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Land of Fire & Ice

Welcome to a land of untamed natural beauty and wild abandon. Our five-day Northern Lights adventure includes two nights in Reykjavik and two nights in the countryside where conditions for viewing the Aurora are optimal. The best time to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September through March. They can be seen anywhere in Iceland and are most like to appear on cold, calm and clear evenings. Travelling in the comfort of our own 4X4 with a personal guide, we set off for a real winter wonderland adventure!

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Easygoing to Moderate
Reykjavik to Reykjavik
5 Days / 4 Nights

Price per person from: $5,995
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Best Time to Visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Day by Day

Spend the morning enjoying the charming capital at your own pace. Take in a museum, do some shopping and check out the coffee culture and hip galleries. You may even want to take a trip to the local geothermal swimming pool and its steam baths—the centre of every town’s social life.

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. Enjoy a privately-guided snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier and explore the Gullfoss waterfalls.

Visit beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Sólheimajökull glacier to don crampons and go for a one-hour guided walk on the ice. Lunch in the small village of Vik and visit a woolen goods store before stopping at Skógafoss waterfall and later marveling at the Northern Lights.

Head into the dramatic wilderness area called Thorsmork (Thor’s forest) on the north side of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Take an easy hike to the run-off glacier Gigjokull and explore one of the ravines that dissect the north face of the volcano.

Drive to the famous Blue Lagoon Spa and enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm aqua-blue waters renowned for their healing powers. Keflavik International Airport is only 15 minutes away and we will drive you there in time for your afternoon flight. Farewell!


Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Hotel Borg combines old time elegance with modern style and overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur across from the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. All 56 rooms have custom-made furniture with modern amenities and Art Deco style throughout. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, also features the Silfur restaurant, offering exquisite Icelandic cuisine served in beautiful surroundings. View hotel website »

Hotel Ranga, Hella

With a noticeable lack of timber in the country, Rangá was entirely constructed from imported Canadian lumber, from the walls to the furniture to the remarkable bar stools (watch out for them). With just 38 rooms, it is intimate and comfortable. The location sits at the mouth of the highlands with spectacular access to Hekla, one of the country’s most impressive volcanoes. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Easygoing to Moderate

The terrain we cover is incredibly varied. We’ll enjoy some gentle hikes and additional activities may include ice climbing, glacier hiking and caving. Please be aware that hikes and/or activities may have to be changed last-minute due to climate conditions, which are highly unpredictable in Iceland. Please also note that drives can be long; this enables us to take in a huge variety of scenery and experience a multitude of landscapes.


Walking Sticks &
Hip Holsters

Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.

What's Included

      • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
      • Guaranteed early check-in and breakfast on arrival
      • Expert, English-speaking guide and private vehicle from Days 2-4
      • Lunch on Days 2, 3, 4 and 5 with snacks en route
      • All entrance tickets as outlined in the itinerary
      • Snowmobile tour on Day 2
      • Glacier walk on Day 3
      • Blue Lagoon admission on Day 5
      • All baggage transportation & porterage

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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“This trip was amazing! It gave us a wonderful overview of the country and touched on everything. The super jeeps were such a fun way to travel and their drivers were great, exposing us to the local life and providing a way to learn even more about the country.”

— Jo Anne Doll, Iceland Walking 2011

Iceland Northern Lights Private

Notes from the Road

  • Insider’s Guide: Things To Do in ReykjavikThe centre of Iceland’s historic, Nordic cool (confession: I borrowed that phrase), Reykjavik is home to nearly half the country’s population. The result is a lively, bustling and diverse city as unique as the country itself. In the third of our thre …
  • Departures: New Winter Adventure TravelDepartures magazine web exclusive | By Sasha Levine “Clear, cold winter nights are the best times to view the Northern Lights in Iceland’s countryside. And during this five-day journey with Butterfield & Robinson, you’ll see the show nearly every eve …
  • Insider’s Guide: Reykjavik RestaurantsAs our three-part Insider’s Guide to Reykjavik continues, Trip Designer Orsolya Kako reveals a few of her picks for the city’s coolest restaurants. Where to Eat + Drink: Reykjavik Restaurants Grillmarket Built on the site of an old cinema and offerin …

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