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Iceland: South Coast and Northern Lights Tour

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Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing

Iceland: South Coast and Northern Lights Tour

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing

From US$ 126.43 per person

Discover the highlights of the south of Iceland on a scenic tour by bus. Go to the southernmost village at Vik, take a walk to a scenic viewpoint at Skógafoss Waterfall and more. Then, meet again in the evening to look for the Northern Lights!

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
Pickup begins 30 minutes prior to the tour start time. Please be ready and on the lookout for a green Smartbus. As each driver usually has a few stops to make, it can take up to 30 minutes to finish the pickup service; there is no need to worry if the bus is not there exactly on time. Pickup is available from most hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. Please note that in the city center, some areas are restricted to buses, and therefore buses can only stop at nearby bus stops. If you need directions to your nearest bus stop, please visit this website: Please note that pickup is not available from Airbnbs or private residences; for these cases, it is recommended you select the nearest hotel address or bus stop and request pickup from there.


  • Walk behind a veil of water at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Experience the power of the cascades at Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Discover the basalt columns at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara
  • Hunt for the legendary Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Full description
Climb aboard a modern bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat and a GPS-sensitive in-bus audio guide in 10 languages. Learn interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit as you depart Reykjavik and head south. You will also find a USB charger and free Wi-Fi on board the bus so that you can keep connected and share your experience along the way. Ask your host any questions you may have and they will be glad to help. Start with a drive through the lava fields by the active volcano of Hengill mountain. Then, head down to the rich coast and farmland. On clear days you will see Hekla volcano and the glacier-capped Eyjafjalljökull volcano rising majestically above the coastal mountains at its base. Just a few kilometers off the coastline you might also see the volcanic Westman Islands.  Stop at the 60-meter high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, famous for the hidden pathway behind it. Continue to the powerful cascades of Skógafoss Waterfall and take a short walk up a flight of steps to discover one of Iceland´s most scenic views. Next, go to Sólheimajökull Glacier on your way to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Watch the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash on the black sands and see the jagged basalt sea stacks and huge basalt-column cave off the coast. Continue to the southernmost village on Iceland with a trip to Vík, located on the main ring road around the island. Despite its small size and tiny population (only 291 inhabitants) it is still the largest settlement for 70 kilometers! Return to Reykjavík for a rest before part 2 of your adventure. Reconvene in the evening to search for the legendary Northern Lights in the night sky. For many, this is the reason to come to Iceland in the winter, and while sightings are weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed, the Northern Lights (also known as the "Aurora Borealis") are mysterious and magical when they appear. The result of powerful solar storms, the lights need clear winter skies to be visible. Rest assured, your expert operational team has decades of experience analyzing weather patterns and the operator carefully reviews the conditions on a daily basis. You will not set off unless they think there is a good chance of spotting the lights, resulting in a high success rate. Be guided by one of the specially trained Northern Lights guides, and get tips on how to take photos of the natural phenomenon. Dress warmly as you will be out in the cold, or take advantage of the ultra-warm "Aurora Jackets” available for rent.
  • Local guide
  • Specially trained Northern Lights guide
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charger for each seat
  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages
  • Hotel pickup (if option selected)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup (unless option selected)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Your tour starts from Reykjavik Terminal, centrally located at Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík. Please be at the terminal 15 minutes before your departure time.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • There is no minimum number requirement for this tour
  • There is no age limit for this tour
  • Please dress according to the weather. In Iceland it is always smart to wear warm and waterproof clothes as weather changes are swift and you should expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended
  • The tour is approximately 13 hours in total, including around 3 hours on the Northern Lights section
  • Please bring your own headphones for the in-bus audio guide if possible, as they will fit you better and it's great for the environment. If you don’t have headphones with you, or forgot to bring them, earphones are available to purchase on board the bus
  •  The Northern Lights tour is available daily from October 1 to March 31 at 21:00, and from August 28 to September 30 and April 1 to April 15 at 22:00. Departures are highly dependent on the weather
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 23 reviews

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Had a lovely tour along the south coast. Visited all the best spots and plenty of time to explore and take photos. The northern lights tour was cancelled due to the weather but the company booked us onto the following days tour with mo issues. TIP - take wired headphones as the tablets do not link with Bluetooth.

March 8, 2022

I absolutely loved the first part of the tour to the South Coast. Our guide, Siggy (apologies for likely incorrect spelling!) was fanstastic: Led Zep's Immigrant Song blasting out in the pitch black whilst we descended a mountain is a moment that will stay with me forever! He was also very funny, knowledgeable, and I'm grateful to him for letting us walk to the glacier "off path". It was a great day despite feeling slighly rushed at some of the later stops due to other passengers having being late getting back on the bus previously - not the guide or drivers fault at all! The second part of the tour, the Northern Lights "hunt" was sadly frustrating and disappointing. It wasn't so much of a hunt as driving out to a car park and standing around for literally hours when there was zero chance of seeing anything because of weather conditions. I appreciate that the lights can't be predicted and are elusive, but this tour should have been cancelled really.

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January 7, 2020

They are two excursions with small space for dinner of approximately one hour. They sent us a pick-up message at stop 2 (no problems) at the indicated time. We were returned to the same stop and again pick up and return. I recommend not wasting time to eat, bring snacks to take advantage of well to visit, but you may feel frustrated, there are many things to see in a short time, every second counts in these beautiful places, beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls. We were a few days, we have enjoyed a lot, Iceland has not left us indifferent at all. The northern lights must be seen, the ideal conditions occurred, there was no moon, there were no clouds, it was dark. I advise to get warm and wear a tripod and good cameras, the camera even captures the auroras better than the human eye, do not stay on the bus, what you will see is not seen every day, it is worth spending cold, I would have stayed hours to the weather to see what I could see, fantastic. Thank you!!!!!!

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November 6, 2019

Product ID: 72113