REYKJAVIK, VIK AND THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
For the ultimate in eye candy courtesy of Mother Nature, this Iceland tour with northern lights is a must-go. Our journey through “The Land of Fire and Ice” loops from the capital Reykjavik, one of the world’s cleanest, greenest cities, past towering waterfalls and dramatic glaciers to the black-sand beaches of the remote village Vik. And, if the weather gods are smiling, you’ll also gaze at the wondrous spectacle of the aurora borealis (aka the northern lights). It’s hard to top the visual delights of Iceland’s epic terrain, but you’re sure to treasure the country’s fascinating heritage, rich literary and creative traditions, and local food on this rare adventure.
- Overnight flight on Icelandair
- 2 nights in Reykjavik
- 1 night in Vik (South Iceland)
- 2 nights in Reykjavik
- Return flight on Icelandair
- Opportunities To See Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*
- Reykjavik City Sightseeing
- Black-Sand Beaches (Vik)
- Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls (Near Vik)
- Thingvellir National Park
- Blue Lagoon (Near Reykjavik)
*Note: Sighting cannot be guaranteed, and the scheduled excursion from Reykjavik might be rescheduled locally due to weather conditions in order to maximize the chances of seeing the northern lights. You will also have an excellent opportunity in the remote Vik area in the countryside of South Iceland to see them.
- Round-trip, nonstop flight on Icelandair from the New York (JFK)**
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations at centrally-located, Scandinavian-style hotels (simple)
- 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
- Experienced, English-speaking guides
**Note: Icelandair does not provide meal service on this flight.
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart from the U.S.
Your tour includes airfare from the U.S. You’ll take a nonstop overnight flight to Reykjavik on Icelandair. You’ll want to eat dinner prior to departure or be prepared to purchase a meal en route since Icelandair does not provide meal service on this flight. Also, as the flight is short, try to sleep as much as possible while in the air to avoid jet lag.
Arrive in Reykjavik/Welcome Breakfast/City Tour/Northern Lights Excursion
Get ready for a full day after an early arrival in the world’s northernmost capital, known for its creative soul and eye-popping design. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to a restaurant in a nearby village for a welcome breakfast and orientation briefing with your group. Now energized, we’ll head to Reykjavik for a city tour. Highlights range from historic spots (like one of the oldest parliaments in the world) to the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church with its impressive tower, as well as the dazzling “Pearl,” a museum with a rotating glass dome, Asmundur Sveinsson…
Reykjavik/Optional Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion
Today is a free day for independent exploring in or around Reykjavik, or you can join a fascinating full-day optional excursion to the spectacular Snaefellsnes peninsula. See optional tours for more details on this must-see destination. There are several additional exciting optional tours available to book as well. B CenterHotel Plaza or Hotel Klettur (or similar)
Reykjavik/Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls/Vik/Northern Lights Experience
Our journey takes us through the stunning and diverse landscapes of Iceland’s south coast. This is the land of Njal’s Saga, a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. On our guided excursion, we’ll encounter the dramatic sea cliffs of Dyrholaey and spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, as well as unforgettable views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajokul volcanoes. Tonight’s destination is the remote village of Vik, known for its black-sand beaches and considered one of the most magical places to see the northern lights. After dinner together in our countryside…
Our loop of incredible Iceland continues along the Golden Circle, which showcases the country’s most spectacular natural sights. Our first stop is the Geysir hot spring area and the lively Strokkur, which spouts water every 30 minutes. Get your cameras ready for an exciting show! We’ll head to the famous Gullfoss (translated as “Golden Falls”) with its spectacular two-tiered cascade. Next is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the ancient Viking parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Here, we’ll witness the geological…
Reykjavik/Reykjanes Peninsula/Blue Lagoon
Today you’ll dip into Iceland’s fascinating history, unique geothermal wonders and one of its most popular attractions. Our exploration includes Hafnarfjordur, built on an ancient lava flow; the deep, mysterious Lake Kleifarvatn; geothermal areas at Krisuvik and Gunnuhver; the fishing village of Grindavik; and the country’s oldest lighthouse. We’ve saved the most relaxing stop for last, the famous Blue Lagoon, where you’ll bathe in mineral-rich, 102°F waters like the Icelanders do! After our return to Reykjavik, our day concludes with a farewell dinner. B/D CenterHotel Plaza…
Reykjavik/Harpa Concert Hall/U.S.
