cottage in the country

(5 days/4 nights)  Tour Code: WT1

Hotel & Cottages: from £752 (double/twin/triple room); £887 (single room)

Hotel upgrade, no cottages: £977 (double/twin/triple room); £1448 (single room) 

Triple rooms are recommended for 2 people travelling with a child

** For New Year departures please contact us for prices and details

Optional glacier hike available

Prices are person, excluding flights

This group tour (maximum 40 people), from one of our Icelandic partners, offers excellent value for money. The first and last nights are spent in a guesthouse in Reykjavík, the second and third in simple cottages in South Iceland, in an excellent area for Northern Lights hunting. Upgraded hotel accommodation is available.

 

DAY 1 (Tue/Thu): ARRIVAL (50 km)

On arrival at Keflavík Airport, transfer by Flybus shuttle to Hote Cabin – or upgrade to Centerhotel Plaza (supplement applies) – in Reykjavík. Depending on the time of your arrival, we will be happy to suggest some ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

DAY 2 (Wed/Fri): REYKJAVÍK CITY TOUR, THE BLUE LAGOON & REYKJANES PENINSULA (220 km)

At 09:00 meet your guide for a tour of the world’s most northerly capital before setting off for the Reykjanes peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, there’s a chance to soak in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. You will stay for two nights in the simple Árhús cottages in South Iceland which are equipped with a shower and WC, a small kitchenette and free WI-FI. There is a restaurant on site and a supermarket and a public swimming pool are within walking distance.You may choose to upgrade to the nearby Hotel Stracta.  In the evening, your guide will tell you about the Northern Lights before, if conditions allow, you head outside to wait for them to appear. If they do so after you have retired to bed, the cottages offer a wake-up call to those guests who register for this service at Reception.

DAY 3 (Thu/Sat): SOUTH ICELAND (200 km)

Today you head along the South coast, stopping near the active volcano that lies beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If you’re prepared to get wet, there’s a trail that goes behind the falls. Next stop is the Skógar folk museum, which contains several turf-built houses and gives an insight into Iceland’s past. Nearby is one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls, the 60m high Skógafoss.  In the afternoon, we offer an optional glacier hike (minimum age 10 years) led by an experienced guide*.  All necessary equipment – such as crampons and an ice axe- is provided, although you will need to bring warm, waterproof clothing and hiking boots.   You will spend around 90 minutes on the ice (with a 30-40 minute, one-way walk from the parking lot) and will learn about the formation, behaviour and impact of glaciers.  Those who have not booked the hike will continue on to Reynisfjara near Vik, where you can stroll along the black lava beach to see the bird cliffs.   In the evening, there will be a second presentation about the Northern Lights followed by, if conditions allow, another chance to see them in the large and dark grounds surrounding the cottages.

DAY 4 (Fri/Sun): HORSES AND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (210 km)

In the morning, you will learn about the history and special qualities of the unique breed of Icelandic horse, followed by a visit to a geothermal greenhouse, used for growing tomatoes. Then you take the spectacular Golden Circle tour, starting at the Geysir geothermal park with its hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur (“the Churn”), which erupts every few minutes. Next, it’s on to Gullfoss, or “Golden Falls”, one of the most beautiful of Iceland’s many waterfalls, and the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location of the world’s first parliament, before you return to your accommodation in Reykjavík for the last night. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked on the spot if weather conditions are ideal.

DAY 5 (Sat/Mon): DEPARTURE (50 km)

Transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation to Keflavík Airport.

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus
  • Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • 4 nights budget accommodation in rooms with private shower/WC, including breakfast
  • Entrance, with towel, at the Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Shuttle bus from Hotel Cabin to central Reykjavík at 19:00 and back at 22:00 on days 1 & 4
  • Northern Lights programme during 2 evenings with a combination of talks, presentations, a film and guided searches for the Northern Lights, plus midnight refreshments
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers for shoes and a torch

Meals: Breakfast is included while lunches and dinners are at your own expense. In Reykjavík, there are plenty of restaurants offering everything from fast food to fine dining. The restaurant at Árhús Cottages provides a limited a la carte menu with a choice of fish, meat or vegetarian main courses. Lunch stops are made at small country restaurants or petrol station diners.

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.

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.

DEPARTURES (Tuesdays):

NEW YEAR** For the tour departing on December 29, you are invited to join in with the countryside New Year’s Eve celebration based in the village of Hella. This will be an informal celebration with drinks and food and a chance to enjoy a very local event. On January 1st, when you return to Reykjavik, there’s a gourmet dinner in the evening to celebrate the start of 2018. For a city experience for New Year’s eve, please see our Aurora, Ice and Fire tour.

  • 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October 2017
  • 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2017
  • 5, 12, 29** December 2017
  • 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 January 2018
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 February 2018
  • 6, 13, 20,27  March 2018
  • 3,10  April 2018

** For New Year departures please contact us for prices and details

DEPARTURES (Thursdays): 

  • 5, 12, 19, 26 October 2017
  • 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2017
  • 7, 14 December 2017
  • 4, 11, 18, 25  January 2018
  • 1, 8, 15, 22  February 2018
  • 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2018
  • 5, 12  April 2018

 

For bookings, or to check availability, please contact us here

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