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A short winter trip to Reykjavik and the Icelandic countryside with an optional glacier hike - 5 days / 4 nights. This is a budget holiday offering great value for money! During the day we explore Southwest Iceland, known for its natural wonders and cultural sights. See glittering glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields, steaming hot springs and beautiful waterfalls. Bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit Icelandic horses on their farm, photography idyllic turf houses and travel close to the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. This short getaway to Iceland offers insight into Iceland's nature and cultural life, with two nights in Iceland's capital and two nights in South Iceland, an ideal location for the search for the Northern Lights. Also called Aurora Borealis, they are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. During this tour it is possible to book an optional glacier hike. Highlights and Experiences: *Budget holiday offering excellent value for money *Must-see nature: the Golden Circle, the South Coast and the Blue Lagoon *Visit to Skógar folk museum with turf houses *2 night stay in South Iceland, ideal for Northern Lights hunting *2 evenings with acombination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Aurora *Borealis *Optional Northern Lights fjord cruise *Option for hotel upgrade *New for winter 2016/2017: tour is offered with optional glacier hike. INCLUDED: Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide) Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide 4-nights budget accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc (see information below) or hotel upgrade option Daily breakfast Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse Shuttle bus from Guesthouse Borgartún or Hotel Cabin to downtown Reykjavik at 19:00 and back at 22:00 on day 1 & 4 (not available for extension nights) Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights and midnight refreshments Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night ACCOMMODATION: For this program we use budget accommodation in order to offer an attractive package price. You get great value for money. From 4.10.2016 to 19.12.2016, the first and last nights are at Guesthouse Borgartún in Reykjavík, offering 20 simple rooms with private shower/wc. Guesthouse Borgartún features a breakfast room and a sitting lounge with TV and guest computer. Guesthouse Borgartún is located about 5 minute drive to the center of Reykjavík. From 3.1.2017 to 17.4.2017, the first and last nights are at Hotel Cabin, in Reykjavík, offering rooms (10m2) with shower/wc, a restaurant and a bar. All winter, the 2nd & 3rd nights are at Árhús Cottages in Hella, South Iceland, where 23 rooms with shower/wc are located in simple cottages in the large garden right on the river banks in the village of Hella. Árhús Cottages are popular with outdoor active guests and families travelling with children. All cottages are equipped with a small kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on premises, and a public swimming pool and supermarket are in walking distance. The tours can be booked with a hotel upgrade option. In Reykjavik overnight will be at Centerhotel Plaza in downtown Reykjavík. In Hella overnight will be in 24m2 studio rooms with kitchenette at Stracta Hotel, which offers a restaurant, hot tubs and sauna on its premises. It is a 10 minute walk from Stracta Hotel to Árhús Cottages in Hella where the guide gives the Northern Lights lectures and presentations. The Northern Lights movie is also shown at Stracta Hotel. NOTE REGARDING DINNERS: In Reykjavik, the dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants for both fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. The Árhús Cottages and Stracta Hotel in South Iceland offer a limited a la carte menu with a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian as main course. Lunch stops are made at small country restaurants or petrol station diners. NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change. CHANGE OF PROGRAM: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
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