Iceland Northern Lights Long Weekend

Icelandic Northern Lights Long Weekend

October 2017-April 2018

Combine a 2 night stay at Hotel Ranga, Iceland's premier location for Northern Lights watching and ideally situated for adventure SuperJeep tours, with 2 nights in Reykjavik, to include seeing the fabulous Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. 

Drive up in specially adapted SuperJeeps over the Glaciers to get close to Eyjafjallajökull Volcanoes or through the dramatic Þórsmörk area near Hotel Ranga before experiencing the stunning natural landscape and activities around Reykjavik. 

Geysers, waterfalls, rift valleys, volcanoes and lava fields are all in a day's sightseeing in Iceland!

A wide range of flights are available for UK to Iceland travel.

Sample itinerary

DAY 1 - Fly to Reykjavik and drive to Hotel Ranga. Northern Lights Hunt.

On arrival in Reykjavik, pick up your pre arranged 4WD car hire and self drive to Hotel Ranga in South Iceland. This is a 2 hour trip on Iceland's main road.

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights Sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights. 

However we want to give you the very best chance possible so tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides. 

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption. 

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore and local superstitions! 

There is also a superb upgrade option for a Northern Lights Hunt ontop of the Glacier in the Optional Extras

Dont forget the team at the hotel are also keen to ensure that if the aurora are out you don't miss them and so they offer a wake up service in case they should appear in the depth of the night.

Overnight at Hotel Ranga

DAY 2 - Choice of Full Day 4WD Super Jeep Tours

After breakfast adventure out into the unique landscapes of South Iceland - probably the most dramatic Geography field trip you will ever experience! 

We work only with local guides who are both passionate about their country and want to share their insights with you but who are also trained as part of the mountain rescue team.

They will have fascinating stories to share about the volcanic eruption that occurred in 2010. 

We continually receive fabulous feedback on this day from satisfied clients who enjoy this personalised, relaxed guided day experience from enthusiastic local guides who are keen you have an extra special experience.

Super Jeeps take up to 8 people but the norm is for 4 people for a very personal tour. Note this is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, who also cannot access many of the areas we take you to.

Choose between the following adventures:

EITHER - Eyjafjallajökull's volcano Tour 

This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go. 

In your specially adapted Superjeep you will also be taken to see the Modi and Magni craters from the Fimmvordouhals eruption. The Super-Jeep will take you over the Glaciers on the top up a long way, and then there is about an hour’s walk from the end of the SuperJeep Trail to the Volcano where you can explore the volcano with its breath-taking views over the Þórsmörk valley and back across to the Atlantic Ocean. This is real adventure.

OR - Porsmork Valley Tour 

Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeeps you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the flood plain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull's 2010 eruption.

You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall , which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!

Tonight be sure to use one of the outdoor hot tubs if the northern lights are out. Lying back in the warm waters, taking in South Iceland's unique ambience whilst having the aurora flash above you is one of life's great experiences!

Alternatively Hotel Ranga has built their own first observatory a short stroll from the hotel in order to minimize light pollution, and they have an expert in there every cloud-free night with two high quality 11 inch computerized telescopes who can teach you about the stars and the northern lights if they are out. View amazing detail on Jupiter, see the rings of Saturn, and details on Mars. During the day you can observe the Sun, including sunspots in great detail and activity such as prominences and filaments. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

DAY 3 - Explore South Coast and Self drive to Reykjavik

Today you have at leisure to explore the south coast before your drive to Reykjavik. 

Head off in your car along the South coast with the dramatic Glaciers and Volcanoes of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull to your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right. 

Continue to the charming small village of Vik to visit the Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. 

Visit Seljalandsfoss one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland, where you will be mesmerised as you walk behind it and stare out through the falling water across the flat landscape towards the South Beaches. Also visit the dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall - one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos! 

Time allowing stop at the Skogar Folk Museum which shares one man’s lifetime collection of Icelandic artefacts gathered since 1949. The slightly eccentric Thordur Tomasson still runs the museum and is as much as an attraction as the museum itself! 

We would also recommend a stop at Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer on the recent eruption which will give you a more intimate insight as to how the Icelanders coped with the eruption. Onwards drive to Reykjavik to overnight.

Alternatively you can drive straight to Reykjavik and explore this quirky town with its unusual shops and museums.

DAY 4 - Golden Circle including Pingvellir Rift Valley, Gullfoss waterfall and Strokkur Geyser

Today explore the "must see" Golden Circle at your own pace using your own 4WD vehicle. The day is packed full of surprising landscapes and Geological marvels.

You will walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins. 

We would also recommend you visit the spot where the first democratic parliament was established in 930 AD overlooking the stunning plains of Pingvellir.

