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Reykjavik Short Break
4 days
Iceland - Trip code IA

Reykjavik Short Break

A short trip that is big on experiences - explore raw, natural wonders and harsh, rugged volcanic landscapes that are rarely found anywhere else on the planet. Discover shooting geysers; experience the thermal warmth of the Secret Lagoon and the ice-cold spray of the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall. Continue the adventure with the chance to take a super-jeep journey across lava fields and through glacial rivers.

Trip highlights

  • Reykjavik - Iceland's capital, renowned for its cosmopolitan and friendly culture
  • Natural Phenomena - Chance to see the Northern Lights (October to March departures, weather permitting) or Midnight Sun (in June-August)
  • Secret Lagoon - Relax in these secluded natural hot springs
  • Golden Circle - A tour of Iceland's spectacular scenic wonders, including Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss
Accommodation grade:
Simple
These are often small, family run establishments or campsites which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sometimes with en suite facilities.
Trip pace:
Relaxed
You can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences on these Relaxed pace tours, with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings, but still come home feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Reykjavik

On this trip our transfers from Keflavik airport to our hotel in Reykjavik will be on the very efficient and easy to use public FlyBus and you'll collect your voucher for this from the flybus desk in the airport. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, which takes around 45 minutes, you'll get your first glimpse of the blackened and rocky volcanic scenery found on this part of the island. After checking-in to our conveniently-located hotel in the city, you may have time to explore a little of the world's most northerly capital. Bustling with cosmopolitan energy and surrounded by pure, unpolluted nature, Reykjavik is a city of striking contrasts. Small colourful corrugated iron houses nestle next to futuristic glass buildings; state-of-the-art facilities lie beside rugged volcanic terrain and international influences mingle with Icelandic national traditions. All this creates a unique culture where old embraces new. This evening you are free to settle in and enjoy the diverse dining and, maybe even the nightlife, of this charming city. On this short break you'll be met by an Explore Representative on day 1 and accompanied by them on your full day excursion on day 2. On day 3 you'll be free to explore at your own pace or to join one of our optional excursions, which your representative will be able to arrange for you on day 2.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Golden Circle tour of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir; soak in the Secret Lagoon

Today we take a tour of Iceland's 'Golden Circle' which includes many of the natural wonders which make the country so famous. Thingvellir is a rare site of both historical and geological importance. Meaning 'Parliament Plains', this was the location of Iceland's first National Assembly from 930AD until 1798 and, as such, is hugely significant in the country's cultural heritage. What's more, the impressive landscape sits on a unique spot where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge can be seen on dry land before disappearing to the ocean floor where it spends most of its existence. This provides the quirky opportunity to place one foot on the North American tectonic plate and one foot on the Eurasian plate. Our next stop is Geysir with the claim to fame that, as the first spouting spring known to Europeans, it gave all such springs their name. However, it is the Strokkur, meaning 'The Butter Churn', which is the main attraction these days, due to its impressive 100 feet eruptions every few minutes. Next we move onto Gullfoss, known as the 'Golden Waterfall' due the way it cascades into a deep gorge with tremendous force. Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful falls in the world, its spray forms colourful rainbows in the sun. Our final visit of the day is to the Secret Lagoon for a swim in the natural thermal waters, so remember to bring your swimsuit and a towel with you. These hot springs are located in the small village of Fludir and are entirely natural and are mostly frequented by the local people. The waters are between 38-40°C year round and there is also a mini geyser here which erupts every five minutes.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Free day with the chance to ride in a super jeep or snorkel in a fissure

