Reykjavik and the Northern Lights

Reykjavik and the Northern Lights

3 Nights Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, with a population of only 120,000 is a vibrant city positioned amid fjords and mountain ranges.

It’s often said that the best things come in small packages, and Reykjavik is a perfect example of this. For such a small city it’s surprisingly cosmopolitan and offers a throng of unforgettable activities to do, ranging from the adventurous to the seriously quirky!

To experience the city at its best, we believe it reaches new heights when combined with a selection of close-by adventures, from soaking in the Blue Lagoon, to whale watching, and to ensure you don’t go home without experiencing Iceland’s unique landscape, we have included a more intimate, small-group Golden Circle tour and an exciting Northern Lights hunt by Super-Jeep.


It might be small, but Reykjavik thrives on being different; here you stand directly on Mother Nature’s doorstep. Small-group Golden Circle tour and Northern Lights hunt by super-jeep included

Prices from: £990

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Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik, Northern Lights Hunt

Reykjavik, Northern Lights holiday

Arrive Keflavik Airport by air from the UK.  We have included an airport bus transfer in your holiday, however private transfers are available upon request - just ask for details.

Northern Lights Hunt by Super-Jeep
Evening pick-up from your hotel for your Northern Lights hunt by Super Jeep. This is a small-group excursion with the benefit of more space, fewer people and and the beast of all transportation in case of off-roading!

3 nights REYKJAVIK - Selection of quality hotels, see Departure Dates and Prices and Accommodation for more details


Day 2 - The Golden Circle

Iceland, Golden Circle tour

Full day small-group Golden Circle trip (7-8 hours). This tour needs little introduction; it includes some of Iceland’s most stunning sights. You will see the hot spring Strokkur shoot a column of water up to 30 metres into the air every 4-8 minutes - a thrilling experience you will anticipate each time. You will also visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, created where the river Hvítá tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 metres deep. Your tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park (actually spelt Þingvellir but we thought you’d appreciate knowing how to pronounce it!), where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimentres per year. Additionally you visit the wide Faxi waterfall, which is like a smaller version of Gullfoss but with only one tier. Return to your hotel just in time to get ready for dinner!


Day 3 - Optional Excursions/Activities

Reykjavik winter city break

Today you are completely free to do as you wish! Why not pre-book one of our exciting Optional Activities? Alternatively, why not spend the day exploring Reykjavik’s quirky street art, modern art gallery, Harpa concert hall or the vast array of independent cafes and shops?


Day 4 - Homeward Bound

Transfer from your hotel by airport bus to Keflavik Airport for your return flight to the UK. Why not visit the Blue Lagoon on departure? See Optional Activities for details.

Departure Day: Daily
Departure Dates:
 October 2018 - April 2019
* Except over Christmas and New Year when prices are on request.
Duration: 3 nights

Prices: All prices are per person and are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Deposit:  £200 per person

 

FOSSHOTEL BARON ***
Dates Price from Extra
night
Single Supp.
(per night)
Oct - Dec 2018* £990  £70  £50 
Jan - Apr 2019 £1040  £70  £50 

Supplements for Fosshotel Baron
Ocean View Double, £15 per person per night
 

FOSSHOTEL REYKJAVIK ****

Dates Price
from
Extra
night
Single supp.
(per night)
Oct - Dec 2018* £1100 £125 £75
Jan - Apr 2019 £1140 £125 £75

Supplements for the Fosshotel Reykjavik
Tower view double, £18 per person per night
Deluxe double, £30 per person per night
Tower Suite,  £140 per person per night

HOTEL REYKJAVIK CENTRUM ****
Dates Price
from

Extra
night

Single Supp.
(per night)

Oct - Dec 2018* £1120 £135 £85
Jan - Apr 2019 £1175 £135 £85

Supplements for the Reykjavik Centrum
Deluxe Double, £30 per person per night
Junior Suite, £110 per person per night

101 HOTEL ****plus
Dates Price
from
Extra
night
Single Supp.
(per night)
Oct 2018 - Jan 2019* £1655 £250 On req.
Feb - Apr 2019 £1725 £250 On req.

Supplements for the 101 Hotel
Double Deluxe room, £50 per person per night
Double Deluxe Balcony room, £85 per person per night
Junior Suite, £105 per person per night
Junior Suite Balcony room, £150 per person per night
Suite Balcony room, £180 per person per night

 

Prices include:

  • Return flights with Icelandair from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow to Keflavik including taxes. 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person included.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer by Flybus.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation as detailed based on two people sharing a standard double/twin room with shower/wc including buffet breakfast.  Supplements for upgraded rooms as shown.
  • Northern Lights Hunt by Super-Jeep with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.
  • Golden Circle excursion (small group, max 19) with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.

