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With its astonishing cosmic displays of the Northern Lights, bursts of geothermic water from prehistoric geysers and cinematic landscapes dominated by snow-topped mountain ranges, the vast volcanic laboratory of Iceland exhibits unforgettable natural treasures. Experience Viking history upon the mammoth plains of Thingvellir National Park and explore the world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik.
Depart London on your direct flight to Iceland. Here, you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the capital, Reykjavik. This evening journey to a secluded vantage point for a chance to witness the Northern Lights, a celestial kaleidoscope of turquoise bands rolling across the still night sky, illuminating shimmering ice sheets and volcanic summits. This phenomenon is a truly awe-inspiring spectacle to behold and Iceland's vast, dark plains provide the perfect backdrop for their splendour.
Enjoy a morning tour of the world's northernmost capital, home to eye-popping architecture, hospitable locals and panoramic mountains with majestic snowcapped peaks. Spot the quaint 19th-century annexe of Reykjavik's parliament, wander through the Asmundur Sveinsson sculpture garden for a taste of eccentric Icelandic art and marvel at the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, a dramatic landmark whose immense grandeur dominates the skyline. This afternoon is at leisure to wander the city at your own pace, perhaps taking a dip in the milky-teal geothermal waters of the famed Blue Lagoon or visiting the cafes and museum lining the city's lively Old Harbour.
Following breakfast, wrap up warm in a hand-knitted lopapeysa and embark on a full-day tour around the Golden Circle, a route that loops around southwestern Iceland, passing steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pots, erupting geysers and dazzling landscapes. Witness the spectacular double cascade of Gullfoss Waterfall, which is equally breath-taking in summer, when rainbows arch through the spray, and winter when ice and snow are carried by its powerful flow. Next, observe the enormous plumes of Strokkur geyser, where eruptions burst upwards to heights of 15-30 metres. Discover how tomatoes, cucumbers and even bananas grow within this harsh tundra at the Frioheimar Cultivation Centre then head to the UNESCO-recognised Thingvellir National Park. This colossal fissured rift valley was formed by the clash of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and was home of the world's first democratic parliament, formed in 930AD. Take in sweeping views of the rugged peaks and terrain before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Enjoy the morning at leisure, giving you the chance to do some last-minute shopping or fit in the last of the city's sights. This afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
A visa is not required for your trip to Iceland. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.
We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of passengers on your tour will be 10, and the maximum number of passengers will be 35. If in the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum passenger numbers then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
You will have the services of an English speaking guide during excursions and journeys ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge.
The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). Due to Currency Law in Iceland, ISK is not offered by banks outside Iceland, therefore you can only exchange your GBP in Iceland. We would recommend you to bring GBP with you to Iceland to exchange locally and cash machines are also available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100-£200 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however, we would recommend you to budget approximately £2.00 (ISK 389) per person per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency. You may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay, this is a normal practice. If you do not have a credit card you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|04 Oct 2018||07 Oct 2018||€899pp|
|11 Oct 2018||14 Oct 2018||€959pp|
|18 Oct 2018||21 Oct 2018||€995pp|
|25 Oct 2018||28 Oct 2018||€995pp|
|01 Nov 2018||04 Nov 2018||€1019pp|
|08 Nov 2018||11 Nov 2018||€1043pp|
|15 Nov 2018||18 Nov 2018||€1079pp|
|22 Nov 2018||25 Nov 2018||€1115pp|
|29 Nov 2018||02 Dec 2018||€1139pp|
|06 Dec 2018||09 Dec 2018||€1139pp|
|13 Dec 2018||16 Dec 2018||€1199pp|
|03 Jan 2019||06 Jan 2019||€1199pp|
|10 Jan 2019||13 Jan 2019||€1163pp|
|17 Jan 2019||20 Jan 2019||€1163pp|
|24 Jan 2019||27 Jan 2019||€1139pp|
|31 Jan 2019||03 Feb 2019||€1139pp|
|07 Feb 2019||10 Feb 2019||€1115pp|
|14 Feb 2019||17 Feb 2019||€1115pp|
|21 Feb 2019||24 Feb 2019||€1079pp|
|28 Feb 2019||03 Mar 2019||€1079pp|
|07 Mar 2019||10 Mar 2019||€1019pp|
|14 Mar 2019||17 Mar 2019||€1019pp|
|21 Mar 2019||24 Mar 2019||€995pp|
|28 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019||€959pp|
|04 Apr 2019||07 Apr 2019||€899pp|
The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.
Please note: the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a meteorological phenomenon and viewing thereby cannot be guaranteed. It is useful to note that the Northern Lights appear white/grey in the sky, their colour shows up when photographed. When taking photographs it is advised to use a slow shutter speed with the longest exposure you can. Never use a flash.
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