Activities and The Northern Lights 8 days

This tour combines activities, local culture, relaxation and the northern lights into one package.

Overview

Map for Activities and The Northern Lights  8 days tour
  • Duration:8 days / 7 nights
  • Season:September 10 to April 5
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:201418 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT30

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City



Following your arrival at the airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi Internet connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavik or to a nearby drop off point.

You have the option of upgrading to a private door-to-door airport transfer. You can also receive and return the rental car at the airport if you prefer that.

Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. Included is a visit to the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik where you can learn about the Northern lights and how to take good photographs of them, which might come in handy if you get to see them on your tour. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Alţingishúsiđ (where the Icelandic parliament is housed), and Hallgrímskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your adventure.

Included:
Admission to the Northern lights Center

Highlights:
Gamla Höfnin (The Old Harbour)
Harpa Concert Hall
Perlan
Hallgrímskirkja Church
Laugavegur Shoppping Streat

Overnight:
Reykjavik city

Optional Extras:
Private Airport Transfers
Reykjavik City Card


Day 2. Golden Circle & Snorkeling in Silfra



Pick up your car in the morning and head out for your Iceland road trip adventure. Your first stop will be Ţingvellir National Park where you will join a snorkelling tour in Silfra fissure. Nestled in the heart of Ţingvellir National Park, Silfra is an otherworldly sight located on top of the tectonic plate rift between Europe and North America. The crystal-clear water in the deep fissure gives you the impression of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. Silfra is frequently rated as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, and visibility reaches up to 100 metres. The water temperature in Slifra is only couple degrees (Celsius), but don´t worry, you will be provided with a dry suit that will keep you dry and warm. After the snorkelling tour you can explore Ţingvellir National park, which is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. From Ţingvellir continue to Geysir geothermal area where you explore hot springs and geysers. The most powerful, active geyser – Strokkur erupts every 8 minutes or so with such a force that the boiling water jets up to 20 meters into the air. Just a little further from the geothermal area you will find the majestic Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall – one of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls. from Gullfoss you will be picked up and driven by a modified 4x4 to get you up to Langjökull glacier where you will enjoy a 1 hour snowmobiling trip. Before heading to your lodging for the night visit the picturesque waterfall Faxi and the impressive volcanic crater – Keriđ. In the evening we recommend you keep an eye out for the northern lights.

Included:
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure

Highlights:
Keriđ Crater
Faxi Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Ţingvellir National Park

Driving distance:
220 km

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 3. The South Coast and Glacier hike



Today, continue east towards the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano that last erupted in 2010 and stopped the air traffic in Europe and America. At the foot of the glacier you will find two stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. If there is no snow or ice, it is possible to walk behind the Seljalandfoss waterfall, but be careful. By Skógafoss waterfall you´ll find museum called Skógasafn. Continue east visit the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull, which is part of the large Mýrdalsjökull glacier there you will meet your guide, strap on the crampons and helmet and go for a glacier hike and explore the blue ice. Before you turn back to you accommodation drive towards the small town of Vik and visit the black lava beach and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar. In the evening if the weather conditions allow, head out once again in search for the northern lights.

Included:
Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier

Highlights:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Vík Town
Reynisfjara Beach

Driving distance:
190 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 4. Scenery & Sagas



Head to Borgarnes town via Hvalfjörđur fjord where you will find the Icelandic Settlement Centre, whose main objective is to present the fascinating sagas from the settlement times as well as a special exhibition of the famous Viking poet, Egill Skallagrímsson. Continue traveling through Borgarfjörđur district to see the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, the hot spring area of Deildartunguhver and The historic Reykholt the former home of Snorri Sturluson a great writer, poet and chieftain in Iceland who was assassinated by the order of the Norwegian king in 1241

Included:
Admission to the Settlement Center

Highlights:
Borgarnes-Town
Reykholt Town
Hraunfossar Waterfalls

Driving distance:
300 kilometers

Overnight:
Borgarnes area


Day 5. The West Coast and Snćfellsnes



Continue to Snćfellsnes Peninsula where you will come upon numerous natural wonders. Cross the plains of Mýrar and head to the South Coast of the peninsula. In the northern part of Mýrar, you will pass a number of spectacular craters. Continue to the charming hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar Continue around the tip of the peninsula at the foot Snćfellsjökull, a graceful glaciated volcano that is a popular destination for glacier hikers, snowmobilers, and skiers. For those not familiar with the glacier, a guide is recommended. HeContinue to the north side of the peninsula and visit the small fishing villages before visiting a local shark catcher and try the local fermented shark if you have the guts for it (not included).

Highlights:
Arnarstapi Village
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Snćfellsjökull Glacier

Driving distance:
230 kilometers

Overnight:
Snćfellsnes area


Day 6. Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon spa



Drive back towards Reykjavik and continue on your journey to the lunar-like landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and the Krísuvík geothermal area for a feel of the power of the Earth. Continue to Grindavík, a quaint fishing town where you will gear up for a 1 hour ATV tour along lave and upto Mt. Helgafell with a great view over the peninsula. After the tour drive a short distance to the amazing Blue Lagoon. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the mineral rich waters and apply some of the silica mud to rejuvenate and your soften skin. At the Blue Lagoon, you can enjoy a stroll, dine at the Lava Restaurant, get a massage, and visit the Blue Lagoon Café. It's a great place to collect your thoughts after your days exploring Iceland. Head back to Reykjavík and drop off the car. If you are in Reykjavik on Fridays or Saturdays you might want to go out among the locals for a few drinks since you have a full day of relaxation ahead of you.

Included:
1 Hour ATV tour one person per ATV
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon with towel and bathrobe
Skin care trial pack & Volcano Scrub or Algae Mask
Drink of your choice at the Blue lagoon

Highlights:
Lake Kleifarvatn
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
Grindavík Town
The Blue Lagoon

Driving distance:
300 km

Overnight:
Reykjavík City


Day 7. Reykjavik Relaxation & Culture,



Today you have an opportunity to enjoy Reykjavík – sightseeing, shopping, visit some of the museums and general relaxation after a full week of activities.

Overnight:
Reykjavík City


Day 8. Departure



It's your last day in Iceland. Transfer in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus to the airport from your accommodation in Reykjavik.


Rental Cars

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual
16.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

16.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
17.C - Land Rover Discovery 5 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

17.C - Land Rover Discovery 5 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic

Other Information

This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.

*FAQ*

We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.

Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.

Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.

What type of car is recommended?
During summer (May - September) any type of vehicle is sufficient for this tour. In winter between mid September – mid April we recommend a 4x4 vehicle as there is a chance of some snow or ice on the road. The cars are equipped with good winter tires during winter.

Do I need an international driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.

How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.

Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.

How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)

There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.

Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.

We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.

Once a booking is made an automatic e-mail is sent informing you that the order has been placed and is currently being processed by the IcelandRoadtrip.com team. You will then be contacted with by one of our trusted travel agents with further details.

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