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Iceland The Land of Northern Lights

Iceland the Land of Northern Lights | Scandinavian American World Tours


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Reykjavik | Hella

Tour begins in Reykjavik on Tuesday & Thursday
58 Guaranteed Departures: September 13, 2018 – April 11, 2019

A Few Notes About This Tour

Winter is a magical time of the year in Iceland, and everything is in a different kind of bloom. The air is crisp, the trees are naked, and the green grass and soil are forcibly frozen together. The red berries that fall on the ground at the end of summer are glued to the frozen ground covered in a thin layer of snow, and the little that is left of the patches of green grass is Mother Nature’s own Christmas decoration. Magic is in the air!

On this winter escorted tour of south Iceland, you’ll see glittering glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields, steaming hot springs, and (on a clear night, with a little luck) the Northern Lights! Bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit an Icelandic horse farm, and travel close to the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. If you like, make a snowman, soak in an outdoor hot tub, and stay awake all night to search for the Northern Lights in Southwest Iceland. It’s a truly magnificent place to be; Iceland is rapidly becoming one of the most popular winter destinations. This short getaway will give you both insight into Iceland’s nature and cultural life with stays in the capital and the countryside, ideal for viewing the Northern Lights!

NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR: This program includes 2 evenings of presentations, lectures, film and guided evening walks or excursions at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.


Day 01: Arrive Reykjavik

Upon arrival scheduled Flybus coach transfer to Reykjavik City and on to your hotel. Check in at your comfortable  hotel. Afternoon is free on own to explore Reykjavik or take an optional tour.

3* Hotel Cabin or upgrade to Hotel Klettur

Day 02: Reykjavik City Tour – Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula

After breakfast this morning you’ll meet your tour guide, who shows the group some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital. Then we’ll head out to the Reykjanes peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

We stay for two nights in simple but cozy cottages in South Iceland. In the evening, we will hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you’ll be out and about chasing the Northern Lights.

Hotel Árhús Cottage or upgrade to Stracta Hotel (137 miles)

Day 03: South Iceland

Today after breakfast we head along the south coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. There’s a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! Next we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums, containing an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well as several turf-built houses. Skógafoss Waterfall, 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country, is nearby.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the option (pre-book only, paid locally) to participate in one of the most exhilarating excursions in Iceland: a 3-hour glacier hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue! The spectacular wonderland of shaped glacial rocks and ice surround you as you follow your hiking guide, learning about the nature of glaciers and their contributions to the environment. This is an easy-to-moderate level hike, and no prior experience is needed. All necessary basic equipment—crampons, helmet, and an ice axe—is provided.

If you opt not to join the glacier hike, you’ll travel to Iceland’s southern seaside and stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík.

In the evening you’ll have another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns and sizes. The grounds of your hotel in Hella are expansive, and offer excellent views of the night sky.

Hotel Árhús Cottages or upgrade to Stracta Hotel (124 miles)

NOTE: Minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. Cost: ISK 12,000 paid locally in cash/~$110 USD per person. Warm, wind-proof clothing, rain gear, and hiking boots (boots with laces are preferable, for tucking in crampon straps) are required for the hike, and it is highly suggested that you bring sunglasses/sunscreen as the sun’s reflection from most glaciers is very strong.

Day 04: Icelandic Horses – Golden Circle

In the morning after breakfast you’ll learn about the Icelandic horse, its history, and special qualities, as well as visit a geothermal greenhouse. You’ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including the original geyser, which is now dormant, but which has been replaced by Strokkur – “the Churn” – which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.

Continue to Gullfoss, “The Golden Falls”, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjavík and your hotel for one night. An optional Northern Lights evening tour can be booked on the spot if the weather conditions are ideal.

3* Hotel Cabin or upgrade to Hotel Klettur (130 miles)

Day 05: Reykjavik Departure

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport for departure home.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
  • Fully escorted 3 day coach tour with English speaking guide
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 2 star Guesthouse and country guesthouses/cottages including (4) breakfasts
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Northern Lights program with 2 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for northern lights and midnight refreshments. NOTE: Northern Light program is ONLY offered at Arhus Cottages, a 10 minute walk from Stracta Hotel, if you opt to upgrade your hotels.
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night

NOTE: On guaranteed departures, max group size is 40 persons. Prices do not include airfare, beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above. Tours in English begin on the specified days above (arrival in Iceland is on Tuesdays/Thursdays), with guided coach tours on Wednesdays/Fridays starting at 09:00. Weather statement: In rare cases, change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but the local tour operator will try the find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

NOTE ON 2018-19 ACCOMMODATIONS: First and last night at Hotel Cabin (3-star). 2nd & 3rd night at Árhús Cottages in Hella, South Iceland, where rooms with shower/WC will be located in simple but cozy cottages in the large garden right on the river banks in Hella. Optional hotel upgrades as listed in itinerary add $270 per person twin to below rates.

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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a 40-person max tour. Tours begin on either Tuesday or Thursday in Reykjavik. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Child discount available! Discount available upon request.

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13, 18, 20, 25, & 27

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, & 30

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, & 22

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

04, 11, 18, & 29

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

03, 10, 15, 17, 24, & 31

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

07, 12, 19, 21, 26

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

05, 07, 12, 14, 19, & 21

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

04, 09, & 11

$1005 p.p. twin

$175 (base hotels)/$549 (upgraded hotels)

NOTE: There are a few extra costs for dinners to be paid at hotels. In Reykjavik dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants from fast food to fine a la carte dining in Iceland’s capital. The small country hotel in South Iceland offers a limited a la carte menu with a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian as main course. Please note that extra beds are not possible on this tour.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour
Price: from $1005
Duration:5 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Hella
Departures: January - February - March - April - September - October - November - December

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