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Day 1: UK - Iceland Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, meet your guide before travelling by private coach to the tiny hamlet of Husafell. The 2½-hour drive skirts Reykjavik, then heads north beneath Mt Esja, crossing Hvalfjordur in a sea tunnel before reaching Borgarfjordur. Spend the following two nights at Hotel Husafell on a half board basis, enjoying its smart contemporary interior and delicious three-course set dinner menus. After checking in make your way to the bar for your complimentary welcome drink. In the evening, take advantage of the hotel’s rural location to try your luck at viewing the northern lights. Day 2: Husafell & Into the Glacier Spend the morning on a guided tour exploring the highlights around Husafell. Spanning a 900m stretch of the River Hvita, the delicate Hraunfossar waterfall flows from beneath an ancient lava flow, marbling the basalt with a lace-like pattern of rivulets. A stone’s throw upstream is Barnafoss (Waterfall of Children). You will also visit Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s most powerful hot spring, which releases 180 litres of scalding water every second.
In the afternoon, join an unforgettable ice cave adventure deep into the Langjokull icecap. Travelling in an 8WD snow truck (converted from a NATO missile launcher) you will scale the 1,450m-high icecap before setting off on foot inside the glacier. Following a 500m-long man-made tunnel, your guide will reveal fascinating insights into this surreal, frozen world, including crevasses and evidence of past volcanic eruptions ‘recorded’ in the blue ice. Later, return to Hotel Husafell, enjoy dinner and your second overnight stay. Keep watch for the northern lights or ask reception for an aurora wake-up call. Day 3: The Golden Circle Set off after breakfast on a full-day, guided tour of the Golden Circle. Tracing a loop between three of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders, you will visit Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the twin-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss and the spouting Strokkur geyser, steaming vents and bubbling pools at the iconic geothermal site of Geysir.
This evening, head to Reykjavik where you will bid farewell to your guide and enjoying the evening at leisure. There are numerous excellent places to choose for dinner tonight (payable locally), offering everything from sushi and fish and chips to gourmet burgers and haute cuisine. Overnight in Reykjavik. Day 4: Reykjavik & the Blue Lagoon Spend the morning exploring Reykjavik’s museums or delving into the designer shops and cafés along famous Laugavegur street. Take in city sites like the striking cathedral with its imposing statue of Viking Leifur Eiriksson – the first European to discover America – or visit the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating soak in the warm, milky-blue geothermal waters (optional, but must be pre-booked). Transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your return flight to the UK.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discover the World