ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner at Seafood Grill
- Accommodation: 3 nights standard double/twin room at the Hotel Frón (or similar), 1 night in a standard double/twin room at the Northern Lights Inn
- The following activities and equipment are included: full-day excursion to the Golden Circle, Northern Lights hunt by boat, Northern Lights coach tour, entrance to Blue Lagoon (order subject to change)
- Services of expert guides during activities
A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package
This four-night Reykjavik holiday offers the perfect introduction to Iceland’s capital and some of the country’s much-loved natural attractions. In addition, there are extensive opportunities to seek out the Aurora and hopefully catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon as it dances in the dark skies.
A tour of the ‘Golden Circle’ will take you to the lovely Thingvellir National Park, which has been labelled by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the amazing Silfra Fissure, a separation point between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which has some of the clearest water on the planet. Stand in awe watching the iconic geysers of the Haukadalur Geothermal Area, and take photos by the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall. You will also have the chance to spend time in the relaxing Blue Lagoon, soaking in mineral-rich waters and getting completely refreshed.
Two nights of dedicated Northern Lights hunting are included in this trip, in addition to a third night at the Northern Lights Inn which is located in an area away from artificial light, considerably enhancing your opportunities of gazing upon the lights from the comfort of your accommodation. An extensive hunt is undertaken on day 3 as you are taken from viewpoint to viewpoint, from the luxury of a comfortable coach, away from the city lights, and into the surrounding countryside. You will also take a unique Northern Lights tour by boat, travelling out to sea and away from any light pollution.Read more
We have left a day free for you to enjoy Reykjavik’s highlights at your own pace, or to book some superb optional activities. These include a subterranean adventure inside an old volcano and an epic journey inside the tunnels of Langjökull Glacier.
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Dates & Prices
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Activities: please note that if you are travelling early in the winter season and there is not enough snowfall, then some activities may be adapted by the local team, or alternatives provided, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. For more information on this, please see our booking terms and conditions.
|Departure dates between|
Sat 01 Oct 2022
Fri 31 Mar 2023
|Adults £ 1,195 To £ 1,260|
Next season’s dates and prices
You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. You will then need to pay the remainder of your deposit (£350pp) to confirm your booking in full. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
Please note: where listed in the What’s Included section, pre-sales prices include return UK flights.
|Departure dates between|
Sun 01 Oct 2023
Sun 31 Mar 2024
|Adults £ 1,375 To £ 1,540|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Groups approximately between 2-25 persons, although some excursions may include between 10-70.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
Booking Activities Locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade https://www.mfat.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
Information for British Passport Holders
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport and/or any required visas are up to date for your holiday. Please take special note of rules relating to passport validity as these have changed since Brexit. You can find more general advice from the UK government on their Passport rules for travel to Europe and then country specific advice on the Foreign Travel Advice page under the entry requirements section.
Please also check the UK Governments ‘Get Travel Smart’ campaign for up to date information on travel advice by country, information on Travel Insurance and information on how to renew your passport if required.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions
Payment and Cancellation Terms
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
- 63 to 42 days prior to departure - 40%
- 41 to 28 days prior to departure - 60%
- 27 to 14 days prior to departure – 90%
- 13 days or less – 100%
Arrival and Welcome
Landing at Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your accommodation, Hotel Frón. Should time allow during your journey, your transfer will be made through the incredible Krysuvik Geothermal Area. Here, hot springs and vents bubble and steam away, with the land vibrantly coloured in red, green, and yellow by mineral deposits and algae. What better way to be introduced to Iceland than to get a sense of its volcanic landscape?
Tonight, we have included a 3-course dinner at Seafood Grill, which is particularly famed for its seafood and is only a short walk from your hotel.
A note on flights: while flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.Included Meals: Dinner
Golden Circle Tour and Northern Lights hunt by boat
Following a filling breakfast buffet, you will be taken out on a scheduled day tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle via minibus or coach, made up of some of the country’s most well-known sights.
You will begin with a trip to the Geysir Geothermal Area, named after the now mainly dormant geyser called ‘Geysir’, which has lent its name to all such exploding hot springs around the world. The biggest geyser here is Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes, shooting water 30 metres into the air.
You will then be taken to see the ‘Golden Waterfall’ of Gullfoss, which rushes down from a height of 32 metres. Great sections of ice cover parts of Gullfoss during the winter, giving a wonderful display of ice formations.
Lastly, you will head to the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge above ground and get a sense of the power of Nature at work. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are pulling the island apart by a couple of centimetres each year. Iceland’s ‘Althingi’, one of the world’s oldest existing national parliaments, was founded at Thingvellir in 930 AD, making it a place of much historical significance. You will also make a stop at the Secret Lagoon, so bring your swimming costumes and towels along, should there be time for a dip. You will be out for approximately 8 hours today.
