Land of Northern Lights Escorted Tour
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The Land of Northern Lights, escorted tour is 5 day/4 night winter trip to Reykjavik and the Icelandic countryside. Explore Southwest Iceland, known for its natural wonders and cultural sites. See glittering glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields and steaming hot springs. Bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit an Icelandic horse farm and travel close to the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. You overnight two nights in Reykjavik and two nights in the countryside. It’s 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.
A fantastic-value package, the tour provides basic accommodation for an authentic, rustic Icelandic experience. Spend the first and last evening of the trip in Guesthouse Borgartún in Reykjavik, and go native at the outdoorsy Árhús Cabins in Hella for the rest of the trip – with free Wi-Fi access, a small kitchenette in each cabin and an onsite restaurant, you’ll have everything you need here.
For a more luxurious experience, be sure to upgrade the tour and stay in acclaimed local hotels instead. Downtown Reykjavik’s Centerhotel Plaza and Hella’s Stracta Hotel offer cosier, more indulgent accommodation to retreat to on your exploration of the great Icelandic outdoors. Please note, hotels are subject to availability.
Tours begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and include the following highlights.
Day 1, Tue or Thu: Welcome to Iceland.
Flybus shuttle to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend one night. Free shuttle bus available from the guesthouse to downtown Reykjavik.
Day 2, Wed or Fri: Reykjavik City Tour, The Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula.
The day begins with a guided tour of the highlights of Iceland's 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, soak off your travels in the warm blue mineral waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. You stay two nights in accommodation in South Iceland. 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.
Day 3, Thu or Sat: South Iceland
Today head along the South coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier.
Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain, with a trail that goes behind the falling water. Stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the afternoon visit Skogafoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Nearby is one of Iceland's finest folk museums containing an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts. In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights, and if the night is clear you may see the Northern Lights swirling in the sky.
Day 4, Fri or Sun: Horses & Golden Circle
In the morning, learn about the Icelandic horse and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Then travel along the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive, before seeing Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss "the golden falls", a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river, before heading inland to Thingvellir National Park, before returning to Reykjavík for one night.
Day 5, Sat or Mon: Departure Home
Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.
All rooms offer private shower/wc.
This is a great value for money winter program. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on the tour buses. All tours are guided in English and maximum group size is 40 persons.
This is a 4 night English speaking guided tour, starting on a Tuesday or a Thursday, available from 04/10/16 - 13/4/17. (Some exceptions in December)
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