5 Days / 4 Nights
A 5-day tour in winter wonderland Iceland where, in addition to visiting the most famous places of the country, we will also hunt for the magnificent Northern Lights. This is a real adventure of a tour including such highlights as the famous Geysir hot spring area, the Glacier lagoon, beautiful waterfalls and much more. We will stay in a hotel located in the countryside and will use the opportunity away from street lights to observe the wonders of the Northern Lights. However, despite our long experience in leading groups, please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik
Arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to Centerhotel Plaza (transfer optional) that is located in the heart of the old city center of Reykjavik. Despite its location and the city lights, Northern Lights can often been seen there. The hotel offers a wake-up service if the Northern Lights appear.
Day 2: Golden Circle
We tour the renowned Golden Circle including a visit to Thingvellir NP where the forces of the Great Atlantic Rift are clearly visible. This is where the North American and European tectonic plates drift apart at a rate of 2-6 cm per year. Thingvellir is also the place where the ancient Icelandic parliament was established in 930. Then we head for the famous Geysir hot spring area, where Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes. We also visit Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall. After visiting these world famous sights and a visit to local horse stable and a greenhouse, we drive through the landscapes of South Iceland to our accommodation near the town of Vik, where we will stay for 2 nights at Hotel Katla. If weather permits, we head for a Northern Lights hunt, the guide chooses the night with better prospects. (B)
Day 3: Glacier lagoon
We head east, along the southern shore to the unique Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon. The lagoon developed around 60 years ago with continuous process of calving and falling of icebergs from the glacier tongue Breidamerkurjökull. These icebergs are seen in two shades, one type in milky white, while the other type is in bright blue colour, which is an interplay of light and ice crystals. The lagoon is filled with fishes that drift in from the sea along with the tides. Seals gather in large numbers at the mouth of the lagoon to catch the fish during winter, which is a sight to watch. On the way back to Vik, we also visit Skaftafell national park whitch is part of Vatnajökull national park and contains some of the most prized natural sights of the country. (B)
Day 4: Volcanoes and waterfalls
Driving along the southern coast we encounter highlights such as the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, as well as the glaciers and volcanoes of Myrdalsjökull/Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. We will visit the new and exciting Lava Centre which is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcano activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. The final highlight before getting back to Reykjavik is the spectacular Blue Lagoon. You have a choice of viewing the lagoon or enjoy soaking in the mineral rich water with its fine silica mud (bathing admission not included). In the late afternoon we arrive in Reykjavik, where we will stay at Centerhotel Plaza. (B)
Day 5: Departure
Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport (optional) or prolong your stay to enjoy the northernmost capital of the world. (B)