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Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $3,218 per person
Northern Lights green sky, Iceland

Countries Visited

Iceland ...more Iceland

Locations Visited

Reykjavik, Vik, Borgarnes ...more Reykjavik, Vik, Borgarnes
  1. Day 1 The Viking City of Reykjavík

    Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.Join your Travel Director and travelling companions at 18:15 for your Welcome Reception and enjoy the opportunity to get to know each other, over a pleasant evening of wine and a light buffet. 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)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Fosshotel Reykjavík.
  2. Day 2 South Shore Adventure to Vík

    Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland's south coast and through the land of Njál‘s Saga – a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. Visit Iceland's newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiđarvirkjun. Your journey continues, as you 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. See the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes. Travel to the modern Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur, dedicated to Iceland's riveting volcanic activity and earthquakes. Later, you arrive in the welcoming community of Vik. Perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical northern lights?(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hótel Kría, Vik.
  3. Day 3 The Golden Circle to Flúðir

    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 learn about 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.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Flúðir Icelandair Hotel.
  4. Day 4 Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell

    In Fontana, visit a geothermal bakery to sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter.Continue to Thingvellir, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held here in A.D. 930. Journey along the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson and stop at Reykholt for an orientation with your Travel Director. In Borgarnes, learn about Iceland's history with a fascinating visit to the Icelandic Settlement Centre. Enjoy views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls as you drive through glorious landscapes. Your travels continue to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hotel Húsafell.
  5. Day 5 Reykjavík sightseeing

    Journey back to the capital of Reykjavík, where a Local Expert will show 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 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Fosshotel Reykjavík.
  6. Day 6 Choice in Reykjavik

    Explore Reykjavik with Insight Choice. Choose to experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver to see incredible scenery from sweeping glaciers to stunning fjords. Alternatively, relax in the 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. With your newfound friends, toast to the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery during a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Fosshotel Reykjavík.
  7. Day 7 Farewell Reykjavík

    Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with a transfer to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight 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

Authentic Dining

  • Reykjavik: This evening, delight in a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant where you round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places.
  • Dining Summary: Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

Insight Choice

  • Reykjavik : Choose between experiencing the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride experience at FlyOver or alternatively, relax in the Blue Lagoon.

Insight Experiences

  • Fridheimar: Explore a local farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes. Meet the family to learn about Icelandic horticulture and growing the tastiest tomatoes, all the while respecting the surrounding nature.
  • Borganes: Learn about Iceland's history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre with your Local Expert.

Make Travel Matter

  • Hellisheiði: Visit Iceland's newest geothermal heat and electric power station in Hellisheidi, the second largest of its kind in the world. During this Make Travel Matter experience learn why Hellisheidavirkjun is a world leader in the utilisation of geothermal energy.Hellisheidavirkjun Power Plant, advances SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. The Power Plant has helped Iceland achieve 70% of the country's energy consumption through renewable energy sources.
  • Fontana: At a geothermal bakery, sample delicious rye bread dug hot from the ground. Using sustainable practices and only Icelandic ingredients, the bakery contributes to preserving the pristine and unspoiled nature of Iceland.Fontana Bakery, advances SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production. They pledge to reduce waste and increase recycling, use nature friendly products, local Icelandic ingredients and educate their staff and visitors about the importance of sustainable/responsible consumption.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Skogafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
  • Hvolsvollur: See these magnificent volcanoes.
  • Gullfoss: The spectacular two-tiered waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara falls, drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
  • Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
  • Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site in the country, as the meeting place of the Althing, the world's oldest parliament that was founded in A.D. 930.
  • Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
  • Reykjavik: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.

