Ice Cave & Golden Circle Day Tripper with Northern Lights

4 days / 3 nights
The Northern Lights above Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Þingvellir National Park covered in snow
Blue glacial walls of the Katla ice cave
The Northern Lights above Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Þingvellir National Park covered in snow

Experience the best of Icelandic winter

On this 4-day multi-day tour from Reykjavík, you’ll check out some of Iceland’s top winter gems. You’ll visit epic waterfalls (maybe even frozen ones), a live erupting geyser, and the spellbinding site of Iceland’s ancient parliament.

If you’re lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. And to top it all off, you’ll join a guided group walk under a glacier into one of the country’s famous ice caves.

Travel styleMulti-day
Trip length4 days / 3 nights
VibeShort & sweet
SeasonWinter
(1 Oct–31 Mar)
TransportBus
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeCB04

Why book a multi-day trip with Iceland Tours?

  • Start your tour on the date that suits you

  • Stay at the same place in Reykjavík for your whole trip

  • Travel on comfortable buses with free Wi-Fi

  • Effortlessly customize your trip with extra activities

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

Your 4-day bus itinerary

Your 4-day bus itinerary
Staying inReykjavík

Transfer from Keflavík International Airport to your hotel in Reykjavík (included).

It’s the first day of your adventure trip, and time to get acquainted with Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital! Stroll around the center and snap the cute streets lined with colorful houses. Or soak up some culture at one (or more) of the city’s galleries and museums.

Depending on what time you arrive in Iceland, you may be able to fit in a stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way to Reykjavík. What better way to relax and recharge after your flight?

In the evening

Spend the night on a magical Northern Lights hunt! Included with your package is a large group bus tour to a dark-skied location that’s perfect for spotting the lights.

You also have the option to upgrade to a small group excursion for a more intimate experience, or even a trip via super jeep or boat if you’re feeling adventurous!

Good to know: The Northern Lights (also called the Aurora Borealis) are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed, even with clear skies. The tour may be canceled if weather conditions are unfavorable, but you’ll have the chance to join the same or a similar excursion for free later in your trip.

Highlights

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Included experiences, upgrade options & extra activities

A woman watching the Northern Lights on the edge of a lakeIncluded

Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour

Yellow and purple Northern Lights illuminating the sea near Seltjarnarnes in ReykjavikUpgrade

Northern Lights Small Group Tour

The Sun Voyager sculpture with Northern Lights, ReykjavikUpgrade

Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour

northern-lights-by-boat-copyright-special-tours.jpgUpgrade

Northern Lights by Boat

Woman relaxing in the Blue LagoonExtra

Arrival/Departure via Blue Lagoon

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

Perlan on a sunny summer’s dayExtra

Perlan Museum Wonders of Iceland & Northern Lights Show

Staying inReykjavík

Wake up in Reykjavík and enjoy your included breakfast, before getting stuck right into Icelandic nature. Today you’ll travel the Golden Circle: Iceland’s most famous touring route (and for good reason). See the Strokkur geyser blow steam 25 meters (80 feet) into the air every 4–8 minutes. 

Then continue to the Gullfoss waterfall, where the Hvítá river rolls over a sheer rock face some 32 meters (105 feet) high. At this time of year, parts of it may even be frozen! 

Next is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. It was here that Viking-age settlers, Iceland’s first inhabitants, would hold parliament. It’s also the best place to see the gorge between the North American and Eurasian plates, which are slowly drifting apart.

Included with this tour is a stop at the Friðheimar greenhouse. Here you’ll learn how Icelanders use their country’s geothermal resources to grow tomatoes and cucumbers all year round.

Alternatively, you can upgrade to a different adventure on this day. All experiences include a Golden Circle tour, so you won’t miss out on this classic touring route.

Staying inReykjavík

Today you’re in for a real adventure. Step into a specially adapted super jeep, throw on your glacier gear, and brace yourself for your glacier expedition!

Your guide will drive you up onto the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland’s fourth largest. Once you’re there, you’ll set out on a hike across the glacier’s surface. As you walk over the thick ice sheet, you’ll pass by cavernous crevasses and mind-bending ice formations.

