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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 34.00

Code: VIK0001

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 89.00

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.

Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Reykjavík Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Reykjavík Natura Icelandair Hotel.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 11491 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 26 March, 2019

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    Trip: We were able to experience All promised sights. We did not experience the Northern Lights, but we certainly tried to find them.

    Service: Yes

  • 24 March, 2019

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    Trip: Great Itinerary. Loved the trip. Great service. Great Hotels. Guides were awesome. I felt like I really got to see all of Iceland.

    Service: Great service and easy to communicate

  • 18 March, 2019

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    Trip: Great trip with plenty of top notch sites. Very well organized with plenty of things to do.

    Service: Great trip with plenty of sights. Very well organized with plenty of things to do.

  • 17 March, 2019

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    Trip: Last 2 days need additional things to do rather than free time

    Service: Great tour and tour director

  • 05 March, 2019

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    Trip: Itinerary, very good, no complaints except for lack of free/down time to explore

    Service: My vacation was a dynamic experience. The tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. The only concerns I had were our accommodations that were very isolated from the center of town, with poor shuttle services. Also, the lack of free time to explore on our own

  • 04 March, 2019

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    Trip: Even if we wouldn't have seen the Northern Lights, the stops throughout the week were wonderful. Beautiful scenery.

    Service: Our tour director was outstandingly organized. Her guests' comfortwas top of mind. She made our arrangements seamless when it came to lugage portage, transportation accessibility as well as well planned and spontaneous excursions.

  • 02 March, 2019

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    Trip: Winter is the best time to visit Iceland. Less tourists beautiful scenery...

    Service: Excellent service and attention by tour director and bus driver... all amenities first rate

  • 23 February, 2019

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    Trip: great stops,waterfalls, museums, thermo plant, bread baking,tomatoes growing,pools fun.

    Service: Great guide and driver did an excellent job. People friendly

  • 23 February, 2019

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    Trip: Maybe too many waterfalls. Too much bus time

    Service: Good Itinerary. Great hotels/restaurants.

  • 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.

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