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North Iceland winter holiday

Lake Mývatn is a part of North Iceland’s magnificent Diamond Circle route and is a unique natural phenomenon, teeming with geological wonders, which sits on the northern fringe of Iceland’s central highlands.

Lake Mývatn was created around 2300 years ago as a result of a large, fissure eruption which spewed out basaltic lava which flowed down the valley and into the Arctic Ocean, almost 50 kms away. Mývatn’s dramatic surrounding landscape is testament to this, with numerous volcanic land forms including lava pillars and pseudo craters. This weird and wonderful region is an excellent location from which to view the ethereal Northern Lights.

This holiday is perfect for those who wish to combine a stay in a remote countryside location with a short visit to the capital, Reykjavik. Away from the city’s bright lights there is an excellent opportunity for spotting the Northern Lights whilst at the same time appreciating the weird and wonderful nature that is so special and unique in North Iceland.

winter holiday to Iceland

Day 1 | Arrive in Reykjavik

Fly from UK to Keflavik Airport and take the shuttle bus to your hotel in Reykjavik. The capital city has a diverse range of independent restaurants offering local and international cuisine for you to choose from.

1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Baron (3*) or Fosshotel Lind (3*)
Meals included today:  None


Day 2 | Fly to Akureyri, North Iceland

Short taxi ride (not included) to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your 45-minute flight to Akureyri, the ‘capital of the North’. Met on arrival at the airport for your guided sightseeing tour of the Lake Mývatn area (approx. 54 miles) renowned for its beauty and geological wonders. Your tour includes Dimmuborgir (lava field), Höfði (a community park), the bubbling mud pools at Hverir and Goðafoss waterfall (either on arrival or departure).

Check-in at Sel-Hotel Mývatn and receive information about your activities for the next day. Guests are encouraged to take an evening stroll around the area to look for the Northern Lights. A free Northern Lights Wake Up call (if required!) is included and coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available in the reception area throughout the night.

3 nights MÝVATN - Sel Hotel (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 3 | Dettifoss - Selfoss - Mývatn Nature Baths

Shortly after breakfast you will depart on your included day tour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. The drive to Dettifoss takes approximately one hour followed by a walk across the snow to your viewing point. As part of your journey you will also visit Selfoss waterfall and the basalt canyon of the River Jökulsá.

Return to your hotel in time for dinner. Those who would like to take the evening departure of the included Mývatn Nature Baths visit will depart at 2000. Mývatn Nature Baths is Mývatn's answer to the Blue Lagoon! The lagoon contains a rich combination of minerals, blue-green algae and white silica mud, giving the lagoon its soft, milky, aquamarine colour. The geothermal water relaxes muscles and is a perfect skin treatment. Steam bath and hot tub also available.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 4 | Free day

Today is a free day to choose from a variety of optional excursions/activities. Those who have chosen to visit Mývatn Nature Baths during the day will depart from the hotel at 1400.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 5 | Akureyri - Reykjavik

Guided transfer from Mývatn to Akureyri Airport for your domestic flight to Reykjavik. We recommend you take a taxi to your hotel (not included). Remainder of the afternoon and evening free to explore Reykjavik.

1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Baron (3*) or Fosshotel Lind (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 6 | Homeward bound

Transfer by airport bus from your hotel to Keflavik Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Days:  Possible daily
Departure Dates:  1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020
Duration:  5 nights
Price from:  £1760 per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
Deposit:  £200 per person


It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights in economy class with Icelandair from London Heathrow/Gatwick, Manchester, or Glasgow including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person. Taxes included.
    Alternative departure airports and airlines are available, please ask for details.
  • Flybus transfer from Reykjavik Airport to hotel.
  • 2 nights (in total) at 3* Fosshotel Baron or Lind based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
  • Return domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri including taxes.
  • Guided return transfer from Akureyri Airport to Sel Hotel Mývatn which includes a short tour of Mývatn and Akureyri.
  • 3 nights at 3* Sel Hotel Mývatn based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Northern Lights Wake-Up Call throughout your stay in Mývatn (if you wish!) with free coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
  • Super-jeep sightseeing tour to Dettifoss as detailed.
  • Excursion to Mývatn Nature Baths as detailed including transfer and entrance.
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

