Iceland Northern Lights Luxury Experience (7 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
Grindavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg None

Welcome to Iceland, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik! Our car service will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the nearby Blue Lagoon. Soak in the warm healing waters before continuing to your boutique hotel in Reykjavik. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring on your own with recommendations from us.

Suggested activities include:

- Private walking tour of the center of Reykjavik with focus on history and culture.

- Private biking tour of Reykjavik.

- Exclusive, private gourmet tour. Visit the top 3-4 restaurants in Reykjavik, meet with the chefs and they will prepare special tastings especially for you paired with wine. The tour lasts about 3-4 hours and serves as your dinner.

Please Note: Official check-in time at hotels is 2:00 PM. For guests arriving in the morning, hotels will do their best to check in guests as early as possible. However, there is no guarantee of early check-in unless you book the night before.

Day 2
Þingvellir, Iceland
Hella, Iceland
Geysir Area, Iceland
Gullfoss, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast, Snack

Highlights of the Golden Circle and Viking Horses: Today, your private expert guide and vehicle will pick you up at 9AM. You will be driving in a modified 4x4 vehicle perfect for Icelandic conditions and allowing you to get off the beaten track. Start the day with a drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland´s Parliament between the years 930 and 1798. Thingvellir is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart, clearly visible in Almannagja or Everyman's Gorge. After lunch, we explore the erupting hot springs area Geysir, the place giving its name to the phenomenon worldwide. From here, a short drive takes us to Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, Iceland’s most famous waterfall. In the afternoon visit a family-run ranch for an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse. It is famous for its beautiful coloring, friendliness, and fifth gait, the smooth tolt. Go on an easy riding tour with views of surrounding volcanoes.

In the late afternoon check into your countryside hotel, perfectly located for viewing the Northern Lights when they are out.

Day 3
Hella, Iceland
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Wilderness ATV and Secret BBQ: After fueling up on breakfast, we go on a fun-filled, exclusive ATV tour into a beautiful hidden valley. It´s an area that was inhabited by outlaws in the old days and offers a variety of scenery and terrain including rivers, waterfalls, caves, forest and magnificent views. We will stop for a surprise BBQ lunch is a secret spot. After lunch, travel to the north side of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, an otherwordly area of snow-white glaciers, steely-blue glacial rivers, dramatic canyons and hidden waterfalls.

Day 4
Vík, Iceland
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Hella, Iceland
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon Breakfast, Snack

Top of the World Snowmobiling: Today, we continue our adventure along the South Coast of Iceland. Enjoy the dramatic landscape with glacier-tipped volcanoes and cascading waterfalls on one side and the black-sanded beaches on the other. Stops include Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Then it’s on to Myrdalsjokull glacier, where we will go on a thrilling snowmobile tour on top of the glacier. You will be provided with snowsuits and other warm gear. The views on a clear day are spectacular. In the afternoon continue across the vast Eldhraun lava fields from one of the world´s largest volcanic eruptions dating back to the 18th century. In late afternoon, check into your hotel located in the remote south east. Stay here for two nights and in the evenings you will have another chance to look for the Northern Lights.

Day 5
Skaftafell, Iceland
Jokulsarlon, Iceland
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon Breakfast, Snack

Alpine Hiking and Calving Glacier Lagoon: Today we´ll explore the area beneath Vatnajökull glacier, Europe´s largest ice-cap. We´ll begin by heading to Skaftafell National Park, where we hike and enjoy the amazing alpine surroundings of waterfalls, glacier tongues, mountain peaks and the black desert sands stretching out to sea. After one or two other stops, we´ll head to the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where icebergs drift out to sea. Two James Bond movies were filmed in this fantastic location and floating among the ice you may spot seals, eider ducks, and, even witness the glacier calving into the crystal turquoise waters. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 6
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast, Snack

Chasing Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches and Blue Glacier Hiking: Today, we go on an easy hike on the beautiful Solheimajokull glacier tongue. Don crampons and other gear and explore the amazing world of the blue ice with a professional glacier guide. Other explorations today include the varied waterfalls of the south coast and the dramatic black sand beaches. Arrive in Reykjavik by dinner time.

Day 7
Reykjavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Farewell: Our car service will pick you up 3 hours before the departure of your flight.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

Iceland Encounter has been an exclusive Virtuoso supplier since 2012. All Virtuoso travelers receive a complimentary welcome package; breakfast is always included.

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Description

In Iceland, the magical aurora borealis dance across the sky on clear nights and can be seen anywhere from September to April. In addition, the sun does not rise far above the horizon in winter which offers stunning displays of gradual, colorful sunrises and sunsets that highlight the dramatic landscapes.

