Iceland & the Northern Lights - 3 Nights
Travel with us to discover the unbelievable country of Iceland on one of our 3 or 4-night guided group holidays. Known as the 'Land of Fire and Ice,' there are few places on earth which have such an array of natural wonders and contrasting landscapes as Iceland. With almost 80% of the country uninhabited, much of Iceland's terrain consists of plateaux, mountain peaks, fertile lowlands, and long, deep fjords and glaciers. The landscape is characterised by waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches and steaming lava fields. Our Iceland holidays include guided tours and transfers to the island's top sights, return flights and 3 or 4 star accommodation, all with a knowledgeable, local guide by our side to show us the way.
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The Blue Lagoon, a man-made geothermal spa, is located in a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant, to create electricity and hot water. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C, perfect for a relaxing bathe. Our holidays to Iceland include day trips to the Blue Lagoon, with plenty of time for us to soak in the revitalising waters.
Thingvellir National Park is Iceland’s most important historical site, where the Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament in 930 AD. The spectacularly beautiful National Park is situated in a vast rift valley at the point where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, the Silfra Fissure. On our day trips to Thingvellir National Park, we’ll see impressive waterfalls, meandering rivers and glacial lakes. With an expert guide by our side, we’ll learn about this stunning countryside that is still being formed today by moving tectonic plates.
Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, has a population of just 120,000. Known as the ‘Little city with the big heart’, this quaint city can be easily explored on foot. But don’t let its small size fool you, Reykjavík is a buzzing city with a lively café-culture and thriving art and music scenes. On our trips to Iceland, we’ll explore the highlights of Reykjavík including The Pearl visitor centre with its Saga Museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavík Harbour, Reykjavík 101 Centre and Solfar Viking Ship Sculpture. We’ll also learn about Iceland’s culture and history with the help of an expert, local guide
The main event on any trip to Iceland is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing the Northern Lights. On our holidays to Iceland, we’ll enjoy an evening excursion to hunt for the incredible Aurora Borealis, a stunning colourful natural display that lights up the night sky. This elusive and unpredictable occurrence is never guaranteed but our experienced guides are the best in the business when it comes to analysing the weather patterns and atmospheric conditions to determine the best time and place to see the lights.
The Golden Circle is a driving route that offers some of the most stunning views of Iceland’s unique landscape. On this full day excursion, we’ll visit the UNESCO listed Thingvellir National Park, the site of a magnificent rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid Atlantic Ridge, and the home of the largest natural lake in Iceland. Next, we’ll see the spectacular Gullfoss or ‘Golden’ waterfall, named for the golden-brown colour of the water on a sunny day. Our last stop will be the active geothermal valley of Haukadalur to witness incredible spouting geysers.
Iceland is known for its dramatic landscapes, natural wonders and stunning scenery. On our visits to the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, we’ll have the opportunity to take in all of its beauty and culture. The main draw of our Iceland holidays is undoubtedly the opportunity to witness the Northern Lights. Iceland has become synonymous with this wondrous natural spectacle and the lights are one of the things that make a holiday to Iceland so special. When travelling with us to Iceland, we’ll also drive the Golden Circle, a route that encompasses the famed geysers, waterfalls, geothermic spas & rift valleys of Iceland. If you’re more of a city lover, we’ll also have the opportunity to experience Reykjavík, Europe’s northernmost capital city. Reykjavík, although small, has a vibrant cultural and arts scene and we’ll be kept busy exploring its interesting selection of museums and galleries.
Please see our Travel Requirements By Country page for more information about Iceland.
All visitors to Iceland must carry a valid passport. EU citizens do not need a visa. Non-EU citizens should check their requirements. UK citizens can find further information by visiting www.gov.co.uk
Yes, you will be met at Keflavik airport. The approximate journey time to your hotel in Reykjavík from Keflavik is approximately 40 minutes.
For travel outside the (cool-ish) summer period (June to September) it’s wise to wear plenty of warm layers. Winter temperatures vary between -10C and +10C and the wind chill factor cannot be underestimated. We recommend packing the following items for our trips to Iceland:
Iceland is regarded as a safe place. However, at any destination popular with tourists there can be opportunists and pickpockets. It is wise to be vigilant and always take good care of your personal belongings. Make use of the safe at your hotel, and carry a photocopy of your passport when out and about.
In Iceland the power sockets are of type C and F. These are the two prong outputs. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. To avoid any issues upon arrival we always recommend travelling with a universal adapter.
Tipping is not customary in Iceland. More often than not there will be a service charge on your restaurant bill. However, if you are happy with the service and would like to tip, the recommended amount is 10%.
Iceland can be expensive. For everyday purchases, look out for Bónus, a basic supermarket chain where essentials can be bought at more realistic prices than in convenience stores. Quirky mementos of your visit and good prices can be found at the Kolaportið weekend flea market in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour area. Also worth checking out is the Red Cross thrift shop on Laugavegur Street. Look out for afternoon/evening ‘Happy Hour’ in bars and restaurants, for discounted beer and wines.
Whilst sightings of the Northern Lights are subject to weather and atmospheric conditions and cannot be guaranteed, usually the best time to see the Northern Lights is between October and April.