 

TO BOOK:  Either call us on 01274 875199 (our preferred option as we like talking with you!) or email your requirements to office@taberhols.co.uk and a member of our reservations team will reply to you.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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.

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0300 222 0000 or visit www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports.  Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.

HOTEL REYKJAVIK CENTRUM (4 star) - Reykjavik

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

On the doorstep of Reykjavik's main attractions, this hotel comprises of three charming 18th century style buildings. Proudly opened in 2005 and consists of 89 elegantly decorated en-suite rooms all with satellite and TV, cable and wireless internet, mini-bar, room safe, hairdryer, ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has its own restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bar/cafe offering light refreshment during the day. 


FOSSHOTEL REYKJAVIK (4 star) - Reykjavik

Fosshotel Reykjavik, Iceland

Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in the city centre, it's a large hotel that still offers personal touches in both appearance and service. Only a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street, it's the ideal location for any visitor to Reykjavik.

The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. We recommend unwinding with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at their restaurant, Haust. All rooms are en suite and equipped with modern facilities including Wifi.


101 HOTEL (4 star) - Reykjavik

The stylish 101 hotel, a member of the Design Hotel group, is located in the centre of Reykjavik just off the main shopping street. This elegant hotel is home to Kitchen & Wine, a trendy restaurant and bar/lounge featuring a combination of modern Icelandic and international cuisine served in an atmospheric setting with high walls adorned with contemporary art work and a glass ceiling. The lounge offers the opportunity to relax with a drink from a wide selection of cocktails, wine and spirits.

All rooms are equipped with a minimum queen-size bed, a big walk-in shower and underfloor heating. You will have access to high-speed internet connection, CD/DVD player, satellite TV, Bose iPod sound-dock, phone, safe, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, well-stocked minibar, an in-room boutique with Blue Lagoon products, books, clothing and more. Bathroom amenities are by Aveda and bed linens are by Quagliotti. Comfort and style truly defines your stay at the 101 Hotel.

INTO THE GLACIER ICE CAVE AND NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNT (with optional KRAUMA SPA) from Reykjavik

Description:  A scenic mid-day drive by super-jeep from Reykjavík to the west coast through Hvalfjörður (the Whalefjord) tunnel past Borgarnes to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss - unique waterfalls, famous for their beauty.

From there the journey continues through Húsafell - a beautiful nature spot sheltered from the mountains and the glacier - before heading towards the Cold Valley mountain road and up on to the massive Langjökull glacier. On the glacier is where our specially outfitted Super Truck really comes in handy! If you ever wanted a North Pole feeling, this might come close to it...

Next up are man-made Ice Caves which are carved into Iceland’s second largest glacier. We take a tour inside the ice cave (approximately 1 hour) before returning back through Húsafell and the beautiful countryside to Krauma. Krauma is a spa and a restaurant where you can relax in the hot geothermal water that comes from the nearby hot spring Deildartunguhver - the most powerful hot spring in the world pumping up 180 litres per second. NB! Entrance to the hot spring is not obligatory (see supplement under Price).

Time to enjoy fine food from the restaurant in Krauma (food and drinks are not included in the price).

Slow return to Reykjavik with your driver constantly seeking out those ethereal and elusive Northern Lights...

Operates:  Fridays and Saturdays, 1 Nov - 31 March.
Duration:  9-10 hours depending on whether or not the Northern Lights are dancing...
Departs:  Between 1130 and 1200, pick-up from your hotel.
Price:  £375 per person (minimum of 2 people required). Supplement for Krauma Spa £35 per person.
Price includes:  Fully guided Super Jeep tour, Into the glacier entrance fee, Northern Light Hunt on the way back. Food and drinks are NOT included in the price but may be purchased during the Krauma Spa visit.
Good to know:  This is a small group trip (each vehicle carries up to 10 people). 


REYKJAVIK FOOD WALK from Reykjavik

Description:  Explore Reykjavík‘s downtown area through food with a fun, local guide. On this 3-4 hour long tour, we will see some of Reykjavík‘s most beautiful sights go to 5-6 amazing restaurants, food trucks and local shops. All tours are with small groups which will ensure a personal and local experience.

We will get to taste the herb and grass fed, free roaming Icelandic lamb, enjoy a homemade ice cream made from a secret family recipe, try the best Icelandic cheese of the season and taste Skyr, the traditional Icelandic dairy product.

No food walk is complete without a stop at the famous Icelandic hot dog stand to get a hot dog 'with everything' (raw onion, fried onion, ketchup, mustard and rémoulade).

