Hidden Powers & Northern Lights Special Christmas 06 Days

ITINERARY

Overview
Celebrate the magic of an Icelandic Christmas while experiencing some of Iceland’s most beloved natural wonders. You’ll discover Iceland’s amazing natural forces first-hand, along with experiencing authentic Christmas traditions and foods. Celebrate Christmas in the Land of Fire, Ice and Northern Lights. Discover beautiful holiday lights, enchanting local traditions, and delicious Christmas food. You’ll also enjoy all the sights and experiences of our best-selling Hidden Powers tour, including Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the Blue Lagoon. Gather your family and friends and celebrate Christmas together on this great tour!


Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Highlights: Hallgrimskirkja Church, Austurvollur Square, Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Reykjavik City Hall & Parliament House.
Important: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, your tour starts with the evening walking tour on Day 1 according to the standard “Hidden Powers and Northern Lights” itinerary.

Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.


Day 2: The Golden Circle
National Park with Geological Wonders – Lively Geysers – The Golden Falls

Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Start your adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You’ll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film.

Depart Reykjavik and head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This place makes us Icelanders enormously proud of our heritage. You might even have a rare chance to walk between two continents!

Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Finally, you’ll visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.

During the day, you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for power and hot water. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in hot sands. You can taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s especially delicious eaten with Icelandic butter and smoked trout.

Dinner and overnight in the Hella area.

Tonight, enjoy a Christmas Eve buffet dinner at your hotel. If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.


Day 3: Iceland’s South Shore
Waterfalls – Lava Centre – Glacial Views – Black Sand Beaches

Gleðileg jól! Merry Christmas! After breakfast at your hotel, drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter.

This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland. Enjoy the exhibit and an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear, you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010).

Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie.

Head onwards to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sand, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head to your overnight.

Celebrate Christmas with a festive Christmas dinner at your hotel. You’ll also receive a gift to commemorate your Christmas visit to Iceland.

Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Day 4: Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.

Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.

Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.


Day 5: Hveragerdi – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik
Greenhouse Village – Icelandic Horses – Geothermal Lagoon

Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called “The Flower Village” because of its geothermal greenhouses.

Next, you’ll visit a horse farm to meet some locals: Icelandic horses. This Viking horse breed played a pivotal role in Icelandic history. Enjoy petting these friendly horses and snapping a few selfies with them. You’ll also taste some sweet refreshments that are traditionally served on Icelandic farms.

Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breathtaking sea waves. The road takes you through the surreal landscapes of 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 your guide bids you farewell at the hotel. The evening is open for you to enjoy your own activities. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight in Reykjavik.


Day 6: Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2023 First Class
Departure Date Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Dec 23 - Dec 31 CAD 3380 CAD 4230
Hotels:
Day 1 – Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 2 – Stracta Hotel Hella
Day 3 – Hotel Klaustur
Day 4 – Hotel Klaustur
Day 5 – Fosshotel Reykjavik

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 5
  • Free Wi-Fi on board the motor coach
  • Accommodation 5 nights in a standard room with facilities
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Christmas Eve buffet dinner (day 2)
  • Festive dinner and a small Christmas gift (day 3)
  • Two-course local-cuisine dinner (main course, dessert, coffee/tea)(day 4)
  • Souvenir Icelandic Search and Rescue key ring
  • Evening Christmas-themed Reykjavík City Walk (day 1)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
  • Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
  • Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
  • Visit to a local horse farm to meet Icelandic horses, including traditional Icelandic refreshments (day 5)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
  • Christmas treats from the Yule Lads
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Northern lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening, including use of crampons and headlight
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland Also (Added Value)
  • Northern lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2- 4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

Exclusions:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in the itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “Included”

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