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Norway, Iceland & The Northern Lights 3 Star

  • Northern Lights, Iceland
  • Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Puffin, Iceland

Discover the vast history and natural wonders of Norway and Iceland, including a chance to view the extraordinary Northern Lights.  Just to prove this holiday has it all, why not take the optional full day guided excursion of Iceland’s south coast taking in the picturesque coastal villages and countryside, viewing the impressive glaciers and waterfalls, visiting Reynisfjar the volcanic black sandy beach famous for its bird species including puffins and the Skogar Museum.

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Day 1:

Travelling to Norway:

Depart for Oslo. You will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel.

Day 2:

Oslo city tour (half day):

Tour of Oslo to include visits to the Royal Palace, Akershus Fortress, Parliament Buildings, City Hall, Vigeland Park and Viking ship Museum (Entrance to the Viking ship Museum included).

Day 3:

Transfer to Reykjavik & with city tour on arrival:

Early morning transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. You will met by a Travel Department guide in the arrivals area of the airport before making your way into Reykjavik for a half day guided tour of the world's most northerly capital city.

Day 4:

A visit to the Blue Lagoon:

In the morning you will be transferred to the World famous Blue Lagoon where you will have the opportunity tio swim in the rejuvenating warm water.

Day 5:

The Golden Circle (full day):

Tour of the Golden Circle, including the UNESCO listed Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Icelandís famous Golden Waterfall and the geysers in the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur.

Day 6:

Day at leisure (Optional South Coast Excursion) before that evening’s Northern Light excursion:

South coast excursion takes in impressive glaciers and waterfalls, visiting the volcanic Reynisfjar beach and the Skogar museum before that evening's Northern lights excursion.

Day 7:

Return home:

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.

Please note that the order of excursions on this itinerary may vary slightly. Your day to day itinerary will be advised with your travel documents.

Holiday highlights

Norway

The Fjords, with breath taking cliffs, rushing waterfalls and charming picturesque villages dotted along their coastlines.

Iceland

The Blue Lagoon - a man-made geothermal spa located 40 minutes outside of Reykjavík by car or bus. Renowned for its medicinal benefits on the skin, it is one of Iceland's most unique and popular tourist attractions.

Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site – a geologically spectacular area where the Great Atlantic Rift is clearly visible.

Haukadalur Valley – a hot spring area covered with multicoloured pools of water and mud.

Grabrok Volcano – a 3000 year old crater surrounded by a moss covered lava field.

Reykjavík – the world’s northernmost capital, with a population of 120,000, and home to sites such as the Pearl, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavík Harbour, Reykjavík 101 Centre and Solfar Viking Ship Sculpture.

Practical Info

Norway

Currency:  The Krone (NOK)

Population:   4.9 million

Language:  Norwegian, English widely spoken.

Local Time:  GMT +1 Hour

Voltage:  220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.  

Airport:  Oslo

Climate:  The weather in Oslo varies throughout the four seasons. Winters can be very cold often staying in the low figures with regular snowfall. Rainfall is moderate, but spread throughout the year, so showers are possible in any season.


Getting Around

The transport infrastructure of Oslo is among the most efficient and reliable in the world.  Public transport includes buses, trains, boats and ferries. Taxis within cities and towns are widely available.


Health/Security

Visitors to Oslo should know that the drinking water is not safe. Travellers choose to buy bottled water instead because they are unaccustomed to the water.  

Oslo has a low crime rate however please take the usual travelling precautions. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or leaving belongings unattended.

Smoking is prohibited in all public areas and on public transport, unless otherwise indicated.


Passport/Visa

If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Norway for tourist visits of up to three months.


Useful Contacts

The Irish Embassy:                             
Haakon VII´s gate 1, N-0161 Oslo
Tel: +47 2201 7200, Fax: +47 2201 7201

The British Embassy:                           
British Embassy,
Thomas Heftyesgate, 
80264, Oslo 
Tel: +47 23 13 27 00
 
Local Emergency Services:  112 to contact Police / Ambulance / Fire service.

