Country
Iceland
Duration
6 Days/5 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tours
 

Highlights

  • Let us provide you with a great introduction to Iceland and its unique wonders
    We’ll take you to many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
    Enjoy a glimpse into Icelandic life with activities like meeting Icelandic horses and a visit to a geothermal bakery
    Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
  • Discover the very best of Iceland’s South Coast region. See Iceland’s amazing natural forces first-hand with this great introduction to Iceland.
    This extraordinary journey allows you to witness Iceland’s amazing natural forces first-hand and experience the powers of Iceland’s world-famous southern coast. We’ll show you beloved places such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting. You’ll travel at a comfortable pace. Your tour coach will depart from the hotel after breakfast, and you will generally arrive at your next night’s accommodation in the late afternoon. Each day there generally will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour coach driving between each tour stop.

    Inclusions

    5 nights’ accommodation: 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik; 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
    8 Meals: 5 daily Icelandic breakfast and 3 two-course local-cuisine suppers in the countryside (main course and dessert), with coffee/tea
    Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
    Expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 5
    Free Wi-Fi on board the motor coach
    Souvenir Icelandic Search and Rescue keyring
    Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre
    Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread
    Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema
    Visit to a local horse farm to meet Icelandic horses. Visit also includes traditional Icelandic refreshments.
    Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink
    Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
    Great photo stops
    Seat rotation during the tour
    Northern lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
    Northern lights hunting kit (use of blanket and headlight)

    Value Added: Northern lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2 – 4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

    Exclusions

    Flights – Breakfast on arrival day – Baggage porterage at airport/hotel – Personal travel insurance (highly recommended) – Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available) – Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels – Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in the itinerary – Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm) – Guaranteed late check-out – Any service not specifically listed under Inclusions.

    Additional Information

    Note

    Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed. We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions

    1

    DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

    Arrival at Keflavik International airport.
    If you arrive earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a wonderful way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.
    Supper this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making supper a wonderful way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

    Please note: Hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.
    Also, if you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, our guide will meet you and the group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard Hidden Powers and Northern Lights itinerary.

    Accommodation : Reykjavik for 1 night

    2

    DAY 2 THINGVELLIR – GEYSIR – GULLFOSS (approx. 185km)
    Northern Lights Centre – National Park with Geological Wonders – Lively Geysers – The Famous Golden Falls

    Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Start your adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You’ll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film. You can also get assistance from the staff in adjusting your camera’s settings for northern lights photos.
    Depart Reykjavik and head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This place makes us Icelanders enormously proud of our heritage, and your guide will show you some of the amazing sites here. You might even have a rare chance to walk between two continents!
    Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, you’ll visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital city during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church. During the day, you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in hot sands. You’ll have the chance to taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s especially delicious slathered in sweet Icelandic butter.
    If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4. Supper and overnight in South Iceland.

    Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation : South Iceland for 1 night

    3

    DAY 3 ICELAND’S SOUTH SHORE (approx. 200km)
    Waterfalls – The LAVA Centre – Glacial Views – Black Sand Beaches

    Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses roaming in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre’s cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear, you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.
    Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie. It has an interesting history geologically, and it might also be hiding some buried treasure from the Middle Ages.
    Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sand, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland. The snows of winter make this landscape into something very mysterious. Supper and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

    Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation : Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for 2 nights

    4

    DAY 4 VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK – JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON (approx. 260km)
    Western Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

    Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure that camera is loaded and ready!) Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
    Next, you’ll view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. After your amazing day, your group will return to your hotel. Supper and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

    Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

    5

    DAY 5 HVERAGERDI – BLUE LAGOON – REYKJAVIK (approx. 365km)
    Greenhouse Village – Icelandic Horses – Thundering Waves – Geothermal Lagoon

    Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called The Flower Village because of its many flower greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.
    Today you’ll visit a horse farm to meet some locals: Icelandic horses. Known as the Icelanders’ most faithful friend and servant, this Viking horse breed played a pivotal role in Icelandic history. Enjoy petting these friendly horses and snapping a few selfies with them. You’ll also taste some sweet refreshments that are traditionally served on Icelandic farms.
    Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breathtaking sea waves, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region.
    The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where your guide bids you farewell at the hotel. The evening is open for you to enjoy your own activities. Supper is on your own. Overnight in Reykjavik.

    Meals : Breakfast

    Accommodation : Reykjavik for 1 night

    6

    DAY 6 FAREWELL TO THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

    Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

    Meals : Breakfast

    HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

    Reykjavik
    Quality Category: Fosshotel Reykjavik
    Comfort Category: Fosshotel Raudara, Reykjavik Lights

    South Iceland
    Quality Category: Stracta Hotel
    Comfort Category: Hotel Selfoss

    Kirkjubaejarklaustur area
    Quality Category: Hotel Klaustur
    Comfort Category: Fosshotel Nupar

    HOTEL CATEGORIES:
    Quality category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses, and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included. In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel. In the Countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

    Comfort category: These are pleasant and economical standard hotels, guesthouses, and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included. Generally, 3-star or equivalent both in Reykjavik and the countryside. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

    Classical Motorcoach Tour (maximum 36 participants)

    Land rates per person, in $CA, starting from, double occupancy

    Double Occupancy – Quality

    Single Occupancy – Quality

    Departure Dates – QUALITY  

    October 18, 27, 2022
    February 9*, 2023
    March 2, 9*, 21, 2023

    1860 2339

    November 3, 15, 2022
    December 8, 2022
    January 12, 2023
    April 4, 2023

    1805 2239
    January 26, 2023 – Bilingual English & Dutch 1805 2239
    February 16, March 7, 2023 – Bilingual English & Dutch 1860 2339
    Christmas Edition (English) – December 23, 2022 2180 2725
    New Year’s Edition (English) – December 27, 2022 3009 6395
    Departure Dates – COMFORT (36 passengers)

    Double Occupancy –Comfort

    Single Occupancy –Comfort

    February 2, 2023

    1595

    1950

    Triple Occupancy

    upon request

    Reserve an empty seat next to you (only for the classical motorcoach version)

    +55 per person, per day

    Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel

    +105 per person

    *Solo travel option on the following dates has 15% discount on single room price

     

    Small Group Size (maximum 16 participants)

    Land rates per person, in $ CA, starting from, double occupancy Double Occupancy – Quality Single Occupancy – Quality
    Departure Dates – QUALITY  

    October 13, 2022
    February 23, 2023
    March 30, 2023

    2275 2750

    November 17*, 2022
    January 24, 2023

    2235 2715
    Triple Occupancy upon request
    Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel +105 per person

    *Solo travel option on the following date has 15% discount on single room price

    Please note: Triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and Iceland Travel cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available. Hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

     

    **Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec.