10 December 2016
Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. And you can discover everything that this fascinating country has to offer on this five day Aurora Nights and Iceland Wonders tour. Your adventure begins in the vibrant capital city Reykjavik from where you travel out to experience steaming fumaroles, hot springs and pools, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains.
After your scheduled flight arrives at Keflavik International Airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives and driven to your hotel in Reykjavik City Centre. After checking in time for relaxation before going out to explore on your own. The Centerhotel Plaza, where you are staying, offers a wake up alert service if the Northern Lights show over the city so you won't miss one of the world's great natural wonders.
Meet your guide and set off for the Geyser area where Strokkur spouts impressively every five to 0 minutes, alongside steaming fumaroles, hot springs and pools, some a dark muddy grey and others a translucent turquoise. Continue to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, where the glacial river Hvita plummets 32 metres before twisting and tumbling down a large gorge. Stop off at Fridheimer stables to see Knutur and Helena’s beautiful five gaited Icelandic horses put through their paces before travelling on to Vik with the ocean on one side and Iceland’s mountainous interior on the other. Tonight after dinner enjoy an Aurora presentation and search.
After breakfast today drive along the southeast coast across bridges fording dramatic outwash plains interspersed with black sand beaches and lava fields to Jokulsarlon Lagoon. The lagoon’s luminous blue icebergs, some tinted with black volcanic dust, float in the lagoon for several years gradually self sculpting themselves into different shapes before finally working there way out to sea. Later return to Hofdabrekka via Skaftafell with its dwarf birch and mountain ash sheltering beneath Oraeftafell. After dinner go out and hope to see the Northern Lights.
Today you leave Hofdabrekka and drive along the coast where you’ll see two of Iceland’s plunge falls - Seljalandsfoss spills off the cliffs of the former coastline side dropping straight down into a shallow pool at your feet while Skogafoss produces so much spray it’s invariably arched with a rainbow. Then travel on to Eyjafjallajokull, still seething from its eruption in 2010 and see a short film which shows the fortitude of local farmers in coping with it. Last call of the day will be the Blue Lagoon for a memorable bathe in its enveloping turquoise waters.
Today your Aurora Nights and Iceland Wonders tour comes to an end, but before you are taken to the airport to catch your flight home there will be time for some more sightseeing and last minute shopping for souvenirs. This short tour makes a great add on to any longer stay in the country or a great and rewarding holiday in its own right.
Standard fr £837pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated