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10 Visits to Iceland

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

34 Countries visited

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Northern Lights Special

from £954 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route

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Stay in prime aurora viewing location with optional wake up call

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Take a dip in the naturally-heated waters of the Blue Lagoon

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Enjoy amazing night sky viewing in Hotel Ranga's observatory

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Relax in outdoor hot tubs

Why this trip...

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Nordic Heritage

With over 38 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Overview

Spending two nights at idyllic Hotel Ranga deep in the spectacular countryside of Southwest Iceland, this escorted short break provides excellent opportunities for seeing the aurora borealis. An expert-guided tour of the Golden Circle’s natural wonders is included, along with tour around Reykjanes and the legendary Blue Lagoon.

Northern lights watching at Hotel Ranga

Around an hour's drive from Reykjavik, the friendly, ranch-style Hotel Ranga is in prime aurora country: clear horizons, big skies and no artificial light pollution. An aurora wake-up service ensures you never miss a sighting, while the hotel’s superb observatory has computerised telescopes for incredible night sky viewing. You can also gaze at the cosmos from outdoor hot tubs – or keep an eye on the northern lights through the picture windows of the restaurant while enjoying gourmet meals prepared using fresh local produce.

The Golden Circle

On this exciting short break, you’ll spend a full day exploring the famous Golden Circle with its iconic trio of natural wonders: the twin-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss thundering into an ice-encrusted gorge, Geysir’s seething mud pits and Strokkur fountain geyser and Thingvellir’s fascinating history and plate tectonics.

Reykjanes and the Blue Lagoon

On your third day, a visit the Reykjanes Peninsula with its black sandy beaches, hot springs and stunning cliffs.  A relaxing dip in the therapeutic, naturally heated waters of the Blue Lagoon is also included, followed by a night at the Northern Light Inn.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Iceland

Arrive in Keflavik in the late afternoon. The group will then be transferred with their guide to Hotel Ranga for a two night stay on a half board basis (dinner will be a 3 course set menu). Please note that arrangements are usually made for participants to dine as a group.

Arrive in Keflavik in the late afternoon. The group will then be transferred with their guide to Hotel Ranga for a two night stay on a half board basis (dinner will be a 3 course set menu). Please note that arrangements are usually made for participants to dine as a group.

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Hotel Ranga, near Hella

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Day 2 exploring the Golden Circle

Spend the day exploring the famed Golden Circle route including Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss and the spouting geysers of Geysir.

Spend the day exploring the famed Golden Circle route including Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss and the spouting geysers of Geysir.

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Day 3 Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

The scenery on the Reykjanes Peninsula is spectacular and dramatic. Today you will visit the fishing village of Grindavik. Continue further west to the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, see migratory birding cliffs, and walk across a bridge between two continents: at Sandvik, a small footbridge crosses a major fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Then continue on to the world famous Blue Lagoon for a dip in the warm waters then transfer to the Northern Light Inn for an overnight stay. The guide will leave the group upon arrival at the hotel. The dining options for this evening vary but your guide and the reception staff will be able to make a recommendation should you wish. All dining options for this evening are payable locally.

The scenery on the Reykjanes Peninsula is spectacular and dramatic. Today you will visit the fishing village of Grindavik. Continue further west to the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, see migratory birding cliffs, and walk across a bridge between two continents: at Sandvik, a small footbridge crosses a major fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Then continue on to the world famous Blue Lagoon for a dip in the warm waters then transfer to the Northern Light Inn for an overnight stay. The guide will leave the group upon arrival at the hotel. The dining options for this evening vary but your guide and the reception staff will be able to make a recommendation should you wish. All dining options for this evening are payable locally.

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Northern Light Inn

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Day 4 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik for the flight back to the UK. If your flight is in the afternoon you may want to book an optional excursion to the capital Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour of the small but unique city (subject to minimum numbers).

Transfer to Keflavik for the flight back to the UK. If your flight is in the afternoon you may want to book an optional excursion to the capital Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour of the small but unique city (subject to minimum numbers).

Optional excursion

Reykjavik Sightseeing excursion

This optional excursion takes you to the beautiful capital city of Reykjavik where you will visit the main sights and learn about the history of the city.

You will visit the old town, which includes Höfði house where the historic summit between American president Ronald Reagan and Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986, before continuing onto the stunning Harpa concert hall.

Then by foot you will walk with you guide around the city centre, visiting the infamous Hallgrímskirkja church, whose unique design was inspired by the basalt lava columns. Then on to the viewing platform at Perlan which provides a 360° view over Reykjavík.

The final stop is to visit Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland before travelling back to the airport for your flight home.

Please note that this excursion is subject to minimum numbers (6 participants). At the end of the excursion, you will be dropped off at Keflavik airport unless otherwise agreed.

Price from £134 per person. For more information and availability, please speak to our Travel Specialists.

Tour duration: 5 hours

Prices and Departures

Price from £954 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 2 nights at Hotel Ranga on half board basis, 1 night at Northern Light Inn on breakfast basis
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners at Hotel Ranga (3 course set menu)
  • Entrance to Blue Lagoon as per itinerary
  • Aurora Wake-up Service
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide
  • 24-hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2021/22 Departures

From prices per person, based on standard rooms with private facilities

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price Status of Tour
Thu 20 Jan 2022 3 nights £954 £1,155 Available
Thu 17 Feb 2022 3 nights £954 £1,155 Available
Thu 03 Mar 2022 3 nights £954 £1,155 Available

2022/23 Departures

From prices per person, based on standard rooms with private facilities

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price Status of Tour
Thu 17 Nov 2022 3 nights £988 £1,228 Available
Thu 26 Jan 2023 3 nights £996 £1,242 Available
Thu 02 Mar 2023 3 nights £996 £1,242 Available

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 8 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 29. Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

Meet our expert

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One of our specialists
Meet Eric

10 Visits to Iceland

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

34 Countries visited

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