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Reykjavík Northern Lights Break

The world’s most northerly capital city
The highlight of this break is undoubtedly the glacier walking and Northern Lights excursion, but vibrant Reykjavík is a great place to explore in its own right – all the more so given its colourful café culture – and there's also the opportunity to join a trip to the incredible Blue Lagoon.
Reykjavík Northern Lights Break. 4 nights
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Holiday information


A Northern Lights break in Reykjavík

The Northern Lights are one of Nature’s great miracles. There are few more humbling or awe-inspiring experiences than watching iridescent ribbons of red, green, yellow and blue light dance across the night sky, and a sighting of this incredible natural phenomenon is a true privilege.

The Aurora Borealis commonly lights up the skies above Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital city, and this memorable break in the land of fire and ice includes a guided glacier excursion which finishes with a search for the Northern Lights. There is also the chance to join other excursions that take in spectacular waterfalls and geysers or the incredible Blue Lagoon.

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary on your first and third days, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • Museums, churches & more
    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. We provide detailed notes for a self-guided walking tour to help you explore but, to get 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.
  • Enjoy a guided excursion
    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? On your second day, 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).
  • The Blue Lagoon & more
    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.

Where you stay

Reykjavík is a compact, friendly city with some fantastic seafood restaurants.
Hotel Odinsvé


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  • 4 nights: 01 November 2019 - 24 December 2019 & 03 January 2020 - 31 March 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    01 Nov - 11 Dec 2019 £798
    12 Dec - 20 Dec 2019 £840
    03 Jan - 21 Jan 2020 £798
    22 Jan - 11 Feb 2020 £825
    12 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 # £840
    21 Feb - 25 Feb 2020 £825
    26 Feb - 27 Mar 2020 £798

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    # Supplement applies on 15 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: Icelandair Heathrow-Reykjavik (3h) (out dep 1220, home arr 1930; hold luggage included) or Gatwick-Reykjavik (3h) (out dep 1150, home arr 1050; hold luggage included)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Odinsvé, Reykjavik
    Deluxe: 01 Nov - 24 Dec 2019 £22
    Deluxe: 03 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £22
    Single room: 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £60

    Extra nights

    Hotel Odinsvé, Reykjavik (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £72 £132
    Reykjavík (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Reykjavík. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Reykjavik (Keflavik) Icelandair 
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    Belfast City - Reykjavik (Keflavik) Icelandair 
    Belfast City - Reykjavik (Keflavik) (via Manchester) Icelandair 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl.- Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet 
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    Birmingham - Reykjavik (Keflavik) jet2 
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    Bristol - Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet 
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    Edinburgh - Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Reykjavik (Keflavik) Icelandair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet,  Icelandair 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Reykjavik (Keflavik) British Airways,  Icelandair 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Reykjavik (Keflavik) easyJet,  Icelandair,  jet2 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Reykjavík. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • glacier and Northern Lights excursion
  • detailed documentation
  • notes for self-guided city walking tour
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • You should tell your insurer that you are participating in glacier walking. It is normally necessary to take out winter sports insurance so that you are adequately covered.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Iceland, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    CCurrent information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official language is Icelandic. The currency is the Krona. Iceland is on the same time as GMT/UTC. It does not use Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST - 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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