- Transfers: return airport transfers and transfer from Keflavik to Reykjavik
- Accommodation: 1-night Hotel Northern Lights Inn and 3 nights Hotel Oðinsve
- Meals: 4 breakfasts
The following activities are included: Blue Lagoon entry, whale watching tour (order subject to change)
A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.
The appeal of Iceland is almost endless – stunning scenery, a myriad of natural wonders and the vibrant city of Reykjavik.
The aim of this trip is to introduce you to both the striking landscape of Iceland and the wonderfully welcoming city of Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world.
Your first night will be spent at the cosy Northern Lights Inn. This hotel offers great food and is ideally situated within walking distance to the Blue Lagoon. Entrance to this world famous hot spring is included in the trip price so you are free to go at your own leisure. Be sure to give yourself enough time to fully appreciate the delightfully hot mineral-rich water with its contrasting lava field backdrop.
Transferring into the city, your base is Hotel Oðinsvet, a boutique style hotel located in a residential area in the centre of Reykjavik called Þingholt. Here, you will have easy access to the numerous shops, restaurants, museums and sights of the city. Reykjavik has the appeal of an international cosmopolitan city, whilst also maintaining its small island hospitality.Read more
With three nights in the city, you will have the chance to fully explore but also use it as a base for additional activities and excursions. Trips out to many of Iceland’s most famous attractions can be added to this holiday with ease and so we can really help you to tailor your time and achieve your ideal itinerary. If you are travelling around the solstice then the country is bathed in daylight 24 hours a day and so you get even more time to enjoy the delights on offer.
We have, however, included one of the ‘must-do’ activities for you and on your second full day in the city, you will head to the harbour for a whale watching trip to Faxaflói Bay where humpback and minke whales are frequently seen.
This four-night holiday offers you the chance to customise your experience, take in the sights you most want to see and do so from the comfort of a centrally-located hotel. This is an exceptional short break on a remarkable island.
Arrival and Transfer
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel (approximately a 20 minute drive away).
The remainder of the day and evening are at your own leisure.Included Meals: None
Staying out in Keflavik gives you a chance to experience the almost lunar lava landscape of this corner of Iceland. The deep black and jagged lava fields stretch out for miles and it really gives you a sense of the control that Mother Nature holds here.
The world famous Blue Lagoon is only around half a mile from your hotel and entry is included. You are welcome to head there at any time during the day. The hotel offers a free shuttle or it’s only 15 minute walk across the lava fields.
At the lagoon you can bathe in the milky blue waters which look all the more vibrant against the back drop of the lava. These geothermal and mineral rich waters are a real treat for the skin.
In the late afternoon you will be transferred from the Northern Lights Inn to your centrally-located Reykjavik hotel. This marks the start of your three nights here and the chance for you to tailor your time to best suit your preferences on which of Iceland’s many wonderful attractions you would like to see during your holiday.Included Meals: Breakfast
Reykjavik is rich in sights to see, places to eat and things to do so you are sure to find much to do to fill your day. You can look at the modern architectural designs of the city, explore the museums and galleries, visit world famous bars and restaurants or simply find a café and watch the cosmopolitan crowd walk by. One of the best features of Reykjavik is that it is fairly small, so you can explore much of it in one day.
You can also use the city as a base from which to explore some of the other wonders of the island. We can arrange for you to visit the Golden Circle, snorkel between continents, try glacier hiking or enjoy a super jeep tour of the black sand beaches of the South Shore; the choice is entirely yours. Details of the available options can be found in the ‘personalise’ section of the holiday page.
Your evenings are free for you to explore the delights of the city’s culinary scene. The seafood on offer in Reykjavik is unsurpassed and Icelandic meat dishes are also exceptional in our opinion - from simple lobster soup served on the harbour to the most exquisite fine dining – there is something for everyone here.Included Meals: Breakfast
Iceland is famous as a whale watching destination and luckily the majority of tours start from the old harbour in Reykjavik – within walking distance of your hotel.
We include a three hour boat tour for you today and the expert guides and crew will help to give you the best possible chance of seeing these majestic mammals up close. The boat we use is large and comfortable with both exterior decks and a cosy interior for cooler days.
Your destination is Faxaflói Bay and the most commonly spotted species of whale include minke and humpback. White-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises are also common sights and the onboard experts will keep you updated throughout.
This evening you are free to enjoy the restaurants of Reykjavik (our travel experts will happily make some recommendations for you) before you return to your central hotel for the final night.Included Meals: Breakfast
Today you will be transferred to Keflavik Airport for your flight home. If you would like to extend your stay in Reykjavik then please do not hesitate to ask our travel experts for a quotation. Iceland is a bewitching destination and we’ll happily tailor your holiday so you can take in the delights that are on offer in other regions.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Golden Circle Coach Tour
If you would like to enjoy some of Iceland's most famous attractions we can arrange for you to join a coach tour of Iceland's famed Golden Circle on Day 3, led by a professional and educated guide. You will head firstly to Þingvellir, site of Atlantic drift and also the spot where the first Icelandic parliament was formed in 930 AD. You will then head towards Gullfoss, one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Iceland, where you can witness the majestic and thunderous two-tiered waterfall.Read more
At the Geysir Information Centre, you can witness spectacular spouting geysers, including the magnificent Strokkur, which erupts around every five minutes. Afterwards, the trip continues to Skálholt Church which was the seat of religious power in Iceland for centuries and where some of the most dramatic events in Iceland's history took place.
