Seeing the Northern Lights is a bucket-list item for many of us, but Aurora Borealis aside, Iceland is chock full of the things! From geothermal dips to moonlit trips, this tour is a Who’s Who of once-in-a-lifetimers.

It may be the focus of our tour, but the Aurora Borealis is only one of the many natural wonders present in Iceland. It’s unlikely you’ll find another country with such extensive otherworldly appeal: lunar lava-formed landscapes, thunderous waterfalls, moody geysers and glistening glaciers — and those are just the geological bits!

On our tour of Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital, it becomes clear that even Iceland’s man-made efforts have that same air to them — the cavernous and craggy Lutheran church of Hallgrímskirkja, seemingly more suited to a spot in Middle Earth than the North Atlantic; and the parliamentary buildings of Alþingi, thought to be the oldest parliament in the world. Bucket lists and pencils at the ready…

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary

Led by...

Alastair Walker

Alastair Walker Tour Manager

A native of Inverness with a rural background, Alastair’s knowledge of Scotland is wide ranging, from the Northern Isles and the Hebrides to Perthshire, Galloway and the Borders.

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing

 

Today's Price
$2,695

Deposit: $260 Single supplement: $405

Tour highlights:

  • Visit Urriðafoss Waterfall and explore the inner workings of a volcanic eruption at the Raufarholsellir Lava Tunnel
  • Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Stand on the geological border between Europe and North America
  • Marvel at the biggest geothermic mud pool in Iceland

Tour details

Dates 14 November 2021 - 18 November 2021
Duration 5 days
Cost
Today's Price
$2,695
Deposit: $260 Single supplement: $405 Balance due by 22 August 2021
Activity Level
Tour code BICE211114
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14 November 2021: Itinerary

We depart from London on our flight to Keflavik (other airports available on request).

On arrival in Keflavik we first enjoy a visit to Raufarholsellir Lava Tunnel. Here we enjoy a unique experience exploring the inner workings of a volcanic eruption before heading to Eyrarbakki Village then onto the Urriðafoss Waterfall with its impressive volume of cascade in the whole of Iceland.

We then continue to Hella and our accommodation at the Stracta Hotel. Hella is situated in the south and is a particularly good area to see the Northern Lights, as there is little artificial light. You don’t have to go far this evening other than stepping outside of the hotel to see the Northern Lights if they are visible.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Stracta Hotel, Hella

Following breakfast this morning we take a full day tour of south Iceland including Skogafoss waterfall and a visit to Skogar Folk Museum, which will give you a taste of how Icelanders lived in past centuries. We also enjoy a wonderfully unique experience where we walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall. On our journey we see some stunning views of glaciers and the famous black sand coastlines.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Stracta Hotel, Hella

This morning after breakfast we check-out of the hotel. We embark on a full day tour including the remote Skalholt church and Ϸingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet. This creates the stunning landscape we admire today, including the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area where we can see Strokkur erupt.

We continue to Reykjavik where we check-in to our hotel, the Grand Hotel Reykjavik.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Grand Hotel Reykjavík

Following breakfast, we enjoy a city tour of tour of Reykjavik. We begin at the Hallgrίmskirkja Church, the capital’s landmark with its magnificent 73m high steeple. We move on to the Icelandic parliament ‘Alϸhingi’ which was founded in AD930 and is considered the oldest Parliament in the world. Following lunch (not included) we visit the stunning Perlan with its 360 degrees viewing platform overlooking the city. We shall also have an introduction to the Northern Lights at the Aurora Reykjavic (The Northern Lights Centre).

This evening we drive via the UNESCO site of Ϸingvellir National Park, towards Laugarvatn Fontana where we can bathe in the geothermal bath (towels are provided).

Dinner will be served in a local restaurant before we go in search of the Northern Lights.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Grand Hotel Reykjavík

Following breakfast, we head towards the Reykjanes Peninsula which lies on one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Here we have the opportunity to walk across the Bridge between the Continents, a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of a diverging plate margin between Europe and North America. We continue past Reykjanes Lighthouse towards the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents and home to the biggest mud pool in Iceland. Nearby is the beautiful fishing town of Grindavik, where we will stop for lunch (not included).

After lunch we will continue our journey towards Reykjavik, with stops at the Seltún geothermal area and Kleifarvatn Lake, the largest lake in the peninsula. 

We then return to the airport in time for our return flight to London.

Meals include: Breakfast

14 November 2021: Additional Info

14 November 2021: Accommodation

This modern hotel is located along the Golden Circle in the south-western town of Hella. It offers free WiFi, a buffet restaurant and bar.

The stylish, minimalist accommodation at Stracta Hotel Hella includes a TV. Guests can choose from self-catering apartments and rooms with either private or shared bathroom facilities. Some options feature a private hot tub.

Gullfoss Waterfall, the Great Geysir and Thingvellir National Park are all within 51.6 miles of the property. Relaxing and hiking in the surrounding nature are common area activities. 

This stylish hotel is 1.2 miles from Reykjavik city centre and its largest outdoor swimming pool, Laugardalslaug. It offers a free shuttle bus to the city 3 times a day.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik’s spacious rooms have satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities and a small fridge. Some rooms offer views of the city or Atlantic Ocean.

Leisure options at Grand Hotel include a spa and fitness centre. Guests can relax in the sauna or work out in the gym. Free WiFi is available throughout.

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