Finally, following this, you will return to your hotel, where you can relax before enjoying a thrilling evening of Aurora hunting by boat.
You’ll set sail from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik (a short walk from the hotel), travelling out to sea in search of the Northern Lights and away from any light pollution. The boat has plenty of seating on deck and inside, should you want to warm up with a hot drink from the bar. The guides on board will discuss the science behind the Aurora and hopefully you’ll get to witness a display for yourself. You will be out for approximately two to three hours tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast
Leisure Time and Northern Lights Coach Tour
After breakfast, you will have the day to explore at your leisure with a unique opportunity to customise your Reykjavik visit. We have a range of unmissable excursions which you can book today, including an underground lava cave tour in what was once a volcano, and a trip through the man-made tunnels of Langjökull Glacier. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.
In the evening, you will again search for the Northern Lights. Relax in a warm coach as you are taken from viewpoint to viewpoint, searching the skies for the Aurora. This tour is approximately 3 hours in duration.
If you would like to “supersize” your Aurora prospects why not consider upgrading your Northern Lights tour to one in a super jeep? This smaller group tour in a guide-driven all-terrain jeep is an adventure in itself and the jeeps can get to locations that a coach cannot in the search for clear skies and signs of the Aurora. Due to the smaller group, it also has a streamlined pick-up process so you will spend more time out actively hunting the Lights. Your guide will be an expert photographer and will be on hand to offer assistance and tripods are also provided on this tour if required. For more details please see our 'Personalise' pageIncluded Meals: Breakfast
The Blue Lagoon and the Northern Light Inn
With breakfast done, a transfer will be made to the enchanting Blue Lagoon*. Relaxing in this marvellous geothermal attraction is a must-do activity during any visit to Iceland and will leave you feeling fully rejuvenated. It is widely believed that the naturally occurring minerals in the water give it therapeutic properties.
You will then take the shuttle to the Northern Light Inn, which sits close to the Lagoon. The open location of the inn makes it perfectly situated for spotting Aurora displays. With luck, the night sky will be lit up during your time here.
*Entrance includes: use of towel and one welcome drinkIncluded Meals: Breakfast
Finishing breakfast, you will be transferred to Keflavik International Airport for your journey home.Included Meals: Breakfast
A note on accommodation: Hotels around Iceland are in extremely high demand so if one of the hotels listed in this tour at the time of booking is not available you will be offered an alternative in the same location. The hotel will be as similar in standard as possible. We really recommend booking as far in advance as possible to avoid any disappointment.
Included in price
Hotel Frón has a great location in downtown Reykjavik. It is located just a few minutes walk from the main shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries and museums that this vibrant city has to offer. The staff are really welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable and are more than happy to help with anything guests need during their stay.
There is a range of room types available at Hotel Frón. Our holiday is based in the double/ twin rooms but there are also apartments (both standard and deluxe, studio, one or two-bedroom) and also suites if you are looking for a little more luxury during your stay. Please ask our Travel Experts for more information and a quotation if you are interested.
Double/Twin rooms: these rooms are a stylish and comfortable base for your time in Iceland. They are furnished in a modern design and offer a great bolthole from the vibrant city around you. All rooms are en-suite and have a shower, a minibar, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer and a safe to store valuables.
Northern Light Inn
As the name may suggest, the Northern Light Inn is the ideal base for an Aurora-based trip in Iceland. Staying here puts you at a fantastic vantage point for a prospective display.
It enjoys an enviable position on the island, just a twenty-minute drive from Keflavik Airport and only a short distance from the world famous Blue Lagoon.
Whether your holiday includes a visit to the Blue Lagoon or you simply wish to visit again, then you can take the two-minute drive in the complimentary shuttle bus or a fifteen-minute walk through the picturesque moss-covered lava fields to reach it.
- The hotel operates an 'honesty bar' in its beautiful living room with fireplace. The perfect location to exchange experiences with fellow travellers
- In a panoramic setting, the restaurant serves buffet meals and is renowned for its 'Nordic soul food'. Meals include a varied selection of healthy contemporary cuisine coupled with the best of hearty Icelandic classics such as ocean-fresh fish, free-range lamb and home baked goods
The hotel has 32 guest bedrooms in total. The rooms are geothermally heated and have en-suite shower rooms, tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi and television. Their simple and bright decoration exudes a modern Icelandic charm and tranquil atmosphere.
