The Icelandic Northern Lights Odyssey

from £1958
excluding flights *
7 nights Feb-Mar

Overview

This small group tour led by an expert guide travels through the scenic west to the spectacular south. Aurora watching is the prime focus and as the itinerary covers a lot of ground, most of it rural, your chances of sightings are maximised.

Highlights

  • Stay in the rural countryside, the ideal place to spot the aurora borealis
  • Visit Deildartunguhver - the highest-flow hot spring in Europe
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle trio of natural wonders - waterfalls, geysers and plate tectonics
  • Go deep inside Vatnajokull Glacier , Iceland's second largest glacier
  • Visit the beautiful Skaftafell area in Vatnajokull National Park and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Experience the glacial environment of an icecap and witness the blue ice at the heart of a glacier

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

As the name would suggest, this holiday has it all! Although the focus is on optimising aurora sightings, your daytimes will be filled with a comprehensive exploration of the areas you travel through on this 7-night escorted tour.

On this tour the variety of accommodation, set in rural or semi-rural locations, has been carefully chosen to enhance the likelihood of northern lights sightings.

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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 23rd Feb 2019 Sat 2nd Mar 2019 £1,958 £2,525 Available
Sat 2nd Mar 2019 Sat 9th Mar 2019 £1,958 £2,525 Available

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner (dinner is usually a 3 course set menu)
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Iceland

After your transfer check in at Hotel Reykjavik Natura for your overnight in the capital. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore or relax as you wish, or even take part in an optional excursion (at additional cost). Dinner tonight is at your leisure and payable locally.

Why not take an optional soothing dip in the mystical, milky waters of the Blue Lagoon on your way from the airport.

Please note entrance tickets to the Blue Lagoon have to be prebooked in advance with an allocated entry time as entry without a booking is not guaranteed. Please contact our team to find out more.

Day 2: Husafell and Into the Glacier

Meet your guide, board the coach for the start of your journey north. Skirt around the beautiful Hvalfjordur Bay before reaching Husafell at the foot of Langjokull Glacier. Enjoy an Ice Cave adventure deep into the Langjokull Glacier. From the annual layers of ice, you can spot the signs of the volcanic eruptions of the past and see the deep crevasses only visible through the cave. After the excursion check in at Hotel Husafell for an overnight stay. Following your check-in, head to the bar for your complimentary welcome drink.

In the evening you have the option to head over to the Husafell Geothermal Swimming Pool for a relaxing dip in the hot tub. Following this, enjoy a welcome dinner with the rest of the group. After dark, this rural location is the perfect place to look out for those elusive northern lights.

Day 3: Hot springs, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

Spend the morning exploring the region surrounding Husafell stopping along the way at Hraunfossar. Formed by rivulets into a series of waterfalls, it’s blue waters stream for over 900 metres into the Hvita. A stone’s throw upstream is Barnafoss meaning “waterfall of children”. Then onwards to Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot springs area, to explore the area. In the early evening check in at Hotel Frost and Fire.

Day 4: South coast & waterfalls

Take a fascinating tour along the scenic south coast, visiting two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland - 65m high Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss with its wide curtain of water that tumbles around 60m to the pool below. Sometimes frozen in winter, both these waterfalls offer wonderful photographic opportunities. Continue east along the ring road to the town of Vik, with its long black beach and distinctive sea stacks at Reynisdrangur. Continue east towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur Stay at Hotel Laki for the next two nights.

Day 5: Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon

Spend the morning exploring the national park around Skaftafell ,an extraordinary arena of constantly changing glacial landscapes, before continuing eastwards in view of the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest; stop at Jokulsarlon, a mesmerising glacial lagoon crammed with immense icebergs at this time of the year.

Day 6: Visit to LAVA Centre

After breakfast, head back along Iceland's south coast for a visit to the LAVA Centre (exhibition and cinema ticket included). This state of the art exhibition offers visitors a full multimedia experience; immersing guests into Iceland’s volcanic and seismic life. Enjoy many of the interactive experiences along with a small movie in stunning 4K definition about Iceland's volcanoes. After your visit transfer to Hotel Laekur for your overnight stay.

Day 7: Golden Circle

Today explore the Golden Circle route visiting Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss and the spouting geysers of Geysir. In the afternoon say goodbye to your guide and check in at Northern Light Inn. This evening is yours free to enjoy so why not take an optional soothing dip in the mystical, milky waters of the Blue Lagoon (at additional cost – pre-bookable).

Please note that due to the Blue Lagoon’s popularity and in order to avoid delays upon arrival we strongly recommend customers to pre-book their entrance tickets in advance with an allocated entry time. Please contact our team to find out more.

Day 8: depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your flight home.

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