Welcome to the "Land of Fire and Ice," with neverending views, rainbow-covered waterfalls, colorful towns straight out of a fairytale, active volcanoes, and glacier lagoons. In Iceland, you can try traditional food that the Vikings ate, take a dip in hot springs, make friends with mini horses, and dig your feet into black sand beaches.
On this trip, you'll walk on a giant glacier (and even try some glacier water straight from the source), look for puffins perched on the giant basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach, stand beneath the striking Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and chase the Northern Lights. Of course, you'll also get to soak in the Blue Lagoon with a face mask and check out the art scene around the capital city of Reykjavik.
You may not be able to pronounce every place we go in Iceland,
but they'll all be sure to take your breath away.
What's the difference between TWC's Iceland: Northern Lights trip and Iceland: Midnight Sun trip? Our Northern Lights trips only take place in March or October, as these are unique times of year in Iceland where there is enough daylight to still explore all of the amazing things on TWC's itinerary but also the opportunity to spot the magnificent aurora borealis. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the lights. Our Midnight Sun trips only take place in the summer months. During the summer, Iceland has nearly 24/7 sunlight, making it impossible to see any lights at night. However, the summer months are the warmest time of the year in Iceland (although still expect some of Iceland's unpredictable temperatures). We love both times of year.
Stay tuned for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 dates.
If you're looking for our Iceland: Midnight Sun trip, head to this page.
5 nights in accommodations
Accommodations for this trip will be 2 people per room in hotels.
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
Private transportation to many included activities and destinations
A luxurious minibus will drive the group through the beautiful Icelandic terrain.
Airport transfer service
You'll have arranged transfers when you arrive and depart.
Several fun excursions
Most notable, entrance to the Blue Lagoon, glacier hiking, and Northern Lights exploring in addition to sightseeing on several days
A TWC group leader for the duration of the trip
Individual TWC Traveler Account and access to a private Facebook group for the trip
Each TWC Traveler will be given access to their own account where they will find a trip-specific packing list, options to contact their trip consultants with any questions, a link to a private Facebook group for just the Iceland TWC travelers and trip consultants, and more information.
TWC trip consultants leading up to and during the trip for travel advice and to answer any questions
1. Your international flights to and from Reykjavik are not included. We do, however, happily make suggestions, help group travelers together on flights, and notify them when great flight deals are available.
2. Each traveler will also have to purchase travel insurance of their choosing that fits specific requirements, as required by TWC. Policies that fit TWC standards begin at approximately $10 for the duration of the trip.
3. Note that there is a 3% processing fee on payments made by credit card.
4. The Northern Lights are an unpredictable natural phenomenon, and a sighting cannot be confirmed.
Flight to Iceland
Many travelers will have a "Day 0," as flights from the Americas to Iceland are overnight. Enjoy your flights by sleeping, watching movies, and by taking in all the free refreshments.
Look out your window! Many people can see the Northern Lights from their flight!
Arrive in Reykjavik
Arrive in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. You've just landed in a country so beautiful that looks like another planet! Enjoy a set airport transfer to the hotel. Your TWC group leader will greet you upon arrival and introduce you to your new friends!
You'll have the rest of the day to settle in and explore the recommendations given to you by Travel World Culture! Check out the Hallgrímskirkja church observation tower for an incredible view over the city and mountains or indulge in delicious Icelandic food. Try a famous hot dog with all of the toppings: fried onions, ketchup, sweet mustard, and mayo.
South Island & Glacier Hike
Enjoy private transportation through the jaw-dropping Icelandic mountainside as we make our way through the lowland region to the small town of Vik with breathtaking stops along the way.
First stop: the majestic Skógafoss waterfall, often accompanied by a beautiful rainbow. You'll have your chance to take pictures and hang out at this towering waterfall.
Up next: glacier hiking on the Solheimajokull glacier! You’ll learn about these massive natural phenomena from your guide and be provided with all the necessary equipment to see the glacial ice up close.
Next, the group will check into our suites with ocean and black sand beach views. The last stop will be a wonderful group dinner at an amazing local brewery Vik.
At night, it's time for Northern Lights spotting, weather-dependent, from around the property, surrounded by Icelandic nature.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Today we will head out for a day of group exploration to some of Jess and Gavin's favorite places in Iceland taking our private bus.
This day's adventure will involve going to see some of the following, based off of the weather:
the Ice Age Canyon, with its steep walls and a waterfall flowing through it,
the glacier lagoon, to see the giant floating icebergs and hopefully some sea lions
Diamond Beach, another black sand beach where pieces of icebergs wash up
Afterwards, enjoy dinner back in Vik and hopefully more Northern Lights spotting, weather-dependent, from the accommodation.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Black Sand Beach & Blue Lagoon
Enjoy private transportation as we make our way back to Reykjavik with several exciting stops.
First, we will stop at the best black sand beach on the whole island. Next, walk or hike around the extremely picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall! It cascades over steep cliffs, which makes it possible for you to walk behind the waterfall, depending on the weather. We will also take you to the secret waterfall in a cave nearby!
Lunch will take place inside a greenhouse that runs off of volcanic energy after a tour of the facility. The greenhouse is located on a traditional farm, and their mini horses are often out to say hello.
The last stop of the day is the Blue Lagoon! The comfort spa package is included, so you will get a towel, one drink, and one face mask. Who wants to float, put on a mud mask, hit the sauna, relax and rejuvenate while enjoying this unbelievably blue and picturesque geothermal area.
After relaxing for a few hours, the group will head back to Reykjavik and check back into the hotel.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Enjoy the island's endless opportunities. You can also take this time to sleep in, relax, and have a great chill day of exploring Reykjavik's museums and shops.
Some recommended day trips include:
Whale Watching Tour
Get close up with these gentle giants and see other Icelandic wildlife, including white-beaked dolphins.
Snæfellsnes Peninsula Day Trip
The perfect day trip to West Iceland: fjords, volcanoes, beaches, sea cliffs, colorful fishing villages, and glaciers.
Golden Circle Day Trip (with snorkeling between tectonic plates as an add-on)
You'll visit the famous Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area. This trip stops at a traditional Icelandic farm.
Breakfast is included.
Think back to the once-in-a-lifetime trip you just had!
Grab one last meal with your new best friends while planning the group's reunion trip!
Enjoy a set transfer back to the airport. If you have free time before your flight, try out one of our free-time recommendations, grab some food in Reykavik, or opt for an optional excursion!
Breakfast is included.