Today has been left free for you to take part in one of a number of different optional excursions, depending on your interests and the time of year you are travelling. Throughout the year there's the opportunity to jump aboard a super jeep and enjoy an exhilarating drive into the wild Thorsmork Valley - widely viewed as one of Iceland's most beautiful spots. These 10 feet high monsters can cross glacial moraine, lava flows and fast-flowing rivers with relative ease. In fact, you won't believe what the drivers can make them do, but fear not - they do this for a living! Another option in winter is to take a super-jeep to another glacier in the mountains and try your hand at a bit of snowmobiling. You may also like to consider a whale watching trip. The nutrient-rich waters around Iceland attract 23 types from May to September, including humpback, minke and blue whales. In winter it's more common to see white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and humpback and killer whales, but the weather can be unpredictable, so it is a more adventurous experience. In the summer months (May to August), another option is a puffin tour to see these colourful birds up close. Whale watching and puffin tours depart from Reykjavik Harbour. For those of you with a real adventurous streak, why not consider a snorkelling trip in Thingvellir National Park. Although snorkelling in Iceland year round may sound crazy, the Silfra Fissure is something you have to see to believe. It doesn't look much from the surface but the rock formations in this giant lava field form a magical underwater scene that makes it easy to see why Silfra is frequently rated as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. The near constant temperature of the fresh water, around 2°C, means that the visibility is regularly around 70 metres. You don't need to have any previous snorkelling experience to take part. For those keen to stay on dry land, a horse riding tour is also available. Alternatively, after all the action of the previous two days, you may prefer to step down a gear and enjoy the art galleries, museums and cafe culture of Reykjavik.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Trip ends in Reykjavik

Our trip ends after breakfast this morning. The transfer back to Keflavik airport will be on the public FlyBus and your Explore Representative will provide you with the details of your pick up time and with your voucher for this service on day 2.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Why book this trip

This short break offers you a great introduction to Iceland. In summer you can experience the odd sensation of the midnight sun and in winter you may be lucky enough to witness the incredible sight of the Northern Lights.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 3
Transport
  • Bus
  • Public Bus
Trip staff
  • Driver(s)
  • Explore Representative
Accommodation
  • 3 nights simple hotel
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Trip information

Country information

Iceland Holidays & Tours

Climate

Iceland has a cool and temperate climate and, despite its location just south of the Arctic Circle, its northerly latitude is counteracted by the warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift which encircles the island. Temperatures in winter can fluctuate between about 10°C and -10°C and precipitation in the form of rain, sleet or snow is to be expected at any time. Days will be short, with daylight often only guaranteed between about 11 am and 4 pm in December. The best time for seeing the Aurora Borealis is October to March. Summer is generally cool with average temperatures for June and July around 12 - 15 degree centigrade in Reykjavik, although is known to be warmer in other parts of the country. In June and July you can enjoy continuous daylight and see the Midnight Sun, whilst late spring and early autumn offer long twilights.

Time difference to GMT

0

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

National Church of iceland

Language

Icelandic

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

All optional activities can be arranged upon arrival with your Explore Representative. Reykjavik - year-round: Super-jeep tour to Thorsmork - 36,000 ISK (minimum four participants required). Pearl Tour with Snowmobile - 46,900 ISK (minimum four participants required, subject to availability and snow cover). Two people per snowmobile (if you wish to drive you must bring a valid driving licence). If you want to have a snowmobile to yourself and not share then there will be an extra cost of 5,000 ISK per person. This tour can usually be operated year-round because the snowmobiling takes place on a glacier, but it is dependent on conditions on the glacier and therefore may not always be available. Whale watching from Reykjavik Harbour - 9,900 ISK without a pick-up transfer service or an extra 2,000 ISK to have transfers arranged. Horse riding tour for 1.5 hours - 11,400 ISK. (Please allow three hours including transfers). Into the Blue, snorkelling in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park - 22,990 ISK including pick-up. The trip will last about four hours including snorkelling for between 45-60 minutes. Snorkelling equipment will be provided for you including a mask, snorkel and dry suit with neoprene hood, gloves and shoes. All you need to bring with you is some warm thermal layers (preferably fleece or wool) and a towel to dry off. We do suggest bringing a change of clothes with you, just in case. For those of you that wear glasses, you won't be able to wear your normal glasses with the snorkelling mask. For this reason, we would suggest wearing contact lenses. Reykjavik - summer only: Puffin tour from Reykjavik Harbour - 6,000 ISK. Reykjavik - winter only: Northern Lights tour with Reykjavik excursion - 6,400 ISK (please note that this is weather permitting and it is not guaranteed that you will see the Northern Lights). From mid-November to mid-January it may be dark early enough to see the Northern Lights on your return journey on the super-jeep tour. If not then it will be necessary to go on this excursion if you would like the opportunity to try and view them.

