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7 days - Winter Silfra Snorkelling | Golden Circle | Ice caving | Northern Lights Exploration
Join us for a short 7-day independent adventure tour along the South Coast that brings you to some of the most precious jewels of Iceland - glaciers, Silfra snorkelling, waterfalls, ice caves, the Golden Circle and, fingers crossed, the Northern lights.
With 4 nights in Reykjavik and 2 nights on the road in Southern Iceland, you can settle into Iceland and see the sights without being rushed off your feet.
- Explore Reykjavik, head out to the Blue Lagoon (optional) & Northern Lights evening tour
- Go snorkelling in Silfa, Iceland's best-kept secrets
- Superjeep Northern Lights tour with free use of an astronomical telescope
- Golden Circle Day tour including Haukadalur valley geothermal area and Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Day 1
- Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town
- Day 2
- Snorkelling in Silfra
- Day 3
- Explore Reykjavik, head out to the Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights evening tour
- Day 4
- The famous Golden Circle Route
- Day 5
- Black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Day 6
- Glacier walk and ice caving
- Day 7
- Depart Reykjavik
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Country Visited
- 7 Days
- Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groups
Flybus + transfer airport to hotel and mini-bus (maximum 16 people).
- 4 nights in Reykjavik Kvosin Downtown Hotel, breakfast included or similar
- Meet & Greet service at hotel
- Return transfers with Flybus+ Shuttle airport to hotel - note new city restrictions
- Silfra Fissure snorkelling and Þingvellir National Park tour - half day tour return from Reykjavik
- Northern Lights small super jeep tour - 4 hours return from Reykjavik
- Golden Circle tour - including Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall, Seljandsfoss waterfall and more.
- Ice Cave under Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull with certified glacier guide
- 3 day guided tour in a minibus in Southern Iceland
- 2 nights country side hotel room with private facilities and breakfast included
- Daily breakfast
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Blue Lagoon
- Gratitudes and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
- International or domestic flights
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town
The Flybus operates in connection with all arriving and departing flights at Keflavík Airport and your seat is always guaranteed. The Flybus departs from Keflavík Airport 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival. The buses are located right outside the terminal building. If you are arriving late at night or your flight is delayed, don't worry, there will be a Flybus waiting for you. The FlyBus+ service takes you all the way to your hotel. Just tell the driver where you are going.
The afternoon and evening is yours to explore this compact city. Reykjavík Capital Area is the country's largest and most populated city and currently home to 203,594 people, that's two-thirds of the entire Icelandic population!
Visit the new Aurora Reykjavik Museum in the heart of downtown - Iceland's first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Auroras.
Be sure to check out the new Harp Opera house on the harbour. Warm up with a visit to the local hot springs pool, Laugardalslaug.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Snorkelling in Silfra
Snorkelling in Silfra is one of Iceland's best-kept secrets. Iceland straddles the rift between the Eurasian and North American continental plates and you can see the rift for yourself on this snorkelling trip. You are provided with a dry suit, as the temperature of the water is around 2 degrees. You then get to float on the lake's surface, peering into the depths through pristine water that takes twenty years to filter down from a glacier through volcanic ash. By the time it reaches Silfra, the water is so transparent that people have been known to get vertigo as they hover on the surface, floating as if on air over the fissure below.
Included: Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster. All necessary snorkeling gear, including a specially made suit to keep you warm and dry in the glacier water.
Day 3 - Explore Reykjavik, head out to the Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights evening tour
This morning is free for your own exploration. Head out to the Blue Lagoon (optional) for a morning of relaxing or, for the more adventurous, hike up one of the surrounding mountains, Esja, Úlfarsfell, Helgarfell.
Be sure to walk around Reykjavik to witness its beautifully decorated walls, statues and art buildings. Grab a famous hot dog in between visits to the National Museum of Iceland or some of the more unusual museums on offer in Reykjavik.
After dinner, be ready to go for your Northern Lights super jeep adventure. It is an easy tour taking up to 4 hours. Enjoy hot chocolates and biscuits, free use of an astronomical telescope and expert guidence during the tour. If you do not see the lights, you can join another tour for free.
Day 4 - The famous Golden Circle Route
Early this morning, you will be picked up with your overnight bags for a 2 night Southern Iceland adventure tour (maximum 16 passengers). The Golden Circle is first on the agenda with its three main attractions: Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Þingvellir National park, one of UNESCO’S world heritage site, is the first stop. Here Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930, making it the world’s oldest running parliament. Þingvellir is rich with geological wonders and national history. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plate meet in Þingvellir and you can clearly see the drift that has occurred over the years. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland and the whole area is covered with birch bushes that are very characteristic of the area.
