Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights - Insight Vacations

Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Iceland

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Autumn, winter and spring are all great seasons to experience Iceland’s world of natural phenomena; by day marvel at waterfalls, volcanoes and incredible landscapes and by night, seek out the dancing lights that fill cloudless skies.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    The Viking City of Reykjavík

    Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 08:00, 12:30 and 16:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    South Shore Adventure to Vík

    (Relaxed Start) Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland‘s south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue on to witness the majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Stand awestruck by the beauty and powerful force of these thundering waterfalls before venturing on to view more phenomena. After seeing the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, arrive in the welcoming communtiy of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights?

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    The Golden Circle to Flúðir

    (Relaxed Start) Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland's Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. Your first stop is in Fontana to visit a fascinating geothermal bakery. Sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. You will then experience the exploding hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls – the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Next stop is Friðheimar, to find out about the processes in Icelandic greenhouse horticulture. Visit a family-run vegetable farm that specialises in tomatoes. Tour their greenhouses and sample the sweet, unique flavour of their lovingly-grown crop. Continue to your hotel in Flúðir, where there is again a chance to look to the night sky to watch nature's theatre unfold.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell

    (Relaxed Start) Continue on to Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in 930 AD. This remarkable natural site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the American and European tectonic plates meet. Continue on the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson to Borgarnes. En route, stop at the pretty village of Reykholt, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. On arrival in Borgarnes, learn about Iceland's history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre. Journey on through glorious landscapes taking in views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Reykjavík sightseeing

    (Relaxed Start) Journey back to the capital - Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows you the old town centre, the 19th century parliament building, Höfði House (the location of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.), the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church - the Hallgrímskirkja. The afternoon is at leisure.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The Blue Lagoon

    (Relaxed Start) Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík's Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul. Choose to bathe in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal waters, or perhaps enjoy a water massage or spa treatment? Facilities also include an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and restaurants. With your new-found friends, toast the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery with a celebratory cocktail. The rest of the day is free, perhaps spend time relaxing in a sidewalk cafe?

  8. Day 8

    Depart Reykjavík

    Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with transfers arriving at Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport at 05:00 and 12:30.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Borganes: Learn about Iceland's history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre with your Local Expert.
  • Reykjavík: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reykjavík: Witness nature's most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights.
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
  • Gullfoss: See the spectacular two-tiered waterfall. This Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls drops a total of 32m (105 ft.), while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
  • Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country, as the meeting place of the Althing (world's oldest parliament), founded in 930 AD.
  • Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2,000 metres within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With new-found friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
  • Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.
  • Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
  • Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Friðheimar: Tour a family-run farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes.
  • Fontana: At a geothermal bakery, sample delicious rye bread dug hot from the ground.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 3 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners (D) with tea or coffee; plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) with wine. Departure on tour for New Year's Eve will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Iceland Hotels: Insight handpicks hotels to consistently provide the best central and scenic locations. Hotels in Iceland are generally traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region, with clean rooms and private facilities.
  • Reykjavík: Inside Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura, you'll find a warm and inviting atmosphere, filled with thoughtful details inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds the property.
  • Vík: Located in the quaint village of Vík, the Icelandair Hotel offers elegantly fitted guest rooms, decorated with Icelandic design and inspired by the natural environment.
  • Húsafell: Hótel Húsafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers from/to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival and departure days only. Should your flights not coincide with these, additional charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way to/from the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

The Secret Lagoon at Flúðir

The Secret Lagoon natural hot springs is located in the small village of Fludir and stay at 38-40 Celsius all year due to its location in the Golden Circle. The pool’s natural surroundings and the steam in the air give the place a magical feeling and a true Icelandic experience. There are also several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes year-round for the enjoyment of guests relaxing in the hot spring.

Adult Price: EUR 23.00

Code: VIK0001

Lava Riding Tour

Enjoy the pure beauty of Icelandic nature from horseback. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced rider, this is a wonderful way to experience the Icelandic countryside. Starting from the Íshestar riding centre in Hafnarfjörður, you‘ll explore the lovely conservation area of Heiðmörk, with its numerous caves and canyons. Your tour will be led by experienced staff and the horses are used to riders of all levels.

Adult Price: EUR 92.00

Code: REY0003

Northern Lights by Boat

Sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik, we'll escape the lights of the city and begin our search for the northern lights. Seeing the aurora borealis, with a beautiful backdrop of mountains and city lights, is something you won't ever forget. In less than 30 minutes we'll be in a prime location, away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras. This tour is subject to weather conditions.

Adult Price: EUR 72.00

Code: REY0004

Visit to the Viking World

Enjoy a visit to the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). You'll learn about Viking exploration, Norse mythology and the early settlement of Iceland. Normal opening hours are between 12:00-17:00

Adult Price: EUR 24.00

Code: REY0005

Accommodation

 

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Reykjavik (Central) - Iceland

Inside Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura, you'll find a warm and inviting atmosphere, filled with thoughtful details inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds the property.

Icelandair Hotel Vík

Vik (Traditional) - Iceland

Icelandair Hotel Flúðir

Flúðir (Scenic) - Iceland

Close to three National Parks (Gullfoss, Geysire and Thingvellir), the Icelandair Hotel Flúðir is a comfortable hotel offering views of Midfell Mountain. All rooms have a patio with garden access.

