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BEST SELLER for the last five years

Standard group: £1748 (double/twin/triple room); £2210 (single room).  Tour Code: WT4A

Small group: £2525 (double/twin/triple room); £2987 (single room).  Tour Code: WT4B

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

 Prices are person, excluding flights

This best-selling, fully-escorted coach holiday, organised by one of our Icelandic partners, is available as a standard (maximum 45) or small (maximum 16) group tour. Aimed at maximising opportunities to see the Northern Lights, the trip takes in the west, south and southeast of Iceland. Regular standard group departures are on Sundays and Fridays between October and April  and small group departures are on Tuesdays between October and April.

DAY 1 (Sun/Tue/Fri): ARRIVAL

On arrival at Keflavík Airport, transfer by Flybus shuttle to a Centerhotel in Reykjavík. We can provide you with some ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

DAY 2 (Mon/Wed/Sat): REYKJAVÍK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY (245 km)

viking winter sculpture reykjavikAt 09:00, meet your guide for a tour of Reykjavík before heading west to the Borgarfjörður, or “Saga Valley”, where many significant historical events took place. Here, you can climb a volcanic crater and warm yourself at Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which produces 180 litres of water per second at a temperature of 97°C. Stop at a series of waterfalls before arriving at the Hotel Hamar in Borgarnes, where you will stay for two nights. The afternoon includes an introductory talk about the Northern Lights and, after dinner, you step outside to search for them.

 

DAY 3 (Tue/Thu/Sun): SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE (250 km)

snaefellsjokull.for.ESS.ICE.west.snaefellsness panelThe Snæfellsnes (“peninsula of the snowy mountain”) juts out from Iceland’s west coast and is, in many ways, a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs along its length. Arriving in Stykkishólmur, you take a lunch cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord, after which there’s time to explore this charming fishing town with its old wooden houses and sheltered harbour. A uniquely Icelandic “treat” awaits you at Bjarnarhöfn, where you can sample hákarl or fermented shark!  Today, the guide will give you some practical tips on how to photograph the Aurora. Once darkness falls, and if conditions allow, you can head outside to view the Light,s which may also be encountered while soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

DAY 4 (Wed/Fri/Mon): GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL COOKERY & ICELANDIC HORSES (220 km)

Today, you travel along the scenic shores of the Hvalfjörður fjord before turning inland to visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and location of the world’s first parliament. Continuing along the Golden Circle route, you reach the Geysir geothermal field with its hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but, nearby, is Strokkur (“the Churn”) which erupts every few minutes. Here you will be offered bread, freshly baked in the hot ground, with Icelandic butter, geothermally-boiled eggs, and herring – best served with a small glass of ice-cold schnapps. Then it’s on to Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”), a double waterfall that tumbles 34m. In the afternoon, you will learn about the unique breed of Icelandic horse and visit a geothermal greenhouse before reaching Hotel Hekla in south Iceland and heading out in search of the elusive Northern Lights.

DAY 5 (Thu/Sat/Tue): NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL (220 km)

iceland erupts volcano geologyTravelling eastwards along the south coast, today’s first stop is at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about life beside a glacier and the active volcano whose eruption in 2010 caused much disruption to international air travel. Next, you visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts as well as some turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss which, at 60 meters high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon you can take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. The next two nights are spent at Foss Hotel Nupar  in the Vatnajökull National Park (the largest in Europe), where there is minimal light pollution, ideal for Northern Lights hunting.

DAY 6 (Fri/Sun/Wed): SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER (280 km)

jokulsarlon april 07 BP icebergs glacial lagoon south eastToday is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. You travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, which is filled with floating icebergs, to explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see some seals swimming in Arctic waters. You can walk on the black, sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, visit the tiny turf church at Hof. In this area are situated Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. Tonight, you can enjoy a film about the Northern Lights. Don’t go to bed too early in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss another chance to see the Northern Lights shimmering across the night sky. New for 2017/18 is an optional visit to the Blue Ice Cave in the Vatnajokull National Park.

 

DAY 7 (Sat/Mon/Thu): SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK & BLUE LAGOON (370 km)

Geothermal Spas

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, cross the Eldhraun lava field for a photo stop in the village of Vík with its impressive black lava beach, high bird cliffs and pounding waves. Heading west, you arrive at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss where, if you don’t mind getting wet, you can take the trail that goes behind the waterfall. In the afternoon, return to Reykjavík for a couple of hours’ free time to do some more sight-seeing, shopping or simply to relax. In the evening, there’s the chance to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner in a local restaurant in Grindavik or Sandgerdi and one last nocturnal tour to encounter the Aurora before reaching the Centerhotel  in Reykjavík around midnight.

DAY 8 (Sun/Tue/Fri): DEPARTURE (50 km)

Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík.

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (ask us about private transfers)
  • Fully-escorted 6-day bus tour with English-speaking guide
  • Seven nights accommodation in comfortable, tourist-class hotels and guesthouses with private facilities (including breakfast), plus one lunch and a farewell dinner
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including lunch; visit to traditional shark curing farm; tasting of geothermally-cooked bread and eggs; visit to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse; visit to multi-media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Centre; Skógar Folk Museum and turf houses
  • Entrance (with towel) to the Blue Lagoon
  • Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn
  • A programme of talks, presentations, a film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
  • Use of non-slip snow & ice grippers and torches

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 (Standard group tour – Sundays): 

  • 1, 15, 29 October 2017
  • 12, 26 November 2017
  • 3 December 2017
  • 7, 21  January 2018
  • 4, 18  February 2018
  • 4, 18  March 2018
  • 1, 8  April 2018

DEPARTURES (Standard group tour – Fridays):

  • 6, 13, 20, 27  October 2017
  • 3, 10, 17, 24 November 2017
  • 1 December 2017
  • 5, 12, 19, 26  January 2018
  • 2, 9, 16, 23  February 2018
  • 2, 9, 16, 23, 30   March 2018
  • 6  April 2018

DEPARTURES (Small group tour – Tuesdays):

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

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

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