Sparkling Sites and Northern Lights

A holiday in winter wonderland Iceland where, in addition to visiting the most famous places of the country, we will also hunt for the magnificent Northern Lights. This is a real adventure of a tour, including such highlights as the famous Geysir hot spring area, the Glacier lagoon, beautiful waterfalls and much more. The tour is designed to maximise your chances of witnessing the amazing Northern Lights. We will stay in a hotel located in the countryside and the itinerary may be adjusted when an opportunity to witness the wonders of the Northern Lights arises.

This package includes

  • Flights to/from Iceland including tax and luggage.
  • 2 nights in Hótel Plaza***, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights in Hótel Katla*** near Vík, breakfast included.
  • Transfers from and to the airport.
  • Fully escorted 3 day tour with English speaking local guide.
  • Entry to the Blue Lagoon.
  • Visit to Icelandic farm with horse stables and geothermal greenhouse.
  • Evening lecture and hunt for the Northern Lights while staying in Vik (weather dependent).
  • Entry to Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center.
  • Personal service from our knowledgably consultants.
  • Travel guide to Iceland from Promote Iceland (pdf).
  • Travel protection equivalent to ATOL, through Kammarkollegiet, the Swedish statutory travel protection.

Despite our long experience in leading groups, please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Departures

2018 - 2019: guaranteed departures from October to March. Thursdays.

Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.

Optional Add-Ons

• Cancellation insurance if illness occurs.


Price information

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double room. We always give you the best available price for flights, hotels and excursions. Prices vary according to date and season, so it might be a good idea to search several different dates to get the best price.

Fr. 960 £ 4 nights
25 Oct-13 Dec fr. £ 972
10 Jan-21 Mar 2019 fr. £ 960

Description day by day

Arrival to Iceland

Arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to Centerhotel Plaza, which is located in the heart of the old city centre of Reykjavik. Despite its location and the city lights, Northern Lights can often been seen there. The hotel offers a wake-up service if the Northern Lights appear.

Day 1

Highlights

  • Reykjavík

The Golden Circle

We tour the renowned Golden Circle including a visit to Thingvellir National Park where the forces of the Great Atlantic Rift are clearly visible. This is where the North American and European tectonic plates drift apart at a rate of 2-6 cm per year. Thingvellir is also the place where the ancient Icelandic parliament was established in 930. Then we head for the famous Geysir hot spring area, where Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes. We also visit Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall. After visiting these world famous sights and a visit to local horse stable and a greenhouse, we drive through the landscapes of South Iceland to our accommodation near the town of Vik, where we will stay for 2 nights at Hotel Katla. If weather permits, we head for a Northern Lights hunt, the guide chooses the night with better prospects.

Day 2

Highlights

  • Strokkur
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Thingvellir National Park

The Glacier lagoon

We head east, along the southern shore to the unique Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon. The lagoon developed around 60 years ago with continuous process of calving and falling of icebergs from the glacier tongue Breidamerkurjökull. These icebergs are seen in two shades, one type in milky white, while the other type is in bright blue colour, which is an interplay of light and ice crystals. The lagoon is filled with fishes that drift in from the sea along with the tides. Seals gather in large numbers at the mouth of the lagoon to catch the fish during winter, which is a sight to watch. On the way back to Vik, we also visit Skaftafell national park whitch is part of Vatnajökull national park and contains some of the most prized natural sights of the countryWe head east, along the southern coast to the unique Jökulsárlon Glacier lagoon. The lagoon was formed around 60 years ago by the continuing process of calving and falling icebergs from the glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull. These icebergs are seen in two shades, one type in milky white, while the other type appears in a bright blue colour, which is caused by interplay of light and ice crystals. The lagoon is filled with fish that drift in from the sea along with the tides. Seals gather in large numbers at the mouth of the lagoon to catch the fish during the winter, which is a memorable sight.

On the way back to Vík we also visit Skaftafell national park, which is part of Vatnajökull national park and contains some of the most prized natural sights of the country.

Day 3

Highlights

  • Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Skaftafell national park

Volcanoes, waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon

Driving along the southern coast we encounter highlights such as the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, as well as the glaciers and volcanoes of Myrdalsjökull/Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. We will visit the new and exciting Lava Centre which is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcano activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. The final highlight before getting back to Reykjavik is the spectacular Blue Lagoon. You have a choice of viewing the lagoon or enjoy soaking in the mineral rich water with its fine silica mud (bathing admission not included). In the late afternoon we arrive in Reykjavik, where we will stay at Centerhotel Plaza.

Day 4

Highlights

  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Reykjavík

Return home

Transfer from your hotel to Keflavík Airport.

Day 5

Sparkling Sites and Northern Lights

Fr. 960 £ 4 nights
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