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Explore the best of Iceland in autumn and search for the Northern Lights by sea and on land. You will spend three nights on the Ocean Diamond, journeying to the peninsulas of Snaefellsnes and Westfjords, with a range of exciting excursions which can be added to your itinerary. The other three nights will be spent on land exploring highlights such as Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.You will also enjoy a RIB whale and wildlife tour and a Northern Lights hunt by coach.

What's included?


  • Accommodation: 3 nights on the MS Ocean Diamond (Cabin Type P – 'outside cabin with porthole' - upgrades available), 1 night in a hotel in Husavik, 1 night in a hotel in Western Iceland and 2 nights in a Reykjavik hotel (please see the ‘Accommodation’ section for examples)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transfers: return airport transfers and taxi transfer from Reykjavik hotel to city harbour
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: tour of Lake Mývatn, visit to Dimmuborgir lava formations and Skutustadir craters, Dettifoss Waterfall visit, RIB whale watching tour, Goðafoss waterfall visit, Deildartunguhver hot spring visit, visit to Hraunfossar Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Reykjavik city tour, Northern Lights coach tour (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Expert-led cultural presentations, onboard entertainment and use of gym facilities on the Ocean Diamond
  • Tea, filter coffee, apple and orange juice and still water are included onboard the Ocean Diamond
  • Fully qualified guides during excursions

Please note: the itineraries and excursions are subject to change due to weather, sea, and ice conditions and may be changed without prior notice.

Combining three nights at sea and four nights on land, this holiday provides an all-round introduction to Iceland in the autumn. At this time of year, the long days of the Midnight Sun have made way for longer nights and Northern Lights, with the country painted in seasonal colours.

Following an evening in Iceland’s charming capital of Reykjavik, you will travel on the Ms Ocean Diamond for the first half of the trip. This fine cruise ship will take you around Iceland’s coast from the south-west to the north, stopping at the beautiful Snaefellsnes and Westfjords peninsulas. The first is commonly referred to as ‘Iceland in miniature’, with a wonderfully varied landscape; the second is one of the most secluded parts of the country and is truly off-the-beaten-track. In both locations, you will have the chance to add daytime excursions to your itinerary, including trips to the Snaefellsjökull Glacier and Dynjandi waterfall, kayaking, and a ‘Viking Sushi Tour’. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information.

Given your location offshore, you should be well placed to see Aurora displays during your nights at sea. Voyaging the Icelandic waters, you are also likely to spot different types of whales. Onboard the Ocean Diamond, we have included a series of fascinating presentations on both the Northern Lights and whales in this region, as well as subjects of local history and culture. In addition, the ship offers a full entertainment programme in its theatre-style auditorium.

Back onshore, you will spend three nights exploring Iceland’s highlights, staying at an assortment of welcoming hotels. You will begin at the pristine Lake Myvatn before exploring the stunning lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Iceland has a number of picture-perfect waterfalls and our holiday includes a visit to Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and Goðafoss, which is believed to contain the statues of Norse Gods. Search for Iceland’s marine life with a guided RIB wildlife and whale safari and enjoy a guided tour of the colourful city of Reykjavik. A Northern Lights hunt will bring a memorable end to this holiday, particularly if you are lucky enough to witness an Autumn Aurora display as these can be utterly breathtaking.

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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
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  • Following your arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the remainder of the day to explore the world’s northernmost capital. 

    Reykjavik is a charming city characterised by its colourful buildings and dominated by Hallgrímskirkja which is a modern cathedral 74.5 metres high. It is an architectural masterpiece and well worth a visit.

    The city itself is famous for its incredibly fresh seafood and there are some fine restaurants and cafés, particularly down by the old harbour. Reykjavik is small in comparison to most European cities and the best way to experience the city is by simply walking the streets and admiring the colour and stunning landscapes which surround it.

    For dinner, we would highly recommend trying out one of the many seafood restaurants. For recommendations, please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

  • During the day you can spend your leisure time exploring the charming delights of Iceland’s colourful capital Reykjavik. You will be transferred from the hotel to the harbour, which is just a five-minute walk from the city’s lively downtown area. From here you can enjoy its assortment of shops and eateries. Be sure to return to the harbour in time for boarding the Ocean Diamond, which starts at 18:00; the ship will leave the docks at 20:00.

    During your three nights on the Ocean Diamond, you can enjoy a selection of specialist presentations covering topics such as the Northern Lights, local history and culture.

    After dinner in the restaurant area, you can head outside and look to the skies for the Northern Lights.

  • In the morning, the Ocean Diamond will reach the village of Stykkishólmur, based in the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This region is often referred to as ‘Iceland in miniature’, as it showcases many of the island’s varied landscapes in a small area.

