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6 days - Escorted Winter Coach Tour
Discover Iceland in winter. Get to know its raw, magnificent nature spotted with volcanoes, bubbling hot springs and floating icebergs. Explore the Icelandic South Shore including the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón.
This coach tour has guaranteed departures, leaves weekly between Oct - Mar and has approx. 25 - 30 passengers per tour.
- Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
- Experience the amazing variety in Iceland’s landscape, with volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
- Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Iceland—and our planet
- Walk along the banks of the amazing, iceberg-filled Glacier Lagoon
- Take stunning photographs at the dramatic Diamond Beach
- Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
- Day 1
- Arrive Reykjavik
- Day 2
- Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
- Day 3
- Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the south shore
- Day 4
- Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
- Day 5
- Volcanic Areas - Hveragerði - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
- Day 6
- Tour ends
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Country Visited
- 6 Days
- Group Size
- 2 - 36
- Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 5
- Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
- Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
- Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
- Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
- Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
- 3 One-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea* (Day 2, 3, 4)
- Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
- Instructions and assistance with setting up your camera for photographing the northern lights (day 2)
- Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
- Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
- Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
- Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
- Great photo stops
- Seat rotation during the tour
- Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
- Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
- Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2-4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)
- Breakfast on arrival day
- International airfare
- Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
- Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels. We can assist with this.
- Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Any service not specifically listed under “included”
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik
Arrive Reykjavik any time of day, as no activities are planned for the day. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
Start the day by visiting the recently opened Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.
Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. We then drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where we experience a geothermal bakery first hand and dig up bread that has been cooked underground. After the tour, we sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground with some creamy Icelandic butter.
We continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the reliably erupting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, we visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.
Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle-Ages and now a culture centre with a beautiful church.
Overnight in the south coast area.
Day 3 - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the south shore
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is quite beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icealandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 4 - Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty dominated by the glacier Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of floating icebergs on the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon.
Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Volcanic Areas - Hveragerði - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
We head towards the village of Hveragerði which is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. Hveragerði is often called "the flower village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. The tour continues to Strandarkirkja, a church popularly believed to have a special power to aid success or provide good luck. Then along the coast with breathtaking sea waves through a community once flourishing and now deserted.
On to the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field.
Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.
AccommodationCentrally located accommodation in Reykjavik
Day 6 - Tour ends
Transfer to the international airport (not included).
All prices listed are per person. These tours book out early.
12 Nov 2019
17 Dec 2019
11 Feb 2020
31 Mar 2020
Guaranteed Departures. Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or travelling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price.
Interactive Tour Map
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.