Nature's Treasures

West Iceland's history & landscapes
6 days
Oct - Apr
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During this unforgettable tour, experience the natural treasures of South and West Iceland as each day brings unique encounters with local traditions and geological wonders. These include the Golden Circle, Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, Snaefellsnes National Park's mystical glacier and also Reykjanes Peninsula. At night, look out for the fabled Northern Lights, in the hopes that the elusive colours will dance across the sky. 

Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
On arrival at Keflavik Airport take the airport coach transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking 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 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 2: Reykjavik – Reykholt – Borgarnes: City Sightseeing - Elven Folklore - Unique Watefalls 
Enjoy a Reykjavik sightseeing tour which includes the stunning Harpa Concert Hall, Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, panoramic views from the Hallgrimskirkja church, the mix of old and new charms of the old town Centre and the modernity of the vibrant harbour district. Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (the Whale Bay).  At  Akranes visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits, then climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline. Head to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Experience Icelandic culture at Reykholt, the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a visit to the beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. 2 nights in Borgarnes area. Tonight (weather depending) enjoy an evening Northern Lights Hunt – due to your location tonight  in West Iceland away from light pollution, this is a prime place to hunt for the elusive light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.

Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Borgarnes: Boat Tour  - Snaefellsnes NP & Glacier
After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur.  Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail on the Breidafjordur Bay past thousands of tiny islands, and experience 'Viking Sushi', a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters. Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula see the secluded fishing villages such as Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar, with a year-round population of less 10 ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of the Snaefellsnes National Park, which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes. 2nd night in the Borgarnes area. Another chance tonight to hunt for the Northern Lights, if weather conditions the previous night before were unfavourable.

Day 4: Thingvellir National Park – Gullfoss – Geysir: Golden Circle, Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village,
Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions - dramatic Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents and exploding geysers, and Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a geological wonder where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930. Then following the road through fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavours at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times. Continue to Hveragerdi, a charming town set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town  a distinctive glow. Dinner and overnight in the Hveragerdi area.

Day 5: Reykjanes – Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Travel along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to possess special lucky powers. Drive on to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating moon-like surroundings. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krýsuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Continue to the town of Grindavík with its sizeable fishing fleet. In the afternoon head for the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.  Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland’s raw nature. Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at leisure and overnight.

Day 6: Departure
Coach transfer to Keflavik Airport and end of arrangements

Departures 2017: 11, 18 and 25 (on request) October; 01, 08, 15, 22 (on request), 29 (on request) November; 06 December

Departures 2018: 24 January; 07, 14, 21 and 28 February; 07, 14 and 28 March 

Includes: 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, 3 nights at countryside hotels, breakfast daily, 3 one-course dinners, guided coach tour (Days 2-5), Northern Lights guided walk one selected evening, Northern Lights hunt kit including a blanket and hot cocoa/tea (Days 2 and 3), Northern Lights 'wake up call' option during the night (at countryside hotels), boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting, visit to Frioheimar greenhouse and hourse stable, visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade 'skyr' yogurt, ice cream and meat, entrance fee to Akranes Museum Centre, Blue Lagoon entrance, bathing fee and towel rental, return airport transfers. Accommodation is in 3 star standard hotels all with private facilities.

Maximum 36 persons

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2068.00
Single AUD$ 2575.00

Includes: 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, 3 nights at countryside hotels, breakfast daily, 3 one-course dinners, guided coach tour (Days 2-5), Northern Lights guided walk one selected evening, Northern Lights hunt kit including a blanket and hot cocoa/tea (Days 2 and 3), Northern Lights 'wake up call' option during the night (at countryside hotels), boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting, visit to Frioheimar greenhouse and hourse stable, visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade 'skyr' yogurt, ice cream and meat, visit to Fakasel horse riding centre for a 'horse theatre' performance, an amazing 45 minute multi-media experience in a unique environment, entrance fee to Akranes Museum Centre, Blue Lagoon entrance, bathing fee and towel rental, return airport transfers.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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