    After breakfast, there are some excellent optional excursions which you can add to your itinerary for an additional cost. Try a ‘Viking Sushi Adventure’ and combine bird watching on the water with seafood tasting. You may also like to enjoy a bus tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, taking in its amazing landscapes. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information.

    Lunch and dinner are included today. At 18:00, the Ocean Diamond will leave Stykkishólmur for the Westfjords Peninsula. As you sail along, be sure to search for the Northern Lights in the sky before turning in for the night.

  • The quiet town of Ísafjördur is the capital of the Westfjords Peninsula – a region that is notably untouched, even by Icelandic standards. There are some very impressive fjords in this area providing many photo opportunities.

    Following breakfast, there are more excursions which you can add to your itinerary. Try your hand at catching different types of fish on a sea angling tour, see the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall or kayak the waters around Flateyri. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information.

    Lunch and dinner are included today. In the late afternoon or early evening, you can attend an onboard presentation about the Northern Lights before keeping watch on the skies later on this evening.

  • In the early morning, you will arrive into Skjálfandi Bay in Northern Iceland. One of the highlights in this area is the volcanic Lake Mývatn which was formed during an eruption over 2300 years ago. Following disembarkation, you will explore the natural beauty of the area, including the extreme lava formations of Dimmuborgir.

    Dimmuborgir is known as the ‘dark castles’ and you will understand why as you walk up the footpath towards the lava fields. The formations are shaped like a crumbling, ancient citadel and you will undoubtedly feel like you have stumbled into a fantasy film set.

    Your tour of Lake Mývatn will also include a visit to the pseudo craters of Skutustadir, which were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. These magnificent craters further highlight the extreme diversity of Iceland’s landscape, which is unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

    Following lunch, you will return to the coach and head to the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park. Here you will find the magnificent Dettifoss Waterfall, which is the most powerful in Europe and is a splendid example of mother nature. The sound of the cascading water is incredible and we would highly recommend making sure your camera is fully charged as you will no doubt want to take photographs.

    You will overnight in Husavik, which is a charming little fishing town on the shores of Skjálfandi Bay. Dinner will be enjoyed at your hotel.

  • After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a whale and wildlife safari on a RIB (rigid-inflatable boat). Husavik is the whale watching capital of Iceland and the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different species of whale, including Orca and Humpback. In addition to these graceful animals, you may also potentially spot seals, dolphins and various seabirds. It is the perfect way in which to experience Arctic wildlife whilst also admiring the stunning surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay. The tour will take approximately three hours.    

    Following the tour, you will return to the coach and head towards Akureyri, which is Iceland’s second largest city, but with a population of only 18,000 residents, it feels more like a bustling fishing town. The drive to Akureyri will include a stop at Goðafoss Waterfall, which translates to ‘waterfall of the gods’. According to legend, law speaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði declared Christianity the official religion of Iceland and threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall. You can understand why the area is a place of myth and legend as the waterfall itself is majestic, cascading from a vivid green valley.

    Lunch will be provided during the journey and you will overnight in North West Iceland in either Laugarbakki or Gauksmyri. Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.

  • Following breakfast, you will return to the coach and head back towards Reykjavik, enjoying numerous stops along the way. Firstly, you will visit Deildartunguhver which is Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Most of the water used for central heating in the towns of Borganes and Akranes is taken from Deildartunguhver. In fact, if you happen to take a shower within 65km of the hot spring then you have bathed in its waters! The billowing clouds of steam created by the spring are an impressive sight to behold.

    After visiting the hot spring, you will then return to the bus and make your way to Thingvellir National Park, which is one of the major highlights in Iceland and is alleged to have been the location of the worlds first parliament. You will stop at Hraunfossar waterfalls en-route, before arriving into Thingvellir. Lunch will be provided along the way.

    Following your exploration of Thingvellir National Park’s historical sites, you will return to Reykjavik and enjoy a guided tour of the city. You will then have a final opportunity to seek out the Northern Lights with a bus tour to the outskirts of Reykjavik where there is minimal light pollution. Hopefully, your final evening in Iceland will be spent admiring Nature’s greatest light show.

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to Keflavik Airport for your flights home. If you wish to extend your stay in Reykjavik, then please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

Included in price

Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik

Nights: 1

This hotel is located in Reykjavik’s city centre, close to Laugavegur (which is the main shopping street), and an array of restaurants and bars. ‘Skuggi’ is the Icelandic word for ‘shade’, and the hotel has a fitting interior design of cool greys and calming white. The Skuggi Hotel has 100 rooms, designed with inspiration from the sublime black-and-white nature photography of Icelander Ragnar Axelsson.

