• Iceland: Northern Lights Adventure

Seek out the Enchanting Northern Lights and Explore the Countryside of Iceland with Boundless Journeys

The Northern Lights are a truly magnificent gift of nature. Observing their extraordinary colors dancing across the arctic sky is an unforgettable experience -and Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see them.

Our adventure begins in Reykjavik. From the captivating Harpa Concert Hall, to art galleries in colorful neighborhoods and fishing boats on the harbor, this is the perfect introduction to our journey.

We spend the rest of our adventure immersed in mother nature’s elements as we explore the beautiful countryside of Iceland. Testaments to the constantly evolving earth are everywhere — hot rivers, snowy peaks, and majestic waterfalls dominate our views. We traverse glaciers on foot and by Super Jeep and explore one of Iceland’s grandest ice caves. As the winter sun retreats each day, we seek out the spectacular Northern Lights, as they paint dramatic shapes, colors, and patterns on the night sky. Rejuvenating soaks in thermal baths and charming accommodations round out this exciting adventure.

What Our Guests Have To Say About This Tour

A Wolrd Apart

5 5 1
Iceland is a world apart -- the country is so beautiful and so unlike anywhere I've travelled before. The variety of experiences this trip offers -- including many chances to see the Northern Lights -- truly shows the country to advantage. Snorri, our guide, was a knowledgable host who brought it all together with grace and good humor, even when earthquakes and a volcanic eruption threatened!


5 5 1
An amazing, other-worldly adventure with the perfect guide.

Special Trip

5 5 1
Having a local guide to answer every question really makes the trip special.


5 5 1
Top-notch experience once again. Baddi was an informative and welcoming tour guide. All the hotel accommodations captured the region of Iceland we were staying in perfectly.

Amazing Landscapes

4 5 1
Iceland in the late fall/early winter is incredible. The late-fall light creates some truly jaw-dropping landscapes. I have never been on a trip before where I so thoroughly enjoyed viewing the dramatic and ever-changing landscapes. Because of the views, I enjoyed the time in transit almost as much as I loved all the outdoor activities!

Best Vacation Ever

5 5 1
If you want to learn about Iceland with adventure galore, this is the trip for you. The lights (which we saw!) are important, but even without the lights this was our all time favorite vacation. Our guide Snorri was wonderful. As an example, on the first day of our trip we went to a church on the south coast. Snorri, my son in law Mike ended up singing Christmas hymns as my wife played the organ. It was magic. This was on top of his excellent guiding on the glacier and on the drive back through the frozen river. He was also so knowledgeable about Icelandic culture and spent a lot of time helping us understand the history and challenges Iceland faces. We will return!

Every day was a unique adventure

4 5 1
I had imagined visiting Iceland sometime during a summer when the east coast might be experiencing a heat wave. But we were drawn to the November trip in the hope of viewing the northern lights. While this hope was not realized, the trip did not disappoint. Iceland is a unique country with a long and proud history and a remarkable land where the nature's power is perhaps more palpable than any other place I have visited. In winter the landscape is starkly black and white. Like a modernist painting, small touches of color stand out in vibrant contrast. I look forward to returning in summer when shades of green become more prevalent and the promise of nearly endless daylight allows for more hours of exploration.

unforgettable encounters

5 5 1
If off the beaten path with comfort and adventure is your idea of vacation, Boundless Journeys offers unforgettable connections with people and nature. Evaluating safety, adventure and unique experiences, BJ trips offer unforgettable encounters. This was my third trip....off the grid, adventuresome, cultural and far from the maddening crowds.

It was the perfect, celebratory "HOORAY we are retired!"

5 5 1
The endless mountains and snow were beyond amazing. I thought I'd seen a lot of both living in Colorado, but they blew me away in Iceland. Iceland also has amazing museums. Loved everything about Iceland and would love to return in summer to hike. And the food - I ate fish every day and sometimes twice a day!!

Excellent Guide!

5 5 1
Our guide effectively enabled us to see this extraordinary landscape through two distinctive viewpoints; our own first time wonderment, and his lifelong knowledge and personal passion. It made the experience immeasurably rich.

Great Guides

5 5 1
Our guides were excellent. I really enjoyed Boga and Snorri. They were wonderful!!!