Calling Norway from UK / Irl:  +47 + area code + the number
Calling Ireland from Norway:  00 + 353 + area code (drop the zero) + the number
Calling UK from Norway:  00 + 44 + area code (drop the zero) + the number

Local Tourist office:   

The Tourist Information by the Central Station, Trafikanten Service Centre, 
Jernbanetorget,
1, 0154 Oslo
The Tourist Information Centre by the City Hall, 
Fridtjof Nansens plass 5, 
0160 Oslo

Tel: +47 815 30 555?

Website: www.visitoslo.com

Useful Websites 

http://www.visitnorway.com/

Iceland

Currency:          The Icelandic Krona (ISK)

Population:       318 000

Language:         Icelandic, English widely spoken.

Local Time:       GMT (no daylight saving time in Iceland)

Voltage:            220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.  

Airport:             Keflavik

Climate: Despite its proximity to the Arctic, the island's coasts remain ice-free throughout the winter. There are some variations in the climate between different parts of the island. Generally speaking, the South Coast is warmer than the North.  The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a naturally occurring phenomenon and sightings of it cannot be guaranteed.  Sightings are dependent on the right weather conditions and the time of the year.  The Northern lights season runs from the 15th September to the 15th April.


Getting Around

The main transport means for Icelanders is by own car. There are no trains in Iceland so local transport is limited to bus. Taxis are spread throughout Reykjavík and easy to find. 


Health/Security

Visitors to Iceland should know that all tap water is perfectly safe. Iceland's water is well known for its purity. Iceland has a low crime rate however it is important to take the usual travelling precautions. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or leaving belongings unattended. Smoking is prohibited in all public areas and on public transport, unless otherwise indicated. 


Passport/Visa

If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Iceland for tourist visits of up to three months.

Useful Contacts

British Embassy:                       
Laufásvegur 31
101 Reykjavík                                       
Tel: + 354 550 5100

Honorary Consul of Ireland:       
106 Asbud
210 Gardabaer
Copenhagen
Denmark
Tel: +354 554 2355

Local Emergency Services: 112

Calling Reykjavík from Irl/UK:  00 + 354 + area code + the number

Calling Ireland from Reykjavík:  00 + 353 + area code + the number

Calling the UK from Reykjavík:  00 + 44 + area code + the number

Useful Websites                  

www.visiticeland.com
www.visitreykjavik.is

Average Daytime Temperature (°C):

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Norway -1 0 1 4.8 10 15 17 16 13 9 5 2
Reykjavik -1 0 1 3 7 9 11 11 8 5 1 0
Irl /UK 8 8 10 13 15 18 20 19 17 14 10 8

Average Rainfall (mm):

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Norway 55 37 71 37 40 49 58 69 65 90 69 52
Reykjavik 76 72 82 58 44 50 52 62 67 86 73 79
Irl / UK 67 55 51 45 60 57 70 74 72 70 67 74

Hotel Info

Thon Opera Hotel

4 stars out of five

4 **** hotel accommodation at the Thon Opera Hotel. Hotel Website

Location: Thon Hotel Opera is located in the heart of Oslo, forming the perfect base for shopping, restaurant visits and nightlife. Famous attractions such as the Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Norwegian Opera, Aker Brygge and Akershus Fort are in walking distance to the hotel. Its vicinity to public transport makes it easy to come to all parts of Oslo City.

Hotel facilities: The hotel features a fitness centre where guests can work out. Guests in this hotel can relish the deliciously prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner served at the premises of the Egon Restaurant, which adjoins the hotel. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel. Thon Opera Hotel is certified as an Eco-Lighthouse.

Room facilities: All the brightly decorated rooms at Bristol Hotel have private bathrooms with a shower and hairdryer. Each is equipped with a minibar.

 

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.

Reykjavik Lights Hotel

4 stars out of five

3 *** hotel accommodation at the Reykjavik Lights HotelHotel Website

Location: located on the edge of the vibrant city center, offering a variety of shops, restaurants, museums and cultural activities as well as an exciting nightlife. All main attractions are just minutes away, making the hotel ideally placed to access the very best of what Reykjavik has to offer.

Hotel facilities: reception and lounge area, bar, laundry service, safe deposit box, gift shop, Wi-Fi connection.

Room facilities: Wi-Fi connection, coffee/tea makers and hair dryers,  flat-screen TV with satellite channels, direct-dial phone.

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.