All of the activities and services listed below are included in the holiday price
- Transfers: return group airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation in Hotel Óðinsvé and 2 nights Hotel Ranga in a standard twin/double room (upgrades available)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Northern Lights hunt, super jeep excursion to Gullfoss and Great Geysir, 'fire and ice' guided tour of the south shore (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Services of our expert local guides
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
Iceland is known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ for good reason. Volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and hot springs practically litter the south of the island and make it one of the most spectacular places in the world to witness the wonders of Mother Nature.
Iceland also boasts an enviable location within the Aurora Zone and with a dedicated super jeep tour and two nights at the famed Northern Lights hotspot, Hotel Ranga, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are very high.
Your base for the first two nights is the boutique Hotel Óðinsvé which is situated in the heart of Reykjavik. This is the ideal place from which to explore the vibrant city with galleries, cafés and shops on your doorstep and a range of additional activities which can be included (please see our ‘Personalise’ section for more information). For the final two nights, you will be at the world famous Hotel Ranga, a lovely countryside base renowned for its incredible food, hot tubs and Aurora viewing.Read more
The activities on this trip have been designed to highlight the natural wonders of the island. During days three and four the group will have the services of a driver guide who will show you as many of Iceland’s natural wonders as possible. You will be able to marvel at the waterfalls of Gullfoss and Skogafoss, the erupting hot springs at Great Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, the Silfra Fissure, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the Myrdalsjokull Glacier to name just some of the highlights.
You will enjoy an Aurora super jeep tour from Reykjavik, which will take you far beyond the confines of the city and the sodium glare of its lights and into the darkness of the surrounding countryside. Your Aurora guide will determine your destination based on the weather and Aurora forecasts and hopefully, with the mobility of your vehicle, you’ll be able to track down a spectacular display.
We love Iceland because it is unlike any other location that we offer. Here at The Aurora Zone, we understand that seeing the Northern Lights is usually everyone's top priority, but on this trip there are so many other natural phenomena to witness, from volcanoes and glaciers to waterfalls and geysers, that you are sure to return home in awe of the sights that you have seen regardless of whether you catch a display of the Northern Lights.
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Flights, Arrival and Introduction
Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed before being transferred to your accommodation at Hotel Óðinsvé in downtown Reykjavik. This will be your first introduction to the unique landscape of Iceland with its endless lava fields, glaciers and dramatic volcanic backdrop.
You will be provided with an information pack and a timetable detailing the next few days of your programme and then the rest of the afternoon and evening are free for you to begin exploring vibrant Reykjavik. If you are arriving on an afternoon flight, there will be a welcome meeting at approximately 7 pm at the hotel.
Just a few steps from the hotel you will be at the exciting heart of the city and there is an array of attractions to tempt visitors here. Neighbouring the hotel is the National Theatre, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Icelandic Opera and the two main shopping streets of Reykjavik.
Dinner is not included tonight but there is a wide and varied choice of options available in the city. Alternatively, the hotel is attached to a small bistro called 'SNAPS' which serves an array of traditional and modern Nordic cuisine.
Free Day in Reykjavik and Northern Lights Hunt
After breakfast in the hotel, your day is your own. You can explore the city at your own pace and take in the cafés, shops and cultural attractions. If you want to up the pace a little we can help arrange a variety of activities – a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, glacier hike and even snorkelling between tectonic plates are all possible from here – see the ‘Personalise’ section for details.
It would be easy to spend a huge amount of time in Reykjavik but tonight you will be setting off into the rugged countryside. Any Aurora hunter appreciates the need to be far away from light pollution to seek out a perspective display.
Your dedicated Aurora guide will be aware of the local weather forecasts and any recent solar activity and will be able to take you into an area where the chances of a display are high. There may be numerous vehicles out on any given night and the guides all communicate with each other to ensure that if there is an Aurora sighting then everyone can congregate in the same area. Generally, these tours are operated in super jeeps.
During your evening adventure, you will break at a restaurant for dinner, with one of its bestselling dishes (usually lamb or fish) as your set main. If Northern Lights luck isn’t on your side then do not despair, tomorrow you are off to Hotel Ranga. This hotel is one of the most famous Aurora destinations in Europe.
Gullfoss, Geysir and Ranga
After breakfast at the Hotel Óðinsvé, it is time to bid farewell to the city and explore the island further.
You will check out of Óðinsvé this morning and be picked up by your private driver/guide who will accompany you for the next two days. Your transport is in super jeeps, large off-road vehicles that allow you to get into the ‘harder-to-reach’ areas that elude the more typical coach trips.
Today’s itinerary includes visits to three of the most renowned natural wonders in Iceland (together they form the famous Golden Circle) and throughout the day you will really begin to appreciate the incredible natural beauty of Iceland. It is really unlike any other place in the world.