Thank you for a wonderful trip

5 5 1
I just returned from your Northern Lights trip and I wanted to send you a thank you for allowing Deborah Tobey to travel with our group. Her sense of humor, silliness and love of Iceland definitely kept the group positive, especially during the inclement weather that we seems to encounter daily. I have done a lot of travel over the years with many different tour companies, and I have to say that Deborah is one of the best tour leaders I have encountered. She took a good trip and made it unforgettable. I hope to travel again with your company and Deborah. Thank you again for a wonderful trip.

An amazing spectacle!

5 5 1
As you know, seeing the Northern lights three times during our five day trip with Boundless Journeys was definitely the highlight of a trip with many other great memories. Although seeing the aurora always requires an element of luck, I have to thank you for making sure we were not only in places with great food and accommodations, but also well situated to appreciate the northern lights when they appeared. Thanks so much for making sure we were in the right place at the right time to enjoy them with a great group!

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Itinerary &

Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Welcome Dinner & Northern Lights

  • Activity Overview: Dinner and search for Northern Lights
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 2 hours

Welcome to Iceland! Early this evening, we head to a small fishing town along the southeast coast for a lobster dinner. Icelandic lobster, also know as langoustine, the smaller cousin of the lobster, is simply mouthwatering.

In this remote area, we may catch our first glimpse of the Northern Lights! As our evening draws to a close, we return to our deluxe accommodations in Reykjavik.

Alda Hotel

Alda Hotel
Reykjavik, Iceland

Situated in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, the 4-star Alda Hotel is perfectly positioned for your stay. Guestrooms feature Nordic design and modern amenities offering the perfect blend of both comfort and style. Enjoy complimentary smartphones for local calls and internet use, a sauna and hot tub, and on-site restaurant and bar.

Day 2

Reykjavik & the Highlands

  • Activity Overview: City tour, hiking and thermal bath
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 2 hours city tour, 2 hours hiking

Today we discover the colorful and vibrant city of Reykjavik with a walking and tasting tour of the city. Stops will include the impressive Harpa Concert Hall, the Parliament building, City Hall, and the artfully designed Hallgrimskirkja Church.

After lunch, we continue to the remote Icelandic Highlands for a relaxed walk among natural wonders including the spectacular two-tiered Langifoss waterfall, an icy stream of glacial meltwater, and the former site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier claimed by climate change.

The highlight of our hike is a serene soak in the new Husafell Canyon Baths, a surreal hot spring paradise that has to be seen to be believed. We enjoy 30 minutes of relaxing, recharging, and breathing in the pure Icelandic air before dinner at our hotel and a second chance at viewing the Northern Lights.

Hotel Husafell

Hotel Husafell
Husafell, Iceland

Named by National Geographic as one of them "Unique Lodges of the World" and by Forbes as one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, Hotel Husafell will not disappoint. Each room features paintings by a renowned local artist, heated floors, and bath products made from Icelandic herbs. Designed to be in harmony with the environment, this hotel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding nature.

Day 3

The Western Interior

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 3-4 hours

Our day is filled with natural wonders, first at two waterfalls, Barnafossar and Hraunfossar, the latter described as a collection of countless creeks and cascades streaming out of lava rock over a distance of about 3,000 feet. We then head into Cave Viogemlir, Iceland's largest lava cave and an experience not to be missed. Having recently opened to the public after almost a half-century, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. Elevated walkways make this an easy and enjoyable underground tour.

We enjoy a locally-sourced lunch at the Bruaras Geo Center before making our way to our glacier experience. En route, we make a short stop in Reykholt. This tiny village is locally famous as the home of Iceland's best-known author, Snorri Sturluson, who lived in the early 1200s. Here, the geothermally heated pool, Snorralaug (named after him), is one of the best-preserved medieval sites in the country.

Arriving at Langjokull Glacier, we head into the new man-made ice tunnel in Iceland's second largest glacier to explore the inner-workings of this "river of ice." Today, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows us to see a glacier from the inside, while in two days' time we will be hiking on the surface of one.

We return to our hotel for dinner, where our guide will check the aurora forecast for the evening.

Hotel Husafell

Hotel Husafell
Husafell, Iceland

Named by National Geographic as one of them "Unique Lodges of the World" and by Forbes as one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, Hotel Husafell will not disappoint. Each room features paintings by a renowned local artist, heated floors, and bath products made from Icelandic herbs. Designed to be in harmony with the environment, this hotel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding nature.

Day 4

The Golden Circle

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 2-3 hours

We begin by driving through the countryside to Thingvellir, a remarkable geological and historical site. It was here that the world's oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930 by the Vikings. Now a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the meeting point of two of Earth's tectonic plates. The area's combination of natural phenomena and historical significance make it inseparable from the fabric of Icelandic national life.

