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Auroras, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon
Winter Short Break to Explore Highlights of Iceland
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 Vatnaj√∂kull 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.
WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflav√≠k International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjav√≠k 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 Reykjav√≠k. 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!¬†
(270km / 168mls)
At 09:00am meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with a short city tour around Reykjav√≠k. We explore the Golden Circle route. The first stop is at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Next, we visit the hot springs at Geysir and travel to the double waterfall, Gullfoss. We continue to Keri√į, a caldera with a crater lake on the bottom and which resembles an ancient amphitheater. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. We will stay for one night in South Iceland.
Day 3 Jokulsarlon - Vatnajokull GlacierMeals: Breakfast
(325km / 202mls)
A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice, and icebergs. We travel to Vatnaj√∂kull, Europe‚Äôs largest national park and glacier and to J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n glacial lagoon which is filled with floating icebergs. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Tonight you can enjoy a movie presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. 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.
From mid-November to mid-March an optional ice-cave visit at Vatnaj√∂kull glacier is offered; which can be booked with the tour guide on day 2 of the tour. Payment is on site and includes return transfers to the hotel.
Adventure Hotel Hof near Skaftafell. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
(357km / 222mls).
Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of V√≠k where we attend the stunning Icelandic Lava Show; the only exhibition in the world where you can experience actual flowing lava! By melting lava and pouring it on ice in a room full of people, you‚Äôll be able to see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the heat that radiates from it. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We pass the glacier M√Ĺrdalsj√∂kull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallaj√∂kull. We continue to Sk√≥gafoss waterfall and stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. In the evening you return to Reykjavik for one last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot if the weather conditions are ideal.
Dinner is on your own.
Day 5 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjav√≠k to Keflav√≠k Airport
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 Includes4 Nights Accommodation in Simple Tourist-Class Hotels
3 Days Escorted Bus Tour With English-Speaking Guide/Driver-Guide
Arrival & Departure Airport Transfer by Flybus Plus Shuttle (no Guide) ‚ÄĘ
Entrance to Keri√į Volcano Crater
Entrance to the Icelandic Lava Show
Northern Lights Program During 2 Evenings
Price Does Not IncludeAir
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