On the way back to Reykjavik you'll get a chance to visit the greenhouses of Friðheimar farm, where you can see the challenges of growing vegetables in this particular climate. This trip lasts for a full day, around eight hours in total. Lunch is not included but can be bought en route.
Image Credit: Visit Iceland
Golden Circle Premium Tour
The Golden Circle is one of the most well-known areas of Iceland and for good reason. Combining Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss this tour shows off the best of the west, and highlights why Iceland is renowned as a destination of natural wonders.
During this full-day bus tour, you will visit many different sights including the geothermally active region of Geysir where you will see Strokkur erupt with tremendous force.Read more about this activity
Then there’s the Gullfoss waterfall, known as the ‘Golden Falls’ which drops an impressive 32 metres over three stages. You get the unique vantage point from above which gives the illusion of a seemingly endless waterfall!
Þingvellir (or Thingvellir) National Park is an area of great cultural, geological and natural significance,.It is perhaps best known as the location where the Eurasia and America tectonic plates are slowly moving apart from each other – giving you the chance to walk in between two continents.
Duration: 8 hours
Reykjavik Food Tour
This tour is ideal for foodies who would like to delve deeper into the gastronomic scene in Reykjavik and try some weird, wonderful and delicious delicacies.
Your meeting point for this activity option on Day 3 is the Harpa Concert Hall, not far from your hotel (an approx. 15-minute walk). This activity is a great way in which to see the sights as your guided walking tour will allow you to explore with a knowledgeable guide.Read more about this activity
You will stop off at various restaurants to taste their specialities and gain an understanding of some of Iceland's food customs.
Make sure you don't have a huge breakfast - this three to four-hour tour is half walking and half-eating, so come with an appetite.
NB: Unfortunately special dietary requirements are not catered for during this activity and the meals can contain milk, fish, meat, in some cases alcohol, wheat, nuts, etc and so please bear this in mind when considering the tour options.
A minimum of two participants is required for this trip to operate.
Image Credit: Visit Iceland
South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike
Available on Day 3, this coach trip will have you heading off towards the majestic south coast with its farming lands, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers.
Your first stop will be Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where you will have the opportunity to walk behind the wall of water before the tour continues to a gentle hike on the ancient ice of a glacier with a knowledgeable and certified glacier guide.Read more about this activity
After that, you will take a leisurely stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, which is famed for its basalt rock stacks which rise from the sea. Icelandic legend says they were trolls turned into rock by the rising sun when they came home late after a fishing trip.
The tour then continues with a sightseeing trip that will take in views of the famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, and the Westman Islands, which rise steeply from the ocean just a few kilometres off the coast.
The guides reserve the right to alter the itinerary if weather conditions change and the glacier walk is cancelled. This tour will last around 11 hours and so it will surely be a day to remember.
Image Credits: Iceland Pro Travel
Snorkelling Between Continents
Snorkelling at the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park is an unforgettable experience as you gaze down through some of the world’s clearest water and find your eyes drawn down to the bottom of this crack in the Earth’s crust.
This fissure has been created by the tectonic plates that underpin Eurasia and America drifting apart. It is a place where you can literally snorkel between continents.Read more about this activity
The water’s purity stems from the fact that it started life as glacial melt some 50 kilometres away and has made its way, over numerous decades, through volcanic lava to rest in the fissure.
The price includes all equipment including a dry suit, flippers and snorkel and you will be in the water for around 30 minutes.
If you would prefer not to use your hire car to visit Silfra and Thingvellir then we can arrange the transfers from Reykjavik (around 1-hour drive away); please add £45 per person.
Image Credits: Arctic Adventures
Dates & Prices
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £250pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
A minimum of two people is needed to run this trip.
The following group sizes apply to the activities:
Whale watching and Northern Lights excursion: there may be up to 200 people on the whale watching and Northern Lights excursion (maximum 12 per vehicle).
Golden Circle Coach Tour: min 1 / max per coach 65. If numbers exceed 65, additional coaches will be added.
Golden Circle 'Super Jeep' Tour (6 hrs): min 2 / max 12 per vehicle. If numbers exceed 12, additional vehicles will be added.
Reykjavik Food Tour: min 2 / max 12 per group
South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike: you will travel by coach (approx. 50-60 people); the glacier walk is always in smaller groups of approx. 12 people.
Snorkelling Between Continents: the transfer vehicle may take up to 12 people with a max of 6 people per guide whilst snorkelling. Please note that there may be other groups in the water at the same time.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.
We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.
Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.
After booking and more than 63 days prior to departure = loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
63-57 days prior to departure = 40%
56 days or less = 100%