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Auroras, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon

Winter Short Break to Explore Highlights of Iceland

Current Special
10% discount if booked before Oct 31st 2018 for travel October 2018 - March 2019

2019 Departures
January 13, 27
February 02
March 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
Prices From$1280 per Person Double
$325 Single Supplement
2018 Departures
October 07, 14, 21, 28
November 04, 11, 18, 25
December 02, 09, 16
Prices From$1280 per Person Double
$325 Single Supplement
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Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. You visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South coast and Vatnajökull national park. You see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colourful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glistering glaciers and restless geology. There is always a thrilling potential for the night sky to be decorated with the jewels of the amazing aurora borealis. Imagine the excitement to search for the most spectacular - and natural - light show on earth.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Fosshotel Baron

WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hotdog and pizza too! 

 
Day 2     Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

VOLCANO HOUSE & THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE (220 km/136 mls) 

At 08:30 meet our tour guide and start the escorted tour program with short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðuháls in 2010, which caused millions of people to be stranded worldwide as thousands of flights were cancelled. These films give a good insight into the general geology and volcanology of Iceland. At the Volcano House you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition and examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on we depart Reykjavik for Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Þingvellir is one of Iceland's most fascinating historical and geological places. The site is situated on the boundaries of the tectonic plates of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make the rifting of the earth's crust evident. Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubble away in the ground until the pressure becomes too high and explode spectacularly. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. While Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into a canyon. Further south we stop at the explosion crater called Kerið which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. After dinner we show a movie about Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights educational program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. We stay for one night in simple cottages in South Iceland. 

 
Day 3     Jokulsarlon - Vatnajokull Glacier
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON (385 km/239 mls) 

A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see seals swimming in the arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and it is the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We stay for one night in the Vatnajökull region. 

 
Day 4     Eyjafallajokull - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Fosshotel Baron
Meals: Breakfast

SOUTH COAST (305 km/189 mls)

We head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and continue to Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country.  Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. In the evening you return to Reykjavik. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot, if the weather conditions are ideal. We stay one night in Iceland's capital.

 
Day 5     Reykjavik

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport

 

Notes

For 2017/2018 season the Fosshotel Nupar is replaced by Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon on day 3.

Practical Tour Information

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 910 km (564 miles) which is an average of 303 km (188 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days. 

NOTE: In rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but Scantours will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Price Includes
Visit to a Multi Media Presentation at the Volcano House in ReykjavíK
Escorted Coach Tour With an English Speaking Guide
2 Dinners
Daily Breakfast
Accommodations
Arrival & Departure Airport Transfer by Flybus
Entrance to Kerið Volcano Crater
Northern Lights Program During 2 Evenings
Use of Winter & Northern Lights Explorer Equipment
Simple Non-Slip Snow & Ice Grippers Spikes .
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