About Us

Iceland Encounter focuses on bespoke trips of high quality. We are the only Virtuoso On-Site headquartered in Reykjavik and were nominated for Virtuoso’s Best On-Site Award in 2015 and 2016. Iceland Encounter was founded by husband-and-wife team Kristín Björnsdóttir and Erling Aspelund. After working for over 20 years in the US computer software industry – both in New York and Seattle – they returned to their native Iceland in 2007 to start their travel company. We look forward to welcoming you to Iceland!

Insider Tip

In Iceland, the sun doesn’t set from May 21st to July 21st. Ask us about possible activities under the midnight sun: hiking, diving, golfing, fishing, snorkeling, and more

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Visit Iceland with Iceland Encounter!

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2013

Our Iceland Encounter vacation was the experience of a lifetime. Our Rekyjavik hotel choice was perfect - lovely accomodations in City Center within walking distance of great food and shopping. Our guide/driver for three days in the country was knowledgeable and funny. Within the first hour he made us feel comfortable and safe in his care. He knew how to make the most of our limited daylight. Staying in the country for two nights was an outstanding recommendation because it gave us the opportunity to see the Northern Lights (upon request, the hotel wakes guests up if/when they become visible) and be closer to the places we wanted to visit. Our guide had a great relationship with other guides and establishment owners/operators and it made us feel like family. It was a very personal experience. We could not have done this on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Fantastic Trip

By: Lisa & Catherine


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

This was a fantastic experience. It is has been one year since our trip and we are still talking about how much fun we had and how much we want to go back. Everything was planned perfectly to maximize our time there. Snowmobiling and hiking on a glacier. Waterfalls. Geysers. Volcanos. Museums. Touring a geothermal plant. Blue Lagoon. Travleing with our guide, Valdimar, was amazing. He took such good care of us. I fell in love with Iceland.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Excellent guide, good hotel

By: Mike H


Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2016

Iceland Encounter made our journey to Icelamd most enjoyable and worthwhile. Our guide Teddy was most wenjoyable, knowledgeable, and provided a great local flavour to the journey. Our hotel was centrally located and comfortable. Our transfers were comfortable, friendly, and reliable. I would recommend them for anyone wanting a customized visit to Iceland.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard

Great experience!

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family had the most awesome trip to Iceland! We loved everything we did, and our guide, Snorri, was outstanding! He made the trip especially interesting and fun. He is very knowledgeable with diverse interests so it was such a treat to be with him all week. We miss him! We loved Iceland and want to return.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Fantastic Trip

By: Quesy


Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2017

Iceland Encounter planned an amazing trip for us. Our guide was efficient, had a delightful personality and was very knowledgeable about Iceland. We saw everything that we wanted to see and then some. We wouldn't have changed a thing!
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

3 days of touring in Iceland

By: No nickname


Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

Excellent! Did exactly what they said they would do. Totally satisfied.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Iceland 2017

By: Capilouto


Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

A wonderful experience and service. Excellent guides.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Flowers

Iceland Encounter

By: KJ


Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

Very good and addressed all needs and concerns. Always willing to help and be there.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Iceland Encounter

By: Carla


Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

I had the same wonderful guide that I had last year. It was like old home week and we had a great time. I think they do a good job.
Travel Advisor:  Barbi Lazarow

January

By: J&J


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

The people at Iceland Encounter were very good to us. They guided us through several weather delays and airline changes, rearranging rides, hotels, restaurants, Blue Lagoon reservations and more with good grace. They provided our guide, Kristjan. He was knowledgeable, gracious, caring and proud of his country. We learned more and saw more than we ever would have on our own or in a large group.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

You HAVE to Visit Iceland

By: Don & Eileen


Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

They set up a 12 day guided tour that was incredible and beyond gorgeous. Our guide, Kristjan Petur Vilhelmsson, was one of the best we’ve had any where and gave us so many great experiences that few tourists get to have. He was tireless in making sure we got to explore everything we wanted to see - and then some. At the end of the trip, we considered him a friend and remain in frequent contact. We will go back and we want Kristjan to show us the way.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Schwartz

Iceland Encounter

By: Me


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

They set up a really nice trip for me to Iceland. This is my 3rd trip and they didn't disappoint. I asked for a new guide and he was fabulous. Would highly recommend their services.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Awesome GUIDES

By: MC


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2018

WE loved our Iceland Encounter guides- they were unbelievable. Made the trip. WE loved the activities as well, but the guides were awesome.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Iceland

By: Diane


Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

The experience was great. Our guide "Thor" was by far the best guide our family has experienced. He made our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Sheri Phillips

AA🇮🇸50

By: KGA


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Iceland Encounter was great and I highly recommend them. They were a front runner for us because they continually monitor the skies for Northern Lights visibility and guess what? We hit the jackpot and saw them! Thank you Iceland Encounter and a shout out to our guide, Sori! He was fun, told great stories, sang songs and was a pleasure!
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Rapp