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Iceland & the Northern Lights - 4 Nights

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Discover the unique character and natural wonders of Iceland on this unforgettable holiday. Known as the 'Land of Fire and Ice,' there aren't many places in the world which have such contrasting dramatic landscapes as Iceland. This truly amazing destination is home to the fantastic city of Reykjavík, as well as numerous natural wonders and stunning scenery.

From the Blue Lagoon to spouting geysers, glaciers and fjords, Iceland is a mesmerizing country just waiting to be explored. It is one of few places in the world where it is possible to see the amazing Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, a natural light phenomenon.The unusual and versatile landscape, with its black volcanic beaches, waterfalls, bird cliffs, volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and more, will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

  *Please note itinerary is subject to change.

Please note that sightings of the Northern Lights are subject to weather and atmospheric conditions and cannot be guaranteed.  The excursion may be cancelled or rescheduled locally due to unsuitable weather conditions. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
The Icelandic Krona (ISK)
Local Time
GMT
Passport
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.
Airport
Keflavik airport services Reykjavík. Approximate journey time to your Reykjavík from Keflavik is 40 minutes. 
Climate

Despite its proximity to the Arctic, Iceland’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.

Food & Drink
Smoked lamb, sweet rye bread, fresh fish and waterfowl are just some of the most popular types of Icelandic cuisines.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 445.82kr
  • Beer: 850.00kr
  • Glass of wine: 1000.00kr
  • Meal: 1,585.84kr
  • Soft Drink: 225.00kr
  • Bottled Water: 298.00kr

(€1 = 150kr approx)

Rates of exchange can vary. 

Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Warm coat
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes
  • Camera
Useful Contacts:
  • Irish Embassy: Tel: +35-4554-2355 / Website: www.embassyofireland.dk
  • British Embassy: Tel: +354 550 5100

Useful Websites:

  • www.visiticeland.com
  • www.visitreykjavik.is
Recommended Reading

101 Reykjavík by Hallgrímur Helgason

Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Holiday highlights

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon, a man-made geothermal spa, is located in a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant, to create electricity and hot water. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C, perfect for a relaxing and re-energising bathe.

Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland’s most important historical site, where the Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament in AD 930.    The spectacularly beautiful National Park, in a vast rift valley with waterfalls, rivers and lakes, is situated at the point where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

Haukadalur Valley

This geothermal park sits on top of a vast boiling cauldron, belching sulphurous mud, hissing steam vents and hot and cold springs. It is home to two of Iceland’s top attractions, Geysir and Strokkur.  Geysir, which gave its name to hot springs worldwide, is not so active these days, but Strokkur erupts every 10 minutes or so, and its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 metres. 

Reykjavík 

The world’s northernmost capital, with a population of 120,000, is home to sites such as The Pearl visitor centre with its Saga Museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavík Harbour, Reykjavík 101 Centre and Solfar Viking Ship Sculpture.  Known as the ‘Little city with the big heart’, Reykjavík can be easily explored in foot. There’s a lively café-culture and thriving art and music scenes, while in the various city museums, Iceland’s culture and history is preserved and displayed. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
The Icelandic Krona (ISK)
Local Time
GMT
Passport
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.
Airport
Keflavik airport services Reykjavík. Approximate journey time to your Reykjavík from Keflavik is 40 minutes. 
Climate

Despite its proximity to the Arctic, Iceland’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.

Food & Drink
Smoked lamb, sweet rye bread, fresh fish and waterfowl are just some of the most popular types of Icelandic cuisines.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 445.82kr
  • Beer: 850.00kr
  • Glass of wine: 1000.00kr
  • Meal: 1,585.84kr
  • Soft Drink: 225.00kr
  • Bottled Water: 298.00kr

(€1 = 150kr approx)

Rates of exchange can vary. 

Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Warm coat
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes
  • Camera
Useful Contacts:
  • Irish Embassy: Tel: +35-4554-2355 / Website: www.embassyofireland.dk
  • British Embassy: Tel: +354 550 5100

Useful Websites:

  • www.visiticeland.com
  • www.visitreykjavik.is
Recommended Reading

101 Reykjavík by Hallgrímur Helgason

Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Iceland

Evening

Travel to Iceland

Upon arrival in Iceland, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport, before being transferred to your hotel in Reykjavík. As you travel to your hotel, your guide will share some information about the local region, suggest activities for you to enjoy during your free time and answer any questions you may have. You will instantly be mesmerised by the incredible scenery along the way! 

Evening

Blue Lagoon

On your way to the hotel you will enjoy a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland's most popular attractions. A natural geothermic spa, the warm seawaters are rich in minerals and silica which gives the water its mesmerising bright blue appearance. 

Day 2 - City Tour & Northern Lights

Morning

City Tour

Today, you will enjoy a morning guided city tour of Europe's most northerly capital, Reykjavík. Here, you will visit the beautiful presidential residence on the outskirts of the city, the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church and many other attractions. The city centre is small and compact, making it easy and enjoyable to explore on foot. You will have the afternoon at leisure to further explore Reykjavik at your own pace. Stroll down the main shopping street, Laugavegur, with its pretty boutiques and buzzing bars and cafés. 

Evening

Excursion to View the Northern Lights

After dark, you will travel north, away from the city lights, to hunt for the incredible Aurora Borealis. A stunning natural light display, seeing the Northern Lights is a truly unique experience.  Please note that sightings of the Northern Lights are subject to weather and atmospheric conditions and cannot be guaranteed. 

Day 3 - The Golden Circle

Full Day

The Golden Circle

Embark on a full day tour of the Golden Circle, a route that is home to some of Iceland’s most wonderful natural attractions. Visit the UNESCO listed Þingvellir National Park, the site of a magnificent rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid Atlantic Ridge, and the home of the largest natural lake in Iceland. Next you will see the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, before finally viewing the spouting geysers in the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur.

Day 4 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Alternatively, you can book an optional full day guided excursion of Iceland’s south coast taking in the picturesque coastal villages and countryside via our Sales team or online (on selected dates only). Please note this excursion should be booked in advance, as booking locally may involve a higher charge. **Please be advised that on some travel dates, due to flight times, you may not have a day at leisure.

Day 5 - Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

Today, you will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

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Best Western Hotel Reykjavik 3

Best Western Hotel Reykjavík is located in close proximity to Reykjavik's main shopping street, restaurants, cafés and museums, with convenient access to many more popular venues. This hotel is the ideal base to explore all the exciting sights and attractions the world’s northern... read more read more read more

Best Western Hotel Reykjavík is located in close proximity to Reykjavik's main shopping street, restaurants, cafés and museums, with convenient access to many more popular venues. This hotel is the ideal base to explore all the exciting sights and attractions the world’s northernmost capital city has to offer.

Hotel address
Best Western Hotel Reykjavik
Rauðarárstígur 37


Reykjavík
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Grand Hotel Reykjavik 4

This hotel is located in Reykjavik (Laugardalur) and close to Laugardalsvollur, Hallgrimskirkja and Perlan. Also nearby are Laugavegur and Reykjavik City Hall.... read more read more read more

This hotel is located in Reykjavik (Laugardalur) and close to Laugardalsvollur, Hallgrimskirkja and Perlan. Also nearby are Laugavegur and Reykjavik City Hall.

Hotel address
Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Sigtún 38, 105 Reykjavík


Reykjavík
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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