Overview

Reykjavik - 2 nights
Hveragerði Area - 1 night
Hnappavellir - 2 nights
Selfoss Area - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

ICE & LIGHTS

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

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. 

Key Features

Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Thingvellir
1 Lunch and 6 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 7 - 25

 

Special Event

Gourmet Dinner or Geothermal Taste

An aperitif and a gourmet dinner served at the restaurant of the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel on Day 1 (until Mar 2020). Enjoy a tasting of rye bread, buried in the geothermal ground for 24 hours, plus boiled eggs, herring and a glass of Geysir schnapps (from Nov 2020). 

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)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

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.

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Icelandair from Heathrow

Date Price
February 6 £2495
March 12 £2495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £445

Flight Options

Icelandair Economy Comfort from £445 
Icelandair Saga Class from £695 

Optional Excursions

Blue Lagoon £125

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival transfer add £24
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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