Natures Treasures and Northern Lights - Winter 2018 - 2019

Experience West Icelands rich history and mystical landscape

Natures Treasures and Northern Lights - Winter 2018 - 2019

Experience West Icelands rich history and mystical landscape

Experience West Iceland’s rich history and mystical landscape This complete yet compact tour provides the essential overview of Iceland! Visit the wonderful highlights of both West and South Iceland, enjoying both natural wonders and less-crowded, tranquil wilderness views. You will be introduced to well-known natural treasures tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas. Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell”, Snaefellsnes will show you all the amazing types of landscapes and geological formations that can be found in Iceland. Each day also brings unique experiences with local traditions, such as meeting our Viking horses, and sampling freshly-caught seafood out at sea. You’ll walk among the geological wonders of the Golden Circle and soak in pools fed by water from Europe’s most powerful hot springs. At day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of Northern Lights.

Accommodation with private facilities.

Highlights:

-Hunt for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
-Relax in the new Krauma Geothermal baths near Europe’s most powerful hot springs
-Join a sailing tour on the island-studded Breidafjordur Bay, including a taste of “Viking Sushi”
-Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
-Visit the ever-changing landscapes Snaefellsjokull National Park with its mystical glacier
-View Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland
-Meet friendly and beautiful Icelandic horses at a local stable
-All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

IT16 Map

IT16 Map

AVAILABLE:
October 12 to April 12

DURATION:
5 days / 4 nights

TOUR ID:
IT16

Included

    2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
    2 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
    Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 4
    2 * One-course dinners with coffee/tea (day 2, 3)
    Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
    Northern Lights hunt kit on day 2 or 3 (use of flashlight, blanket and hot drink)
    Entrance fee to the Aurora Centre in Reykjavik (day 2)
    Entrance fee to the Akranes Museum Centre (day 2)
    Krauma Geothermal Baths entrance fee and towel rental (day 2)
    Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (day 3)
    Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit (day 4)
    Also (Added Value): Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on day 2 and 3 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

Not Included

    Breakfast on arrival day
    International airfare
    Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
    Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
    Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
    Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
    Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
    Guaranteed late check-out
    Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Iceland


Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Overnight: Reykjavík

Day 2. Reykjavík City - Reykholt - Borgarnes


Discover first-hand the colourful capital of Reykjavik with a short sightseeing tour. Catch the city’s energetic vibe when you glimpse stunning Harpa Concert Hall and enjoy the fascinating architectural desgin of Hallgrimskirkja church. You’ll also visit the fascinating Aurora Northern Lights Centre for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.

Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay). Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Head onwards to Borgarfjordur, an area rich in natural wonders and Viking history. Discover some this history at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned medieval chieftain and Icelandic Saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. View the powerfully churning waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Departures from 1.October 2018 include entrance fee to the nearby Krauma, a new natural geothermal bath resort. Relax in soothing “fire and ice” baths blended from Deildartunguhver’s pure hot springs and pristine glacier rivers.

The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.

Overnight and dinner: Borgarfjörður area

Day 3. Stykkisholmur - Beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes


After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience “Viking Sushi,” a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.

Head along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell” this area will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD).

You’ll see secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snaefelljokull National Park.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavourable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.

Overnight and dinner: Borgarfjörður area

Day 4. Thingvellir National Park - Gullfoss and Geysir (The Famous Golden Circle route)


Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world’s oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

During the day, visit Fridheimar, greenhouse and horse breeding farm, for an educational and interesting inter-action with the Icelandic horses and viewing how Icelandic farmers use the geothermal water for producing vegetables, even in winter time.

After an amazing journey, the road takes you to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Day 5. Departure


Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

Tour Dates

January 25, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
February 01, 2019 English Sold out COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
February 08, 2019 English ECONOMY ACCOMMODATION
February 15, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
February 22, 2019 English Sold out COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
March 01, 2019 English Guaranteed ECONOMY ACCOMMODATION
March 08, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
March 22, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
March 29, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
April 05, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION
April 12, 2019 English Guaranteed COMFORT ACCOMMODATION

Price Information

October 01, 2018 - October 31, 2018:
COMFORT ACCOMMODATION - OCTOBER - Price per person in Double/Twin room 136079 ISK (972 EUR)
COMFORT ACCOMMODATION - OCTOBER - Price per person in Single room 176534 ISK (1261 EUR)
November 01, 2018 - April 30, 2019:
COMFORT ACCOMMODATION - Price per person in Double/Twin room 129079 ISK (922 EUR)
COMFORT ACCOMMODATION - Price per person in Single room 166875 ISK (1192 EUR)
November 09, 2018 - March 15, 2019:
ECONOMY ACCOMMODATION - Price per person in Double/Twin room 118160 ISK (844 EUR)
ECONOMY ACCOMMODATION - Price per person in Single room 141259 ISK (1009 EUR)

Optional

 

Supplement for 2 course dinners in the countryside (2 desserts additionally)
Price: 3641 ISK (26 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20% Deposit
Cancellation Policy
Time of cancellation for individual traveller(s):
More than 3 weeks (22+ days) prior to arrival: deposit (20%) charged
3 weeks (21 days) and more than 1 week (8 days): 50% charged
1 week (7 days) and more than 72 hours: 75% charged
72 hours' notice and less: 100% charged

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Max group size: 36 passengers. All departure are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Important:Please note that northern lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Accommodation is available in Economy or Comfort categories, depending on departures.

Comfort category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included.
In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel. In the Countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area.

Economy category: These are pleasant and economical standard hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included. Generally, 3 star or equivalent both in Reykjavik and countryside.

PLEASE NOTE: Please check carefully which accommodation category is offered for the departure date you would like to book and book the tour with the appropriate price accordingly.

PAYMENT:

A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.

Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

Optional:

Supplement for 2 course dinners in the countryside (2 desserts additionally)

Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

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