Then you’ll arrive at Kötlujökull, where you’ll step into a jaw-dropping black and blue ice cave. This glacier sits on Katla, one of Iceland’s dormant volcanoes. Here you’ll see how the volcano and ice have interacted over centuries.

You’ll also stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can actually walk behind. And if you’re traveling between 1 February and 15 November, you’ll also stop at its bigger brother Skógafoss just down the road.

Transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík International Airport (included).

If you didn’t stop at the Blue Lagoon after arriving in Iceland, you might be able to fit it in before you leave. Whether you have the time depends on when your flight departs. 

Relax in the spa’s naturally heated waters, rich in nourishing silica, and get ready for your flight. If you add this stop, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and dropped off at the Blue Lagoon, where there are luggage storage facilities for a fee.

Good to know: Most airlines require you to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your departure, so bear this in mind when booking. The drive to the airport takes around 20 minutes. Pre-booking is required for the Blue Lagoon stop.

What’s included?

Budget, Comfort, or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Airport transfer

Northern Lights guided bus tour

Golden Circle & Friðheimar guided bus tour

Katla Ice Cave – Under the Volcano tour

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Customer reviews

Read what real customers had to say about Ice Cave & Golden Circle Day Tripper with Northern Lights.

Overall rating for this trip
4.9
based on 7 reviews
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Steven - United States
February 19, 2024 - Verified booking
We had a wonderful time. Arrived at 6am check in time was 2pm but good he hotel was wonderful and let us into our house on early Went on several tours the iv caves were the best. Alex our driver was fabulous.
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Dennis - United States
November 4, 2023 - Verified booking
My family and I had a wonderful 4 day taste of Iceland.
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Heidi - United States
February 19, 2023 - Verified booking
My daughter and I used your service to help book our experiences and accommodation in Iceland. I found the process very straightforward and all steps were organised.

FAQs about our multi-day trips

Throughout your multi-day trip with Iceland Tours, you’ll be based in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík or Akureyri the capital of the North. From here, you can join guided tours into the surrounding countryside to soak up the mind-blowing scenery. Your package will include at least one day trip, and depending on the length of your tour package you can opt to add more.

It’s worth bearing in mind that you won’t have the same guide throughout your trip. In fact, on each escorted group day trip from Reykjavík or Akureyri, you’ll get to meet a new guide and new fellow travelers.

What’s more, spending each night in the same accommodation means you don’t need to worry about unpacking and repacking during your trip. It also gives you the chance to experience more of the city’s restaurants, food halls, and bars. And you’ll have time to browse the local shops and visiting the city’s attractions.

When you opt for a multi-day package, you won’t be traveling with the same guide and group throughout your trip. This means that number of fellow travelers you meet on your guided excursions will vary depending on the activity.

For instance, if you’re going on an ice cave tour, your group could include a just a handful people. Meanwhile, a tour of the Golden Circle by bus will often be a larger group as you’ll likely be traveling by coach. And you’ll find evening Northern Lights tours are usually by coach too, although you have the option to upgrade to a small group, super jeep, or boat tour.

Depending on the excursion, your bus could be either a minibus or coach. Most buses will have free onboard Wi-Fi and charging points for your phone. Larger buses also have overhead compartments for stowing your bag and jacket.

It’s good to know that although there’s no restroom on the bus, your guide will make sure to include regular breaks throughout the journey.

Yes, all of these multi-day trips include airport transfers by bus from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík on arrival and departure.

On each morning of your trip, you’ll get a tasty continental breakfast at your accommodation. In most places, this is served buffet-style in a communal dining room.

With most packages, lunch and dinner are not included so you’re free to choose from all of the options available. In Reykjavík and Akureyri, you’ll be spoiled for choice when deciding where to eat.

Some festive packages include special meals. Check the ‘What’s included?’ section for the individual package to find out exactly what you’ll get.

If your package features longer day tours, you’ll find that the guide will factor in lunch and restroom stops. But it’s still good to come prepared by packing a few snacks and plenty of water. And if you prefer, you could bring a picnic lunch rather than eat out.

Absolutely! You can customize your package by:

  • Picking your level of accommodation (Budget, Comfort, or Quality)
  • Extending your stay with extra nights in Reykjavík at the start or end of your trip
  • Adding optional activities, such as a food tour or glacier hike

Adults

Ages 12+

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