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Hidden Powers And Northern Lights

7 days
6 nights

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PER PERSON :

$ 2,155.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,650.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,560.00 (triple occupancy)

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

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

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.

Dates:

Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 02, 2020 

Hotels:

Day 1 - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 2 - Hotel Klaustur
Day 3 - Kría Hotel Vík
Day 4 - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 5 - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 6 - Fosshotel Reykjavik

This tour stays in Quality-level 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.

Included:

  • Guided Coach Tour day 2 - 4 and day 6
  • Expert local English-speaking guide day 2 - 4 and day 6
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 3 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)***
  • 2 One-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea (Day 2, 3)
  • 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 6)
  • Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 2)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 4)
  • New Year’s Eve Grand Dinner at Grand Hotel Reykjavík on New Year’s Eve, including 5 course dinner with paired wines, musical entertainment and guided evening visit to bonfire. (Day 5)
  • Round-trip unguided transfers between hotel and Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve (day 5)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • 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 Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

*** Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.

Also (Added Value):

Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2-3 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

Not Included:

  • 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"

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
  • 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
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Iceland with a gala dinner
  • 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. Enjoy a great introduction to the Land of Fire Ice, plus one extra day included to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik

Day 1  : Arrival in Iceland

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Hidden Powers and Northern Lights” itinerary.

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 steam that 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  : Iceland’s South Shore – Eyjafjallajokull Volcano- Southeast Iceland

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart for the tour. 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.

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.

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.

Options: Northern Lights Centre - Waterfalls – Lava Centre - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches
Day 3  : Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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. Head to your hotel in Vik for your overnight.

Options: Western Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Day 4  : Vik - Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

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.

Options: Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon
Day 5  : New Year’s Eve Celebration

Breakfast at your hotel. The day is open for your own activities. Please keep in mind that many shops and restaurants close around noon today, but your hotel should have a list of places that are open during the afternoon today. We’re also happy to suggest and book tours for you.

This evening there is an unguided transfer to the Grand Dinner at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik. A staff member from Iceland Travel will meet your group in the hotel lobby and be on hand to help with locating the transfer bus. Enjoy the Gala evening celebrations.

Grand Evening Program at Grand Hotel Reykjavik:

17:00 (5:00pm) - Aperitif - Sparkling wine and strawberries.
17:45 (5:45pm) - Five -course dinner begins, including selected wines
20:30 (8:30pm) - Guided coach visit to view the bonfire in the suburb of Kopavogur. This is one of the largest New Year’s Eve bonfires in Iceland.
21:45 (9:45pm) - Return to hotel.
22:00 (10:00pm) Icelandic charcuterie and dessert course is served
23:45 (11: 45pm) - Hateigur Room on the 4th floor opens. Sparkling wine and canapes served. Watch the fireworks from the balcony. Countdown to midnight.

After the celebration, a bus will bring you back to your hotel. You can choose to stay longer and make your way back on your own, but please note the unguided transfer will not be refunded.

Day 6  : Thingvellir - Geysir – Gullfoss

Happy New Year! Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day with a drive 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.

Head back to Reykjavik for your overnight. Dinner is on your own. Several restaurants offer a special New Year’s Day dinner, so this is a nice evening to enjoy a festive dinner on your own.

Options: National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls
Day 7  : 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:

Language: English

Maximum size: 36 participants

Dress for the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner is formal

Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions, and sightings are not guaranteed

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions

Minimum age: 6 years old. We do not recommend this tour for young children due to the late night activities on New Year's Eve.