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13 Day Iceland Northern Lights

  • Experience the magic of Iceland on tour
  • Seek out the awe-inspiring northern lights
Includes Return International Flights

With the rumble of volcanoes, geysers gushing, glaciers making paths through mountains and the awe-inspiring colours of the aurora borealis shining through the night sky, the ever changing landscapes of Iceland will make you feel insignificant, if not completely transformed by the experience.

See the highlights of Iceland on this 13 day bucket list package taking in the great waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and more. Begin with a tour of London's iconic landmarks Big Ben, Tower of London and London Eye, plus a day at leisure in London to explore at your own pace. Then, tour Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, take a boat cruise on the scenic Breidafjordur fjord, see the beauty of Icelandic horses, enjoy a six night Northern Lights Academy program going in search of aurora borealis and learning everything there is to know about the natural phenomenon, explore the UNESCO listed Þingvellir National Park, see the iconic Gullfoss Waterfalls of the Hvítá River, take a dip in the geothermal Blue Lagoon and so much more. Includes return international flights, 10 nights hotel accommodation, 12 meals, English speaking tour guides and more!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, *Melbourne, *Brisbane or Perth for London, England. Fly with award winning airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways or British Airways to name a few (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival, be met by your Tour Leader and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Novotel Wembley, London or similar
Meals included: None

In the morning depart from the hotel for a panoramic half day guided tour of London. Take in famous sights such as Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Regent Street, Oxford Street and more. See the Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, Big Ben, Parliament House, and the London Eye Ferris wheel. Next travel past the Tower of London; a medieval fortress built in the year 1078 by William the Conqueror, before returning to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Novotel Wembley, London or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a day at leisure in the capital of England. You might like to use this time to explore London’s rich history and culture, or sample some of the cities world class restaurants or markets.

Overnight: Hotel Novotel Wembley, London or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast make your own way to the airport for your flights to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival, be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel by shuttle.

Overnight: Fosshotel Raudará or similar, Reykjavík
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, meet your tour guide who will show the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital city. Afterwards the tour heads west to Borgarfjörður, known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 litres of water per second which is nearly boiling at 97° Celsius. In the valley you will also visit Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Next visit Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, nearby with its own tragic tale. The afternoon includes a lecture about the Northern Lights. After dinner (not included) we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of hot chocolate or tea.

Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar, Borganes, West Iceland
Meals included: Breakfast

Today head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, located on Iceland’s west coast, is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. The region is characterised by a rugged mountain chain that runs its length. Travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch (included), a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline, mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar, Borganes, West Iceland
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! Continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools to explore. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. Head to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers in both summer and winter. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history before visiting a geothermal greenhouse. Afterwards continue onwards to the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Overnight: Fosshotel Hekla Hotel or similar, Brjánsstaðir, South Iceland
Meals included: Breakfast

Today travel along the South coast of Iceland to the Lava and Volcano Exhibition Centre, (entrance included) where you will learn about the geology of active volcanoes. Further east visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums (entrance included). This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. Spend the next two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Overnight: Fosshotel Núpar Hotel or similar, Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Meals included: Breakfast

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. Travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site. If you are lucky you might spot seals swimming in arctic waters. You can also walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Overnight: Fosshotel Núpar Hotel or similar, Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Meals included: Breakfast

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where you make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is an impressive sight. Further west reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon return to Reykjavik and have approximately 2 hours of leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own. You might like to visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this exploring. In the evening, soak in the famous Blue Lagoon (entrance and towel included). After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Arrive back in Reykjavik around midnight for one last night.

Overnight: Fosshotel Raudará or similar, Reykjavík
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today you will transfer to the airport by shuttle for your return flight back to Australia.

Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the highlights of Iceland
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of beautiful London
  • See the impressive Big Ben, Tower of London and London Eye
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in London
  • Explore the highlights of Reykjavik on a guided tour
  • Discover the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, known as “the peninsula of the snowy mountain”
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on scenic Breidafjordur fjord
  • Visit a traditional shark curing farm
  • Enjoy a Hot Spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • See the Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit Icelandic horse stables and a geothermal greenhouse
  • Enjoy a multimedia presentation at the Lava and Volcano Exhibition Centre
  • Visit Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Experience the dramatic glaciers, ice, waterfalls and icebergs of Iceland
  • Swim in the waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon
  • Seek out the famed northern lights with the Northern Lights Academy Program
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/*MEL/*BNE/PER
  • 1 x International flight London to Reykjavik
  • 10 nights in hotel or guesthouse accommodation
  • Enjoy 12 meals including daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by modern vehicles
  • Day 2: London airport to hotel
  • Day 5: Reykjavik airport to hotel
  • Day 12: Reykjavik hotel to airport

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase .
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 27th March 2019
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1010 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
March: 13
March: 27 (SOLD OUT)
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, *Melbourne, *Brisbane or Perth 
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Melbourne: $150 per person
*Brisbane: $50 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Icelandair,Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in London, England
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Reykjavik, Iceland
Not Available.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $550 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
* Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4-star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Only a post-tour stopover may be chosen 
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Buy Now $6599 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


3 - 4 Star (self-rated)

London: Hotel Novotel Wembley, London or similar

Reykjavik: Fosshotel Raudará or similar

West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar

South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla or similar

Vatnajökull Region: Fosshotel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur or similar 

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- London, England (Pre Tour): $295 per room (including breakfast)
Reykjavik, Iceland (Post Tour): Not available.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 15, maximum group size 45 per vehicle.


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Transfer: Day 5 - London hotel to airport
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



Northern Lights:
This program includes a special six-night Northern Lights Academy – which means that during 6 evenings there is a combination of presentations, lectures, a film and guided searches for the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All countryside hotels in this program offer a Northern Lights wake-up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception. The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to spend 6 evenings in the countryside to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, still the tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
 
London and Iceland
The month of March is characterized by gradually increasing temperatures. As for the actual temperatures, you can expect the average low to be approximately -2.2 degrees and the average high temperatures to be 3.3 degrees.
 
The best time to visit London is March through May when the temperatures are mild and the city's parks are green and blooming.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is optional and at the customers discretion.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A Tourist visa for Europe is not required for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian Passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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