Spirit of Iceland with Northern Lights

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It’s Iceland just as you imagined it would be! On our Incredible Iceland tour with round-trip airfare from the U.S., 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 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, 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!


U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 are welcome to visit Iceland with certain entry requirements, including:

    • Travelers must show, upon arrival at Keflavík Airport, either a valid certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a certificate showing previous COVID-19 infection.
    • All travelers returning to the U.S., including those who have been vaccinated, must provide a negative, viral COVID-19 test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. NOTE: smarTours will arrange testing for the group in Iceland. The cost of the test is approximately $85 USD and must be paid in cash at the testing site.

Also, for the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before leaving the United States.

Information is subject to change, please see the most up-to-date entry requirements for Iceland here.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight flight on Icelandair
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • 1 night in Vik (South Iceland)
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • Return flight on Icelandair


  • 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)

*Note: Sighting cannot be guaranteed, and the scheduled excursion from Reykjavik might be rescheduled locally due to weather conditions in order to maximize the chances of seeing the northern lights. You will also have an excellent opportunity in the remote Vik area in the countryside of South Iceland to see them.

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip, nonstop flight on Icelandair from the New York (JFK)**
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation
  • Accommodations at centrally-located, Scandinavian-style hotels (simple)
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking guides

**Note: Icelandair does not provide meal service on this flight.

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Your tour includes airfare from the U.S. You’ll take a nonstop overnight flight to Reykjavik on Icelandair. You’ll want to eat dinner prior to departure or be prepared to purchase a meal en route since Icelandair does not provide meal service on this flight. Also, as the flight is short, try to sleep as much as possible while in the air to avoid jet lag.

Arrive in Reykjavik/Welcome Breakfast/City Tour/Northern Lights Excursion

Get ready for a full day after an early arrival in the world’s northernmost capital, known for its creative soul and eye-popping design. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to a restaurant in a nearby village for a welcome breakfast and orientation briefing with your group. Now energized, we’ll head to Reykjavik for a city tour. Highlights range from historic spots (like one of the oldest parliaments in the world) to the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church with its impressive tower, as well as the dazzling “Pearl,” a museum with a rotating glass dome (entrance to Observation…

Reykjavik/Optional Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion

Today is a free day for independent exploring in or around Reykjavik, or you can join a fascinating full-day optional excursion to the spectacular Snaefellsnes peninsula. See optional tours for more details on this must-see destination. There are several additional exciting optional tours available to book as well. 

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Reykjavik/Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls/Vik/Northern Lights Experience

Our journey takes us through the stunning and diverse landscapes of Iceland’s south coast. This is the land of Njal’s Saga, a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. On our guided excursion, we’ll encounter the dramatic sea cliffs of Dyrholaey and spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, as well as unforgettable views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajokul volcanoes. Tonight’s destination is the remote village of Vik, known for its black-sand beaches and considered one of the most magical places to see the northern lights. After dinner together in our countryside…


Our loop of incredible Iceland continues along the Golden Circle, which showcases the country’s most spectacular natural sights. Our first stop is the Geysir hot spring area and the lively Strokkur, which spouts water every 30 minutes. Get your cameras ready for an exciting show! We’ll head to the famous Gullfoss (translated as “Golden Falls”) with its spectacular two-tiered cascade. Next is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the ancient Viking parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Here, we’ll witness the geological…

Reykjavik/Reykjanes Peninsula/Blue Lagoon

Today you’ll dip into Iceland’s fascinating history, unique geothermal wonders and one of its most popular attractions. Our exploration includes Hafnarfjordur, built on an ancient lava flow; the deep, mysterious Lake Kleifarvatn; geothermal areas at Krisuvik and Gunnuhver; the fishing village of Grindavik; and the country’s oldest lighthouse. We’ve saved the most relaxing stop for last, the famous Blue Lagoon, where you’ll bathe in mineral-rich, 102°F waters like the Icelanders do! After our return to Reykjavik, our day concludes with a farewell dinner.


Reykjavik/Harpa Concert Hall/U.S.

Spend the morning at leisure before checkout. Before noon, your smarTours guide will take you on a short stroll to Harpa Concert Hall for a tour. Built in 2011, this unique building truly dazzles with its façade of multifaceted glass. We’ll then depart to the airport for the return nonstop flight to the U.S. and the end of your incredible Iceland adventure.

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Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Note: Northern Lights sightings cannot be guaranteed, and the scheduled excursion from Reykjavik might be rescheduled locally due to weather conditions in order to maximize the chances of seeing the Northern Lights. You will also have an excellent opportunity in the remote Vik area in the countryside of South Iceland to see them!

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
October 2020 – April 2022: Single room supplement is $499.

Add $2495 from JFK (note: upgrade on request)

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made 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 $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

*NEW* Indicated optional tours are now available to pre-book when you reserve your trip. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour!

