7-Day South Coast & Northern Lights Tour of Iceland

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Welcome to the 7-day south coast, and northern lights guided tour of Iceland! This tour is the ideal way to explore the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Iceland in a comfortable and convenient way with our luxury vehicles and private driver-guide.

Over the course of 7 days, you will have the opportunity to visit some of Iceland’s most iconic attractions, including the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, and the Blue Lagoon. You’ll also have the chance to go whale watching, hunt for the northern lights, and soak in a geothermal spa. With an expert guide and comfortable transportation, you can sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking Icelandic scenery. So, let’s dive into this adventure-packed tour and discover the wonders of Iceland together!

South Coast & Northern Lights One Week Itinerary

Whale Watching, Iceland on private day tour from reykjavik.
Whale Watching, Iceland

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik & City Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland aerial view of private tour group on guided day tour.
Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

On your first day in Iceland, you’ll arrive at Keflavik International Airport and meet your private guide, who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. After settling in, you’ll start exploring the city with your guide.

Depending on what time your flight into Reykjavik lands, your city tour can include some or all of the following options:

Hallgrimskirkja

This iconic church is one of the tallest buildings in Iceland, and it offers stunning views of Reykjavik from its tower. Your guide will take you inside the church, where you can admire its unique architecture and learn about its history.

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa is a modern concert hall and conference center located on the waterfront in downtown Reykjavik. Your guide will take you on a tour of the building, where you can see its impressive glass facade and learn about its role in Iceland’s cultural scene.

The Old Harbor

The Old Harbor is a lively area with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops. Your guide will take you on a walk along the harbor, where you can see fishing boats and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains.

The Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager is a sculpture located on the waterfront in downtown Reykjavik. Your guide will take you to this beautiful artwork, where you can learn about its symbolism and take some memorable photos.

Perlan Museum

Located on top of a hill in Reykjavik, offering panoramic views of the city. Your guide will take you on a tour of the museum, where you can learn about Iceland’s unique nature and geology.

Reykjavik City Museum

This museum is located in the heart of Reykjavik and offers a fascinating insight into the city’s history and culture. Your guide will take you on a tour of the museum, where you can learn about Reykjavik’s Viking past and its modern-day developments.

Laugavegur Street

The main shopping street in Reykjavik offers plenty of boutiques, souvenir shops, and cafes. Your guide will take you on a walk along the street, where you can soak up the atmosphere and pick up some unique Icelandic gifts.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Exploring the Golden Circle and South Coast

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

On the second day of your tour, you’ll join your private driver guide for a full 8-hour day excursion exploring the Golden Circle.

Take a look at some of the incredible destinations on this full-day tour:

Thingvellir National Park

Just 40 minutes or so drive from your accommodation, your first stop will be Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir National Park), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of Iceland’s first parliament.

Your guide will take you on a walk through the park, where you can see the impressive Almannagjá fault and learn about the park’s geological history.

Geysir Geothermal Area

Your next stop will be the Geysir Geothermal Area, home to the famous Strokkur geyser. Your guide will take you to the geyser, where you can see it erupting every few minutes and feel the power of the boiling hot water.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

After lunch, you’ll head to the South Coast, where your first stop will be Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Your guide will take you behind the waterfall, where you can feel the mist and get a unique perspective on this impressive natural wonder.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Your final stop of the day will be Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, one of Iceland’s most unique and striking beaches. Your guide will take you to the beach, where you can see the impressive basalt columns and towering sea stacks.

Optional Secret Lagoon Bathing

The Secret Lagoon is an optional stop on the Iceland Golden Coast tour, but it is highly recommended for those looking for a unique and peaceful experience.

Located in the small town of Flúðir, this natural geothermal pool is a hidden gem, perfect for those seeking a more secluded and intimate bathing experience.

The Secret Lagoon is surrounded by steam rising from natural hot springs and surrounded by beautiful Icelandic landscapes. The water temperature is kept at a comfortable 38-40°C (100-104°F), making it a perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring.

During your visit, you will have the option to rent a towel and swimsuit if needed or bring your own. There are also changing rooms and showers available for your convenience. As you soak in the mineral-rich waters, you can take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

By the end of your second day in Iceland, you’ll have explored some of the most iconic destinations in Iceland’s Golden Circle and South Coast with your private guide, getting a taste of the country’s stunning natural beauty and unique geological wonders.

Day 3: Hiking and Sightseeing in Vatnajökull National Park

On the third day of your tour, you’ll be heading to Vatnajökull National Park, home to Europe’s largest glacier and some of Iceland’s most stunning natural wonders. Your private guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavik in the morning and take you on a full-day tour of this stunning national park.

Skaftafell Visitor Center

Your first stop will be the Skaftafell Visitor Center, where you can learn about the park’s unique geological and ecological features. Your guide will take you on a walk through the center, where you can see exhibits on glaciers, volcanoes, and Iceland’s unique flora and fauna.

Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland
Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland

Svartifoss Waterfall

Svartifoss Waterfall is a stunning waterfall surrounded by black basalt columns. Your guide will take you on a hike to the waterfall, where you can admire its unique beauty and take some memorable photos.

Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland

Vatnajökull Glacier

Your next stop will be Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Your guide will take you on a hike on the glacier, where you can see the stunning ice formations and learn about the glacier’s history and importance to Iceland as you explore the awe-inspiring ice caves with your guide.

Stay overnight in a hotel at the base of Vatnajökull National Park.

