All Our Iceland Holidays

Our exclusive Northern Lights Academy: a 7 day escorted holiday searching for the Iceland's Northern Lights every night with our experienced local guide along light hearted lectures, films & presentations. And by day exploring Iceland's glittering glaciers, snow-tipped mountains, vast volcanic lava fields, pluming hot springs and sparkling plunge waterfalls including the iconic Gullfossm & Geysir. You'll also bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walking on black lava beaches skirted with white foam, see multi coloured herds of Icelandic horses,  cruise on Breiðafjörðurthe and more lots more. With between an 85 & 98% record last season this is probably as close to a gurantee of seeing the Aurora as you can get.  

Modern double room
Great atmosphere in Hotel Marina
The hotel restaurant serves delicious dishes
Outside the Hotel Marina

Hotel Marina

With a ship’s prow overlooking the hotel’s entrance ( the last time we visited), a gob smacking array of colours and patchwork fabrics, slatted wood pillars, overhead trunking and barrel top tables the Marina instantly impresses you as different with a capital D. The public area runs virtually the whole length of the hotel with a bar, seated alcoves, a 24/7 canteen style restaurant with an edgy take on locally sourced ingredients, a TV Cinema and Boiler Room Gym. The hotel has just over a 100 rooms all with an edgy, maritime and a minimalist design style with added chic. Standard rooms have a double bed, telephone, flat screen TV, WI-FI and hairdryer. There are also Studio rooms for 4 and 6 people, unique ‘Attic’ rooms and a two large (48 & 67 sq. metres!)

1st Day UK - Iceland

2nd Day

After breakfast meet our local guide for a short orientation city tour including Perlan the most dramatic clutch of water tanks in the world and Hallgrimskirka, the city's Lutheran parish church echoing basalt lava flows. Then head off to Borgarfjörður often referred to as Saga Valley. Walk up Grábrók volcano crater and stop off at Deildartunguhver a hot (97 celsius) hot spring spurting out water at 180 litres per second. Continue to Hraunfossar a long curtain of rivulets pouring from the lava field Hallmundarhraun and Barnafoss ( the children's falls) with its numerous folk tales before checking in at the Hotel Hamar for 2 nights. In the afternoon the Academy Programme begins with a Northern Lights lecture and after dinner your first practical keeping watch for the Aurora.

3rd Day The Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Dominated by a 'pyramid of snow' at its tip the peninsula juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist and in many ways is like a microcosm of the whole island. First stop is Stykkishólmur where you will cruise on the Breiðafjörður and then a light lunch at Bjarnarhöfn featuring the uniquely Icelandic “treat“ Hákarl, fermented shark. You'll also visit Grundarfjörður, a fishing village place with a backdrop of mountains, lakes and waterfalls and.jutting out into the bay Mount Kirkjufell.On the return to Borgarnes our guide gives you practical Aurora photography tips as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. After dinner you will spot for Aurora from the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. .

4th Day The Golden Circle & More

Travel alongside the Hvalfjörður fjord stopping at Mosfellsbær and Álafoss Wool Store where the Icelandic wool industry first bagan. Continue through Þingvellir taking the Golden Circle route firstly to Geysir where you will see steam rising from fumaroles and Strokkur, 'the Churn' errupting as you arrive. In the adjacent restaurant lunch will be freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring which you may want to wash down with a glass of Geysir Schnapps!! You day's journey conitines to Gullfoss, the 'Golden Falls', with its foaming, curtain of water tumbling 34 metres into the Hvítá river and then to Ása & Hjalti's horse farm to learn about the Icealndic horse's unique 'tolt. .

5th Day

After breafast your first stop of the day will be Hvolsvöllur and an introduction to vulcanology at the Lava Center with its Volcano Corridor, Geology Globe, Earthquake, Lava and Ash Corridors. Continue along Iceland's south shore visiting Skógafoss a plunge waterfall alongside a folk museum with turf roofed houses and an outstanding collection of period artifacts and down to Reynisfjara by Vík with its dramatic basalt columns and black sand beaches highlighted by white surf piling up on the seashore. Skógafoss, a curtain fall waterfall plunging 200 feet from the mountain creating spray that forms a single or double rainbow at most times of the year and behind which is walkway letting you see the waterfall from the back as it were

6th Day The Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

7th Day Seljalandsfoss & The Blue Lagoon

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, we go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

8th Day Iceland - UK

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport. .

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Iceland
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Return airport/hotel transfers
Accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels as per itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
Fully escorted travel from Day 2 to Day 7
Services of local guide/driver guide throughout
Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður including light lunch
Visit to shark curing farm 
Hot Spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Visit to & multimedia presentation at the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center
Entrance fee to Skógar Folk museum and Turf houses
Entrance to Blue Lagoon inc towel
ValedictoryTraditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurant (day 7)
NORTHERN LIGHTS ACADEMY PROGRAMME on 6 evenings with lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
Use of winter & Northern Lights Explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers, spikes for shoes and flashlight.
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Departure Dates & Prices:

Sundays & Fridays Sept 16th 2018 - April 5th 2019
Guide £890* pp
*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 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

  • Exclusive 7 night Northern Lights Tour
  • 6 Northern Lights Searches
  • Breiðafjörður Cruise & Vulcanology Presentaion
  • Traditional Valedictory Dinner