All around Iceland, glaciers and glacial rivers make their effects visible by shaping the land, carving and scratching it, while volcanoes clothe it with lava. The strong impact of nature on our environment is fascinating as well as threatening - urging scientists, technologists, laymen and even artists and writers to further advances in living with nature rather than fighting it. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular and beautiful natural phenomena. In Roman mythology, "Aurora" was the goddess of the dawn, while "Borealis" is the Latin word for "north". What is greater than admiring the Northern Lights in the realm of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glaciers? The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular and beautiful natural phenomena. In Roman mythology, "Aurora" was the goddess of the dawn, while "Borealis" is the Latin word for "north". What is greater than admiring the Northern Lights in the realm of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glaciers?
Relax on your airport transfer in Reykjavik with a private vehicle and driver. Please note that a surcharge may be post billed to you if you require a transfer after 8pm or before 7am.
Enjoy a half day tour visiting the most important sights of the City. You will see the old town centre, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the Pearl and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. During the tour you will drive past the city's salmon river (which is proof that Reykjavík is a pollution free capital) and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings of the most recent part of city, and an outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city. Visit the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour includes private driver-guide for the tour and entrance fees to the National Museum, Sculpture Museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Hotel Plaza Center (3*) is one of Reykjavik’s favorite hotels and part of the city’s rich cultural heritage, this first class hotel is ideal for business and leisure, with a warm welcoming atmosphere and services to suit all tastes. After a day of sightseeing the Plaza Bar is an ideal place to relax with a cocktail or a glass of wine. The hotel’s service is as classy as its rooms: warm, amiable, and unpretentious.
Start the day by driving to Þingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Viking parliament. Then proceed through the barren mountain pass of Kaldidalur (the Cold Valley) to the glacier Langjökull, where they deflate their monster size tires and take their super jeeps for a ride on the glacier. From Langjökull continue to Hallmundarhraun, a lava area where one of Iceland’s largest, longest and most spectacular lava cave can be found. After caving, you will continue down the Borgarfjörður valley and visit the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, and pass the historic site of Reykholt and Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, before returning to Reykjavik.
Enjoy your flight from Reykjavik to Hofn (about 1hr).
You will be met at the airport by a local chauffeiur, for a short transfer to the hotel.
Take a scenic walk through the village and down to the harbour, where you might watch the fishermen land their catch of the day.
Höfn is an Icelandic fishery town in the southeastern part of the country. As of 2004, the population was 1,783. Trips are offered to the nearby Vatnajökull glacier. A cultural highlight of the town is the annual Humarhátíð (lobster festival) held on the first weekend of July, though today the Humarhátíð has been described by some as a "drink'n fun festival". Höfn Airport is located nearby. Eagle Air carries passengers to and from Höfn. All flights are domestic.
This evening, join a 1-2 hour guided walking tour to hunt for the magical Northern Lights.
Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
Höfn Hotel (3*) was founded in the year 1966 and is one of the better established hotels in the country. It's located in the center of town and has a breathtaking view over the magnificent glaciers, the circle of mountains and the fjord. Hótel Höfn has 68 comfortable rooms all equipped with a TV, radio, telephone, computer access and a private bath. A dining room/board room, seating 140 guests is situated at the top floor. A smaller restaurant "Ósinn" featuring courses such as pizza, steak and lobster is on the ground floor. The hotel has a bar and great facilities for conferences and all kinds of gatherings.
Consider taking an optional tour to Jokulsarlon, the Glacier Lagoon, where you might see seals swimming between the huge floating icebergs. Please speak to your Sales advisor if you would like to add this to your itinerary.
Jökulsárlón on Breiðamerkursandur is a natural wonder, where huge icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon started to form around 1934 and is now around 200 meters deep by the edge of the glacier. There is a fjord underneath the glacier where the lagoon is even deeper. Enjoy a spectacular place to visit, where huge icebergs float in the deep water and it is common to see seals play by the shore.
This evening, join another 1-2 hour guided walking tour to hunt for the magical Northern Lights.
Enjoy a trip to the hidden pearl of Southeast Iceland, sanctuary for reindeers in winter and spring. View colourful rhyolite mountains in the area formed by centuries of volcanic activity.
Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps availing of one of the various optional activities.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private driver and vehicle.
Enjoy your flight back to Reykjavik (about 1hr).
Avail of a half day private guided tour as you are lead through rugged lava fields to the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, and relaxation. Stop for a refreshing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. At the end of your tour you will be brought to your hotel. The tour includes private driver-guide for the tour and entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon included.
Enjoy a shared transfer from your hotel to Keflavik Airport. The pickup time should be scheduled with your hotel front desk the evening before departure. Buses depart frequently, consult your Sales Advisor for more info.
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Edwards Family ,
November 28, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bend over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangement made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Our time in Dubrovnik and Split were awesome, in hind sight we both wished we would have went back to Split from Plitvice Lakes rather than carry on to Zagreb. We both found Split much more appealing and would have definitely preferred to spend another night there rather than Zagreb. We’ll know for next time! Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
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