Fosshotel Baron (3*) – Reykjavik

Fosshotel Baron in Reykjavik

Fosshotel Baron is a clean and friendly hotel standing right in the heart of Reykjavík, near the seafront, within walking distance of shops and attractions. The hotel offers both hotel rooms and apartments, perfect for families or small groups travelling together. Enjoy a scenic walk by the seaside, visit Harpa Concert Hall and try some of Reykjavík’s great restaurants and cafés, all just a stone’s throw away. Breakfast is included in your stay and you will also have the option to eat at the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy drinks in the bar. All rooms are en suite and include free Wi-Fi.

Fosshotel Lind (3*) – Reykjavik

Fosshotel Lind in Reykjavik

Conveniently situated, this friendly hotel is less than a minutes walk from the city’s main shopping street and one of its main bus stations, and only a short stroll from the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum. All rooms have shower/wc, wireless internet available, flat screen TV with an inbuilt DVD player, radio and phone. Ensure you take advantage of the free continental breakfast before you embark upon the day’s activities!

Sel Hotel (3*) – Mývatn

Sel Hotel Myvatn, Iceland

Sel Hotel Mývatn is the ideal base for experiencing the wonders of Mývatn and its surroundings. The hotel has 35 rooms which all have a bathroom, telephone, radio and TV. Each room can also be connected to the internet. All rooms are beautifully furnished with solid mahogany. The restaurant is in the south wing of the hotel and is open to serve dinner from 1900 to 2030 during the winter season with an a la carte menu; it is also from here that you have a marvellous view of the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, which are just a couple of minutes’ walk away. The hotel´s bar is open from 1800 until 2130 during the winter.

Husavik Sightseeing

Description:  This country tour provides a great insight into the Icelandic way of life – past and present. It includes a visit to a hydroelectric power station to see first-hand how electricity is generated during modern times, followed by a contrasting visit to the folk museum at Grenjadarstadur to see times past at the old turf farm. The tour then continues to Husavik, a lovely small fishing town which sits on the eastern shore of Skjalfand Bay and is known as the Whale Capital of Iceland. Your tour includes a visit to the excellent Whale Museum. Transport by mini-bus.
Departs:  1000
Duration:  5 hours.  Lunch not included but stops are made where ;you are able to purchase locally.
Price:  £180 per person

Guided Snowmobile Safari from Mývatn

Description:  A sightseeing tour of the Lake Myvatn area, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains from the frozen lake. Tour is based on two people sharing a snowmobile with the opportunity to swap around midway. Includes thermal overalls, boots, gloves and helmet.
Departs:  On request 
Duration: 
Approx. one hour on the snowmobile. Departure times on  request.
Price:  £175 per person (2 per snowmobile); supplement for solo snowmobile £55 per person.

 

 

This holiday is especially aimed at people who want to see some of the spectacular, countryside geology of Iceland during a short break. It is also perfect for those who do not necessarily want to spend too much time in the hustle and bustle of Reykjavik. The Northern Lights are obviously a key focus of this holiday, so we do are best to ensure we maximise any available opportunity to spot them, however we believe that the content of this holiday is so wonderful that even if the lights remain elusive, you will still feel you have witnessed something special.

In Reykjavik there are numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from - you will be spoiled for choice! At Mývatn, Sel Hotel have an a la carte restaurant with a variety of dishes available. They do not offer a half-board option otherwise we would have included it, however we are sure you will be happy with the menu they provide.

Yes, absolutely, however it is very important that you let us have details of your special diet at the time of booking. All our suppliers want to ensure they can offer a quality, delicious alternative for you, and they need advance notice in order to do this.

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