Experience West Iceland's rich history and mystical landscape
Visit the natural treasures tucked along the coastline of Snaefellsnes. See the majestic Northern lights, Iceland is one of the best places to witness them.
During this unforgettable guided tour you will be introduced to the best-known natural treasures that are tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas.
Each day brings unique encounters with local traditions such as meeting our Viking horses, and enjoying homemade ice- cream at a dairy farm. Sample freshly caught seafood out at sea, walk among geological wonders of the Golden Circle and take in the magnificence of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. At days end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of Northern Lights.
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Early check-in and late checkout on request, and subject to availability.
Specific bedding and/or special requests are fulfilled based on availability and cannot always be guaranteed.
NATURES TREASURES AND NORTHERN LIGHTS ESCORTED TOURS PACAGE 2017-2018 6 Days/5 Nights
Booking Dates: 07/25/2017 - 04/30/2018 Travel Dates: 10/11/2017 - 10/16/2017 10/18/2017 - 10/23/2017 10/25/2017 - 10/30/2017 11/01/2017 - 11/06/2017 11/08/2017 - 11/13/2017 11/15/2017 - 11/20/2017 11/22/2017 - 11/27/2017 11/29/2017 - 12/04/2017 12/06/2017 - 12/11/2017 01/24/2018 - 01/29/2018 02/07/2018 - 02/12/2018 02/14/2018 - 02/19/2018 02/21/2018 - 02/26/2018 03/07/2018 - 03/12/2018 04/04/2018 - 04/09/2018
• Day 1: Arrival in Iceland Day at your leisure. Airport transfers and optional tours available upon request.
• Overnight in Reykjavik.
• -Reykjavik Optional:
• -Airport transfer with Flybus Plus
• Day 2: Reykjavik Reykholt - Borgarnes Reykjavik Sightseeing - Lighthouse Views - Unique Waterfall Duo Discover first-hand the colourful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour. Catch the citys energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the citys main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colourful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbour district.
• Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay). Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.
• Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europes most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal.
• Day 2: Reykjavik Reykholt - Borgarnes (Continued) Overnight in Borgarnes area.
• Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.
• -Hallgrimskirkja -Parliament House -Harpa Concert Hall -Akranes -Deildartunguhver -Barnafoss -Hraunfossar -Borgarnes
• Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes "Viking Sushi" Sailing - Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur.
• Here you'll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience Viking Sushi, a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.
• Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snaefelljokull National Park, which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD).
• Dinner and overnight again in Borgarnes area.
• Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes (Continued) Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavourable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.
• -Snaefellsjokull National Park -Eldborg Crater -Stykkishlmur -Breidafjordur -Grundarfjordur -Kirkjufell -Hellnar -Arnarstapi
• Day 4: Thingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Geysir Golden Circle of Natural Wonders - Tasting at Dairy Farm - Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village Icelands Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
• Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the worlds oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.
• Following the road through the fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavours at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times.
• The journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home- grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.
• Day 4: Thingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Geysir (Continued) Dinner and overnight in Hveragerdi or similar.
• -Gullfoss -Geysir -Hveragerdi
• Day 5: Reykjanes Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik Reykjanes Seacoast - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds.
• Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon- like surroundings. Near the lakes southern end lies Krysuvk, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earths crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Proceed to the town of Grindavik with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavik (lunch is on your own), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon.
• End todays sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Icelands raw nature.
• Day 5: Reykjanes Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik (Continued) Reykjanes Seacoast - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and an energizing geothermal massage waterfall. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud. Rub some of this onto your skin to soften it, an essential part of the Blue Lagoon spa experience.
• Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.
• Dinner is on your own.
• -Reykjanes -Kleifarvatn -Krysuvik -Grindavk -The Blue Lagoon -Lighthouses
• Day 6: Departure Transfer to the international airport (not included).
Package Minimum Stay: 5 Nights
• Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon
• Join a sailing tour on Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee), including a taste of "Viking Sushi"
• Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• Visit Snaefellsjokull National Park with its mystical glacier made famous by a Jules Verne Novel
• Hunt for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
• Taste homemade ice cream at local dairy farm
• Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.
• Maximum group size: 36 participants.
• 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavk, including breakfast (except arrival day) -3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
• Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5 -3 - One-course dinners with coffee/tea (day 2, 3, 4)
• Northern lights video /DVD shown in the evening at your hotel
• Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
• Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (blanket, hot drink)
• Northern Lights "wake up call" option during the night (available at countryside hotel)
• Entrance fee to Museum Centre in Akranes (day 2)
• Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (day 3)
• Visit to Friheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit (day 4)
• Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade ice cream (day 4)
• Blue lagoon bathing fee and towel (day 5)
• Breakfast on arrival day
• International airfare
• Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
• Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
• Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
• Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 2:00pm)
• Guaranteed late check-out
• Any service not specifically listed under "included"
• Accommodation List:
• Day 1:
• Icelandair Hotel Natura
• Fosshotel Reykjavik
• Icelandair Hotel Hamar
• Hotel Borganes
• Fosshotel Reykholt
• Hotel Ork
• Hotel Selfoss
• Hotel Hlid
• Hotel Vatnsholt
• Hotel Eldhestar
• Fosshotel Hekla
• Icelandair Hotel Natura
• Fosshotel Reykjavik
They reserve the rights to change the hotels, without prior notice should the necessity arise, the alternative hotel will then be of the same standard.
Package inclusions are subject to change.