Next you visit Haukadalur valley geothermal area. The renowned hot spring, Geysir, the one all other hot springs derive their name from, lies dormant at the moment. But Strokkur, spouting water up to 25 meters into the air every 5-8 minutes, is very much alive and has taken over as the king of the area. Explore the Geysir area on your own and walk among springs of all shapes and sizes. Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is the last site on the Golden Circle route. This magnificent waterfall is the most visited one in Iceland and for good reason, too. The amazing site of the roaring water rushing into the canyon is definitely something to write home about.
From the Golden circle, you travel through the fruitful agricultural area of south Iceland towards ring road nr. 1. On the way there will be possibilities for great sights all around, Mt. Hekla being one of them on a clear day.
Our next stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall – the one you can walk behind and enjoy from both sides. Skógafoss is a site not to be missed while in Iceland. Running from Eyjafjallajökull glacier, the water in Skógafoss has come a long way. This impressive cascade falls 60 meters into the calm Skógará river. The mesmerizing view of this majestic fall can keep you captured for a while, but make sure to be back on the bus in time because there is so much more to see.
We spend the night in a country hotel just out of the small coastal town of Vík where we will have the possibility of catching the Northern lights if the conditions are right.
Day 5 - Black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
You start the day at Reynisfjara black sand beach. The Atlantic Ocean really shows its force here, so be careful to follow the guidelines from your tour guide. The basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea just off shore, gives you a good idea of where some of the Icelandic folklore springs from. Don’t miss the basalt column cave before you leave the black sand beach.
From Reynisfjara, you continue your journey towards the east through enchanting lava fields and desert glacier sands. A wonderful contrast of scenery. Vatnajökull glacier dominates the area in all its glory. Also, the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The lagoon and a close-by beach, filled with icebergs of different sizes and shapes, are dreamlike sights in the twilight. Sometimes seals can be spotted in the lagoon. After this day’s adventures, head to the hotel in Skaftafell area where you will spend the night. Keep an eye out for the Northern lights for the darkness of the countryside offers a great opportunity for Aurora spotting!
Day 6 - Glacier walk and ice caving
Today go for an ice cave and glacier hike adventure! After a thorough safety briefing and gearing up, you set foot on the glacier and hike up to the cave. The hike takes about 45 minutes and you will be moving through stunning glacier landscape. Once in the cave, you will have plenty of time to explore the magical ice and take photos. Our certified glacier guides will lead you on the glacier, ensuring your safety at all times. New ice caves are formed each winter and we have to rely on nature to keep the temperature below the freezing point to make the scenery in and around the cave the best. Fortunately, there’s a degree of flexibility in this tour. The weather in Iceland is ever changing and we want to ensure that your traveling experience will be optimal. Your guide will, therefore, decide how it’s best to operate the tour each time so you might visit the cave on day two if the guide estimates the conditions to be better then. The temperature inside the glacier is well below the freezing point so please dress accordingly.
After our time at the glacier, we will head back to Reykjavík. This day gives us a chance to visit some of the sites from day one again on our way to Reykjavik. There will also be possibilities for some additional stops – all in accordance with the weather and conditions for we know that the forces of nature are in charge of all our actions during the winter. You will be in Reykjavík between 8 and 11 PM, depending on weather and conditions.
Day 7 - Depart Reykjavik
Our services end after breakfast and a bus transfer to the international airport.
Adult prices are twin share per person unless otherwise specified.
Due to the current volatility of the Icelandic Króna (ISK), this price is indicative. We are happy to individually quote this tour for you
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The program is flexible and can be tailored to your preferences.Views of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Hekla Volcano are subjected to weather conditions. Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. You will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.
Northern Lights tours require you to watch the skies and that means you will be outside at night in Iceland in winter. Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good warm shoes and wooly socks.
Tours are small group tours with various different group sizes.
Please note that the authorities of Reykjavik City has announced changes to the current arrangement for tour bus traffic in Reykjavik City Centre, effective from 15th of July, 2017. The area where buses are not allowed to drive has been increased in size, and locations, numbers and names of the designated bus stops have been changed.
This may affect the pick-up and drop-off locations for your activities and transfers. If you have airport transfers with FlyBus, you will need to carry your luggage (200 metres to 300 metres) to / from the bus stop to your hotel.
Interactive Tour Map
On Arrival Reykjavik airport
Meet at Reykjavik international airport.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.