If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list then you’ve found the right trip! Spend over a week in Iceland during the magical long nights for ample opportunities to try and see nature’s famous light show. Spend the daylight hours checking out enormous waterfalls and soaking in natural hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon!
Iceland is one of the world’s most unique travel destinations made evident by its nickname “the land of fire and ice.” Discover dormant volcanos, iceberg lagoons, and incredible landscapes stretched out for miles while cruising the famous ring road. In the capital city of Reykjavik, warm-up in cozy cafes, eat at culturally inspired eateries, and check out the funky street art that decorates this unique city.
Any evening there is a promising forecast for the aurora borealis, get ready to head out to spot them!
- Centrally located accommodation in all destinations
- Transportation between all locations via private coach bus
- Private walking tour of Reykjavik
- See massive waterfalls along the ring road including Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
- Walk along the famous black sand beaches of Reynisfjara
- Observe the thousands of puffins roosting at Dyrholaey Promontory
- The Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park
- Visits the major attractions in the Golden Circle
- Nightly hunts for the Northern Lights
- All breakfasts
- One dinner
- Two TFT guides
- Soak in natural hot springs at the famous Blue Lagoon
- Take a boat tour through the Jokulsarlon floating iceberg lagoon
- Snorkeling in the Silfure Fissure- suit up and swim between two continents!
DAYS 1-3 THE SOUTHERN COAST TO VIK
This Aurora Adventure begins on an eastward journey along Iceland’s southern coast. Even in winter, two of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls still flow magnificently. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls are not to be missed on any journey from the island’s capital to Vik. Travel along the southern coast to beautiful black sand beaches and striking basalt column cliffs — home to massive colonies of puffins in the warmer months.
DAYS 4 & 5 THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO LAUGARVATN
From Vik, head back east along the Golden Circle to Thingvellir National Park — home to Gullfoss Waterfall and many other natural landmarks. Gaze in awe at the Strokkur Geyser, which erupts every 10 minutes like clockwork, then go for a soak in the nearby hot springs! While there, check out Silfra fissure, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are separating by approximately two centimeters each year. Here you can see almost 300 feet down through some of the clearest water in the world.
DAYS 5 & 6 Snæfellsnes PENINSULA
Often referred to as the “gem of the west,” Snaefellsnes’s rich geological landscape means that around every corner, is a cave, crater, or mountain just waiting to take your breath away! Stay in the cozy fishing village of Stykkisholmur and explore Breidafjordur Bay. The peninsula is home to the iconic Kirkjufell, or “church mountain” where you can seek out the elusive Northern Lights!
DAYS 7-8 REYKJAVIK
For the last leg of this Icelandic journey, explore the capital city of Reykjavik. This city boasts amazing street art, beautiful parks, and unique shops where local artisans sell their handmade wares. Take a walking tour led by very entertaining locals allegedly of Viking descent, enjoy traditional and modern cuisine, and shop for souvenirs in the fascinating shops. Top off an incredible trip through this magical island country with a soak in the renowned Blue Lagoon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are chosen specifically in safe areas and are well suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. We do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities; we prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
In Iceland, it is more common to stay in family-run guesthouses and hostels, as American-style hotels are few and far between. Iceland is incredibly rural, so the guesthouses are all run by local villagers and have a cozy family vibe. They even ask that everyone take off their shoes before going in to make you feel like you are at home!
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for the program.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
What is included?
Tuition cost includes ground transportation; accommodation; some tours and activities, chaperones and guides; taxes and tips; all breakfasts and some dinners.
Not included in cost (this is not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; lunches; visas and visa application fees; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions unless otherwise specified; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What is the average group size?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
The maximum group size is 30 participants. Most tours average between 10-30 participants. Please contact us for more information about this specific program.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa.
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.