From: October 1 - December 15, 2015 and January 6 - April 13, 2016
Departures Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; based on gateway schedule
NOTE: Minneapolis operates through January 11, 2016; Chicago flights
begin March 16, 2016
Hotels used: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura; Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina;
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica; Hotel Fron; Hotel Klettur; Radisson Blu Saga Hotel;
Fosshotel Reykjavik; Grand Hotel Reykjavik; Hotel Cabin; CenterHotel Plaza
Difficulty Level: Moderate. Passengers should be in reasonable physical shape for this hiking tour.
This package combines glacier walking and searching for the northern lights, two of the most popular activites in Iceland. You will also have plenty of time on this package to explore Iceland's capital of Reykjavik on your own. Please note, we need to advise due to the nature of the tour, passengers should be in reasonable physical shape for glacier hiking, and children under the age of 10 are not allowed.
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1 Northern lights over Hotel Anna where tour stops for dinner 2 Ice Walking 3 Walking on a glacier
4 Skogarfoss Waterfall 5 Skogar Folk Museum 6 Traditional soup dinner at Hotel Anna's Restaurant
Evening departure from North America
Early morning arrival in Iceland. Use the Flybus transfer service information from your confirmation to take the Flybus airport bus to Reykjavik. Once you have arrived in the city, the remainder of your day is open for your own activities. For a very Icelandic way to shake off the jetlag, we suggest a visit to one of the local geothermal pools! You might also explore Old Town Reykjavik, a prime location for charming buildings, cafes and museums, or a walk to the nearby Pearl attraction for a great view overlooking the city. We highly recommend trying one of the many day & afternoon tours available for booking such as an afternoon Golden Circle tour, Icelandic cooking class, whale watching or a guided city sightseeing tour, just to name a few.
Start the morning with a Scandinavian buffet breakfast, included as part of your hotel stay. Then the departure for your tour, which runs about 11-12 hours, commences from your hotel with pick-up at 11:30am. Head through the scenic south coast of Iceland, dotted with farmlands, waterfalls and mountains. There will be a stop for lunch, which is not included with the package, before the glacier hike that follows. Strap on your crampons and take an ice pick for the safe and easy guided walk through a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses. Afterwards, head to the scenic Skogafoss waterfall, site of legendary buried treasure. Your next stop is at the renowned Skogar Muesum. Located in a traditional Icelandic turf house, this museum shows how Icelanders lived in the old days, an ancient lifestyle that remained in Iceland into the mid-20th century.
As night falls, head for the charming Country Hotel Anna for a delicious, traditional Icelandic meat soup dinner made with local ingredients. Located on the site of a traditional Icelandic farm, Country Hotel Anna is named after the woman who grew up here, Anna Jonsdottir. She became a world traveler and adventurer in the early 20th century, writing popular books for Icelanders about her experiences. An exhibit at the hotel commemorates her travels.
Afterwards, head out in the tour vehicle searching for glimpses of the elusive, beautiful northern lights. The route changes based on best conditions for sightings. Please remember the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and weather dependent, and thus sightings are not guaranteed. The best weather conditions for seeing the northern lights are cold, clear nights. During the evening you'll also visit Seljalandsfoss, a ribbon-like waterfall which you can walk behind, depending on trail conditions. Return to Reykjavik around midnight.
After breakfast, the day and evening open for your own activities. Perhaps you'll want to take on a different side of Iceland with an adventerous visit to the West, or there are also many rewarding experiences like hiking, snowmobiling, caving and snorkeling or even something completely different like floating in the Secret Lagoon or helicopter sightseeing. Check out our Tours & Add-ons to book any one of the many exciting day adventures available to you.
Head down for breakfast and then head out for one final morning in the city, which is open for your own activities. Then, use the Flybus airport transfer voucher from your Booking Confirmation to transfer to Keflavik airport for your late afternoon departure to North America.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
The completely renovated four-star Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura embodies the spirit of Reykjavik, and with a priority check-in from 10:00am, guests are able to begin exploring the city next door to nature even sooner. Priority check-in is available to travelers arriving on overnight flights from North America October 1 - April 30 on Icelandair Fly & Hotel packages; normal check-in is 2pm. The Natura offers 220 rooms featuring private bath & shower with hair dryer, as well as telephone, radio, satellite TV, and internet access available for purchase. With the many themed rooms, you can also choose to experience one of the many natural elements of Iceland, from moss, glacier, northern lights, volcano, geothermal or natural water rooms.
