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Iconic Iceland and The Northern Lights

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise
  • Golden Circle and Icelandic Horses
  • Eyjafjallajökull Lava Centre
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Black Diamond Beach
  • Ice Cave Tour
  • Blue Lagoon

Overview

An Iceland tour is so much more than just a visit to a far off country. It is an experience of natural forces in the sky, above the ground and below the earth's crust, where the landmass is still growing. The island is one of the youngest landmasses on the planet, still growing by 5 cm each year ... what an incredible thought. Stand in awe where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet.

Experience the very best of Iceland's winter - the Northern Lights! We travel through Iceland's western and south-eastern countryside, away from the city lights, via the Snaefellsnes peninsula to the Vatnajökull glacier looking for the rare Aurora Borealis.

Live the Journey will travel to Iceland from 27 January to 04 February 2019. The program also includes all the other highlights - geothermal, bubbling hot springs and powerful geysers, massive fjords, spectacular waterfalls, the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano, a lava and ice cave, and black lava beaches. We visit the Skogafoss Museum, Vik, a picturesque village in the south, located in the shadow of the Katla volcano and the quaint Borgarnes settlement where we learn more about Iceland's history and culture. We also get acquainted with Iceland's unique horses.

Itinerary

DAY 1: REYKJAVIK

Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival you will transfer from Keflavik international airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the harbour.

Overnight at the Reykjavik Lights Hotel 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.

Lunch will be at Krauma where we will also experience first-hand the usefulness of the abundance of geothermal energy Iceland has to offer in the form of geothermal pools - be sure to pack your bathing suit.

We then continue to the beautiful waterfall Hraunfossar which pours from a lava field in a series of waterfalls.

The next two nights we spend near Borgarnes in West Iceland. We enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by an evening Northern Lights hunt (weather permitting).

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 visit Stykkishólmur. From the harbour in Stykkishólmur we take a boat tour in the Breiðafjörður fjord, where whales are often spotted. This activity is weather dependent.

We continue further West along the coast to Snaefellsnes National Park, stopping at Bjarnarjofn shark farm on the way. 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.

Enjoy a packed lunch at a spot chosen by our guide.

We will explore the national park with our guide with its incredible landscape and views of the Snaefellsjokull glacier. Depending on time and weather, the guide will also take you to the beautiful Skardsvik beach with its golden sands and black lava rocks. One of the highlights of the day is a visit to the Vatnshellir Cave. This is a lava tube created when liquid lava flowed underground around 8,000 years ago. The cave lies at a depth of over 20 metres.

We return to Borgarnes and after dinner, when darkness falls, we look out for the Northern Lights.

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 Hvalfjordur fjord with our first stop at an Icelandic wool outlet store. From here we head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Fridheimar, a geothermal greenhouse and horse farm, where we will enjoy lunch.

We continue to Haukadalur where we see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. The original geyser is now dormant, but Strokkur "the Churn" erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. At the restaurant, we taste 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. It is called the Golden Waterfall in English.

We travel to our hotel and after dinner we step into the evening darkness to search for the elusive Northern Lights.

Overnight at the Hotel Stracta 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 Lava Centre where we learn about living next to a glacier, as well as 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.

After lunch we head towards Vik village and in the afternoon 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. We enjoy 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.

We return to the hotel for dinner followed by outdoor time, in search of the Northern Lights. 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 & ICE CAVE

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!

A highlight of our time on the South Coast is the ice cave tour. This tour will include a drive by super jeep to the edge of the glacier. We will come to a stop right at the roots of the glacier and the view that greets you is otherworldly, layers and layers of different coloured ice making beautiful stripes in the glacier and at one point an opening in the glacier and that’s where we are heading. With giant ice walls on each side you will go deeper into the glacier and further into the cave. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the ice cave and the area around it, making the tour educating and exciting all at once. Be sure to bring your camera!

Please note that this tour may be done on any of the days that we spend on the South Coast, as it is weather dependant. Our guide will advise which day is most suitable, when we arrive in this part of Iceland.

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

DAY 8: REYKJAVIK & BLUE LAGOON

We return to Reykjavik in the morning where you will enjoy a city orientation tour before enjoying lunch and some time at leisure.

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 the amazing Lava Restaurant followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more of the Northern Lights for our last night in Iceland.

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

DAY 9: DEPARTURE

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

Including breakfast (may be a packed breakfast, depending on flight departure time)

END OF SERVICE

Dates

27 January 2019 - 04 February 2019

Rates

Land Package
Per person sharing: EUR 3,875.00
Single Supplement: EUR 400.00

Included

  • Meet and greet upon arrival 
  • Services of a qualified English speaking local driver guide
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation and all meals
  • All sightseeing and excursions as specified including:
  • Krauma Geothermal bathing entrance
  • Fjord cruise from Stykkisholmur
  • Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
  • Vatnshellir Lava Cave
  • Skogar Folk Museum
  • Eyjafjallajökull Lava Centre 
  • Ice Cave Tour
  • Blue Lagoon comfort bathing entrance

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