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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 EyjafjallajÃ¶kull volcano and the breathtaking Glacial lagoon. With several nights spent in stunning rural locations, youâll be perfectly situated to hunt the magical Northern Lights.
Hunting the beautiful natural phenomenon the Northern Lights
Soak in the Blue Lagoonâs geothermal seawater
Uncover the impact and power of recent volcanic eruption in EyjafjallajÃ¶kull
Visit Ãingvellir National Park, a place of great historical and geological significance
Enjoy freshly baked âhot spring breadâ 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
Arrival at the Keflavik airport. We would be happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers as transfers to/from the airport are not included.
Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name âSmoky Bayâ after the columns of steamthat rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. Weâd 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 great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.
Northern lights centre - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Center. Youâll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. If you have a camera, the staff at the center will also show you how to capture northern lights on film and help you with adjusting the settings for this.
Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the worldâs oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Icelandâs largest lake.
Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Icelandâs capital 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. Youâll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. Itâs especially delicious slathered in 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 south coast area at Selfoss Hotel or similar
Day 3 Eyjafallajokull - KirkjubaejarklausturAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Waterfalls â Lava Centre - Glacial Views - 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 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 Centreâs cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the areaâs 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 Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.
Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both of them are a âmust-seeâ for photographs. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss falls.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland.
Dinner and overnight stay in Southeast Iceland.
Day 4 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell National Park - JokulsarlonAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Western Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europeâs largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe, and the total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial 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.
Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national parkâs famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Greenhouse Village â Thundering Waves - 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 "The Flower Village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breath-taking 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 the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.
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 Icelandâs landscape, with volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Icelandâand 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 5
Dinners in the Countryside As Mentioned
Price Does Not IncludeAirport Transfers
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