An excellent opportunity to explore beautiful South Iceland at leisure for Northern Lights hunting including the stunning Iceberg lagoon to the east, the less visited western Snaefellsness peninsula with all of the highlights of the Golden Circle together with the world-famous and luxurious Blue Lagoon.

Perfect for you if you’d like a really varied escorted travel programme with contrasting landscapes, soft adventure opportunities such as volcano walking and cultural visits, all with a professional guide. For mid-winter trips, there is also on option to explore an ice cave in the Vatnajökull glacier.

 

 

8 days/7 nights

Northern Lights Explorer: Tour code WT21

Departures September 2019 to April 2020. Arrive in Iceland on a Tuesday (small group), Friday or Sunday (larger group)

 

Day 1: ARRIVAL AND WELCOME

International flights to Iceland arrive at Keflavik airport, and we’ll have arranged with you in advance the details of your time of arrival and transfer to the hotel. It’s usually about a 45-minute journey from the airport, and while you travel though the Reykjanes peninsula it’s a great opportunity to get a feel for how different a place Iceland is! Depending on the time of your arrival, we will be happy to suggest some ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital, perhaps a Northern Light Hunt, an introduction to Iceland, or a great place to eat.

 

Day 2: WEST ICELAND WELCOME

After breakfast, depart in the company of your English-speaking guide for a tour of the city of Reykjavik, and then travel north towards the town of Borgarnes where you’ll be staying for 2 nights. This area of west Iceland is popular for its sagas, waterfalls and for the beautiful crater at Grábrók, which is well worth the short hike for the great views from the top. In the evening there’s a Northern Lights lecture followed by time to enjoy the night sky from the darkness of the hotel garden.

Day 3: SECRET SNAEFELLSNESS

This area is one of Iceland’s hidden gems, especially in the winter when its wide variety of landscapes are often picked out by the snow and the ocean, cliffs and lava fields show off their subtle winter colours. The day includes visits to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur with a fjord cruise on Breiðarfjörður Bay, a small farm which produces one of Iceland’s most infamous delicacies and to the iconic and much photographed mountain Kirkjufell. In the evening there are more tips on photographing the Aurora and time in the garden to search the sky for their appearance, which you can also do from the warmth and comfort of the hotel hot tubs.

Day 4: GOLDEN CIRCLE PLUS

As you travel west to east today, you’ll take in the whole of the Golden Circle with extra stops for hot spring bread from the geothermal area that is also home to ‘Strokkur’, Iceland’s much-loved geyser. There’s a short and worthwhile walk between the tectonic plates in the Thingvellir National Park and also views of the stunning gorge and waterfall at Gulfoss. To end the day, there’s a stop to see a geothermal tomato farm, all under glass, together with a stable visit to meet some of Iceland’s most adorable horses. Your overnight stay is another countryside hotel with dark skies and so the chance to look out and up before retiring to bed.

Day 5: SOUTH ICELAND, GEOLOGY AND RURAL LIFE

A chance to be enjoy some interactive geology and volcano experiences awaits this morning, followed by a contrasting visit to an outdoor and indoor museum of rural life. In between there’s a beautiful waterfall to see, and then on the way to Vik and the black sand beach there are views to the left of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. From Vik, the landscape begins to change as you cross wide sandy desert and lava fields with the huge mountains of the Highlands ahead. At the tiny village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, in the Vatnajökull National Park region, you’ll stop for a 2-night stay. This hotel is also located in darkness and therefore ideal for Northern Lights searching.

 

 

Day 6: JOKULSARLON ICEBERG LAGOON AND ‘DIAMOND’ BEACH

Making the journey to Jökulsárlón like this is really one of the best ways to do it: less time travelling and more time on location, so you’ll have plenty of time to take in the scale and beauty of the glaciers, mountains, the lagoon, icebergs and the beach. The day also includes a visit to see a very tiny church next to some old turf houses that were lived in until quite recently. Between November and March there’s the chance to take an additional and very special tour into the Vatnajökull ice cave. It’s a 4×4 ride, a hike and you need to be well equipped for the conditions inside a dripping ice cave. Arrangements to book this are made on Day 2 of this tour, see below for more information on prices, and ask us for more details. Please don’t confuse this with another popular trip to go inside a glacier, which is open all year, please ask us for more on this too. Once again, there’s time in the evening to scan the night sky for the Northern Lights.

Day 7: SOUTH SHORE, BLUE LAGOON AND REYKJAVIK

Today’s journey returns along the South shore following the coast from Vik all the way to Reykjavik where there’s time for some shopping and free time. Along the way you’ll visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall which cascades over high cliffs into a beautiful plunge pool. In the evening, it’s off to the Blue Lagoon for a well-earned and relaxing soak in the famous milky blue waters of this famous geothermal spa, a farewell dinner and final Northern Lights hunt. You’ll be back at your hotel at about midnight.

Day 8: DEPARTURE

We will have arranged with you either the details of your departure and transfer to the airport, or your plans to spend more time in Reykjavik before you leave.

 

INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms with private ensuite, in comfort tourist hotels
  • 6 days’ escorted tour with and English-speaking guide or driver-guide
  • Excellent record of 85-95% success in Northern Lights sightings
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Maximum group size of 45 guests in the large group tour
  • Maximum group size of 16 guests in the small group tour
  • 8 x substantial breakfasts
  • Traditional Icelandic Farewell Dinner (Day 7)
  • Entrance fee to all visits included in the itinerary
  • Fjords cruise at Stykkisholmur
  • Entry to shark curing farm
  • Hot spring tasting of geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Entry to geothermal tomato farm and horse stable
  • Entry to exhibition and film at Lava centre
  • Entry to geothermal greenhouse and horse stables
  • Entry to rural life museum
  • Entry with a towel to the Blue Lagoon
  • Northern Lights Programme
  • Free wifi on the bus
  • Snow and ice grippers and flashlights (winter departures)
  • Your pre-travel questions answered
  • Your documentation, travel information pack, detailed itinerary and travel vouchers
  • 100% financial protection guarantee
  • Price per person from £1775 (large group) and £2540 (small group)

 

WHY NOT ADD THESE?

  • An extra day to explore more of Reykjavik
  • More time to visit locally or further afield
  • Ask us more about the Ice Cave visit on Day 6 OR about the visit inside the glacier
  • Welcome to Iceland: private meet and greet with direct airport transfers
  • Please ask us about booking flights and ATOL protection for your holiday

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks and meals other than those listed
  • Your flights to and from Iceland
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single room supplement

 

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