delicious slathered in sweet Icelandic butter.
If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.
Dinner and overnight in the Golden Circle area.
Day 3: Iceland’s South Shore
Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Vík Reynisdrangar Cliffs
Waterfalls – Lava Centre – Glacial Views – Black Sand Beaches
Approximate Driving Distance: 200 km / 124 miles
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses roaming in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre’s cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.
Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie. It has an interesting history geologically, and it just may also be hiding some buried treasure from the Middle Ages.
We’d like you to meet some of our best countrymen with a visit to an Icelandic Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) base. We Icelanders are immensely proud of our rescue teams. Thousands of Icelandic volunteers dedicate themselves to work for ICE-SAR rescue teams and assisting in accident prevention programs. Their joint mission is to prevent accidents and save human lives. ICE-SAR serves in both Icelandic and international rescue efforts. You’ll meet some members of the team and get an introduction to the unique ICE-SAR program.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sand, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland. The snows of winter make this landscape into something very mysterious.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4: Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Vatnajokull National Park
Western Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier
Approximate Driving Distance: 260 km / 162 miles
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure that camera is loaded and ready!) Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
Next, you’ll view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.
After your amazing day, your group will return to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 5: Hveragerdi – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik
Highlights: Hveragerdi The Blue Lagoon
Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves – Geothermal Lagoon
Approximate Driving Distance: 365 km / 227 miles
Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called “The Flower Village” because of its many flower greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.
Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breathtaking sea waves, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region.
The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where your guide bids you farewell at the hotel. The evening is open for you to enjoy your own activities. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 6: Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
Highlights: Reykjavik Reykjavik City Museum Kjarvalsstadir National Museum Laugardalur
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure 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 from 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!