Land of Northern Lights

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From $865 USD
December 15, 2020 - April 8, 2021
5 Days / 4 Nights

Land of Northern Lights, 5-day Budget holiday, two nights in Reykjavik, two nights in South Iceland. Visit the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, hunt the Aurora.

Overview

The Land of Northern Lights tour offers an insight to South Iceland's nature and cultural life. Stay 2 nights in Reykjavik, and 2 nights in country cottages along the Ranga River in South Iceland, an ideal spot for viewing Northern Lights. Explore the Golden Circle, Southern shore, swim in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit an Icelandic horse farm and travel close to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

Operation

December 15, 2020 - April 8, 2021

Departures

2020
December 15, 29
2021
January 5, 7, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 11, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 1, 8

Price

  • Budget: Hotel Cabin & Arhus Cottages
  • September 2020 - April 2021, except Christmas & New Years
  • from $865 per person in double room
  • from $1,015 single room
  • from $865 per person in triple room
  • Christmas, December 23 - Dec 27, 2020
  • from $1,245 per person in double room
  • from $1,395 single room
  • from $1,245 per person in triple room
  • New Years, December 29, 2020 - January 2, 2021
  • from $1,275 per person in double room
  • from $1,450 single room
  • from $1,275 per person in triple room
  • Comfort: Hotel Klettur & Stracta Hotel
  • September 2020 - April 2021, except Christmas & New Years
  • from $1,135 per person in double room
  • from $1,625 single room
  • from $1,135 per person in triple room

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • 3 nights budget hotels in Reykjavik, 
    option to upgrade package to Comfort Hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and Turf houses
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Northern Lights program during 2 evenings
  • Combination of lectures, presentations & film
  • Guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment:
  • simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night

Not Included

  • International airfare & Airport taxes
  • Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)
  • Dinners in Reykjavik
  • All meals not listed under "included"
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items

Please note

  • 09:00 on day 2 from Hotel Cabin (subject to change)
  • The guided tour ends around 17:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavik.
  • Maximum group size is 40 persons
  • Minimum age is 8 years, not recommended for younger children 
  • Accommodation Budget category: Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik and Arhus Cottages in Hella
  • Accommodation Upgrade category: Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik and Stracta Hotel in Hella
  • Children discount: 25% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with parents
  • Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

Tour Options

  • Upgrade to Comfort class, 4-star hotels, from $1,135 per person in double
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional Northern Lights cruise (day 1 and 4)
  • Optional glacier hike (day 3)

Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND - REYKJAVIK

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night. Dinner is on your own. (50km / 31mi)

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²) or Hótel Klettur (upgrade version), Reykjavik. 

Hotel Cabin ***+

Hotel Klettur****

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJANES PENINSULA (B)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm mineral rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Drive along the south coast to arrive in the village of Hella where we stay for two nights in simple cottages. There is an option to upgrade to studio rooms at the Stracta Hotel in Hella. In the evening, we hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide at Arhus Cabins. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. Lunch & dinner is on your own. (220 km / 137 mi)

Overnight location:
Arhus Cottages or Hotel Stracta (upgrade version), Hella

Arhus Cottages***

Stracta Hotel Hella****

Day 3 SOUTH ICELAND - OPTIONAL GLACIER HIKE (B)

Today we travel along the south coast. We reach the area beneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and glacier. We stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall and visit Skogar Folk Museum of early Modern Iceland with its turf houses. At lunch, we visit the Skogarfoss waterfall.

In the afternoon you can book a optional glacier walk on Solheimarjökull's glacier tongue.

If you book a trip without the glacier hike, the tour continues further south where you walk on the famous Black Lava Beach at Reynisfjara, observe the Cap of Dyrholaey and the Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs before visiting the charming village of Vik.

In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns and sizes. (200 km/124 mi)

Overnight location:
Arhus Cottages or Hotel Stracta (upgrade version), Hella.

Arhus Cottages***

Stracta Hotel Hella****

Day 4

GOLDEN CIRLCE - ICELANDIC HORSES (B)

In the morning you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Travel the Golden Circle route. See steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.

Continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. Head inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjavik for your last night, either at Hotel Cabin or Hotel Klettur (210 km / 130 mi)

An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked while in destination, if the weather conditions are ideal.

Hotel Cabin***+

Hotel Klettur****

Day 5 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your guesthouse/hotel accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport. (50 km / 31 mi)

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 630 km / 391 mi, which is an average of 210 km / 130 mi per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days. This tour is suitable for children that are used to bus tours.

Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded, but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Northern Lights: This program includes during two evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided Northern Lights searches in the garden of Arhus Cabins in Hella, South Iceland, about 10-minute walk from Stracta Hotel. Arhus Cabins and Stracta Hotel in South Iceland offer a Northern Lights wake-up call for guests that register for that particular service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather, and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.

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