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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt - Winter escorted tour

Explore the Icelandic South Shore; Waterfalls, volcanoes, glacial lagoon and black sand beaches

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:06 October - 06 April
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
Departure:Details
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Discover South Iceland's raw nature

Icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate Iceland´s beautiful yet rugged landscape. On a guided coach tour, experience the hidden powers of the island including dramatic vistas of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the breathtaking Glacial LagoonWith several overnights in stunning rural locations, you’ll be perfectly situated to hunt for the magical Northern Lights.

Highlights:

  • Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO site)
  • Enjoy freshly baked “hot spring bread
  • Discover the diverse nature along the South Coast of Iceland, with volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls
  • Walk along the banks of the awe-inspiring iceberg Glacial Lagoon
  • Uncover the impact and power of recent volcanic eruptions near Eyjafjallajokull
  • Hunting for northern lights in optimal rural locations
  • Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants except for German with minimum 4 participants.

Maximum group size: 36 participants.

 

Included

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except on arrival day)
  • 3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast 
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik
  • Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana
  • Entrance fee to Volcano Visitor Center at the base of Eyjafjallajokull volcano
  • A visit from a local storyteller
  • Viewing of "Eldmessa" - a short film about the Laki eruption in 1783-1784
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 3 or 4 (flashlight, blanket & thermos of hot cocoa)
  • Northern Light guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotels)
  • Blue Lagoon bathing fee 

Also included on these days

  • Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik
  • Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana
  • Entrance fee to the Volcano Visitor Centre at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull
  • Bathing fee to the Blue Lagoon (only for departures in fall 2016 and beyond)

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
06 October 2016EnglishSold out
13 October 2016EnglishSold out
20 October 2016EnglishSold out
20 October 2016GermanSold out
27 October 2016EnglishSold out
03 November 2016EnglishSold out
03 November 2016FrenchSold out
03 November 2016DutchSold out
10 November 2016EnglishSold out
10 November 2016FrenchSold out
13 November 2016SpanishSold out
17 November 2016EnglishSold out
17 November 2016GermanUpon Request
24 November 2016EnglishSold out
01 December 2016EnglishSold out
08 December 2016EnglishSold out
12 January 2017EnglishSold out
12 January 2017FrenchFew seats available
19 January 2017EnglishSold out
26 January 2017EnglishSold out
26 January 2017FrenchFew seats available
26 January 2017ItalianUpon Request
02 February 2017EnglishSold out
02 February 2017FrenchFew seats available
09 February 2017EnglishSold out
09 February 2017FrenchSold out
09 February 2017GermanUpon Request
09 February 2017SpanishUpon Request
16 February 2017EnglishSold out
16 February 2017FrenchSold out
23 February 2017EnglishSold out
23 February 2017FrenchGuaranteed
23 February 2017DutchSold out
23 February 2017ItalianSold out
02 March 2017EnglishSold out
02 March 2017FrenchGuaranteed
05 March 2017EnglishSold out
09 March 2017EnglishSold out
09 March 2017FrenchGuaranteed
09 March 2017SpanishFew seats available
10 March 2017EnglishSold out
16 March 2017EnglishSold out
16 March 2017FrenchGuaranteed
16 March 2017DutchSold out
19 March 2017EnglishGuaranteed - Extra departure
23 March 2017FrenchGuaranteed
23 March 2017EnglishSold out
23 March 2017ItalianUpon Request
24 March 2017DutchGuaranteed
30 March 2017EnglishGuaranteed
30 March 2017GermanGuaranteed
06 April 2017EnglishGuaranteed

 

 


Map

 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).

 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Northern Lights Center - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Explosive Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Start the day by visiting the recently opened and fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.

Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. Drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where your group experiences a geothermal bakery first-hand and digs up bread that has been cooked underground. Sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter.

Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.

Overnight in the Fludir area.

Included:

  • Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik
  • Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana
 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir  |Þingvellir
 

Day 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Waterfalls - Glacial Views - Black-Sand Beaches

Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, and admire the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight stay and Northern Lights hunt in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

 
 

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Today enter the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Europe. The park's Skaftafell region is a site of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull glacier. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft) deep glacial lagoon.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5: Volcanic Areas - Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre - Greenhouse Village - Geothermal Lagoon

Explore the region near the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. At the Volcano Visitor Centre at Thorvaldseyri Farm, located beneath Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, you will see, both in photos and film, the 2010 eruption and its impact on the countryside, the country itself and the whole world.

Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. The tour then continues to Strandarkirkja, a church that is widely believed to have special power to aid success or provide good luck. Follow along the coastline with its breathtaking sea waves and through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region.

On to the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon,  a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. 

Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure.

Included:

  • Entrance fee to the Volcano Visitor Centre at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull
  • Bathing fee to the Blue Lagoon (only for departures in fall 2016 and beyond)
 

Day 6: Departure

Transfer to the international airport (not included).

 

Prices per person winter 2016/2017

 

 in EUR Period DBL SGL
Package price  1.October 2016 - 30.April 2017 679 824
       

Optional:

3 course dinner at countryside hotels. Price for 3 dinners: 132 EUR per person if booked in advance.

Children rate

Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price.

It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

 


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   
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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

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After a 22 hours flight back home, I have to admit that I have had the time of my life in Iceland thanks to this tour (Hidden Powers & Northern Lights).

At first, I was a bit worried to travel alone so far & probably end up touring solo; but I was proven that strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. Everyone was so humble, nice and kind especially our tour guides (Mr. Snorri, Ms. Kristin & our very own Jason Statham driver Mr. Christian).

The tour took us to the most amazing and fascinating spots I have ever witnessed. The landscapes of Iceland were just mind-blowing! Places like Gullfoss, The Great Geyser, Laufskalavarda, The Black Sand Beach, Jokulsarlon Floating Icebergs & Skogafoss were marvelous - their scenery will be carved in my memory forever. Unfortunately though, we have got to see the Northern Lights for only one night due to the cloudy weather; and of course, it was a sight to behold.

Just a note that if anyone would like to try to capture the Lights on camera, please make sure you have a good quality steady camera (cell phone cameras will not work).

All in all, it was a beautiful experience and definitely returning back soon - hopefully very soon

Hamed A, Bahrain

Fantastic holiday, all arrangements perfect right from the start and all dealings with the staff of Iceland Travel excellent, especially Margret who always answered queries promptly. The use of Saga Travel in Akureyri excellent choice all the staff and guides of Saga excellent and cannot recommend them highly enough. Wonderful experience especially topped off by seeing the Northern Lights. Hope to come back do it all again. Definitely will recommend to my friends.

Helen B, UK

Just returned home from an amazing tour with Iceland Travel (Hidden Powers and Northern Lights). Our guide Yrsa and driver Ragnar were absolutely amazing, making everyone feel comfortable and ensuring that a great time was had by all (not to mention the amazing knowledge and contagious enthusiasm). The trip was everything I wanted it to be and more. The only disappointment was that we did not see the Aurora (which obviously has nothing to do with Iceland Travel or the tour itself). I will definitely be back to Iceland and Iceland Travel is the way to go!

Daniel L., Canada

Had a fantastic time during your hidden powers and northern lights tour..we did not manage to see the lights as the weather was not favorable but the rest of the trip was amazing! The guide Benedict was excellent and gave us a lot of information about the places we visited and about Iceland...the politics,the culture and industry in a interesting and informative way. We had a fantastic time and if we ever head back to Iceland we will definitely be booking with Iceland travel again! Many thanks to Herman who drove us all around Iceland safely and skillfully!!driving is tough in Iceland with icy roads,fog covered...

Emily Y., Singapore

Me and my wife have been in the "HIDDEN POWERS & NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNT" Tour between 20th and 26th of Mars 2014.

It was a fascinating experience combined with the privilege of discovering new places and people. Beside the magnificent landscapes and breathtaking locations I want to thank the "Iceland Travel" team, especially to our guide, Hildur, for the well managed time spent. And the driver was very nice too :)

It's an experience I would definitely repeat and recommend to others.

Cristut F., Romania

Just came back from a tour of Southern Iceland with Iceland Travel. Everything was A+. We had a knowledgeable, informative and very nice tourguide and a great driver. I've toured many countries in Europe and been on many organized tours and this was by far the best food I've had on any tours (I recommend meal plan). Tour was organized, never too rushed and took in a lot of sites. Accommodations were very clean. Iceland is a great country with beautiful scenery, clean air, interesting sites, wonderful food and the friendliest people.

Pam C., USA

Thank you for a wonderful 6 day Hidden Powers & Northern Lights Tour 12 - 17 March 2015. We did and saw so much and our guide Snorrie Ingerson was just wonderful. We would recommend this tour to anyone.

Eric M., Australia

„It was great value for money. We just got back and it was an awesome trip. Iceland is unearthly beautiful with so many amazing sites. We would love to go back to see more.“

Mary Yang