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6 day Northern Lights Escape

Explore incredible Iceland and experience the Northern Lights on this 6 day tour

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£1,260pp
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6 day Northern Lights Escape

£1,260pp

Duration

5 nights

Availabllty

15/03/2023 - 20/03/2023

Departing from

Reykjavik, Iceland

Discover the wonders of Iceland on this 6 day tour from just £1,260pp!

Price includes hotel or guesthouse accommodation throughout your trip, incredible excursions, in-destination transport in a private minibus with free Wi-Fi, ATOL protection, and a free £63 donation to the charity of your choice!

Book your trip with Charitable Travel today and you can choose to donate 5% of your total holiday price to the charity of your choice at no extra charge!

About this tour

Gurgling hot springs, majestic waterfalls, volcanoes alive and extinct, Europe’s biggest glacier – Iceland, where adventures a la naturale await. Discover the raw natural beauty of this spectacular Nordic wonderland on a 6 day trip that will have you stalking close to epic glacial sheaths, feeling the icy spray of the Gullfoss waterfall and becoming acquainted with the culture and cuisine of an Arctic island outpost unlike any other.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • On this trip, we are travelling in our own private minibus (complete with free on-board wifi) as this allows us to reach some more off-the-beaten-path destinations and gives us flexibility which would not be possible by public transport.
  • There’s a lot more to Iceland than ice and Vikings. Follow the scenic ‘Golden Circle, visiting geothermal springs and geysers, the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss and the site of the nation’s first parliament at Thingvellir
  • Drive along the island’s spectacular South Shore past the Reynisdrangar Rocks and volcanic black sand beaches
  • Head to Skaftafell National Park and get adventurous with a hike to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier
  • The aurora borealis is the best light show on Earth, and this trip is your ticket. Stay up late to see the northern sky dance with green light (subject to weather conditions and activity)

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. The world’s northernmost capital of Reykjavik lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean, and boasting vibrant art and nightlife scene, Reykjavik’s contrasts are utterly beguiling. Why not arrive early and head to the National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the 9th century, when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled, to the present day, or join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: There are no meals included on this day

Day 2 – Golden Circle / Hvolsvollur Area

Depart Reykjavik early this morning and follow the route of the ‘Golden Circle’. Visit Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s first parliament, founded in AD930, and a geological wonder where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. If you notice a big ridge of water in the landscape, you’re probably looking at the Silfra fissure. Next, head to Iceland’s Geysir geothermal area, where you’ll see the Strokkur geyser shoot water 30 metres into the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss Waterfall, also know as Golden Falls, before continuing on to the Hvolsvollur Valley, where you’ll spend the night on an Icelandic farm that has been converted into a guesthouse. Far away from the city lights, the guesthouse is an ideal Northern Lights base. If the skies are clear tonight, why not take a stroll out into the snow and look skywards for the dancing green lights.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Included Activities

  • Golden Circle – Thingvellir National Park
  • Golden Circle – Strokkur Geysir
  • Golden Circle – Gullfoss Waterfall

Optional Activities

  • Fludir – Secret Lagoon – ISK3000

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 – South Coast/Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Start the day with a trip to the eerily beautiful Skógafoss waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Skógafoss is a giant of a waterfall, 25 metres wide and also dropping down 60 metres. You can get up close and feel its power, and also climb a (long) windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. On a sunny day, you should be able to spot a rainbow or two in the spray. Continue along Iceland’s South Shore to take in more of the country’s renowned natural wonders. From the stepping-stone rock formations of Reynisdrangar, the promontory of Dyrhólaey, and the night black sand beach of Reynisfjara, this is one of the country’s most scenic regions. En route, you will pass the lava of the Laki eruption of 1782 to 1783. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a stunning sea of floating icebergs whose blue contrast with the charcoal-coloured sand of the beach. Stop for the night at a farm stay on the South Coast. Weather permitting, there will be another opportunity to step outside and witness the natural wonders of the Northern Lights tonight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Included Activities

  • Jokulsarlon – Glacier Lagoon
  • South Coast – Skogafoss Waterfall Visit
  • South Coast – Dyrholaey, Black Sand Beach & Reynisfjara Rocks

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 – Vatnajokull Glacier/Vik 

Today you’ll take a walk on Europe’s biggest ice cap – Vatnajokull – which has around 30 glaciers flowing out from it. No experience is necessary to partake in the hike. It’s sobering to think that the glacier is retreating due to rising world temperatures, and in some years the glacier may be gone. Alternatively, if you would like to opt out, just embark on a hike to the glacier’s tongue or return to the glacier lagoon at Jokulsarlon or Fjallsarlon. If you prefer a relaxing morning you can explore the surroundings of the farmstay and head to the Thorbergur Centre. Later on today, journey on to the black sand seaside town of Vik. With the sea on one side and high cliffs on the other, this dramatically positioned quaint little village is Iceland’s most southerly mainland settlement.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Included Activities

  • Vatnajokull – Glacier Hike

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 – Reykjavik

This morning we make our way to the beautiful waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, and then back to Reykjavik. Upon arrival take a short guided walk of Reykjavik to get an enhanced appreciation of the city around its landmark attractions and points of interest. Visit the old harbour, the city center and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church. Iceland’s capital has an eclectic arts and music scene, an abundance of quirky cafes and a laid-back vibe. Perhaps browse some of the city’s great art galleries. If you haven’t had enough of the Northern Lights yet, you could head out of town to chase them again this evening, or while away the hours with a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Whatever you choose, tonight perhaps gather together your fellow Icelandic adventurers and celebrate the end of this Northern Lights Escape.

Accommodation: Hotel

Included Activities

  • Reykjavik – Walking Tour

Optional Activities

  • Reykjavik – Settlement Exhibition – ISK1950
  • Reykjavik – Saga Museum – ISK2500
  • Reykjavik – Whales of Iceland Museum – ISK3400
  • Reykjavik – Maritime Museum – ISK1950
  • Reykjavik – Harpa Concert Hall – Free
  • Reykjavik – Perlan Museum – ISK4490

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 – Reykjavik 

Today is departure day and time to say ‘sjaumst’. As there are no activities planned, you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is at midday. If you are departing later, you can arrange to store your luggage at the hotel. If you would like to stay longer, we are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Perhaps browse some of the city’s great art galleries. If you feel like something more active, book yourself on a Silfra Fissure snorkelling adventure, where you’ll discover this underwater ridge with water visibility of up to 120 metres.

Optional Activities

  • Reykjavik – Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip – ISK21900
  • Nauthólsvík – Thermal Beach – Free
  • Reykjavik – Lava Tunnel Tour – ISK11400
  • Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon – ISK13380

Meals included: Breakfast

Price correct as of 23/11/22.

Varied meal plan
A 6 day tour with incredible included excursions
Hotel or guesthouse accommodation throughout your stay
Indestination transport in a private minibus with free Wi-Fi
ATOL protection
A free £63 donation to the charity of your choice
Flights to Iceland not included. Talk to our travel experts to add them to your holiday deal.
Prices are per person (unless stated otherwise). Prices are not live and are subject to change at any time. Where applicable prices include any advertised discounts. Holidays are subject to availability and tour operator/supplier’s booking conditions apply. Offers can be changed or withdrawn without notice. The latest price/availability and operator details will be confirmed at the time of inquiry – ask for more information. The donation amount is calculated at the final sale and as such may not reflect the figure shown here. A minimum 5% donation is required to receive a maximum 5% discount.

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