From  £3075
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Chase the northern lights
  • Climb the Grabrok volcano crater
  • Visit an Icelandic wool outlet store
  • Soak in outdoor hot tubs
  • Taste freshly baked hot spring bread
  • Discover Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon
  • Sip ice cold Geysir schnapps
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Northern Lights Explorer Small Group Tour

8 Day Tour, from £3075 per person
Itinerary Dates
20182019
27 Nov  -  04 Dec
04 Dec  -  11 Dec
08 Jan  -  15 Jan
15 Jan  -  22 Jan
22 Jan  -  29 Jan
29 Jan  -  05 Feb
05 Feb  -  12 Feb
12 Feb  -  19 Feb
19 Feb  -  26 Feb
26 Feb  -  05 Mar
05 Mar  -  12 Mar
12 Mar  -  19 Mar
19 Mar  -  26 Mar
26 Mar  -  02 Apr
02 Apr  -  09 Apr

Dive head first into a journey that tackles Iceland’s greatest winter wonders on a group tour specially designed to uncover the highlights of the South West, whilst also maximising the chances of witnessing the aurora borealis. Once you’ve toured Reykjavik, set off to discover the volcanic craters, hot springs and waterfalls of Borgarfjordur Valley and visit the charming fishing villages that speckle the Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s craggy landscape. See the famed trio of geothermal sites that make up the Golden Circle before exploring the lava fields of Skaftafell National Park and walk behind a natural waterfall. And that’s just during the days! Evenings are packed with adventure too on this trip, spent embarking on nocturnal excursions in search of the northern lights.

Following the same itinerary as our very popular Northern Lights Explorer Group Tour but in a much smaller group, this fully escorted small group tour has departures from September to April. Travel to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, exploring the regions from Snaefellsnes peninsula to Vatnajokull glacier and search for the northern lights away from the big city lights.

For your comfort and convenience this is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 persons.

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.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO REYKJAVIK
FLY TO REYKJAVIK

Fly to Iceland. Transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from the airport to Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

DAY 2
REYKJAVIK TO BORGARNES
REYKJAVIK TO BORGARNES

Enjoy a city tour of Reykjavik and discover some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital before heading west to Borgarfjordur Valley, also known as the Saga Valley of West Iceland. Climb Grabrok volcano crater and feel the heat at Deildartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring. Discover the Hraunfossar series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field and visit Barnafoss known as the Children’s falls. Check in to your hotel in Borgarnes for two nights and in the afternoon listen to a short lecture about the Northern Lights. After dinner, take a guided walk outside to search for the flickering neon lights in the sky and warm up with a hot chocolate or tea. (B)

DAY 3
SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Travel to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and discover the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur before a cruise in  Breidafjörður fjord. Sample freshly caught scallops whilst sailing around this unique archipelago and visit  Bjarnarhöfn, the regions leading producer of hakarl (shark meat). In the afternoon, stop  at the fishing village of Grundarfjordur (weather conditions permitting) with its impressive coastline and mountains. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland  Mt Kirkjufell. En route back to Borgarnes learn some tips of how photograph the Northern Lights from your guide. Once darkness falls head outside to search for nature's light show whilst  soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. (B,L)

DAY 4
GOLDEN CIRCLE
GOLDEN CIRCLE

Today visit the many and varies sights that make up Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Travel along the scenic shores of Hvalfjördur and onwards to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route stop at an Icelandic wool outlet store, where those who wish can buy a traditional woollen jumper. At the Geysir geothermal fields discover hot springs, bubbling pools and the erupting Strokkur geyser. Meet the chef of the Geysir Restaurant and taste freshly baked hot spring bread,  geothermally boiled eggs, herring and enjoy a small glass of exceptionally cold Geysir Schnapps. Continue on to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and in the afternoon visit a geothermal greenhouse before meeting some Icelandic horses and learning about their history. Spend the night in South Iceland and keep a look out for the elusive Northern Lights from the comfort of a hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland. (B)

DAY 5
SOUTH ICELAND
SOUTH ICELAND

Travel along the south coast and learn about geology and active volcanoes visiting the Lava Exhibition Center in Hvolsvollur. See Skógafoss waterfall and visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums to discover an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past. In the afternoon, take a stroll on the black lava beach and along amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. Check in to your hotel near Kirkjubaejarklaustur in Vatnajökull  National Park for two nights. (B)

DAY 6
SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK
SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK

Explore Skaftafell National Park, the largest National Park in Europe and home to Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe’s largest glacier. Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is one of the many highlights of visiting Iceland - see huge icebergs of various hues floating on the ice-cold waters and search for seals playfully swimming. Take a walk on the black sand beach among different sized glaciers flung onto the land by the power of the sea and, in the afternoon, visit the tiny tuft church of Hof. In the evening, enjoy a video presentation about the Northern Lights before heading outside where they may be visible dancing across the night sky. (B)

 

 
 *Optional Ice Cave Tour (Operating only from 15th Nov to 15th Mar)

DAY 7
REYKJAVIK & BLUE LAGOON
REYKJAVIK & BLUE LAGOON

Discover the impressive Eldhraun lava field near the village of Vík and visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall. In the afternoon, return to Reykjavik for some free time before an evening visit to the Blue Lagoon to relax in its mineral-rich waters. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, followed by one last nocturnal tour in search of the Aurora Borealis. Overnight at Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavik.  (B,D)

DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £3075 per person
(Single person supplement + £505)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Icelandair direct from London Heathrow
  • 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

 *Arrival and departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus Shuttle


Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Price Notes

From prices per person:



18 Sep - 25 Sep: £3255

02 Oct - 02 Apr: £3075



Please note that fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting from ISK7,200 (£54-55) per person per night. Generally the guide on this group tour will arrange this with you locally and the choice of various meals and the quality is very good. Country hotels do not generally offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby.


Itinerary Dates  
27 Nov 2018
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04 Dec 2018
04 Dec 2018
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11 Dec 2018
08 Jan 2019
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15 Jan 2019
15 Jan 2019
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22 Jan 2019
22 Jan 2019
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29 Jan 2019
29 Jan 2019
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05 Feb 2019
05 Feb 2019
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12 Feb 2019
12 Feb 2019
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19 Feb 2019
19 Feb 2019
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26 Feb 2019
26 Feb 2019
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05 Mar 2019
05 Mar 2019
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12 Mar 2019
12 Mar 2019
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19 Mar 2019
19 Mar 2019
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26 Mar 2019
26 Mar 2019
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02 Apr 2019
02 Apr 2019
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09 Apr 2019

Tour Route Map


  1. Iceland, Reykjavik
  2. Iceland, Borgarnes
  3. Iceland, Stykkisholmur
  4. Iceland, Thingvellir National Park
  5. Iceland, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  6. Iceland, Skogafoss waterfall
  7. Iceland, Blue Lagoon
  8. Iceland, Reykjavik

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