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Iceland Complete Winter The Northern Lights Edition
9 Days

ITINERARY

9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour Overview:
Experience the special “Aurora Edition” of our best-selling Iceland Complete Ring Road tour! You will visit all the main attractions of the legendary Ring Road, but with the added beauty—and northern lights—of an Icelandic winter. It’s the “Aurora Edition” of our best-selling Ring Road Tour! You‘ll visit all the must-see attractions of the legendary Ring Road with the added beauty of an Icelandic winter. You‘ll also have the added value of overnighting in areas ideal for spotting northern lights on cold, clear nights! Plus traveling during this time of the year means fewer crowds and more of Iceland’s peaceful, tranquil nature. Popular places visited include the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle.

Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik. Airport transfer. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland. Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers. Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital. Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). For all Northern Lights enthusiasts we recommend joining a Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik tonight. Please let us know upon booking if you are interested in this option. 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 “Winter Iceland Complete” itinerary.


Day 2 : Reykjavik, South Coast

Highlights: Geysir, Gullfoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar Cliffs, Vik. Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore. Approximate distance: ca 325 km / 201 miles Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik. Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area at either Icelandair Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria (BD)


Day 3: Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Hofn

Highlights: Katla, Eldhraun Lava Field Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull National Park Vatnajokull Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Hofn. Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier. Approximate distance: ca 279 km / 173 miles. Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area at Hotel. (BD)


Day 4: Hofn, East Fjords, Egilsstadir

Highlights: Egilsstadir, Lagarfljot, Hallormsstadur. Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster. Approximate distance: ca 259 km / 161 miles. Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views: keep an eye out for wild reindeer, which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months. You’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally-sourced cuisine. Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area at Icelandair Hotel Herad. (BD)


Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Highlights: Hverfjall, Myvatn, Krafla, Dettifoss, Vatnajokull National Park. Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Winter Wonderland. Approximate distance: ca 255 km / 158 miles. Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area at Sel-Hotel Myvatn (BD)


Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area, Akureyri, Siglufjordur

Highlights: Dimmuborgir, Godafoss, Akureyri, Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula, Siglufjordur. “Waterfall of the Gods” – Turf-roofed Folk Museum – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula. Approximate distance: ca 215 km / 134 miles. Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital „of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo. (BD)


Day 7: Skagafjordur, Borgarnes

Highlights: The Herring Era Museum, Skagafjordur Fjord, Drangey Island, Grabrok Borgarnes. Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration. Approximate distance: ca 310 km / 193 miles. Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area at Icelandair Hotel Hamar. (BD)


Day 8: Borgarfjordur, Thingvellir, Reykjavik

Highlights: Deildartunguhver, Barnafoss, Hraunfossar, Hvalfjordur Fjord, Thingvellir National Park, Reykjavik. Europe’s Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO). Approximate distance: ca 205 km / 127 miles. Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight stay in Reykjavik at Icelandair Hotel Natura. Dinner is on your own. (B)


Day 9: Departure

“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 airport. (B)”


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Max Group Size :- 36pax
First Class
Departure Date Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Feb 17, 2021. 2805 3530
Mar 17, 2021. 2805 3530
Apr 7, 2021. 2805 3530
Hotel:
Vik - Icelandair Hotel Vik/ Hotel Kria or Similar
Egilsstadir area - Icelandair Hotel Herad or Similar
Myvatn area - Sel-Hotel Myvatn or Similar
Siglufjordur - Hotel Siglo or Similar
Borgarnes area - Icelandair Hotel Hamar or Similar
Reykjavik - Icelandair Hotel Natura or Similar

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Expert local English speaking guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • 2 hotel nights in standard rooms with private facilities in Reykjavik
  • 6 hotel nights in standard rooms with private facilities in countryside
  • Daily Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 6 three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including Icelandic-style refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Great photo stops
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik

Exclusion:

    • Breakfast on arrival day
    • International airfare
    • Dinners in Reykjavík (day 1 and 8)
    • Lunches
    • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
    • Baggage porterage at airport and hotels
    • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
    • Optional tours and activities
    • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

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