Seeking the Northern Lights

Seeking the Northern Lights

A 5 day winter group tour in Iceland where, in addition to visiting the most famous places of the country, you 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. You 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. However, please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.

flights - white Flights with Icelandair

transfers - grey Transfers and Group Tour included

nights-white  5 days / 4 nights

from £989 per person

(based on 2 sharing)

Iceland

REYKJAVIK – GOLDEN CIRCLE – JÖKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON – VATNAJÖKULL – WATERFALLS – MYRDALSJÖKULL/KATLA – EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL – BLUE LAGOON

Tour runs until 22 March 2018 – Thursday departures

DAY 1 (Thursday) Welcome to Reykjavik
Arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to Centerhotel Plaza that is located in the heart of the old city centre of Reykjavik. Despite its location and the city lights, the Northern Lights can often be seen there. The hotel offers a wakeup service if the Northern Lights appear.

Overnight in Centerhotel Plaza or Hotel Saga, Reykjavik

DAY 2 (FRIDAY) Golden Circle
You 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. It is an area of truly outstanding beauty as well as geological and historical significance. You also visit the famous Geysir hot spring area, where Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes, and the Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall. After visiting these world famous sights and a visit to local horse stable and a greenhouse, you are driven through the landscapes of South Iceland to your accommodation near the town of Vik, where you stay for 2 nights. If the weather permits and the conditions are right, the guide will take you out on your search for the Northern Lights (the guide will choose the night with the best prospects).

Overnight in Hotel Katla or Hotel Dyrholaey

DAY 3 (SATURDAY) Glacier lagoon
You head east, along the southern shore to the unique Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon. The lagoon developed around 60 years ago with the continuing process of calving and falling of icebergs from the glacier tongue Breidamerkurjökull. These icebergs are seen in two shades, one type in milky white, while the other type is in a bright blue colour, reflecting the 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 fish during the winter, which is a sight to behold. On the way back to Vik you also visit Skaftafell national park that is part of Vatnajökull national park and contains some of the most prized natural sights of the country.

Overnight in Hotel Katla or Hotel Dyrholaey

DAY 4 (SUNDAY) Volcanoes and waterfalls
Driving along the southern coast, you encounter highlights such as the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss as well as the glaciers and volcanos of Myrdalsjökull/Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. You visit the new Lava Centre which is an interactive exhibition depicting volcano activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.  The final highlight before returning to Reykjavik is the spectacular Blue Lagoon. You have a choice of viewing the lagoon or enjoy a soak in the mineral rich water with its fine silica mud (admission price not included). In the late afternoon you arrive in Reykjavik, where you return to the Centerhotel Plaza for your last night.

Overnight in Centerhotel Plaza or Hotel Saga, Reykjavik

DAY 5 (MONDAY) Departure
Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport or extend your stay and enjoy the northernmost capital of the world.

• International flights
• ATOL protection
• Return airport transfers
• Fully escorted 3 day tour with English speaking local guide
• 2 nights accommodation in Centerhotel Plaza with breakfast
• 2 nights accommodation in Hotel Katla near Vik with breakfast
• Visit to Icelandic farm with horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
• Evening introduction and hunt for the Northern Lights while staying in Vik (weather dependent)
• Entrance to Lava Centre

• Flight upgrades
• Extra nights in Reykjavik
• Regional flight connections

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