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Insight Vacations Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights (Winter 2018-19) (W864)

8 Days starts and ends in Reykjavik Print
Tour Style: Country Roads
Europe Winter 2018-19
Visits: Iceland

Experience a world of natural phenomena; by day marvel at waterfalls, volcanoes and incredible landscapes and by night, seek out the dancing lights that fill cloudless skies.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
  • Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.
  • Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
  • Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.

Authentic Dining

  • Friðheimar: Explore a family-run farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes.
  • Fontana: At a geothermal bakery, sample delicious rye bread dug hot from the ground, served with butter.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

Insight Experiences

  • Borganes: Learn about Iceland’s history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre with your Local Expert.

Stay at the Best Addresses

  • Iceland Hotels: Insight handpicks hotels to consistently provide the best central and scenic locations. Hotels in Iceland are generally traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region, with clean rooms and private facilities.
  • Vík: Located in the quaint village of Vík, the Icelandair Hotel offers elegantly fitted guest rooms, decorated with Icelandic design and inspired by the natural environment.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Reykjavík: Witness nature's most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights.
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
  • Gullfoss: See the spectacular two-tiered waterfall. This Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
  • Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country, as its the meeting place of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament founded in A.D. 930.
  • Reykjavík: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.
  • Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2,000 metres within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With new-found friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 The Viking City of Reykjavík.
Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 08:00 and 16:30. Join your Travel Director and travelling companions at 18:15 for your Welcome Dinner and enjoy the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of good food and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 South Shore Adventure to Vík.
(Relaxed Start) Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland's south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue on to witness the majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Stand awestruck by the beauty and powerful force of these thundering waterfalls before venturing on to view more phenomena. After seeing the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, arrive in the welcoming communtiy of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights?(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 4 The Golden Circle to Flúðir.
(Relaxed Start) Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland's Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. Experience the exploding hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Next stop is Friðheimar, to find out about the processes in Icelandic greenhouse horticulture. Visit a family-run vegetable farm that specialises in tomatoes. Explore their greenhouses and sample the sweet, unique flavour of their lovingly-grown crop. Continue to your hotel in Flúðir, where there is again a chance to look to the night sky and watch nature's theatre unfold.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 5 Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell.
(Relaxed Start) Travel south to Fontana and visit a fascinating geothermal bakery. Sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. Continue to Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in A.D. 930. This remarkable natural site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the American and European tectonic plates meet. Journey along the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson to Borgarnes. En route, stop at the pretty village of Reykholt, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. On arrival in Borgarnes, learn about Iceland's history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre. Journey on through glorious landscapes taking in views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day: 6 Reykjavík sightseeing.
(Relaxed Start) Journey back to the capital of Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows you Old Reykjavík, the 19th century parliament building and Höfði House. In 1986, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met here for the famous Reykjavík Summit. Continue to see see the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church, the Hallgrímskirkja, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 7 The Blue Lagoon.
(Relaxed Start) Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík's Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul. Choose to bathe in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich geothermal waters, or perhaps enjoy a water massage or spa treatment? Facilities also include an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and restaurants. With your newfound friends, toast the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery with a celebratory cocktail. The rest of the day is free, perhaps spend time relaxing in a sidewalk cafe?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 8 Depart Reykjavík.
Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with transfers arriving at Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport at 05:00 and 12:30.(Buffet Breakfast)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare

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10/20/2018 $4,495.00
10/27/2018 $4,495.00
11/03/2018 $4,395.00
11/10/2018 $4,395.00
11/17/2018 $4,395.00
11/24/2018 $4,395.00
12/01/2018 $4,395.00
12/15/2018 $4,395.00
12/29/2018 $4,395.00
01/12/2019 $4,395.00
01/19/2019 $4,395.00
01/26/2019 $4,395.00
02/02/2019 $4,395.00
02/09/2019 $4,395.00
02/16/2019 $4,395.00
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03/16/2019 $4,395.00
03/23/2019 $4,395.00
03/30/2019 $4,395.00
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