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Northern Lights Quest of Iceland | CIE Tours

Northern Lights Quest of Iceland

  • 2020 Northern Lights Quest of Iceland – 6 Day/5 Nights
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Starts Reykjavik
Ends Reykjavik
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • The more you escape the lights of the city, the better your chance to see the Northern Lights. Sail away on a comfortable quest not far from Reykjavik’s Old Harbor on the first of our nightly opportunities to hunt the aurora borealis.
  • Special early admission to Iceland’s unique LAVA Center, an interactive, high-tech experience exploring nature’s epic forces that shape our planet and created Iceland.
  • Journey to the Secret Lagoon: small and intimate, it’s a place locals and savvy travelers go to enjoy an authentic Icelandic hot spring experience.

Dining Experiences:

  • 5 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) including lunch at Fridheimar Tomato Farm, and 3 dinners (D) including dinner at the Blue Lagoon

Trip Highlights:

  • Northern Lights Quest by Boat
  • Perlan Observatory
  • Skaftafell Wilderness Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Skogafoss Waterfall


  • Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik (1 night)
  • Fosshotel Hekla, Brjansstadir (1 night)
  • Fosshotel Nupar, Kalfafell (2 nights)
  • Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik (1 night)


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Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik

Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik Description:

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest hotel, stands prominently in Reykjavík’s business district, only a short walk from the main shopping area. Here, from the heart of the city, you can easily explore Reykjavík’s magnificent architecture, captivating history, vibrant markets and rich culture – ideal starting point for experience the best of everything the city has to offer. With 16 floors, many of the rooms offer magnificent views of the city and the bay area. The top floor features seven suites, 2 that can be used as meeting rooms and on the second floor you will find first class conference facilities. CIE Tours’ guests can unwind at the Beer garden with local Icelandic draught beer and enjoy select dining at Fosshotel Reykjavík’s restaurant, Haust.

Fosshotel Hekla, Brjansstadir

Fosshotel Hekla, Brjansstadir Description:

The Fosshotel Hekla hotel is located close to Mt. Hekla in South Iceland, and is surrounded by some of Iceland’s most stunning sights. Volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðuháls are close by. Then there’s the famed Golden Circle and the beautiful hiking trails around it. The highlands of Landmannalaugar, Kjölur and Sprengisandur are within an easy reach and—when the night is dark and the sky is clear—the area is ideal for CIE Tours’ guests spotting the spectacular Northern Lights. The hotel is within an hour’s drive from Reykjavík. A 30-minute drive from Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir, this hotel features a restaurant and hot tub, both of which offer views of Mount Hekla views. Cable TV, desks and private bathrooms with showers are standard. Some rooms include a balcony with garden views. The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic cuisine with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the cozy lounge, which has an open fireplace.

Fosshotel Núpar, Kalfafell

Fosshotel Núpar, Kalfafell Description:

Fosshotel Nupar offers panoramic views of Vatnajokull’s lava fields, mountains and glaciers. Each heated guest room has a work desk and private bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy Icelandic dishes at the in-house restaurant, and the bar is an ideal place for a relaxing drink in the evening.



Day 1: Reykjavik City Tour & Northern Lights Quest
Meet your guide at 2:00 PM. Take an orientation tour and discover Iceland’s capital city set on the southern shore of Faxa Bay. Discover Reykjavik’s settlement, history, and the natural beauty that surrounds it. You’ll be charmed by its architecture and the beautiful brightly-colored rooftops. Visit the Perlan Observation Deck, which offers magnificent 360° views of Reykjavik and its surroundings. Return to your centrally-located hotel and enjoy a welcome drink and canapes with your group, followed by dinner on your own. Then, head to the harbor for your Northern Lights quest. You’ll have beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains as you sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik, watching for the aurora borealis.

Day 2: Golden Circle
Head out on the famed Golden Circle, starting with the spectacular Thingvellir National Park, a meeting place of old Icelandic clans. It is also where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet above ground. Journey to the Secret Lagoon: small and intimate, it’s where savvy travelers go to enjoy the Icelandic spa experience. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Enjoy a tasty lunch in the greenhouse of Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Then it’s on to the Strokkur Geysir, which erupts every 10 minutes. Stop at Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most photographed spots in all of Iceland. Move on to your hotel below the Hekla volcano where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Once darkness falls, you can take a soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub while watching for the Northern Lights
(B, L, D)

Day 3: LAVA Center & Skogar Folk Museum
Begin the day with a special early opening at the LAVA Center to learn about Iceland’s volcanoes, and how their eruptions and lava flows have shaped the country over time. VIsit the Skogar Folk Museum to explore Iceland’s cultural heritage and learn about the lives of Iceland’s early settlers through an array of tools, books, and handicrafts. Visit the nearby stunning Skogafoss Waterfall, where on sunny days a double rainbow is often visible. Save your appetite for dinner at your hotel tonight. Perfectly situated for Northern Lights viewing under an open sky, your hotel offers wake-up service if the lights are visible after bed time.
(B, D)

Day 4: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National Park
Travel to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, dotted with crystal-blue icebergs. Marvel at small icebergs flowing into the Atlantic or breaking up along the black sand of Diamond Beach. Enjoy lunch with a view of the surrounding countryside. Visit Skaftafell Wilderness Area with its enormous glaciers, snow-capped volcano and nearby lava fields. Return to your hotel where you can dine independently. It may be another perfect night to step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights.
(B, L)

Day 5: Reykjavik & The Blue Lagoon
Journey to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where, weather permitting, the sure-footed can walk the trail that takes you behind the 60-meter falls. This morning, you’ll travel back to Reykjavik, visiting en route any itinerary sites that might have been previously missed due to weather and enjoy the balance of the afternoon in the city exploring some of the many charming sites on your own. In the evening, you’ll be whisked away to the Blue Lagoon, a large man-made lake surrounded by a lava field that is also a geothermal spa. Share in a farewell dinner and lagoon entry with your group. Afterward, enjoy one last night-time drive for another possibility to see the famed Northern Lights.
(B, D)

Day 6: Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast.

All visits are weather dependent.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner


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All prices listed below are per person, double-occupancy.
If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement.

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Monday Jan 13, 2020 from Reykjavik Saturday Jan 18, 2020 to Reykjavik 6 Days $2149 Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Feb 10, 2020 from Reykjavik Saturday Feb 15, 2020 to Reykjavik 6 Days $2319 Guaranteed Book Now
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Tuesday Dec 8, 2020 from Reykjavik Sunday Dec 13, 2020 to Reykjavik 6 Days $2229 Sold Out

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