Northern.Lights.3..2.Feb.2016
(5 days/4 nights)

Tour code: WT2

£927 (double/twin/triple room), £1133 (single room)

**New Year Departure please contact us for more information 

We recommend a triple room for 2 adults travelling with 1 child

Prices are per person, excluding flights

Mid-Atlantic ridge winter ice golden circleThis short break takes you to some of Iceland’s most famous sights – including the Golden Circle and Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon – and provides an introduction to the country’s restless geology, while offering ample opportunity to search for the magical Aurora Borealis in remote areas away from light pollution.  Accommodation is in simple, tourist-class hotels and cottages.

DAY 1 (Sun): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)

Transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavík International Airport to the Fosshotel Baron (or similar) in Reykjavík for your first night. Depending on your arrival time, we can offer suggestions on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

Classic.strokkur.bright.sky (1) golden circle geyserDAY 2 (Mon): THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE (220 km)
At 08:30 meet your tour guide for a short introduction to Icelandic geology and a visit to the Reykjavík Volcano House to watch a short film documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010, which caused major disruption to international air travel.  You then drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site where the Althing, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was founded. Thingvellir is geologically significant too, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Then it’s on to the Geysir hot springs area with its bubbling mud pools.  The geyser from which all others take their name is now dormant but, nearby, is Strokkur (“the Churn”), which erupts every few minutes.  Next, you travel to Gullfoss (the “Golden Falls”), one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls.  Your final stop is at the explosion crater Kerið which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. In the evening, your guide will explain about the Northern Lights before you venture outside to search for them.  Your accommodation is in the simple Árhús Cottages in the village of Hella in South Iceland.

DAY 3 (Tue): VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON (385 km)
jokulsarlon april 07 BP icebergs glacial lagoon south eastA long drive today brings you to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating blue icebergs. If you are lucky, you may even see seals swimming in the Arctic waters. You can also walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs become stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park, at around 12,000 square kilometres, is the largest in Europe and is home to Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe’s largest glacier. Tonight there will be a film show about Northern Lights and another chance to search for them in this remote location away from areas of light pollution.  Your accommodation is the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (or similar).

 

DAY 4 (Wed): SOUTH COAST (305 km)017Eyjafjallajokull
Today, you head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík where you can take a stroll on the black lava beach and see the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. You will pass the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and continue to Skógafoss which, at 60m high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west you reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There’s a trail that goes behind the falls which you can take – if you are prepared to get wet! In the evening you return to Reykjavík for a last night in Iceland’s capital. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot if weather conditions are favourable.

DAY 5 (Thu): DEPARTURE (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Daily driving: The total distance covered on this tour (excluding airport transfers) is 910 km (188 miles), which is an average of 303 km per day. You will spend about four hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances.

Please note: In rare cases, a change of programme may be necessary should road and weather conditions make it impossible to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities may be cancelled. In this case, no refund will be given but your tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where possible.

Nature fees: It is possible that some of the natural sites visited on this tour may charge a small entrance fee. These are not included in the price and must be paid locally on the day.

Maximum group size: 30

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers by Flybus shuttle
  • Fully escorted 3-day coach tour with English-speaking guide
  • 4-nights accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages withs breakfast
  • 2x 2-course dinner and 2x midnight refreshment on Days 2 and 3
  • Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
  • Multi-media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
  • A programme (2 evenings) of talks, presentations, a film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of simple, non-slip snow & ice grippers and a torch

DEPARTURES

** NEW YEAR For the departure on December 28, join the fun as 2018 approaches.  A stunning New Year’s Eve celebration in Reykjavik city, there is a 4-course festive dinner on the ground floor at Harpa Concert Hall, with views from the building across the bay. As the New Year approaches, the evening continues with a tour by bus of the Christmas lights and New Year’s Eve bonfires, and finishing with the enormous firework display at midnight. For a countryside New Year’s Eve experience, look at our Northern Lights Budget Break tour. Please contact us for details and prices for this departure.

  • 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October 2017
  • 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2107
  • 3, 10, 17, 28** December 2017
  • 7, 14, 21, 28  January 2018
  • 4, 11, 18, 25  February 2018
  • 4, 11, 18, 25  March 2018
  • 1, 8  April 2018

**New Year Departure please contact us for more information

To book, or to check availability, please contact us here

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