Northern Lights Safari
Reykjavík & South Iceland
- 4 nights
- from $4800 per person
Winter in Iceland offers the opportunity to witness one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders - the Northern Lights. This phenomenon draws visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive dancing lights among the island's incredible landscapes.
At a Glance
Experience the geological wonders of Iceland, including waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes
Get away from the bright lights of Reykjavik and search for the elusive Northern Lights
Relax at tranquil Hotel Ranga in the stark wilderness of Southern Iceland
Hike across a glacier for a truly memorable experience
Enjoy gourmet dining in Reykjavik, Europe's northernmost capital city
Seeing the spectacle of the Northern Lights is a truly awe-inspiring experience and Iceland is an ideal Aurora hunting destination, as the only place in the world where the lights can be seen throughout the whole country.
One of the best-known places to view the Aurora Borealis in their full glory is the remote yet luxurious Hotel Ranga. This itinerary combines a stay here with two nights in the nation's vibrant capital, Reykjavik.
It is also often possible to view the Northern Lights from the city. If the weather conditions are favourable and local authorities state there is a good chance of a display we can have you collected from your hotel in downtown Reykjavik and driven outside the city to whichever spot local experts deem best for enjoying the display without the city's light pollution.
A visit to Iceland makes for a magical experience, and we can help arrange a stay of any length with a full range of different activities, so why not ask us to tailor make an itinerary to suit your interests.
This sample itinerary based between the sumptuous art deco Hotel Borg in Reykjavik and the tranquil Hotel Ranga in the south would include some fantastic activities and opportunities to see some unforgettable sights.
On arrival in Reykjavik take some time to get your bearings and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the city's top restaurants. The rest of the day could be spent at your leisure exploring the designer boutiques, art galleries and museums downtown.
The following day visit the Golden Circle, a route around the glaciers and waterfalls of the volcanically active area east of the city which shows you the best this natural wilderness has to offer. The tour starts at Thingvellir National Park, where two tectonic plates meet, and continues to Gullfoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, before going on to Geysir, home of the original geysers which still shoot water high into the air at regular intervals. You will be escorted on the trip by a private driver/ guide in a specially modified 4x4 vehicle, allowing access to some of the country's most remote areas. The more adventurous can also experience snowmobiling on either the Langjökull or Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.
The second part of your stay would offer the chance to enjoy the hospitality of the Hotel Ranga, a luxurious boutique hotel in a tranquil spot in a remote area an hour and a half away from the capital.
The location of the hotel makes it ideal for viewing the Northern Lights: in fact it is known as one of the best places in the world for the study of this phenomenon. The staff at Ranga can tell you everything you need to know about the Aurora Borealis, and, if requested, will even wake you up if there is a particularly spectacular display!
External lighting is carefully controlled, so you can even enjoy the views from the geothermally heated Jacuzzis behind the hotel.
There is a huge range of activities on offer at Hotel Ranga, from hiking, fishing and horse riding to a spectacular helicopter flight over smoking volcanic craters and beaches composed of black sand. A guided visit to Thorsmork National Park can be organized as can trips to the nearby waterfalls and glaciers.
Alternatively why not continue across Iceland's south coast to see some of the country's most treasured sights: walk behind the 65 meter high Skogafoss waterfall and hike on the rugged Solheimajokull glacier. We can even include a caving experience through the hidden worlds below the lava fields before you return by superjeep over black volcanic sand dunes.
Finally, on the way back to the airport we suggest a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a huge natural geothermal spa where you can immerse yourself in health-giving silica-enriched waters or treat yourself to a little pampering before returning home.
Location & Directions
Reykjavík & South Iceland
Hotel Borg is located on Austurvollur square, near the Icelandic parliament building in the heart of Reykjavik. In the south, Hotel Ranga is set between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, close to the famous volcano Mt. Hekla and several glaciers.
When to go
This itinerary is ideal for the winter months, when the chances of spotting the Northern Lights are at their highest. The weather will be cold but the whole country will most likely be covered in snow, making for some truly fantastic scenery.