- 18, 19, 21, 23, 25-27 and 29 November
- 21-24, 27-31 January
- Five breakfasts
- Private minibus with free Wi-Fi
- Accommodation: guesthouse (3 nights), hotel (2 nights)
- Golden Circle (Thingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara Rocks
- Vatnajokull Glacier Walk
- Reykjavik Walking Tour
- International flights
- Travel insurance
Day 1: Reykjavik
Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. The world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean, and boasting a vibrant art and nightlife scene, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling. Why not arrive early and head to the National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the 9th century, when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled, to the present day, or join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.
- Accommodation: hotel (1 night)
Day 2: Golden Circle / Hvolsvollur Area
Depart Reykjavik early this morning and follow the route of the 'Golden Circle'. Visit Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland's first parliament, founded in 930, and a geological wonder where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Next, head to Iceland's Geysir geothermal area, where you'll see the Strokkur geyser shoot water 30 metres into the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as Golden Falls, before continuing on to the Hvolsvollur Valley, where you'll spend the night on an Icelandic farm that has been converted into a guesthouse. Far away from the city lights, the guesthouse is an ideal Northern Lights base. If the skies are clear tonight, why not take a stroll out into the snow and look skywards for the dancing green lights.
- Accommodation: guesthouse (1 night)
- Included activities: Golden Circle (Thingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
- Special Information: total driving distance approximately 250 kilometres / 4 hours. Please note that while there is a good chance of seeing the lights of the aurora this far north, there is no guarantee, as they are a natural phenomenon and weather conditions and overall activity can affect visibility. There are a number of apps you can download that show current and forecast activity of the aurora around the world. Some of these apps have a function that allow you to be alerted at night when the aurora becomes visible in your current location. Remember to pack warm clothes, as temperatures can drop to below –5°C.
Day 3: South Coast / Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Start the day with a trip to the eerily beautiful Skógafoss waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Skógafoss is a giant of a waterfall, 25 metres wide and also dropping down 60 metres. You can get up close and feel its power, and also climb a (long) windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. On a sunny day you should be able to spot a rainbow or two in the spray. Continue along Iceland's South Shore to take in more of the country’s renowned natural wonders. From the stepping-stone rock formations of Reynisdrangar, the promontory of Dyrhólaey, and the night black sand beach of Reynisfjara, this is one of the country's most scenic regions. En route you will pass the lava of the Laki eruption of 1782 to 1783. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a stunning sea of floating icebergs whose blue contrast with the charcoal coloured sand of the beach. Stop for the night at a farm stay on the South Coast. Weather permitting, there will be another opportunity to step outside and witness the natural wonders of the Northern Lights tonight.
- Accommodation: guesthouse (1 night)
- Included activities: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Skogafoss Waterfall, Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara Rocks
- Special Information: total driving distance approximately 350 kilometres / 5 hours
Day 4: Vatnajokull Glacier / Vik
Today you'll take a walk on Europe's biggest ice cap – Vatnajokull – which has around 30 glaciers flowing out from it. No experience is necessary to partake in the hike. It’s sobering to think that the glacier is retreating due to rising world temperatures, and in some years the glacier may be gone. Alternatively, if you would like to opt out, just embark on a hike to the glacier's tongue or return to the glacier lagoon at Jokulsarlon or Fjallsarlon. If you prefer a relaxing morning you can explore the surroundings of the farmstay and head to the Thorbergur Centre. Later on today, journey on to the black sand seaside town of Vik for lunch. With the sea on one side and high cliffs on the other, this dramatically positioned quaint little village is Iceland's most southerly mainland settlement.
- Accommodation guesthouse (1 night)
- Included activities: Vatnajokull Glacier Walk
- Special information: total driving distance approximately 250 kilometres / 3-4 hours. Please note that today's glacier walk is dependent on weather conditions. In order to be able to fit the ice crampons you will need to wear high ankle shoes.
Day 5: Reykjavik
This morning we make our way to the beautiful waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, and then back to Reykjavik. Upon arrival take a short guided walk of Reykjavik to get an enhanced appreciation of the city around its landmark attractions and points of interest. Visit the old harbour, the city centre and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church. Iceland's capital has an eclectic arts and music scene, an abundance of quirky cafes and a laid-back vibe. Perhaps browse some of the city's great art galleries. If you feel like something more active, you can take an optional ride on an Icelandic horse or see killer whales just off-shore on a whale watching expedition. Alternatively, if you haven't had enough of the Northern Lights yet, you could head out of town to chase them again this evening, or while away the hours with a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Whatever you choose, tonight perhaps gather together your fellow Icelandic adventurers and celebrate the end of this Northern Lights Escape.
- Accommodation: hotel (1 night)
- Included activities: Reykjavik Walking Tour
- Optional activities Blue Lagoon $ISK11000, Settlement Exhibition $ISK1700, Saga Museum $ISK2200, Whales of Iceland Museum $ISK2900, Maritime Museum $ISK1700, Harpa Concert Hall (free), Volcano House $ISK1790, Perlan Museum $ISK3900, Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths $ISK3800, Nauthólsvík Thermal Beach (free), Fludir Secret Lagoon $ISK3000, Lava Tunnel Tour $ISK11400
- Special information: total driving distance approximately 200 kilometres / 3 hours
Day 6: Reykjavik
Today is departure day and time to say 'sjaumst'. As there are no activities planned, you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is at midday
Note: Iceland can be extremely cold at this time of year. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. There may be the rare occasion where your leader has to alter the itinerary and activities due to the weather. In this case an alternative will be offered.
Valid from Sep 4, 2019
Expires Sep 25, 2019
Bookings are essential and must be made by 25th September 2019. Subject to availability. International flights not included. Valid for travel dates 18, 19, 21, 23, 25-27 and 29 November and
21-24, 27-31 January. Must be used in 1 visit. Deal valid for one person on a twin share basis i.e. two vouchers must be purchased at this price. Contact merchant directly for a single supplement fee. Includes: Five breakfasts, Transport, Private minibus with free Wi-Fi, Accommodation: guesthouse (3 nights), hotel (2 nights). Excludes: international flights, personal expenses & anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Travel insurance is compulsory. Passports must be supplied at time of booking. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. No refunds unless required by law, no cashback. No cashback. Not to be used with other offers.
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