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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt in South Iceland

Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt in South Iceland | Scandinavian American World Tours


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Reykjavik | Flúðir | Kirkjubæjarklaustur | Hveragerði

Tour begins in Reykjavik on Tuesday or Thursday
38 Guaranteed Departures: Oct 04, 2018 – Apr 04, 2019

Icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate Iceland´s beautiful, yet rugged landscape. On a guided coach tour, experience the hidden powers of the island including views of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. With several nights spent in stunning rural locations, you’ll be perfectly situated to hunt the magical Northern Lights!


Day 01: Arrival Reykjavik

Accommodations are in a four star hotel in Reykjavik today as you arrive. Transfer on your own, unless pre-purchased with ScanAm. The rest of the day is free to explore the Icelandic capital and take optional tours.

Natura Icelandair Hotel or Fosshótel Reykjavík

Day 02: Reykjavik – Geyser Geothermal Area – Northern Lights Center – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Skálholt – The Famous Golden Falls

Start the day with breakfast, then visit the newly opened and fascinating Northern Lights Center in Reykjavík to gather exciting and informative facts on the Northern Lights. Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.

Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.

Stop at Skálholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle-Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church. During the day you will also visit Laugarvatnshellir Cave, where two Icelandic families once built themselves a cozy homestead and farm during the early 20th century. The furnishings and buildings in the cave have been restored to show how the residents once lived.

Overnight stay in a beautiful local four star hotel, dinner included.

Flúdir Hotel or Stracta Hotel

Day 03: South Shore – Waterfalls – Lava Center – Black Sand Beaches

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. We’ll spend the day driving along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields.

This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. (This stop is included from Fall 2017). You will be provided with a ticket to the Lava Center’s Cinema, where you can watch a film that provides you with an overview of volcanic activity in Iceland—the hidden power and geology of the island is fascinating.

Make a stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Skógarfoss Waterfall. Onwards to Reynisfjara beach, viewing the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight and dinner in a local four star hotel. Hunt for the Northern Lights again in Kirkjubæjarklaustur tonight!

Hotel Klaustur

Day 04: Skaftafell National Park & the Glacial Lagoon – Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel, and then transfer to Skaftafell National Park. Skaftafell is one of Iceland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap.

Continue from this region to Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180 m-deep glacial lagoon. We’ll then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajökull. Visit the national park’s Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by the Vatnajökull glacier.

Back to your hotel for dinner and another fabulous four-star stay!

Hotel Klaustur

Day 05: Geothermal Power Plant & The Blue Lagoon – Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves – Geothermal Lagoon

We head west after breakfast at your hotel towards the village of Hveragerði, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerði is often called the ‘Flower Village’ because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.

Travel further along the coast with breathtaking sea waves through a community once flourishing and now deserted. The tour continues to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon, which is 100% powered by Iceland’s clean geothermal energy. Enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin.

Return to Reykjavík and a four star hotel located in the city center, where the evening and dinner are on your own.

Natura Icelandair Hotel or Fosshótel Reykjavík

Day 06: Reykjavik Departure

After breakfast transfer to airport on your own for departure, unless pre-purchased with ScanAm.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 2 nights at Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel, including breakfast (4 star)
  • 3 nights at countryside hotels, Icelandairhotel Flúðir and Icelandairhotel Klaustur, including breakfast and 3 1-course dinners with coffee/tea (3 star)
  • Entrance to Laugarvatnshellir, The Cave People
  • Fully guided coach tour from day 2 to the end of day 6
  • Entrance fee to the Northern Lights center in Reykjavík
  • Visit to the new Lava Center & ticket to the Lava Center’s Cinema
  • Stop in Skálholt
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening; Northern Lights hunting kit at your disposal on days 4 or 5 (flashlight, blanket, and hot drink)
  • Comfort Blue Lagoon entrance fee (includes bathing fee, use of a towel, silica mud mask, and one drink)
  • Special Northern Lights wakeup call during nights 3-5 if they become visible late in the evening or during the night (an option at most hotels in the countryside)

NOTE: Prices do not include airfare, lunches, dinners, beverages, optional tours and activities, or any service not specifically listed in the program above.

Optional services available: If weather and ice conditions permit then it will be possible to go on a boat tour on the glacial lagoon (not included). There is an option to add a dessert course to the above-mentioned 3 1-course dinners in countryside hotels.
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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a 2-person min./36-person max. tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Child discount available! Discount available upon request.

Transfer add-ons available. Scheduled airport coach transfer: $80 p.p. round trip. Private car/driver transfer: $275 one-way (1-3 persons).

Land Only


04, 09, 18, 23, & 25

$1508 p.p. twin


01*, 06, 08*, 13*, 22*, & 29

$1508 p.p. twin


06, 11, & 13

$1508 p.p. twin


08, 10, 22, & 31

$1508 p.p. twin


05, 07, 14, 19, 21, & 28

$1508 p.p. twin


05, 07, 12, 14, 19, & 28

$1508 p.p. twin



$1508 p.p. twin


WEATHER STATEMENT: In rare cases, change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road, and/or weather conditions not allow the tour to follow the scheduled itinerary; certain outdoor activities may be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but the local tour operator will try the find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour
Price: from $1658
Duration:6 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Pingvellir National Park - Flúðir - Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon - Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon
Departures: January - February - March - April - October - November - December

Tour Map

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