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Explore the stunning natural beauty of Iceland's volcanic landscape in winter
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Eight nights accommodation, meals as specified, and sightseeing with an English-speaking local guide.
Selected dates, Feb - Mar, Oct - Nov
This adventure allows us to explore the stunning natural beauty of Iceland's volcanic landscape in winter with its snow-covered glaciers, steaming geysers and lava fields. We also have the opportunity to travel by boat to Hrisey Island, ride in a snow cat or super jeep, walk on a glacier and hopefully watch wildlife including reindeer and whales in their natural habitat. If we are lucky, we may even experience the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights.
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Take an exhilarating snow cat or super jeep ride and enjoy a traditional fish lunch and beer tasting in Akureyri
Stay in accommodation providing the best chance of viewing Iceland's Northern Lights
Travel around Iceland's famous loop to see the remarkable natural wonders of Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss
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Arrive into Reykjavík and travel into the city. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore.
Depart Reykjavík and drive to Akureyri. One of the scenic stops along the way will be the small fishing town of Akranes. This traditional town is home to two of Iceland’s 104 lighthouses, offering panoramic views over the fjord. Stop at a local farm in Hraunsnef for a relaxed lunch before continuing north. (B)(L)
After breakfast, travel to the harbour, stopping at a viewpoint and an old fish factory along the way. From Arskogstrond we take a 15-minute ferry ride to Hrisey Island. Experience the slow pace of life on the island, discover some of its rich Viking history and try a traditional fish lunch. After exploring the island, return to the mainland and visit a small brewery for a tasting of locally produced beers before heading back to Akureyri. (B)(L)
Take a snow cat vehicle to the summit of Kaldbakur Mountain for spectacular views of the snow covered peaks. Leave the mountains behind and spend the afternoon discovering Iceland’s waterfalls. Starting with Godafoss (‘The Waterfall of the Gods’).
In the afternoon, explore Lake Mývatn. This active volcanic area was formed 3,800 years ago when a lava flow blocked the valley. After a day exploring, take a soothing dip in the Nature Baths, where you will find man-made lagoons to swim in and natural steam baths to relax in. (B)
Today, drive through the small village of Egilsstadir to the Wilderness Centre. Here, enjoy a true Icelandic experience, staying a 1940’s originally-restored farmhouse. The farmhouse is a living museum and has been decorated in the fashion of times gone by, true to the taste of the past owners, including original furnishings and objects. The Wilderness Centre is superbly-positioned for viewing the Northern Lights, weather permitting. (B)
Drive along the eastern coastal road to the fishing town of Hofn. There’s an opportunity to catch a first glimpses of Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in Europe. Arrive into Hofn in the late afternoon with the rest of the day free to explore or relax. (B)
Today, see more of the Vatnajokull Glacier before stopping at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Here, marvel at newly formed icebergs as they make their way out to sea. Watch icebergs drifting out into the ocean whilst some sit on the black sand beaches waiting for the current to sweep them away.
Tonight’s hotel is in the remote countryside, providing another chance to look out for the Northern Lights. (B)
Today, take a tour of Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’, which includes Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. Thingvellir is a rare site of both historical and geological importance. Meaning ‘Parliament Plains’, this was the location of Iceland’s first National Assembly from 930AD until 1798.
Next, visit Gullfoss, known as ‘the Golden Waterfall’, due to the way it cascades into a deep gorge with tremendous force.
Finally, stop at Geysir, with the claim to fame that, as the first spouting spring known to Europeans, it gave all such springs their name. Return to Reykjavík for the final night. (B)
Depart Iceland from Keflavík airport after an early breakfast. (B)
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