Volcanoes, Auroras & The Glacier Lagoon - Winter
From $1262 Per Person
Guided, 5 Days/4 nights
Dates: February 2, 9, 16 & 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; April 5, 2020
Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. Visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South Coast, and Vatnajökull national park. You see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colorful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glittering glaciers and restless geology.
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Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020
Day 1: Arrive Iceland
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide ideas on how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavik. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb, and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hot dog and pizza, too!
Accommodation in Reykjavik
Day 2: The Golden Circle (220 km/ 136 miles)
At 8:30am meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with a short introduction to Icelandic geology. A striking film at the Reykjavik Volcano House documents the eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull and Fimmvorduhals in 2010. At the Volcano House, you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash, and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on, we depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Continue on to explore the hot springs at Geysir. Next, travel to the double waterfall, Gullfoss. Continue to Kerid, a caldera with a crater lake on the bottom and which resembles an ancient amphitheater. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. Stay for one night in South Iceland.
Accommodation in South Iceland
Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park & Glacier Lagoon (385 km/ 239 miles)
A long drive brings you to a world of glaciers, ice, and icebergs. Travel to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest national park and glacier, and to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon which is filled with floating icebergs. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Tonight enjoy a movie presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out on one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
Accommodation in Vatnajokull National Park Region
Day 4: South Coast (305 km/ 189 miles)
Today, head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vik for a photo stop. Take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. Pass the glacier Myrdalsjokull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajokull and continue to Skogafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west you reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges over the mountain. In the evening you return to Reykjavik for one last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot if the weather conditions are ideal. Stay for one night in Iceland's capital.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
Day 5: Depart Reykjavik
Individual flybus transfer to Keflavik airport
Or, extend your stay!
Your Trip Includes the Following:
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
- 4-nights accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages including breakfast (see further information below).
- Two 2-course dinner and two midnight refreshments on day 2 and 3
- Entrance to Kerid volcano crater
- Visit to a multimedia presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavik
- Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
- Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night
Single Supplement from: $411
- Subject to your flight schedule there is little time to see and explore Reykjavik. If you are interested to see Iceland's capital, the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Route, we recommend adding extra nights in Reykjavik.
- Total mileage without airport transfer is 910 km (564 miles) which is an average of 303 km (188 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.
- Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded, but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.