Discover Iceland in winter and get to know its raw, magnificent nature spotted with volcanoes, bubbling hot springs and floating icebergs.
On this holiday’s four-day escorted coach tour you’ll experience the hidden powers of the island including dramatic vistas of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and with several overnights in stunning rural locations you'll be perfectly situated to hunt for the magical Northern Lights. If you happen to be in slumber when the aurora borealis makes an appearance, most hotels have the option of a wake-up call, greatly increasing your chances of seeing the beautiful display throughout the night!
You may have heard of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, and with this all-encompassing holiday offer you’ll enjoy the soothing, calming blue waters of this popular attraction. If you like your colour blue to glow a bit more, you’ll also spend time at the magnificent glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón on your journey across Iceland’s South Shore. See below for this holiday’s full itinerary.
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Welcome to Iceland! Transfer on your own to Reykjavík and check in to your hotel. We recommend Flybus airport transfers, which are available to purchase with the package during the booking process. The day and evening are yours to rest and enjoy at your leisure.
Today you’ll visit the fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavík for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights, then head to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. You’ll also visit the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools, the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring, the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade, and Skálholt, Iceland's capital during the Middle-Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church. During the day you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You'll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It's especially delicious slathered in Icelandic butter. Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.
You’ll start the day with a drive along the south shore, passing by local farms that are often populated with the legendary Icelandic horses. Your first stop will be at the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Up next are visits to the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, then passing by Mýrdalsjökull Glacier on the way to Reynisfjara beach to enjoy a walk on the black sands and extraordinary rock formations of Vík. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Today your tour group will drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east to the southern area of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest in Western Europe and named after Europe's largest glacier. Then you’ll journey to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon for a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the deep glacial lagoon. Next, view Svínafellsjökull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajökull, and Skaftafell, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by Vatnajökull glacier. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Head towards the village of Hveragerði, one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area and often called 'The Flower Village' because of its many greenhouses heated by nearby hot springs. Follow along the coastline and its breath-taking waves to the Reykjanes peninsula where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm mineral rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavík where the evening is at your own leisure.
Transfer to Keflavík Airport for your flight home on Icelandair. Flybus airport transfers are available to book with the package during the booking process.