Hotel facilities

  • Pick up a drink from the hotel’s stylish on-site bar
  • Free Wi-Fi means you can keep friends and family up to date
  • Wake up to a spread of hot and cold options at the breakfast buffet

Hotel rooms

The hotel offers both double (with king size bed) and twin rooms. All have an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, and toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a satellite television, a telephone, a tea and coffee set, clothes rack, a desk and chair.

Ocean Diamond

Nights: 2-4

A modern cruise vessel, the Ocean Diamond has been specially fitted for Arctic journeys with stabilisers and a strengthened hull for icy conditions. Run by a skilled crew and boasting a variety of excellent facilities, it provides guests with a first-class cruise experience. Built to carry a maximum of 224 passengers, the ship has a compact design which allows it to get to areas of water which are otherwise inaccessible to larger vessels. The Ocean Diamond has an average speed of around 15.5 knots and is the first passenger ship in the history of polar travel to be carbon neutral.

There is a full range of facilities on the Ocean Diamond to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

  • All your meals will be included onboard, prepared by the Ocean Diamond’s dedicated chefs. Breakfasts and lunches follow a buffet format, while dinner is à la carte. With a casual dress code and panoramic views, it offers a relaxed dining atmosphere
  • Tea, filter coffee, apple and orange juice, and still water are included during your stay, as is a late evening snack, served on Deck 4
  • Look for the Northern Lights and across the sea from the vessel’s deck and observation areas
  • Pick up a souvenir from the onboard store
  • Visit the Polar Library with its selection of books and DVDs
  • You can book a range of massage and aromatherapy treatments to unwind during the voyage
  • Keep fit with free access to the gym facilities
  • A programme of insightful presentations about the Northern Lights, whales, and local historical and cultural subjects is included
  • Wi-Fi can be accessed on-board for an additional cost

Cabin types

Your holiday includes Cabin Type P accommodation. Please see below for the upgrade options and ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Cabin Type P (outside cabin with porthole): These en-suite 19m² cabins have double or twin beds. In addition to the shower room, there is a television with a DVD player, a hairdryer and wardrobe, a fridge, a safe, individual temperature control, access to a satellite telephone, and two portholes. Please note that the view can be restricted by lifeboats or other objects on deck.

Cabin upgrade options

Cabin Type T (triple cabin with porthole): These en-suite 19m² cabins have two twin beds and one upper bed. In addition to the shower room, there is a television with a DVD player, a hairdryer and wardrobe, a fridge, a safe, individual temperature control, access to a satellite telephone, and two portholes. Please note that the view may be obstructed.

Cabin Type O (outside cabin with an obstructed view): These en-suite 19m² cabins have double or twin beds. In addition to the shower room, there is a television with a DVD player, a hairdryer and wardrobe, a fridge, a safe, individual temperature control, access to a satellite telephone, and a picture window. Please note that the view will be restricted by lifeboats or other objects.

Cabin Type D (outside cabin with picture window): Between 17-19m², these en-suite cabins have double or twin beds. In addition to the shower room, there is a television with a DVD player, a hairdryer and wardrobe, a fridge, a safe, individual temperature control, access to a satellite telephone, and a picture window.

Cabin Type A (balcony suite): These 30m² cabins have a double bed, an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, a seating area, a television with a DVD player, a hairdryer and wardrobe, a fridge, a safe, individual temperature control, access to a satellite telephone, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door and a balcony.

Cabin Type B (suite): These 37m² suites have either two twin beds or a double bed, as well as an extra two twin beds. There are two bathrooms with a shower or bathtub. In addition, these suites have a seating area, a television with a DVD player, a hairdryer and wardrobe, a fridge, a safe, individual temperature control, access to a satellite telephone, and a picture window.

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FossHotel Mývatn

Nights: 5

Fosshotel Mývatn opened in July 2017 and offers 92 rooms in a stunning natural setting north of Lake Mývatn. The hotel is designed by award-winning architects and features almost exclusively low-environmental impact materials. The building is low-rise and clad with larch wood. There is a grass roof which blends perfectly with the surrounding nature.

A wonderful restaurant is located on the ground floor with a fantastic view over the lake.The wilderness location ensures that there is very little light pollution and it is not uncommon to spot the Northern Lights from outside the hotel.

Hotel facilities

  • Enjoy the spectacular lake views from the ground floor hotel restaurant.
  • Free Wi-fi is available in all areas of the hotel.
  • The hotel enjoys a stunning location amidst the tranquil Icelandic countryside ensuring very little light pollution. Venture out onto the outdoor terrace and potentially spot the Northern Lights.

