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Northern Lights Special

from £1368 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Jan-Feb, 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 40 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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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 or along the South Coast, as well as 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.

South Coast

Visit the spectacular highlights of Iceland’s South Coast including Skogafoss which is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country, admire the iconic Reynisfjara black sand beach and take in the impressive views of the Solheimajökull outlet glacier.

Blue Lagoon

Enjoy 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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Visit the spectacular South Coast with the highlights of Skogafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vik village, Solheimajökull outlet glacier with a walk towards the viewing area & Seljalandfoss. Your guide will also show you Gjlufrabúi waterfall, the gorge dweller, which only a few minutes’ walk from Seljalandsfoss.

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Visit the famed Golden Circle route including Þingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the spectacular cascading waterfall Gullfoss and the spouting geyser of Geysir. 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 extend your tour of Iceland’s dramatic coastline by booking an optional excursion to explore the Reykjanes Peninsular (subject to minimum numbers).

Optional excursion

Reykjanes Peninsula excursion

Extend your tour of Iceland’s dramatic coastline and geology with an optional excursion to see the Reykjanes Peninsula. You will cross dramatic lava flows, visit stunning black sand and rock beaches, witness geothermal pools at Seltun Geothermal Area and  visit the fishing village of Grindavík. Continue further west to the Reykjanesviti lighthouse and walk across the small footbridge that crosses a major fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

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 £121 per person. For more information and availability, please speak to our Travel Specialists.

Tour duration: 5 hours

Prices and Departures

Price from £1368 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 »

Iceland Volcano Disruption Protection
We are proud of our excellent reputation for looking after our clients, without question. Should the unexpected occur our team of dedicated Travel Specialists are on call 24/7 to make any necessary alternative plans at no cost to you.

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

2024/25 Departures

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

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price Special departure
Thu 21 Nov 24 3 nights £1,372 £1,762
Thu 30 Jan 25 3 nights £1,499 £2,016 Deluxe rooms at Hotel Ranga
Thu 20 Feb 25 3 nights £1,368 £1,753
Thu 27 Feb 25 3 nights £1,405 (Twin share) £1,759 Exclusively solo travellers

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum number of participants of 12 in order to operate, and all departures 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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To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.