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16th May 2017
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.
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik, Northern Lights Hunt
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
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
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: 1 October 2016 - 8 April 2017
* 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.
|Nov 2016 - Feb 2017*||£895||£68||£58|
|Mar - Apr 2017||£965||£75||£58|
|Nov 2016 - Feb 2017*||£975||£90||£56|
|Mar - Apr 2017||£1045||£105||£68|
Supplements for the Reykjavik Centrum
Deluxe Double, £15 per person per night
Junior Suite, £80 per person per night
|Nov & Dec 2016*||£985||£70||£50|
|Jan - Mar 2017||£1020||£70||£50|
Supplements for the Reykjavik Natura
Poet & Art Rooms, £25 per person per night
Deluxe Room, ££35 per person per night
Pink/Blue Suite, £65 per person per night
|Nov 2016 - Feb 2017*||£1190||£140||£75|
Supplements for the Hotel Borg
Superior room, £25 per person per night
Deluxe room, £45 per person per night
Suite, £120 per person per night
|Oct 2016 - Jan 2017*||£1385||£210||On req.|
|Feb & Mar 2017||£1445||£210||On req.|
Supplements for the 101 Hotel
Double Deluxe room, £55 per person per night
Double Deluxe Balcony room, £70 per person per night
Junior Suite, £90 per person per night
Junior Suite Balcony room, £125 per person per night
Suite Balcony room, £150 per person per night
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.
Hotel Reykjavik Natura ****
A lovely hotel situated in the quiet Oskjuhlid wooded area of Reykjavik, next to the only geothermal beach in Reykjavik, and just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The hotel was completely renovated and re-named in the spring of 2011 (formerly Hotel Loftleiðir) and now offers very stylish accommodation with a theme of nature. All standard rooms have a double or twin bed - TV -Telephone - Wireless Internet (for small fee) - Trouser press - Fridge - Coffee and tea making facilities plus bathroom with shower and hairdryer. The hotel has several restaurants with traditional Icelandic food being the main feature. The hotel also has a cafe and Grab & Go fast food outlet and a bar. The hotel´s spa and wellness centre, Sóley Natura Spa offers a wide range of spa treatments for those who need pampering!
Fosshotel Reykjavik ***
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.
Hotel Borg ****
Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík close to a wide variety of attractions, restaurants and bars. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks due to its Art Deco facade, has carried the Art Deco theme throughout the hotel while combining it with a modern twist.
Borg Restaurant in Hotel Borg, offers exquisite Icelandic cuisine served in beautiful and stylish surroundings, along with a café and bar. All rooms provide en suite bathooms and are elegantly decorated with a parquet veneered floor. Each room is equipped with modern amenities to ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay, including complimentary WiFi, Satellite TV, telephone, coffee and tea set, minibar, walk in shower or bathtub, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, toiletries, heated bathroom floor, safety box, writing desk, iron and ironing board.
101 Hotel, 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.
Reykjavik and the Northern Lights
The following excursions and activities have been chosen to complement your holiday. We recommend pre-booking your chosen trip to avoid disappointment. Should you require any further information about any of these tours please just ask a member of our Reservations Team for details.
The Blue Lagoon on Arrival or Departure
What better way to end your holiday than bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to soothe and refresh body and soul? Don’t worry about the cold because the milky-blue seawater has a temperature of between 37 - 39ºC, and make sure you visit the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall!
Price: £65 per person
Reykjavik Whale Watching
The whales most frequently seen are Minke whales, Humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and orcas, though other species are sometimes spotted too. Hot drinks and light refreshments are available on board.
Price: £75 per person
South Coast Tour by mini-bus
A fantastic tour featuring: the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, a glimpse of Iceland’s most notorious volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajökull, the small town of Vik (opportunity to buy lunch), the black sandy beach at Reynisfjara and impressive basaltic rock pillars - all this before visiting and touching the Sólheimajökull glacier (see alternative options below) before returning to Reykjavik.
Duration 8-9 hours, operates Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun.
Price: £95 per person
South Coast Tour plus Glacier Hike
As above but without Vik and Reynisfjara, heading straight to the Sólheimajökull glacier for a guided crampon walk on the ice field to view its raw and stunning landscape of cravasses, ridges and ice sculptures. Approx. 1½ hours on the ice. Duration 8-9 hours, operates Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun.
Price: £195 per person
South Coast plus Snowmobile/ATV Quad Bike Ride
As above, without Vik and Reynisfjara, but including either a tour by snowmobile on the Mýrdalsjökull or an ATV Quad Bike tour on the black sand beaches formed by the dormant volcano, Katla. Duration 8-9 hours, operates Wed, Fri and Sun. 1 hour on the snowmobiles or 2 hours on the Quad bikes. Driving license required.
Price: £255 per person (2 per vehicle), supplement for solo riding £52 (both options)
Into the Glacier (Langjökull Ice Cave)
For something truly out of the ordinary, visit a unique and remote man-made ice cave in Langjökull, one of Iceland‘s largest and most spectacular glaciers. You begin the tour by bus from BSÍ Bus Terminal and then change to a monster-truck which will take you almost to the top of the glacier, where you enter the magnificent cave with a guide. Imagine standing on an ice cap reaching 600 metres below your feet!
Price: £220 per person, duration 09.00 - 18.30
REYKJAVIK FOOD WALK from Reykjavik
Description: During the Reykjavik Food Walk, you will explore the downtown area through 13 traditional cuisines that are rarely mentioned in the typical “to-do in Iceland“ itinerary. On this 4-hour long guided tour, you will stroll around the city and visit six unique restaurants and shops. Despite the tour being centred around traditional Icelandic food, you will be delighted to hear that fermented shark, rams’ testicles and sheepsheads are left off the menu! Instead, you will taste the traditional Icelandic food Icelanders still enjoy today. On the menu is skyr, homemade ice cream, a hot dog from the famous Icelandic hot dog stand and much more.
If unique cuisines, local restaurants and making new friends is something you enjoy, you will definitely enjoy the Reykjavik Food Walk. Taste your way through downtown Reykjavik!
Operates: All year, daily except Sunday
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Price: £105 per person
Includes: Local guide for walking tour and all food. Meeting point is Harpa Concert Hall.
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:
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.