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Northern Lights & Glacier Lagoons - 5 days

Depart from Reykjavik between October and April when the Northern Lights are at their best on a 5 day quest to find them. Learn about the infamous Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, explore glacial lagoons, black sandy beaches and stunning waterfalls and explosive geysers!

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Reykjavik: Capital of Iceland
Hella: Icelandic countryside for Northern Lights hunting
Vik: Lava fields, black lava beach and Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Golden Circle: Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vatnajokull region: Vatnajokull NP, glaciers, icebergs and Northern Lights viewing
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Home to the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week

Included

4 breakfasts, 2 dinners and midnight refreshment
Arrival and Departure Transfer with FlyBus from Keflavik Airport
Transportation in heated coaches with free Wi-Fi on board
Visit to a multi media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavik
Use of winter and Northern lights explorer equipment simple non-slip snow and ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating a photo camera at night
4 nights simple 3 star and Cottage Accommodation
Services of an English Speaking Icelandic Guide
Entrance to Kerid volcano crater
Northern Lights programme during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights and midnight refreshments

Not Included

International Flights and Visas
Gratuity for your tour guide. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

Reykjavik. Welcome to Iceland and the start of your Northern Lights adventure! Your transfer to your accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Reykjavik

Day 2

Golden Circle

Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Hella. This morning we get a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010. At the Volcano House you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on we depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded.

Continuing on we explore the hot springs at Geysir, these natural springs bubbling away in the ground before exploding in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers in the area and while Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and one of Iceland's most beautiful.

This evening, we hear all about the Northern Lights from our tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.
Overnight: Hella  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Lagoons & Parks

Hella - Jokulsarlon - Vatnajokull NP - Vatnajokull region. After breakfast we begin a long drive to a world of glaciers and icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. We explore this extraordinary site on the lookout for seals swimming in the cold waters. We can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.

The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and is the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier.

Tonight we enjoy a movie presentation about the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
Overnight: Vatnajokull NP  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Lava Field & Volcanoes

Vatnajokull region - Vik - Eyjafjallajokull - Seljalandsfoss - Reykjavik. Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vik where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland, passing the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull continuing to Skógafoss waterfall.

Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. Those wishing to get a bit closer can take a trail that goes behind the falling water but be prepared to get wet! In the evening you return to Reykjavik for one last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot, if the weather conditions are ideal. We stay for one night in Iceland's capital.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Reykjavik

Today our Northern Lights Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.
Breakfast

New Year's & Northern Lights

If you fancy being in Iceland for New Year's this year and want to go in search of the Northern Lights then our New Year's and Northern Lights tour may be just the ticket. It includes everything that the Northern LIghts & Glacier Lagoons tour does but in addition to this you will spend New Year's eve having a four course dinner at the impressive Harpa Concert Hall restaurant located on the harbour. As well as dinner you'll visit one of the city's massive bonfires and be back at the restaurant in time for midnight when Reykjavik turns on its amazing displays of fireworks.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Pre Accom - Northern Lights & Glacial Lagoons
USD $145
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Post Accom - Northern Lights & Glacial Lagoons
USD $145
USD $100

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Fosshotel Baron, Reykjavik

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated in the centre of Reykjavik, the Fosshotel Baron is a classic Icelandic hotel with excellent facilities. Guest rooms are cosy with comfortable beds, televisions and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from complimentary Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast. Warm soup and baked bread is also available at a small charge for all guests from 5 - 10pm everyday - great for those winter evenings.

Arhus Cottages, Hella

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Hella, Arhus Cottages offer comfortable and homely accommodation just a stones throw from the famous Ranga River. Guest cottages have an alpine style to them and are complete with en suite facilities, fridge and kitchenette. Arhus also has a restaurant and bar that serve up a delicious array of local and international dishes as well as refreshing Icelandic beer. Why not grab a warm tipple and sit outside on the decking whilst waiting for the Northern Lights to appear? Located in the middle of the small countryside town of Hella in Southern Iceland.