Our morning concludes at a local greenhouse where we gain insight into the process of year-round horticulture using geothermal energy.

Our exploration of Iceland's magnificent landscape continues with a visit to the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter surrounded by snow and hanging sheets of ice. The sheer power of the earth emanates from the cascading water. Only a few minutes away is one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, which shoots up almost 100 feet into the air every few minutes.

At day's end, we return to the comforts of our hotel and another fine meal as we await the possible display of dancing lights in the sky.

Geysir Hotel

Geysir Hotel
Haukadalur, Iceland

This new family-run hotel, located on the doorstep of the geothermal area of Geysir and Strokkur in the historic Haukadalur Valley, harmoniously blends with the surrounding environment through the use of materials that reflect the landscape in the architectural design of the building. The hotel’s rooms and suites are bright and light and all have views of stunning scenery.

Day 5

The South Coast

  • Activity Overview: Glacier walk and walking
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: Glacier walk 3-4 hours (approximately 1 mile); afternoon walk, 1 hour

Today, we discover South Iceland with a short drive to the Eyjafjallajokull massif. From the eastern face, the Solheimajokull Glacier tongue extends down from its parent glacier, Myrdalsjokull, Iceland's fourth largest. Here, we meet our Icelandic mountain guide, who equips us with the proper tools (crampons and ice axes) for an adventure on an active glacier. After instruction on the proper use of our equipment, we traverse the glacier onto an ice field, where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses await our discovery. This adventure is like no other and only available in a few parts of the world.

We enjoy lunch in the small village of Vik, and explore the black-pebble Reynisfjara Beach with its unique basalt columns. From here, we continue to the immense Skogafoss Waterfall, one of the biggest and most beautiful of Iceland's many waterfalls with an astounding width of 82 feet and a drop of 196 feet. It's so impressive, it has been a filming location for Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

This evening, we dine and relax at our luxury hotel and await a showing of the Northern Lights.

Skalakot Hotel

Skalakot Hotel
Hvolsvollur, Iceland

The Skalakot Hotel is a brand-new, 14-room boutique hotel on a horse farm in a remote area of southern Iceland. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Skalakot offers optional horseback rides, spacious yet cozy common areas, and family-style dining.

Day 6

LAVA Center & Thorsmork

  • Activity Overview: Walking and Super Jeep tour
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 3-4 hours

This morning, we set out to see the breathtakingly beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, part of the Seljandsa river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajokull Glacier. We continue through a secret passage to find the Gljufrabui Waterfall, known as the "hidden waterfall of the south."

For lunch, we stop at the Lava Center, which features an interactive display of the natural forces that shape our planet and the unique geology of Iceland.

Perhaps the highlight of our day is a Super Jeep tour in Thorsmork Nature Reserve. Thorsmork is a deep valley consisting of glacial tongues flowing down mountainsides. This area is surrounded by the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull, Myrdalsjokull, and Tindfjallajokull, and boasts numerous glacial rivers. We will drive though rivers and up mountainsides, and take some time to walk around the area and visit the famous Stakkholtsgja Gorge.

This evening, we celebrate our adventures with our final group dinner and one more opportunity to view the celestial Northern Lights.

Skalakot Hotel

Skalakot Hotel
Hvolsvollur, Iceland

The Skalakot Hotel is a brand-new, 14-room boutique hotel on a horse farm in a remote area of southern Iceland. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Skalakot offers optional horseback rides, spacious yet cozy common areas, and family-style dining.

Day 7

Krisuvik Thermal Area & Blue Lagoon

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 30 minutes

On our way to the airport, we stop to stretch our legs in the lunar landscape of the Krisuvik thermal area and Lake Kleifarvatn, where we can walk along a boardwalk over mud pools and steam vents.

Our final stop is the Blue Lagoon, where the warm waters beckon us for a soak. A fitting tribute to our stay in the land of fire and ice. From here, the Keflavik International Airport is only 15 minutes, and we will drive you there in time for your late-afternoon flight.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &

Dates And Prices

Trip Length

7 Days

Trip Dates

Mar 5-11, 2024

Nov 3-9, 2024

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2024 Land Cost

From $7,695 Per Person

Single Supplement

First two reserved:$795


See single supplement policy below.

