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Nature's Treasures and Northern Lights

Create memories of mystical nature, local delicacies, ancient Sagas, and Northern Lights!

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:26 October - 05 April
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
Departure:Details
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Experience West Iceland's rich history and mystical landscape

During this unforgettable guided tour you will be introduced to the best-known natural treasures that are tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas.

Each day brings unique encounters with local traditions such as meeting our Viking horses, and enjoying homemade skyr (a type of thick yogurt) at a dairy farm. Sample freshly caught seafood out at sea, walk among geological wonders of the Golden Circle and take in the magnificence of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. At day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of Northern Lights.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:   

  • Hunt for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
  • Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon
  • Join a sailing tour on Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee), including a taste of "Viking Sushi"
  • Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit Snaefellsjokull National Park with its mystical glacier made famous by a Jules Verne Novel
  • Taste homemade 'skyr' , yogurt and ice cream at local dairy farm
  • Meet friendly and beautiful Icelandic horses at a local stable

 

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Maximum group size: 36 participants.

Included

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Northern lights video /DVD shown in the evening at your hotel
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening 
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (blanket, hot cocoa/tea)
  • Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotel
  • Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes (day 2)
  • Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (day 3)
  • Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade "skyr" yogurt, ice cream and meat (day 4)
  • Visit to Fakasel horse riding center for a "horse theatre" performance, an amazing 45-minute multi-media experience in a unique environment (day 4)
  • Blue lagoon bathing fee (day 5)

 

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
26 OctoberEnglishSold out
02 NovemberEnglishGuaranteed
09 NovemberFrenchGuaranteed
16 NovemberEnglishGuaranteed
23 NovemberEnglishGuaranteed
30 NovemberEnglishGuaranteed
07 DecemberEnglishGuaranteed
25 JanuaryEnglishGuaranteed
25 JanuaryFrench
01 FebruaryEnglish
08 FebruaryEnglishGuaranteed
08 FebruaryFrench
15 FebruaryEnglishGuaranteed
22 FebruaryEnglishGuaranteed
01 MarchFrenchGuaranteed
08 MarchEnglishGuaranteed
15 MarchEnglishGuaranteed
22 MarchEnglish
29 MarchEnglishGuaranteed
05 AprilEnglish

All departures guaranteed with min. 2 participants

Max 36 pax per tour

Departures on Wednesdays

 

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Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

Day at your leisure.  Airport transfers and optional tours available upon request.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

 

Day 2: Reykjavik – Reykholt - Borgarnes

Reykjavik Sightseeing - Elven Folklore - Unique Waterfall Duo 

Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour.  Catch the city’s energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colorful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbor district.

Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay).  Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss.  Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal. Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Evening northern lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.

 

 

Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes

Boat Tour  - Snaefellsnes National Park & Glacier

After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur.  Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience “Viking Sushi,” a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.

Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among c columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savor the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes National Park,  which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD).  Overnight again in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable,  there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.

 

Day 4: Thingvellir National Park – Gullfoss – Geysir

Golden Circle of Natural Wonders - Tasting at Dairy Farm - Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village - Fakasel Horse Park

Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area,  alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world’s oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

Following the road through the fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavors at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times.

The journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.  

End your day by visiting Fákasel Icelandic Horse Park to enjoy Legends of Sleipnir, a unique multi-media production showcasing the role Icelandic horses have influenced  the country‘s history and culture.  Afterwards you can go onto the stage to meet the equine actors.  

Overnight in Hveragerdi or similar.

 

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir  |Þingvellir  |Hveragerdi
 

Day 5: Reykjanes – Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Reykjanes Seacoast - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds.

Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krýsuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Proceed to the town of Grindavík with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in  Grindavík (lunch is on your own), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon.

End today‘s sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.  Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland’s raw nature.

Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and an energizing geothermal massage waterfall. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud.  Rub some of this onto your skin to soften it, an essential part of the Blue Lagoon spa experience.

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

 

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 709 865
       

 

Optional:

3 course dinner at countryside hotels. Price for 2 dinners: 88 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.br /> 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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