Iceland Complete – Winter Northern Lights Edition

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From $2,345 USD
February 12 - April 7, 2021
9 Days / 8 Nights

Iceland Complete – Winter Northern Lights Edition, 9-day escorted tour, the best of the Ring Road. Visit Golden Circle area, Glacier Lagoon and Myvatn.

Overview

Iceland Complete -Winter Northern Lights Edition, a long-time bestseller! This 9-day combines the best of the Ring Road with the enchanting beauty of an Icelandic winter. Witness the elusive Northern Lights’ exotic dance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Visit must-see attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Dettifoss waterfall and Myvatn Nature Reserve. Enjoy authentic local activities and delicious dinners.

Operation

February 12 - April 7, 2021

Departures

Wednesdays
October 14, 28, 2020
February 17, 2021
March 17
April 7

Price

  • October 14, 28, 2020
  • from $2,455 per person in double room
  • from $3,135 single room
  • from $2,395 triple room
  • February - April
  • from $2,345 per person in double room
  • from $2,945 single room
  • from $2,345 triple room

Included

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Welcome Meeting on the first evening of the tour
  • Quality category hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation*
  • 2 nights Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura 
  • 6 nights accommodation with private facilities in countryside
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily, except arrival day
  • 6 x three-course local cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea
  • Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiddalsvik (Day 4)
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum, including refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse show in Skagafjördur (day 7)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)
  • 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 blanket and headlight)
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while in Iceland
  • Value added: Northern Lights "wake-up call" option during the night on days 2- 4
    available at most countryside hotels

  • *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 - Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

    Day 2- Icelandair Hotel Vik

    Day 3- Hotel Hofn

    Day 4- Icelandair Hotel Herad

    Day 5- Sel-Hotel Myvatn

    Day 6- Hotel Siglo

    Day 7 -Icelandair Hotel Hamar

    Day 8- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 5) and Höfn (day 3)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in
    (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum number of passengers: 36 | Small groups maximum 16 persons
  • Minimum age: 6 years.  We do not recommend escorted tours for children 5 years old and younger
  • Excellent locally-based guides who know and are passionate about Iceland
  • This tour stays in Quality hotels with private bathrooms
  • Children 6-11 years traveling with 2 adults and sharing 1 double room will receive 25% discount from the listed price
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults
  • We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions
  • *Please note triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and Iceland Travel cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available.  Hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

Tour Options

  • Optional excursions - Book in advance; price is based on availability at booking time
  • Day 1 / Day 8 - Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbor, 3 – 3.5 hours
  • Day 3: Amphibian Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon
  • Day 3: Boat tour on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | 30 min
  • Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajokull glacier | 3,5 hours
  • Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths | Flexible time
  • Day 5: Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1,5 hours
  • Day 1 / Day 8 / Day 9 - Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, our guide will meet you and the group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Iceland Complete" 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. You might even consider booking a transfer that includes a visit to the Blue Lagoon. (Please note the Blue Lagoon entrance must be booked in advance - we can help with that!)

If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We would 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, 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.

Optional: Private airport transfer | Secret Lagoon and Northern Lights Hunt | Northern Lights Boat Tour | Northern Lights & Stargazing | Northern Lights Hunt - Super Jeep Tour

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura**** or similar

Day 2 GEYSIR - GULLFOSS - SKOGAR - DYRHOLAEY - VIK (B, D)

Exploding Geysers - Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you at the hotel around 8:45 am. Please be in the lobby with your luggage, ready for a great day in South Iceland!

After a quick introduction to our home city of Reykjavik, head to the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey and the black sand beaches of Iceland's South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.

If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a Northern Lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on one of the other evenings that you are staying in the countryside. Approximate distance: 325km / 201mi

Highlights: Hveragerdi | Geysir | Gullfoss | Reynisdrangar Cliffs | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Vik

Icelandair Hotel Vik**** or similar

Day 3 VIK - SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK - GLACIAL LAGOON - HÖFN (B, D)

Lava Fields - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! 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 out-washes as you head east. Visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial "tongues" that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajökull.

