Brimming with snow-capped volcanoes, glaciers and geysers, Iceland is a breathtaking country, and the perfect destination for experiencing the colourful celestial wonder of the Northern Lights. On this two-centre tour, spending two nights each in the southern town of Hella and Reykjavík, you will explore dramatic scenery of mountains, mighty waterfalls and thermal springs - landscapes that inspired the writers of the Icelandic sagas and tenacious legends of elves and trolls. You’ll learn about the native Icelandic horse at the Fákasel Horse Park, marvel at the awesome power of the ice-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the Golden Falls, watch the Strokkur Geyser erupt high into the air and take a relaxing dip in the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, ending your journey in cosmopolitan Reykjavík.
4 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled Icelandair flight to Reykjavík’s Keflavik Airport. On arrival our search for the Northern Lights begins in earnest as we head out into the countryside on our expedition, leaving the city lights behind us for the best chance of witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon. We make a stop at Fákasel Horse Park for a traditional Icelandic meal and a multimedia show introducing us to the native Icelandic horse, with exhibition riding and tales from Norse mythology. Later we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the Stracta Hotel (3T) in the southern town of Hella.
Day 2 Hella - Vík - Skógar
Today we travel through the farmlands and mountains of southern Iceland, the region where one of the best-known of the Icelandic sagas, Njál’s Saga, is set, passing the snow-capped volcanoes of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull on our way towards the coast. The Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments and the little village of Vík, with its black sand beach are among the highlights. Just off the coast you’ll see the dramatic Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, which legend says are petrified trolls. We will also stop at Skógar to visit the Skógar Folk Museum, with its collection of restored turf-roofed houses, and pass the Sólheimajökull glacier before returning to Hella.
Day 3 Hella - Gullfoss - Thingvellir - Reykjavík
We enjoy a tour of Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ today, taking in some of the country’s most impressive natural wonders and historic sites, including the magnificent two-tiered Golden Falls at Gullfoss and the thermal area of Great Geysir with its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, such as the Strokkur, which erupts every 10 minutes or so, reaching up to 30 metres in height. We will also visit Thingvellir, site of the world’s first democratic parliament, the Althing, which first met here in 930. Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the dramatic canyon running through the park is the dividing fault line between two of Earth’s tectonic plates. Later, we continue to Reykjavík, checking in to our hotel for the next two nights, the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel (4T).
Day 4 Reykjavík - Blue Lagoon
This morning we take a trip to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Blue Lagoon, where you can immerse yourself in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. There are changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool and sauna, or you could enjoy a relaxing massage. Returning to Reykjavík this afternoon, we embark on a city sightseeing tour. The old town centre, Parliament House and National Museum are on the itinerary and we will also see landmarks such as the striking modern cathedral, the Hallgrímskirkja and the Höfði House, where the Reykjavík Summit between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was held in 1986.
Day 5 Reykjavik - London
Today we transfer to Reykjavik International Airport for a direct, scheduled Icelandair flight to London. On arrival at London Heathrow Airport you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.