9 Day Affordable Iceland with Akureyri & Northern Lights Pursuit

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$3479*
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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include departure transfer, but does include the group arrival transfer that departs between 7 and 8:30 am from Keflavik Airport on Day 2. Please contact a service agent to make arrangements to meet the group if your arrival flight does not arrive on Day 2 of the tour.

Passengers arriving to Reykjavik on Day 2 should select flights that arrive between 6:00 am & 8:00 am. The group transfer will depart approximately between 7:00 am - 8:30 am.

Northern Lights tours are subject to correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. If the tour is canceled locally, another Northern Lights tour will be offered on an alternate evening. The Reykjavik Northern Lights tour departs at approximately 9 pm from Oct 16 - Mar 14, and 10 pm from Sep 10 - Oct 15 & Mar 15 - Apr 15. The tour may not return until well after midnight.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active, adventurous program is intended to offer an introduction to Iceland and give you the opportunity to search for and perhaps view the Northern Lights. Different from any other program, because of the extreme climate and unpredictable weather conditions, you should be prepared for itinerary and flight schedule changes. The included Northern Lights tours often extend late into the evening and exact schedules depend on local weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed. You can expect to walk over rough, uneven terrain in dark conditions, and therefore proper winter clothing and footwear as well as a flashlight are essential for your safety and comfort. Meals not included in your package may be expensive as most all of Iceland’s food is imported. For important information about your flights click Flights to Iceland. This is an Off Season program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

This is an active itinerary which includes several walking tours on often uneven, icy terrain.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Tuesday - Reykjavik City Tour, Village of Hella, Search for the Northern Lights
Arrive in Iceland and meet your Tour Manager. Your flights should arrive between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Day 2. Transfer to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, surrounded by incredible landscapes and countless natural wonders. Your tour begins with a refreshing breakfast and Orientation Meeting at Harpa Concert Hall. Your discovery of this modern city begins with a drive past the Old Town Center, Parliament, the Cathedral and the bustling harbor area. See Hofdi House, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met and view Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose striking steeple is a Reykjavik landmark. Then make a stop at the Pearl vantage point for great views of the capital area and beyond. Depart from Reykjavik to visit the Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano, where the Earth's most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating.* Afterward, continue to the peaceful village of Hella nestled amidst the stillness of rural Iceland. After dinner, meet your tour guide to search the skies for the Northern Lights* (Aurora Borealis) from the comfort of the hotel grounds
*Due to renovations at Hellisheiði Power Plant between Nov 29 and Dec 19, groups will visit the Nesjavellir Power Plant instead during this time.
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - South Shore Adventure
Travel along the South Shore and admire the gorgeous mountain views including snow shrouded Hekla, the country’s most active volcano, as well as the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Continue through the region where one of the best known Icelandic classical sagas Njál’s Saga, is set. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing past Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with dramatic sheer cliffs to Vik, Iceland’s most southerly village. Make a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach where you can view the Reynisdrangar rock formations as well as the curious hexagonal columnar basalt cliff walls. On the return trip to Hella, visit the Lava Centre in Hvolsvollur with its interactive exhibits and astonishing imagery. Return to the hotel for leisure time and dinner
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Search for the Northern Lights
Today you will visit some of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Begin at Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water tumbling majestically into a deep gorge. Then, on to the Geysir area with its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the world-famous Strokkur Geysir – watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. At the remarkable geological and historical area of Þingvellir, visit the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the stunning canyon that runs through the park, stand on the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Lunch follows at the family-run Friðheimar Greenhouse, a unique cultivation center. You’ll be astounded by the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat. A short and informative talk is followed by a tomato tasting. Return to Reykjavik with time to relax before this evening’s private drive to the countryside to continue your quest for the Northern Lights*
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - The Blue Lagoon
A truly unique experience awaits you today at the spectacular Blue Lagoon, a natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. The high levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its vibrant rich blue color. After breakfast this morning, depart for the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a relaxing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, an on-site restaurant featuring local favorites and boutiques with seawater products to take back home. Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon. Tonight, you are free to catch up on shopping, or perhaps enjoy a dinner out at one of Reykjavik's fine restaurants
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Flight to Akureyri, Northern Lights Tour*
After breakfast, take a short flight to the town of Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town’s history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Return to to your hotel with time to relax before this evening’s search for the Northern Lights. Akureyri's proximity to the Arctic Circle means it is particularly well-situated for viewing the Aurora
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Lake Mývatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Natural Baths
Today, head to lovely Lake Mývatn in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaði and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then, relax at Myvatn Nature Baths where you will have free time to swim in the warm soothing waters. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Return to Reykjavik
A short flight brings you back to Reykjavik where you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or venture out to explore all this city has to offer. Perhaps stroll through the shopping district, or go for a swim at one of the local outdoor heated pools
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

