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? Runs October 2014 - March 2015.
Experience an unforgettable winter adventure in the region surrounding Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Nestling below the mighty glacier, is the charming fishing town of Hofn, an ideal base for exploring this incredible region. You can request wake-up alerts from the hotel and view the dancing Northern Lights in the middle of the night, one of the most spectacular and beautiful natural phenomena. Don’t forget to sample fresh langoustine (lobster) caught from the surrounding North Atlantic Ocean, a speciality in the local restaurants.
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.
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. Please note: If you wish to enter the Geysir, Strokkur and Blesi hot spring area a new entrance fee of ISK600 per person (aged 16+) is payable locally to the land owners. You may still see the spouting geyser “Strokkur” from the road, if you wish to avoid the fee and do not enter the area.
In the early morning, make your way to the domestic airport in Reykjavik and take the first morning flight to Hofn on the South East coast of Iceland, the duration of the flight is approx. 1 hour (depinding on flight schedule and availability).
You will be met at the airport in Hofn by a local driver 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.
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.
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.
This evening, join another 1-2 hour guided walking tour to hunt for the magical Northern Lights.
Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps availing of one of the various optional activities.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private driver and vehicle.
In the afternoon enjoy your flight back to Reykjavik (about 1 hr).
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. Includes entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon and towel rental.
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.
Hotel Plaza Center is situated in the main square in the heart of Reykjavik making it 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.
Situated in south-eastern Iceland, in the coastal town of Höfn, this hotel offers local cuisine and modern guestrooms. Located in the center of town Hotel Höfn has a breathtaking view over the magnificent glaciers, the circle of mountains and the fjord. All of Hotel Höfn’s guest rooms feature a work desk, cable TV access, and free WI-FI and some also include a tea/coffee maker. Guests can enjoy glacier and sea views from most rooms. Höfn Hotel’s restaurant servers’ specialties from the surrounding area and during nice weather guests can dine on the furnished terrace. The hotel is within 10 minutes’ walk of Höfn Harbour and Silfurnes Golf Club; while the Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon is less than 1 hours’ drive away.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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