Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights - Insight Vacations

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

Duration: 7 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

    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.

  2. Day 2 - 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?

  3. Day 3 - 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.

  4. Day 4 - 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.

  5. Day 5 - 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.

  6. Day 6 - 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?

  7. Day 7

    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 tours 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 Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

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 Fludir

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.

Hotel Husafell

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 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 17 February, 2018

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    Trip: Super interesting country. Unfortunately, because of clouds and low solar activity, we did not get to see the northern lights. Didn't matter though as we still had a great time.

    Service: I would absolutely travel with Insight again. This was my third trip with Insight and it has always been very good.....not a lot to complain about. I have already recommended Insight to many of my friends.

  • 12 February, 2018

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    Trip: The duration is just right

    Service: Outstanding Trip Director, driver, meals and accommodation

  • 03 February, 2018

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    Trip: The program was exceptional for the price. The tour guide ensured that everyone got the best experience possible.

    Service: Very professional and attentive to detail. Safety was always first priority. Tour guide was exceptional!!

  • 03 February, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary and tour manager.

    Service: Excellent

  • 30 January, 2018

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    Trip: Our overall experience was very good but we had a few concerns: our flight from Manchester was delayed by 4 hours so we missed our Airport transfer and welcome talk and dinner. As the welcome dinner was buffet we felt that the tour director could have arranged for us to have the buffet later as we had to pay for the standard buffet offered by the hotel. (there is no ala-carte option.) On the last two days of our tour our tour director was unavailable from lunch time onwards. Our transfer to the airport on the last day was at 04:00 and we felt that the tour director should have arranged for a packed breakfast as breakfast was included in the itinerary.

    Service: The itinerary was very good and we were able to get e winter experience of Iceland plus we saw the Northern Lights which was the main reason for selecting this trip. We will certainly recommend Insight as a tour operator. This was our 5th Insight Holiday and all were excellent.

  • 28 January, 2018

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    Trip: Bom preço. Justo e valeu a pena.

    Service: Toda viagem foi incrível e bem organizado. A guia mais uma vez era excelente. Volto descansada e feliz. A Insight faz tudo para que tenhamos uma viagem inesquecível e perfeita. Já estou me preparando para a próxima.

  • 27 January, 2018

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    Trip: Good choice of attractions

    Service: Well organized with a lot of personal attention. Knowledgeable tour guide and driver.

  • 27 January, 2018

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    Trip: Well planned and thought out

    Service: An amazing well planned trip. The days were busy to make the most of the available daylight. As a consequence of this planning we got to see all of th major sights in sunshine which would not have been possible without the extensive local knowledge of our tour director

  • 27 January, 2018

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    Trip: Neither too much nor too little.

    Service: Very welcoming, helpful and kind.

  • 16 January, 2018

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    Trip: I think it could have done with more nightime sightseeing to try and catch the Northern Lights and it should have been longer. Some more remote locations away from light pollution.

    Service: It was excellent

  • 16 January, 2018

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    Trip: Our guide Gudne made the whole trip. She was extremely knowlegeable and imparted same: and looked after everyone very well.

    Service: Icelandic Tour was fabulous and our guide Gudne is second to none. I would take any tour led by her.

  • 14 January, 2018

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    Trip: In 5 days we saw as much as anyone could hope for, including the northern lights.

    Service: It was great to not have to worry about anything.. the whole trip was planned and Coordinated. Bags were picked up outside our room, and delivered to our room, whenever we moved. We had wonderful activities in a beautiful place. Lovisa, our tour director, was knowledgeable informative friendly organized and made the whole trip so much more enjoyable. Our driver. Saever, was very good even when conditions got a little dicey. Both were friendly and helpful throughout. The bus was comfortable even for my husband who is 6 foot 5. Meals were wonderful and coordinated. I would definitely take another Insight vacation

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