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Hidden Powers & Northern Lights – Winter
6 Days

ITINERARY

6 Days/ 5 Nights 

Tour Overview:
Discover the unforgettable hidden powers that helped shape Iceland on this best-selling tour. Experience first-hand the island’s natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting.

Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik, Hallgrimskirkja, Tjornin, National Gallery, The Sun Voyager, Perlan, Parliament House.
Important: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Hidden Powers and Northern Lights” itinerary. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Shared Airport transfer is included. Please note that check-in at most hotels starts at 14:00 (2:00pm).


Day 2: Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss

Highlights: Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, Northern Lights Centre, National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO), Exploding Geysers.
The Famous Golden Falls. Start the day by visiting the fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights. Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church.Dinner and overnight in the south coast area. (BD)


Day 3: South Shore, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Vik, Reynisdrangar Cliffs, Waterfalls, Lava Centre, Glacial Views, Black Sand Beaches.
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the center’s cinema. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, and admire the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. (BD)


Day 4: Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajokull National Park, Western Europe’s Largest National Park, Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs, Europe’s Largest Glacier.
Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by Vatnajokull glacier. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BD)


Day 5: Volcanic Areas, Hveragerdi, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

Highlights: Hveragerdi, The Blue Lagoon, Greenhouse Village, Thundering Waves, Geothermal Lagoon.
Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called “The Flower Village” because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. Follow along the coastline with its breathtaking waves and through a deserted community that once was a flourishing centre for the region. On to the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own. (B)


Day 6: Departure

Highlights: Reykjavik, Reykjavik City Museum, Kjarvalsstadir, National Museum, Laugardalur.
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Max group size : 36 pax
Standard Class
Departure Date Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Feb 11, 2021. 1720 2230
Mar 25, 2021. 1720 2230
First Class
Departure Date Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 14, 21, 26, 2021 1840 2325
Feb 16, 23, 25, 2021 1840 2325
Mar 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 2021 1840 2325
Apr 1, 6, 2021 1840 2325
Jan 28, 2021. 1840 2325
Feb 18, 2021. 1840 2325
Mar 4, 2021. 1840 2325

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 3 One-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea (Day 2, 3, 4)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
  • Instructions and assistance with setting up your camera for photographing the northern lights (day 2)
  • Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
  • Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
  • Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2-4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

Exclusions:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

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