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The Iconic Iceland Northern Lights Break

Break Available: Mid September - Early April
4 Night Break

Price per person: From £1,245

This break is a favourite of ours as it combines the highlights of Iceland in a short a time.

2 nights in the vibrant capital & 2 nights staying in THE place to see the Northern Lights in Iceland – and that’s from a hot tub!

A Volcano SuperJeep Adventure, Northern Lights Hunt, Soak in the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle with Geyser & Rift Valley are on the agenda!

The area around Hotel Ranga has a great reputation for the Northern Lights, as well as being close to wonderful rugged Icelandic landscape. Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Black Volcanic Sands are all on offer!

 

Highlights

  • 2 night stay at Hotel Ranga, Iceland’s premier location for Northern Lights viewing
  • Golden Circle; Gullfoss waterfall, Pingvellir rift valley, Strokkur Geyser, Kerid Crater
  • Choice of Superjeep trip either over the Glaciers to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, or Porsmork Valley with guide
  • Northern Lights Superjeep Hunt
  • Blue Lagoon visit
  • 2 nights in central Reykjavik
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly Reykjavik and Drive to Hotel Ranga, Northern Lights Hunt

DAY 1
Fly Reykjavik and Drive to Hotel Ranga, Northern Lights Hunt

Fly to Reykjavik. On arrival pick up your 4WD hire car and drive to Hotel Ranga (2 hrs) to start your Aurora spotting break in Iceland.

Hotel Ranga is famous as one of the best places to see Iceland’s Northern Lights. It is in an area where clear skies are more usual than elsewhere, which is very good for Aurora Borealis viewing. As the hotel lies in a secluded, countryside area without external lighting the hotel provides excellent opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis without light interference or pollution.

However we want to make sure you get the very best chance of seeing the Northern Lights so tonight you will be picked up after dinner for a 3-4 hour Northern Lights Hunt. Your superjeep will take you off- roading behind Mount Helka near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies which are so critical for spotting the Northern Lights.

The joy of this tour is that the guide can adapt to the forecast and take you to the very best place to see them. During the tour you will stop for a warm by a bonfire whilst the guide regales you of Northern Lights folklore.

There is also an exceptional upgrade option for Northern Lights on top of the Glacier in the optional extras below.

And in case you dont get to see them Hotel Ranga also has a wake up call system so that if they come out whilst you are asleep you will not miss them. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to Northern Lights on top of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Upgrade to Northern Lights on top of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

 

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground near Hotel Ranga. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the Glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights. The Glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you. This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep slope – an adventure in itself.

Price per person: Upgrade Cost INSTEAD of Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire: £75 

Amazing sky filled Aurora in Iceland
Aurora and stars as seen on the Northern Lights SuperJeep hunt in Iceland
Stunning swirling Northern Lights in Iceland

DAY 2
SuperJeep Tour up through the Glaciers for Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Tour OR Þórsmörk and Waterfalls

DAY 2
SuperJeep Tour up through the Glaciers for Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Tour OR Þórsmörk and Waterfalls

We work only with local guides who have lived their whole life in this area, are very experienced guides belonging to the Mountain Rescue Team and all have fascinating stories to tell of their experiences during the 2010 eruption.

We have had excellent feedback on how much people enjoy the personalised, relaxed guided day they experience with these enthusiastic and local guides. You will be in a Superjeep of up to 8 people, though normally it is 4 and is in sharp contrast to the coach tours offered by other companies, and who also cannot access many of the areas we take you to.

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Eyjafjallajökull’s volcano Tour

This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go. We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped Super-Jeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with it’s glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman Islands.

This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting Super Jeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure.

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Porsmork valley Tour

Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeeps you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the flood plain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.

You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall , which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!

Sitting in one of the outdoor hot tubs with a drink at Hotel Ranga is the most wonderful place to watch the skies to see if the Lights appear.

Alternatively Hotel Ranga has built their own first observatory a short stroll from the hotel in order to minimize light pollution, and they have an expert in there every cloud-free night with two high quality 11 inch computerized telescopes who can teach you about the stars and the northern lights if they are out.

View amazing detail on Jupiter, see the rings of Saturn, and details on Mars. During the day you can observe the Sun, including sunspots in great detail and activity such as prominences and filaments. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

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DAY 3
Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

DAY 3
Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

Drive yourself to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most famous attraction. Enjoy bathing and relaxing in the geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin.

In addition to bathing there is a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam bath with white walls that resemble silica mud, and a cosy steam bath carved into a lava cave.

Afterwards drive onwards into Reykjavik centre (@ 1 hr).

