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Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights

SCENIC ICELAND AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Iceland

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Northern Lights, Iceland

Northern Lights, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Iceland

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Travel Period : Valid until April 07, 2018

Description

Experience a world of natural phenomena - by day marvel at waterfalls, volcanoes and stunning landscapes and by night, seek out the dancing lights that fill cloudless skies.

Inclusions

    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Reykjavík:
    Witness nature's most spectacular show on earth, the Northern Lights.
    Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
    Gullfoss: The spectacular two-tiered waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara, drops a total of 32m while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
    Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country, as the meeting place of the Althing (world’s oldest parliament), founded in 930AD.
    Borganes: Gain a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre.
    Reykjavík: Explore the city and its famous sights.
    Blue Lagoon: Relax and enjoy a dip in the mineral-rich geothermal waters.

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Hellisheidavirkjun:
    Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
    Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.
    Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
    Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.

Things we love

    AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
    Bláskógabyggð:
    Tour a family-run farm and sample their sweet tasting homegrown tomatoes.
    Fontana: At a Geothermal bakery, Sample delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground.
    Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a celebratory glass of 'bubbly' with new found friends.
    1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 3 three-course table d’hôte Dinners, plus tea or coffee (D).

    STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
    Reykjavík: Inside Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura you'll find a warm and inviting atmosphere, filled with thoughtful details inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds the property.
    Vík: Located in the wonderful village of Vik the Icelandairhotel offers elegantly fitted guest rooms, decorated with Icelandic design and inspired by the natural environment.
    Stórarjóður: Hotel Husafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders. The beautifully decorated guest rooms are spacious, with panoramic windows to bring the outside, in.

    ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel. Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel WiFi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Departure Dates

  • Dec-31 2017, Nov-12 2017, Nov-19 2017, Nov-26 2017, Dec-3 2017, Dec-17 2017, Jan-14 2018, Jan-21 2018, Jan-28 2018, Feb-4 2018, Feb-11 2018, Feb-18 2018, Feb-25 2018, Mar-4 2018, Mar-11 2018, Mar-18 2018, Mar-25 2018, Apr-1 2018
  • Note:Pre and post-accommodation maybe necessary before and after the tour

Itinerary

    DAY 1     THE VIKING CITY OF REYKJAVÍK
    Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 08:00, 12:30 and 16:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
    Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
    Welcome Reception and Dinner

    DAY 2     SOUTH SHORE ADVENTURE TO VÍK
    (Relaxed Start) Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland‘s south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue on to witness the majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Stand awestruck by the beauty and powerful force of these thundering waterfalls before venturing on for views of more natural phenomena. After seeing the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes arrive in the welcoming communtiy of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights.
    Hotel: Icelandairhotel, Vík
    Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 3     THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO FLÚDIR
    (Relaxed Start) Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland's Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. Experience the exploding hot-springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara. Next stop is Bláskógabyggð, to gain an insight into the processes of Icelandic greenhouse horticulture. Visit a family-run vegetable farm that specialises in tomatoes. Tour their greenhouses and sample the sweet, unique flavour of their lovingly grown crop. Continue to your hotel in Flúðir, where after dinner, there is again a chance to look to the night sky to watch nature's theatre unfold.
    Hotel: Icelandairhotel Flúðir
    Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 4     THINGVELLIR, BORGARNES AND HÚSAFELL
    (Relaxed Start) Travel southwards, stopping in Fontana to visit a fascinating geothermal bakery. Sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. Continue on to Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in 930 AD. This remarkable natural site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the American and European tectonic plates meet. Continue on the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson to Borgarnes. En route, stop at the pretty village of Reykholt, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. On arrival in Borgarnes, learn about Iceland's history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre. Journey on through glorious landscapes taking in views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring.
    Hotel: Hótel Húsafell
    Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 5     REYKJAVÍK SIGHTSEEING
    (Relaxed Start) Journey back to the capital - Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows you the old town centre, the 19th century parliament building, Höfði House (the location of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.), the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church - the Hallgrímskirkja. The afternoon is at leisure.
    Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 6     THE BLUE LAGOON
    (Relaxed Start) Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík's Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul. Choose to bathe in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal waters, or perhaps enjoy a water massage or spa treatment? Facilities also include an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and restaurants. With your new-found friends, toast the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery with a celebratory cocktail. The rest of the day is free, perhaps spend time relaxing in a sidewalk cafe?
    Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 7     DEPART REYKJAVÍK
    Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end today, transfers arrive at Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport at approximately 05:00 & 12:30.
    Buffet Breakfast

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