In this guided tour you will visit the exciting winter destination Iceland, where Northern lights often dance in the sky and the nature is dressed in its nicest winter robe. This escorted tour includes a stop in the capital, Reykjavik, the highlights of Iceland's nature sights and Northern Lights hunt in rural location away from the city lights.
This tour can commence in: Reykjavik
Arrival in Reykjavik according to your own itinerary. Please note that airport transfer is not included but can be booked separately, see add-ons for more details. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is located 45 minutes from the airport. The Icelandic population consists of only 320.000 people and almost 60% of them live in the greater Reykjavik area. Even though Reykjavik is not a big city compared to other capitals of the world, it has everything a cosmopolitan city should offer; great dining, unique boutiques, shops, museums, theaters and a vibrant nightlife. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (or similar). The hotel is located close to the city center in a quiet, wooden area near the sea. The city center is approximately 20 minutes away by foot but the hotel offers free city bus tickets for their guests. A bus stops close to the hotel every 30 minutes.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will meet your guide at the hotel in the morning. The first visit of the day will be to the recently opened Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik to gather exciting and informative information about the Northern Lights. After the visit you will drive away from Reykjavik and towards the three best known nature attractions in Iceland that together make the so called “Golden Circle”. The first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a place of great geological and historical interest. Here you can walk around the ancient site of the world's first parliament held outdoors. Þingvellir has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. The second stop is by the Geysir hot spring area where you will see spewing geysers. The third stop included in the Golden Circle is by the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Here the river Hvita drops 30 meters in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle. From the Golden Circle area, continue to Skalholt, Iceland's capital during the Middle-Ages and now a cultural center with a beautiful church. During the day, you will also visit Laugarvatnshellir cave where two Icelandic families built a cozy homestead and farm in the early 20th century. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Fludir (or similar). One-course dinner with coffee/tea is included.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will drive along the south shore, one of the main farm regions of the country. 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 (entrance included), an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition illustrating volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. You will drive along the south shore and make stops at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. From there you keep driving further east and get to Reynisfjara beach where you can view extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur (or similar) with magnificent views of Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. One-course dinner with coffee/tea is included. Later in the evening you will head out with the guide and go for a walk whilst searching for the Northern Lights (might be a different evening due to the weather conditions).
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive to Skaftafell National Park, which is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, dominated by Europe largest glacier named Vatnajökull. You will make a stop to view Svinafellsjökull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajökull. From there you continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon. From there you head back to the hotel. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur (or similar). One-course dinner with coffee/tea is included.
Breakfast at the hotel. You head towards the village of Hveragerdi which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "the flower village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. The tour continues to Strandarkirkja, a church popularly believed to have a special power to aid success or provide good luck. From there the coach will continue along the southwest coast towards the Reykjanes peninsula where you enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (incl. bathing fee, towel, mask and drink). This is a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. After the warm and relaxing bath you return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Reykjavik according to your own itinerary. Please note that airport transfer is not included but can be booked separately, see add-ons for more details.