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Iceland's Northern Lights Wonderland
Best time to go: January to March, October to December
3 Nights | from £3,550pp
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- See Iceland’s highlights in style with your own private driver/guide and vehicle over three days, taking in the geysers and glaciers of the Golden Circle and the South Shore
- If weather conditions permit, you may be able to see the iridescent green and occasionally red strands of the Aurora Borealis swirl and dance against a pitch black midnight sky
- A private driver-guide and car all to yourself for touring by day and on standby come the evening, should the Northern Lights look likely to appear
The Northern Lights season extends from the late September through the winter and well into April. Although there can never be a guarantee that you will see the Northern lights as their appearance is weather dependent, the best chance to do so is mid-winter; crisp cold nights with clear dark skies is the prime indicator for auroral activity. Each day, your guide will check the forecast, and – if conditions are conducive to the Northern Lights appearing - drive you to the darkness of the countryside, ready to catch a glimpse of the lights should they appear.
Day 1 Arrival
You’ll get a feeling for what Iceland is all about the moment to arrive at Leifur Eiriksson Keflavik airport – it is small, friendly and straightforward. Your driver, who will be looking after you over the next three days, will be waiting to welcome you the moment you step into the Arrivals Hall, and will take you straight to your hotel.
Hotel Borg | Meals : Breakfast
Day 2 Golden Circle
Iceland’s Golden Circle is the region that showcases the best of the country’s natural beauty – the enthralling landscapes, powerful geysers, magnificent waterfalls and volcanic craters of Thingvellir National Park. A huge part of Iceland’s history since the first Althingi (parliament) in 930, it is a UNESCO World heritage site and a geological phenomenon, standing on two tectonic plates that are gradually moving away from each other, the turbulent underground geothermal activity is evidenced by the number of hot spouting geysers. The Great Geyser is the most famous, while Stokkur is the most energetic, bursting skywards every few minutes up to a height of 40 meters. In contrast, Gullfoss waterfall plummets magnificently down 32 meters in two stages into the canyon below, fed by the meltwater of Langiokull glacier. You’ll also see the huge lake of in the crater of Kerid volcano in Grimsnes, whose inky blue waters are strikingly framed by the earthy shades of the steep crater walls.
Ranga Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 South Shore
Iceland’s south shore, a volcanic area characterised by magnificent waterfalls and black sand beaches that stretch as far the eye can see. Seljarlandsfoss waterfall flows with the meltwater of the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier, dropping a spell-binding 60 feet over cliffs – there is footpath behind the waterfall, so if you‘re not afraid to get a little damp it is worth taking a walk behind it for an other-worldly experience. At Reynisdrangar you’ll see the basalt sea stacks in the North-Atlantic ocean, which – according to legend – originated when two trolls dragged a three-mast ship to land unsuccessfully and, when daylight broke, the masts became needles of rock.
Ranga Lodge | Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 Departure
After breakfast, your driver will collect you to take you to the airport for your return flight home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 4-day itinerary costs from £3,550 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights at low season.
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Best time to be there
June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik
3 hours non-stop
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