Winter Iceland Delights
• Thingvellir National Park • Kirkjufell • Vatnajokull National Park • The Blue Lagoon
This tour is a fantastic combination of our absolute favourite things to do in Iceland, from the iconic sites of the South and West to hidden treasures and local flavours such as lava caving, Blue Lagoon bathing, traditional tastes and storytelling and, of course northern light hunting!
HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the essential highlights of Iceland's varied nature and culture • Enjoy famous sights such as Kirkjufell, Geysir, Skogafoss, the Glacier Lagoon & the Blue Lagoon • Hunt for the northern lights in optimal rural locations • Enjoy the insights and lively commentary of knowledgeable local guides
Day 1: Reykjavik Make your own way to your hotel and in the evening, you meet with your local tour escort and the rest of the group to review your upcoming adventures.
Day 2: Reykjavik > Snaefellsnes > Borgarfjordur Travel northwest to the rugged coastline Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Known as "Iceland in a Nutshell", this area will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes that can be seen in Iceland, but all conveniently situated in one area. In nearby Grundarfjordur village, you'll meet a local storyteller in his home for some funny insights, facts and fables about the Icelanders. Continue along the coastline, making some amazing stops to admire columnar basalt formations and the crashing waves of the North Atlantic. The afternoon's highlight is a visit to the spectacular Vatnshellir, an 8,000-year-old lava cave located at the foot of the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier. An expert cave guide will show you the amazing and beautiful features of Vatnshellir. The road then leads to the Borgarfjordur, a scenic and historical area of West Iceland.
If weather conditions are favorable tonight, you may head out on foot with your guide to search for the elusive Aurora Borealis in the area of your hotel. Otherwise, the northern lights hunt would be on Day 3, 4 or 5 (subject to weather conditions).
Day 3: Thingvellir National Park > Gullfoss > Geysir The day starts with a drive to the UNESCO site Thingvellir National Park. Head through scenic farmlands to Gullfoss, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. You then continue to the Geysir geothermal area in South Iceland near Laugarvatn Lake. You will experience the geothermal energy first hand and try geothermal baked bread! The day continues with a visit to the biggest geyser, Geysir. All geysers in the world owe their name to it. The best attraction today is the active Strokkur, which shoots a column of water up to 30 metres into the air every few minutes.
Day 4: Seljalandsfoss > Skogafoss > Eldhraun > Southeastern Iceland Drive along the iconic south shore and visit the LAVA centre, an interactive educational exhibition. Stop at two spectacular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Pass over Eldhraun, the surreal and vast lava landscapes that were created in one single flow - the largest known in history. You'll start seeing views of glaciers as you head into the southeast Iceland, and the region of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier.
Day 5: Glacier Lagoon > Vatnajokull Park > Vik Today you'll be in the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. The entire park covers almost 14% of Iceland's landmass, and it's considered the largest national park in Western Europe. Start with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the deep glacial waters. Visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a beautiful "fire and ice" region created by volcanic activity and ringed by many glaciers. This is the home to Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Arrive at Vik for your overnight stay at Iceland's southernmost community.
Day 6: Reykjanes > Blue Lagoon > Reykjavik Take the beautiful coastal road that leads onto the breath-taking Reykjanes peninsula. Reykjanes was designated a UNESCO Geopark in 2015 because of its many interesting geothermal and volcanic features, and it's a fantastic place to explore. This afternoon head for 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. Here you can enjoy a lovely soak in the healing waters of the lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik in the evening.
Day 7: Reykjavik After breakfast we say farewell to Iceland.
• Guided Coach Tour • Expert local English-speaking guide • 6 nights' accommodation • Icelandic breakfast daily (except arrival day), 4 dinners • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening • Northern Lights hunting kit on day 2 or 3 (use of blanket and headlight) • Blue Lagoon bathing fee, including towel, silica mud mask and one drink • Entrance to the Lava Centre and a volcano film at the Lava Centre's Cinema • Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana Baths • Guided visit to Vatnshellir Lava Cave • Local storyteller visit in Grundarfjordur town
Pricing (per person) $NZD
9 , 23 Feb
9, 23 Mar
Booking conditions • Northern lights are weather-dependent and cannot be guaranteed. Most hotels will provide a northern lights wake-up call option.
• Minimum of 3 passengers required to guarantee each departure. Visit to Vatnshellir cave: You should be reasonably fit to participate, able to walk up and down a stairway equivalent to a 2-3 story building and able to walk on uneven surfaces. We recommend bringing a pair of gloves to use in the cave.
• Northern lights are weather-dependent and cannot be guaranteed. Most hotels will provide a northern lights wake-up call option. • Minimum of 3 passengers required to guarantee each departure.
Visit to Vatnshellir cave: You should be reasonably fit to participate, able to walk up and down a stairway equivalent to a 2-3 story building and able to walk on uneven surfaces. We recommend bringing a pair of gloves to use in the cave.