Discover South Iceland's raw nature. Icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate Iceland´s beautiful, yet rugged landscape. On this tour, experience the hidden powers of the island including views of the notorious Eyjafjallajokull volcano and breathtaking glacial lagoons. With several nights spent in stunning rural locations, you’ll be perfectly situated to hunt for the magical Northern Lights.
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All winter 2016-2017 departures now sold out.
Day 1 Arrival Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik transfer by airport express bus to your hotel.
Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss; Northern Lights Centre, National Park, Geysers & Golden Falls.
Start the day by visiting the fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik to gather exciting and informative facts on the Northern lights. Onwards to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Althing, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was first convened, and a place of great significance and sense of national identity. The National Park also lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating geological places. Continue on to Laugarvatn Fontana for a taste of local style cooking using Icelandic ingenuity - bread that has been cooked underground with geothermal heat, served hot from the ground and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter.
Travel on through farmlands to the thermal area of the great Geysir and Strokkur spouting hot springs, with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by another, called Strokkur (the Churn), which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Lastly today, visit Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). This beautiful, double waterfall tumbles 34m into the Hvítá River below. Overnight stay and Northern Lights hunt in Fludir area.
Day 3 South Shore: Waterfalls - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches.
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is absolutely beautiful in the winter. This is one of the main farming regions of the country, and the road passes by typical Icelandic farms, often with the charming, small and shaggy Icelandic horses in the fields. Visit the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain and walk the trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which at 60 metres high is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.Head onwards, we pass by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the unique black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight stay and Northern Lights hunt in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4 Skaftafell National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon: Glacial Lagoon, Icebergs & Glacier.
Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon. You may even see seals swimming in arctic waters and you can walk on the black sandy beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5 Volcanic Areas, Hveragerði, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik.
Explore the region near the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most infamous volcano in the world today. At the Volcano Visitor Centre at Thorvaldseyri Farm, located beneath Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, you will see, both in pictures and film, the 2010 eruption and its impact on the countryside, the country itself and the whole world. We then head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "the flower village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from the nearby springs. Iceland relies heavily on geothermal energy for heating, both commercially and domestically. We then continue to Strandarkirkja, a church popularly believed to have a special power to bring success or provide good luck. Then along the coast, with breath taking sea waves, and through a community once flourishing and now deserted. On to the Reykjanes peninsula where we enjoy a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon. The Lagoon is a unique wonder of nature, spectacularly situated in the middle of a black lava field. Relax and enjoy the calming, healing properties of the mineral laden air or add the option of bathing in the warm, aqaumarine waters. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your leisure.
Day 6 - Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer from your hotel by coach to Keflavik Airport .
Departures 2016: October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 01, 08.
January 12, 19, 26; February 02, 09, 16, 23; March 02, 05, 09, 10, 16, 19, 23, 30; April 06.
Maximum group size: 36 persons
Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except on arrival day); 3 nights at countryside hotels including breakfast; Guided coach tour (Days 2-5); Entrance fee to Northern Lights Centre, Reykjavik; Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana; Entrance fee to Volcano Visitor Centre at the base of Eyjafjallajokull volcano; A visit from a local storyteller; Viewing of Eldmessa - a short film about the Laki eruption in 1783-1784; Northern Lights hunt kit (Day 3 or 4 - flashlight, blanket & thermos of hot cocoa); Northern Lights, guided hunt on foot, one selected evening; Northern Lights 'wake up call' option during the night (available at countryside hotels). Accommodation is in 3 star standard hotels all with private facilities.
Excludes: Optional tours / activities, bathing fee at Blue Lagoon.
Your stay in Reykjavik can be extended either before or after the tour - please enquire
The spectacular light shows known as the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April, on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colours, but sometimes there are traces of red and blue also. The appearance of the Lights is of course at the discretion of Mother Nature and sightings are not guaranteed.
Please note the itinerary may be subject to change at short notice due to weather conditions, causing certain outdoor excursions/activities to be cancelled or modified. If so, your guide will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible, but the cost for any such cancelled or modified excursions/activities will not be refunded.
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Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except on arrival day); 3 nights at countryside hotels including breakfast; Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5; Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik; Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana; Entrance fee to Volcano Visitor Center at the base of Eyjafjallajokull volcano A visit from a local storyteller; Viewing of "Eldmessa" - a shortfilm about the Laki eruption in 1783-1784; Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 3 or 4 (flashlight, blanket & thermos of hot cocoa); Northern Light guided hunt on foot one selected evening; Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotels); Day 2 - Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik; Day 2 - Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana; Day 5 - Entrance fee to the Volcano Visitor Centre at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull
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