Availability and pricing are subject to change. Optional tours require a minimum number of participants in order for the tour to operate. If you choose to book your optional tour while on your trip, payments are non-refundable and should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).

Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion 

  • Reykjavik
  • From approx. $136 Per Person, transfers included

Join a fascinating full-day optional excursion to the spectacular Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you’ll see white- and black-sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains, volcanic craters and charming fishing villages. The area has attracted global attention and has been the filming location for Journey to the Center of the Earth and the recent version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


Take a Walk on the Ice Side 

  • Reykjavik
  • From approx. $160 Per Person, transfers included

Experience Icelandic nature on a glacier walk at Solheimajokull glacier. On the two-hour drive from Reykjavik, you’ll pass under the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Just east of the volcano lies Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier from Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier, where you’ll take a safe, easy walk up onto the ice field. As we explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses, you will learn more about these disappearing giants. Our experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment necessary for this tour. On the way…

Lava Tube Caving 

  • Reykjavik
  • From approx. $91 Per Person, transfers included

Explore the hidden underground system of lava caves on this guided tour. Equipped with lights and caving gear, you’ll enjoy the display of colors, shapes, and textures, while the guide tells stories of trolls, elves and outlaws. Untouched for thousands of years, lava tube caves are underfoot in the vast ancient lava fields that cover much of Iceland. This tour is a rare combination of adventure and serenity, all in an otherworldly place!


Game of Thrones Tour

  • Reykjavik
  • From approx. $110 Per Person, transfers included

The popular TV series Game of Thrones was partly filmed in Iceland. On the Game of Thrones Revisited day tour you will visit the film locations in South Iceland and follow in the footsteps of the Wildlings. Icelandic landscapes and natural features have become hallmarks of the show’s breathtaking backdrops, including waterfalls, rift valleys, medieval villages, and most scenes North of the Wall.

Travel to Thingvellir National Park and walk down the impressive Almannagja gorge, the stomping ground of the “White Walkers” and the trail of the “Wildlings” from “North of the…


Maureen O

This trip is amazing! Our tour guide, Margaret, was the best. If you're thinking of visiting Iceland use Smartours!! Best value around!


The Northern Lights Iceland Tour was fabulous!! Iceland is a magical place and our tour guide,Oli, captured Iceland’s essence for us in his tales of the Sagas and infamous Hidden People...entertaining us as we traveled from Reykjavik to Vik, seeing the stunning waterfalls and the black sand beaches, geological wonders and Nordic historical sites. Such a great trip. Thanks smarTours!


Just returned last week from our fabulous trip to Iceland! Oli Magnuson was very knowledgeable and always had a great sense of humor! We so enjoyed his “Saga” stories as we were going to each destination! I highly recommend the Excursion to the Snaefellsnes Penisula National Park! The hotels were clean and inviting during the entire week! The Blue Lagoon was wonderful but wish we had longer time there to relax. I have traveled with other tour company’s and I am very impressed with Smartours and the reasonable price for such a great tour. I will certainly plan another Smartours trip!


I had an AMAZING time in Iceland. Oli was great, he was very knowledgeable, and informative. His love for his country and their historical significance was nice to see. I would definitely travel to Iceland again. (in the summer this time)


We recently returned from ICELAND with our first trip with smarTours. Everything far exceeded our expectations. Our airfare was included and we flew on ICELANDAIR which was incredible. Our guide Oli was with us every step of the way and was very helpful and knowledgeable. Chosen hotels and meals represented local culture. Our only recurring question: how can Smartours give so much while costing so little?.. We are in the process of planning our next trip and would recommend smarTours without reservation!


I just returned from Iceland and Chasing the Northern Lights tour. It was a fabulous trip, our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Our drivers were great in getting us to our planned sites safely. The accommodations weren’t plush but certainly adequate and clean. The meals planned were delicious with plenty of fresh fish. This was my first time with smarTours, but it won’t be my last!


Over all a good tour. Smartours should host the northern lights tours each night instead of only the first three nights. It is sold as the northern lights tour, accordingly, the tour should include every opportunity to see the northern lights. We had to pay extra $60/person to see the lights. The guide, Guony, was excellent!!! Thanks Guony.


The guide was very friendly and accommodating. The tour was well organized. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t see the Northern lights.

Sheridyn M

We were on the middle October 2017 tour. Our tour guide, Oli, MADE us stay out on the tour the first night that we were there--for some of us having stayed up for nearly 24 hours--BUT--he was right we had views of the Northern Lights that never appeared another night--He was great--I loved all the tales of the Trolls and Hidden People--he was very informed about all the things that make Iceland so special. Plan to go back. The worst part of the whole trip was my getting called out--cataracts and all--for extra scrutiny at the Reyjavik airport--and that the overnight at JFK was unbearable--except for watching some Peruvians in native costume--recognized from our trip to Macchu Picchu --who were waiting on a flight.--Hated that part of it all--the connection--but loved the trip itself.
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