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Northern Lights Special

from £1156 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Feb, Oct-Nov
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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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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.


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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Around an hour's drive from Reykjavik, this cosy riverside lodge offers four-star comfort and fine dining in the volcanic heart of rural Iceland.

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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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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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A delightful, well-appointed hotel in a great location.

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Transfer to Keflavik for the flight back to the UK (payable locally). 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 £180 per person. For more information and availability, please speak to our Travel Specialists.

Tour duration: 5 hours

Prices and Departures

Price from £1156 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

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
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide
  • 24-hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2023/24 Departures

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

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price
Thu 26 Oct 23 3 nights £1,156 £1,485
Thu 16 Nov 23 3 nights £1,156 £1,485
Thu 01 Feb 24 3 nights £1,172 £1,509

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 10 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.

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As independent destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown on this website or creating something bespoke.


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