Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland tours
Available: 2019-11-07 to 2019-11-12 starting from $1690 AUD
Limited availability: 2019-12-12 to 2019-12-17 starting from $1769 AUD
Limited availability: 2020-02-06 to 2020-02-11 starting from $1690 AUD
Limited availability: 2020-03-26 to 2020-03-31 starting from $1690 AUD
Discover Iceland in winter. Get to know its raw, magnificent nature spotted with volcanoes, bubbling hot springs and floating icebergs. Explore the Icelandic South Shore including the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón.
This coach tour has guaranteed departures, leaves weekly between Oct – Mar and has approx. 25 – 30 passengers per tour.
Arrive Reykjavik any time of day, as no activities are planned for the day. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2 – Þingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss
Start the day by visiting the recently opened Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.
Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. We then drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where we experience a geothermal bakery first hand and dig up bread that has been cooked underground. After the tour, we sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground with some creamy Icelandic butter.
We continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the reliably erupting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, we visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.
Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle-Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church.
Overnight in the south coast area.
Day 3 – Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the south shore
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is quite beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icealandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4 – Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon.
Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Volcanic Areas – Hveragerði – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik
We head towards the village of Hveragerði which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerði is often called "the flower village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. The tour continues to Strandarkirkja, a church popularly believed to have a special power to aid success or provide good luck. Then along the coast with breathtaking sea waves through a community once flourishing and now deserted.
On 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 water in the middle of a black lava field.
Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.
Day 6 – Tour ends
Transfer to the international airport (not included).
Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 5
Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
3 One-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea* (Day 2, 3, 4)
Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
Instructions and assistance with setting up your camera for photographing the northern lights (day 2)
Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
Great photo stops
Seat rotation during the tour
Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2-4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)
Breakfast on arrival day
Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels. We can assist with this.
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
Guaranteed late check-out
Any service not specifically listed under “included”