Experience the complete wonders of both South and North Iceland in one amazing itinerary, the Hidden Powers and Arctic Powers combo! 

First discover South Iceland’s raw natural wonders, where icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate the beautiful, yet rugged landscape. Experience the hidden powers of the island including dramatic vistas of the notorious Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the breath-taking Glacial Lagoon. Then board an Air Iceland Connect plane to the magical winter landscapes of North Iceland close to the Arctic Circle.  Enjoy thundering glacial waterfalls, bizarre volcanic landscapes and surreal snow-capped lava formations. Travel through some of Iceland’s most dramatic and beautiful fjords and learn a bit of the area‘s fascinating maritime history.  Top it off with the opportunity to relax  in two  amazing geothermal lagoons:  the Blue Lagoon and the Myvatn Nature Baths.

With 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)
  • Discover the diverse nature along the South Coast of Iceland, with volcanoes, glaciers and
    waterfalls
  • Walk along the banks of the awe-inspiring iceberg-filled  Glacial Lagoon
  • Uncover the impact and power of volcanic eruptions and how they have created Iceland
  • Hunt for northern lights  in optimal rural locations
  • View the Mid-Atlantic ridge dividing Europe from North America in North Iceland
  • Experience the beauty and might of Godafoss Waterfall
  • Walk among the dark lava citadels of Dimmuborgir
  • View primordial bubbling mud pots and steam fields at colourful Namaskard Pass.
  • Relax in the hot spring waters of Myvatn Nature Baths 
  • Travel through a serene region of alpine mountains and stunning coastline
  • Visit the award-winning Herring Era Maritime  museum in Siglufjordur
  • Tour a family-owned craft microbrewery, the first of its kind in Iceland
  • Enjoy free time to explore Akureyri  town’s vibrant culture

Maximum Size:  36 participants

All departures guaranteed with a minimum of 2 participants

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Included

  • 3 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 5 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 8
  • 3 * One-course dinners with coffee/tea (days 2, 3, 4)
  • 1 Two-course dinner with coffee/tea (day 6)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik
  • Entrance to Laugarvatnshellir, The Cave People
  • Entrance to the new Lava Centre and volcano film at the Lava Centre’s Cinema (day 3)
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on day 3 or 4 (use of flashlight, blanket & hot drink)
  • Northern Light guided hunt on foot one selected evening (day 3 or 4)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
  • Round-trip airport transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik airport (day 6 and 8)
  • Round-trip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri, including taxes (day 6 and 8)
  • Admission to Myvatn Nature Baths and towel rental (Day 6)
  • Admission to Herring-Era Maritime Museum in Siglufjordur, including taste of herring and rye bread (day 7)
  • Visit to microbrewery and beer sampling (day7)

*Option available at booking time to add dessert course to these dinners

Also (Added Value): 

  • Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2-4 and day 6  (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

Not Included: 

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon and Myvatn Nature Baths (can be rented on site)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

 

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Day 1: Arrival

Please note:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Hidden Powers-Arctic Powers” itinerary.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Please note that check-in at most hotels starts at 14:00 (2:00pm).

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Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Northern Lights Centre – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – The Famous Golden Falls

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

Then head 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.

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. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church.   During the day you will also visit Laugarvatnshellir cave where two Icelandic families built a cozy homestead and farm during the early 20th century.  The furnishings and buildings in the cave has been restored to show how the residents once lived.

Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.

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Day 3: Iceland’s South Shore

Waterfalls – Lava Centre – 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.  This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.   Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes  at the Centre‘s cinema.

Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.  Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach.  Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

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Day 4: Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Western Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier.  This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe.  Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area.  Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon.  Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull.   Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by Vatnajokull glacier.  Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

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Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves – Geothermal Lagoon

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. Follow along the coastline with its breath taking sea waves and through a deserted community that once was a flourishing centre for the region.

The trip then takes you onto 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.  Dinner is on your own.

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Day 6 : Reykjavik - Akureyri – Godafoss Waterfall - Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve

Active Geothermal Area – Surreal Volcanic Landscapes– Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Springs

Breakfast at your hotel.  Assisted transfer to Reykjavík Domestic Airport for early morning Air Iceland Connect flight to Akureyri.  If the skies are clear, you’ll get great views of Iceland’s interior wilderness.  Meet your local guide at Akureyri Airport and start on your North Iceland exploration!   The day begins with a drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods).  Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade.  Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colours of Namaskard geothermal area.  Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region.  Myvatn’ s fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies.  Top off your amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before overnighting at your hotel.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area

 

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Day 7

Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve – Eyjafjordur – Trollaskagi – Siglufjordur - Akureyri

Mountain and Fjord Views – Historical Town – Award-Winning Museum –  Icelandic Delicacies

Breakfast at your hotel.  Head along scenic roads to beautiful Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s longest fjord, and then onto the Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula).  Known as the “Icelandic Alps,” Trollaskagi offers some of the highest mountains in Iceland; the views of steep mountains plunging to the black-sand coastline are breath-taking. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages. Visit Siglufjordur, a town with beautifully-preserved historical buildings set in a scenic fjord.  After lunch (on your own), visit the award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum.  Many Icelandic historians believe it was Siglufjordur’ s herring “gold rush” of the early 20th century that helped bring modernisation to Iceland.   At the museum, you will be introduced to the history of the herring fishing industry and be invited to explore the museum’s three buildings before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps.

Next, take a closer look at Eyjafjordur Fjord,  where you’ll visit Kaldi, Iceland’s first microbrewery.  You will see how this craft beer is made and learn about the interesting history of the company.  You will also get to taste some of the locally brewed beer, too.

The day ends in Akureyri, the beautiful northern town that has become internationally popular as a winter recreation destination.  After a brief tour of the town, check into your hotel.  Dinner is on your own at one of Akureyri’ s many restaurants.

Overnight in Akureyri.



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Day 8

Akureyri – Reykjavik

Open Day to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings

Breakfast at hotel in the morning.  Today is open for you to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings.  Though small in population the “capital of North Iceland” has a lively culture and outdoor recreation scene. You’ll find activities to suit all interests.  Enjoy exploring the museums, galleries and cafés. If you like outdoor fun, visit the nearby Hlidarfjall resort, just minutes away by cab, or take a swim in the geothermal pool complex.  A variety of fun day tours is available from horseback riding to whale watching.  Iceland Travel can assist you with booking day tours.

Later, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your late afternoon/early evening flight to Reykjavik. Group transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik.  The rest of the evening is open for your own activities.

Dinner is on your own.  Overnight in Reykjavik.

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Day 9

Departure

Breakfast at hotel. On your own, transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your flight.  Transfers are not included, but Iceland Travel can book them for you.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3-4 hours before your flight.

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