Room types

Standard double or twin: These bright and spacious rooms are equipped with a TV, ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Free Wi-fi is available in all rooms and the large windows offer fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

Lake view room: The hotel is relatively new and this is reflected in the modern and spacious style of the rooms. The lake view rooms have double or twin beds and large windows looking out onto Lake Mývatn. Each room is equipped with a TV, ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and free Wi-fi.

Hotel Laugarbakki

Nights: 6

Hotel Laugarbakki is an impressive new hotel with 56 modern and spacious rooms. Located at the edge of Laugarbakki village, the hotel overlooks one of Iceland’s best salmon rivers and has fantastic countryside surroundings with very little light pollution.

The hotel has an onsite restaurant with an emphasis on fresh, local produce and a bar area from which to enjoy a relaxing drink. Your night here includes free use of the naturally heated outdoor hot tubs which you will no doubt want to enjoy after a day of exploring the stunning Icelandic nature.

Hotel facilities

  • Enjoy a relaxed drink at the bar before your meal in the hotel restaurant
  • Following a day of exploration, there is no better way to unwind than taking a dip in one of the hotels naturally heated hot tubs.
  • Take advantage of the countryside location which ensures minimal light pollution and try and spot the Northern Lights in the Northern sky
  • Free Wi-fi is available in all rooms and public areas

Room types

Double or twin room: These spacious rooms are decorated in a modern style and are newly furnished with brand new double or twin beds and a private bathroom. The rooms are equipped with central heating, hairdryer, complimentary bathroom products and a TV. Wi-Fi is accessible in all rooms.

Single room: Single rooms are equipped with a brand new, spacious bed and are decorated in a bright and modern style. The rooms contain large windows overlooking the stunning Icelandic countryside and have central heating. Complimentary bathroom products, a TV and Wi-Fi are all included. The rooms are also equipped with a private bathroom.

Fosshotel Reykjavik

Nights: 7


Fosshotel Reykjavik enjoys a great location just a few hundred metres from the sculpture and shore walk which navigates Reykjavik’s harbour. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Laugavegur, the city’s main shopping street, which is home to many fascinating independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

This stylish hotel has 16 floors and most rooms offer a wonderful view of the city and bay area.


Hotel Facilities 

  • Wi-Fi is free in the public areas of the hotel
  • The hotel has 320 rooms and boasts a restaurant named ‘Haust’ (which is where your breakfast will be served)
  • Breakfasts are served as a buffet with a choice of bread, hot food such as sausages, bacon and eggs as well as yoghurts, fruits and cereals
  • There is also a bar area called the ‘Beer Garden’ which offers a great selection of draft beers (it also offers wonderful hot dogs if you are feeling a little peckish!). This charming bar is really popular with the locals as well as guests to Reykjavik

Room type

Double/Twin: these are located on the lower floors of the hotel and can either be made up as a twin or double beds. They have a satellite TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. They also have tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge. All rooms feature a safety deposit box (deposit may be payable locally).

Other options

Hotel Sveinbjarnagerdi

Sveinbjarnargerði is a family owned hotel which is a 10-minute drive from Akureyri. The setting is fabulous, with stunning views of the Eyjafordur area, its mountains and the fjord itself. An outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to admire the countryside and during the dark autumn nights, you may even spot the Northern Lights.

The hotel contains a stylish in-house restaurant which has a cosy fireplace and a particular focus on traditional Icelandic cuisine. There is also a relaxation area which features a hot tub, ideal for those winter evenings.

Hotel facilities

  • A highlight of this hotel is the location and the views from the outdoor terrace are spectacular. During the autumn evenings, you may witness the Aurora dancing in the northern sky
  • The cosy restaurant has a fireplace and is ideal for an evening of relaxation after a day of exploration
  • There is something special about entering a hot tub, during an Arctic autumn evening. Enjoy the views from the hotel relaxation area

Room types

Double or twin room: the rooms at Sveinbjarnargerði are bright and cosy and the location ensures a fantastic outlook. Each room is equipped with a double, or two single beds, a flat-screen TV, a work desk, private bathroom, hairdryer and a seating area.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik (Day 7)

The four-star Reykjavik Grand Hotel is conveniently located in quiet surroundings, close to the city centre. The hotel has 311 rooms and provides excellent service and a wide range of facilities.

The hotel is equipped with a modern and elegant restaurant with a focus on Icelandic and Nordic cuisine. You can enjoy dinner made with fresh produce or simply relax with a drink by the cosy fireplace.

The Reykjavik Grand Hotel has a fully equipped gym which guests can use free of charge and extensive spa facilities. Guests are given a 20% discount on the spa admission fee.