Hótel Húsafell

Húsafell (Scenic) - Iceland

Hótel Húsafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11427 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 01 December, 2018

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    Trip: Comfortable coach for the driving required. Professional driver who attended to all details. Safely operated our coach. Tour Director as previously mentioned. Accommodations. itinerary.

    Service: Our Tour Director was simply first rate. Attentive to every detail. Courteous, informative, personable, knowledgeable.

  • 01 December, 2018

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    Trip: In addition to the above comments, I would say going to the Blue Lagoon was the highlight of the trip.

    Service: The 7 day trip was the right amount of time for touring the Golden Circle. The hotels were nice and the guides at the facilities we toured were excellent. Our tour guide was exceptional. We travel quite a bit and she was one of the best we've ever had. She made the trip so enjoyable and has a wealth of information about Iceland. There was not a question she could not answer.

  • 01 December, 2018

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    Trip: Varied itinerary was extremely interesting

    Service: Answered question when asked

  • 22 November, 2018

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    Trip: It was everything I hoped for in a tour: wonderful people , great food and an exciting culture.

    Service: Our tour guide Susie and driver were both amazing! Susie made the most of every opportunity to make the trip fun! We got history and culture at every turn. I have recommended the tour to all my friends and will continue to do so! The hotels were well chosen.

  • 19 November, 2018

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    Trip: So much packed in to the tour. We were on the winter itinerary and only did the south of the island, but we saw so much and travelled extensively through the Golden Circle.

    Service: Our tour director Susie is an amazing young woman and looked after everyone's needs on the trip. She goes above and beyond her job description. Our bus driver Hrapn (apologies of his name is misspelt) was always there waiting for us and delivered us door to door, even reversing the bus so we could get straight off into the reception instead of walking around the bus - extremely thoughtful

  • 17 November, 2018

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    Trip: The country itself in 5 stars. The tour locations could not have been better.

    Service: Everything was done well. I would recommend them completely.

  • 17 November, 2018

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    Trip: Gave great insight needed to appreciate the diversity, the depth of history, and the natural beauty of this land.

    Service: Very thorough and fun tour of Iceland. Would gladly tour with them again/

  • 17 November, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed the entire experience and definitely getting to see the northern lights. A fantastic experience. The walking tour guide in Reykjavík was excellent. Tour guide and the bus driver made the experience wonderful for all of us.

    Service: Tour guide was awesome. She was very customer driven - making certain each of guests enjoyed our experiences in Iceland.

  • 05 November, 2018

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    Trip: Good coverage on Golden Circle. Should provide option to cover round island.

    Service: Knowledgeable & caring tour director. Skillful & careful driver.

  • 03 November, 2018

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    Trip: I absolutely LOVED everything included on the tour. Before leaving home, in reading about some of the planned tour stops, I wondered if those experiences (ex. geothermal power plant, tomato growing greenhouse) would be a little dry but they were fascinating! So interesting! I also loved the baked rye bread demonstration! It was great as was all the beautiful falls and countryside! DON'T pass up an opportunity to pamper yourself in the Secret Lagoon and, OF COURSE, the Blue Lagoon! Both were fabulous...and naked showering TRULY was no big deal. Everyone just goes about their business, eyes averted and relishes in the big payoff of bathtub warm water that is SO relaxing and wonderful. I loved seeing the sights in Reykjavik and having the freedom to wander the shops on the main drag. (We went a day early before the tour so we had time to rest from the 7.5 hour flight and then had most of the next day to catch a city bus (free tickets/map provided by the hotel) to shop and explore downtown Reykjavik on our own. Navigation was not difficult. I highly recommend arriving a day early and/or staying a day later, outside of the published tour dates. I'd do this tour again in a second! (By the way, we were extremely fortunate to have dry weather during the day with rain at night or in the early morning hours. This was during early October. When windy the temp could be around 28 degrees but we also had a sunny day with little wind and it was about 42. Clothing layers is the way to go with a good knit cap or other ear covering.)

    Service: This was an excellent trip. Our tour guide, Robbie, was good at providing all kinds of interesting information about Iceland...historical, economical, geographical, etc. I also appreciated his knowledge and comments about the wildlife and Icelandic culture. He worked hard to make it a smooth, enjoyable trip for everyone and was especially diligent in tracking the possibility of witnessing the Aurora Borealis (which we DID get to see one clear night.) My only regret is that he had very little time to take one-on-one questions, but, I understood it was because he was constantly busy ensuring we stayed on schedule as he coordinated the next experience, timing the next stop of the tour. He especially took a personal interest in everyone as they prepared to leave the country, making sure they understood what to expect with unfamiliar Keflavik airport routines and automation.

  • 20 October, 2018

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    Trip: We had the perfect weather.Saw the lights once, and for me that was great. I was very satisfied with the tour..saw the culture, saw the geysers, the blue lagoon (preferred the secret lagoon, though), and saw the geo-thermal plant which I had heard so much about

    Service: We had a wonderful tour guide. He was always there when we needed him. He even helped me pick up the right gifts for my family. The driver was great, too. He had lots of recommendations for us, and he did a fantastic job. I personally feel that a tour can be a great success with the right guide . I have been down with the flu ever since I returned, haven't had the time to download the pictures

  • 16 April, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed the various sights chosen.

    Service: Yes I would recommend them to family and friends. Tour director was great.

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