Nature’s Treasures and Northern Lights – Winter
During this unforgettable guided tour you will be introduced to the best-known natural treasures that are tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas.
- Explore Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik
- Learn about elves and trolls from your tour guide
- See amazing scenery on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula including volcanoes and glaciers and take a boat tour on Breidafjordur Bay
- Fall in love with the adorable, gentle-natured Icelandic horse (don’t call them ponies or they won’t love you back!)
- Relax and soak your troubles away at the Blue Lagoon spa with its silica-rich, turquoise water
Group Size: 36
November: 15, 22, 29
February: 07, 14, 21, 287
March: 07, 14, 28
US$1,174 – twin
US$1,444 – single
November 2017 – April 2018:
US$1,110 – twin
US$1,324 – single
Optional Meal Plans:
Upgrade to 3-course Chef’s Choice fixed menu, 3 dinners in Countryside – US$104 per person if booked in advance with your tour.
Prices are shown in US$ per person based on two people sharing a twin room and one person in a single room. Triple rooms are not available on this tour. Prices are set in US$ and CA$ prices are not available for this program.
Arrive Iceland at Keflavik airport and transfer downtown (extra charge) for your day at leisure in Reykjavik and an overnight stay.
Reykjavik Sightseeing – Lighthouse Views – Unique Waterfall Duo
Discover first-hand the colourful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour. Catch the city’s energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colourful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbour district. Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay). Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline. Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal. Overnight in Borgarnes area.
Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.
“Viking Sushi” Sailing – Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier
After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience “Viking Sushi,” a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters. Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquillity of Snaefelljokull National Park, which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). Dinner and overnight again in Borgarnes area.
Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavourable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.
Golden Circle of Natural Wonders – Tasting at Dairy Farm – Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village
Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers. Its centrepiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world’s oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. Following the road through the fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavours at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times. The journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow. Dinner and overnight in Hveragerdi or similar.
Reykjanes Seacoast – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik
Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds. Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krysuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Proceed to the town of Grindavik with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavik (lunch is on your own), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon. End today‘s sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland’s raw nature. Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and an energizing geothermal massage waterfall. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud. Rub some of this onto your skin to soften it, an essential part of the Blue Lagoon spa experience. Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer back to the airport (extra cost) to catch your flight home.
This day by day itinerary is subject to change by the tour operator without advance notice. The tour operator’s itinerary takes precedence over this outline.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
- 3 nights countryside hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily at hotel (except morning of arrival)
- 3 one-course Chef’s Choice dinners and coffee/tea, on days in the countryside
- Fully guided coach tour from day 2 to the end of day 5
- Northern Lights video/DVD shown in the evening at your hotel
- Northern light hunting kit on day 3 or 4 (flash light, blanket and Thermos with hot chocolate)
- Northern lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
- Northern lights hunt kit on day 2 or 3
- Special Northern Lights wake up call during the night (an option at countryside hotels)
- Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting
- Visit to an Icelandic farm and a tasting of local food
- Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse with a horse stable visit
- Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes
- Blue Lagoon bathing fee and towel rental
- Airfare to/from Iceland
- Round trip transfers between Keflavik airport and downtown Reykjavik hotels
- Breakfast on day of arrival
- Optional tours not listed above
- Treatment packages at the Blue Lagoon spa
- Meals, drinks and refreshments not indicated
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Passport and visa fees, if necessary
Each day brings unique encounters with local traditions, from tasting fermented shark, to meeting our Viking horses, and enjoying homemade skyr (a type of thick yogurt) at a dairy farm. Sample freshly caught seafood out at sea, walk among geological wonders of the Golden Circle and take in the magnificence of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. At day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of Northern Lights.
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