Hidden Powers & Northern Lights

South Iceland's raw nature
6 days
Oct - Apr
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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.

Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik transfer by coach 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: Thingvellir - 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 The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by another, called Strokkur (the Churn), which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.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. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland's capital during the Middle-Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church. Overnight stay in the south coast 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. This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.  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 in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon: Glacial Lagoon, Icebergs & Glacier 
Today enter the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Europe. The park's Skaftafell region is a site of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull glacier. 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. 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 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 2017: October 05, 10, 12, 19,  24 and 26; November 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23 and 30; December 07 and 12

Departures 2018: January 09, 11, 18 and 25; February 01, 13, 15 and 22; March 01, 08, 13, 22 and 29; April 03 and 05

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 and 3 one-course dinners, guided coach tour (Days 2-5), entrance fee to Northern Lights Centre Reykjavik, Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana, visit to the new Lava and Volcano Centre,Northern Lights  Northern Lights guided hunt on foot 1 selected evening, Northern Lights hunt kit (Day 3 or 4 - flashlight, blanket and thermos of hot cocoa), Northern Lights 'wake up call' option during the night (available at countryside hotels), viewing of the film Eldmessan, Blue Lagoon entrance and bathing fee and towel rental, return airport transfers.  Accommodation is in 3 star standard hotels all with private facilities.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1881.00
Single AUD$ 2278.00

Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except on arrival day), 3 nights at countryside hotels including breakfast and 3 one-course dinners, guided coach tour (Days 2-5), entrance fee to Northern Lights Centre Reykjavik, Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana, visit to the new Lava Centre, Northern Lights hunt kit (Day 3 or 4 - flashlight, blanket and 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), Blue Lagoon entrance and bathing fee and towel rental, return airport transfers. 

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

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