4 nights REYKJAVIK
Reykjavik – Iceland’s cool capital city – also featuring the Golden Circle, South Coast Explorer, Northern Lights hunting and the Blue Lagoon
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Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, with a population of only 120,000 is a vibrant city positioned amid fjords and mountain ranges. Its location makes it the perfect destination or ‘basecamp’ from which to explore some of the south coast’s most iconic sights during a short break holiday.
Iceland is a country of extreme geological contrasts. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, you have the chance to experience many of the country’s geological wonders during your trip. The Northern Lights, the Golden Circle tour (including the earthquake centre at Hveragerði, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park), the Blue Lagoon, and the beautiful South coast…all with a hotel pick-up or short walk to your departure point.
Day 1 | Arrive in Reykjavik
Fly from UK to Keflavik Airport. Transfer by airport bus to your hotel. Evening pick up from your hotel or close-by for your included Northern Lights hunt by mini-bus. You travel away from city lights to an area predicted to have the best sighting according to cloud and solar activity forecasts.
4 nights REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Baron or Fosshotel Lind (both 3*) or Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*)
Meals included today: None
Day 2 | Blue Lagoon
Today we have included a visit to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The milky-blue seawater has a temperature of between 37-39ºC, perfect for warming up chilled bones! Make sure you visit the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall. Entrance includes silica mud mask, use of a towel and first drink of your choice. Depending upon your chosen time of day for visiting you will also have the opportunity to enjoy an optional whale and dolphin watching safari (see Excursion tab for details).
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 3 | Golden Circle
Included 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 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 centimetres per year. Additionally you visit the wide Faxi waterfall, which is like a smaller version of Gullfoss. Return to Reykjavik just in time to explore for dinner!
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 4 | Explore the South Coast
Today you have an included full day tour along the amazing south coast of Iceland (9.5 hours). This part of the country is very rich in magnificent and diverse landscapes, ranging from vast farmlands, active volcanoes, numerous ice caps, glacier outlets and Glacier Rivers, amazing waterfalls, wide black sandy plains and beaches of black and fascinating basalt rock formations. The area is also renowned for its abundant bird life. This day trip includes Skógafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black beach, the town of Vik, Sólheimajökull glacier and Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 5 |- Homeward bound
Transfer from your hotel by airport bus to Keflavik Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Departure Day: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 Nov 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
Duration: 4 nights
Prices from: £1245 per person (Fosshotel Baron or Fosshotel Lind) or £1360 per person (Fosshotel Reykjavik) – please note we have a variety of alternative 3 and 4 star hotels which may be offered as alternatives should these hotels be unavailable. Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
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.
- Scheduled return flights in Economy class with Icelandair from the UK to Keflavik including taxes. Includes 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person.
Alternative departure airports and airlines available – please ask for details.
- Return airport bus transfers.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation as detailed based on two people sharing a standard double/twin room (3* Fosshotel Baron or Lind) or a standard double room (4* Fosshotel Reykjavik) including daily buffet breakfast.
- Northern Lights tour by mini-bus as detailed. If you do not see the Northern Lights on your first evening you are welcome to join the next evening’s departure free of charge.
- Golden Circle tour by mini-bus as detailed.
- South Coast tour by mini-bus as detailed.
- Blue Lagoon Comfort Package as detailed.
- Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- ATOL Protection.
Fosshotel Baron (3*) – Reykjavik
Fosshotel Baron is a historical hotel standing prominently in the heart of Reykjavík, close to the seafront and within walking distance of many popular shops and attractions. Enjoy a scenic walk beside the sea, visit Harpa Concert Hall and try some of Reykjavík’s great restaurants and cafés, all just a stone’s throw away. A breakfast buffet is served in the hotel’s Restaurant. Comfortable lounge and hotel bar. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with shower and WC, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and room safe. Free hotel Wi-Fi.
Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*) – Reykjavik
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located within the centre of the city, close to the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Phallological Museum and the main shopping street Laugavegur – you can follow this (or the coastal road) down to the harbour area – approx. 20/25 mins walk.
Though large (16 floors), the hotel still offers many personal touches In both appearance and service. All bedrooms are decorated in contemporary style with warm, natural materials and have private shower & WC, TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, safety box and telephone. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Lounge facilities and hotel bar. Trendy beer garden offering a large selection of draught and bottled craft beers as well as street food options. Restaurant ‘Haust’ serves an extensive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner focusing on fresh Icelandic produce. Fitness facilities. Underground car parking (chargeable). Airport shuttle bus stops outside the hotel (Bus stop 12 – also used by excursion buses).
Winter Whale & Dolphin Watching from Reykjavik
Description: As the low-lying sun casts its warm glow over the snow-capped mountains surrounding the bay – often painting the sky bright orange or pink – it’s time to explore the rich wildlife of the coast. Herring and Capelin are the main prey in the waters surrounding Reykjavik, often attracting Humpback whales, Orcas, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises. Finding the cetaceans is a team effort with all passengers taking part in the search – scanning the horizon and pointing and shouting out when they are spotted.
Your hosts for this tour practice responsible whale watching, following a strict Code of Conduct, thus each encounter is on the animals’ terms and distance may be kept to minimise disturbance.
Your trip begins with an introduction at the Visitor Centre, located onboard a converted fishing vessel permanently anchored to the pier. Here you will have the opportunity to stroll through the wildlife exhibition prior to your departure. Onboard your vessel you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, an indoor saloon with large wide-ranging windows, a cafeteria and toilets. Thermal overalls and blankets are available to borrow.
NB. The weather and sea conditions can be challenging during the winter months, therefore it is good to keep in mind that this excursion is often adapted by moving vessels to harbours of more sheltered areas situated around the Reykjanes peninsula and passengers are transported there free of charge from the excursion base in the Old Harbour. Experience and flexibility allows for a more comfortable and reliable winter whale watching adventure, but going from other harbours means that we it may be necessary to take a bus anywhere from 20-60 min. away, so the duration of the tour can be from around 3-5 hours in total.
Operates: 1 Nov – 31 Mar
Departs: 0900 & 1300
Duration: 3 – 5 hours
Price: £85 per adult, £45 per child (7-15)
Price includes: Guided tour as detailed, use of warm overalls, Free on board WiFi, access to the Visitor and Whale Exhibition Centre.
Good to know: Departure is from the harbour in Reykjavik, although a hotel pick-up can be arranged for those who would prefer this. It is approx. 20/25 mins walk to the harbour from Fosshotel Reykjavik.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.