Iceland Fire & Ice Trip
We are looking at a trip to Iceland. A number of us have been here before and it was a superb trip, one not to be missed. We are looking at the following as a sample itinerary, however this is not confirmed yet, but the trip looks something like this:
16th MAR – Manchester to Reykjavik
Exit main entrance where Flybus+ shuttle departs from. Board the bus and give the conductor your Blue Lagoon voucher which we have for you. In return they will give you a ticket with tear off stubs, two for the coach (one for airport – BL, and another for BL – Reykjavik) and another stub as entry to the Blue Lagoon. All transfers in Iceland are on a shuttle system between the airport, Blue Lagoon and the hotel. Once we exit the Blue Lagoon, we will be advised of the hourly Flybus+ shuttle pick up times. The Flybus+ shuttle will take us to a main hub in Reykjavik, where we will then pick up a hotel Shuttle bus service to the Hotel Centrum.
Blue Lagoon Excursion Duration: 3 – 4 Hours. What better way to start your Iceland adventure than bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon to soothe and refresh body and soul after your flight. You may want to pack an easy to get to convenience bag in your luggage for the Blue Lagoon to include your swimwear etc. Please note there are additional charges made locally for towels, robes and luggage storage.
For the Blue Lagoon extras you can pay by card, so don’t worry if you don’t have any cash. You’re given a wrist band and basically run a tab and then pay for everything (ie drinks, massages) as you leave.
Northern Lights Tour
Hotel pick up 20:30 – Coach Tour – Duration: 2 ½ – 3 Hours
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Arctic Sky. The Northern Lights originate from the sun, where large explosions and electronic storms throw flares and solar particles deep into space. The clouds of solar particles are caught by the Earth’s magnetic field on the south and north poles. The solar particles collide with the atmospheric gases and create this wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis. Note: The Northern Lights can be seen when certain weather conditions are fulfilled, usually during crispy cold and very still evenings.
The hotel has boards in the lobby which tell you if weather dependant trips are running that day. They will know at about 5pm for the Northern Lights trip.
17th MAR – Golden Circle Tour
Nesjavellir • Thingvellir National Park • Gullfoss • Geysir
Hotel Pick-Up: 08:30 Hours – Duration: Approx. 8/9 Hours. This excursion offers you a chance to see and experience some of Iceland’s greatest natural phenomena, geology and history. With the guidance and stops along the way you will become a part of the nature and a part of our history. The waterfall Gullfoss is something you will never forget and to some people it is the queen of Icelandic waterfalls. High and mighty it looks at you before it tumbles violently into the deep gorge. We visit the geothermal area in Haukadalur where you can see geysers erupt. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and Strokkur erupts almost every 10 minutes. A stop is made for lunch (optional) giving you the opportunity to walk around the bubbling mud pools and exploding geysers in the area. We will visit Nesjavellir, a high temperature geothermal
area on our way to Thingvellir National Park where ‘The Althing’ parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. At Thingvellir you will see how the earth is ever so slowly pulling apart along the crystal plates and you will be able to stand where the Viking settlers stood centuries ago.
18th MAR Silfra Diving Tour
Hotel pick up 10am – Return to Reykjavik approx. 3pm
- your SCUBA dive certification card
- long underwear
- thick socks
- suitable clothes for the weather of the day
- all necessary equipment is provided (Feel free to bring your own mask & snorkel, hood, gloves, base layers, etc)
You will be picked up from the Centrum Hotel and drive for 45 minutes to Thingvellir National Park. Your guide will point out interesting facts about the history and geology of the park. On the way to Silfra you will see some stunning views over the National Park. When we arrive at the dive site we will gear up and walk to the platform, where your guide will give you a briefing on the first dive. We’ll take a few steps down the ladder and make contact to the World’s clearest water to dive in. Take a sip! The slight current formed by the underground wells will make our dive in the crack an easy one. Your dive guide will lead the dive and take photos and videos. If you are interested you can purchase a DVD of the videos and high resolution photos after the tour. After the first dive we will make our way back along a challenging but rewarding 250m path with our dive gear before warming our hands and spirits over some hot chocolate and delicious cookies. We usually plan our dives so that we see Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and the Silfra Lagoon on both dives.
19th MAR – Your choice of:
- Take a Walk on the Ice Side
- The South Shore Adventure
- Winter Whale Watching
Take a Walk on the Ice Side: Hotel Pick up: 08:30 Hours – Duration: 10 Hours – Including 3 – 3 1/2 Glacier Walk. Departing from Reykjavík by coach for a genuine winter adventure! Easy walking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. From Mýrdalsjökull ice cap the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends down to the lowlands, an impressive ice field of solid blue ice with a crusty whitish surface. With crampons on our feet we take an easy walk up on the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses awaits discovery. We will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment.
The South Shore Adventure: Hotel Pick-Up: 08:30 Hours – Duration: 10 Hours. South Iceland is a lowland region of lush farmlands, striking waterfalls, sandy coastlines, glaciers and quaint towns and villages. This tour offers a wide range of scenery and goes through areas of great contrast in nature. Visitors will have an opportunity to stand behind a plummeting waterfall, walk along a beach of black sand, gaze at natural rock formations and feel the amazing power of a glacier (if road conditions allow). A stop will be made for lunch (optional) at Vik i Myrdal, Iceland’s southernmost village, surrounded by beautiful and impressively high cliffs, full of bird life in the Spring and Summer months. Here we will also pay a visit the unique Skogar museum before returning to Reykjavik. A truly fulfilling experience and a great way to spend a day in Iceland!
Winter Whale Watching: Hotel Pick-Up: 12:30 Hours for a 1300 departure from Reykjavik docks – Duration: 3-5 hours. Departing from Reykjavik’s historic harbour, a whale watching boat tour provides an exciting opportunity to see nature’s giants up-close. Winter can be an exciting time to view whales and species may include white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, humpback whales and killer whales. The weather can be unpredictable, so boats may depart from other harbours. The hotel has boards in the lobby which tell you if weather dependant trips are running that day. They will generally know in the morning for the whale watching trip.
20th MAR – Free time to explore & fly home
Very Important Note: Please make sure that you inform your hotel reception the day before you intend using the FLYBUS+ service, as the FLYBUS+ only calls on request. Note: All hotels provide this service and they have the number. The hotel will inform you of the pick-up time from their hotel for the transfer back to Reykjavik BSI bus terminal to connect with the FLYBUS+ transfer service back to Keflavík International Airport.