LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
Discover the wonders of Iceland
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
Experience Reykjavik, one of Europe's most surprising, welcoming and happening cities and the capital of the 'Land of Fire and Ice', on this unforgettable break. Discover the startling Icelandic landscape - of smouldering volcanoes, geysers, glaciers and bubbling thermal pools - and have the chance to witness the enchanting Aurora Borealis.
Although situated almost on the Arctic Circle, compact Reykjavik is 'warmed' by the Gulf Stream and is surprisingly temperate. Set between the mountains and the sea, with an almost 'Toytown'-like appearance due to its colourfully painted wooden houses, it offers a wide range of shopping, some excellent restaurants and cafes, and a lively night-life.
Fly to Iceland's Keflavik Airport, meet your Tour Manager and make the short transfer into the capital. The rest of the day is free.
This morning's included guided tour will be the ideal way to get acquainted with Reykjavik and its surroundings. Amongst the highlights will be the extraordinary 'Pearl', a collection of disused water tanks now crowned with a glass dome and converted into a conference centre and meeting place, and from the viewing platform of which you can look out over the city and the harbour beyond. You'll take in the Presidential Residence in its idyllic shore-side setting at Bessastaoir, and the brightly coloured fishing town of Hafnarfjord, as well as the Houses of Parliament, the Lutheran Cathedral, the University Quarter and the towering Hallgrim's Church, Iceland's tallest - and most memorable - building.
This afternoon gives you the chance to explore Reykjavik under your own steam, although many will want to join the optional excursion to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon outdoor spa, whose mineral-laden waters have long been recognised for their health-giving properties - for which no visit to Iceland is complete without a visit.
Today brings the opportunity to experience 'Iceland in a Nutshell', on the hugely popular optional Golden Circle tour. Join our Tour Manager for an unforgettable day that includes visits to the extraordinary sight of Thingvellir, a great lava arena deep in the Continental Rift valley, where the world's oldest national parliament, the Althing, was established in 930AD, and to Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest freshwater lake. You'll also take in the active geothermal area site where the 'original' Geysir is now all but extinct, but where its near neighbour Strokkur spouts impressively every ten minutes or so. The fascinating tour is completed with a visit to the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, perhaps Iceland's most beautiful natural wonder.
This evening, the highlight of the break will be the included trip out of the city in search of a sighting of the fabled Aurora Borealis, the celestial wonder caused by the interaction of solar particles with the polar atmosphere during the winter months. Truly awe-inspiring, the Northern Lights, should you be lucky enough to view them, are a never-to-be-forgotten sight.
A last day gives you the chance to explore Reykjavik under your own steam, although many will want to join the Southern Shore Adventure optional excursion. Our journey into wild, rugged Iceland begins by driving over a lava plateau, descending onto the southern coastal lowlands and crossing Olfusa, Iceland's greatest river. We arrive at Eyrarbakki, a coastal village with many old wooden houses, then continue towards the Eyjafjalla and Myrdalsjokull glaciers in Southern Iceland, to marvel at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano that famously closed down European airspace in 2010.
We continue to the impressive Skogafoss waterfall, then on to the ice-wall of Solheimajokull, before we reach the village of Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland. After a lunch break (payable locally) we reach the volcanic black sandy beach of Reynisfjara that is famous for its bird species including puffins.
Spend your last evening in the Icelandic capital, perhaps dining out or enjoying a taste of the famous nightlife.
Transfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful few days.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be able to view them during your visit. The order of the itinerary may change in order to give you the best chance of experiencing them.
Viewing the Northern Lights
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
You will need a full 10-year British Passport (valid for a further 6 months on return to the UK) for this holiday. Children require their own passport. Holders of non-British Passports may need a visa. If you are in any doubt, please contact both the Iceland Embassy on 020 7259 3999 and the airline prior to departure, as information can change. We cannot except liability if you are refused entry because of invalid documents.
Passports and visas
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.