Spend the morning at leisure before checkout. Before noon, your smarTours guide will take you on a short stroll to Harpa Concert Hall for a tour. Built in 2011, this unique building truly dazzles with its façade of multifaceted glass. We’ll then depart to the airport for the return nonstop flight to the U.S. and the end of your incredible Iceland adventure. B
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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Note: Northern Lights sightings cannot be guaranteed, and the scheduled excursion from Reykjavik might be rescheduled locally due to weather conditions in order to maximize the chances of seeing the Northern Lights. You will also have an excellent opportunity in the remote Vik area in the countryside of South Iceland to see them!
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $429.
BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE:
Add $2495 from JFK (note: upgrade on request)
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for your tour to Iceland can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For your Iceland vacation complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Optional tours help make your visit to Iceland even more memorable. Please note that not all tours will be available on all departure dates. Pay in cash (USD or local). You may also pay with credit card, which may result in service charges. All rates are approximate and subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and supplier rates. Optional tours are nonrefundable.
Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion
- From approx. $190 Per Person, transfers included
Join a fascinating full-day optional excursion to the spectacular Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you’ll see white- and black-sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains, volcanic craters and charming fishing villages. The area has attracted global attention and has been the filming location for Journey to the Center of the Earth and the recent version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Take a Walk on the Ice Side
- From approx. $240 Per Person, transfers included
Experience Icelandic nature on a glacier walk at Solheimajokull glacier. On the two-hour drive from Reykjavik, you’ll pass under the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Just east of the volcano lies Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier from Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier, where you’ll take a safe, easy walk up onto the ice field. As we explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses, you will learn more about these disappearing giants. Our experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment necessary for this tour. On the way…
Lava Tube Caving
- From approx. $115 Per Person, transfers included
Explore the hidden underground system of lava caves on this guided tour. Equipped with lights and caving gear, you’ll enjoy the display of colors, shapes and textures, while the guide tells stories of trolls, elves and outlaws. Untouched for thousands of years, lava tube caves are underfoot in the vast ancient lava fields that cover much of Iceland. This tour is a rare combination of adventure and serenity, all in an otherworldly place!
Located in the main square, this hotel features comfortable rooms with free WiFi and a top-floor bar/restaurant commanding city and harbor views.
Aðalstræti 4 – 101, Reykjavik, Iceland
A five-minute walk from Reykjavik’s main shopping street, this recently refurbished hotel offers free WiFi, daily happy hour and a lounge/game room.
Mjoelnisholti 12-14, Reykjavik, Iceland
Countryside hotel set amidst mountains, black-sand beach and the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Access to relaxing outdoor geothermal hot tub.
Höfðabrekku, 871, Vik, Iceland
NOTE ON ICELAND’S TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE
Iceland is one of the most spectacular destinations on earth, yet the tourism infrastructure remains underdeveloped relative to other European destinations and typical American standards. In particular, the hotels in Iceland are much more basic in their amenities and typically have smaller rooms. That said, smarTours has planned an exciting, breathtaking trip to Iceland with clean, comfortable and centrally located hotels to help you enjoy your stay!
Flights are on Icelandair on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2019: Oct. 3||Icelandair||8:00pm||7:00pm|
|2019: Oct. 31||Icelandair||8:00pm||6:00pm|
|2019: Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 12|
2020: Jan. 2, Feb. 13
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Icelandair does not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start with your independent check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after the guided tour of the Harpa Concert Hall on Day 7 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. If you wish to join the welcome breakfast and orientation briefing followed by a panoramic Reykjavik city tour, we recommend that you make your own arrangements to arrive at the Restaurant Vitinn (address: Vitatorg 7, 245 Sandgeroi, tel: (+354 423 7755) by 7:45 am on Day 2.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
During the winter months, temperatures range from the mid-20s to the mid-30s. In the spring and fall, expect temperatures from 30-50 degrees. Daylight hours vary greatly depending on the time of year, with 9-13 hours of daylight in September, October and March, and 4-7 hours of daylight November through February.
Your smarTours guide will be happy to offer suggestions for restaurants for non-included meals. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a restaurant is about $40-$80 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and most stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (some markets may accept U.S. Dollars). Your hotels will also be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.