Jump aboard this budget-friendly, multi-day escorted bus tour, and experience the southwest region of Iceland. No matter where you travel in the so-called Land of Fire and Ice, you are always bound to see something new, unique, and entirely out of this world. On this trip, we take you to waterfalls, volcano craters, lava fields, hot springs, geysers and a national park. The tour includes some light walks in a winter wonderland and hunting for the magical Northern Lights. Also, you can choose from a selection of optional excursions and activities, such as a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a guided tour to South Iceland with or without a glacier hike.
The price is EUR 610 per person in a double, twin or triple room including breakfast / EUR 860 per person in a single room including breakfast.
Day 2 at 09:00 from Hotel Cabin (subject to change)
It’s no secret that Iceland has been blessed with a vast variety of landscapes and scenery, where every turn brings another ‘wow’ moment. This trip takes you to gushing waterfalls, eerie lava fields, spouting geysers and colourful volcano craters. This budget-friendly Iceland program includes two evenings in pursuit of the Northern Lights.
Arrival day and individual transfer to Reykjavík. There are at least two different transportation companies at Keflavík airport where transfer tickets can be purchased on arrival in Iceland, with frequent departures to Reykjavík offering drop-off at the hotel or a nearby bus stop. There are taxis too.
Overnight location: Hotel Cabin. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own.
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and fellow group members. Today, we visit three of South Iceland’s most famous spots: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs, and Þingvellir National Park. Besides the three highlights, we add a bit extra. We start with a stop at a local supermarket in the “geothermal-town” of Hveragerði, where you can see and shop some typical Icelandic goodies. Hveragerði is built above a hot-spring field, and the town is thriving by the geothermal heat. Horticulture, local swimming pool, the bakery and other businesses harness the natural green energy as one of their foundations. We continue to Kerið, a caldera with a crater lake at the bottom and which resembles an ancient amphitheatre. Gullfoss is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. Next stop is the Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. We visit the ancient Viking Parliament of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust. Before reaching the hotel, our guide explains the science of the Northern Lights and give you practical tips on how to photograph the Northern Lights. The next two nights are spent at Hotel Borealis, located in the countryside of South Iceland, away from light pollution and set in a peaceful surrounding ideal for searching for the Northern Lights. Your tour guide and the hotel staff show you the best spots on the hotel property where you might see the mystical Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis.
Overnight location: Hotel Borealis. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own. (230km / 143mls)
Leisure day with time to relax in the hotel’s hot tub and enjoy the fresh, clean air of Iceland’s tranquil countryside. A short walk takes you to Ýrafoss waterfall or uphill to a beautiful viewpoint. If you prefer to be a bit more active, we offer two optional guided excursions.
In the evening there is a film presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night sky is cloudless, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns, and sizes. The grounds of Hotel Borealis are extensive and dark and offer you an excellent location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of “maybe there could be Northern Lights”.
Overnight location: Hotel Borealis. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own. (300km / 186mls)
Optional Tour 1: SOUTH ICELAND TOUR, about 300 km round-trip
Explore the region near the active volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Visit the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges from the mountain. Next, we stop at one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall. The tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the fantastic bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. The South Iceland Tour can be booked in advance or on the spot with the guide on day 2. Price for the optional South Iceland Tour is EUR 115 / ISK 14.000. Payment is due with our tour guide in Icelandic Krona, Visa or MasterCard.
Optional Tour 2: SOUTH ICELAND TOUR WITH GLACIER HIKE, about 260 km round-trip
Explore the region near the active volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Visit the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges from the mountain. Next, we stop at one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall. Those group members that selected the tour including the glacier hike will head to the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, which extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe, which is provided for glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. Duration of this activity is about 3 hours in total, about 90 minutes on the ice and about 30-40 min walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself. The minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear, and hiking boots. The glacier hike can be booked in advance or on the spot with the guide on day 2. The price for the South Iceland Tour with glacier hike is EUR 210 / ISK 26.000. Payment is due with our tour guide in Icelandic Krona, Visa or MasterCard.
Today, we return to Reykjavík and show the group highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. We see the charming city centre, the Parliament, the harbour and Hallgrímskirkja church, whose steeple is a landmark. We pass the Harpa concert hall and visit the Pearl, a remarkable building, and viewpoint (optional admission to panorama terrace). The city tour ends around 1 pm at the hotel.
The afternoon is free at leisure, to explore Iceland’s capital on your own, or do a bit of shopping before going home. You might consider visiting museums, galleries, and exhibitions, such as the fantastic Whales of Iceland exhibition, consisting of 23 man-made life-size models of various whale species found in Icelandic waters. At the Perlan Museum, you can walk through a unique indoor ice cave which is a replica of an ice tunnel dug straight through a glacier. Admission fees to museums can be purchased on the spot.
Overnight location: Hotel Cabin. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own. (98km / 61mls)
Optional Tour 3: BLUE LAGOON
Afternoon bus transfer & entrance fee. Stay at the Blue Lagoon for 2,5 hours. The Blue Lagoon tour needss to be booked latest 8 days before arrival in Iceland to secure space at the Blue Lagoon. Price EUR 115 / ISK 14.000 per person including comfort package at the Blue Lagoon. Payment is due in advance.
Departure and individual transfer to Keflavík airport. There are at least two different transportation companies and taxis that offer frequent trips with pick-up from hotels or nearby bus-stops.
NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.