Overnight in Reykjavik

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Visit the Secret Ice Cave
  • Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
  • Glacial Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull
  • Whale Watching
  • Riding in Icelandic Countryside
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Visit the Secret Ice Cave

Self drive to Vik in south Iceland (@ 1 1/4hr). From there we will pick up you and drive our heavily modified Super Jeep on a very old track that only Super Jeeps can cross. The drive to the ice cave is about 30 minutes long with a gorgeous view out the window.

The ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’, and the glacier itself, present you with black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 3 hours with a morning and afternoon departure.

There are plenty of things to see on the way and back to Vik to make this a full day. The Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos! The Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer of the dramatic 2010 eruption. The brand new Lava Centre. They have an interactive exhibition about the volcanoes, eruptions and earthquakes and this already has very good reviews and is a fascinating hour.

Price Per Person: From £155

Inside an Ice Cave in Iceland
View of the ice formation in the Ice Cave in Icleand
Looking through the Ice Tunnel of the Ice Cave in Iceland
Studying the ice in the Ice Cave in Iceland
Ice strata in the Ice Cave, Iceland
Stunning interior of the Ice Cave, Iceland

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier

Head up in your hire car to the Snowmobile Meeting Point.

Here you will transfer to a SuperJeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to take an exhilarating hours snowmobile ride to a vantage point with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast . This Glacier is on the top of Katla Volcano with dramatic views across to Eyjafjallajokull.

Whilst Katla is the next Volcano due to erupt it is extremely closely monitored and you will not be taken there at any hint of danger – but what a great story to tell when it does erupt that you actually snowmobiled on it!

Price Per Person: From £180

Amazing view whilst snowmobiling
Snowmobiling in the pristine snow
Snowmobile action shot

Glacial Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull

Transfer to join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

You will be on the ice 1 ½ hrs-2 hrs and the pace is leisurely with plenty of stops to talk about the formation of Glaciers and Global warming etc. The Glacier is a 20 min walk from the starting point.

We will provide all the tools you need: crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Glacier hiking in Iceland
Glacier hiking in Iceland
Hiking on the glacier in Iceland

Whale Watching

Walk down to the harbour for your Whale Watching trip. The boats offer comfort, a warm interior and a large outside viewing deck. The captain and crew, point out where to spot the whales and give interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see.

The guides also take specimens from the ocean on each tour and show them to our passengers on an on-board screen using special microscopes. Here the ocean comes to life as you get to see and feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones.

Warm overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry and there is a bar where drinks and snacks can be purchased. The trip leaves at 13.00 and lasts @ 3 hrs.

Price per person: From £80

Riding in Icelandic Countryside

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot it is much smoother- Indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspoilt beer as they ride the tolt!

You have a choice of a 1hr or 2 hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, or a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and in front of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna and a light lunch.

Price Per Person: From £75 to £245 (Dependent on tour taken)

Riding Icelandic horses through the snow in Iceland
Icelandic horses crossing the river in Iceland
Icelandic horses grazing at the foot of a volcano in Iceland

DAY 4
Self drive Golden Circle; Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir Mini Rift Valley, Kerid Crater

DAY 4
Self drive Golden Circle; Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir Mini Rift Valley, Kerid Crater

After breakfast continue your Iceland Northern Lights Holiday with a full day out experiencing Iceland’s dramatic landscapes and the magnificent Golden Circle.

Visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, which can totally freeze in Winter; the Geyser where every 5 minutes an eruption takes place and finally visit the becalming beauty of Pingvellir, with its spectacular mini rift valley and home to the world’s first democratic Parliament founded by the Vikings.

Time allowing we would also recommend a visit to Kerid Crater, an impressive 55m deep caldera created after a Volcanic eruption

Evening at leisure to enjoy one of the many seafood restaurants in Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights by Boat
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Northern Lights by Boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80

Northern Lights seen from the Boat tour in Iceland
Stunning aurora seen from the Northern Lights Boat tour in Iceland
Swirling Northern Lights as seen from the Boat tour in Iceland

DAY 5
Self drive to airport for flight home

DAY 5
Self drive to airport for flight home

Self drive to the airport (@ 1 hr) for your flight home.

Your 4 day trip will have felt much longer once you take stock and reflect on the myriad of natural wonders you will have encountered in Iceland.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga offers luxury, serenity and relaxation in Iceland's countryside. It is Iceland's only member of the "Special Hotels of the World", and is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It has 51 cosy & luxurious rooms.

The suites are particularly special, with 7 of them themed around the continents ranging from the vibrant colours of Africa to the uber modern Antarctica.

Its gourmet restaurant has a beautiful, restful riverside setting and the hotel lies in a secluded countryside area without external lighting interference.