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.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Höfn, a fishing port in the shadow of Vatnajökull glacier.  Overnight stay in the Höfn area. Approximate distance: 285km / 177mi

Highlights: Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Skaftafell National Park | Höfn

Hotel Hofn**** or similar

Day 4 HÖFN - EAST FJORDS - EGILSSTADIR (B, D)

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Legendary Lake Monster

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Höfn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views. Keep your hand on your camera and also keep an eye out for wild reindeer, which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months. You will pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiddalsvik visit the local Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the beer. This is a quirky brewery in a charmingly rustic building. The local community came together to create the brewery. Meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small town, as well as how great beer is made. (Note- Brewery visit is in the 2020-2021 version of the tour)

The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland's largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine, and you'll enjoy some of it at dinner.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area. Approximate distance: 259km / 161mi

Highlights: Höfn | Egilsstadir | Djupivogur

Icelandair Hotel Herad**** or similar

Day 5 LAKE MYVATN AREA (B, D)

Highland Desert - Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful in its winter snows, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. We often feel like we are visiting another planet when we come here, and you may the same way. It's such a surreal experience!

Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. You will probably see why this area, especially during the wintertime, has been so popular for movie makers.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area. Approximate distance: 255km / 158mi

Highlights: Hverfjall | Myvatn | Krafla

Sel Hotel Myvatn**** or similar

Day 6 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SIGLUFJÖRDUR (B, D)

Waterfall Of the Gods - Folk Museum - The beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir.The name means "Dark Citadels" in Icelandic, and they certainly look as this they were built by fantasy creatures. There are actually legends that elves live here.

Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of the most important symbols of North Iceland, and the old turf farm Laufas. Enjoy a taste of some traditional Icelandic farmhouse refreshments and hear tales of life in the old days. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern "capital" of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjördur Fjord.

After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjördur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjördur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.

Siglufjördur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll. You may even recognize some of the buildings; the town was a filming location for both seasons of the popular Icelandic thriller series Trapped. The town is actually a relaxing and friendly place, and it's great to spend an evening soaking in the hot tubs of your hotel while enjoying the scenic fjord views.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjördur. Approximate distance: 219km / 136mi

Highlights: Godafoss | Akureyri | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula | Siglufjördur | Dimmuborgir

Hotel Siglo***** or similar

Day 7 SKAGAFJÖRDUR - BORGARNES (B, D)

Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjördur's award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjördur was transformed into a frontier-like boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. The museum will transport you back to that exciting time.

Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjördur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of the river Blanda. This is a part of Iceland known from the Icelandic literary work Vatnsdaela Saga. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjördur, a region that has been getting international recognition for its diverse types of scenery and its Viking history.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area. Approximate distance: 310km / 193mi

Highlights: Skagafjördur Fjord | The Herring Era Museum | Drangey Island | Hofsos | Grabrok | Borgarnes

Icelandair Hotel Hamar**** or similar

Day 8 BORGARFJÖRDUR - THINGVELLIR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Europe's Largest Hot Spring - Picturesque Waterfalls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit some of the beautiful natural wonders of West Iceland. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, where brightly blue water rushes through black lava formations. Nearby is Barnafoss, a waterfall with even more brilliantly blue colors. There is an interesting and poignant legend associated with this waterfall.

Drive through the scenic and mountain lined Hvalfjördur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. You will have the unusual experience of walking between two continents! Afterwards, head to Reykjavik for a last night in the colorful capital city.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 205km / 130mi

Highlights: Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Thingvellir National Park | Reykjavik

Optional: Secret Lagoon and Northern Lights Hunt | Northern Lights & Stargazing | Northern Lights Hunt - Super Jeep Tour | Northern Lights Boat Tour | Warm Baths and Cool Lights | Northern Lights Tour

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura**** or similar

Day 9 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

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!

Optional: Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon | Airport transfer: Blue Lagoon upon departure | Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Private airport transfer

We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.

Important: Little walking is required on this tour other than walking on mostly flat and paved or smooth paths. Day 5: Dettifoss- Good to know that the walking path between the parking lot and the waterfall is about 15- 20 minutes. It is an easy walk overall, heading downhill to the falls and uphill back to the parking lot.

The weather in Iceland can change rapidly. We recommend dressing in layers so you can take on or off clothes as needed.
Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed. 

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