First settled by the Vikings in 874,
Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly
capital city and one of the smallest,
making it easy to explore on foot. Framed
by the majestic Mount Esja and Faxafloi
Bay, the city enjoys a wonderful natural
setting. Known for its cosy cafes and
world-class restaurants, there are also a
number of excellent museums and art
galleries, while the natural wonders of the
island are easily reachable from the city.This 5-day itinerary visits some of the
country’s most iconic attractions by day
and goes in search of Earth’s greatest
lightshow – the aurora borealis (northern
lights) – by night. The northern lights
cycle means that this season will again
afford one of the best opportunities to see
this magnificent natural phenomenon.
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Morning flight from London Gatwick to Keflavik International airport with WOW Air. You will be met and transferred from the airport to Reykjavik where you will have the afternoon at leisure. This evening, travel by coach with your guide in search of the northern lights away from the light pollution of the city. Stay 4 nights at the Center Plaza Hotel. (N)
After breakfast, depart on a Reykjavik orientation tour where you will learn about the city's past history from the very beginning to the present day. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Lagoon where you will have the opportunity to bathe in the lagoons silica rich geothermal waters. This evening, go in search of the northern lights. (B)
This morning, depart for a tour of Iceland's Golden Circle. You will visit Thingvellir National Park and see the site of the world's oldest parliament before continuing to the geothermal area of Haukadalur, known for the geysers of Stokkur and Geysir. After the visit, continue to the thundering Gullfoss waterfalls, one of country's most popular falls. This evening, travel by coach with your guide in search of the northern lights away from the light pollution of the city. (B)
Today, explore the southern shore of Iceland passing through farmland and small villages along the coast. You will have frequent views of mountains, including snow shrouded Mount Hekla, the country's most active volcano and the towering, ice capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Visit the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss before reaching Vik i Myrdal, a charming small village surrounded by beautiful high bird cliffs. After your visit, return to Reykjavik. (B)
Morning at leisure before your departure to Keflavik International airport for your flight to London with WOW Air. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The northern lights occur
when highly charged particles from the sun hit
gas atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere, around
the magnetic pole, causing these gas atoms to
become energised and shine. They form an
elliptical pattern around the magnetic pole,
with the most common colour being light
green. However, during particularly strong
eruptions, violet and white colours can also
be seen. Seeing the northern lights is not
guaranteed as it is a natural phenomenon
and weather dependent. However, with your
experienced driver and guide you will have the
best possible chance.
Combine a stay in Iceland with a visit to
the largest non-continental island in the
world, Greenland. Off the beaten track, this
huge island offers fantastic opportunities
to explore one of the world’s last great
wildernesses. In winter, go in search of the
northern lights, dog sled silently through
the frozen landscape or join a snowmobile
excursion deep into the ice fjords.
In summer, under the midnight sun, it is
possible to take a variety of boat trips out
through the melting sea ice to witness
dramatic calving glaciers producing icebergs
the size of houses, search for whales or visit
isolated settlements clinging to the dramatic
The Center Plaza Hotel is situated on Ingolfstorg Square in the heart of Reykjavik's old town, within easy walking distance of many restaurants, shops and attractions including the National Gallery. The hotel offers 180 well-appointed rooms featuring modern Scandinavian decor and wooden furnishings equipped with en suite facilities, a minibar, tea and coffee facilities, in-room safe, satellite television and wireless internet access. Although the hotel does not have a restaurant for evening meals, it has a breakfast room and a bar. Reykjavik is known, however, for its Icelandic cuisine, with many restaurants located within a few minutes' walk of the...
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