Hidden Powers & Northern Lights Hunt

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From $1,295 USD
October 5, 2017 - April 5, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights

Discover South Iceland's hidden powers of icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes. Enjoy Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Glacial Lagoon and hunt for Northern Lights.

Overview

Discover South Iceland's raw natural wonders on this escorted 6-day coach tour. Icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate the islands beautiful, yet rugged landscape. Experience the hidden powers of nature, enjoy views of the notorious Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the breath taking Glacial Lagoon. With several nights in stunning rural locations, you'll be perfectly situated to hunt for the magical Northern Lights dancing over the clear Arctic sky.

Operation

October 5, 2017 - April 5, 2018

Departure

English departures 2017 October 5, 10, 12, 19, 24, 26 November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 30 December 7, 12 English departures 2018 January 9, 11, 18, 25 February 1, 13, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 13, 22, 29 April 3, 5 English / French guided departures: October 31, 2013 / January 16, 2014 February 13, 2014 / March 13, 2014

Price

  • October 1 - 31, 2017
  • from $1,375 per person in double room
  • from $1,735 single room
  • November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018
  • from $1,295 per person in double room
  • from $1,580 single room

Included

  • 2 nights Hotel in Reykjavik
  • 3 nights at countryside hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 3 x One-course dinners with coffee/tea (days 2, 3, 4)
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik
  • Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana
  • Visit to the new Lava Centre
  • Viewing of "Eldmessa", a short film about the Laki eruption in 1783-1784
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 3 or 4 (flashlight, blanket & thermos of hot drink)
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot, one selected evening
  • Northern Lights wake up call option during the night (available at countryside hotels)
  • Blue Lagoon bathing fee + towel

Not Included

  • International flights & Airport taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Meals (other then breakfast)
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (can be rented on site)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 persons.
  • Maximum group size: 36 participants
  • Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair, offering direct flights from Seattle!

Tour Options

  • Airport transfers with Flybus
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional dinner package of 3 x 3-course dinners in the countryside, $90 p.p. Must be booked in advance

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Individual arrival in Iceland. Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | National Gallery | The Sun Voyager | Perlan | Parliament House

Day 2 THINGVELLIR - GEYSIR - GULLFOSS (B)

Northern Lights Centre - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls
Start the day by visiting the recently opened and fascinating Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.

Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. Drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where we experience a geothermal bakery first hand and dig up bread that has been cooked underground. Sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter.

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. Overnight in the south coast area.

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Thingvellir

Day 3 SOUTH SHORE - EYJA FJALLAJOKULL VOLCANO (B)

Waterfalls - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Centre
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is 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 new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.

Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, and admire the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Vik

Day 4 SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK - JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON (B)

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Today enter the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Europe. The park's Skaftafell region is a site of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull glacier.

View Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull.

Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft) deep glacial lagoon. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Day 5 HVERAGERDI - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJAVIK (B)

Greenhouse Village - Thundering waves - Geothermal Lagoon
Explore the region near the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today.

Head towards 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. The tour then continues to Strandarkirkja, a church that is widely believed to have special power to aid success or provide good luck. Follow along the coastline with its breathtaking waves and through a deserted community that once was a flourishing centre for the region.

On to 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.

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Highlights: Hveragerdi | The Blue Lagoon | Reykjanes

Day 6 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

After breakfast check-out and departure. Transfer to the international airport (not included).

Highlights: Reykjavík | Reykjavik City Museum | Kjarvalsstadir | National Museum | Laugardalur

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