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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights
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)
Group size: maximum 16 or 36
Good to Know: Generally, on Day 2 â€“ 5 there will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour driving between each tour stop. Youâ€™ll arrive at each nightâ€™s accommodation in the late afternoon.
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 arrive earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. Weâ€™d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. 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 Icelandâ€™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: 185km / 115miles
National Park with Geological Wonders â€“ Lively Geysers â€“ 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.
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. You might even have a rare chance to walk between two continents!
Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Finally, youâ€™ll visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.
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 power and hot water. Youâ€™ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in hot sands. You can taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. Itâ€™s especially delicious eaten with Icelandic butter and smoked trout.
Dinner and overnight in South Iceland.
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.
Day 3 Skogar - Eyjafallajokull - KirkjubaejarklausturAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate Distance: 200 km / 124 miles
Waterfalls â€“ The 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 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. Enjoy the exhibit and an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes. 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).
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.
Head onwards 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 to your overnight.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4 Vatnajokull Glacier - Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell National Park - KirkjubaejarklausturAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate Distance: 260 km / 162 miles
Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â€“ Europeâ€™s Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today 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! Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
Visit the national parkâ€™s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.
Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 5 Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Grindavik - ReykjavikAccommodation: Reykjavik Fosshotel
Approximate Distance: 365 km / 227 miles
Greenhouse Village â€“ Icelandic Horses â€“ Thundering Waves â€“ Geothermal Lagoon
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 â€śThe Flower Villageâ€ť because of its geothermal greenhouses.
Next, youâ€™ll visit a horse farm to meet some locals: Icelandic horses. This Viking horse breed played a pivotal role in Icelandic history. Enjoy petting these friendly horses and snapping a few selfies with them. Youâ€™ll also taste some sweet refreshments that are traditionally served on Icelandic farms.
Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breathtaking sea waves. The road 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 IncludesUse of Crampons/Cleats for Walking on Snow/Ice Surfaces
Blue Lagoon Admission, Including Towel Rental, Silica Mud Mask and One Drin
3 Nights Accommodations in Countryside Hotels
Seat Rotation During the Tour
Northern Lights Guided Hunt on Foot One Selected Evening
Guided Coach Tour from Day 2 to Day 5
Expert English Speaking Local Guide from Day 2 to Day 5
Fee Wi-Fi Onboard Coach
2 Nights Accommodation in Reykjavik
Daily Breakfast Except Arrival Day
3x Two-Course Dinners in the Countryside
Souvenir Icelandic Search and Rescue Keyring
Entrance to Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Center
Visit to Outdoors Geothermal Bakery and Taste of Bread
Entrance to the Lava Center and Lava Center Cinema
Visit to a Local Horse Farm, Meet Icelandic Horses and Refreshments
Price Does Not IncludeRound-Trip Transfers Between Airport and Hotel
Personal Travel Insurance (highly Recommended)
Baggage Porterage at Airport/Hotel
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