Iceland & the Northern Lights Sept. 2021


Tentative September/October 2021

Until recently Iceland occupied the fringes of European travel. Known for its mind-bending landscapes, it was popular with young hipsters, attracted by Reykjavik’s quirky creativity and party vibe. Then the financial crisis sent the local currency into free fall, quickly followed by a volcanic eruption of Krakatoan proportions, which grounded Europe’s aviation industry. Suddenly, Icelandic tourism took off like a geyser, (the word geyser actually comes from Iceland’s Great Geysir, discovered in 1294) Attracted by lower prices and explosive scenery, international visitors have grown steadily ever since. So Iceland, the land of ice and fire, is so cool it’s hot, yet as the global economy picks up, prices are on their way back, so it might pay to get in quick.

Much of Iceland is still taking shape before your very eyes – raw, dramatic landscapes born from volcanic eruptions and carved out by glaciers. Other parts have hardly changed since the first Viking settlers saw them more than 1,100 years ago. Highlights include the iceberg-strewn Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Skaftafell National Park. The bird sanctuary of Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava formations, volcanoes, hot springs and craters. Dettifoss is Iceland’s biggest waterfall, while the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is beautiful and majestic. The national park of Thingvellir was the setting for the Althing, the world’s oldest national parliament, dating from 930.

In terms of music, Iceland has everything from pop to classical, opera, rock and musical. The hip Icelandic capital, Reykjavik is awash with cafes, restaurants, clubs, and pubs. Iceland also has a long history, and is rich in culture, so there are numerous museums, focusing on a wide variety of themes

Please join us.

Day 1 Your Journey Begins

Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Day 2 The Viking City of Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík’s Keflavík Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 08:00, 12:30 and 16:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth – the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 3 South Shore Adventure to Vík

(Relaxed Start) Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland‘s south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue on to witness the majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Stand awestruck by the beauty and powerful force of these thundering waterfalls before venturing on to view more phenomena. After seeing the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, arrive in the welcoming communtiy of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights?

Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Vík

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 The Golden Circle to Flúðir

(Relaxed Start) Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland’s Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. Experience the exploding hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls – the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Next stop is Friðheimar, to find out about the processes in Icelandic greenhouse horticulture. Visit a family-run vegetable farm that specialises in tomatoes. Tour their greenhouses and sample the sweet, unique flavour of their lovingly-grown crop. Continue to your hotel in Flúðir, where there is again a chance to look to the night sky to watch nature’s theatre unfold.

Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Flúðir

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell

(Relaxed Start) Travel southwards, stopping in Fontana to visit a fascinating geothermal bakery. Sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. Continue on to Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in 930 AD. This remarkable natural site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the American and European tectonic plates meet. Continue on the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson to Borgarnes. En route, stop at the pretty village of Reykholt, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. On arrival in Borgarnes, learn about Iceland’s history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre. Journey on through glorious landscapes taking in views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver – Europe’s most powerful hot spring.

Hotel: Hótel Húsafell

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Reykjavík sightseeing

(Relaxed Start) Journey back to the capital – Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows you the old town centre, the 19th century parliament building, Höfði House (the location of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.), the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church – the Hallgrímskirkja. The afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 The Blue Lagoon

(Relaxed Start) Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík’s Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul. Choose to bathe in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal waters, or perhaps enjoy a water massage or spa treatment? Facilities also include an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and restaurants. With your new-found friends, toast the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery with a celebratory cocktail. The rest of the day is free, perhaps spend time relaxing in a sidewalk cafe?

Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 8 Depart Reykjavík

Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end,