Land of Northern Lights

Economical introduction to Iceland
5 days
Oct - Apr

Winter is a magical time of the year to visit Iceland - the air is crisp and trees are bare, the ground is snowy and magic is in the air. On this tour you will explore Southwest Iceland. Known for its natural wonders and cultural sites, see glittering glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields and steaming hot springs, bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit an Icelandic horse farm and travel close to the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. In the evenings, you can soak in an outdoor hot tub at  your accommodation and gaze up into the Arctic night skies, to search for the Northern Lights. While staying in the countryside, the chances of seeing the lights are better, as you are far away from light pollution.  

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Day 1  Welcome to Iceland
Transfer by aiport express bus from Keflavík International Airport to your guesthouse or hotel accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. Time to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining, having been recently established as a haven for food lovers. Numerous restaurants take great advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. 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 10thC Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Reykjavik City Tour, The Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula
At 09:00hrs, meet your guide and fellow travellers for the start of your tour. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour, to see some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital. Then head out to Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, bird cliffs, mountains, lighthouses and fishing villages. At the day's end, soak off your travels in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. We then stay for two nights in South Iceland. In the evening, enjoy an Aurora talk by your guide. Once darkness falls, you can search for the Northern Lights in the hotel gardens.

Day 3 South Iceland and Optional Glacier Hike 
Today we head along the south coast and reach an area near the active volcano, beneath Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high, narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. Next we visit Skógar folk museum, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country - the 60m high Skógafoss waterfall.

This afternoon you can do an optional glacier walk. Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of Iceland's south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy/moderate glacier walk, you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all of the glacier's features, you will learn more about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. Duration of this activity is about 3hrs in total - beign approx. 90mins on the ice and 30-40min walk (one way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself.  The glacier hike can only be booked via your tour guide, as discussed with your group (Day 2). The cost is around ISK 14.900, payable directly to the glacier hike company on Day 3 in Icelandic Krona - cash only.

If you don't wish to do the glacier hike, instead you will continue further south, to stroll on the unique black lava beaches next to the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjaram, near Vík. In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes.

Day 4 Horses & Golden Circle
This morning, we visit horse stables to learn about the Icelandic horse, it's history and special qualities. Then onwards to a geothermal greenhouse - Iceland relies heavily on geothermal energy and a huge amount of food is grown in large, heated greenhouses.
Then, as you approach the Geysir geothermal fields, you will see steam rising from a distance. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including Strokkur (the Churn), which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss (Golden Falls), a double waterfall that tumbles 34m into the Hvítá river - a wonderful sight in winter. Then inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning for your final night in Reykjavik. A last optional Northern Lights evening tour can be booked for tonight through your guide, if the weather conditions are ideal.

Day 5 Departure
Transfer by coach from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.

Extra nights in Reykjavik can be added - please enquire.

Departures 2017:

March 2, 7, 9, 14,16, 21 (on request), 23 (on request), 28 and 30 (on request) 

April 04, 06, 11 (on request) and 13

October 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31

November 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30

December 05, 07, 12, 14 and 29*       *Special New Years Departure with altered pricing and itinerary

Departures 2018: 

January 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30

February 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27

March 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29

April 03, 05, 10 and 12

Maximum group size 40 persons

Includes:  Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach;  4 nights accommodation* with daily breakfast (2 nights at Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavík (or similar) and 2 nights at Hotel Stracta, Hella); entrance with towel and bathing at Blue Lagoon; entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses; visit to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse; Northern Lights programme with 2 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Aurora with midnight refreshments, use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow and ice gripper spikes for shoes and a flashlight.

This toru is offered with Budget accommodation being Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik (or similar) and Árhús Cottages, Hella or with Economy  accommodation being Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavík (or similar) and Hotel Stracta, Hella

Excludes: optional guided glacier hike,  optional Northern Lights activity evening of Day 4

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1801.00
Single AUD$ 2682.00

Includes:  Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach;  4 nights accommodation- with daily breakfast (2 nights at Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavík, or similar and 2 nights at Stracta Hotel, Hella); entrance with towel and bathing at Blue Lagoon;  entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses;  visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse;  Northern Lights programme with 2 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for northern lights and midnight refreshments, use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow and ice gripper spikes for shoes and a flash light.

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