Your first point of call is the Thingvellir National Park and the Silfra Fissure where you will see one of only two rift valleys in the world. The Icelandic rift valley has been formed by the pulling apart of the European and American tectonic plates. It was also the location for the Viking parliament and assemblies were held here until the early 20th Century making it a location of huge political and social significance.
Your journey continues to Geysir where you will find the erupting hot springs. The biggest geyser is Strokkur, which spouts boiling water metres into the air every few minutes. The natural power on display here is a remarkable sight to see.
From Geysir, your final point of call is Gullfoss waterfall where the torrents of the Hvita River plummet into a canyon 32 metres high. In the winter months, sections of the waterfall freeze and the effect is quite dramatic as large sections of ice blanket the powerful river water.
After your introduction to Iceland’s rugged and dramatic countryside, your journey will continue on to Hotel Ranga, where you will be staying for the next two nights. This hotel has an exceptional Northern Lights record which makes it one of the most popular hotels in Iceland.
Ranga’s reputation is based on its remote and wild location. The rooms either have views of Mt Hekla volcano or the East Ranga River. This location is ideal for Aurora hunting as the distance from any artificial light pollution creates a pitch black sky - the perfect backdrop for any displays of the Northern Lights. They take the Aurora very seriously here at Hotel Ranga – the staff are obligated to check outside every 15 minutes to see if any sign of a display is showing if so they will contact you in the rooms (if you have signed up for this service at reception). In the hours of darkness, they also turn off all outside lighting (including the lights in the car park) to give you the best possible chance of seeing the Aurora.
This evening you will enjoy dinner in the excellent restaurant, tucking into a delicious meal (payable locally). Afterwards, you may like to relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs.
Fire and Ice
After breakfast at Ranga, your guide will return to show you more of this incredible land.
You will start by exploring the South Shore which is famous for the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. At Skogafoss, you can get behind the water chute to enjoy a unique viewpoint.
During your day, you will come across one of the most infamous European volcanoes – Eyjafjallajökull, responsible for a great deal of travel disorder in 2010. Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes is also close by and your guide will take you to the best viewpoints.
You will travel close to the Myrdalsjokull Glacier where you will be able to get a real appreciation of the gigantic scale of these powerful forces of nature.
Once again, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel (payable locally). Please remember to take a warm coat with you to dinner as the Aurora tend to ignore the sanctity of meal times and you may need to abandon the restaurant and head outside at short notice.
There is also a small observatory for guests at Hotel Ranga to enjoy – this is a small structure which is sheltered from the elements and has a telescope to do some star-gazing if the Northern Lights are not active.
Departure or Extend Your Stay
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will drive you back to the airport for your return flights.
If you would like to spend more time in Iceland, then the ‘Personalise’ section of this page for details of the options available.
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Day 2 option – visit to the Blue Lagoon
This is one of Iceland’s most famous natural attractions which draws huge numbers of visitors each year. The dusky blue water combined with the wispy steam that hovers above the Blue Lagoon is in stark contrast to the jet black volcanic rock which surrounds the waters. It’s a great place to relax and an incredible wonder to marvel at. This excursion includes bus transfer from Reykjavik, entry fee and towel rental.
Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.
Image Credit: Blue Lagoon
Day 2 option – snorkelling between continents
Iceland’s natural wonders go far beyond the Northern Lights and there can be no place that demonstrates this more than the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park. Here the powers of the land of fire and ice have combined in order to create an unforgettable experience for guests to enjoy.
The Silfra Fissure is effectively a crack in the Earth’s crust which is caused by the tectonic plates of Eurasia and America drifting apart. This gap has then been filled with glacial melt water, filtered through 50 kilometres of volcanic rock, creating some of the purest and clearest water on the planet! Snorkelling here is unbeatable as the visibility can stretch for up to 70 – 80 metres and the water is an almost peacock blue colour.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavik for the hour-long transfer to the National Park. Here you will be kitted out in your dry suit, snorkel and flippers and spend between 30 – 40 minutes enjoying this magical underwater world.
Day 2 option – glacier hike
Although you will get close to glaciers during your holiday there is little that compare to actually getting up close and exploring the ice on foot. The experience allows you to gain a real sense of the scale of these ice walls and also to begin to understand some of the processes that shape them and how they shape the landscape around them.
With a highly experienced guide, you will attach crampons to your shoes and walk across the vast expanse of centuries-old ice. There are few places where glaciers are so accessible and we can highly recommend the experience.
Extend your stay in Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world and has a huge amount to offer any visitor. There is small town friendliness here but also a sense of a cool urban culture filled with edgy art.Read more about this activity
The city has a wide range of architecture and many of the traditional wood-clad buildings have been restored and create a great deal of colour. There is a vibrant café culture and some exceptional dining experiences to be had, no matter what the budget.