Clothing

In Iceland weather conditions can change rapidly - sunshine, drizzle, rain and snow may all occur in the same day. You'll need warmer clothing for outdoor activities and cooler evenings, so pack layers. A good quality wind and waterproof jacket and trousers are essential. In winter we'd suggest packing thermal underwear, fleece under trousers, a fleece jumper, a heavy duty waterproof and windproof jacket, waterproof trousers, woolly hat, scarf, gloves (and glove liners for when you're taking photos). You may also find ski trousers or salopettes and a ski face/neck mask useful. You'll also need to bring a swimming costume and towel for the Secret Lagoon. If you are planning to join a whale watching excursion then, no matter the time of year, we recommend wrapping up warmly as it can be very chilly out at sea, so take a woolly hat, scarf, jumper and gloves with you.

Footwear

We recommend taking walking boots with a sturdy tread and also trainers. Soft indoor shoes are recommended as it is normal in Iceland to have special house shoes. For the Secret Lagoon you may also find a pair of flip flops useful.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage, and a small daysac.

Equipment

We recommend you bring a small torch and medical kit. The sun can be very strong, so take a sun hat, sunscreen and sun glasses. Iceland is one of the most photogenic places on the planet and there are lots of different birds to admire, so we'd suggest taking binoculars and a camera with a spare memory card and battery.

Tipping

Local crew
Local Representative - Tipping is not a recognised part of life in Iceland for meals etc. though if you do wish to tip your local representative (entirely at your discretion) it will no doubt be appreciated.
Country Information

Iceland Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£18.00 - 24.00
Beer price
£4.00 - 6.00
Water price
£2
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Icelandic Krona (ISK).
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Both GBP and USD are readily exchanged at banks and post offices.
Where To Exchange
Both GBP and USD are readily exchanged at banks and post offices
ATM Availability
Cash can be drawn on credit cards from ATM's in Reykjavik and at the airport.
Credit Card Acceptance
Most shops and restaurants take credit cards.
Travellers Cheques
Can be exchanged at banks and post offices.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Public Bus

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


On this short break we use simple accommodation. The majority of hotels in Iceland are decorated in a plain style and many weren't originally built as hotels, but were instead converted from things such as old schools. Rooms can be small and the facilities can be basic. Most accommodation won't have hairdryers or teas and coffee making facilities in the room and some may not have a television, but the scenery outside is so stunning that after a busy day exploring you're unlikely to miss having one. In our accommodation in Reykjavik you will have rooms with private bathroom facilities. Due to the recent considerable rise in tourism in Iceland, hotels are experiencing very high demand for rooms and there have been some occurrences of overbookings, which are often notified to us at a late stage. For this reason, we would like to emphasise that hotel accommodation is subject to change, which may result in the need to alter your night stops with little or no notice. Explore are working closely with our team on the ground to minimise changes to accommodation, although in the case of unavoidable hotel changes, we will endeavour to always provide accommodation of the same or a higher standard.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Iceland: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Included activities

There's no getting away from the fact that Iceland is an expensive destination, eating out can be pricey and the standard of accommodation you can get for your money is probably lower than you'd expect in most other European destinations. But having said this Iceland is one of our favourite places, as it is just so unique and there are so many incredible natural wonders to see, that you come home with amazing memories they tend to eclipse the cost of having gone there in the first place, but it's important to know what to expect and to budget accordingly. Please do take note of the accommodation rating, food and drink sections of our trip notes. Please note that on our New Year departure date that three dinners are included. One of which will be at your hotel and the others at local restaurants.

Non refundable permits

Iceland Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory; tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Thursday 11 January 2018 - Sunday 14 January 2018
This departure is guaranteed
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From £920
Single room option +£176
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time and place
19:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 30 March 2018 - Monday 2 April 2018
This departure is guaranteed
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From £945
Save£54
was£999
Single room option +£190
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time and place
19:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Date
Price from
Single room option
Thursday 11 January 2018 - Sunday 14 January 2018
This departure is guaranteed
IA_2018
From £635
Single room option +£176
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time and place
19:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 30 March 2018 - Monday 2 April 2018
This departure is guaranteed
IA_2018
From £655
Single room option +£190
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time and place
19:00 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Reykjavik
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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