5-Days Auroras, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon Guided Tour

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Description

Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. You visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South Coast, and Vatnajökull national park. You see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colorful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glittering glaciers and restless geology.

What´s Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • 4-nights accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels 
  • 4x Breakfast
  • Northern Lights program during 2 evenings 
  • Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
  • Entrance to the Icelandic Lava Show

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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. 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.
  • Change of program: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Complimentary: Free Wi-Fi on the bus, Entrance fees, use of flashlights, use of ice grippers spikes for shoes
  • Possible to add pre or post nights, at the same hotel in Reykjavik, subject to availability.
  • Optional Northern Lights fjord cruise
  • Optional Ice Cave tour

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Itinerary

DAY 1
Welcome to Iceland
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Welcome to Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Overnight location:

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own. (50km / 31mls) Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls) 

DAY 2
Golden Circle
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Golden Circle

At 08:30 meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with a short city tour around Reykjavík. We explore the Golden Circle route. The first stop is at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Next, we visit the hot springs at Geysir and travel to the double waterfall, Gullfoss. We continue to Kerið, a caldera with a crater lake on the bottom and which resembles an ancient amphitheatre. 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 will stay for one night in South Iceland.

Overnight location:

Hotel Eyjafjallajökull, Hvolsvöllur. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (270km / 168mls) 

DAY 3
Vatnajökull National Park, Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach & optional Ice cave tour
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Vatnajökull National Park, Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach & optional Ice cave tour

A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice, and icebergs. We travel to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest national park and glacier and to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon which is filled with floating icebergs. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Tonight you can enjoy a movie presentation about 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 one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

From mid-November to mid-March an optional ice-cave visit at Vatnajökull glacier is offered; which can only be booked with the tour guide on day 2 of the tour. Payment is onsite (ISK 23.000). Includes return transfer to the hotel.

Overnight location:

Hof1 Adventur Hotel near Skaftafell. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (325km / 202mls) 

DAY 4
South Coast & Icelandic Lava Show
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South Coast & Icelandic Lava Show

Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík where we attend the stunning Icelandic Lava Show; the only exhibition in the world where you can experience actual flowing lava! By melting lava and pouring it on ice in a room full of people, you’ll be able to see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the heat that radiates from it. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull. We continue to Skógafoss waterfall and stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. In the evening you return to Reykjavik for one last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot if the weather conditions are ideal.

Overnight location:

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavík. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. Standard rooms are 10m². (357km / 222mls). 

DAY 5
Aurora, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon
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Aurora, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls) 

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