Nature’s Treasure and Northern Lights

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From $1,199 USD
October 12, 2018 - April 12, 2019
5 Days / 4 Nights

Nature's Treasure and Northern Lights features natural treasures along Snaefellsnes Peninsula coastline, Viking horses, Golden Circle tour and Aurora hunt.

Overview

Nature's Treasure & Northern Lights tour features highlights of both West and South Iceland, both natural wonders and less-crowded, tranquil wilderness. Explore well-known natural treasures along the rugged Snaefellsnes Peninsula coastline, famous for its mystical glacier and ancient Sagas. Meet Viking horses, sample fresh-caught seafood, visit the geological wonders of the Golden Circle, and search for Northern Lights in the Icelandic countryside.

Operation

October 12, 2018 - April 12, 2019

Departure

English departures Wednesdays 2018
October 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7
English departures Wednesdays 2019
January 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12

Price

  • Economy Class*
  • Nov 9, 2018 / Feb 8 / Mar 1 & 15, 2019
  • from $1,199 per person in double room
  • from $1,575 single room
  • Comfort Class**
  • October 1 - 31, 2018
  • from $1,355 per person in double room
  • from $1,745 single room
  • November 1, 2018 - April 12, 2019
  • from $1,325 per person in double room
  • from $1,695 single room

Included

  • 2 nights at Hotel in Reykjavik
  • 2 nights at countryside hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • 2 x One-course dinners with coffee/tea (day 2 & 3)
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (use of flashlight, blanket, hot drink)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Centre in Reykjavik (day 2)
  • Entrance fee to the Akranes Museum Centre (day 2)
  • Krauma Geothermal Baths entrance fee and towel rental (day 2)
  • Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (day 3)
  • Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit (day 4)
  • Also (Added Value):
  • Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on day 2 and 3,  available at most countryside hotels

Not Included

  • International Airfare & airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Swimsuit at Krauma (can be rented on site)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

All departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
Maximum group size: 36 participants
Northern Lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Children 6-11 years old traveling with 2 adults and sharing 1 double room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours

*Economy category: These are pleasant and economical standard hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and
breakfast included. Generally, 3 star or equivalent both in Reykjavik and countryside.

**Comfort 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.

Tour Options

  • Supplement for 2-course dinners in the country-side, $40, must be booked in advance
  • International flights
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Important: 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 "Nature's Treasures and Northern Lights" itinerary.

Day free at leisure. Airport transfers and optional tours available upon request. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Highlights: Reykjavik

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - REYKHOLT - BORGARNES (B, D)

Northern Lights Centre – Lighthouse Views – Amazing hot spring baths - Unique Waterfall Duo

Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a short sightseeing tour. Catch the city's energetic vibe when you glimpse stunning Harpa Concert Hall and enjoy the fascinating architectural design of Hallgrimskirkja church. Visit the fascinating Aurora Northern Lights Center for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.

Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjördur (Whale Bay). Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Head onwards to Borgarfjördur, an area rich in natural wonders and Viking history. Discover some this history at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned medieval chieftain and Icelandic Saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. View the powerfully churning waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Departures from 1.October 2018 include entrance fee to the nearby Krauma, a new natural geothermal bath resort. Relax in soothing “fire and ice” baths blended from Deildartunguhver’s pure hot springs and pristine glacier rivers.

The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal.

Dinner and overnight in the Borgarfjördur area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky. Approximate distance: 194km / 121mi

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Parliament House | Harpa Concert Hall | Akranes | Deildartunguhver | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Borgarnes

Day 3 STYKKISHOLMUR - SNÆFELSSNESS PENINSULA - BORGARNES (B, D)

"Viking Sushi" Sailing - Snaefellsjökull National Park & Glacier

After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjördur Bay (UNESCO nominee) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience "Viking Sushi", a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.

Head along the rugged coastline of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell” this area will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snæfellsjökull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD).

You'll see secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjördur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snæfelljökull National Park.

Dinner and overnight again in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon. Approximate distance: 312km / 194mi

Highlights: Snaefellsjökull National Park | Eldborg Crater | Stykkisholmur | Breidafjördur | Grundarfjördur |Kirkjufell | Hellnar | Arnarstapi

Day 4 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B)

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world's oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

During the day, visit Fridheimar, greenhouse and horse breeding farm, for an educational and interesting inter-action with the Icelandic horses and viewing how Icelandic farmers use the geothermal water for producing vegetables, even in winter time.

After an amazing journey, the road takes you to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 370km / 168mi

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Thingvellir | Hveragerdi

Day 5 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. 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.

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

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