This is an active itinerary which includes several walking tours on often uneven, icy terrain.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Thursday - Reykjavik City Tour, Village of Hella, Search for the Northern Lights
Arrive in Iceland and meet your Tour Manager. Your flights should arrive between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Day 2. Transfer to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, surrounded by incredible landscapes and countless natural wonders. Your tour begins with a refreshing breakfast and Orientation Meeting at Harpa Concert Hall. Your discovery of this modern city begins with a drive past the Old Town Center, Parliament, the Cathedral and the bustling harbor area. See Hofdi House, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met and view Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose striking steeple is a Reykjavik landmark. Then make a stop at the Pearl vantage point for great views of the capital area and beyond. Depart from Reykjavik to visit the Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano, where the Earth's most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating.* Afterward, continue to the peaceful village of Hella nestled amidst the stillness of rural Iceland. After dinner, meet your tour guide to search the skies for the Northern Lights* (Aurora Borealis) from the comfort of the hotel grounds
*Due to renovations at Hellisheiði Power Plant between Nov 29 and Dec 19, groups will visit the Nesjavellir Power Plant instead during this time.
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - South Shore Adventure
Travel along the South Shore and admire the gorgeous mountain views including snow shrouded Hekla, the country’s most active volcano, as well as the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Continue through the region where one of the best known Icelandic classical sagas Njál’s Saga, is set. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing past Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with dramatic sheer cliffs to Vik, Iceland’s most southerly village. Make a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach where you can view the Reynisdrangar rock formations as well as the curious hexagonal columnar basalt cliff walls. On the return trip to Hella, visit the Lava Centre in Hvolsvollur with its interactive exhibits and astonishing imagery. Return to the hotel for leisure time and dinner
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Search for the Northern Lights
Today you will visit some of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Begin at Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water tumbling majestically into a deep gorge. Then, on to the Geysir area with its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the world-famous Strokkur Geysir – watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. At the remarkable geological and historical area of Þingvellir, visit the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the stunning canyon that runs through the park, stand on the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Lunch follows at the family-run Friðheimar Greenhouse, a unique cultivation center. You’ll be astounded by the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat. A short and informative talk is followed by a tomato tasting. Return to Reykjavik with time to relax before this evening’s private drive to the countryside to continue your quest for the Northern Lights*
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Sunday - The Blue Lagoon
A truly unique experience awaits you today at the spectacular Blue Lagoon, a natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. The high levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its vibrant rich blue color. After breakfast this morning, depart for the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a relaxing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, an on-site restaurant featuring local favorites and boutiques with seawater products to take back home. Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon. Tonight, you are free to catch up on shopping, or perhaps enjoy a dinner out at one of Reykjavik's fine restaurants
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Flight to Akureyri, Northern Lights Tour*
After breakfast, take a short flight to the town of Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town’s history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Return to to your hotel with time to relax before this evening’s search for the Northern Lights. Akureyri's proximity to the Arctic Circle means it is particularly well-situated for viewing the Aurora
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Lake Mývatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Natural Baths
Today, head to lovely Lake Mývatn in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaði and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then, relax at Myvatn Nature Baths where you will have free time to swim in the warm soothing waters. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Return to Reykjavik
A short flight brings you back to Reykjavik where you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or venture out to explore all this city has to offer. Perhaps stroll through the shopping district, or go for a swim at one of the local outdoor heated pools
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

This is an active itinerary which includes several walking tours on often uneven, icy terrain.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Sunday - Reykjavik City Tour, Village of Hella, Search for the Northern Lights
Arrive in Iceland and meet your Tour Manager. Your flights should arrive between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Day 2. Transfer to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, surrounded by incredible landscapes and countless natural wonders. Your tour begins with a refreshing breakfast and Orientation Meeting at Harpa Concert Hall. Your discovery of this modern city begins with a drive past the Old Town Center, Parliament, the Cathedral and the bustling harbor area. See Hofdi House, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met and view Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose striking steeple is a Reykjavik landmark. Then make a stop at the Pearl vantage point for great views of the capital area and beyond. Depart from Reykjavik to visit the Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano, where the Earth's most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating.* Afterward, continue to the peaceful village of Hella nestled amidst the stillness of rural Iceland. After dinner, meet your tour guide to search the skies for the Northern Lights* (Aurora Borealis) from the comfort of the hotel grounds
*Due to renovations at Hellisheiði Power Plant between Nov 29 and Dec 19, groups will visit the Nesjavellir Power Plant instead during this time.
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - South Shore Adventure
Travel along the South Shore and admire the gorgeous mountain views including snow shrouded Hekla, the country’s most active volcano, as well as the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Continue through the region where one of the best known Icelandic classical sagas Njál’s Saga, is set. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing past Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with dramatic sheer cliffs to Vik, Iceland’s most southerly village. Make a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach where you can view the Reynisdrangar rock formations as well as the curious hexagonal columnar basalt cliff walls. On the return trip to Hella, visit the Lava Centre in Hvolsvollur with its interactive exhibits and astonishing imagery. Return to the hotel for leisure time and dinner
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Search for the Northern Lights
Today you will visit some of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Begin at Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water tumbling majestically into a deep gorge. Then, on to the Geysir area with its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the world-famous Strokkur Geysir – watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. At the remarkable geological and historical area of Þingvellir, visit the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the stunning canyon that runs through the park, stand on the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Lunch follows at the family-run Friðheimar Greenhouse, a unique cultivation center. You’ll be astounded by the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat. A short and informative talk is followed by a tomato tasting. Return to Reykjavik with time to relax before this evening’s private drive to the countryside to continue your quest for the Northern Lights*
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - The Blue Lagoon
A truly unique experience awaits you today at the spectacular Blue Lagoon, a natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. The high levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its vibrant rich blue color. After breakfast this morning, depart for the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a relaxing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, an on-site restaurant featuring local favorites and boutiques with seawater products to take back home. Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon. Tonight, you are free to catch up on shopping, or perhaps enjoy a dinner out at one of Reykjavik's fine restaurants
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Flight to Akureyri, Northern Lights Tour*
After breakfast, take a short flight to the town of Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town’s history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Return to to your hotel with time to relax before this evening’s search for the Northern Lights. Akureyri's proximity to the Arctic Circle means it is particularly well-situated for viewing the Aurora
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Lake Mývatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Natural Baths
Today, head to lovely Lake Mývatn in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaði and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then, relax at Myvatn Nature Baths where you will have free time to swim in the warm soothing waters. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Return to Reykjavik
A short flight brings you back to Reykjavik where you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or venture out to explore all this city has to offer. Perhaps stroll through the shopping district, or go for a swim at one of the local outdoor heated pools
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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