Pricing Notes


9+ Guests: $7,695 per person

6 to 8 Guests: $8,195 per person

Make it Private price is based on Land Cost only, and a guarantee of the specified number of guests in double occupancy. For groups smaller than the numbers shown, or those requiring single occupancy, we reserve the right to adjust the per person price. Additionally, some trips have minimum group sizes. Please call 1-800-941-8010 for details.

What's Included

  • All gratuities except for those for your guide and driver, which are at your discretion
  • Expert leadership
  • All accommodations
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1, to breakfast on Day 7
  • Local beer and wine with included dinners
  • All on-tour transportation
  • All activities and entry fees as noted in the itinerary
  • Explorers Club savings on your next scheduled, small-group trip (conditions apply)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.

Single Supplement for Scheduled Group Departures. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement. This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and request a roommate but one is not available, you will receive a $500 reduction from the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary for your specific trip).

Single Supplement for Custom Tours. Custom Tour prices are generally based on two or more participants; therefore, single supplements for “solo” Custom Tours will vary and are available upon request.

What To

What To Expect

Physical Activity

Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Iceland: Northern Lights Adventure is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The terrain we cover is incredibly varied. We'll enjoy some gentle hikes and a glacier hike. Please be aware that hikes and/or activities may have to be changed last-minute due to weather conditions, which are highly unpredictable in Iceland.

Meeting Point

Reykjavik, Iceland

Departure Point

Downtown Reykjavik or Keflavik International Airport, Iceland

Traveling To and From

Most Convenient Airport:
Keflavik International Airport, Keflavik, Iceland (airport code KEF)

Meeting Time and Place:
Your guide(s) will meet you at 5 p.m. on Day 1 of your trip in the lobby of the Alda Hotel in downtown Reykjavik.

Departure Time and Place:
Your guides will provide a drop-off at the Keflavík International Airport by 2:30 p.m. on the last day of the trip. Please plan departing flights accordingly, taking into account the required check-in time for international flights. If you do not wish to depart on the final day, you can ride with the other guests from the Blue Lagoon, to the airport, and then back to Reykjavik, or you may wish to depart the Blue Lagoon at your leisure and return to Reykjavik independently by taxi or the Flybus.

The Glacier Walk

A half-day glacier walk is included, weather permitting. All necessary equipment is provided, including crampons and ice axes. Boots are available for rental, although your hiking boots should suffice. The Icelandic mountain guides we will hike with are experienced mountaineers with a great deal of knowledge about glaciers and safety procedures. After being fitted with gear and a safety briefing, we head onto the ice itself for a unique perspective on the importance and beauty of glaciers. If the weather makes this adventure unsafe, a traditional hike will be offered instead.

Northern Lights Viewing

It is important to see the Northern Lights as just one of many thrills of a winter trip to Iceland. Immense glaciers, snowy peaks, majestic waterfalls, relaxing thermal baths, fewer crowds, and the vibrant city of Reykjavik, are reasons enough to go. With luck you will also see the sky ablaze with dancing lights, but this can never be guaranteed. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. And, like many natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral - they may appear for a bit, and then be gone.

The unique colors of the Northern Lights are created by the Earth's spectra of gases and the height in the atmosphere where the collision of particles from the sun and the Earth's gases takes place. Our naked eye can most easily see the green-yellow part of the spectrum where the sun emits most of its light. Green is the most common color observed but the Northern Lights can also appear white-gray.

Please be prepared to wait outside while looking for aurora. It is best to dress warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you patiently await this truly outstanding light show.


Thanks to warming Gulf Stream winds, Iceland enjoys a much warmer climate than it should given its northerly location (and its name). Though the interior is covered with ice all year round, the coastal areas, like Reykjavik enjoy a relatively mild climate. The hours of daylight greatly increase over the course of the month to about 12 hours per day. Sunrise is generally around 7 a.m. and the sun sets again by about 7 p.m.

Weather in Iceland can change quite suddenly, so it is a good idea to always dress in layers.



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When to Go

The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April, as these are the months where there are full dark nights. Cold, clear, cloudless nights present the best chance of a sighting.


Menus in Iceland generally feature a choice of meat (often lamb) and fresh fish (many varieties of both fresh and saltwater fish are available, the most common being salmon and trout). Some menus are more extensive. Icelandic cuisine has come a long way, and many chefs train in mainland Europe before bringing their skills home to create innovative dishes using native ingredients. It is common even for small hotels to offer meals buffet-style, as this allows travelers to try traditional local dishes alongside more familiar fare. Please inform us of any specific dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please call our office with any questions or concerns about our ability to meet your needs.


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With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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