  • Take advantage of the hotel’s excellent location and enjoy a stroll through Laugerdalur’s Botanical Garden before heading into downtown Reykjavik.
  • Keep active and enjoy free use of the hotel gym.
  • Sample local Icelandic cuisine or enjoy a drink in the cosy hotel restaurant.
  • Enjoy the free Wi-fi service which is available throughout the hotel.

Room type

Superior double/twin room: Superior double rooms are both bright and spacious with hardwood flooring and large windows. The rooms are equipped with a comfortable queen size bed or two large single beds and a private bathroom with a shower and bathtub. A satellite TV, hairdryer, coffee and tea making facilities and free Wi-Fi access are all included.

Triple Room: Triple rooms are spacious and decorated with brand new furnishings. The rooms contain either three single beds or a double and a single bed. A private bathroom with a shower and bathtub is included and each triple room is equipped with a hairdryer, satellite TV, coffee and tea making facilities and free Wi-Fi access.

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Þingeyri and Dynjandi Waterfall bus tour

Explore the secluded regions of Westfjords on this bus tour, which takes you to the little-populated town of Þingeyri, which holds the honour of being the region’s first trading post. Following this, you will be taken to the impressive Dynjandi Waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in the region. It is appropriately named, as ‘Dynjandi’ is said to translate as ‘thunderous’. Packed lunches are included.

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Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Group size: 20 - 45 participants
Availability: Day 4

Price: 145 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for this excursion on board in USD.

Other options


Viking sushi adventure

You will be taken around the many islands of Breiðafjörður, looking out for and learning about the different types of birds which can be found here. You can also admire the incredible rock formations that are dotted around these waters. That covers the ‘Viking’ part of this adventure – as for the ‘Sushi’, that comes in the form of delicious scallops, straight from the sea!

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Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Group size: 1 - 30 participants
Availability: Day 3

Price: 70 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Fotografie.Opzolder.Co

Snaefellsnes Peninsula bus tour

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is often regarded as being ‘Iceland in miniature’, as it seems to showcase many of the country’s different environments in one location. You will be taken by bus to the Snaefellsjökull Glacier, the coastal formations of Snaefellsnes, and the basalt pinnacles of Lóndrangar. There will also be a stop in the village of Arnarstapi and a visit to the Shark Museum of Bjarnarhöfn, with entrance included. Packed lunch is also included in the price of this activity.

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Duration: 8 hours
Group size: 20 - 45 participants
Availability: Day 3

Price: 125 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

Image credit: Anna Guðmundsdóttir

Sea angling tour

The rich waters of the Westfjords region are full of marine fauna, and this trip gives you the chance to try your hand at catching the likes of cod, haddock, and halibut. The outing will either start from Flateyri or Suðureyri, both of which are fishing villages. This is quite an active excursion, and we recommend wearing plenty of warm layers and bringing a bottle of water along with you.

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Duration: 4 hours
Group size: 5 - 10 participants
Availability: Day 4

Price: 195 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

Flateyri kayaking

Kayak around the coast of Flateyri, a quiet fishing village in the Westfjords region. You can take in the lovely mountain scenery and look out for local birds in the sky.

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Duration: 4 hours
Group size: 8 - 20 participants
Availability: Day 4

Price: 165 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
Price guarantee

Price based on: 3 nights on the MS Ocean Diamond (Cabin Type P – 'outside cabin with porthole' - upgrades available), 1 night in a hotel in Husavik, 1 night in a hotel in Western Iceland and 2 nights in a Reykjavik hotel.

Fri 21 Sep 2018
to Fri 28 Sep 2018
Adults£ 2,635

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Fri 20 Sep 2019
to Fri 27 Sep 2019
Adults£ 2,950

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 150-220 on board the ship

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination


Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.


Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in sections 2 and 6 of our general booking terms and conditions.

A deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure.

Travelling in the Autumn requires a degree of flexibility. This period is a time of change in the far North and the arrival of the first snowfall can be very unpredictable. 

Autumn activities: The daytime activities included in this holiday may be amended to accommodate the arrival of winter's first snows (an unpredictable science!). Walks may become snowshoe treks and guests may need to be flexible in their approach. This is unlikely to be the case in September but changes become more likely in October and November. Your Aurora hunting activities should be unaffected.

If cold weather clothing is required and will make your stay more comfortable then this will be included and issued to you upon arrival. If you would like to borrow any additional equipment then please just speak to one of the local guides. For more information please see the trip dossier.


Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

- More than 63 days prior to departure = Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 63 to 57 days prior to departure = 40%

- 56 days or less = 100%


Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

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