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Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. This unique island in the North Atlantic is one of the world's most sparsely populated countries and has extensive volcanic and geothermal activity. Geologically speaking, Iceland is one of the youngest countries in the world since it only began to rise from the North Atlantic seabed about 25 million years ago. It is the product of volcanic eruptions that are still ongoing. On average, a volcano in Iceland erupts every five years, fortunately rarely where anyone lives. Why not explore the land of fire and ice with guided visits to volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs and magnificent glaciers? During this tour you visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South coast and Vatnajökull national park. On route you see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colourful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glistering glaciers and restless geology. Besides, there is always a thrilling potential for the night sky to be decorated with the jewels of the amazing aurora borealis. Imagine the excitement to search for the most spectacular - and natural - light show on earth. Cross your fingers for clear skies, wrap up warm, and don't forget your camera with a tripod when you try to catch sight of the Northern Lights in Iceland. New Year's eve is spent in Reykjavik including a festive dinner at Kopar Restaurant at Reykjavík down town harbour. This is a good location to stroll around Reykjavik at midnight, follow the crowd to the best party places and of course witness the "crazy" fireworks in Iceland's capital. Highlights and Experiences: *Golden Circle tour with Thingvellir national park, Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and Kerið volcano crater *South coast with glaciers, waterfalls and lava beaches *Vatnajökull national park with Europe's largest glacier and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon *2-nights stay in the countryside, ideal for Northern Lights hunting *2 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided Northern Lights searches *Visit to multi media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík *Visit to Kerið volcano crater *Festive New Year's eve dinner at Kopar Restaurant at Reykjavik downtown harbour. Included: Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide 4-night accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages including breakfast 2x 2-course dinner and 2x midnight refreshment on day 2 and 3 5-course New Year's Gala Dinner at Kopar Restaurant at Reykjavík downtown harbour Entrance to Kerið volcano crater Visit to a multi media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights 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: is provided in simple but clean tourist-class hotels and cottages, in rooms with private facilities. The groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change): Reykjavík: Fosshotel Baron first and last night South Iceland: Árhús Cottages, 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. Southeast Iceland: Fosshótel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur. INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS AND LUNCHES: On the first evening 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. In the countryside, a 2-course dinner is included. New Year's eve dinner in Reykjavik is included in the tour package. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking. For lunch the group will either stop at road side shops or restaurants. 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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