Dates & Prices

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Service
Kept us informed of changes. Worked with us to get acceptable airline flights. On the down side, for some reason our tour director did not have our return flights in order to arrange for transfers to airport which caused me some stress at end of trip.
Vacation
Overall a well planned trip in conjunction with Insight vacations.
Barbara Erickson
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Service
No real Customer Service....They did what they had to. They could have warned us about no free food on an 8 hour flight - would have been nice to know this ahead of time.
Vacation
A great destination for sure. Would recommend it. Good traveling companions and tour director
Marie Everett
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Service
I was happy with the accommodations, the hotel food and the activities. It was an unusually compatible group and really fun. We were not lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, but I am willing to visit again for another chance! Wonderful country...
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's wonderful that you enjoyed your trip to Iceland. Hopefully the Northern Lights will not elude you if you make another visit to this amazing country. We appreciate your feedback and are very happy to have helped you book your vacation.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Vacation
The cost was reasonable, but I thought Icelandic Air was cramped and uncomfortable. In the future I would look for alternate, perhaps more comfortable air flights.
Joan Martin
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Service
Loved her country and wanted us to know all about it.
Vacation
Even though we didn’t see the Lights, Gundy showed us her country and really wanted us to know it.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Service
Our guide was very friendly and competent. Hotels were clean and comfortable.
Vacation
We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights because our guide made an extra effort toget us to a good viewing point after high winds diverted us from the planned route.
Eva Stone
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Service
Yes, I would recommend and buy from them again.
Vacation
Excellent purchase experience, they recommended us all of the discounts that were available for us.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Service
Courteous. Thorough. Good follow through.
Vacation
Magnificent views. Both Tour Director and Driver were excellent.
Wallace Orlowsky
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Service
Okay in general. Had a problem with being billed double when I paid my balance. Worst problem was when our departing flight was cancelled late on a Saturday. Office was closed then and all day Sunday. The "emergency" handlers could do virtually nothing.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to see that there was some issues with your billing.  Looking at the file, it was corrected the same day the double charge happened. Please accept our apologies for the hassle. We did receive notice from our after hours service about your flight being delayed and then cancelled. The only contact number provided was a home number and we tried several times to reach you.  It is a shame that you were delayed in arriving.  Should you need assistance with claiming this with your Travel Insurance, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Vacation
A bit costly for a 6 day tour (advertised as 8 by including arrival and departure flights. Hotel in Reykjavik was disappointing.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 23, 2017
Service
I was not aware my wife and I would be handed off to a tour which was being run by another travel organization. At the airport the person who was to take us to the bus was completely confused. She indicated we were not on the list and ignored us from that time on. She announced she was taking us to a bus on the parking lot, then hustled off. No indication the was cold while she found the bus. Since our tags were yellow and all other yellow tags were going to a bus with Trafalger patrons, I went there. She later came on the bus needing 2 more seats for other guests. The she said something about a limo. She was never seen on the bus again. We got to the correct hotel. At the hotel our guide for the week met us. She did a very good (great) job all week. All of the hotels did a great job with the meals for the week. The area of the hand off may have been explained in the literature which my wife may have seen, but not passed on. The incident at the airport left me wondering if the entire week was going to be this bad. Our guide and the bus driver made the entire week a pleasure. Bob Schott
Vacation
If purchase is the tour. I enjoyed it.
Gail Bell
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Service
I HAD ORIGINALLY SPOKEN TO MS. KARI NIXON. I SENT HER MY PAYMENTS AND WAS WAITING FOR MY TRAVEL PACKAGE. I FINALLY DECIDED TO CONTACT THE TRAVEL AGENT AND WAS SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THAT SHE HAD LEFT HER JOB AND HAD NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH INSTRUCTIONS WITH HER WORK PEERS REGARDING MY PENDING TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS/PACKAGE. ONCE I HAD SPOKEN TO ANOTHER REPRESENTATIVE HE BECAME AWARE OF THE DATE TO FORWARD MY DOCUMENTS WHICH HAD PASSED. IT WAS WITHIN A WEEK THAT I DID RECEIVE IMPORTANT TRAVEL PAPERS. GUJNEY, TOUR GUIDE, WAS VERY WELL VERSED AND EDUCATED SURROUNDING THE HISTORY AND PRESENT SITUATION OF ICELAND. OUR DRIVER, BJOREN, WAS POSSESSED EXPERT DRIVING SKILLS. OUR FIRST HOTEL FROM THE AIRPORT TO REYKJAVIK WAS NOT PREPARED FOR US. WE ARRIVED AT 8 am AND WE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL 11:30 TO CHECK IN GIVEN HOURS ON ICELANDIC AIR. THAT AIRPLANE, BY THE WAY, IS CRAMPED... NOT MUCH ROOM TO STRETCH. ANYWAY, THE HOTEL WAS REMISS IS NOT INFORMING US THAT THERE WERE BUS PASSES THAT WE COULD HAVE USED WHILE WAITING FOR OUR 11:30 CHECKIN. I WAS SURPRISED AT THE COST OF COMMODITIES. I PURCHASED TWO BOWLS OF SOUP ALONG WITH ONE ICELANDIC BEER AND THE TAB WAS $47.00. THE LANDSCAPE AND SITES WHAT GUJNEY SHOWED US I REALLY ENJOYED.
Vacation
OF COURSE I WAS A SINGLE PASSENGER AND THERE ARE NO SPECIAL RATES FOR SINGLE PEOPLE... FOCUS ON COUPLES.
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