Day 4: Exploring the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Boat Tour, Iceland
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Boat Tour, Iceland

The Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach are some of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland. On the fourth day of your tour, your guide will collect you from your locally-based accommodation as you set off to explore these two amazing destinations.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

After breakfast, you’ll head to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most stunning natural wonders.

Your guide will take you to the lagoon, where you can see the impressive icebergs floating in the water and hear the cracking sounds of the glacier.

Boat Tour on Glacier Lagoon

To experience the lagoon up close, you will take a boat tour.

The tour will take you on a journey through the glacier-filled lagoon, where you will see various icebergs floating in the water. You will be mesmerized by the shades of blue and white that the icebergs reflect, making the scenery look like a work of art.

Diamond Beach, Iceland

Diamond Beach

After the boat tour, you will head to Diamond Beach, which is located right across the road from the Glacier Lagoon.

This black sand beach is famous for its large chunks of icebergs that have washed up on its shore. The ice chunks shimmer like diamonds under the sunlight, hence the name Diamond Beach. You will get to walk along the beach, take pictures of the ice chunks, and marvel at the unique natural phenomenon.

Optional Activities

If you have time and would like to extend your tour, you can choose to take part in other activities. You can go hiking on one of the nearby glaciers or take a walk on the scenic walking trail that leads to the lagoon’s glacier. You can also choose to take a snowmobile ride on the glacier or explore the nearby town of Höfn.

Return to your accommodation at the base of Vatnajökull National Park.

Day 5: Northern Lights Hunting & Geothermal Spa Experience

Northern Lights, Iceland

On the sixth day of your tour, you will embark on an exciting adventure to hunt for the Northern Lights and enjoy a relaxing soak in a geothermal spa.

You will start your journey in the evening by traveling to a Northern Lights hunting site. The site is located in a remote and dark area, away from city lights, which makes it the perfect spot to see the Aurora Borealis.

You will be equipped with warm clothes, hot drinks, and a knowledgeable guide who will take you on a journey to see the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights Hunting

You will spend the evening hunting for the Northern Lights. Your guide will take you to the best locations to see the lights and give you information on what causes the natural phenomenon. You will be amazed by the stunning displays of green, pink, and blue lights dancing across the sky.

Geothermal Spa Experience

After the Northern Lights hunting, you will head to a nearby geothermal spa. The spa is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a night of excitement. You will soak in the natural hot springs, surrounded by stunning Icelandic scenery. The warm water and minerals in the hot springs are known for their healing properties, which will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Optional Activities

If you have time and would like to extend your tour, you can choose to take part in other activities. You can go on a snowmobiling adventure, go ice fishing, or go on a snowshoeing tour. You can also choose to relax and take in the stunning Icelandic scenery.

Day 6: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike & Helicopter Tour

photo taken from inside helicopter on private tour in iceland
Helicopter Ride, Iceland

Our guided Fagradalsfjall Volcano hike tour and VIP helicopter ride are sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

Helicopter Ride over Reykjanes Peninsula

Your day will begin with a pick-up from your accommodation, where you’ll be whisked away to the town of Grindavik. Here, you’ll board a state-of-the-art helicopter for a thrilling ride over the rugged Icelandic landscape.
Your experienced pilot will take you on a scenic flight over the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you’ll be able to take in stunning views of the rugged coastline, craggy cliffs, and bubbling geothermal pools.

Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike, Iceland
Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Iceland

Fagradalsfjall Volcano

After the helicopter ride, it’s time for the main event: a visit to the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, this recently erupted volcano is one of Iceland’s most active and exciting natural wonders. As you approach the site, you’ll be able to see steam rising from the crater and feel the heat of the molten lava.

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a knowledgeable guide who will take you on a hike up to the volcano’s crater. Along the way, you’ll learn about the geology of the area, the history of volcanic eruptions in Iceland, and the current activity of the Fagradalsfjall Volcano.

Once you reach the crater, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the volcano. You’ll be able to see the molten lava up close and feel the heat radiating from the crater.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 7: Blue Lagoon and Whale Watching Experience

people in natural geothermal spa at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

On your final day of the 7-day South Coast and Northern Lights tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience two of Iceland’s most iconic attractions: the Blue Lagoon and whale watching.

Blue Lagoon Tour

You’ll start the day with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa set amidst stunning volcanic landscapes.

As you soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the lagoon, you’ll be surrounded by steam rising from the hot springs and the surreal blue-green hues of the water. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind before your whale-watching adventure.

Whale Watching Boat Tour

Whale flipping tail out of the water on whale Watching boat tour in Iceland
Whale Watching, Iceland

Next, you’ll board a whale-watching boat along with your experienced guide, who will take you out into Faxaflói Bay, one of the best locations in Iceland for spotting a variety of marine life, including minke whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

As you search for these magnificent creatures, you’ll be able to take in breathtaking views of Reykjavik’s coastline and the surrounding mountains. Your guide will provide you with interesting information about the wildlife you see and the history and culture of the region.
After your whale-watching adventure, you’ll be transported back to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Our 7-day south coast and northern lights tour of Iceland is an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. From stunning waterfalls and black sand beaches to hunting for the northern lights and soaking in a geothermal spa, this tour has it all.

If you’re interested in experiencing the wonders of Iceland for yourself, our team of experts can help you create the perfect itinerary to suit your interests and preferences, ensuring that your Icelandic adventure is truly one of a kind. So why wait? Contact us today and start planning your dream trip to Iceland!

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