Hidden Powers & Northern Lights

South Iceland's astonishing raw, natural beauty
6 days
Oct - Apr
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Discover South Iceland's astonishing raw nature. Glaciers, icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate this beautiful, yet rugged landscape. Experience the hidden powers of the island including views of the notorious Eyjafjallajokull volcano, black volcanic sand beaches, mighty Vatnajokull glacier and breath taking Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. With 3 nights spent in stunning rural locations, you’ll be perfectly placed to hunt for the magical Northern Lights.

Day 1 Arrival in 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 Reykjavik - South Shore: Northern Lights Centre - Thingvellir - Geysir  - Gullfoss
Start the day by visiting the fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik to learn about the science and meaning of the Northern lights. Then we leave the city and travel 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 and visually stunning 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 Geysir thermal area, with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur (the Churn), which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Lastly today, we visit Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall). This beautiful, double waterfall tumbles 34m into the Hvítá River below. Our final stop today is at Skalholt, Iceland's capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church. Overnight in the south coast area. Here there is no light pollution and the elusive Northern Lights might just come out and play...............

Day 3 South Shore - Kirkjubaejarklaustur: Waterfalls - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches
We 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 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. Here we have time to enjoy the exhibits and view an interesting film about volcanoes. Next we visit the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which plunges over the mountain; you can walk the trail that goes behind the falls – 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. Heading onwards, we pass by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara black sand beach.  Take a walk on the unique sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. 2 nights in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Day 4 Skaftafell National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon: Glacial Lagoon - Icebergs & Glaciers 
Today we enter the area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest park in Europe and with Europe's largest glacier. The park's Skaftafell region is a site of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by the mighty Vatnajokull glacier. We visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the vibrant blue waters of the fantastic, 180m deep glacial lagoon.  You may even see seals swimming in the arctic waters, and you can walk on the black sandy beach, where large icebergs often get stranded. Return to the hotel for our 2nd overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area

Day 5 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Reykjavik: Volcanic Areas - Hveragerði Greenhouse Village -  Blue Lagoon.
We explore the region near the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most infamous volcano in the world! We then head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few vilages 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,  and it is a true showcase for clean, geothermal energy, which Iceland relies heavily on for heating, both commercially and domestically.  We then continue along the coast, with breath taking sea views, 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, spectacularly situated in the middle of a black lava field - relax and enjoy the calming, healing properties of the mineral laden air and bathe in the warm, aquamarine waters. We then return to Reykjavik in the early evening, for overnight.

Day 6 Reykjavik Departure
Arrangements end with transfer from your hotel by coach to Keflavik Airport . 
 

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

There will also be further departures for the next northern winter, from October 2018 - April 2019 .

Maximum group size: 36 persons

Includes: 5 nights accommodation in standard rooms in 3 star hotels all with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavík and 3 nights in countryside; daily breakfast; 3 one course dinners Days 2, 3 and 4; fully escorted coach tour Days 2-5; entrance fee to Northern Lights Centre Reykjavik; geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana; visit to the Lava and Volcano Centre; Northern Lights guided hunt on foot on one selected evening; Northern Lights Hunt kit flashlight blanket and thermos of hot cocoa Day 3 or 4; Northern Lights 'wake up call' option during the night when at countryside hotels; Blue Lagoon entrance and bathing fee and towel rental; return airport/hotel coach transfers. 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1947.00
Single AUD$ 2358.00

Includes: 5 nights accommodation in standard rooms in 3 star hotels all with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavík and 3 nights in countryside; daily breakfast; 3 one course dinners Days 2, 3 and 4; fully escorted coach tour Days 2-5; entrance fee to Northern Lights Centre Reykjavik; geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana; visit to the Lava and Volcano Centre; Northern Lights guided hunt on foot on one selected evening; Northern Lights Hunt kit flashlight blanket and thermos of hot cocoa Day 3 or 4; Northern Lights 'wake up call' option during the night when at countryside hotels; Blue Lagoon entrance and bathing fee and towel rental; return airport/hotel coach transfers. 

 

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