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6 days - Escorted Winter Coach Tour.
Discover Iceland in winter. Get to know its raw, magnificent nature spotted with volcanoes, bubbling hot springs and floating icebergs. Explore the Icelandic South Shore including the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón.
This coach tour has guaranteed departures, leaves weekly between Oct -Mar and has approx. 25 - 30 passengers per tour.
- Walk along continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO)
- Enjoy freshly baked “hot spring bread”
- Discover the diverse nature along the South Coast of Iceland, with volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls
- Walk along the banks of the awe-inspiring iceberg Glacial Lagoon
- Uncover the impact and power of recent volcanic eruptions near Eyjafjallajokull
- Hunt for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
- Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.
- Day 1
- Arrive Reykjavik
- Day 2
- Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
- Day 3
- Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the south shore
- Day 4
- Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
- Day 5
- Volcanic Areas - Hveragerði - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
- Day 6
- Tour ends
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Country Visited
- 6 Days
- Group Size
- 2 - 36
- 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik
- 3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
- Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
- 3 x one-course dinners with coffee/tea (days 2, 3, 4)
- Entrance fee to the Northern Lights Cenre in Reykjavik
- Geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana
- Visit to the new Lava Centre
- Viewing of "Eldmessa" - a short film about the Laki eruption in 1783-1784
- Northern Lights hunt kit on day 3 or 4 (flashlight, blanket & thermos of hot drink)
- Northern Light guided hunt on foot one selected evening
- Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotels)
- Blue Lagoon bathing fee + towel
- International flight tickets
- Airport transfers
- Meals other than described
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Travel insurance
- Visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature
- 3 course dinner during stay in the countryside (3 meals). Price for all dinners: EUR75 if booked in advance
- Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (can be rented on site)
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm) and guaranteed late check-out.
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik
Arrive Reykjavik any time of day, as no activities are planned for the day. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
Start the day by visiting the recently opened Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.
Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. We then drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where we experience a geothermal bakery first hand and dig up bread that has been cooked underground. After the tour, we sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground with some creamy Icelandic butter.
We continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the reliably erupting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, we visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.
Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle-Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church.
Overnight in the south coast area.
Day 3 - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the south shore
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is quite beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icealandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4 - Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon.
Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Volcanic Areas - Hveragerði - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
We head towards the village of Hveragerði which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerði is often called "the flower village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. The tour continues to Strandarkirkja, a church popularly believed to have a special power to aid success or provide good luck. Then along the coast with breathtaking sea waves through a community once flourishing and now deserted.
On to the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field.
Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.
AccommodationCentrally located accommodation in Reykjavik
Day 6 - Tour ends
Transfer to the international airport (not included).
All prices listed are per person. 2019/2020 Winter dates will be released soon. Register your interest with us and we can let you know as soon as we can. These tours book out early.
24 Feb 2019
Guaranteed Departures. Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or travelling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price.
Interactive Tour Map
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 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.