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Sit back and spend your Iceland holiday discovering the island’s legendary geological icons and your nights under a canopy of stars spotting the Aurora. Take in the Geyser that gave the world the name; Gullfoss the Golden Fall; Jokulsarlon, the iceberg lagoon and the unpronounceable Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted with such spectacular consequences in 2010. Then each and every night max out your chances of seeing the legendary Aurora.

Your Aurora Chances

Being roughly the same size as England with barely 140,000 people living outside of Reykjavik, you can imagine that urban light pollution is not a big problem. The old Icelandic adage ‘if you don’t like the weather just wait a bit’ is also important, the prevailing westerlies clearing cloud quickly to give you a better than even chances of seeing Lady B dancing every night of your stay.

Bespoke Options & OUR PLUS

Upgrade your hotel room in Reykjavik for a luxier time; stay over and fly up to Akuyeri for a winter’s day like no other by Lake Myvatn and Namafjell’s fumaroles, or take a trip out to Grundarfjordur on the Snaefellsness Peninsula where Orcas frequent the bay.

Reception at Centre Hotel Plaza off Ingolfstorg Reykjavik's main square
Exterior view of Centre Hotel Plaza ideally located for Reykjavik's restaurants
ScanAdventures's allocation of twin rooms at Center Hotel Plaza Reykjavik
Northern Lights over the Jokulsarlon Lagoon visted on ScanAdventures tour

CentreHotel Plaza

As the name implies the the Center Plaza is bang in the centre of town facing ‘Ingólfstorg’ the main square; ideal for weekend stays with a trip out to the countryside. The 180 rooms come in varying styles (standard, classic, superior and junior suites), furnishings and fabrics. Those on the top floor have views over the city and all have private WC/Shower, Telephone, Hairdryer, Mini Bar & Safe. Latest update: the breakfast room was renovated in early 2016.

Double Room Hotel Edda Akuyeri | Holidays to Iceland
Exterior of Hotel Edda Akuyeri | Holidays to Iceland
Buffet at Hotel Edda Akuyeri | Holidays to Iceland
Reception at  Hotel Edda Akuyeri | Holidays to Iceland

Hotel Edda Akureyri

In Iceland’s second largest city and “capital of the north”, Hotel Edda Akureyri is a great base for touring the rugged northern coastline. Close by are Lake Mývatn, Hrísey Island bird sanctuary, Kjarnaskógur and Vaglaskógur woodlands. The hotel has 204 rooms of which 132 are with private Wc?Shower, TV & telephone. There is free Wi-FI in the public areas, a Café open throughout the day and an evening retsuarant.

1st Day UK – Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik International Airport from UK. Transfer to the Centerhotel Plaza. Spend the evening as you will with supper options at restaurats MAR or Kopar.

2nd Day Reykjavik – Vik

After breakfast meet your guide and set off for the Geyser area with Strokkur spouting 40m high every 5 to 10 minutes, steaming fumaroles, hot springs and mud pools. Continue to Gullfoss, the ‘golden falls’, where the glacial river Hvítá plummets 32 metres before torrenting down a large gorge between the Mid Atlantic Ridge’s tectonic plates. Continue to Vik with the ocean on one side of you and Iceland’s mountainous interior on the other, stopping off at Fridheimer stables to see Knutur & Helena’s beautiful 5 gaited Icelandic horses put through their paces. Overnight at Hotel Edda. Dinner, Aurora presentation and search. Start the day by visiting the fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights. Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church. During the day you will also visit Laugarvatnshellir cave where two Icelandic families built a cozy homestead and farm during the early 20th century. The furnishings and buildings in the cave has been restored to show how the residents once lived.

3rd Day Vik – Jokulsarlon – Vik

After breakfast drive along the southeast coast across bridges fording dramatic outwash plains interspersed with black sand beaches and lava fields arriving at the Jokulsarlon Lagoon. The Lagoon’s luminous blue icebergs tinted with black volcanic dust float in the Lagoon for several years gradually self sculpting themselves into different shapes before finally working their way out to sea. Return to Vik via Skaftafell with its dwarf birch and mountain ash sheltering beneath Oraeftafell. Dinner and Aurora search. This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the center’s cinema. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, and admire the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area

4th Day Vik – Reykjavik

Breakfast and then along the coast to see two of Iceland’s plunge falls: Seljalandsfoss spills straight off the cliffs of the former coastline side dropping straight down into a shallow pool at your feet whilst Skógafoss produces so much spray it’s invariably arched with a rainbow. Then to Eyjafjallajokull, still seething from its eruption in 2010 and where a short film demonstrates the fortitude of local farmers in coping with it. Last call of the day will be the Blue Lagoon for a bathe in its enveloping turquoise waters. Overnight at Centerhotel Plaza. Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by Vatnajokull glacier.

5th Day Reykjavik – UK

Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called “The Flower Village” because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. Follow along the coastline with its breathtaking waves and through a deserted community that once was a flourishing centre for the region. On to the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

6th Day

Leave relatively early for Keflavik International Airport for your return flight or of course extend your stay.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights from the UK to Keflavik International Airport.
All airport passenger service charges & departure taxes.
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Airport/destination return transfers in Iceland.
Lodgings as specified in itinerary.
Accommodation in twin room with private WC/shower.
4 Buffet Breakfasts and 2 x 2 course suppers.
Guided sightseeing from Day 2 until your return to Reykjavik.
Northern Lights presentation on 2nd Day.
2 Northern Lights searches on the 2nd & 3rd days.
Northern Lights alerts whilst at Hotel Plaza.
BLUE LAGOON ENTRANCE,BATHING FEE & TOWEL HIRE.
20% DISCOUNT AT REYKJAVIK RESTAURANTS MAR & KOPAR

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • 3 * One-course dinners with coffee/tea (days 2, 3, 4)
  • Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik
  • Entrance to Laugarvatnshellir, The Cave People
  • Entrance to the new Lava Centre and volcano film at the Lava Centre’s Cinema (day 3)
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on day 3 or 4 (use of flashlight, blanket & hot drink)
  • Northern Light guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)

Departure Dates & Prices:

Thursdays Oct 12th - Dec 14th & Jan 11th – March 23rd.
Guide Price £1199pp*
*Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.
 

Safaris included or available on request

Northern Lights over Vik | Holidays to Iceland

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  • Gullfoss, Geyser, Jokulsarlon & Eyjafjallajokull 
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  • GUIDE PRICE £1199PP