Orcas, Aurora and Icebergs

from £1825
excluding flights *
7 nights Mar

Overview

This thrilling week long guided tour visits some of Iceland's most celebrated natural wonders, with the added bonus of searching for orcas and the northern lights. Explore the famed Golden Circle route, the spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula and travel the South Coast past waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes to reach the incredible glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon.

Highlights

  • Two whale watching boat trips in search of orca
  • See the icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Learn about wildlife and the northern lights from our award-winning guides
  • Tour the scenic wonders of the South Coast, Golden Circle and Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Search for the northern lights in spectacular spots away from light pollution

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Northern Lights Bradt Guide

Full description

In search of killer whales

From mid-December to mid-April, the seas around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula are often swarming with herring – an irresistible lure to large pods of killer whales and dolphins as well as numerous seabirds. The two boat trips included in the holiday are often rewarded by close encounters with these charismatic cetaceans – our expert wildlife guides will shed light on their behaviour and help you identify dolphins and seabirds.

Northern lights watching in Arnarstapi

Spending three nights in a country hotel at the western tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, far from any artificial light pollution, you are well placed for witnessing the northern lights on this holiday. If the aurora borealis appears, simply step outside to witness the spellbinding spectacle. Our guides are experienced aurora hunters and photographers and will be able to help you capture the phenomenon with your camera.

More natural wonders

As well as orcas and aurora, this holiday is packed with other natural wonders – from the Golden Circle (featuring Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park) to the South Coast (Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, black-sand beaches, volcanoes and glaciers). You will also be able to enjoy wonderful short hikes along the rugged coast of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with the Atlantic on one side and a snowcapped volcano on the other. The jewel in the crown, however, has to be Jokulsarlon on the South Coast, where you will be able to witness the spectacle of a lagoon filled with icebergs and walk among their crystalline remains on a nearby black-sand beach.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Start End Twin Price (pp) Single Price Availability
Sat 16th Mar 2019 Sat 23rd Mar 2019 £1,825 £2,415 Available

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Two whale watching boat excursions
  • Transfers and day trips as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide
  • Northern Lights Bradt Guide

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Iceland

Arrive at Keflavik Airport and transfer to Hotel Frost & Fire , a drive of around one and half hours. This evening take advantage of the hotel’s remote location and keep an eye out for the elusive northern lights.

Day 2: South Coast and Waterfalls

After breakfast head to the south coast. Gaze out over the black sand beaches and wave-lashed cliffs of the south coast and feel the spray on your face as you stand at the foot of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two mighty curtains of cascading glacier meltwater. You will also drive past the base of Eyjafjallajokull, the infamous glacier covered volcano which erupted in 2010. Spend the next two nights at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

Day 3: Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon

Start the day by continuing east along the southern rim of Vatnajokull glacier, the largest in Europe, towards Skaftafell National Park where you can walk to a viewpoint over a glacier tongue riddled with deep crevasses. Then enjoy a visit to the photo friendly lagoon at Jokulsarlon, an Iceberg filled lake created by the discarded remains of a glacier in retreat. A short walk from here will lead you to the black sand beaches where the icebergs that have been swept out to sea and whose appearance has been naturally re-sculpted by the waves, later wash back up on to the shore. Here you will be able to get a closer look at the ice and even break some off to taste the purity of the water held within. This evening head back to Fosshotel Glacier lagoon for another overnight stay.

Day 4: South Coast and Lava Centre

Head back along the south coast and visit the Lava centre - the country’s largest earthquake and volcano museum. Continue to Hotel Frost & Fire your overnight stay.

Day 5: Golden Circle sightseeing and transfer Hotel Arnarstapi

Iceland's Golden Circle is a trio of famous natural wonders which are a must see for any first time visitors to the country: view the much admired Gullfoss, a thunderous two-tiered waterfall; watch the geyser Strokkur erupt time after time and explore Thingvellir National Park, where the historic Althing assembled amongst imposing volcanic rifts and brooding mountains. After this long but rewarding day of sightseeing, arrive at the peaceful Hotel Arnarstapi where you will spend the next 3 nights.

Day 6: Morning whale watching boat trip

Morning whale watching trip from Grundarfjordur out into the fjord (starting at approximately 10:00 - subject to change locally). The length of the boat trip depends on whale sightings (usually around 2- 3 hours). Return to Grundarfjordur for lunch (payble locally), before sightseeing en route back to the hotel. Spend a relaxing evening awaiting the northern lights.

Day 7: Orcas and exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Another morning whale watching excursion by boat from Grundafjordur. After lunch (payable locally) continue to tour the Snaefellsnes Peninsula by coach. See sweeping lava fields and the mystical Snaefellsjokull; a glacier sitting atop a sleeping volcano. This area was the setting and inspiration for Jules Verne's famous book 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.

Day 8: Reykjavik sightseeing and transfer to Keflavik Airport

Leave Arnarstapi after breakfast and drive down to Reykjavik, the lively capital city, for a brief opportunity to do some sightseeing and souvenir shopping. In the early afternoon, head to the airport and say your goodbyes to the guide and the rest of the group, before checking in for your flight home.

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