A Winter Weekend in Reykjavik

City break (November-March)

About A Winter Weekend in Reykjavik

Summary

Explore the world's most northerly capital city and go hunting for the Northern Lights!

Activity code: CB02

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Reykjavík is Iceland’s largest city and the world's most northerly capital. With around four hours of daylight on a winter's day, it is a city full of atmosphere but it's a great place to visit whatever the season.
Being winter you may see the magnificent Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dancing in the night sky - an unforgettable experience.

On this short break you can also witness the natural wonders of Iceland, pure thermal energy generated deep from beneath the earth; marvel at beautiful landscapes or enjoy the lively culture of Reykjavik. Perhaps you just fancy relaxing, breathing in pure air and recharging your batteries.

Take a look at our itinerary specially created to help you explore Reykjavik and its surroundings, and to sneak a peek of Iceland’s magnificent views and breathtaking attractions, not forgetting the chance to spot the Northern Lights *

* as this is a natural phenomenon sightings are never guaranteed*

 

Included:
  • Accommodation in a hotel in Reykjavik for 3 nights with continental breakfast
  • FREE entrance to 360° Reykjavik Observation Deck at Perlan
  • Northern Lights Guided Bus tour
  • Transfers to and from Keflavik airport
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

 We can also arrange flights if you have not already booked your own.

 

 

Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival

    Transfer from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik with Flybus (included). Depending on your arrival time you can add a special transfer to head straight away to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland's famous geothermal spa.

    The Blue Lagoon is only 20 minutes drive from the airport. Bathing in this warm water surrounded by black lava fields is a must! The water's natural mineral salts, silica and blue green algae are all conducive to relaxation. * Outdoor massages and spa treatments are also available here (extra cost, need to be prebooked). After your visit you will be driven to your hotel in Reykjavik (40 minutes away).

    Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

    *You can store your luggage at the Blue Lagoon whilst bathing, for a small fee.

     

  • Day Two: Optional Golden Circle tour and Northern Lights tour

    The Golden Circle needs little introduction: it includes some Iceland’s most stunning sights. You'll see the hot spring Strokkur shoot a column of water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes! You'll also visit the magnificent Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created where the river Hvítá tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m (105 ft.) deep. The tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Þingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year. 

    In addition to this you will visit the Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where you'll learn the secret behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat which Iceland has in abundance.

    This trip is a full day, lasting approximately 8 hours.

    In the evening see if you can track down the elusive Northern Lights - this trip is included in the itinerary. These can appear any time from autumn to spring but sightings are never guaranteed. If it is a clear night you may be fortunate to witness their wild and carefree dance across the sky in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes.

    Duration is approximately 3.5 hours


    Please note that the Northern Lights are a unique and spectacular natural phenomenon, therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the tour is operated. If weather conditions are not favourable then the trip may be cancelled with a full refund.

     

  • Day Three: Day at leisure (optional day trips)

    Day at leisure or you have the choice of two optional excursions:

    South Shore Adventure
    This tour is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. You will have an opportunity to stand behind the plummeting Seljalandsfoss waterfall, walk up to the Skógarfoss waterfall and gaze at the formations. Travel along the south coast of Iceland as far as Vík í Mýrdal a small charming village surrounded by beautiful high cliffs, popular with nesting birds.

    Highlights of the day are stunning views of glaciers, black lava sand coast lines and impressive rock formations.

    Duration approximately: 10.5 hours.
    Glacier Walk
    You will be guided through the labyrinth of a glacier tongue extending down from the fourth biggest glacier in Iceland. Only two hours from Reykjavík you find the Eyjafjallajökull massif, and just a little further east the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends down from its mother glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth largest. This is a safe and easy glacier walk on crampons up on to the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await your discovery. An Iceland glacier walk is a great way to experience nature and the Sólheimajökull glacier is an ideal place to spend the day.  Your experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use the basic ice equipment necessary for this tour. On the way back there’s a stop at the picturesque waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

    Minimum Age : 10 yrs.
    Duration approximately: 11-12 hours
    Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and lunch (it is also possible to buy lunch on the way. Boots and rain gear (jacket and pants) can be rented.

     

     

  • Day Four: Departure

    Depending on your flight time there may be time to buy those final souvenirs or explore the city further. Transfer to Keflavik Airport with Flybus for your return flight (included).

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