Travel from Reykjavik to Iceland’s glacial lagoon, largest icecap, volcano area, geysers and frozen waterfalls, staying in remote locations for the best chance to view the Northern Lights
Reykjavik - 2 nights
Hveragerði Area - 1 night
Hnappavellir - 2 nights
Selfoss Area - 2 nights
The two eruptions of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, whilst restricting visitors in the short term, awakened greater interest in Iceland’s incredible natural forces. Images of the Northern Lights above the erupting volcano, although unlikely to be repeated, are a reminder that Iceland is one of the best places to view this amazing natural phenomena above its dramatic landscapes. The glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón with icebergs gleaming white, cobalt blue or jade green (fans of James Bond will remember it from ‘Die Another Day’), lies in Vatnajökull National Park, which includes the island’s largest icecap (8% of Iceland and the largest outside polar regions). Pushed into the lagoon by the glacier tongue, icebergs travel a few hundred metres on Iceland’s shortest river to the sea, then wash up on the black beach, creating a memorable spectacle.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Thingvellir
1 Lunch and 6 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 7 - 25
Day 1 Fly to Reykjavik. Two nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Saga Hotel. (D)
Day 2 A Reykjavik Card is provided for free use of local buses and free entry to the thermal pools (we suggest Vesturbæjarlaug, 10 minutes walk from the hotel) and main museums such as the National Museum. Optional visit to the Blue Lagoon (£125). (B)
Day 3 Enjoy a Golden Circle tour to Gullfoss, Iceland’s mightiest waterfall, the hot spring area dominated by Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. Overnight at the 3-star Hotel Eldhestar near Hveragerði. (B, D)
Day 4 Visit Reynisfjara black volcanic beach, Systrafoss waterfall and Dverghamrar ‘Dwarf Cliffs’. Two nights at the 4-star Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in Hnappavellir. Travel to Skaftafell or Jökulsárlón, hoping to view the Northern Lights. (B, D)
Day 5 Visit Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and the ‘iceberg beach’. Hike to Svartifoss waterfall (about 1½ hrs, weather permitting) and Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue. (B, D)
Day 6 Visit the Lava centre, Vik and its black beach, Skógar Folk Museum and Skógafoss waterfall. Two nights at the 3-star Hotel Borealis in a remote area near Selfoss. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Visit Hjálparfoss waterfall, the turf building and fishermen’s homes. Visit Eyrarbakki’s Maritime Museum, town of Hveragerði and its Hot Spring Garden. (B, D)
Day 8 Visit the Reykjanes Peninsula and the bridge over the Eurasian/North American continents. Return flight. (B)
Success in viewing of the Northern Lights is not guaranteed.
Some walking on snow covered terrain is involved and visits are subject to local conditions and weather.
On occasion the evening drive on Day 4 may operate on alternative days depending on optimum weather conditions.
A 4-star hotel, 10 minutes’ walk from the centre and well-located opposite the National Museum. Restaurants, bar and WiFi (free). 209 rooms with spectacular views, private facilities, safe, mini-fridge, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A comfortable, ‘eco-friendly’ hotel on a riding farm, home to the unique Icelandic horses. Restaurant, bar, outdoor hot tub, WiFi (free) and 26 rooms with private facilities, TV and small terrace with access to the exterior.
A newly built hotel between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 104 rooms with private facilities and hairdryer.
A 3-star hotel located a short drive from Thingvellir National Park, set in a remote area great for viewing the northern lights. Restaurant, bar, jacuzzi and WiFi (free). Rooms with private facilities and hairdryer.
per person in a twin/double room
Icelandair from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £445
Icelandair Economy Comfort from £445
Icelandair Saga Class from £695
Blue Lagoon £125
Arrival transfer add £24
Departure transfer with group included
Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 dinners, 24-hour Reykjavik Card, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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