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Iceland: Nature's Treasures and Northern Lights Winter Departure

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,404

If you think an Iceland tour in winter sounds crazy, let the spectacular national parks, unique culture, and lack of crowds change your mind. Then warm up in the natural springs of the Blue Lagoon.


This 6-day Locally Escorted Group Tour includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort.  The tour  takes advantage of the sights unique to the country in winter, ensuring the shorter days are packed with memorable experiences.

Staying in Reykjavik, Iceland’s colourful capital, start with a sightseeing tour that includes the Harpa Concert Hall, and Parliament building. Then enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from Hallgrimskirkja church. In the afternoon, get out of town and visit Akranes, a charming town in its own right, but also home to fascinating geology and maritime museums. Admire Iceland’s wild coastline, and follow the Troll Trail to uncover some of its unique legends. After dark, go in search of the Northern Lights, believed in myth to be Valkyries riding across the sky.

Sail across Breidafjordu Bay and sample ‘Viking Sushi,’ drawn straight from the ocean and freshly prepared aboard ship. Your northern foodie adventures continue with the chance to try shark in Bjarnarhofn, before visiting the Snaefellsnes National Park, where you might spot Orcas and other species in the nearby fjords. This diverse landscape also includes glaciers and a namesake volcano that last erupted in 250AD.

Devote your next day to the Golden Circle, showcasing three of Iceland’s most spectacular attractions. The Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir Hot Springs, and Thingvellir National Park will all enchant you for their own reasons. Thingvellir is in fact the site of the first Viking assembly, established in 930AD. As the meeting point between the North American and Eurasian plates, this is a dynamic geothermal area, and residents have harnessed its natural qualities to produce such unlikely products as tropical fruit – greenhouse grown, of course.

Put your sightseeing in perspective and learn about how the Vikings settled this incredible country using horses and a lot of determination. You’ll also get a taste of rural Iceland at Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church said to radiate luck. In the afternoon, relax those tired limbs in the incredible Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a steam-bath, and a massage from a warm flowing waterfall before returning to Reykjavik, departing the following day.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,404

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Day 1

Arrival in Keflavik

After arriving to Iceland, find your way to your hotel in Reykjavik city center (transfer not included). You can choose between using the Flybus coach (connected to all incoming flights, always available seats) or have a private transfer from the airport (cars waiting outside the terminal).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura


    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, ...

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 2

Reykjavik to Borgarnes

Discover first-hand the colourful capital of Reykjavik with a short sightseeing tour. Catch the city's energetic vibe when you glimpse stunning Harpa Concert Hall and enjoy the fascinating architectural desgin of Hallgrimskirkja church. You'll also visit the fascinating Aurora Northern Lights Centre for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.

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 Borgarfjordur, an area rich in natural wonders and Viking history. Discover some this history at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned medieval chieftain and Icelandic Saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. View the powerfully churning waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Departures from 1.October 2018 include entrance fee to the nearby Krauma, a new natural geothermal bath resort. Relax in soothing "fire and ice" baths blended from Deildartunguhver's pure hot springs and pristine glacier rivers.

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.

Dinner and overnight in the Borgarfjordur 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

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    Icelandair Hotel Hamar


    The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and international dishes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy views of the Borgarfjordur Fjord or have a drink on the patio. Icelandair Hamar is found 3 kilometres north of Borgarnes, just off Iceland's main ...

    The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and international dishes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy views of the Borgarfjordur Fjord or have a drink on the patio.

    Icelandair Hamar is found 3 kilometres north of Borgarnes, just off Iceland's main road, Route 1, also known as the Ring Road.

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Day 3

Stykkisholmur to Borgarnes

After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you'll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee) 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 harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snaefelljokull 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).

Dinner and overnight again in Borgarnes area.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Thingvellir National Park-Gullfoss-Geysir-Reykjavik

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.

During the day, visit Fridheimar, greenhouse and horse breeding farm, for an educational and interesting inter-action with the Icelandic horses and viewing how Icelandic farmers use the geothermal water for producing vegetables, even in winter time.

After an amazing journey, the road takes you to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura


    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, ...

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • TV

    More Details

Day 5

Depart

Transfer to the International Airport for departure (not included).

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Winter 2018-2019: Oct 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec 7, Jan 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr 5, 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation
  • Guided coach tour from Day 2 to Day 5
  • Northern lights video /DVD shown in the evening at Icelandair Hotel Hamar
  • Northern Lights guided evening hunt on foot
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (flashlight, blanket and thermos of hot cocoa)
  • Northern Lights "wake up call" option during the night (available at countryside hotel)
  • Boat tour with Viking, sushi tasting
  • Entrance fee to Shark Museum and a taste of fermented shark meat
  • Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit
  • Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade skyr yogurt, ice cream and meat
  • Blue lagoon bathing fee and towel (day 5)
  • All meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Arrival or departure Keflavik International Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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12 Apr 2019
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