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Land of the Northern Lights
Winter is a magical time of the year and everything is in a different kind of bloom. The air is crisp, the trees are naked and the green grass and soil forcibly frozen together. The red berries that fall on the ground at the end of summer are glued to the frozen ground covered in a thin layer of snow and the little that is left of the patches of green grass is mother nature‚Äôs own Christmas decoration. Magic is in the air.
During the day we explore Southwest Iceland, known for its natural wonders and cultural sites. We see glittering glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields and steaming hot springs. We bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, we walk on a black lava beach, we visit an Icelandic horse farm and we travel close to the famous Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano. If you like, you can make a snowman, soak in an outdoor hot tub and stay awake all night to search for the northern lights. We overnight in a small hotel in the countryside. It‚Äôs truly a magnificent place to be on a dark clear night when the stars are out and a full moon lights up the surroundings. On the best of nights, the northern lights come out to dance as well.
Iceland is rapidly becoming one of Europe‚Äôs most popular summer destinations and could easily become one of the most popular winter destinations to visit with the right promotion. In spite of image of cold, winter is the season during which mother nature blows you away in Iceland. This short getaway tour to Iceland gives you an insight to Iceland's nature and cultural life, staying 2 nights in Iceland's capital and 2 nights in a country hotel in South Iceland that is ideal for the search of northern lights.
WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflav√≠k International Airport to Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjav√≠k where you spend one night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.
Overnight Klettur Hotel or similar
At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm mineral waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. We stay for two nights in at Hotel Stracta in South Iceland. In the evening, we hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide at √Ārh√ļs Cottages. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights
Day 3 VikMeals: Breakfast
SOUTH ICELAND¬†(200 km/124 mls)
Today we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! At the seaside, you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near V√≠k. In the afternoon visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Sk√≥gafoss waterfall. It is next to one of Iceland's finest folk museums, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of √Ārh√ļs Cottages and the Stracta Hotel in Hella are very large and dark that offers you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there is Northern Lights".
HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE¬†(210 km/130 mls)
In the morning you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Travel the Golden Circle route. See steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hv√≠t√° River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. Head inland to √ěingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjav√≠k for your last night at Klettur Hotel or similar. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked while in destination, if the weather conditions are ideal.
Day 5 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjav√≠k to Keflav√≠k airport.
* Please note: Dec 29, 2017 New Years departure price is $ 1875 per person double and single supplement is $650
Winter 2017/2018 departures offers an optional glacier hike on day 3.
In rare cases, 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 we will try the find reasonable alternatives where and when ever possible.
Price IncludesNorthern Lights Program With 2 Evenings of Lectures, Presentations, Film an
Visit to Icelandic Horse Stables & Geothermal Greenhouse
Entrance Fee to Sk√≥Gar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
Entrance With Towel to Blue Lagoon
4 Nights Accommodation in 3 Star Hotels and Country Guesthouses/Cottages in
Fully Escorted 3 Day Coach Tour With English or English Speaking Guide
Arrival and Departure Transfers Keflavik by Flybus
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