Volcanoes, Glaciers & Northern Lights

Highlights of Iceland's South
5 days
Oct - Apr
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Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure and icy landscapes. Explore this land of fire and ice with excursions to volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs and magnificent glaciers. Highlights include visits to the Golden Circle, South Coast and Vatnajökull National Park. Along the way see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colourful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs, black lava beaches and more. At night, there is always the chance for the night sky to be decorated with the jewels of the amazing Aurora Borealis!

Day 1 Arrival Reykjavik
On arrival transfer by coach from the airport to your accommodation. Time at leisure to explore Iceland's capital on your own. 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.

Day 2 Volcano House, Golden Circle & Northern Lights Hunt
At 08:30 meet your tour guide and fellow travellers and start with a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at the Reykjavik Volcano House, documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010. These films give you a good insight into the general geology and volcanology of Iceland.  Later on we depart Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was first held. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places, both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area provide clear physical evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust.

Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubble away in the ground until the pressure becomes too much – and they explode in spectacular style! Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest geysers here. While Geysir is not currently active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes, to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. Next visit the explosion crater Kerið, now full of glacial water and resembling an ancient amphitheatre. In the evening, listen to a talk on the Northern Lights from your guide, and once darkness falls, step out into the garden to seek the Northern Lights. Overnight in South Iceland.

Day 3 Vatnajokull & Glacier Lagoon
Head east to a world of glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. We explore this extraordinary site and hope to see seals swimming in the arctic waters, and you can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and is the largest National Park in Europe, with Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier. Tonight enjoy a movie presentation about the Northern Lights. In this remote and quiet location, there is another chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We stay for one night in the Vatnajökull region.

Day 4 South Coast
Today, we head across the Elddhraun lava field to the village of Vík. Stop for aa stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach, ear Vik, then on past Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Continue to Skógafoss waterfall,  which at 60 metres high is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.  Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. You can walk the trail that goes behind the fall for a different perspective, if you are prepared to get wet! In the evening we return to Reykjavik for the night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise will be offered tonight, to be purchased locally, if the weather conditions are ideal.

Day 5 Departure
Transfer by coach to Keflavik Airport.

Departures 2017:
October 01 (on request), 08, 15, 22 and 29
November 05, 12, 19, 26
December 03, 10, 17, 28 (the 28 Dec departure is a special, New Year's departure with amended itinerary and pricing).

Departures 2018:
January 07, 14, 21 and 28
February 04, 11, 18 and 25
March 04, 11, 18 and 25
April 01 and 08

Includes: Arrival & departure airport coach transfers, escorted coach tour with English-speaking guide, 4 nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels and cottages all with private facilities including daily breakfast, multimedia presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík, entrance to Kerið volcano crater, Northern Lights programme during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights, use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light.

Maximum group size: 30 persons

Accommodation will be at the following hotels, or similar: Reykjavík Fosshotel Baron first and last night; South Iceland Árhús Cottages; Southeast Iceland: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1745.00
Single AUD$ 2130.00

Includes: Arrival & departure airport coach transfers, escorted coach tour with English-speaking guide, 4 nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels and cottages all with private facilities including daily breakfast, multimedia presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík, entrance to Kerið volcano crater, Northern Lights programme during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights, use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light.

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

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