Hotel Ranga has its own observatory, with two computerised telescopes - the most advanced in Iceland.

Sitting in the outdoor hot tubs with a drink is the most wonderful place to watch the skies for the Northern Lights.

Although there is never any guarantee, this is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis.

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Hotel, Iceland
Double standard room at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

The hotel is in the heart of Reykjavik and located in one of its oldest streets. The hotel renovated in 2005 dates to 1764, though it also spreads into new buildings constructed in the style of 1900 buildings.

During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found - now on display. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities and all rooms have an ensuite bathroom.

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Optional Extras
Upgrade to Northern Lights on top of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
Amazing sky filled Aurora in Iceland

 

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground near Hotel Ranga. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the Glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights. The Glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you. This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep slope – an adventure in itself.

Price per person: Upgrade Cost INSTEAD of Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire: £75 

Visit the Secret Ice Cave
Inside an Ice Cave in Iceland

Self drive to Vik in south Iceland (@ 1 1/4hr). From there we will pick up you and drive our heavily modified Super Jeep on a very old track that only Super Jeeps can cross. The drive to the ice cave is about 30 minutes long with a gorgeous view out the window.

The ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’, and the glacier itself, present you with black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 3 hours with a morning and afternoon departure.

There are plenty of things to see on the way and back to Vik to make this a full day. The Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos! The Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer of the dramatic 2010 eruption. The brand new Lava Centre. They have an interactive exhibition about the volcanoes, eruptions and earthquakes and this already has very good reviews and is a fascinating hour.

Price Per Person: From £155

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Amazing view whilst snowmobiling

Head up in your hire car to the Snowmobile Meeting Point.

Here you will transfer to a SuperJeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to take an exhilarating hours snowmobile ride to a vantage point with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast . This Glacier is on the top of Katla Volcano with dramatic views across to Eyjafjallajokull.

Whilst Katla is the next Volcano due to erupt it is extremely closely monitored and you will not be taken there at any hint of danger – but what a great story to tell when it does erupt that you actually snowmobiled on it!

Price Per Person: From £180

Glacial Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull
Glacier hiking in Iceland

Transfer to join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

You will be on the ice 1 ½ hrs-2 hrs and the pace is leisurely with plenty of stops to talk about the formation of Glaciers and Global warming etc. The Glacier is a 20 min walk from the starting point.

We will provide all the tools you need: crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Whale Watching

Walk down to the harbour for your Whale Watching trip. The boats offer comfort, a warm interior and a large outside viewing deck. The captain and crew, point out where to spot the whales and give interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see.

The guides also take specimens from the ocean on each tour and show them to our passengers on an on-board screen using special microscopes. Here the ocean comes to life as you get to see and feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones.

Warm overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry and there is a bar where drinks and snacks can be purchased. The trip leaves at 13.00 and lasts @ 3 hrs.

Price per person: From £80

Riding in Icelandic Countryside
Riding Icelandic horses through the snow in Iceland

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot it is much smoother- Indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspoilt beer as they ride the tolt!

You have a choice of a 1hr or 2 hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, or a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and in front of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna and a light lunch.

Price Per Person: From £75 to £245 (Dependent on tour taken)

Northern Lights by Boat
Northern Lights seen from the Boat tour in Iceland

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80

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Price per person: From £1,245
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights with one hold bag per person from the UK
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel Ranga,Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • 1 Super Jeep Adventure
  • 1 Super Jeep Northern Lights Hunt
  • 4 WD Car Hire with one named driver

 

Departure Airport

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Luton
  • Edinburgh (Thursday-Monday only for direct flights)
  • Belfast (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun-Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Bristol (Sun- Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Glasgow (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun-Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Dublin (Mon-Fri only for direct flights)
  • Stansted (Tues-Sat only for direct flights)
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Boston
  • San Francisco
  • Orlando
  • Minneapolis
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Tampa
  • Baltimore
  • Washington
  • Dallas

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights and we will book the ground arrangements.

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Testimonials

We had an absolutely amazing time. Seeing the jet black sand at Vik contrasting with the white snow on one side and the white waves on the other was stunning. And of course the waterfalls were frozen which made for some great photography. Our Golden circle tour was also brilliant because there was snow everywhere and the sunrise up by the mountain lake was breath-taking"

Hotel Ranga was amazing in terms of comfort, food, and friendliness of the staff. We were treated to some brilliant views of the Northern Lights on our first night there. The excursions were well organised and very enjoyable. Hotel Centrum in Reykjavik was different in style to Hotel Ranga but none the less impressive and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed the short break you arranged"

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