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Iceland's Northern Lights

  • UK
  • Reykjavik
  • UK
Tour Pace:

4 DAYS from £827pp

Tour Highlights
  • Search for the Aurora Borealis on a Northern Lights excursion
  • If luck is not on your side, then your Northern Lights Excursion will be repeated during your trip until you have a successful sighting
  • A full day at leisure to explore Reykjavik or take an optional excursion
  • Witness the spectacular cascade of Gullfoss Waterfall and the eruptions of Strokkur Geyser
  • Full-day tour around the scenic Golden Circle
  • The UNESCO-listed rift valley of Thingvellir National Park

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Iceland's Northern Lights

Experience Iceland's astonishing cosmic displays of the Northern Lights, bursts of geothermic water , geysers and cinematic landscapes dominated by snowtopped mountain ranges. Round off your tour with an exploration of Viking history upon the mammoth plains of Thingvellir National Park.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Reykjavik

Depart London on your direct flight to Iceland. Here, you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the capital, Reykjavik. This evening, you'll journey to a secluded vantage point for a chance to witness the Northern Lights, a celestial kaleidoscope of turquoise bands rolling across the still night sky, illuminating shimmering ice sheets and volcanic summits. This phenomenon is a truly awe-inspiring spectacle to behold and Iceland's vast, dark plains provide the perfect backdrop for their splendour.


Following breakfast, wrap up in a hand-knitted lopapeysa and embark on a full-day tour around the Golden Circle, a route that loops around south-western Iceland, passing steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pots, erupting geysers and dazzling landscapes. Witness the spectacular double cascade of Gullfoss Waterfall which is equally breath-taking in summer when rainbows arch through the spray, and winter when ice and snow are carried by its powerful flow. Next, observe the enormous plumes of the Strokkur geyser, where eruptions burst upwards to heights of 15-30 metres. Discover how tomatoes grow within this harsh tundra at the Frioheimar Cultivation Centre then head to the UNESCO-recognised Thingvellir National Park. This colossal fissured rift valley was home to the world's first democratic parliament, formed in 930AD and offers sweeping views of rugged peaks and terrain. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast

Today is at leisure for you to explore the world's northernmost capital, home to incredible architecture, hospitable locals and mountains with snow-capped peaks. Alternatively, a range of optional excursions are available to pre-book at a fee.

  • Breakfast
Reykjavik to UK

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure, allowing you to fit in some last-minute shopping, enjoy coffee in a nearby cafe or relax in your hotel. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


A visa is not required for your trip to Iceland. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight to Reykjavik is with Iceland Air (FI), departing from London Gatwick, North Terminal. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 10kg. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt and any further information can be found on the airline's website. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers will be 4, and the maximum will be 72 on board your coach during excursions. If in the unlikely event there are less than 4 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

You will be met on arrival at the terminal by your English-Speaking Driver. Your excursions are in shared services, meaning that these excursions are not exclusive to Mercury Holidays customers, however, you will have a local English-speaking guide present during these excursions ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). Due to Currency Law in Iceland, ISK is not offered by banks outside Iceland, therefore you can only exchange your GBP in Iceland. We would recommend you to bring GBP with you to Iceland to exchange locally and cash machines are also available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however, we would recommend you to budget approximately £2.00 (ISK 389) per person per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency. You may pre-book for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay, this is a normal practice. If you do not have a credit card you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2021 Dates
07 Oct 202110 Oct 2021£999.00
21 Oct 202124 Oct 2021£965.00
04 Nov 202107 Nov 2021£919.00
18 Nov 202121 Nov 2021£896.00
25 Nov 202128 Nov 2021£873.00
02 Dec 202105 Dec 2021£953.00
09 Dec 202112 Dec 2021£988.00
2022 Dates
06 Jan 202209 Jan 2022£1114.00
20 Jan 202223 Jan 2022£1034.00
10 Feb 202213 Feb 2022£1034.00
24 Feb 202227 Feb 2022£999.00
03 Mar 202206 Mar 2022£976.00
10 Mar 202213 Mar 2022£884.00
24 Mar 202227 Mar 2022£827.00
07 Apr 202210 Apr 2022£1068.00
06 Oct 202209 Oct 2022£1034.00
20 Oct 202223 Oct 2022£999.00
03 Nov 202206 Nov 2022£953.00
17 Nov 202220 Nov 2022£930.00
24 Nov 202227 Nov 2022£907.00
01 Dec 202204 Dec 2022£988.00

Included in the Price

  • Scheduled direct flights from London Heathrow to Iceland with Iceland Air
  • Private return transfers
  • Seat-in-coach excursions with a local English-speaking guide
  • All internal travel including heated transportation
  • Accommodation, all excursions and entry fees to all sights
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All airport taxes and security charges.
Optional Excursions for Day 3:

Reykjavik city tour from £49pp

Itinerary changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

Northern Lights advice

Please note: the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a meteorological phenomenon and viewing thereby cannot be guaranteed. It is useful to note that the Northern Lights appear white/grey in the sky, their colour shows up when photographed. When taking photographs it is advised to use a slow shutter speed with the longest exposure you can. Never use a flash.

Blue Lagoon advice

It is recommended that you remove any jewellery (rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) before bathing. Both in order to prevent loss and also because Blue Lagoon's active ingredients; silica, algae, minerals and geothermal seawater, can accumulate in the jewellery and be difficult to remove.

Optional Excursions

Optional Excursions are at an additional cost. Full details of your optional excursion are given to you on your arrival into Iceland, including pick up and return times and meeting points. Please note that these excursions are on a shared service basis and a guide may not be present during your transfer. Optional excursions may be dependent on local weather conditions.

What to expect

Fact File

Icelandic krona (ISK)

Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

-1 °C / 11 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the below weather chart.


What to pack
  • A hat with a big brim
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, swimsuit and plastic bags
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries
  • Light raincoat
  • Warm coat, hat and gloves
  • Clothes that can be worn as multiple layers
  • Two pin round plug adapter, the electricity supply is 220V-240V in Iceland
  • Personal first aid kit
Customer Rating:
Leo Coligan
18th Mar 2020

The guide for our Golden Circle tour was excellent but the guide

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Caroline Pope
17th Mar 2020

extremely polite, friendly and helpful - couldn't find any fault

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E Savage
13th Nov 2019

Fantastic holiday yet again! Booked with you three times before never disappoints. Thank you

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Anthony Tobin
7th Oct 2019

fantastic hotel so close to the city centre and staff really good

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David Whittingham
8th Apr 2019

No comments

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M Blandford
4th Mar 2019

Tour guide Friurik was brilliant very lucky to have had him.

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