Northern Lights, Volcanoes and Glacier Lagoon - 2018 - 2019

Northern Lights, Volcanoes and Glacier Lagoon - 2018 - 2019

Why not explore the land of fire and ice with guided visits to volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs and magnificent glaciers? During this tour you visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South coast and Vatnajökull National Park. On route you see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colourful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glistering glaciers and restless geology.

!SALE! 10 - 15% OFF SPECIFIC DEPARTURE DATES – VALID FOR BOOKINGS MADE UNTIL DECEMBER 31th 2018! Please check the tour departure dates below to see which ones apply for the discount. The tour price will be corrected by us afterwards.
15% DISCOUNT OFF FOR DEPARTURES IN: APRIL 2019.
10% DISCOUNT OFF FOR DEPARTURES IN: NOVEMBER 2018, DECEMBER 2018, JANUARY 2019, FEBRUARY 2019 AND MARCH 2019.

GG19 Map

GG19 Map

AVAILABLE:
September 30 to April 7

DURATION:
5 days, 4 nights

TOUR ID:
GG19

Included

    Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
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    Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
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    4-nights accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages including breakfast
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    2x 2-course dinner and 2x midnight refreshment on day 2 and 3
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    Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
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    Visit to a multi media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
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    Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
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    Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night
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Itinerary

Day 1, SUN: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game.

Day 2, MON: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE (220 km/136 mls)

At 08:30 meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at Reykjavik´s Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010, which caused millions of people to be stranded worldwide as thousands of flights were cancelled. These films give a good insight into the general geology and volcanology of Iceland. At the Volcano House you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on we depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004, and where Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth's crust.
Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubbling away in the ground until the pressure becomes too much – and they explode in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. While Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. We stay for one night in South Iceland.

Day 3, TUE: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON (385 km/239 mls)

A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We´ll explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see some seals swimming in the arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs are stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and it is the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we´ll see Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier. Tonight you´ll enjoy a movie presentation on the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out on another chance to see the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Day 4, WED: SOUTH COAST (305 km/189 mls)

Today we head across Laki lava field to the village of Vík where we´ll make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beaches and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and continue to Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and which is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we reach the high, but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the waterfall which is a great photo opportunity – if you are prepared to get wet! In the evening you´ll return to Reykjavik for your last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot, if the weather conditions are ideal. We stay for one night in Iceland's capital.

Day 5, THU: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Tour Dates

December 16, 2018 English
December 28, 2018 English New Year
January 06, 2019 English
January 13, 2019 English
January 20, 2019 English
January 27, 2019 English Guaranteed
February 03, 2019 English
February 10, 2019 English Guaranteed
February 17, 2019 English
February 24, 2019 English
March 03, 2019 English Guaranteed
March 10, 2019 English Guaranteed
March 17, 2019 English
March 24, 2019 English Guaranteed
March 31, 2019 English
April 07, 2019 English Guaranteed

Price Information

September 30, 2018 - December 16, 2018:
Per person in twin, double or triple room 125000 ISK (893 EUR)
Per person in single room 156001 ISK (1114 EUR)
December 28, 2018 - January 01, 2019:
Per person in twin, double or triple room 208000 ISK (1486 EUR)
Per person in single room 243000 ISK (1736 EUR)
January 06, 2019 - April 07, 2019:
Per person in twin, double or triple room 125000 ISK (893 EUR)
Per person in single room 156001 ISK (1114 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20% Deposit
Cancellation:
A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before departure. From 28 days until 8 days before departure, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before departure, or for no shows, and a tour begun but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand.
Please note: that triple rooms are on request

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

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland on Sundays and guided bus tour starts on Mondays at 08:30

END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Wednesdays around 18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Thursdays.

DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights

LANGUAGES: English only

MEALS: 4x breakfast and 2x 2-course dinner

GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 30 persons

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation is provided in simple but clean tourist-class hotels and cottages, in rooms with private facilities. The groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):

Reykjavík: Hotel Cabin for the first and last night

South Iceland: Hotel Borealis, simple hotel with a possibilty of a great view at the northern ligths in the countryside or similar.

Southeast Iceland: Fosshótel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon at Vatnajökull National Park.

INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS & LUNCHES:

In Reykjavik, the dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants for both fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. In the countryside, a 2-course dinner is included. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking.

For lunch the group will either stop at road side shops or restaurants.

NATURE FEES:

There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

NORTHERN LIGHTS:

This program includes during 2 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All countryside accommodation in this program offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore Northern Lights sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you patiently await this truly outstanding light show. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.

NOTE:

In rare cases, change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given but TOURIS will try to find reasonable alternatives where and when ever possible.

CHILDREN DISCOUNT: Not available

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.

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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