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Hidden Powers & Northern Lights of Iceland

6 days
5 nights

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Comfort Departures(Nov 2019? Feb and Mar 2020
$ 1,525.00 (Single)
$ 1,170.00 (Double)
$ 1,125.00 (Triple*)
Comfort Departures(Dec 2019
$ 1,595.00 (Single)
$ 1,225.00 (Double)
$ 1,175.00 (Triple*)
Quality Departures(Oct 2019
$ 1,835.00 (Single)
$ 1,380.00 (Double)
$ 1,295.00 (Triple*)
Quality Departures(Nov-Dec 2019, Jan-Apr 2020
$ 1,730.00 (Single)
$ 1,320.00 (Double)
$ 1,240.00 (Triple*)

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Comfort Departures
$ 1,595.00 (Single)
$ 1,225.00 (Double)
$ 1,175.00 (Triple*)
Quality Departures
$ 1,730.00 (Single)
$ 1,320.00 (Double)
$ 1,240.00 (Triple*)

Quality category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included.

In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel. In the Countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area.

Comfort category: These are pleasant and economical standard hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and
breakfast included. Generally, 3 star or equivalent both in Reykjavíkand countryside.

Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

*Please note hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

Dates:

Oct 17, 2019 - Oct 22, 2019 
Oct 31, 2019 - Nov 05, 2019 
Nov 07, 2019 - Nov 12, 2019 Comfort Accommodation
Nov 12, 2019 - Nov 17, 2019 
Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 19, 2019 
Dec 05, 2019 - Dec 10, 2019 
Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019 Comfort Accommodation
Jan 09, 2020 - Jan 14, 2020 
Jan 16, 2020 - Jan 21, 2020 
Jan 30, 2020 - Feb 04, 2020 
Feb 04, 2020 - Feb 09, 2020 
Feb 06, 2020 - Feb 11, 2020 Comfort Accommodation
Feb 11, 2020 - Feb 16, 2020 
Feb 13, 2020 - Feb 18, 2020 
Feb 18, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020 
Feb 20, 2020 - Feb 25, 2020 
Mar 03, 2020 - Mar 08, 2020 
Mar 05, 2020 - Mar 10, 2020 Comfort Accommodation
Mar 10, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020 
Mar 17, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020 
Mar 19, 2020 - Mar 24, 2020 
Mar 26, 2020 - Mar 31, 2020 Comfort Accommodation
Apr 02, 2020 - Apr 07, 2020 

Hotels:

Quality Category
This tour stays in comfort hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four- and three-star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change. 

Day 1 - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 2 - Hotel Selfoss / Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Day 3 - Hotel Klaustur
Day 4 - Hotel Klaustur
Day 5 - Fosshotel Reykjavik 

Comfort Category
This tour stays in economical hotels with private bathrooms, generally standard three-star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 - Fosshotel Lind/ Fosshotel Raudaura / Hotel Skuggi
Day 2 - Hotel Selfoss
Day 3 - Fosshotel Nupur / Hotel Kria
Day 4 - Fosshotel Nupur / Hotel Kria
Day 5 - Fosshotel Lind/ Fosshotel Raudaura / Hotel Skuggi

Included:

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • Icelandic Breakfast (except arrival day)***
  • 3 One-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea Day 2, 3, 4)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
  • Instructions and assistance with setting up your camera for photographing the northern lights (day 2)
  • Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
  • Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour  emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Highlights & Experience:

  • Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique wonders
  • View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and  Reynisfjara Beach
  • Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
  • Experience the amazing variety in Iceland’s landscape, with volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
  • Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Iceland—and our planet
  • Walk along the banks of the amazing, iceberg-filled Glacier Lagoon
  • Take stunning photographs at the dramatic Diamond Beach
  • Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Learn how Icelanders use geothermal power, including for baking ( Winter 2019-2020 departures)
  • See famous Icelandic volcanoes and their impacts on the area around them
  • Relax each evening in specially-selected, quality hotels with private facilities
  • Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
  • Take advantage of great value with included meals and activities
  • Hunt for northern lights (weather permitting)

Itinerary:

Discover the unforgettable hidden powers that helped shape Iceland on this best-selling tour!  Experience first-hand the island’s natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting.

Day 1  : Arrival in Iceland

Arrival at the Keflavik airport. We would be happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers as transfers to/from the airport are not included.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steamthat rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Day 2  : Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Northern Lights Centre - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. If you have a camera, the staff at the center will also show you how to capture northern lights on film and help you with adjusting the settings for this.

Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.

Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church.

During the day you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s especially delicious slathered in Icelandic butter.

If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.

Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.

Day 3  : Iceland’s South Shore – Eyjafjallajokull Volcano- Southeast Iceland

Waterfalls – Lava Centre - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre‘s cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.

Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both of them are a “must-see” for photographs. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss falls.

Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland.

Dinner and overnight stay in Southeast Iceland.

Day 4  : Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Western Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe, and the total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.

Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5  : Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon

Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breath-taking sea waves, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region.

The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Day 6  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.  Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

Notes:

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants 

Maximum group size: 36 participants.

*Please note that northern lights are dependent on weather conditions.  Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We do not recommend escorted tours for children 5 years old and younger.

Not Included (All departures):
Breakfast on arrival day
International airfare
Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
Guaranteed late check-out
Any service not specifically listed under "included"