On this group tour in Iceland visit the north and east of this spectacular country before travelling along the south shore to Iceland's capital Reykjavik. Explore striking landscapes, lava fields, soaring waterfalls, deep fjords, glacial ice-caps, black lava sand beaches, volcanoes, hot springs, glacial lagoons, and search for the elusive northern lights.
In East Iceland meet locals and hear first hand how they live in these remote villages. Meet Northern Lights photographer Jonina Gudrun Oskarsdottir who will share tips on how to photograph this fascinating natural phenomenon.
Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities and day trips may be cancelled 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.
Fly to Iceland and transfer to the hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.
Transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport and fly to Akureyri. On arrival explore the charming town of Akureyri. In the afternoon travel to Godafoss, a spectacular waterfall on the glacier river of Skjalfandafljot and spend time at Lake Myvatn, known for its active bird life. Good hiking boots and warm winter clothing are a must for a walk around the lava fields at Dimmuborgir, where Icelandic people believe trolls live. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. After dinner listen to a lecture about the Northern Lights before relaxing in the hot waters of Myvatn Nature Baths. (B, D)
Visit Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum, where the founder of this museum, Mr Sigurgeir, shares his passion of Icelandic birds with over 80 species displayed in a very well organised exhibit. Travel to the hot spring area of Namaskard to discover bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras and after a light lunch travel through the remote highlands to East Iceland keeping a look out for Arctic fox or reindeer. Check in for an overnight stay at the Hallormsstadur hotel, located in Iceland’s largest forest on the shores of lake Logurinn, the home of Iceland’s equivalent of our Loch Ness Monster - Lagarfljotsormur. The hotel has a small indoor spa with sauna and hot tubs and offers the perfect setting to search for the elusive northern lights. (B, L,D)
Enjoy a morning walk through the Hallormsstadur Arboretum – a unique collection of 70 tree species before travelling over a mountain pass to the East Fjords passing several fishing villages. Eskifjordur is one of the most charming seaside villages in Iceland, whilst here discover historical buildings and piers and visit the Maritime Museum. The nearby old seafarer’s lodge has remained unaltered since 1890 and it shows how fishermen used to live and work. Taste shark meat and dried fish along with a shot or two of Brennivin - the traditional Icelandic schnapps. Transfers and check in at the Fosshotel East Fjords for your overnight stay. In the evening meet the local photographer and Aurora hunter, Jonina Gudrun Oskarsdottir who will show some of her best shots of the Northern Lights before leading the group to her secret Northern Lights spot just outside of the village. (B, D)
In the morning visit Petra’s incredible collection of stones and minerals. Travel along dramatic fjord landscapes and through tiny fishing villages of the East Fjords before reaching Vatnajokull, Europe’s biggest glacier. Pass the town of Hofn and stop at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the deep waters. Take a stroll along the black sandy beaches amidst large icebergs washed up onshore and keep a look out for seals swimming in arctic waters. Travel along the southern part of the Vatnajokull glacier, stop at the tiny turf church at Hof and continue through a region which has Iceland’s highest mountains. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay where there may be a chance to see the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. (B,D)
Travel across the Eldhraun lava field and sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Visit the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik, discover the impressive Skogafoss waterfall and stop at the Eyjafjallajokull Information Centre to learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall where those who wish can walk along a trail behind the waterfall. Check in to the accommodation for an overnight stay and in the evening enjoy a video presentation about the northern lights before taking time to relax in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. Be sure to keep a look out for the elusive Aurora Borealis. (B,D)
Make the journey back to Reykjavik stopping at the well-known sights of the Golden Circle. Discover hot springs and bubbling mud pools at the Geysir geothermal fields and witness Strokkur erupting before travelling to Gullfoss waterfall and onwards to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once back in Reykjavik, enjoy a city sightseeing tour and discover some of the main highlights of the world's northern-most capital. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
8 day tour, from £2870 per person
(Single person supplement + £410)
- Return flights in economy class with Icelandair direct from London Heathrow
- Domestic flight Reykjavík-Akureyri including airport transfer in Reykjavík
- Airport taxes
- Accommodation in three-star/four-star hotels
- Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation*
- Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Single room supplement: £410
*Arrival and departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus Shuttle
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