Sparkling Sites and Northern Lights
07 Nov-19 Dec fr. £ 978
09 Jan-30 Apr fr. £ 986
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.
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Day 2: The Golden Circle
Day 3: The Glacier lagoon
Day 4: Volcanoes, waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon
Day 5: Return home
Departures: Departures from October to March; Thursdays.
Direct flights from Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.
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.
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.
The Glacier lagoon
We 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.
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. Enjoy soaking in the mineral rich water with its fine silica mud. In the late afternoon we arrive in Reykjavik, where we will stay at Centerhotel Plaza.
Transfer from your hotel to Keflavík Airport.
Here are some of the optional extras you can select for this particular trip. We’ve hand-picked these activities for you to choose from so that you can make sure your trip is perfectly suited to you and your company. You’ll find everything from high-octane adventures through to more tranquil excursions. Take a closer look at the options you are most interested in and then add your selections when booking.