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Tour code: WT5

Small group tour, maximum of 20

£3339 (double/twin/triple room), £3755 (single room)

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

Prices are person, excluding flights

Chase the Northern Lights on foot, by boat, by coach and by snowmobile on this small group (maximum 20 people) winter adventure.  Activities on offer include glacier hiking, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, walking in a lava field, a monster truck tour, snowmobile and exploring Iceland’s longest ice cave.  You will travel to West Iceland, tour the spectacular Golden Circle and South Shore routes and visit the Vatnajökull National Park (Europe’s largest) and the awe-inspiring Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

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

Transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavík International Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík where you spend the first night. Depending on your arrival time, we can offer suggestions on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

DAY 2 (Wed): BLUE LAGOON, LIGHTHOUSES & AURORA HUNT (220 km)blue lagoon 4

At 09:00, meet your guide and explore the Reykjanes peninsula with its many unusual geological features and moon-like landscapes and stop for three hours at the famous Blue Lagoon to soak in its warm geothermal water. You then continue to the Reykjanes folk & maritime museum for an insight into the past lives of Icelanders. Next door to the museum are two beautiful lighthouses. During the two-hour journey to West Iceland, your tour guide will provide you with information about the Northern Lights and how best to photograph this magical natural phenomenon. The next two nights are spent at the Icelandair Hotel Hamar, near Borgarnes in West Iceland. After dinner, head out into the darkness, perhaps to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs and check if the Northern Lights are visible.

DAY 3 (Thu): ICE CAVE EXPLORATION & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY (170 km)

BON.ice.cave.transport.June.2015 busToday, you will travel by coach and an 8-wheel drive monster truck to Langjökull glacier, the second-largest in Iceland.  Here, you will enter one of the world’s largest man-made ice caverns – an extensive system of tunnels and chambers that stretch almost 300m into the solid ice cap towards a breathtaking natural ice cave at the heart of the glacier.  As you walk further along the tunnel, the ice gets older and its colour gradually changes from white to deep blue. Later, you will explore Borgarfjörður, known as the “Saga Valley” because of the many important historical events which took place there.

 

2b. Hraunfossar waterfall geology westYou will also visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which produces 180 litres per second of water at a temperature of 97° C.  Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls, pouring from beneath a wide lava field and, nearby, is Barnafoss – the “Children’s Falls” – with its tragic history. In the evening, there’s another chance to search for the Northern Lights, followed by a relaxing soak in the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs.

DAY 4 (Fri): GOLDEN CIRCLE, SNOWMOBILE TOUR (180 km)

Travelling along the Hvalfjörður fjord, the day’s sightseeing begins at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the world’s first parliament. You then follosmowmobilew the famous Golden Circle route, visiting Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34m into the Hvítá river, and is one of the most beautiful of Iceland’s many waterfalls. From here, and after lunch, join an exciting snowmobile tour (two people per snowmobile)  on the Langjökull glacier. From there, the final stop of the day is the Geysir geothermal fields with its array of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser, from which all others take their name, is now dormant but, nearby, is Strokkur (“the Churn”) which erupts every few minutes. Overnight and dinner is at Hotel Gullfoss, a small countryside hotel in South Iceland. Tonight, you can look for the Northern Lights from the grounds of the hotel, and experience a winter wonderland amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

DAY 5 (Sat): KERIÐ VOLCANO AND GLACIER HIKE (230 km)

kerid crater 2 crater geologyHeading along the South coast, your first stop is at the explosion crater Kerið, which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. You continue to Skógafoss which, at 60m high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon, you will take a hike (easy to moderate) along the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue which extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations and you will explore a wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses.  Your guide will teach you about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature and explain how to use basic equipment such as crampons and an ice axe. The duration of this activity is about three hours in total, with around 90 minutes on the ice and a 30-40 minute walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge. The minimum age is 10 years. You need to bring warm, waterproof clothing and hiking boots. You will stay for the next two nights at the Icelandair Hotel Vik in South Iceland. After dinner, join a torch-lit walk to the black lava beach and look out for the Northern Lights.

DAY 6 (Sun): VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON (400 km)

jokulasarlon lagoon ice bergs seals nature ice groupA long drive brings you to Jökulsárlón, a spectacular glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, where you might be lucky enough to see seals swimming in Arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, you spend time in Europe’s largest National Park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s biggest glacier. In the evening, there’s a film presentation about the Northern Lights.

DAY 7 (Mon): SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK, PERLAN DINNER & NORTHERN LIGHTS BOAT TOUR (200 km)

Leaving Vík, you travel to Reynisfjara, a black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves. Further west, is the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon, you return to Reykjavík for a short city tour and some free time to explore Iceland’s capital on our own.  A farewell dinner will take in a gourmet restaurant, followed by a 2-3 hour Northern Lights hunt by boat away from the city lights. Around midnight you return to Icelandair Hotel Natura for one last night.

DAY 8 (Tue): DEPARTURE (50 km)

Transfer by Flybus shuttle to Keflavík Airport for your flight home.

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfers by Flybus shuttle
  • Fully-escorted, 6-day coach tour with English speaking guide
  • 7-nights accommodation in superior tourist-class hotels with breakfast
  • 1x lunch (day 4), 3x 2-course dinners (days 2, 4, 6), 3-course farewell dinner (day 7), 5x midnight refreshments
  • Entrance fee at Reykjanes folk & maritime museum
  • Entrance (with towel) at Blue Lagoon
  • Monster truck tour and Ice Cave exploration on Langjökull glacier
  • Glacier hike in South Iceland
  • Admission to Kerið volcanic crater
  • Northern Lights boat tour (no refund if cancelled – but bus tour offered if weather conditions are suitable)
  • A programme of talks, presentations, a film and guided Northern Lights searches
  • Use of non-slip snow & ice grippers and torch

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.

DEPARTURES:

  • 10, 17, 31 October 2017
  • 7, 14  November 2017
  • 16, 30  January 2018
  • 13, 27  February 2018
  • 13, 27 March 2018
  • 3 April 2018

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

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