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Experience a world of natural phenomena; by day marvel at waterfalls, volcanoes and incredible landscapes and by night, seek out the dancing lights that fill cloudless skies.

  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.Accommodation: Fosshótel, 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 Hellisheiđarvirkjun. Travel to the modern Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur, 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 community of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights?(Breakfast / Dinner)Accommodation: Hotel Kria, Vik.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  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 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)Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  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 North American and Eurasian 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)Accommodation: Hotel Húsafell.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  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)Accommodation: Fosshótel, Reykjavík.
    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    The Blue Lagoon.
    Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík's Blue Lagoon accompanied by a celebratory cocktail. 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 to the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery during a celebratory dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)Accommodation: Fosshótel, Reykjavík.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Depart Reykjavík.
    Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with a transfer to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport.(Breakfast)
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

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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.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery, like nowhere else in the world, as you travel along the South coast, crossing the high plateau of Hellisheiði outside of Reykjavík. Black sand stretches out towards the ocean creating a dreamy scene and see the spectacular rock formations of Dyrholaey and Reynisdrangar. Journey through part of The Golden Circle, witnessing mighty Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

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  • 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.

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Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Insight Vacations will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

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The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Insight Vacations have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

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It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

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Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

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Insight Vacations is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Insight Vacations does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Insight Vacations only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Insight Vacations is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.5
Accommodations
2.7
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
3
Value for Money
3.7

Ratings based off 6 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

This trip was one of the better Insight Tours. There wasn't as much "in the bus" time as there often is. The activities were more active than most bus tours, which was quite welcome. The one thing that wasn't so good about the tour is that it was a "Northern Lights" tour. The itinerary spoke of getting out and searching for the Northern Lights on more than one night. "Searching" for the Northern Lights meant walking out into the hotel parking lot to look up in the sky. People go on a Northern Lights tour to see the Northern Lights. Although, seeing them is dependent upon nature and the right conditions, an effort can be made to drive to a darker location, when the skies are clear. Seeing the lights was the main reason we booked the tour. If we had not booked an independent Northern Lights excursion on our own, which drove out into a very dark location, our "Northern Lights Experience" would have been disappointing. Also, the boat trip for a Northern Lights experience is not worth the money. The boat went out in the bay, but the city lights were always in sight. The boat was very crowded. We did not see the lights at all from the boat. We meet one couple who was on the excursion for their 2nd time because the first time, they didn't see them. Now, it was 2 trips out into the bay without a sighting. It is also bad to have that excursion on the last night. We didn't return to the hotel until after midnight and we had to wake up at 3:30 am (at the latest) for a 4:15 transfer to the airport. The transfer was way too early. Nobody had a flight out before 9 am and we ended up just sitting in the airport waiting for the airline counters to even open to check in our baggage. We sat there for at least an hour before they opened.

Iceland is a beautiful country with amazing landscape where you are one with nature. We went out hunting for the northern lights 6 nights. I recommend that you take a nice camera for the norther lights photo since the phone camera don't really work. Warm water proof booths are recommended because you are running/walking through snow to hunt for the lights will be walking on the beach. My toes were frozen since my shoe were not water proof. Overall an amazing experience.

Hotel in Reykjavi­k was too far from center of town and places to eat. Hotel accommodations were substandard with the exception of the hotel Husafell. Hotel in Reykjavi­k did not provide free shuttle to airport and Insight did not provide transfers for all departures. No information was provided about tipping for tour guide and driver, who were excellent.


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