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Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights (Winter Season)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $3,658 per person
Northern Lights

Countries Visited

Iceland

Locations Visited

Reykjavik, Vik, Hvolsvollur, 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 Dinner and enjoy the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of good food and wine. 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 Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík.
  2. Day 2 South Shore Adventure to Vík.

    Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland's south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Travel to the modern Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur. Opened in 2017, it is dedicated to Iceland's riveting volcanic activity and earthquakes. 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. After seeing the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, arrive in the welcoming communtiy of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights?(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Icelandair Hotel Vík.
  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. In Fontana, visit a geothermal bakery to sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. Experience the exploding hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Next stop is Friðheimar, to find out about the processes in 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 Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.
  4. Day 4 Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell.

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

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

    Journey back to the capital of Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows 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 Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík.
  6. Day 6 The Blue Lagoon.

    Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík's 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. Choose to bathe in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich geothermal waters, or perhaps enjoy a water massage or spa treatment? Facilities also include an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and restaurants. With your newfound friends, toast the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery with a celebratory cocktail. The rest of the day is free, perhaps spend time relaxing in a sidewalk cafe?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík.
  7. Day 7 Depart Reykjavík.

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

    meals Breakfast
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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

  • Fontana: At a geothermal bakery, sample delicious rye bread dug hot from the ground, served with butter.
  • Friðheimar: Explore a family-run farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

Insight Experiences

  • Borganes: Learn about Iceland’s history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre with your Local Expert.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Reykjavík: Witness nature's most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights.
  • Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
  • Hvolsvöllur: Visit the Lava Centre, an interactive museum where you will learn about the geology and natural occurrences that have influenced and created Iceland's incredible landscapes.
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
  • Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.
  • Gullfoss: See the spectacular two-tiered waterfall. This 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 of the country, as its the meeting place of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament founded in A.D. 930.
  • Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
  • Reykjavík: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.
  • Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2,000 metres within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With new-found friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Vík

The Secret Lagoon At Flúðir

The Secret Lagoon natural hot springs is located in the small village of Fludir and stay at 100°-104° Fahrenheit all year due to its location in the Golden Circle. The pool’s natural surroundings and the steam in the air give the place a magical feeling and a true Icelandic experience. There are also several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes year-round for the enjoyment of guests relaxing in the hot spring.
Adult Price: €23

Reykjavík

Lava Riding Tour

Enjoy the pure beauty of Icelandic nature from horseback. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced rider, this is a wonderful way to experience the Icelandic countryside. Starting from the Íshestar riding center in Hafnarfjörður, you‘ll explore the lovely conservation area of Heiðmörk, with its numerous caves and canyons. Your tour will be led by experienced staff and the horses are used to riders of all levels.
Adult Price: €92

Northern Lights by Boat

Sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik, we'll escape the lights of the city and begin our search for the northern lights. Seeing the aurora borealis, with a beautiful backdrop of mountains and city lights, is something you won't ever forget. In less than 30 minutes we'll be in a prime location, away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras. This tour is subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: €72

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Barbara Erickson
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Service
Courteous. Thorough. Good follow through.
Vacation
Magnificent views. Both Tour Director and Driver were excellent.
Wallace Orlowsky
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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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