Have you always wanted to see the Northern Lights? Searching for the Northern Lights is an adventure that makes a perfect city break, romantic getaway or family holiday. And the ideal place to take a Northern Lights holiday is Iceland, which is a short flight from the UK, affordable and provides some of the best Northern Lights viewing conditions in the world.
But "When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?" The great news is that astronomers are predicting that the Northern Lights will be some of the brightest in decades over the next few years due to a peak in the solar cycle, so now is the time to visit Iceland! Although the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomena, there are some key factors to bear in mind.
- The main season for the Northern Lights is from late August through April when the nights are dark
- Clear skies and also low temperatures below zero are usually required for the Northern Lights to be visible so don't forget to dress up warm!
This holiday includes return flights on Icelandair, hotel accommodation (3-7 nights) and Northern Lights Hunt evening coach trip with Reykjavik Excursions. The Northern Lights Hunt evening trip takes you to the best viewing location on that evening. The Auroras might appear just outside of Reykjavik or perhaps from the middle of a lava field an hour's drive into the countryside. Every tour is unique, which is part of the adventure and your guide will use the most up-to-date weather and solar activity reports to plan your route. Coaches are also equipped with free Wi-Fi.
It's not just the Northern Lights that make Iceland the best winter holiday destination. During your visit, spend time snowmobiling on glaciers, visit the steaming geysers or relax in the geothermal Blue Lagoon. You can customise your trip with day tours from the popular Golden Circle tour to snorkelling a fissure between two tectonic plates. Plus you will have plenty of time to enjoy the cosy cafes, lively nightlife and the cool Nordic culture of Reykjavik. To get a taste for this package, view the video below.
TIP: Remember to bring warm clothes for the tour, as it can get very cold in the evenings.
Please Note: The Northern Lights are a weather dependent natural phenomena and therefore their appearance cannot be guaranteed. The Northern Lights Hunt tour is scheduled to take place on the evening after arrival (day 2). On the day of your tour, please check with the tour desk at your hotel to check if the tour is operating. If the weather conditions are not favourable and the tour is cancelled or there are no sightings during the tour, you will be given the option of joining the tour the following night for free (subject to availability). Please note that no refunds will be offered for the complimentary Northern Lights Hunt tour included in the package.
Reykjavik Northern Lights City Break to Reykjavik from £249 per person, based on two persons sharing a standard twin room at Hotel Cabin (including breakfast) for 3 nights duration.
Choose "Reykjavik Northern Lights City Break" from the drop down menu under 'Northern Lights Holidays' category
Travel period: Until December 2016
Please note: Advertised lead in price based on travel period Jan - Mar / Oct - Dec 2016 on selected dates. Some dates may have limited or no availability. Supplement for London Heathrow departures apply. Limited availability, especially during school half term period and festive season.
Flights from London Heathrow to Keflavik are twice daily
Flights from London Gatwick to Keflavik operate daily
Flights from Manchester on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays // Daily from 24Feb 2016
Flights from Glasgow on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Flights from Birmingham on Mondays and Tuesdays until January // also Thursdays and Saturdays from February 2016
Flights from Aberdeen to Keflavik on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
The Northern Lights Hunt tour is booked for the evening after arrival (day 2). The tour is about 3 hours with following departure times depending on season:
28th Aug - 15th Oct at 22:00 (pick up from hotels at 21:30)
16th Oct -14th March Departure at 21:00 (pick up from hotels at 20:30)
15th March - 15th April Departure at 22:00 (pick up from hotels at 21:30)
|Hotels on offer...|
|4* Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina: Opened in spring 2012, Marina is a fun and quirky hotel in a great location next to the harbour (Hotel Reykjavik Marina website)(map)|
|4* Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura: Recently refurbished warm and friendly legacy hotel. Its focus is on the Icelandic atmosphere with local art, events and food. Swimming pool, sauna and spa located at the hotel (entry fee may apply). (Hotel Reykjavik Natura website)(map)|
|4* Hilton Reykjavik Nordica: Classy and elegant hotel mixing local tradition and global trends. Among facilities is a spa, gym and award winning restaurant VOX (Hilton Reykjavik Nordica website)(map)|
|4* Fosshotel Reykjavik: Stylish and exceptional new property providing excellent views of the city, situated just a few blocks away from the main shopping street Laugavegur in the city's old town. Breakfast included. (Fosshotel Reykjavik website)(map)|
|3* Fosshotel Baron: Friendly hotel a few minutes walk from the main shopping street in the city centre but away from the noise of the nightlife. Breakfast included. (Hotel Baron website)(map)|
|3* Hotel Klettur: Modern Scandinavian style hotel opened in 2011 and received a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence for 2012. Breakfast included. (Hotel Klettur website)(map)|
|3* Hotel Leifur: A small and friendly family run hotel in a great location just across the Hallgrimskirkja church. Breakfast included. (Hotel Leifur website)(map)|
|2* Hotel Cabin; Basic and modern hotel located between the city centre and Laugardalur valley with great views over the Faxafloi bay. Breakfast included. (Hotel Cabin website)(map)|
- Flights on Icelandair Economy Class from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen
- Checked 23kg and hand luggage 10kg
- 3-7 nights accommodation at your chosen hotel based on standard twin/double room
- Breakfast is included at Fosshotel Reykjavik, Fosshotel Baron, Hotel Cabin, Hotel Leifur and Hotel Klettur. Breakfast at Icelandair Hotels and Hilton Reykjavik Nordica available to purchase locally.
- Northern Lights Hunt tour with Reykjavik Excursions on the evening of day 2 (coaches equipped with free WiFi)
- Airport transfers between Keflavik airport and hotel in Reykjavik (available to add in the booking process).
- Check out the day tours and activities including Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and Snowmobiling that are bookable with the package. Iceland day tours and activities.
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Advertised lead in price based on travel period Jan - March / Oct - Dec 2016 on selected dates. Some dates may have limited or no availability. Supplement for London Heathrow departures apply. Very limited availability during school half term period and festive season.
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