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Iconic Iceland and Northern Lights

  • Reykjavik & Northern Lights Boat Tour
  • Borgarfjordur Saga Valley
  • Snaefellness Peninsula & Fjord Cruise
  • Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano
  • Skaftafell National Park & Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Blue Lagoon

Overview

From 04 to 11 February 2018, Live the Journey travels to Iceland. This exclusive, 08-day small group tour is designed to make the most of Iceland's winter.

We include all her icons - from powerful hot springs and geysers to massive fjords, endless waterfalls, Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and black lava beaches. Other highlights include visits to the Saga and Skogafoss museums, Vik village and the quaint Borgarnes settlement where we learn more about Iceland's history and culture. We meet the curious Icelandic horses and soak in the Blue Lagoon. At the end of every day the hunt for the Northern Lights begins!

Itinerary

Day 0: Johannesburg - Reykjavik

Your tour leader will meet you at the check-in counter at O.R. Tambo International Airport for check-in procedures. Evening departure from O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg to Iceland, via a European hub.

Day 1: Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival you will transfer from Keflavik international airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant followed by an evening Northern Lights boat tour.

Overnight at the Fosshotel Lind or similar including dinner

Day 2: Borgarfjordur Saga Valley

In the morning we will head out of the city. We start heading to the West of Iceland to the Borgarfjordur district. Borgarfjordur has a rich history and is known as the Saga valley. For those interested we climb the Grabrok crater which takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Next up is Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring producing 180 litres per second of nearly boiling water at 97° Celsius. We then continue to see the beautiful waterfall Hraunfossar in a series of waterfalls pouring from a lava field. The next two nights we spend near Borgarnes in West Iceland. Dinner at the hotel followed by an evening Northern Lights hunt.

Overnight at the Hotel Borgarnes or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Snaefellnes peninsula and fjord cruise

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula sticks out from Iceland’s west coast and is in many ways a miniature of the whole island. We travel along the peninsula to the Northern side where we find the charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur. We take a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord from the harbour in Stykkisholmur where whales are often spotted. After lunch we travel to Bjarnarhofn where a unique Icelandic treat awaits us.

Road and weather condition dependent we visit Grundarfjörður with its impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Here you will also find one of Iceland´s most photographed mountains, Kirkjufell. We return to Borgarnes and after dinner when darkness falls, we go out in the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights and for those who wish to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Overnight at the Hotel Borgarnes or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Golden circle and Icelandic horses

We start the day travelling along the fjord Hvalfjordur. We make our first stop at an Icelandic wool outlet store where you can see what they do with all those sheep! From here we head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and part of the Golden Circle route which we travel today. After Þingvellir head to Haukadalur where we see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. The big and original geyser is now dormant but Strokkur "the Churn" erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We go for some treats where the chef of the Geysir restaurant invites us to try freshly baked hot spring bread with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. All this is best served with a small glass of very cold Geysir Schnapps, almost freezing. Next up is Gullfoss only a few minutes away, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river called the Golden Waterfall in English. We will learn about the Icelandic horse in the afternoon, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach our accommodation in South Iceland. After dinner we step into the evening darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights.

Overnight at the Hotel Selfoss or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: South Iceland and Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Today we explore the South coast. Our first stop is at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center where we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. A little further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums, Skogar. This museum contains a great collection of farm and domestic artefacts and turf-built houses. Nearby is the Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach. We spend the next two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, an ideal dark location to search for Northern Lights. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Skaftafell national park and Vatnajokull glacier

Today is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to the picturesque Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, the black sandy beach below called the "Diamond" beach where you see stranded icebergs and sometimes seals. The Vatnajökull National Park is the largest National Park in Europe at about 12,000 square kilometres. Dinner at the hotel followed my outdoor time. This remote and quiet location offers a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: South coast – Reykjavik – Saga Museum– Blue Lagoon

We head across the Eldhraun lava field from Kirkjubaejarklaustur on our way to the village of Vík. We reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall further West which plunges over the mountain and there a chance to follow an interesting trail that goes behind the falls – be prepared to get a little wet! We return to Reykjavik in the afternoon where you will visit the Saga museum and enjoy a little leisure time.

In the evening we head to Reykjanes peninsula to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon surrounded by lava fields. After a relaxing bath we go for a traditional Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more of Northern Lights. Back in Reykjavik around midnight for the last night in Iceland.

Overnight at the Fosshotel Lind or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Departure

Sadly, today marks the end of our incredible journey. After breakfast and hotel check-out we transfer to the airport for our onward departure flight

Including breakfast

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Dates

04 to 11 February 2018

Rates

Land Package:
Per person sharing: EUR 3,450.00
Single Supplement: EUR 400.00

Included

  • Meet and greet upon arrival 
  • Services of a qualified English speaking local guide
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation and all meals as specified 
  • All sightseeing and excursions as specified including:Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik old harbour, Blue Lagoon comfort bathing entrance, Saga and Bjarnarhofn Museum, Fjord cruise from Stykkisholmur

Excluded

  • All domestic and international flights and airport taxes (quoted separately)
  • Visa Fees
  • Driver, guide and local escort gratuities 
  • Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance 
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature 
  • Medical, evacuation and travel insurance