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

One of Fosshotel's newest additions, the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon has an envious position between Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and either ocean or mountain views. They are equipped with modern amenities and beautiful en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. There is also a bar to relax in at the end of the day.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 10 recent reviews

The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable on the country and the information was presented in a pleasant and entertaining way. Also despite the poor weather she worked hard to give us the best experience possible. The tour organisation was very good and delivered the promised experience with the exception of the Northern Lights - we did 't even see any stars - cloud and rain! Obviously not the tours fault and we'll have to return.

• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
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He was excellent! Very knowledgeable and funny.

• Submitted 05 Dec 2016
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Wonderful tour and tour guide. Martina was great - very knowledgable, friendly and humorous.

Despite the awful weather, Iceland was absolutely wonderful.

Only things which could be improved on would be:

1. Remove the volcano and northern lights films. Not really needed.

2. The hotel in Reykjavik wasn't the best - they're renovating, so I'm sure it'll be better in future.

But overall a really great tour.

• Submitted 23 Nov 2016
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Boga was a phenomenal tour guide. Very friendly, informative, and great about keeping everyone on schedule so we could maximize our experience on the trip.

• Submitted 09 Nov 2016
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An absolutely wonderful tour. We were very happy with everything. The places we visited and the things we saw. We only wish it was for longer.

Our only negative feedback was the bus. It was a little old.

• Submitted 13 Oct 2016
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We really enjoyed the tour. Tour leader and driver where wonderful and worked well as a team.

• Submitted 10 Oct 2016
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This tour was amazing! We saw so much of Iceland in such a short time and everything ran very smoothly. I was very happy with the accommodation we stayed in and the meals were great too. Petur was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgable about everything to do with Iceland.

We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights I was so happy. Would highly recommend your tour to all of my friends / family :)

• Submitted 23 Mar 2016
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The tour guide was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and witty. We travelled in comfortable heated coaches which had the bonus of efficient wi fi. We saw a lot of Icelands beautiful countryside which was enhanced by the snow...and we were lucky enough to see the lights which were magical! Accommodation is basic but comfortable enough and more importantly warm! The only thing we missed on this tour was the blue lagoon which in retrospect we should have booked for our one extra day's stay in Reykjavik. By the time we decided that we wanted to go it was fully booked...so worth booking well in advance. All in all we had a great holiday!

• Submitted 05 Mar 2016
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Wonderful tour. Absolutely no complaints. Throughout the tour Heike was informative, and clear about what we were doing, seeing, etc. Even when the bus was blown off the road from the wind, the bus driver did a great job of handling the bus, no one was hurt? Heike handled the crisis calmly and efficiently. Within 20 minutes we were taken to another hotel to wait out the wind, and for the bus to be rescued, etc. Heike handles all arrangements for our comfort and to get us back to Reykjavik to meet our outgoing flight in good time. In fact, all through the trip we were impressed with Iceland's infrastructure.

This trip was beyond our expectations in all ways--sightseeing, food, engaging with fellow tourists, and all of the Icelanders were spoke with.

• Submitted 16 Dec 2014
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The tour was excellent because of a wonderful driver/guide, good itinerary and almost perfect weather considering the time of year. Unfortunately, though we tried hard to see the Northern Lights, they were just a whitish blur in the sky and only green using a time exposure on a tripod. I wish the tour had been longer but we did get to see a lot of Iceland's Southern coast.

• Submitted 08 Nov 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Reykjavik
Ends
Reykjavik
Departs
Sundays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Reykjavik, Hella, Skaftafell, Kirkjubajarklaustur
Countries
Updated
4th September 2017

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The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable on the country and the information was presented in a pleasant and entertaining way. Also despite the poor weather she worked hard to give us the best experience possible. The tour organisation was very good and delivered the promised experience with the exception of the Northern Lights - we did 't even see any stars - cloud and rain! Obviously not the tours fault and we'll have to return.

Phillip Cox