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Iceland: Northern Lights, Geysers & Glaciers

Group Tour

7 Days From £2,795

Overview

Also known as the ‘land of fire and ice’, Iceland is famous for its wild landscapes and ancient fishing settlements. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, this sparsely populated island provides the perfect backdrop to catch the spectacle of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis.

This week-long winter adventure begins in the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik. From here we journey through snow-capped mountains and rugged landscapes to the western coast, learning legends of trolls ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

6 x Breakfasts

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use minibuses.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

2 nights x Premium
4 nights x Superior

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in hotels. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low / Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Iceland: Northern Lights, Geysers & Glaciers
EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN REYKJAVIK

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN REYKJAVIK

The tour starts late this morning at the hotel. There will be a chance to freshen up, before taking a short, guided tour of the city this afternoon. The tour will take in some of Reykjavik’s cultural highlights including the National Museum, providing us with a fascinating insight into Icelandic history, and the Whales of Iceland exhibition with huge life-sized models of the many species of marine wildlife inhabit the shores of Iceland. This evening we’ll head to a local restaurant for dinner where we can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine.

Hotel Klettur or similar

DAY 2: REYKJAVÍK - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA - BORGARNES

DAY 2: REYKJAVÍK - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA - BORGARNES

Today we will set off early to visit the western coast of Iceland, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, famous for its ancient fishing settlements and wild landscape. Our first stop is the beautifully picturesque mountain of Kirkjufell, located at 463m above a charming fishing town, featured in Game of Thrones. After admiring the 360-degree view of the surrounding Snæfellsjökull National Park from the Saxhóll Volcanic Crater, we can enjoy the sights of two contrasting beaches: the volcanic black pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur and the white sand beach of Ytri-Tunga. This afternoon we will walk the dramatic coastline between two small fishing villages – Hellnar and Arnarstapi – and learn the legends of trolls and the history of this area, stretching back to Viking times. We'll make a stop at the tiny, romantic Black Church of Búdir, with its impressive mountainous backdrop and historic graveyard, before heading to Borgarnes for the evening, stopping along the way for dinner at a local restaurant, hopefully with the Northern Lights dancing above.

Approximate walking distance 2.5km. Approximate walking time 1 hour.

Icelandair Hamar Hotel or similar
Breakfast

DAY 3: BORGANES - BORGARFJÖRÐU - BORGANES

DAY 3: BORGANES - BORGARFJÖRÐU - BORGANES

This morning we will visit the historical site of Reykholt, made famous by the Icelandic poet/historian/politician, Snorri Sturluson, in the 13th Century. Here we can learn about Snorri’s contribution to history, and explore the ancient geothermal pools discovered in the area, thought to have been enjoyed by locals since the 12th Century. This afternoon we will see two famous waterfalls: firstly, a fascinating series of waterfalls known as Hraunfossar – translating to ‘Lava Falls’; and secondly, Barnafoss with water bursting out of a narrow channel through the canyon. Before heading back to Borganes, we will explore Europe’s most powerful thermal spring Deildartunguhver, used to power many Icelandic nearby homes.

Icelandair Hamar Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 4: BORGARNES - GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR- VIK

DAY 4: BORGARNES - GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR- VIK

It will be an earlier start today as we set off to explore Iceland’s South West ‘Golden Circle’ route, where we will see several amazing natural sites. En route we will pass the abandoned WWII American and British Naval Base in the fjord of Hvalfjörður, where we can see the remains of one of the piers used for anchorage of warships. From here we continue on to the UNESCO site of Thingvellir National Park, where we will learn about its fascinating cultural history, including the formation of the National Parliament of Iceland, dating back to 930 AD, and witness its unique geological landscape. Here we can literally straddle two continental plates – North America and Eurasia. After lunch at the Friðheimar tomato farm, we will visit the 3,000 year old Kerid Crater, boasting vivid red volcanic rock and a turquoise water at its centre. We will then drive to Geysir Geothermal Area where we can witness the active geyser, Strokkur, frequently blasting water many metres high. After enjoying some time at Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the Golden Falls, with water cascading into the canyon of the Hvítá river below, we'll make one last stop at Efstidalur dairy farm where we can sample the delicious homemade ice cream, before completing our journey in the town of Vik.

Hotel Katla or similar
Breakfast

DAY 5: VIK - SKAFTAFELL - VIK

DAY 5: VIK - SKAFTAFELL - VIK

Today we will journey to Skaftafell National Park, a famous location for its use on many films as well as its awe-inspiring waterfall views. For those who are up for it, there will be the opportunity to hike across the crevasses of the nearby glacier. Alternatively, there will be plenty to explore in the area around the glacier itself. We will also explore Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - known as the Crown Jewel of the South - to see the broken icebergs floating towards Diamond Beach, where icebergs lie scattered across the black sand. After spending the afternoon in this picturesque landscape, we will drive back to our hotel in Vik.

Approximate walking time 2-3 hours with crampons (glacier equipment included). 

Hotel Katla or similar
Breakfast

DAY 6: VIK- REYKJAVIK

DAY 6: VIK- REYKJAVIK

This morning we will have the option to visit a cave in the strange and spectacular Katla ice cave, where we will be guided through the unique ice formations. We will then gain an insight into volcanic activity at the live Lava Show in the town of Vik. Later we will drive to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, providing an amazing view of rock formations in the icy blue waters, including the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks. This southern area of Iceland is considered a paradise for bird watchers and depending on the time of year you can see puffins nesting in the cliffs, amongst many other species. On the opposite side of the lagoon we visit the small promontory Dyrhólaey – the southernmost point in mainland. Before heading back to Reykjavik we will see two of Iceland’s highest and most spectacular waterfalls – Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Approximate walking time 2-3 hours with crampons (cave equipment included).

Hotel Klettur or similar
Breakfast

DAY 7: TOUR ENDS IN REYKJAVIK

DAY 7: TOUR ENDS IN REYKJAVIK

The tour ends this morning in Reykjavik. Anyone travelling on the suggested group flight will transfer to the airport after breakfast.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 894 London Heathrow (LHR) 07:10 REYKJAVIK Airport (KEF) 10:30
BA 895 REYKJAVIK Airport (KEF) 12:25 London Heathrow (LHR) 15:45

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Iceland.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Blue Lagoon

Relax in the milky blue waters of Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, located just outside Reykjavík. Allow half a day.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Iceland’s northerly location means weather conditions can be extremely varied. The most popular time to go is June – August as days are longest and conditions warmest. However, Iceland is a fantastic year-round destination. Temperatures in spring and autumn can range from 5-10 °C and can prove a great time to see some of Iceland’s wildlife, such as whales and puffins. Whilst winter days are shorter and snowstorms are common, with temperatures ranging from approximately -5  to 5°C, October to March is the best time to see the amazing Northern lights. Please prepare for all eventualities, including rain.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. Please note that the hikes detailed in this itinerary are optional. 

NB, Please note that quite unlike most Wild Frontiers tours, we have taken the decision not to include any meals other than breakfast in the tour. This is due primarily to the huge variations in the cost of food in Iceland, depending on individual choices and preferences. We will still organise group meals, but with the additional flexibility for people to order as they wish. You should therefore budget separately for 6 lunches and 6 dinners. On average this is likely to cost in the region of approximately £40 - £60 / $50 - $75 pp per day.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour. 

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking. 

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 2356 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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