The Soley Natura Spa is an on-premises high class facility featuring Iceland's only indoor hotel geothermal swimming pool, and with the use of the guest discount, the Finnish saunas, fitness facilities, spa treatments, beauty salon and hair dresser are also available to enjoy. Afterwards, visit the friendly Satt restaurant emphasizes honest, healthy, and delicious Icelandic food, serving you only the very best of what our surrounding local suppliers have to offer each season.
With the unique proximity to Reykjavik’s wooded areas of Oskjuhlid Hill, guests of the Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel (ISO 14001-certified as a green hotel) can take advantage of the walking & cycling paths to explore the surrounding lava and seacoast landscapes, see a man-made geyser, and take a dip in a warmed lagoon of the North Atlantic or soak in a relaxing thermal hot tub at the Nautholsvik thermal beach (activities operate May - August). The Natura is also located next to the famous landmark The Pearl, with its revolving restaurant, and a balcony allowing for panoramic views over Reykjavik. The Natura is also close to the excitement of Reykjavik’s historical city center. While reachable in less than 30 minutes by foot, you can also arrive there in just a few minutes by bus using the bus stop located close to the hotel (free city bus passes are offered for guests to visit the Old Town section).
Other special services include free storytelling on Thursday nights, complimentary Icelandic themed movies in the hotel cinema, and a tour desk. During the summer bicycle rental is available for exploring the city’s many scenic bike paths, and with it‘s location next to the city small domestic airport, our younger guests will enjoy spotting propeller planes as they come in to land!
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Located next to the sea and just a stone’s throw from the capital’s attractions, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina invites you to experience affordable luxury and friendly service at its 108-room, three-storey hotel in a completely renovated landmark building in Reykjavik‘s harbor district. With a priority check-in from 10:00am, guests are able to begin exploring the city next door to nature even sooner. Priority check-in is available to travelers arriving on overnight flights from North America October 1 - April 30 on Icelandair Fly & Hotel packages; normal check-in is 2pm. With an emphasis on blending the dynamic, creative atmosphere of this rapidly developing district with the country’s strong maritime tradition, the Marina offers everyone the opportunity to see the capital at its most creative.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina boasts of colorful and quirky design both inside and outside, including the lobby‘s cozy seating area, gift shop, tour desk and a fun space to mingle or surf the internet. There‘s even a fireplace you can cuddle up to with your favorite book! Have a hearty breakfast at Slipp Café, enjoy a 24-hour selection of fresh food at Slipp Canteen, or get a drink at the Slipp Bar where you can experience Reykjavik like a local while enjoying exciting events. Watch Icelandic films at the Slipp Screen and keep up your cardio at Slipp Gym. At the Marina, you will be staying in a fun, funky and happening area in a vibrant neighborhood and we look forward to make your visit to the world’s northernmost capital an unforgettable one.
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel
The contemporary Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, located in the capital‘s financial district and, with a priority check-in from 10:00am, guests are able to begin exploring the city next door to nature even sooner. Priority check-in is available to travelers arriving on overnight flights from North America October 1 - April 30 on Icelandair Fly & Hotel packages; normal check-in is 2pm. With its central location, the Nordica is just a 5 - 10 minute walk from Laugar Spa as well as the outdoor park Laugardalur, featuring the Botanical Gardens and the biggest geothermal swimming pool in Iceland. Free city bus passes are also available for guests to visit the Old Town section, with the bus stop is located just outside the hotel.
The Nordica features modern Scandinavian design with a fireplace and cocktail lounge in the lobby, superb business and conference facilities. With 252 rooms and suites, it is one of Iceland's largest hotels, with all rooms featuring a private bath & shower, hairdryer, telephone, radio, satellite TV and mini-bar. Located on the main floor, the stylish and award-winning VOX Restaurant is the perfect meeting place for any occasion, whether it's to enjoy and extravagant or light meal, VOX is the perfect place to treat yourself, from its spectacular lunch buffet to its amazing High Tea.
ICELANDIC TOURIST BOARD HOTEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Five star | *****
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio, desk and safe compartment. Luxurious interior decor & furnishings, including bathrobes at each bedside. Room & turndown service, a restaurant and laundry services are available, as well as an indoor swimming pool and/or exercise facilities.
Four star | ****
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio and desk. There is room service, a restaurant and laundry services available.
Three star | ***
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, TV, radio and desk. There is a breakfast room and service counter to buy snacks and small items.
Two star | **
Bar & dining room facilities (including breakfast), public telephone access and 24 hour check-in available. Rooms may be equipped with a private bathroom, but this is not a condition.
More information on the Tourist Board Hotel Classification System can be found here.