We will additionally get to taste the local speciality, an authentic seafood soup.

We will visit a variety of casual, fine dining and cosy family run businesses. Some of the places we go to are well-known must visit restaurants, while others are local secret hangouts. We will not taste some of the more famous and not as tasteful Icelandic food, such as fermented shark, ram‘s testicles or sour sheep heads but instead focus on the most delicious Icelandic cuisines.

The Reykjavík Food Tour is a safe, family friendly tour and an excellent way to get to know Iceland‘s food.

Operates:  Daily, except Sunday, all year.
Duration:  3-4 hours.
Departs:  1230.
Price:  £115 per adult, children 4-12 £58.
Price includes:  Local guide for walking tour and all food during tour.
Good to know:  This tour is a small group walking tour with a local guide - wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Pick-up and drop-off is at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.


SOUTH SHORE ADVENTURE from Reykjavik

Description:  This tour is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. We take you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs.

Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. We recommend you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it. Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

We will also stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Iceland but can be dangerous, and we kindly ask our guests not to go too close to the ocean and go by guidelines.

Additionally, we will stop by Sólheimajökull and walk up to a small lake which has formed in front of the retreating glacier.
Operates:  Daily, all year.
Duration:  10.5 hours, departs 0900, returns 1930.
Price:  £110 per adult, children 12-15 £55, children 0-11 free of charge.
Price includes:  Guided tour by bus with local pick-up and drop-off.  Lunch is NOT included but is available to buy locally during the trip.
Good to know:  Pick-up for this tour is 30 minutes prior to departure. This excursion is by large touring bus and guiding is carried out in 4 languages. Warm, waterproof clothing required.


TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE from Reykjavik

Description: A glacier hike is a great way to experience Icelandic nature. On this tour, you will walk on Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, which extends from Mýrdalsjökull. We will take an easy 2-2.5 hour walk using crampons up on the ice field, where we will learn more about the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, deep crevasses and why the glaciers are melting and disappearing. We will provide you with, and teach you how to use, basic glacier equipment for this tour. Please note that ice climbing is not included.
 
On the way back to Reykjavík, after the exhilarating glacier hike, we will stop at the two beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes this waterfall so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. We recommend you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it. Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Operates: Daily, all year.
Duration: 10 hours, departs at 0900.
Price: £210 per adult, children 10-15 £105.
Price includes:  Bus fare with audio guidance, 2 - 2.5 hours guided glacier hike, Ice hiking gear & safety equipment, hotel pick-up and drop-off 30 minutes before departure.
Good to know:  Remember to bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. There is no place where we can stop for lunch on this tour, therefore you need to bring along a picnic lunch. We recommend to sit down for lunch before the hike and maybe have a light snack afterwards. This tour is not suitable for children under 10 years of age. Ice climbing is not included in this tour. Operation of this tour depends on weather conditions on the glacier.

THE BLUE LAGOON COMFORT OR PREMIUM PACKAGE from Reykjavik

Description: This activity is available as part of your airport transfer, on arrival or departure, or as a standalone day excursion from Reykjavik. Relax in the milky-blue seawater (37-39ºC) of the Blue Lagoon, and try out the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall. Bliss. There are two difference package options to choose from:

  • COMFORT - entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of a towel and 1st drink of your choice at the in-water bar.
  • PREMIUM - entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica and algae mud masks, use of a bathrobe and a towel, slippers, 1st drink of your choice at the in-water bar, algae mask, table reservation and sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant.

Operates: Daily, all year.
Duration: Length of time in the Blue Lagoon can be from 1.5 to 3 hours. The Blue Lagoon is 20 mins from Keflavik Airport and approximately 35 minutes from Reykjavik City Centre.
Prices:  £120 per person (Comfort package), £135 per person (Premium package).
Price includes:  Return bus transfer, Comfort or Premium Package as detailed above.
Good to know:  Pick-up is 30 minutes prior to departure.  Excursion operates according to the following schedule


WINTER WHALE WATCHING from Reykjavik

Description: This trip departs directly from Reykjavik Harbour which is a short walk from most of Reykjavik's city hotels. Here you will find the Visitor Centre, facilitated on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier, which is where you will meet your crew for the day. Before (or after) the tour you can take a stroll through the souvenir shop, have a drink at the Whale Café or enjoy the onboard whale exhibition located in the hull of the boat. The show includes multimedia images and videos of whales as well as fun facts about the cetaceans and other marine animals you are likely to come across on the tour. 

