Northern Lights Express
Explore some of Iceland‘s top tourist attractions as you visit the beautiful south. From icy waterfalls to warm geothermal baths, from black sand beaches to glacier covered mountains, this winter wonderland is at your feet. On the way, you might get the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights in starlit nights.
- TRAVEL: Any day of the week from Copenhagen - 5 days | 4 nights
- SEASON: September 1st to 30th
- NORTHERN LIGHTS SEASON: is from late August to mid April
- DIRECT FLIGHT FROM: Copenhagen (incl. in the price)
- YOU MIGHT WANT TO: Visit the Faroe Islands as a combination with your visit to Iceland. Read more here...
Itinerary: Fly and Drive
Day 1 Arrival & Arrival & Reykjanes peninsula.
Arrival in Keflavík, Iceland from Copenhagen, Denmark. Pick up rental car at the airport and drive to the Golden Circle area for an overnight. If time allows, explore the Reykjanes peninsula along the way. Highlights include Reykjanestá bird cliff, Gunnuhver hot spring, Brimketill rock pool and Krýsuvík hot spring area.
- Optional activity: The Blue Lagoon
- Day 1, expect to drive approx. 120 km
Day 2 The Golden Circle
Today you will visit the highlights of the Golden Circle. Starting with the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park Þingvellir. Take a walk through the Almannagjá gorge to the former parliament site and continue to the picturesque waterfall Öxaráfoss. From here your journey takes you farming area to the geysers at Haukadalur. While the old Geysir is rather quiet, the most active hot spring Strokkur (the butterchurn) is erupting every five to seven minutes. The impressive waterfall Gullfoss is only a short drive away. At village Flúðir you can try out the geothermal Secret Lagoon.
Stay overnight in Vík area.
- Optional activity: Secret Lagoon
- Day 2, expect to drive approx. 250 km
Pictures from the tour
Day 3 Skaftafell & Glacier Lagoon
Your journey takes you through the village of Vík, the desert-like black sands of Mýrdalssandur, the lava landscapes of Eldhraun and onwards to the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Visit the information centre Skaftafell in the National Park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. We recommend the easy hike to the Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell, which is surrounded by monumental basalt columns. A drive along the foot of the massive Vatnajökull ice cap, past Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2114 m/6923 ft), brings you to Jöklulsárlón glacial lagoon. Take a walk along the shore of the lagoon and to the beach, where often smaller icebergs are washed ashore. Get even closer on a boat trip amidst the drifting icebergs (offered during summer). You have a good chance of spotting seals in the lagoon and near the coast.
Return to Kirkjubæjarklaustur area for an overnight.
- Optional activity: Skaftafell Blue Ice Experience
- Day 3, expect to drive approx. 400 km
Day 4 The South Coast
Head back to Reykjavík along the south coast and visit the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara with its basalt columns and black sand beach. Next stop is Skógar and the impressive waterfall Skógafoss. A visit to the local folk- and transport museum Skógasafn is reccommended. Then, complete your day by an unforgettable walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. Keep on walking along the rock face where in gorge the waterfall Gjlufrabúi, the gorge dweller, hides.
Stay a final overnight in Reykjavík.
- Optional activity: LAVA Centre - Exhibition, Cinema & Panorama deck
- Day 4, expect to drive approx. 260 km
Day 5 Departure from Iceland to Copenhagen, Denmark
The time of departure determines your plan for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon or the evening you will have time to explore Reykjavík. If your flight leaves in the early morning you‘ll have to leave Reykjavík early for the airport, where you return your rental car before departure.
- Day 5, expect to drive approx. 50 km
Northern Lights Express map