- Transfers: return scheduled Flybus airport shuttle transfers and all activity transfers
- Meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner at Bryggjan Brygghus
- Accommodation: 4 nights standard double/twin room at Hotel Frón (or similar) (upgrades available subject to availability; supplements may apply)
- The following activities and equipment are included: Golden Circle tour with a stop to bathe in a secret lagoon, Northern Lights hunt, hike to an active volcano (order subject to change)
- Crampon hire during active volcano hike
- Emergency contact during your time in Iceland
- 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
There is nowhere else quite like Iceland. It is a country with many firsts and a country of many extremes in both historical milestones and geological attractions.
During the late ninth century, Iceland was officially first claimed by the Vikings who settled there. The world’s first parliament was recorded in 930 in the Þingvellir National Park. Iceland has continued to be very progressive politically and socially and had the first female democratically voted president in the world, the first openly gay prime minister and was also amongst the first countries to make it a legal requirement to pay both men and women equally.
Even for those who have not previously been particularly interested in physical geography, you will soon remember your school textbooks as you explore some of the dramatic landscapes Iceland has to offer. The island’s position in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic Rift is geologically significant because it marks the boundary between where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and separate. This is the reason why Iceland boasts over 200 different volcanoes, geysers and volcanic fissures.
During your trip, you will visit some of the most spectacular natural attractions Iceland has to offer. There will also be some free time to book additional tours or explore the bustling city of Reykjavik before heading out on a Northern Lights hunt. Your final day will be spent trekking to an active volcano* to witness the raw power of the lava pouring from the earth's surface! There are very few places in the world this is possible.Read more
*Please note there is no way of predicting how long the volcanic eruption will continue in its current form. If the volcanic activity does change, we will work with our local partners to adapt the tour to ensure everyone’s safety first and foremost. If the tour is no longer possible during your travel dates we will get in touch and offer an alternative at that time.
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Arrival and welcome dinner
When you land at Keflavik Airport and collect your luggage you will head to the meeting point for the Flybus. This regularly scheduled service makes frequent trips to Reykjavik and will drop off at all the major hotels. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers, please speak to your Travel Expert.
Once you have arrived and settled into your room, we recommend making use of its central location to explore Reykjavik’s buzzing atmosphere. We have included a welcome dish at a restaurant in the harbour area of the city. It is a little hidden gem of a restaurant which one of the locals showed us during a visit – famous for their Barion burger, which is what you will be tasting tonight (vegan option available, drinks not included. The restaurant is around a 25-minute walk from your hotel or reception can arrange a taxi if you prefer). If you have time, we would also recommend visiting the FlyOver Iceland experience which is located in the same area as the restaurant. Please see the 'Personalise' tab for more information.Included Meals: Dinner
Golden Circle tour and hot spring visit
After breakfast, you will be picked up for a tour of the famous ‘Golden Circle’. This will be a small group tour with a maximum of 20 people.
The golden circle combines some of Iceland’s most popular natural attractions. You will travel to the southern highlands visiting Þingvellir National Park, geyser geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall.
Þingvellir National Park was Iceland’s first National Park and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the first area of Iceland to be inhabited and later became the sight of the world’s first parliament. Geology enthusiasts may already be familiar with this area as it is the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which creates some stunning geological sights.
The Geyser geothermal area is located in the Haukadalur Valley and at this site, you will find two remarkable geysers which have been active for around 10,000 years. Great Geysir only erupts every few months at most, so you will need to be exceptionally lucky to catch that one, but nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every 6-10 minutes and can shoot hot water as high as 40 metres into the air.
Finally, on your tour, you will visit Gullfoss waterfall. This is one of Iceland’s most iconic and most photographed attractions. The waterfall has two 'drops' which together total 32 metres. The power of the water is mesmerising and on sunny days it is possible to view rainbows shooting from the spray.
Finally, you will make a stop at a tiny village in the countryside where the farms use the heat generated beneath the earth’s surface to power their greenhouses. After a short tour, you will head to a local secret spot to bathe in a hot spring (don’t forget your swimming costume!) before heading back to the city.Included Meals: Breakfast
Free day and Northern Lights Hunt
Today we have left free for you to either book additional tours or enjoy Reykjavik at your own pace. We can arrange a city tour for you or, alternatively, if you would like to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon we can also book this for you today. Please see the 'Personalise' tab for more information.
Later this evening, around 21.30, you will be picked up to set off on a small group Northern Lights tour away from the artificial lights in the city. Your driver-guide will take you to some of the most successful viewing locations to enjoy an Aurora display if the conditions are in your favour. Viewing the Northern Lights can never be guaranteed, but that is all part of their charm. Your guide will also be able to answer any questions you have about the Aurora and will give you an introduction to the science behind their magical appearance.Included Meals: Breakfast
Trek to an active volcano
Fill up on breakfast this morning as afterwards, you will be setting off on a real adventure. You will be picked up and driven to the eruption site at Geldingadalur. Fagradalsfjall, the volcano here had been dormant for around 6,000 years before erupting in March 2021. Experts believe the volcano will pose little threat to life, infrastructure or air travel for two main reasons. Firstly, this is an effusive eruption rather than an eruptive one (which was the case with Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 which severely impacted air travel around the world). Fagradalsfjall has emerged as an open fissure releasing slow-moving, gentle lava flows in the form of molten rivers. The second reason is that the volcano’s location is in a sheltered valley away from significant infrastructure.
No one knows exactly how long the eruption will continue in its present form. If the conditions do change, then we will adapt the tour accordingly - perhaps hiking to an alternative area to view the volcano from further away. If this does happen, we will contact you to discuss your options at the time.
The hike is around 2 hours each way, so you do need to be reasonably fit and comfortable walking on unsteady ground for such distances. For some sections of the walk, it may also be necessary to use crampons. These will be provided by the local team and a safety briefing will be given prior to setting off but your footwear should be suitable for crampon use. You will be using marked footpaths and trails, but the terrain does vary.Included Meals: Breakfast
Today it is time to head home from Iceland! If you would like to extend your stay then please speak to one of our Travel Experts who would be happy to accommodate any requests.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Northern Lights Boat Tour
If you really wish to maximise your chances of viewing the Northern Lights whilst in Iceland you have the option to add in one of our favourite tours. The best way to get away from all the artificial light of the city is to head out to sea. This voyage takes between 1.5 – 2.5 hours and you will travel far away from the bright lights of Reykjavik to, hopefully, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights whilst out at sea. Even if you are not successful in your quest this is a great adventure to share with your travelling companions.
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Visit to the Blue Lagoon
Since the Blue Lagoon opened almost 35 years ago it has become famous around the world as one of the most unique spas anywhere! Much renovation and development has happened during its lifetime, but the essence of relaxing in the natural hot springs surrounded by the moon-like lava fields is still as memorable now as it was then. This tour includes return transfers from Reykjavik, entry to the lagoon, a welcome drink and a towel.
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Walking tour of Reykjavik
There are many different walking tours of Reykjavik covering a whole range of specialist interest tours. Everything from street art, gastronomy to archaeology and Viking history and legends. We have chosen this 3-hour walking tour as a great introduction to gain a perfect overview of this vibrant city.
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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.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 persons; maximum 25 (approximately)
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
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
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