Once on board the tour boat you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a large indoor saloon with an on board café where you can buy light refreshments, basic bathroom facilities and a cloak room where you can borrow a blanket or overalls for cooler days. You can either stay outside in the fresh air or inside the heated lounge or observe the views from within, through large panoramic windows. One of your guides will talk about the sights and views at hand through the intercom system and will be available to answer any questions you may have throughout the tour.

Winter season (1 November - 31 March) offers an exciting experience and continues to surprise us with the wildlife it offers. The winter low lying sun is something not to be missed, as it casts a warm glow over the white-capped mountains surrounding the bay and to breathe in the winter's fresh and crisp air is just incredible. The most common cetacean in the area are the Minke Whales, White-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Occasionally we spot other species including Humpback whales, Killer Whales/Orcas, Fin whales and Blue whales to name but a few.

The weather can change quite frequently in Iceland and therefore we reserve the right to alter routes and itineraries by sailing from other harbours in the nearby area where the weather or sightings are more favourable each time, which could result in a slightly longer tour. Please be aware also that the tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to conditions at sea. Although the success rate is high, the cetacean abundance is unpredictable and varies with the food availability off-shore.


Departures:  0900, 0930, 1000, 1300, 1400, 1700, 1900, 2030
Duration:  Approximately 3 hours.
Price:  £90 per person
Includes:  Entry to the Whale Museum, guided whale safari, free use of blankets and overalls, WiFi on-board for those who can't wait to share their experience!

 


WONDERS OF SNÆFELLSNES NATIONAL PARK from Reykjavik

Description:  The Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland is almost a miniature version of the island. In addition to its characteristic Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters. On this tour, we will, for example, stop at the small fishing village Arnarstapi, the ancient fishing village Hellnar, visit Djúpalónssandur beach and pass by the iconic Kirkjufell mountain.

The stunning landscape of the peninsula has captured the imagination of people all over the world, ever since Jules Verne wrote the famous science fiction novel "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" but the journey begins at Snæfellsjökull glacier.
Operates:  Daily, all year.
Duration:  13 hours, departs 0800, returns 2030.
Price:  £150 per adult, children 12-15 £75, children 0-11 free of charge.
Price includes:  Guided tour by bus with local pick-up and drop-off.  Lunch is NOT included but is available to buy locally during the trip.
Good to know:  Pick-up for this tour is 30 minutes prior to departure. This excursion is by large touring bus and guiding is carried out in 4 languages with English everyday except Tuesday and Friday during the winter. Warm, waterproof clothing required.

We know you will have a few extra questions regarding this holiday so we have tried to answer those we have already been asked below.  Any new ones will be added to the list!

Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone but most especially those interested in unique, weird, breathtaking, bizarre Iceland!  Oh, and those who would like to see the Northern Lights of course!

What sort of clothing will I need?
You will need clothes for cold/cooler outdoor weather: warm trousers, a woollen pullover or fleece sweater, a warm wind and waterproof jacket and rain pants, woollen socks and an insulated bottom layer, like thermal underwear. A hat, scarf and gloves that are made from material that will dry overnight are great protection in Iceland’s winter weather and strong winds. Sturdy comfortable (hiking) boots are necessary for walking and when there is snow and icy terrain. 

Buildings are often very warm, so bring light indoor clothes – t-shirts, lighter shirts and blouses. Bathing suits are essential, as a lot of the natural hot water is used to fill swimming pools, which are all over the country.

Do I need to bring any sort of equipment with me?
You don't need to but we would certainly recommend the following:

  • Sunglasses and a bit of sunscreen are helpful - the air is very clear in Iceland so when the sun shines, it is very bright.
  • A camera with lots of film or memory cards. Many travelers say that they shoot twice as many pictures in Iceland than in other destinations.
  • For Northern Lights photography we recommend bringing a second battery for your camera and also a tripod.
  • A torch for evening walks and Northern Lights photography in order to operate your photo camera in the dark.

I've heard Reykjavik can be very busy and noisy at the weekends - is this true?
Reykjavik is a very popular city with a wonderful collection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs - this is one of the reasons why we love it so much and why so many others do too.  So yes, it can be very busy, and there's always an element of noise (though not necessarily disturbance) which goes with this, but the hotel's we have chosen are located in quieter areas of the city centre and we have not had any specific reports of clients missing sleep due to night time party revellers.  Our Iceland programme manager likes his sleep and he has chosen our hotels accordingly!

Would you recommend I buy Duty-Free items?
If you like a drink every now and then, consider stopping at the duty-free store on arrival at Keflavik Airport because alcoholic beverages are very expensive in Iceland. The same applies to tobacco. Travellers are allowed to bring 1 litre of strong liquor as well as 1 litre of wine or similar drinks into the country, and 1 carton of cigarettes. 

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