iceland tour: Land of Northern Lights

Regular Group Touring, Northern Lights & Winter Fun
Economical introduction to Iceland
5 days
Sep - Apr
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"Our guide Gunnar was a very experienced guide/driver and made us feel comfortable whatever the weather. His passion about his country was evident by the wealth of knowledge he shared with us along the journey about various different aspects of Iceland, from culture, history, geography and even politics. And the best part, we managed to see the Northern Lights on our second night in Hella! Thoroughly recommend this tour." -Ifvarandus, UK, 2018. 

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.  

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrival 
Transfer by aiport coach from Keflavík International Airport to your hotel. 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 10th Century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik. 

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 from the darkness of 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 Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which lies 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 experience is needed- your expert glacier guide will teach you how to use the crampons and ice axe, and will be with you at all times. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. Duration 3hrs being approx. 90mins on the ice and 30-40min walk (each way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself.The glacier hike is booked via your tour guide and must be paid for locally in cash- the curent cost is around ISK 15,000 per person. 

If you do not 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 Reynisfjara, 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 Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle:  Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal Fields
This morning, we visit a local horse stable 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 Reykjavik Departure
Transfer by coach from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport and end of arrangements.

Departures 2018: 
13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 September 
02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 October 
01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 November 
04, 06, 11, 13, 18 and 29* December

*the 29 December 2018 departure has a special New Year itinerary and additional costs

Departures 2019: 
03, 08, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31 January
05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28 February
05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28 March
02, 04, 09 and 11 April

Includes:  Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach; 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (2 nights in Reykjavík, or similar and 2 nights in the countryside); fully escorted 3-day bus tour with English-speaking guide; 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.

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

This tour is offered with Budget accommodation being Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik (or similar) and Árhús Cottages, Hella or with Comfort accommodation being Klettur Hotel Reykjavík (or similar) and Hotel Stracta, Hella. 

Maximum group size 40 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1430.00
Single AUD$ 1681.00

Includes:  Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach; 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (2 nights in Reykjavík, or similar and 2 nights in the countryside); fully escorted 3-day bus tour with English-speaking guide; 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

The prices shown here are for the tour with Budget accommodation being Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik (or similar) and Árhús Cottages, Hella.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1814.00
Single AUD$ 2598.00

Includes:  Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach; 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (2 nights in Reykjavík, or similar and 2 nights in the countryside); fully escorted 3-day bus tour with English-speaking guide; 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

The prices shown here are for the tour with Comfort accommodation being Klettur Hotel Reykjavík (or similar) and Hotel Stracta, Hella. 

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