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Reykjavík Northern Lights Break

The world’s most northerly capital city
Holiday information
Nights: 4
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Start: any day
Extras: glacier walking – Northern Lights excursion included
Day 1

Today you are free to explore; we provide detailed notes for a self-guided walking tour of the city. Surrounded by some of Europe’s most dramatic scenery, Reykjavík is a heady mix of remote innocence and big-city appeal. As well as tempting shops and cafés, it boasts a wealth of museums and art galleries, including the flagship National Gallery and the fascinating Árbaer Open-Air Folk Museum, where reconstructions of old dwellings give an insight into Icelandic ways of life over the centuries. For a good overview of the city and its low, brightly painted houses, climb the 75-metre-high tower of the Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s stark but light-filled 20th-century church, or head to the Perlan, a four-storey glass structure perched on Öskjuhlíd Hill.

Day 2

What better way to get a feel for this land of fire, water and ice, than a tour along part of Iceland’s spectacular southern coast to the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano massif? You set off from the city at 11.30 then, after an introduction to the use of crampons, you are guided through a labyrinth of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses within the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, part of Iceland’s fourth largest glacier. You also visit the picturesque Skógafoss waterfall, another iconic landmark, before going in search of the Northern Lights. They are elusive and hard to predict (though there are certain conditions that make it more likely), but this makes seeing them in all their glory such an exciting prospect. You round the day off with a delicious traditional dinner in a local restaurant (included).

Day 3

You may wish to spend your final day exploring the remote-feeling mountains which lie beyond the animated capital. A wide range of activities and excursions can be arranged locally – enjoy a ride on an Icelandic horse; visit the Blue Lagoon to swim in its 38°C waters, relax under the waterfall and perhaps indulge in a spa treatment; or join a Golden Circle excursion taking in the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, the original Geysir, and the Viking parliament at Thingvellir.

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Glacier Walking
PLEASE NOTE: winter sports insurance cover is required to participate in glacier walking.
Polar dancing – a question mark in the night sky
An anthropologist at the University of Iceland, Katrín Anna Lund conducts research on tourism, landscape, walking and the senses – including the lure of the aurora borealis. Naturally enough, there’s no predicting when the Lights will occur, but they are most likely to come out during the darkest period and on clear nights. But science does not tell the whole story, as she explains...
Top tips on Northern Lights photography
Although just seeing the lights is enough for most people you may wish to bring home a few photos to show your family and friends. Here, a top Northern Lights guide gives us his top ten tips on how to prepare for that momentous experience. Read more here >