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(6 days / 5 nights with extension available to 8 days / 7 nights)

£2750 (double/twin/triple room), £3270  (single room) for the 6-day tour.   Tour Code: WT3A

£3590 (double/twin/triple room), £4391 (single room) for the 8-day tour.   Tour Code WT3B

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

Prices are per person, excluding flights

 

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This small (maximum 16) group tour, from one of our Icelandic partners, uses first class hotels, offers two seats per person on the coach and features unique “soft adventures”.  Highlights include a visit to the Reykjavik Cheese School, a crab feast, langoustine dinner, wellness spa experience, micro brewery tour and educational Northern Lights program.

 

DAY 1 (Sun): ARRIVAL (50 km)

On arrival at Keflavík Airport, transfer by Flybus shuttle (please ask us about private transfers) to the 4* Hotel Marina in central Reykjavík, where you will stay in a superior room. We will be happy to suggest some ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

DAY 2 (Mon): REYKJAVÍK, CHEESE & SKYR SCHOOL, NATIONAL PARK & FONTANA STEAM BATHS (150 km)

Hallgrimskirkja.landscape reykjavikfood-tour-cheese-workshopAt 09:00 meet your guide for a tour of the world’s most northerly capital, starting at the Hallgrímskirkja church – the city’s most iconic landmark – which offers panoramic views from its 74.5m high tower. At lunch you will learn about – and sample – a range of Icelandic cheeses and skyr, a dairy product unique to Iceland which is similar to fromage frais. In the afternoon, depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site where the Althing, the oldest legislative assembly in the World, was founded. The last stop today is at the Fontana spa in Laugarvatn, where healing geothermal heat simmers directly from the ground, after which you continue to the luxury country Hotel Grímsborgir, in south Iceland, for a three-night stay.

After a gourmet dinner, your tour leader will offer you a guide to the Northern Lights and teach you how best to photograph this spectacular natural phenomenon. Afterwards, you will be invited to head out into the darkness – or soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs – to check if the Northern Lights are visible.

DAY 3 (Tue): WATERFALLS, GEOTHERMAL POWER, MEET THE LOCALS & LANGOUSTINE FEAST (200 km)

IGeysir.geothermal.area.bright.winter.day golden circlen the morning you visit the spectacular Gullfoss or “golden falls“ and the Geysir geothermal park with its hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but, close by, Strokkur (“the Churn”), erupts every few minutes. The next stop is at the 55m deep, water-filled explosion crater, Kerið, and there will be an opportunity to boil an egg in a hot spring and taste steam-baked bread – one of the region’s culinary specifood-tour-salads-and-saltsalties.  Then it’s on to the seaside villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki with their many old and colourful houses.  You are then invited to a private tour around a local folk museum and an historic wooden church in one of Iceland’s prettiest coastal villages. If you’re feeling brave, there’s a chance to taste shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin (“Black Death”) schnapps. After a langoustine dinner at a nearby restaurant, you can watch for the Northern Lights before returning to the hotel.

 

DAY 4 (Wed): EYJAFALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO AND GLACIER HIKE FOR BEGINNERS (280 km)

Team building group ice glacierTravelling along the south coast, your first visit is to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss where, if you don’t mind getting wet, you can take the trail that goes behind the waterfall. Further east, you stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about living next to a glacier and the activskogarfoss troll waterfall south geologye volcano which caused such disruption to international air travel in 2010.  Nearby is Skógafoss which, at 60 metres high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Next you can choose between taking a guided walk, suitable for beginners, on a nearby glacier (total walking time about 3 hours) or continuing on the coach to explore a black lava beach with bird cliffs.

After dinner at your hotel, there’s a video presentation 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 them shimmering across the night sky.

DAY 5 (Thu): VIKING SHIP, MOON LANDSCAPES, CRAB FEAST & BLUE LAGOON (220 km)

 

blue lagoon winter copyThe last full day takes you along a road less travelled to the Reykjanes peninsula with its unusual geological features, hot springs,  moon landscrab food artcapes, bird cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages. Included is a visit to the Viking Ship and History museum to learn about the Viking expansion across the North Atlantic. Lunch is a seafood and crab feast which is followed by a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. Your package includes the use of a towel and a bathrobe, a drink of your choice and a volcano scrub or an algae mask. The whole group is then invited to a farewell dinner, with delicious local lamb as the main course, at the Northern Light Inn – an excellent location, as its name suggests, to hunt for the Aurora – where you stay for your final night.

DAY 6 (Fri): DEPARTURE FOR 6 DAY / 5 NIGHTS ITINERARY (23 km)

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time before taking the airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

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DAY 6 (Fri): EXTENSION ITINERARY FOR THE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS TOUR

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A free day to explore Iceland’s capital, visit museums, do some shopping, or take an optional whale-watching tour. This evening, there is a Northern Lights hunt by boat. The tour takes 2.5 – 3 hours and departs from Reykjavik’s old harbour.

DAY 7 (Sat): SUPER JEEP TOUR TO EXPLORE THE HIGHLANDS, GLACIERS, CAVES AND FJORDS (350 km)

Today you explore West Iceland on a full day Super Jeep adventure. The stunning scenery includes the ice of the great Langjökull glacier and the fire of one of the country’s most active geothermal areas. This is Iceland in a nutshell. Before heading back to Reykjavík, there’s a stop at one of Iceland’s micro-breweries for a guided tour and to sample the product. Overnight is at the Hotel Marina in Reykjavík.

DAY 8 (Sun): DEPARTURE (50 km)

snowy.backdrop.winter.rvk.city.pond reykjavikDepending on your flight schedule, you may have some time to explore Reykjavík further before taking the Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
  • Fully escorted 4-day coach tour with an English-speaking guide and 2 seats per person on the coach
  • Five nights accommodation in first-class hotels, including breakfast
  • 2x lunch + 4x 3-course dinner, including langoustine dinner and seafood and crab feast
  • Welcome cocktail at Hotel Grímsborgir and Northern Light Inn
  • Entrance to observation tower at Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík
  • Visit and seminar at cheese & skyr school in Reykjavík
  • Entrance with towel at Fontana steam baths
  • Entrance to Kerið volcanic crater
  • Meet the locals and guided tour in Hveragerði, including egg boiling and hot steam bread tasting
  • Meet the locals and private tour at folk museum and historic church in South Iceland
  • Shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin (“Black Death”) schnapps tasting
  • Visit to multi-media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Centre
  • Especially-designed glacier hike for beginners
  • Entrance to Viking Ship and History Museum
  • Experience Package at the Blue Lagoon, including entrance fee, towel, bathrobe, a drink of your choice and a volcano scrub or an algae mask
  • Northern Lights programme during four evenings, with a combination of talks, presentations, a film and guided searches for  the Northern Lights and midnight refreshments
  • Use of equipment including non-slip snow & ice grippers and torches

The 2-night extension programme also includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in first-class hotel, including breakfast
  • Northern Lights fjord cruise
  • Super Jeep adventure (8-9 hours) in west Iceland, including beer tasting at local brewery

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 (Sundays): 

  • 8, 22 October 2017
  • 5, 19 November 2017
  • No December departures
  • 14, 28 January 2018
  • 4, 11, 18, 25 February 2018
  • 4, 11, 18, 25  March 2018
  • 1 April 2018

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

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