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Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights (Winter 2018-19)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Iceland

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Experience a 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 hotel at 08:00 and 16:30. Join your Travel Director and travelling companions at 18:15 for your Welcome Dinner and enjoy the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of good food and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    South Shore Adventure to Vík.

    Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland's south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Travel to the modern Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur. Opened in 2017, it is dedicated to Iceland's riveting volcanic activity and earthquakes. Your journey continues as you 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

    The Golden Circle to Flúðir.

    Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland's Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. Experience the exploding hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls.

  5. Day 5

    Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell.

    Your journey continues through glorious landscapes, with views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. In Borgarnes, visit the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre.

  6. Day 6

    Reykjavík sightseeing.

    Continue to see the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church, the Hallgrímskirkja, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. 

  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 newfound 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

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Borganes: Learn about Iceland’s history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre with your Local Expert.

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.
  • Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
  • Hvolsvöllur: Visit the Lava Centre, an interactive museum where you will learn about the geology and natural occurrences that have influenced and created Iceland's incredible landscapes.
  • Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.
  • Gullfoss: See the spectacular two-tiered waterfall. This Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
  • Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
  • Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country, as its the meeting place of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament founded in A.D. 930.
  • Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
  • Reykjavík: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.
  • 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.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Friðheimar: Explore 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, served with butter.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • 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 We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to 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

Accommodation

 

Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Icelandair Hotel Vík

Vik (Traditional) - Iceland

Flúðir Icelandair Hotel.

Flúðir (Traditional) - Iceland

Húsafell Hotel.

Húsafell Hotel.

Reykjavík Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Reykjavík Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11475 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 14 January, 2019

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    Trip: Great trip. Loved all of the waterfalls.

    Service: Tried to be accommodating. Unable to control weather, so not their fault.

  • 12 January, 2019

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    Trip: Visited great exhibits and the blue lagoon.

    Service: Great customer service! The guide was knowledgeable and well spoken. He had great stories to share and always appropriate commentary.

  • 12 January, 2019

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    Trip: There were other opprtunities in the area of the Iceland tour such as Snaefellness that could have been included. The inclusions themselves were very good. Wonderful scenery- waterfalls, volcanoes and a geologically developing land. We were provided with maximim opportunity to see the Northern Lights too. Despite the weather more time in the Rift valley would have been better. As we were on a New Years Eve tour an opportunity for a significant NYE function was missed as we had left Reykjavik.

    Service: Most things were well done. Better accommodation in Reykjavik should be a priority. The guide and driver were very helpfull and accommodating. The coach was a tad cramped. We would recommend Insight again.

  • 12 January, 2019

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    Trip: Due to poor weather, a trip was cancelled and went to a museum.

    Service: Our tour guide, Rob was excellent. One hotel was only average, rest were fine. Weather was poor- rained all the time, no fault of the tour!

  • 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.

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