(3 days/2 nights) Tour Code: WG516
£1075 per person (minimum age 8)
Leaving the city lights and traffic behind, this tour takes you out into the wilderness where the weather and travelling conditions dictate how your adventure will proceed. After a pick-up from your accommodation in , you head towards the valley of Thjorsardalur and an encounter with the Hekla volcano, one of the most active in Iceland which, in the Middle Ages, was believed to be the gateway to hell. After a lunch stop at the Hrauneyjar Highland Centre, you enter the highlands proper at Fjallabak Nature Reserve.
Driving through vast, snow-covered lava fields and past a series of lakes, you finally reach Landmannalaugar and your accommodation, a large mountain lodge. The lodge is heated by geothermal energy and there are spacious, shared sleeping areas with bunk beds and sleeping bags, a large kitchen and cosy sitting area. WCs are in an outbuilding. You can relax in a hot pool while your driver-guide prepares dinner from Icelandic ingredients, which you will eat by candlelight. If the sky is clear, this is an ideal location from which to view the Northern Lights.
The next morning, take a refreshing dip outdoors in warm geothermal water followed by breakfast and planning for the day ahead, Depending on conditions, this could include a snowmobile tour, local hiking in the beautiful surrounding area or a Super Jeep ride into the surrounding countryside. If this all sounds too much, then you can spend the day simply relaxing in the pool – in the middle of nowhere! At the end of the day, enjoy another Icelandic evening meal, very possibly a barbecue, and if the conditions are favourable sightings of the Northern Lights.
Returning to on Day 3, you follow the must-see route, visiting the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area, where Strokkur (“The Churn”) erupts every few minutes, and Thingvellir National Park, site of the world’s first parliament and stunning clear water lake. You should arrive back in in the early evening. If you don’t see the Northern Lights during this trip, arrangements will be made for complimentary trip for you at the first available opportunity.
Please note: weather and road conditions play a big part in this tour and travelling times can vary greatly. The price includes two breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch and the snowmobile ride (safety helmets supplied) when conditions allow. You should bring layers of warm clothing with a waterproof coat and sturdy, waterproof hiking boots, plus a swimsuit and towel and slippers for inside the lodge.
Departures: November – mid-April (Sundays only)