Tuesday, October 31 to Monday, November 6, 2017 - Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
Reykjavik ● Northern Lights Cruise ● Golden Circle ● Thingvellir National Park ● Geysir ● Gullfoss ● Seljalandsfoss ● Vik ● Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre ● Skogar Museum ● Skógafoss ● Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon ● Skaftafell National Park ● Vatnajökull Glacier ● Blue Lagoon
Each year, during the winter months, travellers journey to Iceland and venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights (aurora borealis). This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere; the results are spectacular! Streaks of colourful light appear across the sky. The colours can vary from white to pink or purple and, most commonly, green. It is known that the best time to witness the lights in Iceland is from late September to mid-April, when the nights are the longest. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit.
Day 1: Tues., Oct. 31 - Overnight Flight
Set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.
Day 2: Wed., Nov. 1 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Reykjavik. Get acquainted with old town Reykjavik on a walking tour featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour and Reykjavik’s oldest building, now home to the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, gather with your fellow travellers at a popular restaurant for dinner, featuring Icelandic cuisine. Then, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise. Leave behind the bright city lights and sail into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the aurora borealis – or northern lights – one of nature’s wonders. When revealed you will be dazzled by the flickering display of light bursting with colour that unfolds before your eyes. (D)
Day 3: Thurs., Nov. 2 - Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Vik
Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Icelanders gathered here in A.D. 930 and established what is considered one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site marking the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Experience the eruptive energy of the Icelandic landscape with a stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. Then, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Next, see the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Continue southeast to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful valleys, beaches, cliffs and mountains. After dinner, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland, search for the aurora borealis – the elusive northern lights. (B & D)
Day 4: Fri., Nov. 3 - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre - Skogar Museum - Vik
Drive along the scenic south shore to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre. Learn about a family’s struggle to live during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Visit Skogar Folk Museum which contains an outstanding collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built homes. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Later, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt formations, cliffs scattered with caves and rich bird life including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls. See the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights, a truly spectacular sight. (B & D)
Day 5: Sat., Nov. 4 - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vik
Travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see some seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park. The largest national park in Europe, Vatnajökull is known for having Iceland’s highest mountains; an Alpine environment; and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest. After dinner, continue searching for the shimmering northern lights dancing across the night sky. (B & D)
Day 6: Sun., Nov. 5 - Vik - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavik for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B & D)
Day 7: Mon., Nov. 6 - Reykjavik - Tour Ends
Depart for home with many incredible memories. (B)
Tour includes: transfer to Pearson International Airport, Hamilton Tours Director, return flight from Toronto to Iceland, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners, admissions as outlined, Collette Tour Director & HST EXEMPT.
NOT Included: optional tours, gratuity for Collette drivers & Collette Tour guide
Book & pay the first deposit by April 30 to receive an early booking discount of $200 per person
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.
Cost per person: Twin $4525.00 & Single $5075.00
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required upon booking.
The 2nd deposit of $2000.00 is due on June 1, with the balance due in full by August 30, 2017
This tour requires that you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing.
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour