Escorted Tour and Northern LightsIceland
From $1,275 USD
December 27, 2020 - January 2, 2021
7 Days / 6 Nights
Hidden Powers & Northern Lights-New Years, 6-day journey to Iceland’s Natural Wonders, Geology, History, hot springs bathing and Northern Lights hunting.
Hidden Powers & Northern Lights-New Years, this extraordinary 7-day journey allows you to witness first-hand Iceland’s amazing natural forces and experience the powers of Iceland’s world-famous southern coast. We’ll show you beloved places such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano. Take a relaxing swim in the geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon and hunt for magical Northern Lights excellent locations.
December 27, 2020 - January 2, 2021
December 27, 2020
- from $2,285 per person in double room
- from $2,925 single room
- Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 4 and day 6
- Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
- Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
- 4 nights Grand Hotel Reykjavik or similar
- 2 nights Hotel Klaustur in spectacular scenery
- Icelandic Breakfast daily (except arrival day)*
- 2 x Two-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside (main course and dessert) with coffee/tea Day 2, 3)
- Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Center (day 2)
- Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
- Visit and introduction to an Icelandic Search Rescue Team Base on one of the days during your trip
- Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 4)
- Gala Dinner and festivities on New Year's Eve (day 5)
- Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
- 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 headlight, blanket and a hot drink)
- Customer care service during office hours
- 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
- Northern Lights "wake-up call" option during the night on days 2-4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)
- International and domestic air fare
- Breakfast on arrival day
- Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
- Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
- Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
- Beverages, snacks, lunches and dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
- Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time is usually 14:00)
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Quality category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included.
In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel.
In the Countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.
Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.
Day 1 – Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Day 2- Hotel Klaustur
Day 3- Hotel Klaustur
Day 4- Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Day 5 - Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Day 6 - Grand Hotel Reykjavik
- Minimum age: 6 years. We do not recommend this tour for young children due to the late night activities on New Year's Eve.
- All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
- Maximum group size: 36
- Additional nights in Reykjavik, pre-and post tour
Day 1 ARRIVAL
December 27, 2020
Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik 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. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.
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. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It's also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.
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.
Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.
Day 2 SOUTH SHORE - EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL - SOUTHEAST ICELAND (B, D)
28 December, 2020
Northern Lights Center – Waterfalls – Lava Center – Glacial Views – Black Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you at the hotel around 8:45am. Please be in the lobby with your luggage, ready for a great day in South Iceland!
Start the adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Center. Get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You'll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film. It's also possible to get assistance from the staff in adjusting your camera’s settings for northern lights photos.
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 roaming in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Center, 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 Center'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 Eyjafjallajökull (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. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie. It has an interesting history geologically, and it just may also be hiding some buried treasure from the Middle Ages.
We'd like you to meet some of our best countrymen with a visit to an Icelandic Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) base. We Icelanders are very proud of our rescue teams. Thousands of Icelandic volunteers dedicate themselves to work for ICE-SAR rescue teams and assisting in accident prevention programs. Their joint mission is to prevent accidents and save human lives. ICE-SAR serves in both Icelandic and international rescue efforts. Meet some members of the team and get an introduction to the unique ICE-SAR program.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjökull 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 Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland. The snows of winter make this landscape into something very mysterious.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. Approximate distance: 279km / 173mi
Day 3 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK - JÖKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON (B, D)
29 December, 2020
Western Europe's Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You'll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east.
Visit Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure that camera is loaded and ready!) 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 Svinafellsjökull, one of the most beautiful glacial "tongues" that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajökull. Visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.
After an amazing day, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Approximate distance: 259km / 161mi
Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area
Day 4 VIK - HVERAGERDI - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJAVIK (B)
30 December, 2020
Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves – Geothermal Lagoon
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 flower 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 open for you to enjoy your own activities. Approximate distance: 359km / 223mi
Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 5 REYKJAVIK - NEW YEARS EVE (B, D)
31 December, 2020
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 enjoy the Gala evening celebrations at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik!.
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.
Day 6 REYKJAVIK - GOLDEN CIRCLE (B)
1 January 2021
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – The Famous Golden Falls
Happy New Year! Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you at the hotel around 8:45am.
Start the adventure with a visit 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. This is a place that makes us Icelanders very proud of our heritage, and your guide will show you some of the amazing sites here. You might even have the rare chance to walk between two continents!
Continue on 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 "city" 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. Visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. You’ll have the chance to taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It's especially delicious slathered in sweet Icelandic butter.
Head back to Reykjavik for your overnight. Dinner is on your own. Several restaurants offer special New Year's Day dinner, so this is a nice evening to enjoy a festive dinner on your own. Approximate distance: 230km / 143mi
Day 7 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)
2 January, 2021
Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The 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. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!