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Iceland's Northern Lights


Route:
  • UK
  • Reykjavik
  • UK
Tour Pace:

4 DAYS from £953pp

Tour Highlights
  • Search for the Aurora Borealis
  • City tour of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik
  • Witness the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Relax in the rejuvenating Blue Lagoon
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Iceland's Northern Lights

With its astonishing cosmic displays of the Northern Lights, bursts of geothermic water from prehistoric geysers and cinematic landscapes dominated by snow-topped mountain ranges, the vast volcanic laboratory of Iceland exhibits unforgettable natural treasures. Experience Viking history upon the mammoth plains of Thingvellir National Park and explore the world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Reykjavik

Depart London on your direct flight to Iceland. Here, you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the capital, Reykjavik. This evening journey to a secluded vantage point for a chance to witness the Northern Lights, a celestial kaleidoscope of turquoise bands rolling across the still night sky, illuminating shimmering ice sheets and volcanic summits. This phenomenon is a truly awe-inspiring spectacle to behold and Iceland's vast, dark plains provide the perfect backdrop for their splendour.

2
Reykjavik

Enjoy a morning tour of the world's northernmost capital, home to incredible architecture, hospitable locals and mountains with majestic snow-capped peaks. Spot the quaint 19th-century annexe of Reykjavik's parliament, wander through the Asmundur Sveinsson sculpture garden for a taste of eccentric Icelandic art and marvel at the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, a dramatic landmark whose immense grandeur dominates the skyline. This afternoon, experience one of Iceland's most iconic attractions as you travel through a black lava field to bathe in the milky, teal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Luxuriate in the geothermal pools packed with rejuvenating minerals before returning to your hotel,

  • Breakfast
3
Reykjavik

Following breakfast, wrap up warm in a hand-knitted lopapeysa and embark on a full-day tour around the Golden Circle, a route that loops around southwestern Iceland, passing steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pots, erupting geysers and dazzling landscapes. Witness the spectacular double cascade of Gullfoss Waterfall, which is equally breath-taking in summer, when rainbows arch through the spray, and winter when ice and snow are carried by its powerful flow. Next, observe the enormous plumes of Strokkur geyser, where eruptions burst upwards to heights of 15-30 metres. Discover how tomatoes, cucumbers and even bananas grow within this harsh tundra at the Frioheimar Cultivation Centre then head to the UNESCO-recognised Thingvellir National Park. This colossal fissured rift valley was formed by the clash of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and was home of the world's first democratic parliament, formed in 930AD. Take in sweeping views of the rugged peaks and terrain before returning to your hotel for the evening.

  • Breakfast
4
Reykjavik to the UK

After breakfast, travel through a black lava field to bathe in the Blue Lagoon home to milky-teal geothermal waters packed with rejuvenating mineral salts, leaving you with luxuriously soft skin. This afternoon, continue onward to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your trip to Iceland. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

You will have the services of an English speaking guide during excursions and journeys ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge.

Currency Information

The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). Due to Currency Law in Iceland, ISK is not offered by banks outside Iceland, therefore you can only exchange your GBP in Iceland. We would recommend you to bring GBP with you to Iceland to exchange locally and cash machines are also available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100-£200 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however, we would recommend you to budget approximately £2.00 (ISK 389) per person per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency. You may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay, this is a normal practice. If you do not have a credit card you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
15 Nov 201818 Nov 2018£999
2019 Dates
17 Jan 201920 Jan 2019£1019
14 Feb 201917 Feb 2019£999
21 Feb 201924 Feb 2019£979
28 Feb 201903 Mar 2019£979
14 Mar 201917 Mar 2019£929
21 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£899
04 Apr 201907 Apr 2019£829
03 Oct 201906 Oct 2019£859
17 Oct 201920 Oct 2019£959
31 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£989
14 Nov 201917 Nov 2019£1029
28 Nov 201901 Dec 2019£1049
12 Dec 201915 Dec 2019£1049
Itinerary changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

Northern Lights advice

Please note: the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a meteorological phenomenon and viewing thereby cannot be guaranteed. It is useful to note that the Northern Lights appear white/grey in the sky, their colour shows up when photographed. When taking photographs it is advised to use a slow shutter speed with the longest exposure you can. Never use a flash.

Blue Lagoon advice

It is recommended that you remove any jewellery (rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) before bathing. Both in order to prevent loss and also because Blue Lagoon's active ingredients; silica, algae, minerals and geothermal seawater, can accumulate in the jewellery and be difficult to remove.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Icelandic krona (ISK)

Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

-1 °C / 11 °C

Spoken languages

Icelandic

What to pack
  • A hat with a big brim
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, swimsuit and plastic bags
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries
  • Light raincoat
  • Warm coat, hat and gloves
  • Clothes that can be worn as multiple layers
  • Two pin round plug adapter, the electricity supply is 220V-240V in Iceland
  • Personal first aid kit
Tour Map
Iceland's Northern Lights Route Map
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