Personalise this tour
Day 3 - Upgrade Northern Lights Coach Tour to Super Jeep Tour
With an experienced guide (and expert photographer) behind the wheel of your all-terrain super jeep, you will find this one of the most personal and adventurous ways to hunt the Lights from Reykjavik. Following a stress-free pick-up from your hotel, you will head outside the city and deep into the remote countryside in your pursuit of the Aurora. Iceland’s notoriously challenging terrain (and weather) are no problem for the super jeep so all the best Northern Lights spotting locations are an option. Once at a location, your guide will be on hand to give you personal assistance with your camera if required and can even provide you with a tripod.
Please note that the organisers do monitor weather and solar activity levels closely and may cancel the tour if they believe there is no chance of an Aurora display on a given evening. You would be entitled to a full refund under these circumstances.
Duration: approximately 4 hours
©Iceland Pro Travel
Descend into an enchanting world of vibrant lava caves and craters as you look inside an age-old volcano on this tour. As you will be taking in the more familiar sights of Iceland back above ground, this makes an excellent contrast. Please note that while most of the caves are high and spacious enough with a generally even ground, you may have to crawl and squeeze your way through some areas.
Duration: 3 hours including transfers
Iceland - Whale Watching Tour
Enjoy a magical journey into Faxaflói bay with an expert crew and specially trained naturalists.
With the guidance of your marine biologist guide, you will learn all about the full range of wildlife that calls Iceland home. The most common whale species are Minke, Humpback, White-beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises. Occasionally other species are seen such as Orca, Fin whales, Sei whales and Long-finned Pilot whales. You may also see a wide array of bird life from Puffins and Gannets to Guillemots and more, as they feed on the plentiful fish found in the bay.Read more about this activity
The meeting point for the tour is the Old Harbour in central Reykjavik – this is within walking distance but also easily reached by taxi. You can take some time to look through the visitor centre before boarding. Once aboard, you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a heated indoor saloon with large viewing windows, a cafeteria where you can buy light refreshments, toilet facilities and a cloakroom where you can borrow blankets and overalls for the duration of the tour. You can stay outside in the fresh air but are also welcome to settle inside the heated lounge and observe from within while receiving a live commentary throughout the tour which will notify you of any sightings.
Secrets of Langjökull Glacier
Travel inside Langjökull Glacier for an experience like no other, making your way through some of the biggest man-made caverns of ice in the world. The cavern system has been formed out of a series of frozen tunnels and open areas that work their way 300 metres into the heart of the glacier, reaching a stunning, naturally formed ice cave at the centre.
Duration: 10-11 hours including transfers
Reykjavik Food Tour
Why not experience Reykjavik in the tastiest way possible? On this 3-4 hour tour, which starts just 700 metres from your hotel, you will not only get an introduction to the city, but also the delicious local foods and produce on offer. Your knowledgeable guide will highlight points of interest as they escort you to 5-6 local restaurants, some of which you would probably never discover by yourself. The delicious dishes you will sample are all made according to Icelandic tradition and family recipes, but please do not worry – fermented shark will not feature on the menu!
© Lost in Iceland
Around the world, Iceland is known for its incredible landscapes and dramatic views. Due to the remote location of some of these incredible settings, the FlyOver Iceland experience has opened in the harbour area of Reykjavik. Using state of the art technology, from your seat suspended before a 20-metre spherical screen, you will feel as if you are literally ‘flying over Iceland’ as you explore the vast glaciers, majestic fjords, dramatic ravines and many other attractions.
© Lost in Iceland
Your team are very professional, friendly and never left us not knowing what was going on. Your communication or organisation were great.
The holiday was well planned and good quality accommodation offered. When I contacted the team with any queries they were quick to respond and help, sending follow up emails to confirm.
Everything ran like clockwork - so well organised - thank you
It was a very well organised holiday that delivered everything you promised that it would.
We enjoyed it all. If we had to pick something it would be the uncertainty of the unknown, i.e. The Blue Lagoon changing rooms ! As my husband and I were not together in the male/female changing rooms we had to figure out the lockers, showers, towels etc or ask a fellow visitor. Luckily the lady from the Northern Lights Inn who drove us there in the shuttle bus gave us some pointers. The evening…
Read more boat trip was amazing - we were fortunate to have clear skies and a calm sea and the northern lights appeared. I normally get sea-sick so wasn't looking forward to it beforehand. The guide on the boat (Eva) was brilliant.
Thank you so very much for the PERFECT Iceland/Northern Lights itinerary! We were able to see the Nothern Lights multiple times and not only that, our guides told us they were the best they had seen this season! Firstly, as stated above, this trip was just fantastic. I want to personally thank Dawn who helped with our booking and answered all 9 million of my questions!
Classic Golden Circle tour was the best. It was day long tour of some of the best sights of Iceland and our guide and coach driver were great. The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa was well planned at the end of the hectic 2 days of tours to help us relax. The Northern Lights Inn was one of the best places we have ever stayed at.