Evening at leisure to try one of the many excellent seafood restaurants and overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 5 - Blue Lagoon and Flight Home

This morning drive to the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland's most famous sites. Here you can bathe in the warm bright geothermal waters which are particularly good for your skin. Put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava. 

Relax for a couple of hours and perhaps have a meal in one of the restaurants with lovely views of the Lagoon. We would also recommend the in-water massage treatments which are just heavenly!

Afterwards drive the 20 minutes to the airport for your flight home.

Price per person: From £1,145

Includes:

  • Flights with one bag per person
  • 4 nights Bed and breakfast (Hotel Ranga, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • Off Road Northern Lights SuperJeep Hunt
  • Off Road Superjeep trip TO EITHER Eyjafjallajökull Volcano OR Porsmork Valley 
  • 4 WD Car Hire

Break Available: October - early April inclusive

Departure Airport: 

  • Heathrow,Gatwick, Manchester, Luton(All days) 
  • Glasgow (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun-Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Edinburgh (Sun-Thurs only for direct flights
  • Birmingham (Thurs - Mon only for direct flights)
  • Belfast (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun-Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Bristol (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun - Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Dublin (Mon-Fri only for direct flights)
  • Aberdeen (Mon- Fri, Wed-Sun only for direct flights)
  • Stansted (Tues-Sat only for direct flights)

Accommodation

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga offers luxury, serenity and relaxation in Iceland's countryside. It is Icelands only member of the "Special Hotels of the World." It has 51 cosy & luxurious rooms.

Its gourmet restaurant has a beautiful restful riverside setting and the hotel lies in a secluded, countryside area without external lighting inteference.

Sitting in the outdoor hot tubs with a drink is the most wonderful place to watch the skies for the Northern Lights.

Although there is never any guarantee, this is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a relatively new hotel in the heart of the city, opened on April 1st 2005. It is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764.

During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have ensuite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.

Option and upgrades

Northern Lights Explorer - Reykjavik

This evening you will be taken out from Reykjavik in a Super-jeep into the wilderness for a final search of the Northern Lights. Given cloudless skies sightings can occur from autumn to early spring. The elders say that the colder the nights the more vibrant & intense the colors will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights also frequently appear. 

Price Per Person: From: £145

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier - S Iceland

We are very excited with this brand new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground near Hotel Ranga. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the Glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights. The Glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you. This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep slope – an adventure in itself.

Price per person: Upgrade Cost INSTEAD of Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire: £70 per person

Price per person: Additional Northern Lights Hunt on second night: £175 per person

Whale Watching - From Reykjavik

Early afternoon you will be picked up for your Whale Watching trip. The boats offer comfort, a warm interior and a large outside viewing deck. The captain and crew, point out where to spot the whales and give interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see. 

The guides also take specimens from the ocean on each tour and show them to our passengers on an on-board screen using special microscopes. Here the ocean comes to life as you get to see and feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones. 

Warm overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry and there is a bar where drinks and snacks can be purchased. The trip leaves at 13.00 and lasts @ 3 hrs.

Price per person: From £88

Northern Lights by Boat - From Reykjavik

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background. 

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £88 per person

Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull - S Iceland

Join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges. 

You will be on the ice 1 ½ hrs-2 hrs and the pace is leisurely with plenty of stops to talk about the formation of Glaciers and Global warming etc. The Glacier is a 20 min walk from the starting point.

We will provide all the tools you need: crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £145

Riding in Icelandic Countryside - S Iceland

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot it is much smoother- Indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspoilt beer as they ride the tolt! 

You have a choice of a 1hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, A 3hr ride riding through a lake and then onto the black Volcanic beach beside the Atlantic ocean where there is a possibility to see some seals. 

OR a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and infront of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory. 

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna.

Price Per Person: From £70 to £240 (Dependent on tour taken)

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier - S Iceland

Head up in your hire car to the Snowmobile Meeting Point. Here you will transfer to a SuperJeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to take an exhilarating hours snowmobile ride to a vantage point with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast . This Glacier is on the top of Katla Volcano with dramatic views across to Eyjafjallajokull. Whilst Katla is the next Volcano due to erupt it is extremely closely monitored and you will not be taken there at any hint of danger – but what a great story to tell when it does erupt that you actually snowmobiled on it!

Price Per Person: From £170

Transfer to Hotel Ranga and Back

We are conscious that some people do not want to self drive. If this is the case we can organise a transfer for you to and from Ranga. However we would then need to organise extra superjeep tours in order for you to see the Golden Circle and the South Coast and these are not included in this transfer cost.

Price Per Person: From £325

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