Attractions such as art galleries are also worth visiting and the city's long and rich history means there is a variety of museums to enjoy, detailing its Viking past up to its integral use as a base during WWII. The city is also well known internationally for its thriving nightlife.
We can arrange for you to return to Reykjavik following your holiday or spend longer there at the start of your holiday, whichever you prefer. Our team has a great deal of knowledge regarding the central hotels and will be happy to tailor the accommodation to meet your needs. There are modern hotels, quirky boutiques and sleek luxurious options to choose from and most are within easy reach of the harbour and the city centre shops and attractions.
As we have had the pleasure of sampling the food here on many an occasion, we will be more than happy to make recommendations of the gastronomic kind to help suit your requirements.
Of course, if you would also like to include additional activities or Northern Lights hunts we can create a package including these for you.
Simply contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.
Extend your stay at Hotel Ranga
Two nights at the Hotel Ranga are already included in your trip but, subject to availability, there is the chance to extend your stay and enjoy this accommodation further.Read more about this activity
Hotel Ranga enjoys a much-deserved reputation for its welcoming hospitality and delicious food as well as its enviable location, in a remote Icelandic setting, far from any light pollution. The rooms here are very comfortable and extending a stay is a popular choice with those looking to relax and further improve their chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis but there will be the option to upgrade to the half board option if you wish.
During the day, you can make use of the hotel's hot tubs or lounge area or book local excursions to explore the beautiful South Shore region (including glacier hiking and jeep tours).
In the evening, you will want to keep watch for the Northern Lights and handily Hotel Ranga runs an Aurora alert service and will knock on your door if the Northern Lights make an appearance. Your chances of witnessing a display remain high should conditions be right.
Image credit: Hotel Ranga
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people, maximum 16 people
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.
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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 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.
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%
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 8 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.
We had a super holiday and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys new cultures and a different climate. We can't thank Martin, our guide, enough. He made the holiday. (On the) Wilderness drives - no other tourists and a real insight into the landscape, volcanoes geysirs and farming. All made possible by our excellent activity guide. Reykjavik National Museum was excellent.
Seeing the Aurora was definitely the best experience of our holiday. We also really enjoyed going off the beaten track in the Super Jeep and walking under a glacier was amazing. All of it was fabulous.We had a fabulous time. Our guide and driver Ingi was very knowledgeable about the geology and geography of Iceland and this really added an extra dimension to the holiday plus his sense of humour gave us all a few really good laughs. A spectacular place and we'll definitely visit again at a different time of year for a fresh view of all the things we saw at their winter best. Fascinating and fun - thank you.
Just a few words to say thanks for the experience we had with you. We went as a treat for my wife's 60th, and she was knocked out by the whole thing. Whilst the brief stay in the capital was fine (especially the bistro next to the hotel), the whole thing really kicked off when we went out for the two nights at The Ranga. The scenery was absolutely spectacular - the sheer wildness of the area took our breath away! To cap it all, the skies cleared on our last night and we were treated to three separate shows from the Northern Lights, each one better than the last.
The whole experience was greatly enhanced by the (off road) skills and knowledge of our driver/guide - Ingi.
Thanks to you - and him - for a wonderful experience.
Fabulous, exciting and a fun experience, well paced and memorable . Please say thank you to all at The Aurora Zone.
Going into the highlands in our monster vehicle with our wonderful guide Asi [pronounced he told us Owsi] was memorable. And the black sand beach with snow-white waves crashing - unforgettable. And the lovely meal at Selfoss. And the sunrise at Pingvellir. I could go on and on! Gullfoss, Geysir - ok I will stop now. Loved the vehicle! It was all fantastic. It was the most wonderful four days. Exceeded all expectations and the Aurora even made a faint appearance for us. What made the trip so good was our guide/driver Asi. He was full of interesting facts and answered all questions. He was friendly and patient when some of us didn't get back to the transport on time. Also made sure that the Eyjafjallajokull place stayed open so we could visit even though we were late. The hotels were excellent, specially Ranga where the staff were very friendly and the food delicious. Ah I wish I was back there now.
