Chasing the Northern Lights

Iceland

Majestic Iceland's Nature and Northern Lights Hunt

In this guided tour you will visit the exciting winter destination Iceland, where Northern lights often dance in the sky and nature is dressed in its nicest winter robe. This escorted tour includes a stop in the capital, Reykjavik, the highlights of Iceland's natural sights and Northern Lights hunt in a rural location away from the city lights.

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik

After arrival at the airport in Reykjavik, meet the driver and take a transfer to the hotel in the city centre. Enjoy your leisure time for the rest of the day. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Þingvellir National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and start a city sightseeing tour. First visit of the day will be to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik. After the visit, you will drive away from Reykjavik and towards the three best-known nature attractions in Iceland that together make the so-called “Golden Circle”: first - Þingvellir National Park, a place of great geological and historical interest. The second stop is by the Geysir hot spring area with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. The third stop is by the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Here the river Hvita drops 30 meters in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle. From the Golden Circle area, continue to Skalholt, Iceland's capital during the Middle-Ages and now a cultural centre with a beautiful church. During the day, you will also visit Laugarvatn (the town, built around three hot springs). You will visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. You will try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. Accommodation in Fludir. One-course dinner with coffee/tea is included.

Day 3: Klaustur

After breakfast at the hotel meet your driver for your travel along the south shore, an area in Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country. This part of Iceland is home to the Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition illustrating volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. You will make stops at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. From there you keep driving further east and get to Reynisfjara beach where you can view extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur (or similar) with magnificent views of Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. Later in the evening you will head out with the guide and go for a walk whilst searching for the Northern Lights. Please be advised that hunting Northern lights is weather dependant and will be held on the most suitable night of the tour

Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park

After your breakfast at the hotel meet your driver for a Vatnajökull National Park trip, which is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, dominated by Europe largest glacier named Vatnajökull. You will visit the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of Diamond Beach. You will then view Svinafellsjökull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajökull. Visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. From there you head back to the hotel. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur (or similar). One-course dinner with coffee/tea is included.

Day 5: Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

After breakfast at the hotel this morning you head towards the village of Hveragerdi which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. From there the coach will continue along the southwest coast towards the Reykjanes peninsula where you enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (incl bathing fee, towel, mud mask and one beverage). This is a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. After the warm and relaxing bath, you return to Reykjavik. The evening is at your own leisure. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 6: Reykjavik

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the driver and take a transfer to the airport.

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What's included

Accommodation

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels equal to 3 to 3+ stars according to Scandinavian standard

Meals

Daily breakfast ( except the day of arrival)

One-course dinner with coffee/tea (Days 2, 3 and 4)

Guided tours

English speaking tour escort from day 2 to day 5

Guided Northern Lights walk one evening

Optional Northern light wake up call (available at most of the hotels in the countryside)

Transport

Coach tour from day 2 to day 5 (max. 36 participants)

Airport transfers to/from the airport

Entrance tickets

Entrance to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik

Entrance to the Lava Centre and volcano film

Entrance to the Blue Lagoon (including bathing fee, towel, mask and one beverage)

Northern Light hunting kit for the walk (flashlight, blanket and Thermos with hot chocolate)

Electronic travel documentation including the detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers

Not Included

International flights to/from Reykjavik

Personal travel insurance

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Any services not listed above as “Included”

Visa fees

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Whale watching (from 86$) - Day 1

Northern lights hunt by boat (from 86$) - Day 1

Northern Lights Hunt by super jeep(from 218$)

Northern Lights Mystery Tour by coach(from 60$)

Highlights

Northern lights hunt away from the city lights

Three famous natural attractions of Golden Circle

Warm and relaxing bathing in the famous Blue lagoon

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