Spirit of Iceland with Northern Lights

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REYKJAVIK, VIK AND THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK

It’s Iceland just as you imagined it would be! On our incredible Iceland tour, we take you on a journey through the country’s picturesque landscapes, and you may even witness the miracle of the spectacular Aurora Borealis! Your trip begins with a tour of Reykjavik, visiting the Hallgrimskirkja Church, museums, and more. You’ll also have some leisure time here or you can take an optional tour to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. On an evening in Reykjavik, we’ll take you away from the city to hunt for the Northern Lights. Explore the spectacular South Coast, stopping at the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the sea cliffs of Dyrholaey, Black Sand Beaches (Reynisfjara), and the quaint coastal town of Vik. Continue onward to discover the Golden Circle’s top highlights—Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall. After these exciting adventures around the country, unwind in soothing mineral-rich hot spring water at the Blue Lagoon. 5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

Itinerary at a Glance

Oct 2024–Apr 2025 Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • 1 night in Vik (South Shore)
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik

Tour Highlights

  • Opportunities To See Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*
  • Reykjavik City Sightseeing
  • Black-Sand Beaches (Vik)
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls (Near Vik)
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Blue Lagoon (Near Reykjavik)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation
  • Accommodations at Scandinavian-style hotels (simple)
  • 8 meals: 5 breakfasts, and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking guides

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

Oct 2024–Apr 2025 Tour Itinerary

Flights

Note: Flights not offered for departures after April 2024.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik

Welcome to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland! Our tour begins with a welcome meeting hosted by our Tour Director at our hotel at 1 PM. Afterward, our panoramic city tour takes us to Reykjavik's highlights like one of the oldest parliaments in the world, the landmark Hallgrímskirkja Church, the Perlan Observatory Deck, Harpa Concert Hall, and Höfði House. Our tour concludes with a welcome dinner. Later tonight, we'll have our first opportunity to view the Northern Lights with a late-night excursion (approx. 9 PM–12:30 AM). We can't guarantee you will see the northern lights, but we'll make every effort! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the excursion will be rescheduled for another evening.

Note: Given the length of the day, we recommend purchasing the optional pre-night and arriving in Reykjavik one day earlier.

Accommodations: Grandi by Center Hotels Reykjavik or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Reykjavik at Leisure

Day 3: Reykjavik – Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls – Vik

Day 4: Vik – Geysir – Gullfoss – Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Day 5: Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon Excursion

Day 6: Depart Reykjavik

Guided Tour Pricing

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Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Pre-Night Accommodation

Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion 

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Thingvellir has stairs and hills. There are uneven surfaces in Reynisfjara, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Due to local ordinances in Reykjavik, tour buses are not allowed to stop directly in front of the hotel. You are responsible for carrying your luggage from the bus stop to the hotel and then porters will bring your luggage to your room. Porterage is not offered at the Vik property.

With the short Transatlantic flight, jetlag can be difficult for some on the day of arrival.

The Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik departs at approximately 8:30pm and may not return until after midnight.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Reviews

Irene C

1 month ago
Excellent tour! Guidry was an outstanding guide. We saw the Northern Lights and a whale on the same night - pretty amazing! Don’t worry if you’re not going to the Blue Lagoon; the replacement is phenomenal!

Dana K

1 month ago
Excellent tour. Thank you

Judith D

2 months ago
It was a wonderful tour, our guide & driver were excellent.

Burt L

3 months ago
Excellently planned and implemented tour with informed and engaged guide.

Deborah V

3 months ago
Gudny, our tour guide & Gustoff our driver were exceptional. The weather was very challenging with snow & wind but we saw most of the items on our itinerary. One excursion cancelled due to weather. No Northern Lights due to cloud coverage. I would not return in January-just too cold & difficult to get around. Late Sept seems a better choice. Great group of 14! Everyone hit along well.

Linda F

5 months ago
Womens only Tour to Iceland Dec 7th 2023

This was an amazing tour, the sights, the excursions, hotels and restaurants were outstanding. Our tour guide Gudny was outstanding…

Linda Fischer

Nancy M

5 months ago
Iceland was remarkable, and having a great tour director like Guðný Margrét Emilsdóttir made this tour outstanding. She thought of everything! She knew the history inside and out, located the best Northern Lights, gave restaurant suggestions, and made sure we got on our departing flight effortlessly. Any traveller would be lucky to have her guiding the effort. Kudos to her driver August. Thank you SmartTours!

Sharon K

5 months ago
Best trip ever! Our guide was superb. She was warm, personable and very knowledgeable. We felt that we really saw everything in our week. The accommodations were comfortable and clean and the breakfasts were wonderful.

John S

6 months ago
I have always been pleased with smartours value and expertise of guides

John E

6 months ago
I wish we could upgrade flying.