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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights
Icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate IcelandÂ´s beautiful, yet rugged landscape. On a guided coach tour, experience the hidden powers of the island including views of the notorious EyjafjallajĂ¶kull volcano and the breathtaking Glacial lagoon. With several nights spent in stunning rural locations, youâ€™ll be perfectly situated to hunt the magical Northern Lights.
Hunting the beautiful natural phenomenon the Northern Lights
Soak in the Blue Lagoonâ€™s geothermal seawater
Uncover the impact and power of recent volcanic eruption in EyjafjallajĂ¶kull
Visit Ăžingvellir National Park, a place of great historical and geological significance
Enjoy freshly baked â€śhot spring breadâ€ť from the Geysir area and wash it down with Icelandic schnapps. Visit an Icelandic milk and beef farm. Discover the diverse nature along the south coast of Iceland, with volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. Walk around the banks of the awe-inspiring Glacial lagoon
Min. 2 participants
Max. 35 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.
Natura Icelandair 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.
Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique wonders
View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
Experience the amazing variety in Icelandâ€™s landscape, with volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Icelandâ€”and our planet
Walk along the banks of the amazing, iceberg-filled Glacier Lagoon
Take stunning photographs at the dramatic Diamond Beach
Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
Learn how Icelanders use geothermal power, including for baking ( Winter 2019-2020 departures)
See famous Icelandic volcanoes and their impacts on the area around them
Relax each evening in specially-selected, quality hotels with private facilities
Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
Take advantage of great value with included meals and activities
Hunt for northern lights (weather permitting)
Please note that northern lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
Price IncludesHotel Accommodation As in Itinerary With Daily Breakfast
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Northern Lights Guided Hunt on Foot One Selected Evening
Northern Lights Hunt Kit (use of Flashlight, Blanket & Hot Dr
Blue Lagoon Admission, Including Towel Rental, Silica Mud Mask and One Drin
Guided Coach Tour from Day 2 to Day 6
Dinners in the Countryside As Mentioned
Price Does Not IncludeAirport Transfers Kirkenes
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