iceland tour: Nature's Treasures

Escorted, Northern Lights
West Iceland's history & landscapes
5 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 historic  Reykholt. At night, look out for the fabled Northern Lights, in the hopes that the elusive colours will dance across the night 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 onwards to Borgarfjordur, an area rich in natural wonders and Viking history and discover some this history at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned medieval chieftain and Icelandic Saga writer, Snorri Sturluson.  Then view the powerfully churning waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area.

Then visit nearby Krauma, a new natural geothermal resort where you can relax in soothing “fire and ice” baths, with a blend of water from Deildartunguhver’s pure hot springs and from pristine glacier rivers.The day ends with a scenic visit to 2 exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss.  Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal! Dinner and overnight in the Borgarfjordur area. In the evening, search for the Northern Lights - due to our location in West Iceland away from light pollution, you are in a prime position to hunt for these magical lights, 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 take a cruise across 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.

Then head along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell” this area will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption 250 AD). You'll see secluded fishing villages such as Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain, and the surrounding fjord where herring and orca whales live, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than 10 residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers us the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snaefelljokull National Park. Dinner and 2nd night in the Borgarnes area. Another chance tonight to hunt for the Northern Lights, if weather conditions yesterday were unfavourable.

Day 4: Thingvellir NP – Gullfoss – Geysir - Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Greenhouse and Horses
Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions. We visit dramatic Gullfoss Waterfall, then the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, an area alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents and exploding geysers. We also visit Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a geological wonder where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930. During the day, we also visit Fridheimar, a geothermally powered greenhouse, to learn how Icelandic farmers use geothermal energy for producing fruit and vegetables, even in winter time. The farm is also an Icelandic horse breeding farm, where you can meet the delightful horses up close and watch a riding demonstration (weather permitting). After an amazing day, we return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your leisure.   

Day 5: Departure
Coach transfer to Keflavik Airport and end of arrangements

Departures 2018:  12, 19 and 26 October; 02, 09, 16, 23 and 30 November; 07 December

Departures 2019: 25 January; 01, 08, 15 and 22 February; 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29 March; 05 and 12 April

Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day); 2 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast; Guided coach tour from Day 2 to Day 4; 2 x 1 course dinners with coffee/tea Days 2 & 3; Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening; Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3; Entrance fee to the Aurora Centre in Reykjavik Day 2; Entrance fee to the Akranes Museum Centre Day 2; Krauma Geothermal Baths entrance fee and towel rental Day 2; Boat cruise with Viking-sushi tasting Day 3; Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit Day 4

This tour is offered with Comfort accommodation being in Reykjavik a 4 star hotel and in the countryside the most comfortable accommodation available in each area. All accommodation has private facilities. 

Maximum 36 persons

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1791.00
Single AUD$ 2269.00

Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day); 2 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast; Guided coach tour from Day 2 to Day 4; 2 x 1 course dinners with coffee/tea Days 2 & 3; Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening; Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3; Entrance fee to the Aurora Centre in Reykjavik Day 2; Entrance fee to the Akranes Museum Centre Day 2; Krauma Geothermal Baths entrance fee and towel rental Day 2; Boat cruise with Viking-sushi tasting Day 3; Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit Day 4; return airport coach transfers.

The prices shown here are for the tour departures from 01 November 2018 to 30 April 2019

 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1823.00
Single AUD$ 2334.00

Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day); 2 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast; Guided coach tour from Day 2 to Day 4; 2 x 1 course dinners with coffee/tea Days 2 & 3; Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening; Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3; Entrance fee to the Aurora Centre in Reykjavik Day 2; Entrance fee to the Akranes Museum Centre Day 2; Krauma Geothermal Baths entrance fee and towel rental Day 2; Boat cruise with Viking-sushi tasting Day 3; Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit Day 4; return airport coach transfers.

The prices shown here are for the tour departures from 01 to 31 October 2018 

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