Iceland: Reykjavik & the Northern Lights with Russell Tours

with West Iceland & Reykjavik extension
Oct 16-21, 2019 / 6 DAYS

Discover a whole new side of “The Land of Fire and Ice.”

Iceland develops a completely different appeal during the winter months. Occasional snowfalls make the landscape even more otherworldly, roaring water…

Your package includes

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, Great Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Seljalandsfoss, northern lights cruise, Blue Lagoon

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel, and paved paths with som…

Itinerary

Map of tour of Iceland

Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Oct 16: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Reykjavik today.

Reykjavik / 4 NIGHTS

Oct 17: Arrival in Reykjavik & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Lunch

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. Then, get a feel for Reykjavik, often called "the greenest city on Earth," with your Tour Director leading the way.
• Soak in views of the city from the Perlan Observation Deck
• See the iconic Höfði House and the presidential residence at Bessastadir
• Visit Hallgrim’s Church and the University District
• Pass the Old Town Center, Parliament House, and modern City Hall
• Glimpse the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, both famous Icelandic artists

Oct 18: The Golden Circle & northern lights excursion

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel along the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders.
• Stop at Thingvellir National Park to see the Althing, an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798
• Sit down for an included lunch at Fridheimar Farm, where fresh produce is grown in a greenhouse heated by geothermal energy, and visit the horse stables
• Explore the Great Geysir geothermal area, located in the Haukadalur Valley
• Discover Gullfoss, or “the Golden Waterfall,” a natural wonder and one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe
Tonight, set off in search of the famous northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. You’ll transfer one hour outside of Reykjavik, where less artificial light pollution makes for clearer night skies.
Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and seeing the aurora borealis is not guaranteed. In the event of bad weather, this excursion will be moved to the evening of day 5.

Oct 19: The South Coast & northern lights cruise

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on an excursion to the South Coast, a lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers, and picturesque villages.
• View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
• View the South Coast’s black sand beaches
• Stand behind the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall
• Learn about Icelandic culture at the Skogar museum
• Marvel at the beauty of the Sólheimajökull glacier (weather permitting)
Then, sail away from the coastline on an evening cruise while searching the sky for the aurora borealis.
Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and seeing the aurora borealis is not guaranteed. In the case of inclement weather, the cruise will be moved to the evening of day 5. In the case of inclement weather on days 4 and 5, the cruise will be replaced with a drive outside the city to try and see the aurora borealis.

Oct 20: The Blue Lagoon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Blue Lagoon, a famed geothermal spa known for its restorative properties and ethereal water.
• Float weightlessly in the lagoon’s light blue water, which is a mix of freshwater and seawater that’s warmed deep in the Earth
• Relax with therapeutic spa treatments and massages (at additional cost)
Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Oct 21: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Iceland.

Extension / Starting from $799 pp

West Iceland & Reykjavik / 2 NIGHTS

From its striking lava fields and cascading waterfalls to an impressive variety of animal life, West Iceland is truly a sight to behold. Take in the region's awe-inspiring terrain, a noteworthy gem in a country filled with otherworldly beauty. Then, continue on to cosmopolitan Reykjavik, where architecturally interesting buildings push the boundaries of design and fascinating museums, an impressive culinary scene and vibrant nightlife are at your fingertips.

Oct 21: West Iceland & Langjökull Glacier

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Husafell this morning, stopping en route to admire West Iceland’s dramatically varied landscapes. • Marvel at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring • Admire Hraunfossar, clear falls that stream over a lava field, and see the nearby cascades of Barnafoss • Visit Reykholt, a historic village that was home to medieval writer and chieftain Snorri Sturluson • Drive in a specially modified snow truck on the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest, and walk through the glacier’s interior ice tunnels Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Oct 22: Reykjavik via Borgarnes

Included meals: Breakfast

On your way back to Reykjavik, stop in the town of Borgarnes to visit an Icelandic settlement exhibition and learn more about Viking history.

Oct 23: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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