Explore Iceland's pristine beauty and experience the aurora borealis from one of the world's prime viewing spots.

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 View of the Northern Lights in Iceland  The Northern Lights as seen from the ION Hotel. Credit: The ION Hotel  The Northern Lights as viewed from Hotel Ranga.  Credit: Darryl Wilson  The Northern Lights  The Northern Lights as seen from the ION Hotel. Credit: The ION Hotel  ION’s Silfra Restaurant and Northern Lights Bar. Credit: The ION Hotel  ION Hotel  Rainbow over Gullfoss Waterfall  Thingvellir National Park  Church on Thingvellir Lake  Langjokull Glacier  Kerid Volcano  Thorsmork mountains and canyon  Skógafoss Waterfall  Icelandic horses  Fridheimar Greenhouse  The colorful capital of Reykjavik  The famous Blue Lagoon.  Credit: Meggan R.

Northern Lights of Iceland

7 days from $8,495

Explore Iceland's pristine beauty and experience the aurora borealis from one of the world's prime viewing spots.

or Call 855-330-1542


Iceland is one of the most ideal places to view the aurora borealis. During our unique tour, learn about the science behind the captivating shapes and colors of the Northern Lights. Enjoy hotel stays at two of Iceland’s top properties in the southwest region and take special aurora outings to view one of nature’s most amazing phenomena.* Plus, explore Iceland’s breathtaking beauty and geologic features.

Highlights Include

  • Thingvellir National Park: While staying at the remote and stunning ION Hotel, a perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights, visit the rift valley celebrated as the home of the Althing, the world’s first democratic assembly. You’ll witness the geothermal pools at Geysir and Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall.
  • Langjokull Glacier: Discover Iceland’s second largest glacier, plus the volcanic crater lake of Kerid and the natural hot springs at the Secret Lagoon.
  • Thorsmork or Skogafoss: Select an iconic landscape to explore while staying at the Hotel Ranga, an excellent location for viewing the evening skies.
  • Reykjavik: Visit the Northern Lights Center and National Museum and enjoy a soak at the nearby Blue Lagoon.

*Viewing conditions are dependent on weather and not guaranteed. 

The tour exceeded my expectations for a learning experience.

- Gladys V.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.


Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart on a nonstop flight to Keflavik, Iceland—just six hours from the East Coast.

Day 2 — Keflavik, Thingvellir, Iceland

Upon arrival this morning, meet your guide and drive to Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant—the clean, green source of energy for Icelanders. After a tour and refreshments, continue to the ION Hotel, dramatically set against a backdrop of lava fields. The afternoon is at leisure to relax and explore the lovely trails overlooking Thingvellir Lake, Iceland’s largest. Gather for a first lecture and welcome dinner at the hotel featuring a fresh, farm-to-table approach to modern Nordic cuisine. Enjoy your first chance to see the Northern Lights tonight. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a geothermal spa, there’s no bad place at the hotel to take in the evening sky! (*B,L,D)

*Indicates 2018 availability only. 

Day 3 — Thingvellir National Park

Spend the day exploring Thingvellir National Park, the rift valley celebrated as the home of the Althing, the world’s first democratic assembly. Discover the magnificent landscapes, including geothermal pools and geysers of this UNESCO-designated site. After lunch, continue to Gullfoss, a magnificent double waterfall that is one of the largest in Europe. Return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner and hopes tonight of encountering the Northern Lights. (B,L)

Day 4 — Thingvellir, South Coast

This morning drive farther into the interior to experience the Iceland West Volcanic Zone, where you admire Kerid, a volcanic crater lake at the bottom of a perfectly intact caldera, and see Langjokull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest, flowing around imposing shield volcanoes. On the way to the south coast, visit the Secret Lagoon in Fludir for lunch, and perhaps a dip. These natural geothermal pools, situated in a beautiful setting, are among Iceland’s oldest. Continue to Hotel Ranga for dinner and a two-night stay. The Hotel Ranga is a terrific place to view the Northern Lights, plus see other elements of the night sky from the hotel observatory. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Thorsmork or Skogafoss

Choose between two excursions today. During a full-day inland adventure to Thorsmork (Valley of the Gods), you'll cross braided streams and glacial rivers in special 4 x 4 vehicles to reach the remote, birch-clad and green interior landscape. Enjoy a leisurely lunch along the way. Alternatively, join an excursion along the south coast to Skogafoss, most dramatic of the many waterfalls that tumble hundreds of feet over volcanic cliffs onto the coastal plain. After lunch, continue to the nearby Skogar Museum, browse handicrafts, and learn how Icelanders of centuries ago kept their cultural heritage alive with such limited resources. Dinner and the evening are at leisure to relax at the resort hotel, known for its heated pools and other amenities. Of course, you will be awakened, no matter the hour, should the Northern Lights manifest! (B,L)

Day 6 — South Coast, Reykjavik

En route to Reykjavik, stop for a morning tour and a private lunch at Fridheimar Greenhouse, which grows its famously tasty tomatoes in illuminated buildings heated by geothermal energy. Spend time too with the friendly Icelandic horse, the ancient breed brought over with the first settlers around A.D. 900. Continuing to Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, check in at the 1919 Hotel in the historic center. Explore the city and visit the Northern Lights Center before a farewell dinner at one of Reykjavik’s many fine restaurants. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Reykjavik, U.S.

Enjoy a morning visit to the excellent National Museum, then depart for the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa Resort, a “must” for all visitors, where you can relax over lunch and enjoy a chance to soak in these splendid heated pools. Continue to the airport for the evening flight home. (B,L)

Please note: The aurora borealis is usually most active in early Spring and Fall. Our hope is that guests will have multiple opportunities to view the Northern Lights, a phenomena that can last for just a few minutes to several hours. Please keep in mind that viewing the lights is also weather dependent. 

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)