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Iceland & The Northern Lights With Pete Lawrence

Europe
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TOME8963

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

5 days

by Air

PRICE FROM ? £699 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Iceland, the newest country on earth, is raw nature at its very best. Discover the fascinating capital of Reykjavík before heading into the great wilderness and remoteness of natural Iceland. See where the European and American Tectonic plates are slowly moving apart. Marvel at the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and experience the bubbling muds and spectacle of the exploding Geyser. Walk behind mighty waterfalls and gaze upon black sands. As if this is not enough, Iceland is also perfectly placed to witness the spectacular Northern Lights and, unlike tours centred in more light-polluted areas, we have the opportunity of watching out for them from the comfort of our hotel, remotely located on the riverbank in Hella.

For those wishing to learn more about the Northern Lights and the night sky or master the art of taking impressive photos of them, Pete Lawrence from the BBC’s TheSky at Night will be travelling with us to offer a helping hand.

At a glance

  • Witness the Northern Lights direct from our cosy, secluded Hotel
  • Included presentation on astro photography and night sky viewing with Pete Lawrence
  • Golden Circle tour
  • South Iceland tour
  • Visits to Urriðafoss Waterfall and Krýsuvík

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Iceland & Reykjavík

Fly to Keflavík. On arrival, take the shuttle bus to your overnight hotel in the heart of Reykjavík, the country's capital. The rest of the day is spent at leisure. The city is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history while the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills.

Day 2 – Golden Circle Tour & Night Sky Viewing

After breakfast, our coach and English speaking guide collect us from the hotel for our Golden Circle Tour which embraces the very best of Iceland. Tour highlights include the Þingvellir National Park with its magnificent views and natural wonders such as the Almannagjá gorge and Lake Þingvallavatn; the famous Geysir hot spring area with boiling mud pits and geysers such as the lively Strokkur geyser which spouts water up to 30 metres into the air every few minutes; and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall which is, by volume of water, the biggest waterfall in Europe.

Later this afternoon we check in to the Hotel Lækur in Hella, where we stay for two nights. After our two-course dinner, there’s the option to join Pete Lawrence for an informative presentation on the Northern Lights and the best way to photograph them. After the presentation and subject to suitable weather conditions, we go outside and explore the night sky, again with the help of Pete and wait in anticipation for the Aurora to appear. An “Aurora watch” will be in operation until at least midnight for those who wish to be woken up to see them!

Day 3 – South Iceland Tour & Night Sky Viewing

We depart on our South Iceland Tour after breakfast. Walk behind waterfalls and wander along volcanic beaches and see the amazing glacier peaks. Highlights include the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls; the impressive rock formations and cliffs at Dyrhóley; the cliffs and black beach at Reynisfjara and the village of Vík, located near the absolute southernmost point in Iceland.

On our return to the hotel we enjoy a two-course dinner. Afterwards, there’s the option to join a further presentation with Pete Lawrence. Under his expert eye, we wait for the Aurora to make an impressive appearance. A Northern Lights watch will again operate until at least midnight for those who wish to be woken up to watch them.

Day 4 – Urriðafoss waterfall, Krýsuvík & Reykjanesbaer

We enjoy breakfast and depart for our final excursion. Our first stop is the scenic Urriðafoss waterfall in the mighty Þjórsá River before we continue on to explore the geothermal muds at Krýsuvík. The banks around the hot springs are coloured green, yellow and red and a boardwalk winds through the geothermal fields. There are also a number of lakes beside the mudpots and sulphur deposits.

Our coach then takes us to the coastal town of Reykjanesbaer with free time to explore. The town is located on the Reykjanes peninsula which has a rich music tradition and colourful culture. Reykjanesbær houses the Viking World Museum, the Icelandic Museum of Rock & Roll and, at the Duus cultural centre, the Reykjanes heritage and art museums. Later we check in to our overnight hotel.

Day 5 – Departure

We check out of our hotel and transfer to Keflavík airport for our return flight home.

Please note: as the Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee a successful sighting.

Accommodation

Offering a welcoming atmosphere and Scandinavian décor, the 3-star Frón Hotel is located in the heart of Reykjavík. The stylish en-suite rooms feature satellite TV, a minibar and free Wi-Fi. The neighbouring Scandinavian Restaurant serves the hotel’s buffet breakfast as well as Nordic dishes.

The family-owned Hotel Lækur is a modern 3-star hotel, peacefully located on an Icelandic horse farm close to the village of Hella in southern Iceland, an area renowned for its beautiful and untouched nature. The hotel proudly offers the all-around Icelandic experience, surrounded by magical landscapes, close to both breathtaking natural wonders and local entertainment. All the rooms feature an en-suite shower room and other facilities include free Wi-Fi, a bar, lounge, restaurant, drying room and an outside viewing terrace, perfect to watch out for the Northern Lights.

With its convenient location near Keflavík Airport, the 3-star BB Hotel is an ideal base for the last night of our break. The spacious en-suite rooms offer TV and free Wi-Fi, and the hotel also features a bar in the cosy lobby lounge.

Bullets

  • Return flights to Keflavík
  • Airport taxes and hand luggage only
  • 1 night at the 3-star Frón Hotel, Reykjavík with breakfast
  • 2 nights at the 3-star Hotel Lækur, Hella with dinner & breakfast
  • 1 night at the 3-star BB Hotel, Keflavík Airport with breakfast
  • Full day Golden Circle Tour with an English speaking guide
  • Full day South Iceland Tour with an English speaking guide
  • Visits to the Urriðafoss Waterfall & Krýsuvík with an English speaking guide
  • 2 presentations and astro photography guidance by Pete Lawrence
  • 2 nights watching for the Northern Lights with Pete Lawrence
  • Services of a tour manager

    Please note: the one-way shuttle service from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík is not included and costs around £15pp.*

    *prices are subject to currency fluctuation and local supplier rate changes.

Search Bullets

  • Return flights to Keflavík
  • 1 night at the 3-star Frón Hotel, Reykjavík with breakfast
  • 2 nights at the 3-star Hotel Lækur, Hella with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to the Urriðafoss Waterfall & Krýsuvík with an English speaking guide
  • 2 presentations and astro photography guidance by Pete Lawrence
  • 2 nights watching for the Northern Lights with Pete Lawrence

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