Aurora On The Beach

Starting from: Reykjavik or Keflavik

Season: 1st Sep-10th Apr

Duration: 6+ days

Driving distance: 1200-1400 kms

Highlights: Southern Westfjords - Snaefellsnes National Park - Kirkjufell - Stykkisholmur - Breidafjordur - Hraunfossar

Available as a self-drive or private guided tour

If you are looking for an adventurous northern lights tour in Iceland that takes you to a remoter part of the country, then this the tour for you!

Drive to the remote Westfjords and the Snaefellsnes peninsula to discover some of the most beautiful landscapes in Iceland, well away from the tourist crowds, where you have great chances of seeing the northern lights.

A road trip is a personal experience and our goal is to design an itinerary that matches your dream trip.
Below is a 6 day / 5 night sample itinerary to give you a general idea of our Aurora On The Beach trip starting from Keflavik:

Day 1 - Arrival & Borgarfjordur

Arrival at KEF airport. Drive up north to Borgarfjordur where you can go off the beaten path to visit the Europe's most powerful hot spring, and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a natural hot pot before driving to the valleys for a breathtaking sunset.
Overnight at a country hotel near the Fellsstrond beach with a beautiful view over the Breidafjordur fjord and the Snaefellsnes peninsula, a fantastic backdrop for the Northern Lights.

Optional add-ons:
Into the Glacier tour

Day 2 - Southern Westfjords & Hot springs

Drive to the Southern Westfjords stopping en route to visit an elf hill. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a natural hot spring right by the sea with beautiful views over the Breidafjordur Bay.
Spend the next two nights in Patreksfjordur, a fantastic base for exploring the beautiful natural landscape of the Southern Westfjords and the surrounding villages.

Day 3 - Westfjords villages & fjords

Explore the remote and picturesque villages of the Southern Westfjords.
From Bildudalur, take the lesser travelled road to the Ketildalir and Selardalur valleys, known for their spectacular landscape and quirky art.
Spend the afternoon relaxing in the Pollurinn springs. Perched on a hill, they offer stunning views of the fjord and sea.

Day 4 - Latrabjarg, Raudasandur & Dynjandi

Depending on the weather and road conditions, today you can visit the dramatic Latrabjarg cliffs; the golden and red sand beaches surrounding it; and Dynjandi waterfall.
Take an early evening ferry from the Westfjords to the Snaefellsnes peninsula where you will spend two nights in Stykkisholmur.

Day 5 - Snaefellsnes

Visit the colourful Berserkjahraun lava fields and the iconic Kirkjufell mountain before driving around the glacier and Snaefellsnes National Park. Black sand beaches with amazing beach rock formations, charming fishing villages, scattered craters and more...

Optional add-ons:
Whale watching
Lava caving

Day 6 - Hvalfjordur

Drive back to Keflavik stopping to visit basalt cliffs and craters, and look out for seals along the coast. It is also possible to visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes to learn about the first Viking settlers of Iceland.


The locations specified above are indicative. Since your exact itinerary is customised for your arrival and departure times, activities and tours you choose, and the pace of your trip; these might change.
We can of course also accommodate any preferences you have.

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:
- Add extra days to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or detours
- Cut a day from the itinerary to allow for reduced time or budget
- Create a themed itinerary with an emphasis on your favourite activity or interest f.e. adventure, geology, hiking, geothermal pools, birds & wildlife, cuisine, history & culture etc.
- If you want to explore more sights off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Price for self-drive: 120,000 ISK per person on a twin-sharing basis in winter

- 6-day 4x4 SUV car rental (including CDW insurance, GPS, airport pick up and drop off, unlimited kilometres and emergency service)
- Digital map for each day
- 5-night two-star hotel accommodation (double or twin room with private bath and breakfast)
- One way ferry between the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes
- Detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary
- Contact person in Iceland

Price for private guided tour: Contact us with details of group size, language and requirements.

Since the northern lights are only visible during late summer and winter, and the itinerary requires some driving on gravel roads, we only offer a 4X4 SUV for self-drive holidays.
For private tours, we offer a variety of comfortable vehicles for different group sizes with a local guide.

We offer a wide variety of handpicked quality accommodations from star category hotels to guesthouses and apartments, all well rated and located so as to balance your daily driving time.

Our detailed itinerary is completely tailored to your specific interests. It will include comprehensive information on the must-see attractions and offbeat sights you will visit, a day-wise outline and directions on Google maps.

We can also include tours and activities of your choice, self-guided walks and hikes, and restaurant recommendations. Typically this requires adding extra time to the trip.

And of course, we are always available for questions or assistance during your trip.

Additional information for your Iceland trip will be sent to you after the booking. This will include details about weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact info, and other useful tips.

The minimum driver age for is 20 years for smaller cars and 25 years for jeeps. Drivers must bring an international driving licence or a local driving licence written in a Roman script. Winter driving experience is strongly recommended.