The breakfasts we received at both hotels were excellent and provided plenty of choice. I found the administration side of things to be excellent and the booking process was very straightforward. Any emails I sent were answered promptly and I found the staff to be very helpful and knowledgeable. Travel, transfers and accommodation were all excellent and everything ran very smoothly. It's difficult to choose (a favourite activity) as there were so many! We loved the super jeep experience and visiting glaciers, mountain ranges, lava fields and waterfalls. Iceland was an amazing country and we felt privileged to experience just a small amount of what it has to offer. I booked the holiday for my boyfriend's 30th birthday and it was a very special way to celebrate. We also enjoyed the Northern Lights trip and although sadly we didn't see them, it was such a unique experience to be out in the middle of nowhere with a sky full of stars. It's a trip that we'll always remember. Least enjoyable: The only thing that would've improved it would've been for us to spend more time there, with an option to spend an extra day in Reykjavik and an extra day at Hotel Ranga. It would've been great to have these days on our own, just to relax and enjoy the places but sadly budget didn't allow on this occasion. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Our guide was excellent and exceeded all of our expectations. I can't praise him enough! We've never done a 'group' holiday before and weren't sure what to expect. The guide made it a very relaxed, enjoyable ride (quite literally) and his knowledge and enthusiasm made us feel very at ease. The only reason I've marked 'possibly' on whether we'd book with the Aurora Zone again is purely down to whether we could afford such a trip again. At the moment, it really is a once in a lifetime thing but hopefully in the future we may be able to travel with you again.
It’s very difficult to choose one activity alone, probably the ones I wasn’t expecting, like racing along a black volcanic beach with the Atlantic waves crashing in alongside our super vehicle, or being able to go into the highlands, again because of our super vehicle or the most impressive waterfall of all Urridafoss which we just called into on our way back to Hotel Ranga. Words like Awesome, Spectacular and Breathtaking are very overused and often misused in our language but I believe that Iceland has Natural features for which these words are appropriate, and I found myself using them frequently. Our holiday was for a special occasion and mainly with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to see them but there was so much more to enjoy that we didn't seem to mind. We were in a group of 12 very friendly people who all added to our enjoyment and our guide Gummi was fantastic, his knowledge and sense of humour and fun meant that we went to places we probably wouldn't have been able to go if we were on a coach tour. Everything was well organised from booking, to all of the activities we took part in. All in all I think one of the best holidays my husband and I have been on. Thank you.
We got back from this trip last week (March 2014) and are still coming down from an amazing holiday.The 'natural wonders' of Iceland exceeded our expectations - a massive amount was included in the four days. The geysers were spectacular, our guide took us into the highlands, the three waterfalls on the itinerary were each special and different from each other; we got to appreciate the power of the glaciers and walked and drove up black sand beaches and lava fields. We were even lucky to catch a 15 minute window and saw the Northern Lights above the hotel. The trip was finished off by a dip in the blue lagoon which was surreal - swimming in warm milky water, with driving cold rain and bare rocks around it - but very invigorating.The trip was made more special by our guide, Einar Olufson, who was very knowledgable and clearly loved his country. His driving off the Super Jeep was excellent, taking us to places we would never get to in a bus trip.The organisation and administration by The Aurora Zone worked very smoothly. As vegetarians we were very pleased that the hotels were well aware or our requirements, and had made special meals for us, which were clearly not an afterthought as is often the case.
My partner and I did the Iceland: Natural Wonders & Northern Lights tour. Even though the Northern Lights did not put on a great show (activity was low on the days we were there and the skies were cloudy), we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The activities and sights were fantastic. I went to Iceland not really knowing what to expect, and now would love to go back again to see more of it. Our guide more than made up for the lack of the Northern Lights. He was informative and friendly, and went out of his way to make the experience truly memorable.
Have just got back from a truly memorable holiday in Iceland. We took the Natural Wonders and Northern Lights trip which gave plenty of time for looking around Reykjavik before moving to the countryside to explore. We stayed two nights in a hotel in Reykjavik. It's in a great location, close to the shops and near lots of good restaurants and cafés. We had breakfast at the hotel, which was basic but ok. We didn't have dinner there though the menu looked interesting enough. The other two nights we stayed at the Hotel Ranga. This hotel is a little off-the-beaten-track (so reducing light pollution risk for Northern Lights viewing). The staff here are incredibly friendly. You can sign up each day if you want to be woken in the night if the lights put in an appearance. They also make an announcement if the lights are cheeky enough to arrive during dinner. There was a good choice of food at breakfast, including hot food and waffles. Dinner was a set three course meal of good quality. The trip was made truly special by Einar our fantastic Icelandic guide. Einar is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his homeland and his enthusiasm rubbed off on the group. We were driven around in a Super Jeep, a fantastic vehicle that copes well with the ice, snow and rocks you encounter when exploring Iceland in February. Tips: Don't be put off by the Aurora forecasts. On two nights of our trip, the forecast for Northern Lights activity was showing as 0 or 1 (i.e. at the lowest end of the scale) but we saw the lights on each evening. If you want to photograph the NorthernLights you really need to use a tripod. Even if the Northern Lights hadn't appeared this would still have been a fantastic trip, the Icelandic scenery is breathtaking and otherworldly.
What a fantastic trip; the Northern Lights on our last night were magical. Don't think we'll ever be able to top this holiday.