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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights-Small Group
Discover the very best of Icelandâ€™s South Coast region. See Icelandâ€™s amazing natural forces first-hand with this great introduction to Iceland.
This extraordinary journey allows you to witness Icelandâ€™s amazing natural forces first-hand and experience the powers of Icelandâ€™s world-famous southern coast. Weâ€™ll show you beloved places such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting.
We Support Icelandâ€™s Nature and Local Communities! During the trip youâ€™ll receive a special souvenir: an Iceland Search and Rescue Association (ICE SAR) key ring. Your guide will tell you about this trained team of volunteers dedicated to rescue work and accident prevention in Iceland. Additionally, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through Kolvidur, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF)
Min. 2 participants
Max. 16 participants
Please note: If you have added extra nights in ReykjavĂk before your tour, our guide will meet you and the group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard â€śHidden Powers and Northern Lightsâ€ť itinerary.
Arrival at Keflavik International airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.
If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. Weâ€™d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. Itâ€™s a wonderful way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. Itâ€™s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy cafĂ©.
Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a wonderful way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.
Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.
Approximate distance: ca185km / 115miles
Northern Lights Centre â€“ National Park with Geological Wonders â€“ Lively Geysers â€“ The Famous Golden Falls
Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Start your adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. Youâ€™ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. Youâ€™ll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film. You can also get assistance from the staff in adjusting your cameraâ€™s settings for northern lights photos.
Depart Reykjavik and head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the worldâ€™s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Icelandâ€™s largest lake. This place makes us Icelanders enormously proud of our heritage, and your guide will show you some of the amazing sites here. You might even have a rare chance to walk between two continents!
Continue on to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, youâ€™ll visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Icelandâ€™s capital â€ścityâ€ť during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church.
During the day you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. Youâ€™ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in hot sands. Youâ€™ll have the chance to taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. Itâ€™s especially delicious slathered in sweet Icelandic butter.
If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.
Dinner and overnight in the Golden Circle area
Day 3 Eyjafallajokull - KirkjubaejarklausturAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles
Waterfalls â€“ Lava Centre â€“ Glacial Views â€“ Black Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially 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 roaming in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful 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 Centreâ€™s cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the areaâ€™s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.
Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie. It has an interesting history geologically, and it just may also be hiding some buried treasure from the Middle Ages. Weâ€™d like you to meet some of our best countrymen with a visit to an Icelandic Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) base. We Icelanders are immensely proud of our rescue teams. Thousands of Icelandic volunteers dedicate themselves to work for ICE-SAR rescue teams and assisting in accident prevention programs. Their joint mission is to prevent accidents and save human lives. ICE-SAR serves in both Icelandic and international rescue efforts. Youâ€™ll meet some members of the team and get an introduction to the unique ICE-SAR program.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sand, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland. The snows of winter make this landscape into something very mysterious.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell National Park - JokulsarlonAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles
Western Europe's Largest National Park â€“ Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â€“ Europeâ€™s Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! Youâ€™ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europeâ€™s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure that camera is loaded and ready!) Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
Next, youâ€™ll view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial â€śtonguesâ€ť that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. Visit the national parkâ€™s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.
After your amazing day, your group will return to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Reykjavik Natura Berjaya Hotel
Approximate distance: ca365km / 227miles
Greenhouse Village â€“ Thundering Waves â€“ Geothermal Lagoon
Approximate Driving Distance: 365 km / 227 miles Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit 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 flower greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.
Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breathtaking sea waves, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region.
The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of 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 your guide bids you farewell at the hotel. The evening is open for you to enjoy your own activities. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 6 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.
Let us provide you with a great introduction to Iceland and its unique wonders
Weâ€™ll take you to many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
Enjoy a glimpse into Icelandic life with activities like meeting Icelandic horses and a visit to a geothermal bakery
Price IncludesBlue Lagoon Admission, Including Towel Rental, Silica Mud Mask and One Drin
Visit to a Local Horse Farm, Meet Icelandic Horses and Refreshments
Entrance to the Lava Center and Lava Center Cinema
Visit to Outdoors Geothermal Bakery and Taste of Bread
Entrance to Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Center
Souvenir Icelandic Search and Rescue Keyring
Daily Breakfast Except Arrival Day
2 Nights Accommodation in Reykjavik
Expert English Speaking Local Guide from Day 2 to Day 5
Use of Crampons/Cleats (if Needed) for Walking on Snow/Ice Covered Surfaces
Seat Rotation During the Tour
Guided Coach Tour from Day 2 to Day 5
Free Wifi Onboard the Coach
3 Nights Accommodations in the Countryside
3x2 Course Dinners at Countryside Hotels
Price Does Not IncludeFlybus Transfers Roundtrip Keflavik International Airport
Keflavik Airport Transfers by Flybus
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