Iceland & The Northern Lights - 4 Days
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW18646
- Travel Type: Air
3 nights. February 2019 - March 2020. From £699.00.
Explore the 'Land of Fire and Ice' and search for a celestial phenomenon
Enjoy a break with a difference, as you fly to the 'Land of Fire and Ice' to discover and explore one of Europe's most surprising, warm and welcoming and most happening cities, together with its surrounding glaciated landscape of smouldering volcanoes, plunging waterfalls, bubbling thermal pools and spouting geysers. With the chance perhaps to witness the extraordinary Aurora Borealis, a sight that has captivated and bewildered generations, this is a simply irresistible few days away.
Although situated almost on the Arctic Circle, compact Reykjavik is 'warmed' by the Gulf Stream and is surprisingly temperate. Set between the mountains and the sea, with an almost 'Toytown'-like appearance due to its colourfully painted wooden houses, it offers a wide range of shopping, some excellent restaurants and cafes, and a lively night-life.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a guided tour of Reykjavik, Europe's most northerly capital city
Head out of the city in search of the astonishing Aurora Borealis
The opportunity to join an optional excursion to the famous 'Blue Lagoon'
Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at your chosen hotel in Reykjavik
Return flights from your chosen airport to Keflavik
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Iceland's Keflavik Airport, meet your Tour Manager and make the short transfer into the capital. The rest of the day is free.
Day TwoThis morning's included guided tour will be the ideal way to get acquainted with Reykjavik and its surroundings. You'll take in the Presidential Residence in its idyllic shore-side setting at Bessastaoir, and the brightly coloured fishing town of Hafnarfjord, as well as the Houses of Parliament, the Lutheran Cathedral, the University Quarter and the towering Hallgrim's Church, Iceland's tallest - and most memorable - building.
This afternoon gives you the chance to explore Reykjavik under your own steam, although many will want to join the optional excursion to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon outdoor spa, whose mineral-laden waters have long been recognised for their health-giving properties - for which no visit to Iceland is complete without a visit.
Day ThreeToday brings the opportunity to experience 'Iceland in a Nutshell', on the hugely popular optional Golden Circle tour. Join our Tour Manager for an unforgettable day that includes visits to the extraordinary sight of Thingvellir, a great lava arena deep in the Continental Rift valley, where the world's oldest national parliament, the Althing, was established in 930AD, and to Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest freshwater lake. You'll also take in the active geothermal area site where the 'original' Geysir is now all but extinct, but where its near neighbour Strokkur spouts impressively every ten minutes or so. The fascinating tour is completed with a visit to the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, perhaps Iceland's most beautiful natural wonder.
This evening, the highlight of the break will be the included trip out of the city in search of a sighting of the fabled Aurora Borealis, the celestial wonder caused by the interaction of solar particles with the polar atmosphere during the winter months. Truly awe-inspiring, the Northern Lights, should you be lucky enough to view them, are a never-to-be-forgotten sight, and a fitting way to spend your final night.
Day FourTransfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful few days. Back to top
This modern, well-equipped hotel is set on the promenade overlooking scenic Faxafloi Bay. It is a 25-minute walk from the city centre.
The hotel has a restaurant, which serves a buffet breakfast, and a lobby bar.
Each room offers satellite TV and private facilities.Center Hotel Plaza
Located in the heart of Reykjavik's Old City, and surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars, this hotel offers first-class accommodation with a modern ambience.
In addition to an excellent buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices, the hotel has a popular bar.
Rooms are well-appointed and have private facilities, free Wi-Fi, TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik
The Hotel Klettur stands in an enviable location close to Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping street, and its many restaurants. It is also a pleasant walk from the elegant harbour and Hallgrim's Church.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Viewing the Northern LightsPlease note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be able to view them during your visit. The order of the itinerary may change in order to give you the best chance of experiencing them.
Passports and visasYou will need a full 10-year British Passport (valid for a further 6 months on return to the UK) for this holiday. Children require their own passport. Holders of non-British Passports may need a visa. If you are in any doubt, please contact both the Iceland Embassy on 020 7259 3999 and the airline prior to departure, as information can change. We cannot except liability if you are refused entry because of invalid documents.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure. Back to top