ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS AND GOLDEN CIRCLE 5N/4N - The Adventure Traveller
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Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Cirle 5D/4N

Reykjavík to Reykjavík – G Adventures

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OVERVIEW

Most people that visit Iceland go in the summer, but there’s a whole other side to this place in the winter months. (It is called “Iceland,” after all.) Spend five days doing really cool things like hiking glaciers, snowshoeing through Þingvellir National Park, reflecting on life under the Northern Lights, and warming up in Geysir Hot Springs, all the while staying in a character-filled renovated farmhouse. See another side of this amazing country.

From $1899*pp twin share

5 Days

Multiple Departures thorugh 2017, 2018 and 2019

Trip Code ELWI

MORE DETAILS:

Highlights

  • Explore Iceland’s glaciers and waterfalls
  • Keep your eyes peeled for dazzling displays of the Northern Lights
  • Live like a local in a charming farmhouse
  • Soak your muscles in natural hot springs

Is this tour for you?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 – Reykjavík
Day 2 – Reykjavík/Álftröð
Day 3 – Álftröð
Day 4 – Álftröð/Reykjavík
Day 5 – Reykjavík

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 Reykjavík

Arrive at any time.
Make your way to Reykjavík today to start your tour. Have some time before the welcome meeting? Consider stopping for a dip at the Blue Lagoon, explore the Reykjavík harbour, or visit the Harpa museum.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting  1h
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2 Reykjavík/Álftröð

Travel from Reykjavík to a lava cave in the Bláfjöll Mountains. Explore the cave before continuing on to Þingvellir National Park. Visit the park including sights like Geysir Hot Spring and Gullfoss Waterfall. In the evening, enjoy a Northern Lights in the Golden Circle before returning to the farmhouse in Álftröð.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and sightings will be dependent on weather conditions. G Adventures cannot guarantee that travellers booked on this tour will experience the Northern Lights.

Private Vehicle  Reykjavík – Þingvellir 30m 40km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Lava Caving by the Blue Mountains  – Þingvellir
Go beneath the earth’s surface to discover how Iceland was created. Walk and crawl through the Leiðarendi cave that was carved out by flowing volcanic lava, and marvel at the multi-coloured rock formations left in its path. Activity includes roundtrip transportation from Reykjavík.

Thingvellir National Park Visit  – Þingvellir
Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930, the park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and SCUBA diving between the tectonic plates.

Private Vehicle  – Þingvellir – Gullfoss 1h 70km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Gullfoss Waterfall Visit  – Gullfoss
Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the tourist circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.

Geysir Visit  – Geysir
See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.

Private Vehicle  – Geysir – Álftröð 45m 40km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Álftröð

Hike or snowshoe in the Reykjadalur area. Opt to hike to the hot springs, or discover a secret lagoon. Enjoy cooking dinner together in the farmhouse before another evening viewing the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and sightings will be dependent on weather conditions. G Adventures cannot guarantee that travellers booked on this tour will experience the Northern Lights.

Snowshoeing around Reykjadalur Valley – Álftröð
Explore the rolling geothermal hills by snowshoe.

Hot Springs Hike  Reykjadalur 1h-2h 3km
Take a short hike along the scenic Reykjadalur trail. Walk along the rolling hills and pools of bright blue water. Follow the steaming pools that line the footpath until you come to the hot springs – natural pools heated by geothermal activity. Jump in and enjoy the healing effects of one of Iceland’s simplest pleasures.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Álftröð/Reykjavík

Travel to the Sólheimajökull Glacier for a stunning hike. Drive the scenic southern coast and visit the Skógarfoss and Seljalndsfoss waterfalls on the way back to Reykjavík. Enjoy a final night in the city.

Private Vehicle  Álftröð – Sólheimajökull 1h30m 113km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike  – Sólheimajökull
Take an easy hike through the dramatic glacier valley and along the black sand flood plains to the edge of the ice. Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The guide will explain the volcanic history of the area and the effects of global warming.

Free Time  – Sólheimajökull
Discover what the Sólheimajökull can tell you about the effects of climate change in Iceland. Opt to take a hike around this beautiful area.

Private Vehicle  – Seljalandsfoss – Skógafoss 30m 30km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit  – Seljalandsfoss 1h-1h 30m
Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.

Private Vehicle  – Seljalandsfoss – Skógafoss 30m 30km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Skógafoss Waterfall Visit  – Skógafoss 1h
Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.

Private Vehicle  – Skógafoss – Reykjavík 2h 148km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 5Reykjavík

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

2 nights Hotel and 2 nights Renovated Farmhouse

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners

Lava caving (Leiðarendi Cave)

Golden Circle sightseeing

Þingvellir National Park visit

Geysir Hot Spring visit

Gullfoss Waterfall visit

Northern Lights hunting (2 nts)

Hiking (Reykjadalur)

Glacier hike (Sólheimajökull Glacier)

Southern coast drive including Skógarfoss Waterfall and Seljalndsfoss Waterfall

Reynisfjara Beach

Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

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*Terms and conditions Apply

Prices vary dependent on availability and cabin configuration (single/twin/triple/quad share).

Itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather.

Exclusions apply. Please check with your Adventure Traveler consultant for full details.