Iceland – Nature’s Treasures & Northern Lights

Landscapes, Nature, Northern Lights

Iceland - Nature's Treasures & Northern Lights

Discover West Iceland's rich history and mystical landscapes.

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, from tasting fermented shark, to meeting our Viking horses, and enjoying homemade skyr (a type of thick) yogurt at a dairy farm. We 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 day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of some Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • 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
6 Days
From EUR 1,088Per Person

Iceland - Nature's Treasures & Northern Lights Itinerary

Arrive Reykjavik, and following immigration and customs clearance, walk right outside the Terminal to the Flybus bay to board the shuttle bus for your transfer to the hotel.

After hotel check-in the rest of the day at leisure.

Reykjavík is the natural starting point for any visit to Iceland, and not undeservedly so. The capital is world-renowned for its culture, history, and natural beauty on all fronts.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik sightseeing – Elven Folklore – Unique Waterfall Duo

Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour. Catch the city’s 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 city’s main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colorful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbor 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. Afterward, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Experience a bit of Iceland’s unique folklore at Fossatun Troll Gardens with a hike along a Troll Trail dotted with informative signs, ogress statues and feats of strength set against the magnificent backdrop of Troll Falls and Grimsa River (only included in departures in March and April 2016)

Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s 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.

Evening northern lights.
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.

Included

  • Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes.

Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Boat Tour - Snaefellsnes National Park & Glacier

After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO) 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 harbor village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among c columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savor the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes 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).

Evening Northern Lights Hunt
If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.

Included

  • Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting

Overnight again in Borgarnes area.

Golden Circle of Natural Wonders - Tasting at Dairy Farm - Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village - Fakasel Horse Park

Iceland’s 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 world’s 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 flavors 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.

End your day by visiting Fákasel Icelandic Horse Park to enjoy Legends of Sleipnir, a unique multi-media production showcasing the role Icelandic horses have influenced the country‘s history and culture. Afterwards you can go onto the stage to meet the equine actors.

Overnight in Hveragerdi or similar.

Included

  • Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade skyr yogurt, ice cream and meat
  • Visit to Fakasel horse riding centre for a “horse theatre” performance, an amazing 45-minute multimedia horse performance.

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 lake’s southern end lies Krýsuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s 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 Grindavík with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavík (lunch is on your own), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon.

End today‘s 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 Iceland’s raw nature.

Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy 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.

Included

  • Blue Lagoon visitors fee for departures in March and April 2016, however Blue lagoon bathing fee for departures in fall 2016 and onwards.

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.

Please approach the Hotel Desk (at least one day before departure) to reconfirm your shuttle bus pick up time for the airport transfer.
Rise early in the morning to check out.

Board Airport Shuttle Bus for the Keflavik International Airport for flight check-in for your homebound flight.

Land Cost

Price per person in EUR €

6D5N Iceland - Nature's Treasure & Northern Lights

Fixed Departure Guided Tour Prices                    TWN                                        SGL                   
Oct 01-30, 201711481400
Nov 01, 2017 - Apr 30, 201810881287
Land prices do not include air passage to/from Reykjavik.
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Inclusions

  • Arrival/departure airport transfers at Keflavík International Airport by Flybus Shuttle (Sit-in Coach)
  • 02 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 03 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Guided coach tour from Day 02 to Day 05
  • 3 x One-course dinners with coffee/tea (Days 02, 03 and 04)
  • 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 02 or 03 (blanket, hot cocoa/tea)
  • Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotel)
  • Entrance fee to Museum Centre in Akranes (Day 02)
  • Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (Day 03)
  • Visit to Friðheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit (Day 04)
  • Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade ice cream (Day 04)
  • Blue lagoon bathing fee + towel (Day 05)

*Please note that it is very important to book Blue Lagoon entrance in advance. Please be reminded to book tickets to the Blue Lagoon.

Remember to bring your swimming suit and enjoy the hot tubs with hot spring water from Deildartunguhver at Icelandair Hotel Hamar.

Exclusions

  • All air passage to/from and Reykjavik (please see our recommended flights and indicative airfare and taxes)
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • 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 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Scheduled Departures

Tour is Guaranteed with Min. 02 persons; Max. Group Size is 36.

  • 18 October 2017 English
  • 25 October 2017 English
  • 01 November 2017 English
  • 08 November 2017 English
  • 15 November 2017 English
  • 22 November 2017 English
  • 29 November 2017 English
  • 29 November 2017 French
  • 06 December 2017 English Available
  • 24 January 2018 English
  • 24 January 2018 French Available
  • 31 January 2018 Italian
  • 07 February 2018 English Guaranteed
  • 07 February 2018 French
  • 14 February 2018 English
  • 21 February 2018 English
  • 21 February 2018 French
  • 28 February 2018 English Guaranteed
  • 28 February 2018 Italian
  • 28 February 2018 Dutch
  • 07 March 2018 English
  • 14 March 2018 English
  • 14 March 2018 French
  • 21 March 2018 French Available
  • 21 March 2018 Italian
  • 21 March 2018 Dutch
  • 28 March 2018 English
  • 04 April 2018 English

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Nature's Treasures & Northern Lights

Nature's Treasures & Northern Lights