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 Restaurant Reykjavik
- Accommodation: 3 nights standard double/twin room at the Grand Hotel (or similar), 1 night in a standard double/twin room at the Northern Lights Inn
- The following activities and equipment are included: transfer to Restaurant Reykjavik, full day excursion to the Golden Circle, entrance to Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights hunt on Videy Island, Northern Lights coach tour (order subject to change)
- Services of expert guides during activities
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 to the neighbouring Videy Island which is free from light pollution and is characterised by its immense silence.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 getting a tour of the city and the surrounding area, a subterranean adventure inside an old volcano, and an epic journey inside the tunnels of Langjökull Glacier.
Photography credits: Visit Iceland, visitreykjavik.is, Blue Lagoon, Iceland Excursions, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
Arrival and Welcome
Landing at Keflavik International Airport*, you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your accommodation, the Reykjavik Grand Hotel. 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?
In the evening, you will be transferred to the city centre for a delicious dinner at Restaurant Reykjavik, which is particularly famed for its seafood*.
*On Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 15 Nov until 19 December, a Christmas buffet will replace the seafood buffet (supplement applies). If you are visiting during this time and do not wish to upgrade to the Christmas buffet, you will enjoy your meal at Restaurant Skólabrú, where a three-course meal, including a fish main course, will be served.
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 on Videy Island
Following a filling breakfast buffet, you will be taken out on a day tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle, 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.
Finally, following this, you will return to your hotel, where you can relax before enjoying a thrilling evening of Aurora hunting on Videy Island.
A 20-minute boat ride away from Reykjavik, Videy Island is characterised by its beautiful silence, broken only by the occasional calls of birds. Free from light pollution, it is a wonderful place to see the Northern Lights, away from urban distractions. Take in the surrounding nature as you go searching for the Aurora.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 a fascinating tour of the capital, 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 undertake a comprehensive Northern Lights hunt allowing you a much longer period in which to hunt for the Aurora. Relax in a warm coach as you are taken from viewpoint to viewpoint – the reclining seats come with head and foot rests and extra leg room, so you can travel in full comfort. Complimentary hot drinks and blankets are provided, so you can keep warm throughout. This tour is approximately 3 to 5 hours in duration.
If you would like to improve your chances of spotting the Northern Lights, then you can upgrade to the Northern Lights deluxe coach tour, which is 5-8 hours in duration and includes hot drinks, a light meal and a warm blanket. Please speak to one of our travel experts for further details.
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 be taken 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
Personalise this tour
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
Image credit: Visit Iceland
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
Reykjavik Area Sightseeing
Get familiar with Iceland’s modern capital on this two- to three-hour tour. You will see Bessastadir, the official residence of the country’s president, the lovely port town of Hafnarfjordur, the innovative Perlan Restaurant, Reykjavik’s iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, the Parliament of Iceland, and the historic Hofdi House, where Ronald Reagan of the USA and Mikhail Gorbachev of the USSR held a summit in 1986 that led to the end of the Cold War.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Image credit: Visit Iceland
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Groups approximately between 1-10 persons, although some excursions may include between 10-50.
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.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 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.
Travelling in autumn
Travelling in 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
- 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%
The recommended 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.
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 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.